Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews by Samashley:
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
After having this beer on tap and not being very impressed, I decided to give the Noel another try from the bottle. Delerium Noel is not necessarily my favorite seasonal beer, but I must say that the bottle was much better than the draft. I noticed differences in the carbonation and the spice between the two, and felt that the bottle presented these aspects in a stronger manner than the draft. Overall I still feel that the beer is muted. I wish it had just a little more "oomph" to the spice or to the maltyness. I know I can be a bit of a difficult judge regarding the winter season of beers, but after multiple exposures to this beer, I feel it is just a bit overrated and feel it to be quite average.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2010 06:37:57 | More by Samashley
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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 1,496 ratings.