Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,740 Ratings
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80
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Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 69
Gots: 191 | FT: 4
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002

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Ratings: 1,740 | Reviews: 745
Photo of jpd026
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle was aged 3 years, buttload of sediment but very tasty when aged

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dried fruit aromas, dark pitted fruits, spice, dark sugars and a suspicion of fruitcake, traces of alcohol and some earthiness on the nose. Pours brilliant chestnut under a 1” white foam cap that slowly dissipates to a thin whisp of a head that never the less produces lace. Also has some legs. Fruit cake components start the palate with fig to dates, a hint of toffee, prune, dark cake, a little spice (coriander and anise) alcohol and an earthy hop finish. There is also some warming but the alcohol is not solventy or hot. It is surprisingly light for all it has going on and the alcohol levels – medium to medium high on the body and medium carbonation. A big beer with the presence of a port or a bourbon.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delirium Noël has a think, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, rust-read appearance, and a good bit of sediment suspended throughout. The aroma is of slightly fruity, sweet, brown bread crust, and the flavor is the same, with candy sugar and very low bitterness. There is also a strong spiced holiday bread component. Mouthfeel is between light and medium, and this beer finishes a little boozy.

RJT

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm not impressed with these Belgian golden strong ales. The taste is basic pilsner like with some spice & metallic? A+ All the way for the bottle though, its one of the few that I keep around.

Photo of TapDat
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very drinkable with a nice aroma and good head. Like all Delerium bottles... expensive and for the $$$ you can find better value.

Photo of Beemanick83
2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange metallic after taste bit over vs carbonated

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, amber color with two fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, citrus (orange peel, grapefruit, sour lemon), toasted malt.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma, but a little more too. Belgian yeast up front, imparting notes of banana, clove and bubblegum, followed by tons of citrus: orange peel, grapefruit, sour lemon. Finally, the beer finishes with a nice malty backbone and some hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to chewy. With an ABV of 10%, there is quite a lot of alcohol on the palate, imparting a pleasant warmth.

Overall: This is another goddamn excellent Belgian Christmas beer!! I love the strong Belgian yeast flavors as well as the strong citrus notes. Absolutely delicious!

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of caramel malt, spices, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, candidate sugar. Taste sweet dark fruit, malt, yeast, brown sugar, spice.

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good color, decent head that lasts awhile. Pleasant taste, but doesn't stand out. Drinkable. Nice label.

Photo of FunMikeG
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wanted it to be good but just want happening

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Solid pop of the cork dated 2014.

Gorgeous dark ruby body color, with light tan carbonation on the sides. Real gem of a looker here, touched with a tan and supper foamy and rocking head. Lots of retention and staying power. Thick capped, huge retention, just a gorgeous classic looking Belgian.

Lots of spicy notes on the bouquet. Hints nutmeg, clove, and a toasty fennel seed like quality also. Some mild caramel but some classic Belgian candi like sweetness round out also. Quite inviting, not your typical Belgian and quite unique it seems on the aroma.

Palate comes nicely but much more simply. Mid palate washed with a mild caramel and toffee candy like sweetness. A fascinating mild sense of peppermint and chocolate finish in the aftertaste. Real interesting spiced angle on this with a classic hint of honey and sweetness. Nice mouthfeel, with some good coating on the lips contributing much of that honey character and some semi-dry carbonation.

Not the most mind bending brew, but a great take on Delirium with a real neat taste.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy brown body with a huge off-white head. Great retention.

Smell - Lots of yeast. Banana. Christmas spices. Maybe that's just clove from the yeast. Very fruity.

Taste - Nutty malts. Banana. Spices kick in after the malts die down a bit. Still very fruity, but Christmas spices linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, but it works for the style. Medium body.

Overall - While the Belgian yeast really dominates, it doesn't have some nice flavors that manage to shine through.

Photo of fireteacher
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting and complex taste, great after bite, good head.

