Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.39/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Delirium Noël opens to an initially candy-sweet waft of cotton candy and candi sugar, which fades quickly to reveal a rich, strong Belgian ale full of ripe fruits. Fruit esters are the most apparent aromas here, and include apple, pear, melon, fig, banana, Concord grape, blood orange, raisin, and even bits of pineapple. The variety is impressive, and while apple and pear dominate—the beer smells distinctly of lightly mulled apple cider—the other esters still make themselves known. A thick coating of brown sugar and homemade caramel supports the fruit esters, with lesser notes of toffee, vanilla bean, and wildflower honey. There’s not much to balance out the sugars, but a few deep notes of brown bread, pumpernickel, and biscuit do contribute some earthiness. A slight spicy edge, with pepper and hints of nutmeg, add further touches of balance. As a whole, the nose is excellent, obviously swinging heavily toward the sugars, but delightfully so, the beer coming across like fine mulled fruit juices.
On the tongue, the first notes are fruity and spicy, but with a sour edge. Banana, blood orange, fig, raisin, pear, and white grape fruit esters mingle with cloves and peppery spices, made edgy by a rind of fermented apple juice and sour cherries that provides a lovely catalytic effect. The heavy brown sugars and homemade caramel are still present, adding further layers of sugar, as is the wildflower honey. The deep bready notes are even fainter here, but touches of brown bread, biscuit, and pumpernickel (this latter perhaps because of the spiciness) do still emerge. The aftertaste is a sugary continuation of the main mouthful, lingering for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue like champagne.
Overall, this is excellent ale, bringing a full complement of fruits and sugars to the table, with an excellent balance of spices and very light dark breads to keep it from becoming cloying.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2013 17:21:01 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
4.56/5 rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Brown with a deep red, good head retention and full, well-carbonated body.
S: Strong alcohol presence, tart, sweet, and strong.
T: Bitter berry tart cut with hop-ale savor creates a strong and vital first impression, then the layers of traditional Belgian complexity gradually introduce themselves. Copperish, floral, fruity, sour, and warm. More assertive than other Delirium beers, but perfect for the season.
M: Excellent. The perfect blend of strong, sharp and smooth.
O: I make sure to grab as many as I can every winter. It's a great beer for the season without being too "seasonal" (i.e. fruity/fake-tasting). If you're a fan of the style at all, it's a must-buy. Absolutely delicious, warming, and in ways comforting.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 13:38:29 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
4.23/5 rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is a 3-year old bottle, chilled, then warmed a bit for a half hour.
Pours a rich crimson red, with an abundance of chunky sediment. There's a fine head of fine white foam, and only insubstantial lace in my St. Bernardus goblet.
Nose is nice fruity aromas, including berries, wine grapes, strawberries, and a definite earthiness and bread-like character from the yeast. Exquisite!
Taste is heavy on the fruity qualities, with a sweet character (witness the berries mentioned before) and a slightly spiced, warming finish. I get plenty of carbonation here (indeed, the caged & corked bottle popped loudly upon opening). This is a beautiful brew, packed with complexity and well worth a try for anyone into classic Belgian ales.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 22:03:03 | More by secondtooth
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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