Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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88
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Reviews: 736
Hads: 1,747
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 71
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002

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Photo of ICantBelieveItsBeer
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A thick caramel note to it. It is almost opaque to the point you cannot see it. There is a vibrant red tone, almost a caramel color. There is a two finger head; almost like a rich molasses.

Smell - Very overpowering, but not in an abrasive fashion. It warms the nostrils and brings home that Christmas feeling. Very festive with a distinct fruity essence. High expectations.

Taste - There is a powerful punch that comes with this bear. It overwhelms the pallet with strong citrus notes. So much diversity of flavors, it is baffling. Almost mystical. Truly defies logic.

Overall - Eerily drinkable, delightfully effervescent, there is no hyperbole great enough to even take a shot at this titan of a fermented beverage review. Legitimately one of the great ones. (778 characters)

Photo of BurtStL6
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The absolute best beer I've ever had. I think it's because I prefer a more Christmasy beer but this blew my mind. Well worth the price, and very delicious for the alc%. Not to mention it's a beautiful bottle. (208 characters)

Photo of jabergess
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So what do I end with after a Great Divide Belgian Yeti? Christmas in July tells me a Delirium Noel.
Wow. I am thoroughly impressed. It says its 10 percent alcohol. It's so fruity that's all I can focus on. Complex fruit flavors. Don't be afraid to follow an imperial stout with this one. Damn I wish I could tell you what fruits. Some people say cherries but I don't get that. Maybe fresh plums and dark grapes. It's unique but totally enjoyable. Get ya two. Drink one and squirrel away one for later. (503 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like all the Deliriums, this is a bottle that, once cracked open, is impossible to resist. It's like rushing to the tree on Christmas morning! Monumental, creamy white head. How to aptly describe this aroma, though? Spicy...dark..."vinous", as Michael Jackson would say. Beautiful carbonation, effervescence everywhere. Color's a gorgeous dark red, and the flavors continue to unfold. A constant, buy very pleasant assault, of dark fruit and spice. The finest thing you could put to your lips when the chill is on!
A dizzying onslaught of divine taste! (553 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of a cool looking bottle with the signature pink elephant. I dig it! The body is a deep dark and muddled tawney color which features a long lasting fizzy and foamy beige crown and offers up some nice lacing.

The smell is that of distinct Belgian yeast and dark fruits. This makes for a sweet nose with understated spice.

Kudos to the brewers of this fine elixer. What could have been an overly sweet mess, is balanced and an absolute joy to savor. Just the right amount of spice and hops to balance the symphonic sweet melody of flavor. Harmony for the taste buds.

THe feel is full and creamy, smooth and velvty. Take your pick. Tightly carbonated.Excellent.

Perfect nightcap, I savored ever one of the 750ml in my bottle and it was enough. (that's not to say I couldn't have more, however I cannot say that I am not satisfied. (841 characters)

Photo of Blackdevil77
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely delicious. I have had this and the tremens many times, and time and time again, this stands out as the better tasting beer, regardless of its 10 percent alcohol content.Poured about a finger and half to 2 fingers of head, that dissipated rather quickly. Poured a dark, deep brownish red color. I always notice a bit of sweet taste when I first start drinking this, but it's not an overpowering sweet taste. This beer is just extremely delicious and really stands out. My friend likes this beer more than the tremens as well. It's a bit sweeter and has less of a "bite" then the tremens all while having a higher alcohol content. (652 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/07/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance- Beautiful glowing deep red color with a 1/2 white head and good lacing.

Smell- Deep sweet malt scents. Awesome fumes going upwards. A bit of alcohol, but manly sweetness.

Taste- Dull sweet fruits which works oh so well in this beer. Bananas, oranges, peaches and kiwi. But sugary sweet rather than sour and tart. Maybe a bit of chocolate mixed in.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated, but creates a fairly heavy mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Again, my trip to the Toronado today was worth every penny. Three great beers and one good one. This one was the best of the four or damn close to it. (704 characters)

Photo of Buttermaker
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's two types of Christmas beers...the kind that tastes a bit like a fruit cake and the kind that's just a stronger, maltier version of whatever its root style is. I'm very fond of both. Delirium Noel is an outstanding example of the latter...a Belguim Strong Dark Ale that's perfect for a quiet December night in front of the fire but could just as easily be enjoyed during the summer when you're looking for a strong malt bomb. Pours beautiful (there's very few beers that don't look good going into the glass) lots of bananas on the nose and then the taste - pure malt. Delicious.

I enjoyed it a little colder than the recommended serving temp but I thought it was better for it.

