Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Melle, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3003   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottle Conditioned.
Launched on December 26th 1989 @ 9% abv. Abv reduced from 9% to 8.5% in 2003.
The particular character and the unique taste of "Delirium Tremens" result from the use of three different kinds of yeast. Its very original packing, which resembles cologne ceramics, and the colourful label contribute to its success.
In 1997, Stuart A. Kallen nominated Delirium Tremens as "best beer in the world". A gold medal during the "world beer championships" in Chicago (1998) confirmed that worldwide recognition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8439) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2003
Slim white head. Pale hazy orange. Alcoholic nose, but at the same time fruity - estery. Some very pale coloured malts. Surprising, but the nose is quite delicate. Flavour of orange zeste. Alcohol, but more like cheap hard liquor. Cookies, pie crust, sweet, aroma of unripe peach. Soupy, oily mouthfeel. Alcohol obviously diminishes the mouthfeel, but I get an impression of quite high attenuation too. Alcholburn, warming. Aftertaste as if apricots on (rather cheap) brandy. To me, a mixture of very good craftmanship and commercialism - just as the ridiculous name & label. Gimmick on a well-crafted, but not really exciting ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Medium hoppy lemon zest aroma.Medium gold cloudy appearance.Sweet bubblegum flavor mixed with spices.Lingering mild dirty spicy finish.Not as clean and dry as Duvel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2116) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Very little head, almost yellow in color but more golden, very well rounded beer, good balance, good malty profile

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Wonderful aroma, almost like a sweet champagne,sweet carmelly taste, alittle thick, yet nicely bubbly, full round taste, a favorite top 10er

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (692) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2003
Tasted in DC at RFD. Light yellow colour, small white foamy head. Sweet aroma, bitter and fruity taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Draft - Interesting beer. Hazy golden in color. Yeasty fruity aromas. There are a good amount of unfermented sugars both in the nose and on the palate. At 8.5%ABV must have been huge OG to produce a beer this sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Wow!! Not my favorite style but this BSA was a hit, not overly complex but not boring. The crispness of the intial taste carried through out the 11.2 oz.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
freekyp (1634) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 On tap at Tylers Taproom in Durham, NC. Amazing, even before I tasted it. Pale clear golden with very active swirls of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Very thick, tightly packed rocky head. Strong floral, yeasty aroma with prominent peach, cherry and mango notes. Mild alcoholic notes in initial taste, citrus and vanilla, sweetening in the middle, leading a sharp bitterness that rises on the back of the tongue at the finish. Strong bready and nutty components comprise the backbone. Complicated and outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Maybe the bottle was shaken before I got it, but there was a LOT of head. Not much aroma, but a banana taste to it and you sure could taste the alcohol. It was pretty good for my first BSA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2003
draft: Crystal clear golden body. Glossy, soft, white head/ Perfumey, ripe fruity and bready with a noticeable alcohol kick. some spices as well. some dry grains and earthy notes on the palate. full, creamy body with alcohol warmth. dries out with a resinous hop finish.

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