Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.39/5 rDev +13.4%
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
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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
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