Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews by ojiikun:
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Finally reviewing this old favourite, live from Collins Pub is Seattle.
Served up in a normal Delirium Tremens goblet, the body is medium-dark and rusty ruby. Mildly hazy, no flecks. Head is fine layer of cream with one big island and a fat rim, all a greyish taupe.
Smell is wonderfully sweet and warm. Liquor, dark candi, faintest fruity hops, and black tea fainter still. Light, biscuitey yeast. Candied cherries.
Taste is spicy and the yeast is striking. Hops become salty without being bitter. Grains are lightly toasted but not too caramel. Black pepper and bay leaf. Very full and malty, but the booze stays in the smell.
Feels decidedly heavy, but doesn't coat. Carbonation is just shy of as lively as I'd like.
Drinkable as can be for half the weight of a cordial. Great with warm, savoury winter food like macaroni and cheese and sausages!
Serving type: on-tap
11-14-2007 03:09:24 | More by ojiikun
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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.