Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe
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4.6/5 rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
update 12/20/08 - bottle notched 4/07. To lazy to do another formal review, just wanted to reaffirm how incredible this beer is, especially with some age, so smooth, still subtle flavor compared to luscious nose. I'm actually impressed with how spot on my orignal review was, as it was one of my first ever. Two more in the cellar, it will be hard to hold on!
Served on draft in a Delirium snifter (unfortunately, not the Noel version with the little Santas). The appearance is a ruby color with a nice creamy head and fair amount of carbonation - very enticing. The aroma of this beer is absolutely fantastic, sweet, cidery and grape like, it bore a strong resemblance to Rodenbach Grand Cru, although not as intense. I couldn't get enough of the smell, and the active carbonation maintained the aroma to the last sip. The taste was incredibly smooth, slightly tart with traces of fruit and sweet malt, but much less flavor then the aroma might indicate. However, when a beer is as well executed as this, I find it difficult to pinpoint dominant flavors, but each one I tasted was more enjoyable then the last. The mouthfeel was very nice, a perfect amount of carbonation to balance the richness, although at 10%, this was not nearly as syrupy as lesser made strong ales. The complexity of taste and perfectly balanced body really hide the high alcohol content, which combined with the wonderful aroma make this winter warmer dangerously drinkable! After tasting so many other holiday beers that are overwhelmed by a particular spice or flavor, it's the balance of this one that really makes stands out.
Serving type: on-tap
12-14-2006 04:32:20 | More by ccrida
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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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