Huyghe Brewery (Dutch: Brouwerij Huyghe) is a brewery founded in 1906 by Leon Huyghe in the city of Melle in East Flanders, Belgium. Its flagship beer is Delirium Tremens, a golden ale.

Huyghe Brewery
Native name
Brouwerij Huyghe
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
FounderLeon Huyghe
OwnerAlain Delaet
Number of employees



In 1906, Leon Huyghe purchased an existing brewery in Melle[1] (at a site that had been in operation brewing beer since 1654). The brewery adopted the present name in 1938. While the company initially brewed a regular pilsner, it soon began brewing the kinds of beers now typically known as "Belgian."

Operations and products


The beers created at Huyghe included a series of beers under the "Delirium" tag that featured pink elephants on their labels.[2] The best known of these is Delirium Tremens, a blonde, Belgian ale.[3] Other beers brewed at Huyghe include a Christmas beer and a beer called "Deliria", selected to be brewed by the company from 65 entries made by women brewers.[3] In addition, the company makes a number of fruit beers with low ABV.[4]

Huyghe has acquired several smaller Belgian breweries, including Arteveld Grand Cru in 1987,[2] Brouwerij Biertoren in 1993, Brouwerij Dam [nl] in 1994, and Brouwerij Villers in 1999.[citation needed]

Selected beers

  • Delirium Nocturnum - 8.5% alcohol[5][6]
  • Delirium Noël - a winter seasonal offering, 10.0% ABV.
  • Delirium Tremens - 8.5% alcohol[7]

Name controversy


The Delirium Tremens beer product was banned in the United States for a period of time when it was first exported there. The reason was that the authorities thought the imagery and name of the beer were "too provocative" and "encouraged excess drinking".[11][12]


See also



  1. ^ Hampson, Tim (2013). World Beer. New York: DK Publishing. p. 93. ISBN 9781465422637.
  2. ^ a b Oliver, Garrett (2011). The Oxford Companion to Beer. Oxford UP. pp. 472–73. ISBN 9780199912100.
  3. ^ a b Yenne, Bill (2014). Beer: The Ultimate World Tour. MBI. p. 127. ISBN 9781937994419.
  4. ^ Hampson, Tim (2014). The Beer Book. DK Publishing. p. 206. ISBN 9781465437679.
  5. ^ "Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe - Melle, Belgium". BeerAdvocate. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  6. ^ Sudo, Chuck (2006-12-06). "Chicagoist's "Beer of the Week": Delirium Nocturnum". Chicagoist. Archived from the original on 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  7. ^ "Delirium Tremens". RateBeer. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  8. ^ "A Welcome Home", Fritz Hahn, The Washington Post, 10 January 2003.
  9. ^ "Sip of the Week", Peter St. Onge, Charlotte Observer, 11 October 2006.
  10. ^ Stuart A. Kallen, The 50 Greatest Beers in the World, Replica Books, 1999. ISBN 0-7351-0086-1, ISBN 978-0-7351-0086-2
  11. ^ "Delirium Tremens Beer | International Beer Collector".
  12. ^ Orient, The Bowdoin (3 December 2010). "Riding the pink elephant: a look at Delirium". The Bowdoin Orient.

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