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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,497 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,497
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 40
Gots: 83 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of mjaskula

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a nice clear dark brown with a decent tan head. The head was less dense than I expected, it thinned to a ring with some islands, no lacing.

Aroma is typical of the style, very belgian: dark fruits, raisins and sweet malts. Flavor is similar, sweet clean and malty, slightly spicy and fruity. Carbonation is high and mouthfeel is crisp and clean, not syrupy. I'll easily drink the whole bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 04:37:03 | More by mjaskula
Photo of towersfall

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown pour with a red hint. The head isn't too impressive and dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Spices hit you when you (painstakingly) unwrap the foil and THEN undo the cork. The mixture of the spices as well as the malt and yeast make for quite a delicious winter scent.

Taste: An extremely spicy flavor attacks your taste buds but is quickly followed by a malty smoothness that leads you back into the spicy-ness. A great tasting christmas brew, easily the best I tasted this year.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a rich amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A little easy to consume but when the bigger bottle is finished you're ready to move on, but yet a feeling of accomplishment still settles in your stomach.

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).

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 03:45:46 | More by towersfall
Photo of Sigmund


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml painted (mock stoneware) corked bottle, now available in Norway (despite some objections by the humour & morality police). Amber to brown colour, large off-white head with an orangey hue. Malty sweetish aroma with strong notes of caramel, treacle and Christmas spices, also notes of yeast and oak. Flavour is very spicy and sweet (candy sugar) with a pleasant warming mouthfeel. There’s a hoppy and spicy (and slightly alcoholic) bite in the finish. A demanding beer, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 22:28:31 | More by Sigmund
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown with orange highlights. it has a tanhead the dissolves to a relativley thick film over the top of the beer.
sweet and spicy aroma with ginger, dark furits, raisin, cherry, grape, underneath that, but not taking a backseat is rich caramel and candy sugars, a hint of funk that verges on plastic-y at times, and earthyness finishes things off. a litte bit of a bubblegum aroma comes out at the beer wrams.
the taste starts with a nice ginger and caramel interplay. a spicy quality kicks in mid taste with clove and other baking spices as well as some candy sugar. the alcohol is a little detectable towards the finish. a mild pleasant belgian funkiness is present in the aftertaste. sometimes a bit of smoke came through.
the body is fuller side of medium with sharp, but not overactive carbonation.
good drinkability an excellent choice for sipping on christmas..

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 00:03:59 | More by kmo1030
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 12/6/12

Deep plum color with brown hues. Ample, three finger head dissipates rapidly. It doesn't leave much lace though. Thin, wispy layer of retention. A few arcs of lace.

Deep baked spice bread aromas: toasted bread, ginger, cinnamon. Figs, raisins and plums. banana bread as it warms. Earth and nut overtones.

The flavor isn't quite as lush as the I was hoping for based on the aroma, but it's still quite good. Ripe fruit notes hover over the spice bread; both are just fine, but they aren't entirely at ease together. Cinnamon raisin bread at the core.

Medium full body with a granular base. Moderately low carbonation makes for a fluffy feel. The feel is great; it has a quick coating that doesn't last too long.

This is dangerously drinkable; I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing that I bought the 11.2oz bottle. I'll probably have to give this another shake sooner than later.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 20:57:10 | More by Ryan011235
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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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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy wow. This beer is just a mixture of emotions.

Sweet bottle, first off. It's the color and complexion of cookies 'n cream, with a cork. It pours a good dose of head that fizzles to just a thin layer after not too long. Really interesting color. Deep, dark mahogany.

My sense of smell is not that sharp, but this brew knocked me back with sweet, sour cherries and some pear. The 10% ABV kicks at the start, but especially the finish — which mixes with a Belgian yeast-y funk, which is great if you're into that thing.

It tastes fruity, deep and Belgian. Not sure what I'd drink it with, but it warmed me up in no time at all.

But take note: I found little balance with this beer. It was a strong, funky party in my mouth. I still don't know if I like it, but I appreciate what the brewers have done here.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 07:50:52 | More by Dmart1223
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with copper highlights. Tan head that dissipated and leaves minimal lace. Sugarplum maltiness mixed with spice and a significant alcohol-laden esteriness in the nose. Smells more alcoholy than it tastes. Beautiful, subtle spice and sweet fruity malt kick to it, a nice malt and yeast coalition leaving it dry and fruity in the finish. This beer is a "sneaker" if you're not careful. It's that tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2003 07:18:39 | More by crookedhalo
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber-orange in color with a highly carbonated eggshell head that fades after a couple of minutes. Left no lace on my glass. Fruity aromas dominate the nose. I smell cloves, alcohol, and raisins. The taste is very smooth, fruity and dry with a nice alcohol warmth. A very well balanced brew. Finishes with a crisp sweetness that is just right. Way to quaffable far a 10% ABV but I like it. I'm glad I stocked up on these but I really don't think I'll have the willpower to sit on them too long.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 19:55:18 | More by cretemixer
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: From MRMOJORISIN's cellar, this was poured into a Delirium tulip glass, where it settled a coppery brown with a modest ecru head. It left no lacing at all as I drank my way down the glass.

