Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 1,746
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 70
Gots: 192 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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.

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.

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.

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 Popsinc
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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 tectactoe
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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 SIRIUS2
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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 chOAKbarrell
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Todd
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of generallee
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a painted "stone" bottle into a tulip glass. The sample size was 750ml bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Appearance: The body has a deep, slightly reddish amber color. It has a slightly hazy appearance with some streams of very tiny little bubbles rushing up to the head. The head is tall, light tan in color and slowly fades leaving little to no lacing behind.

Smell: The aroma is big and full of sweet malt and fruity notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is big and full of fruity notes inside a deep, sweet malty base. Flavor notes of tropical fruit like papaya, pineapple, and guava pop out of the sweet malt, no doubt full of Belgian candi sugar. Yeast adds some funk and alcohol is also present in a mellow warming way that adds another nice level of complexity. There is even a slight leafy hop note than brings a hint of bitterness at one point before being surrounded by everything else. Its mouth feel is big, smooth and well rounded. Carbonation is soft and its body is a solid medium to full.

Notes: This is a wonderful and very enjoyable beer. Very well done, cheers Delirium Noel!!!

Photo of Doomcifer
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright copper color with minimal head.

Smells of fruit, cherries, yeast, sweet malt, pineapples...

Tastes of fruitiness, raisins, sweet, papaya, yeasty, bready, slight alcohol, warming

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated.

Pretty drinkable considering the 10%abv, but the sweetness as well can hold it back. Very good nonetheless.

Photo of Jason
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml brown magnum covered with a faux ceramic looking plastic wrap. Corked caged and foiled, the label has some pink elephants in an X-mas theme.

Appearance: Thin yet sticky tiny bubbled lace, lots of chill haze in this reddish amber, almost burgundy hued brew.

Smell: Every earthy in the aroma; yeast and a malty husk. Fruity with faint banana, pear and apple in the nose as well as some alcoholic esters. Faded spicing.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Struggling moderate carbonation throws just enough crispness on to the palate. Real slick on the tongue with a bitty feeling in the mouth. Husk grain does little for the palate, odd spicing and a yeast bite make the taste buds take a step back. Phenols are medicinal in an herbal way. Finishes dry with a husky astringency.

Drinkability & Notes: A mediocre brew, actually I was quite disappointed being that I have been quite happy with the rest of the Dellirium brand. I could hardly finish the bottle.

Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one last night, out of the ceramic style 750ml corked and caged bottle. The red foil wrapping was a pain to peel off, but I liked all the yule themed pink elephants on the label. Pours an almost clear cherry mahogany with a serious off-white head. Chains of lacing prevail down the glass. Nose is fruity banana mango with Belgian malts in evidence. Mouthfeel is light to medium with carbonation evident. Taste is of a fine Belgian strong dark ale that puts the sweet malts to battle. Fruity sweetness seems to dominate the palate, but overall a nice departure from the norm. I like it a lot. Really too sweet, but with the 10% abv it hits the spot for me on a cold night.

Photo of Billolick
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, capped and corked, opened with a fairly mellow amount of energy and the cork says "2005" Pours with a moderate tan head, doesnt leave very exciting lacing. Slightly cloudy, dar/medium auburn. The nose is where things get exciting, scotch, dark sugar and mustyness picked up. This is a darkly rich and flavorful elixir. Lots of dark caramel, candi sugar,toasty malts and complex yeast and light holiday spice notes. Subtle smokyness comes foward as it warms. More rum soaked toastyness also becomes evident. Warming and glowing with alcohol. One of my favorite holiday style brews. Superb winter sipper and Christmas dinner night capper. Gotta give em props for a great looking bottle and label art as well!

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, amber in color

Smell: Belgian spice, toasted malt, and a touch of butter

Taste: candied apple-especially in the beginning, Belgian spice in the middle, alcohol, and a touch of banana at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, low carbonation, medium/light bodied

Drinkability: A highly drinkable beer considering the high abv. I will look for this again but only one per session as the alcohol is very present. I really like the apple taste in the beginning.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark reddish-copper in color. Billowing off-white head fills up the goblet. Some lacing. Aromas are all infused with a strong sense of alcohol: cherry candy, sweet caramel, some chocolate. Flavor...hmmph. Flavor is a boxing match of the aromas trying to gain your attention. Not quite unbalanced, but close. Finishes with a hot alcohol infusion. I'd expected some sort of spicy character to this one, but didn't taste it. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel. Not for the timid.

Photo of jakester
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. It arrived in a snifter.

Arrives a beautiful clear garnet with brown tints. There is a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles, which quickly falls to nothing at all. A little disappointed in that. No lacing. Carbonation looks medium.

Aroma is spicy/earthy, with the familiar Belgian phenolics going on. Spices like cloves, allspice, and black pepper in the nose. Malt smell is rich caramel. The aromas really improve as it warms, becoming nice and fruity.

Flavor is dark brown sugar, plums, dates, spices like above, slightly medicinal, but in a good way.The hop character of this beer is way low; no hop flavor, and very low bitterness. The flavors also improve greatly as it warms. Aftertaste is warm and spicy. Alcohol taste is well muted, but present.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and rich, with a medium level of carbonation. Residual sugar is fairly high, and there is a decent grab in your throat from warm alcohol, especially as this warms up.

On draft, the carbonation level of these beers is hard to get right, which means the head retention is going to suffer a little. In a bottle, it's probably well carbonated. Also, this was a little too cold. When it did warm up, the flavors and aromas came through beautifully. It's a real good holiday beer. Recommended. Oh, by the way, this one will hurt you bad.

Photo of warseahawk03
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Delirium Noel bought in a 750 ml bottle and served in a snifter

A- Poured from the bottle and the head was slight and disappeared quickly. Very thin lacing added with the beers bright red color.

S- Fruity smell, Hints of apples, and pears. Faint smells of spice but not nearly noticeable.

T- Can mostly taste the fruit of the beer. Crisp taste with apple and grape flavors.

M- Starts off Crisp, and finishes dry, and malting leaving one wanting just a bit more.

D- Good considering the ABV is 10%. The fruity taste and spice masks quite well.

Have not had any other brews from Brouwerij Huyghe, but this makes me want to consider their other offerings. Overall a tasty holiday fare.

Photo of bsp77
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from lovely ceramic-looking bomber with pink elephant reindeer into oversize wine glass.

Appearance: Dull cloudy orange but it does shine when held up to the light. Minimal head and lacing. Looks halfway between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and Pale Ale.

Smell: Belgian yeast showcase of cloves and banana. Also, brown sugar, figs and an overall mustiness.

Taste: Candied sugar, banana and cloves upfront, with other spiciness like pepper coming through at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body due to the added sugar, almost creamy, dry finish. Body seems more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale to me.

Drinkability: Relatively simple Belgian Christmas Ale but still quite nice and that 10% abv is very well hidden.

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

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a short off-white head. Dense aroma of malt, cherries, corriander, and dried fruit. Pleasant, velvet mouthfeel. Smooth flavors of candi sugar, malt, nutmeg/cinnamon spice, and alcohol. Sweet without treading into sticky. Definietly a winter warmer.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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