Recommended music pairing: Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful Christmas (762 characters)

Photo of BarleyBoz
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer! I wish this was available all year long. First thing I noticed was that the color was a little darker than expected. The color is dark amber and when held to the light you would expect to see a "Jurassic park mosquito in it like the old guys cane from Jurassic Park. It is slightly cloudy but very clear for a Belgium style. The nose is sweet like caramel; a great balance of hops and malt. The taste is unbelievable . For a 10% abv beer, the alcohol is hidden extremely well. Noel is very smooth from start to finish. It is very drinkable and could be consumed easily all evening long.

Also reviewed by JAbel9 (634 characters)

Photo of DatSideBeerMan
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! Had this with a bunch of fresh raw oysters. Amazing.

In Louisiana, we get a little of this but not much and it usually sells pretty quickly.

I have found that this beer changes from year to year but is is very good. I find most Christmas beers not that interested exept this one and a few others.

Look for this at your local store (354 characters)

Photo of e_dawg
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Pours a cloudy orange/brown color that shifts slightly to orange when held up to the light. Moderate head after the pour which dissipates after several minutes. Some lacing, typical of 10% avb.

Freshly cut apples and pears with some light citrius and spice on the nose. Some nutmeg, cinnamon, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is full with some prickliness from medium carbonation. Taste is more fruit with some pepper and copper, with a light but enjoyable alcohol burn that lingers a while on the finish.

This is a big, assertive beer that's perfect for cold nights. One of my all time favorite beers. (594 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to find this on tap in the US at Brosserie Becks in DC.
Appearance: Deep brownish color with a robust head and great hints of red when light hits the glass.
Smell: Great aromas of malt, yeast, and a combination of spices. The head really allows the aromas to explode in your nose.
Taste: Very rich spicy flavor that is smoothed out by the malt as you sip. The beer then fades back into that rich spiciness on your tongue. Its a great flavor of Christmas and really makes you feel warm inside. You also get a slight hint of alcohol but it doesn't overpower the flavor.
Drinkability/Mouthfeel: Great weight, nice carbonation, and easy to consume.
The beers from the Huyghe brewery really have to be enjoyed on tap. Having tried this beer in the bottle, it is good. On tap, unbelievable. It becomes fresher and more flavorful, it's more carbonated which helps balance it; the beer almost pulls a night and day comparison with the difference. That being said, not easy to track down on tap unless you go abroad (this took me two years to find, but well worth the wait). (1,078 characters)

Photo of Aiptasia
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this beer recently during a pre-superbowl beer sale. The bottle itself is very impressive and worth collecting. A little off-putting on the opening as my bottle not only was capped with the foil and wire wrap (like a champagne bottle) around the cork, but also a layer of what appears to be wax or just goop from the bottler. It was sticky and tricky to open.

I used a standard 16 oz. glass tumbler to enjoy this one. It's strong and sweet, with a lot of rich fruit essence and flavor blended with caramel and tamari soy sauce up front. This is definitely a beer for the sipping and savoring, and not one for the chugging. It's good and worth drinking if paired with foods like pork, asian dishes and curry.

A: Amber color. Very soft head dissipated within 15 seconds. No lacing. Very fine micro-carbonation.

S: Very faint hints of apricot, pear and anise on the nose.

T: Rich and sweet, tasting of caramel toffee, tamari soy sauce and a hint of liquorice and smoke on the back. Not much hops, not bitter at all.

M: Decadent and creamy. The light carbonation makes for a smooth mellow mouth feel. Hides it's higher alcohol content quite well.

D: A sipper, not a chugger. Drink more than one and the alcohol is gonna catch up to you quick. It's a nice beer to savor and enjoy with food, or when you have to nurse a beer and want a little flavor in your sipping. (1,378 characters)

Photo of Saro
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A- pours dark red, half fingers worth of off white head that doesn't linger too long.

S- spice bomb. Alchol is very present in the nose of this brew. All the holiday spices are here for sure

T- the spices come thru very well, along with a gentle carbonation and a slow boozy burn from the 10% abv. This is a great beer to share for 2 ppl and hang out during the holidays.

M- again, lightly carbonated, small boozy burn, despite being so big on flavors, it finishes really clean and quick which can lead to a quick buzz

D- since I love beers that have very apparent high abv, I could drink a couple bombers to myself. Otherwise one pour is probably good for most people. Its a great beer, I like most of what they put out anyhow so I am pleased that I really enjoyed this (812 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, amber color with two fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, citrus (orange peel, grapefruit, sour lemon), toasted malt.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma, but a little more too. Belgian yeast up front, imparting notes of banana, clove and bubblegum, followed by tons of citrus: orange peel, grapefruit, sour lemon. Finally, the beer finishes with a nice malty backbone and some hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to chewy. With an ABV of 10%, there is quite a lot of alcohol on the palate, imparting a pleasant warmth.

