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


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RATINGS: 2855   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rayaron (354) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle sample. Clear light yellow with medium white head. Fruity aroma (pear, peach, apricot), yeasty, soapy, grainy, notes of honey. Sweet fruity flavor, yeasty, soapy, faint sweat notes, sour finish. Light carbonation, Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (5027) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
On tap at Delirium Tap House. Light golden with a white head. Aroma and taste of fruit, yeast, light spices and alcohol. An ok one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ippopotamo36 (357) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 19, 2014
0,33 bottle at Exit bar Peje/Pec Kosovo. Proper glass. Pours golden slightly filtered color, medium white frothy head. Nose: Belgian yeast with a citrus hint, floral bouquet. Mouth: residual dry feel. Start is pleasantly bitter, but in style as a BSA. Alcohol blast but round and good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lbianchi66 (33) - FRANCE - NOV 14, 2014
Une belle robe blonde, légèrement opaque. Dommage que la mousse ne tienne pas. Arômes puissant : floral, malt et levure (pain, biscuit, banane). Goût légèrement ranci, juste ce qu’il faut. Assez longue en bouche. A essayer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artyom (522) - Osijek, CROATIA - NOV 14, 2014
0,33l bottle. Golden color with white head. Aroma is malt, hops, grapes and fruity. Taste is sweet with notes of grapes and other fruits.Full body and average carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Overall it’s really great and complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Handypaul (256) - - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a frothy to creamy white, briefly lasting head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of yeast, bread dough and funky basements. Fizzy carbonation, light to medium body, flavors of bread dough and a nice light sweetness of butterscotch, the classic Belgian yeasty aroma/flavor combo. Quite nice but a bit too much carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ken1 (1037) - DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
Aroma: sweet floral with fruity notes. Flavour: Floral sweet with some citrus sourness and yeast. Colour: pale amber with a white head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopHeadMichael (6) - Gig Harbor, Alabama, USA - NOV 9, 2014 does not count
Another great beer from Belgium. Slightly hoppy, heavy carbonation, sweet fruity taste. Great beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klas (313) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle bought in Belgium. Clear with thick white head Belgian yeast notes. Quite good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (2449) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 Huyghe’s most famous beer, a tripel in an opaque bottle with the hallmark Huyghe aluminum foil around the neck and the inspiring label depicting a marcherade of crocodiles and elephants. Had this in the original 9% ABV version years ago, now it is apparently ’downtuned’ to 8.5% ABV. Pours an almost clear, but very slightly hazy golden, very quietly sparkling blonde with a good deal of fizz, under a thinnish and quickly diminishing, off-white, slightly lacing head; milky ochre with deposit. Aroma of green apple, starfruit, lemon zest, green plums, white rhum, dried banana, canned apricot, eau de vie, soap, cake, white vinegar, sweat, cider, sourish grains, roses, a very slight hint of ammonia and an equally slight hint of H2S (rotten egg). Taste begins with an estery fruitiness of apple peel, unripe peaches, dried banana and lime, strong and minerally carbo, then a certain amount of citrus peel acidity kicks in, some spicy yeastiness, sweetish pale malts in the background, alcohol already noticeable. Finish consists primarily of warming, yet not too wry, calvados-like alcohol, some ’European’ leafy hop bitterness and a slick honeyish maltiness without being cloying; something phenolic appears as well. Yes, I know this is one of the classic Belgian tripels (or rather: ’edelbieren’, if you’re inclined to compare with the obiquitous Duvel), but it still fails to convince me. I tasted this in its original version (which I think was softer, yeastier and more elegant), from 33 cl and a lot of times from tap, but I never really fell in love with it. It seems to vary in quality between batches and has its better moments, but I don’t think this is Huyghe’s best beer (though none are world class, if you ask me). I’m willing to admit this is a kind of classic though, considering the fact that it has been around since 1986. So in all: influential as a sort of compromize between actual tripel and the ’Duvel’-style ’edelbier’, but the aroma has a certain off-putting quality in the tasted sample and the alcohol is too obvious. Huyghe is a kind of hit-or-miss brewery: I’m still waiting for their first hit.

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