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

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RATINGS: 2916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Very sweet, malty aroma. Bits of apple & orange, cidery, yeast. Tangy hops - big aroma. Foamed out of the bottle when opened. Huge frothy off-white lacing head over semi-cloudy light amber beer. Heavy carb but effervescent like sparkling wine. Medium-heavy body. Lots of characteristics of a wheat beer. Sweet, yeasty, can taste alcohol. Slight bitterness to the finish with sweet, nutty-like after.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
skortila (4665) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 (on tap) Clear golden triple. nice head. Indeed superb mouthfeel. Spicy & overwhelming.
Rerate. Well.. This one is certainly not a 4.1 as in my previous rating. (Chabged the brew or my taste for beer has changed..) Actually this one is quite disappointing. Aroma is alcoholic, has some caramel malt and yeast. Clear, golden-yellow coloured with a white, lasting head. Taste is sweet, caramel malty with some hoppiness and too alcoholic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2002
Yeast and citrus aroma. Golden amber, with a creamy white head. Orange, hops flavour with plenty of zing! Great mouthfeel, fine tongue tingle. A really good Belgian Strong Ale!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 hazy golden orange colored with a nice white topping.yeasty aroma with lots of orange & tangerine and background alcohol...yeast, peppery alcohol, subtle citrus notes...not too shabby.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrislouvion (6) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2002 does not count

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
eh . . . . the alcohol is not well hidden at all.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2002
Well, er, i was guilty of massively overating this, very sweet yeasty belgian character, but quite one dimensional. An average belgian ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2002
Very very good. Nice sweetness with lots of flaovors to accompany. An excellent ale - from someone who doesn;t always appreciate Belgians.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Light gold color, large white foamy head. Yeast and Vanilla in the aroma. Sweet and fruity. Flavor of apples, vanilla, coriander, clove and orange. Not much of a hop taste. Alcohol is prevalent. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and a little dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Interesting, but kind if average..

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2002
A lot about this beer reminds me of Unibroue 10, but without such a dry finish. The flavor is too subtle, so much so that it is overpowered by this beer’s horrible, antiseptic finish.


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