Overall: This is another goddamn excellent Belgian Christmas beer!! I love the strong Belgian yeast flavors as well as the strong citrus notes. Absolutely delicious! (953 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a painted "stone" bottle into a tulip glass. The sample size was 750ml bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Appearance: The body has a deep, slightly reddish amber color. It has a slightly hazy appearance with some streams of very tiny little bubbles rushing up to the head. The head is tall, light tan in color and slowly fades leaving little to no lacing behind.

Smell: The aroma is big and full of sweet malt and fruity notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is big and full of fruity notes inside a deep, sweet malty base. Flavor notes of tropical fruit like papaya, pineapple, and guava pop out of the sweet malt, no doubt full of Belgian candi sugar. Yeast adds some funk and alcohol is also present in a mellow warming way that adds another nice level of complexity. There is even a slight leafy hop note than brings a hint of bitterness at one point before being surrounded by everything else. Its mouth feel is big, smooth and well rounded. Carbonation is soft and its body is a solid medium to full.

Notes: This is a wonderful and very enjoyable beer. Very well done, cheers Delirium Noel!!! (1,141 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange color with a slight head.A slight phenolic nose with a hint of banana.Alchohol is right up front on the tongue with a nice warming after effect.Great mouthfeel-more complex then the "delirium tremens" triple.A great drinkability at a mild 10%-perfect for a Winters night-or a nite cap in July if you ask me. (324 characters)

Photo of Vipsanius
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark amber color with an inch and a half off white head, which left some lacing.

The aroma was of floral hops, apple/crab apple tartness, dark fruits...cherries (dark and tart), apricots, grapes and a slight plum and fig aroma.

The taste - palate overload - simply put...at least at first. Much as described in the aroma but not as tart...more sweet...some lighter fruits are more prevalent here as well. Christmas is a good call...it's a beer I'd much prefer in that season even though it's still a great beer in any season.

The mouthfeel was excellent. Exactly what you'd want in a beer. Hit all of the right spots and was perfectly carbonated.

The only problem with the drinkability was it's ABV content, which was hardly noticeable, and the fact that it's a seasonal Christmas beer. Otherwise, the beer is excellent and is something I would most definitely reach for again. (907 characters)

Photo of aaronh
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep mahogany body with a reddish orange tint topped by a creamy, fluffy head. Aroma is heavy on fruit aromas, mostly dark cherry, complemented by vanilla and caramel. Really nice surprise. Flavor also follows the berry/fruit theme with decent caramel malt and a hint of vanilla creme soda in there as well. Really complex and enjoyable as a winter beer. Mouthfeel is also really robust, drinkability is great. this may be one of my favorite Belgian offerings. (460 characters)

Photo of beerking1
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy dark bronze, with a head of large bubbles that fades very fast. Aroma is big alcohol upfront, with dark fruits and some candi sugar and malt backing it up. Body is suitable medium to thin for a Belgian beer. Flavor is very fruity, sweet malt, with some balancing hops, an d a bit of sharpness from the alcohol. Finish is sweet but not heavy or cloying. (365 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with orange. Thin, quickly dissipating white head.

Nose is a panopoly of aromas - sour fruit candies, passion fruits, yeasty esters and cinnamon gum.

Palate is fruity (passion fruit), malty sweet, somewhat candied, balanced with hops and has a lingering malty sweentess on the finish.

Alcohol is completely hidden. This one is a true gem. (358 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very, very storng beer that comes at a very, very high price. I bought a faux-earthenware bottle of this stuff for $7.50. It pours a very deep brown, and reminded me of wine than beer. Deep flavors of raisins, burnt malt, strong alcohol, lots going on here. Great on a cold night, will definitely warm your fingers and toes. (324 characters)

Photo of StAnthony
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, they're not kidding about the pink elephants on the label! Packs a punch that sticks with you and grows exponentially for an hour or so after you finish. I knew about the 10% abv before the first sip, but forgot about it soon after because this seasonal is super, super smooth. A most enjoyable pint from the tapper that was velvety and well-balanced all the way through. I recall caramel and mulling spices being the most predominant flavors, with just a hint of apple maybe and a very clean, long finish that leaves you excited for the next sip. It's like a moth to the fire. (582 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured into the glass with a high & tight head, just this side of off-white. Reddish-amber liquid. Nose is wonderfully fresh, malty fruity and a bit hoppy too. Taste starts with a blast of medium maltiness then the healthy amount of hops mix with alcoholic warmth. Finishes up dry and very drinkable, I would recommend this to any fan of "Big Beers" without hesitation. Delicious! (385 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (1,606 characters)

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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