Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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87
very good

1,660 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,660
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 62
Gots: 138 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002)
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Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice mahogany color with somewhat of a disappointing head. I was expecting it to be much bigger and rockier. It also resided rather quickly. The nose is wonderful. It is incredibly spicy and kind of funky, which I know cannot be what it really is...at least to my knowledge I don't know of any wild yeast in the Noel. Nevertheless, it has a wonderful aroma. The taste is much maltier that the nose but less than what I had expected before opening the bottle. There is a also funk-type flavor and spices in the flavor as well. It is definitely light in the mouth for a Belgian Strong Dark. Awesome beer...hands down my favorite of the Delirium series that Huyghe makes.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A redish brown pour with an off white and modest head. Hmmm, looks kinda like a Christmas beer...

Smell: When i think of Christmas & Christmas beer i think of strong spice & fruitiness....lots of alcohol warmth...the nose on this beer was mild to a fault.

Taste: The beer picks up somewhat here and has a decent spiced body with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon that reminded me a little of a fruit cake. The flavours didn't last long enough for me and the beer ended with a candycane sugary sweetness. Nice warming effect on the finish due to the 10% alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat lively and a lightly rich.

Drinkability: Not as intense as i would have liked for a Christmas beer. There are other Christmas beers i would definitley prefer. Having said that, it is still a worthwhile beer...hey, i've tried pure crap in the past and this isn't crap. It's good.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Deep sugary brown color with a tinge of orange and a rising head that required an attentive pour. The head went down rather quickly tough and didn’t leave any lacing, probably due to the high ABV.

Smell – Musty, with notes of alcohol and malts. There’s also some rich spicing in there and some fruity sweetness, most notably apple, banana, and peach.

Taste – Sugary sweetness makes an entry at the taste. We’ve got some big table sugar, an even mix of regular and brown, along with chewy candy caramel, a little dark chocolate, and a dash of sugar cane. The big fruit from the nose is mixed into this concoction of tooth decay.

The malt comes out here as well, but clearly this is secondary. The must characteristic is present, too. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel – Moderate carbonation and big sweetness give the mouth a nice overall feel.

Drinkability – This was the gem of the Delirium trio that I’ve tried this week.

Update – I reviewed this for the first time the month after I joined the site, so I thought it would be interesting to re-review it with a 2004 vintage. It was extraordinarily consistent and I would only add that I picked up a strong buttering effect this time around.

Update – The 2006 vintage if more of the same without the buttery taste. Maybe the ’04 I had was an anomaly? Anyway, an all around excellent brew.

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of tectactoe
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, ruby-red color with decent clarity. Very volatile with a smokey-white head that forms on top - fluffy and thick. Sweet, fruity, estery aroma, complete with all kinds of berries, plums, and figs. Dark, deep, and sweet fruits. Heavy alcohol presence on the first sip, warming quite a bit with a high phenol-like character. Sweetness hits the tongue right away; black licorice, plums, black cherries, white grapes. In the background, you can pick up hints of the banana-clove combination that is found in many Belgian style ales. The malts are very sweet and earthy. In the middle of the sip, I was even getting a bit of tartness; cherries and pears. Slight musty aftertaste with some funky yeast. Medium body, high carbonation.

Overall, a decent brew, but the weakest of the Delirium bunch. Tasty, but I would probably pass this one up in the store next time, for either a better Belgian style or a different holiday seasonal offering.

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ccapurso
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of dcurrin
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle at a beer brunch at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

This was poured into a wine glass and served with a dessert course. It was very dark brown in the glass, translucent when held to light with dark ruby hue. There was initially a full 2-3 fingers of head at the initial pour, eventually settling down to about a finger or so of light brown to off-white foam.

Aromas were very light but could be brought out with a few swirls of the glass. Dates or raisins, some vanilla, spices like nutmeg or coriander, and just a trace of alcohol. This really smells like something you might want to mull on the stove.

I tasted this brew with and without food. On its own, it has the most interesting complexity of malts and candied fruit that I can remember. There is some sweetness that goes along well with a nice full bodied and relatively heavy mouthfeel. The linger was long and a bit warm, with traces of spice that seemed to just dance at the back of your tongue.

Then I tried with the food, both a chocolate pastry and fresh picked blueberries. The pastry and beer were great, but what shocked me was how well this beer played with those blueberries! The dark fruity sweetness of the berries just brought the heart and soul out this brew, highlighting the subtle spices that were easy to miss before, like cinnamon or cardamom and bringing to the forefront the fantastic malty sweetness. It was a fantastic experience, one that I would have never considered on my own.

