Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews by Skidz:
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours out golden amber and sits deep orange-brown in the glass with a smallish off-white, light tan head, fading to a small skim; nice lacings.
Smells rich and sweet, full malt aroma. Spicy alcoholic nose with notes of over-ripened apples, dates and golden raisins. Yeasty character bringing forth a dry-crackery aroma.
Tastes sweet up front, full of fruity ester flavors. Plump rasins, prunes and apple leather make up the bulk of the flavors. Peppery alocholic spiciness pricks at the toungue and offers balance to the large malty core. Finished mildly bitter, with increasing dryness and lingering spiciness and fruit flavors.
Smooth to the core with light and tact carbonation in a medium-full body. Glides around the mouth quite easily, coating with its thick malty character.
Quite tasty, easy to handle, even at 10.0%. Flavor is definately there, but it a bit rough in some spots. Spiciness seems to be less of a character boost and more of a character flaw further in. 1 bottle definately enough, once a year, sure.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2004 22:46:46 | More by Skidz
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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 1,495 ratings.