Photo of Chiefy770
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle
Bottled on September 1st, 2014
Reviewed on December 31st, 2014
Served in a Tulip Glass

Eyes
Towering off-white foam head… we’re talking three-to-four fingers deep here. The head slowly collapsed and left a good amount of sticky, bubbly lacing. The body was a rich amber, nearing mahogany in darkness.

Nose
Sweet and spicy notes dominated the nose. The yeast was definitely present. Perhaps I am crazy but I found the overall aroma to be quite similar to an arrangement of lilies in a funeral home… you can take that however you want to.

Mouth
Many of the sweet notes from the nose successfully transferred over in the taste. Great presence of dark fruit… think dates, raisin, fig, etc. Strong caramel backbone found in the malts. The yeast was present but did not take centre stage. The alcohol was masked pretty well, only a few notes of alcohol broke through in the finish.

Overall
There are not many bad things to say about this brew. It hit the spot on a bitterly cold night. We could sit here all night and talk about everything this beer is not like, but that’s a waste of a good night.

Photo of Zach136
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber body, with a huge three finger rock head and big lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Westmalle dubbel-esque. Rust and dates.

Mouthfeel: Well hidden alcohol, and very drinkable.

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer for the holidays

Photo of janubio
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33 cl. bottle. Big head that fades soon, leaving a tiny disperse lace. Smell of spices, cinnamon, candied fruits, brown sugar. Light body, sticky palate, normal carbonation. Taste of spices, caramel, dark fruits. Not the best of the Deliriums, IMO.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is three fingers high and off-white in shade. With a fluffy yet consistent texture, it looks good in a class; retention isn't very good, however. A large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Pretty ester driven - having said that, the esters seem closer to a BSPA (apple, pear, candied sugar) than a BSDA. I don't seem to pick up much spiciness apart from some black pepper. There are some nice cherry notes, though. I'm a bit let down by the relative lack of depth and Christmas spicing. (3.25)

Taste: I'm getting a nice amount of cherries to start. Afterwards, it develops a powerful bread note, with lesser hints of candied sugar. Where the disappointment comes in is in the lack of defined spice notes - that, and the lack of complexity. It's a fine offering, but lacking certain aspects to make it a great Belgian Noel ale. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's not particularly light bodied, but it's well carbonated, airy, and mouth filling. Yet it has a crisp, dry bite that makes it quite drinkable - and even better, very little alcohol is exposed to the palate. There really isn't much to complain about here. (3.75)

Overall: I'm disappointed by the lack of palpable Christmas qualities, but hey, I can't hate on a 10% beer that's crisp and easy to drink, now can I? I've had much better in the style (Noel, BSDA, or otherwise; still, a decent brew. (3.25)

3.33/5: The Noel is a bit weak, but the Delirium is really nice

Photo of InkedinRi
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Worth a try.. A very well made beer! 10% abv I detected no alcohol. Good Belgian ale

Photo of KonigObHops
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark copper (almost amber) color, with an off white head with a hint of tan.

The beer smells sweet and fruity, and the alcohol is definitely present.

The initial taste is not as fruity and sweet as expected. In the middle the flavor is of sweet hops. The beer has a crisp finish with the alcohol present.

The beer feels light and crisp.

Overall, the beer is a bit of a let down, especially if you were expecting a complex Christmas ale or something similar to Delerium Tremens. Still it is a decent Christmas ale.

Photo of Rootscipio
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think this thing foamed more than anything I have ever had. Decently good strong ale though.

Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-caramel color with a fingers worth of khaki head

S-caramel malt, dark fruits, yeast and some spices

T-caramel malt backbone with brown sugar dark fruits and spices

M-medium body, high carbonation

Overall I like the original better but still pretty good

Photo of SteveLimoncello
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cool bottle. Complex taste but not that smooth. Overall not worth the cost

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the most delicious winter beers! Do not miss.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque amber. An off-white half finger head that dissipates fast. Thick lacing.

S: Dark fruits (dates, raisins, figs) along with bready malts.

T: Follows nose in a smooth and sweet concoction perfect for the holidays.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Many have said this is the best of the Deliriums and I'm not disappointed. A great sipper with friends. Toast the season with this little elephant.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,740 ratings.