S: The predominant scent is malty and fruity -- cherries and berries -- though with a musty/earthy scent as well. A peppery alcoholic spice finishes it. A lot going on, but it's nicely balanced and leaning towards the sweet and fruity on the nose.

T: Also sweet and fruity up front -- like berries soaked in liquid sugar. An alcohol warmth ends the sip. There is a drier finish than expected given the overall fruitiness and sweetness.

M: Appropriately carbonated and a good body to this one.

D: Fairly smooth for a high-ABV offering. Certainly a sipping beer to savor and enjoy rather than quaff. Given the sweetness and ABV, I probably wouldn't want to have a lot of this at once, however.

Notes, 12-26-08: 2 years later and I had this one for Christmas. Reviewed it without looking at the old review and my opinion hasn't changed, with one exception: second time around I would've lowered the score of the nose to 4.0, as I think it's too sugar-centric. But the general descriptions are the same, as well as the overall impression that there's a lot of candied sugar and fruit in this one, though with a semi-dry bitterness at the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 16:00:10 | More by Kendo
Photo of icemanrulz

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this beer for Christmas and was eager to break it open, as I have yet to be disappointed with a Delirium selection. Color is dark with just a hint of amber. Surprisingly little amount of head and very little lacing on the glass. Very fruity aroma with a nice subtle hint of clove and nutmeg. The taste is sweetly fruity up front with an earthy, malty, and slightly alcoholic finish. Very soft mouthfeel and pleasingly warming. Despite its high alcohol content (10%) it is not overwhelming. Very enjoyable on its own, but would also pair well with pork dishes or as a dessert beer. Not the best beer to come out of Belgium (or even the Huyghe Brewery), but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 21:52:21 | More by icemanrulz
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table with a wispy persisten head. It had a slight haze and a copper ruby color. The aroma was caramel and candy. The flavor was candy and began sweet but moved toward dry in the finish. Also present was a slight spice. The body was med.

Capital Ale House 10 ounce draft.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2003 01:59:44 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the beer into a nice Balloon goblet flask to bring out the complex aromas. Has a very fruity smell, cranberry, slight apple, some citrus tones. The beer looks terrific in this glass, like something out of an advertisement, the head and color and perfect for Belgian style, it is a perfect maroon/red color with a frothy cream colored head, though not the dark color I expected.

The beer taste is very complex, a fruity addition to the holiday season, there is alot going on. I taste lots of cranberry zest, some other citrus, lemon maybe? And the effect of an overall lambic taste, yeast and grains included.

Has a very bubbly mouthfeel and gives a nice warm feeling going down. This beer is easy to drink and the 10% ABV isn't anything to shake your finger at! A decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 23:28:34 | More by Dankuel
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a relatively clear reddish-mahogany in color with only about a /4" of bone white head that quickly dissipates. Nice aroma, lots of fruity esters, some malt and spicinesses with minimal amounts of alcohol. Esters are mostly of darker fruits like plums and cherries but there do seem to be some pears lurking beneath the surface. Phenols are peppery, malt is mostly caramel with a touch of bread and alcohol is light with a slightly perfumey character. Taste is reminiscent of the aroma in the all the above aromas are present in the flavor but they are present in different intensities. Malt seems to be much more prevalent here with bready/caramel undertones. Esters are again plums and dark cherries but pears and some other lighter fruits remain. Towards the finish there is a more notable alcohol presence than in the aroma. The alcohol is distinctly rose-like and very pleasant. Esters seem to linger into the finish and are joined by the peppery phenols that were found in the aroma but, until this point, absent from the flavor. Good mouthfeel, medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is quite good. Very enjoyable and while not perfectly to style an excellent beer to drink in the cooler months (or any other time for that matter).

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 22:30:32 | More by mnj21655
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Nice, pleasant amber brown. Thin, beige head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Very pleasant, slightly spiced, bready, malty, slightly sweet.

T: Definitely in line with other seasonals. Detected a little spice, nice dark maltiness, and a hint of slight sweetness as from dark fruits.

M: Not as thick as some holiday beers, but pleasant. The carbonation provides just enough cleanliness to it.

D: Pretty solid, bit at 10% I wouldn't call it a session beer!

Overall, pretty good, pretty much what I would expect from a Delirium. Could easily return to this, perhaps in front of a fire on a snowy evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:14:06 | More by Rmason104
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage.

Dark ruddy brown to an almost crimson with a big white head that can only be described as belgian. Huge berry juicy and spicy aroma. Dry spicy berry juice flavor (matching the aroma). A polite sweetness, though not by any measure a sweet beer.

The alcohol was not readily apparent, so this little baby kicked me in the head.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 00:32:03 | More by Naerhu
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a Delirium Noel Glass

It is a deep red brown color, with about a 2 finger white head. One the head is gone there is constant lacing.

As it pours there is a spicy fragrance. Also smells of bananas. Smelling the glass after the head dissipates the spicy smell is more prominent. Also smells more of darker fruits.

