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

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RATINGS: 2990   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2003
75 cL bottle, tulip glass. Medium gold colored body has significant carbonation and a short lived fizzy head. Lots of light fruits in the aroma: white grapes, aples, pineapples, bananas. Light bread malt is overpowered by citric hops. Alcohol aroma is piercing. Very sweet taste goes into a mod. sweet, mod. acidic, mod. bitter finish. Heavy medicinal flavors are present. Light/medium body is dry and has soft carbonation. Not a beer to sit back and relax with, but one to party until you see pink elephants. Gave me a headache after two glasses.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Hazy yellow, with big white head. Some sour tang as well as fruit as sweet malt in aroma. Big fruity taste, slightly sweet/sour.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Beautiful glowing hazy orange color with a perfect thick, creamy white head. The aroma was full of fruits...pineapple, banana, apple...very perfumey...sugar. The flavor was delightfully sweet...pineapple, slight sourness, apple, orange, coriander, sugar, slight alcohol, vanilla. Wonderful "spritzy" feel...tickles the tongue. Dry finish...slight warmth in the throat. Truly enjoyable experience.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
On tap. An extremely sweet beer. Light orange/golden in color. Fruity with an evident alcoholic feel on the palate. In some ways it leans toward champagne. Too sweet and sugary tasting. Good though

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minguimore (17) - SPAIN - JUL 15, 2003
GREAT. It has a complex fruity flavor, smooth though the alcohol percent. Not the best belgian beer but a great beer anyway.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2003
Beautiful golden blonde. Sweet aroma of orange. The alcohol is present in mouth as well as the anticipated orange. Not too complex for a triple, but interesting nevertheless, maybe a little too sweet in the end.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
Again huyghe makes a cloying filthy apple brew, its much more drinkable than guillotine or the artevelde grand cru but still its not worth exchanging your har d arned dollars for.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2003
Yellow and hazy with a large white head. Smell of spices and yeast. Taste is pretty fruity with some yeast. Annoying taste in the back of bubblegum. Alcohol is not hidden, creats a clear taste of pepper. Peppery and warming finish.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Try as I might, I didn't much care for this beer. A fair bit of vinegar in the aroma...the sourness continues into the flavor. Hazy golden color with a bit of lackadaisical froth meandering about. A thin body holds a sweet stash of tea leaves. It may have been OK without the excess sweetness, but that ruined whatever complexities may have lain beneath for me.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Hazy deep straw and slight white head. Could be better for a Belgian. Heavy DMS (corn) aroma, but also has clove spicy, wheat malt, and a light fruity aroma. Cloves, alcohol, and wheat malt pretty well balanced, finishes dry and hoppy; very little fruitiness, but very spicy. Higher carbonation leads to lighter than actual M/F, and is also slightly astringent. This beer was much better on tap than out of the bottle, I can tell you that. I was impressed by the draught version, but the bottle leaves something to be desired IMHO. It's not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but I expected more from this one.


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