This brew is fantastic on its own or paired with the right food. It has the classic Belgian candy sugar tone to it nestled nicely within all that complexity. I should note that the beer I sampled was from the previous years Christmas stock (from Christmas 2007) and I don't really know if that was for the better or worse. All I know is that this stuff rocks and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a beautiful Belgian dark ale.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Pink elephants are in abundance during the holidays--we're sure St. Nick is seeing them on his last night of work each year. Clear mahogany color, crackling head downsizes to a thin ring of lace. Smooth and slick, creamy body. Malty with a toastiness throughout; hint of caramel soon leads to a very warming alcohol. Candied tropical fruit and raisins mesh well with a spiciness from the alcohol and hops. Ghost-like herbal phenols barely make any noise. Hint of yeast and more spicy warmth in the end. Tastes like the holidays and drinks like a Belgian beast, pink elephants and all.

Photo of steelerguy
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A little lighter than expected for a Belgian Dark Strong, very high carbonation feeling a less than spectacular head which fades rapidly and really leaves no lace.

S - Very yeasty, dark fruit such as raisins, and some spice. Almost has a chai tea like aroma.

T - Interesting, lots going on some good and some bad. The dark fruit and yeast are nice (perhaps a touch too yeasty) and the alcohol at the end let you know this is definitely a strong ale. The spice is too strong, too many penols in here it seems, they just kind of overwhelm you from beginning to end.

M - Light body, and lots of tingle from the carbonation. The alochol gives a nice warmth at the end.

O - Not a bad beer, but there are just too many other Belgian Dark Strong Ales (like their own Nocturnum) to get this again.

Photo of Dmann
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dissapointing beer concitering the good reputation of the brand. It poured a nice amber color with a small head that had faded once it got to the table and settled into a froth. The smell was of light pepper and clove. The taste was quite subtle for a beer of this size, and had a bit of a thin mouthfeel. The flavor was nice enough but seemed like it was holding back a bit with just a bit of belgian yeast and pepper flavor shining through. I think I'll pass on this one next time.

Photo of DahWag
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Delirium Noel more than Nocturnum, but not as much as Tremens.

A lovely reddish color with a small head that leaves no lacing.

The 10% alcohol content is very present in the nose & overpowers pretty much everything else.

The taste is strong, bold. Again, the high alcohol content is very noticeable. Somehow, the taste also comes out somewhat smooth. Interesting.

I'm glad I tried this one, but at $9 a bottle, I'll probably stick to Delirium Tremens next time I buy one of their products.

Photo of RoninBirdman
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with 2.006 stamped on the cork. It was a red/orange color with a very small head. Fairly still. Fruity aroma, raisins mostly, with a little bit of spice. Pleasant fruity taste, again the mild spiciness, and a hint of licorice at the end. Nice beer, easy to drink.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Todd
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

Tawny brown beer with a creamy off white lace. Aroma of yeast, spice and alcohol. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel that builds on the palate. Spicy phenolic character paired with a prickly alcohol. A tad vinous. Dry sweetness and a dry yeast finish.

A good first beer to ease me into the 2 day festival ... lovely stuff.

Photo of Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, 1 year old. Pours hazy ruby amber with a big creamy off white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready (almost gingerbread) caramel malts with a some dark fruit and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet gingerbread caramel malts and some dark fruit with some alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent Belgian, but overly sweet and not too complex.

Photo of shapudding
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber and semi-unclear, with a thick creamy head that settled as a nice thick layer. Nice gueuze scent to it. Very nice soured, aged, lightly wine cellery scent. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. There is a good amount of carbination, but you dont feel it swirling around and foaming, you just notice it sitting on your tongue after a moment, but it is not too much. Very nice. Tastes of sherry and port. You can really tast the alcohol. Caramelly, maple sweetness, bit of sea water, bit of dark fruits. Granny smith apple, maybe a bit of raisin. Good flavors. The 10% may keep it from being a session, but it has such nice flavors and does feel so damn good. Very enjoyable.

Photo of stevegerl
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opaque brown, "Ohio River Water" color. Spicy aroma as expected with most Christmas Seasonals. Medium body and full flavor. Decent mouthfeel. Fruity finish, smell/tastes similar to Fruit Leather fruit snacks. Quick dissipating head.

It's like Delirium's spicy cousin that comes to holiday parties. Awesome every once in a while, but you wouldn't want to live with them.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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