Review of Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong Ale

15 Jun
How about another craft beer review?  Today, I thought I would review a Belgian Strong Pale Ale called the Delirium Tremens from the Brouwerij Huyghe Brewery in Melle, Belgium. 

I’ve never tried this beer before, so I’m not sure what to expect. 

First, a little snippet from the website,

Feels like the sound shot of alcohol is igniting in the mouth.  In reality the tongue and palate are warmed.  The taste is characterized by its roundness.  The aftertaste is strong, long-lasing and dry bitter.

How ’bout we get it in the glass and give it a taste?

This brew comes in a cool looking 11.2 oz. bottle with an 8.5% ABV.

The appearance was a semi-clear, light gold/honey color.  With a gentle pour, I received an average sized, bright white head that had ok retention and lacing.  The crown appeared to be somewhat soapy, but with “fine” bubbles.  It was fizzy, yet smooth.

The nose was very fruity and spicy up front.  Some hops burst forth, which brought about a slight barnyard “funk”.  It smelled similar to a Saison or a Sour to me.  It had a sharp, floral note that was ok, however I found it to be a bit strong.  It just wasn’t balanced to my liking I guess.

The taste had more of a spicy, fruity, yeasty tone with a sharp, hop bitterness and sweetness.  The sweetness is toned down a bit in comparison to the aroma, but it was still prevalent.  Also, the sharpness seemed to be more gentle and bearable.  A slight alcohol flavor helped to finish the flavor profile.  To me, the taste was more pleasing, satisfying and balanced than the smell.

The mouthfeel was medium, dry, smooth and crisp.  Nicely refreshing with good carbonation.  The palate was left with some flavor.  Not a tremendous amount, but some.  For a relatively high ABV, I felt little to no alcohol warmth.

Overall, this beer was just ok for me.  It took a few sips to get used to the sharpness and sweetness, but as I got going and let it develop, it became more pleasant and balanced.  I could have another and be happy, but after that I would probably move on to something different.  I am starting to appreciate the Belgian Strong Ales more and more each time I try them, however I’m still learning to identify the subtle differences that each entail.  I would like to try this again sometime within the next year or so and see how my palate adjusts to this style and to see if I find a greater fondness for the sharp sweetness. 

Is the Delirium Tremens a favorite of yours?

I hope everyone is having a great day.  I appreciate all the support guys.  Please keep reading and commenting.  Thanks.  Cheers!!!

Score:  3.45 out of 5
Grade:  B- 

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Posted by on June 15, 2011 in Country: Belgium, Delirium


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