Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews by Andreji:
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
So many years have I been waiting for a chance to try this biere de noël. Since 2003 i've come across it at least half a dozen times, and somehow managed to procrastinate enough as to never have come around to actually buy it and try it. Quel con.
Red deep toned, with a rapid-fading head all white. No visible activity, granted it is fairly nontranslucent because of its own darkness.
Very vin blanc sort of smell, mostly somewhere between a chardonnay and maybe a champagne, sort of in the way in which it is pugnant, yet somewhat apple ish
Taste is very pleasant, however inferior to its more popular brother. Call me synesthesic, but red bathes the tongue right off, with a bitter companion laterally flanking it. At times a wood, more grainy feel- this is overall hardly sweet, more kin to the stale anglosaxon ales. At the back of the mouth a slight alcohol feel altough still very sublte. No aftertaste, no traces. Full bodied and well carbonated. Very nice.
Aside from its redness, this is not christmas, rather a pleasant, strong and almost devilish experience.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2011 21:56:26 | More by Andreji
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4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/6/2013. Pours light hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, toast, brown sugar, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2014 03:50:16 | More by superspak
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,497 ratings.