As you drink there is a taste of the darker fruits; cherries and figs. Definite spice notes as well.

There is solid carbonation throughout the drinking. The alcohol is also prevalent as you hold it in your mouth.

Overall it is solid Noel Beer. It's higher alcohol content will definitely keep you warm on those cold, wet winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 19:30:33 | More by SStein
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 ml faux ceramic bottle into a snifter.

Color is brownish orange like iced tea. Minimal head with no lace. Wisps of white foam create what looks like a Doppler picture of a hurricane.

Aroma is sweet and acidic. Apples, some yeast, alcohol in the background.

Smokey and creamy. Bitter fruits give way to a dry finish. Spicing is lighter than expected... subtle and complementary.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 13:11:18 | More by HugoGrim
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This pours a dark slightly hazy ruby color. It has a big active off-white head, that fell down to a small ring floating around the edge of the glass. There were some bits of lacing on the glass. There are small carbonation bubbles visible.

S - There is a big fruity smell here. I am getting apple, cherry, banana, and pear. There are some spices, belgian yeast, and a touch of booziness present as well.

T - You really get the fruitiness and belgian yeast right up front. It has a good sweetness to it. The alcohol content is hidden very well. There is also a nice hop and spice present.

M - This has a medium body and crisp carbonation. It has a creamy quality to it, as well as some warming from the alcohol.

D - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down smooth. I think this is a good christmas beer, and I would definitely try this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 11:59:40 | More by JizackFH
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle at a beer brunch at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

This was poured into a wine glass and served with a dessert course. It was very dark brown in the glass, translucent when held to light with dark ruby hue. There was initially a full 2-3 fingers of head at the initial pour, eventually settling down to about a finger or so of light brown to off-white foam.

Aromas were very light but could be brought out with a few swirls of the glass. Dates or raisins, some vanilla, spices like nutmeg or coriander, and just a trace of alcohol. This really smells like something you might want to mull on the stove.

I tasted this brew with and without food. On its own, it has the most interesting complexity of malts and candied fruit that I can remember. There is some sweetness that goes along well with a nice full bodied and relatively heavy mouthfeel. The linger was long and a bit warm, with traces of spice that seemed to just dance at the back of your tongue.

Then I tried with the food, both a chocolate pastry and fresh picked blueberries. The pastry and beer were great, but what shocked me was how well this beer played with those blueberries! The dark fruity sweetness of the berries just brought the heart and soul out this brew, highlighting the subtle spices that were easy to miss before, like cinnamon or cardamom and bringing to the forefront the fantastic malty sweetness. It was a fantastic experience, one that I would have never considered on my own.

This brew is fantastic on its own or paired with the right food. It has the classic Belgian candy sugar tone to it nestled nicely within all that complexity. I should note that the beer I sampled was from the previous years Christmas stock (from Christmas 2007) and I don't really know if that was for the better or worse. All I know is that this stuff rocks and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a beautiful Belgian dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 20:05:16 | More by SIRIUS2
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Delirium Noel more than Nocturnum, but not as much as Tremens.

A lovely reddish color with a small head that leaves no lacing.

The 10% alcohol content is very present in the nose & overpowers pretty much everything else.

The taste is strong, bold. Again, the high alcohol content is very noticeable. Somehow, the taste also comes out somewhat smooth. Interesting.

I'm glad I tried this one, but at $9 a bottle, I'll probably stick to Delirium Tremens next time I buy one of their products.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 01:13:57 | More by chOAKbarrell
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, amber in color

Smell: Belgian spice, toasted malt, and a touch of butter

Taste: candied apple-especially in the beginning, Belgian spice in the middle, alcohol, and a touch of banana at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, low carbonation, medium/light bodied

Drinkability: A highly drinkable beer considering the high abv. I will look for this again but only one per session as the alcohol is very present. I really like the apple taste in the beginning.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 16:23:07 | More by tigg924
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from lovely ceramic-looking bomber with pink elephant reindeer into oversize wine glass.

Appearance: Dull cloudy orange but it does shine when held up to the light. Minimal head and lacing. Looks halfway between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and Pale Ale.

Smell: Belgian yeast showcase of cloves and banana. Also, brown sugar, figs and an overall mustiness.

Taste: Candied sugar, banana and cloves upfront, with other spiciness like pepper coming through at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body due to the added sugar, almost creamy, dry finish. Body seems more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale to me.

Drinkability: Relatively simple Belgian Christmas Ale but still quite nice and that 10% abv is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 13:13:50 | More by bsp77
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from big champagne bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours dark mahogony brown with touches of white foam around the edge. Cloudy some sediment. Malty smell, with hazelnut and chocolate. Smooth rich malty taste, some chocolate, other candied sugar taste, Very light carbonation. Smoother than counterparts. Full of flavor + easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 18:01:19 | More by KTCamm
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice amber appearance with a solid half inch head. Smell is a great blend of fruit, wine and yeast. Taste maintains some of the qualities of the aroma, with a winelike presence and distinct tartness. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp...very refreshing. Overall, the qualities make for an extremely drinkable brew despite the high abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 22:53:00 | More by edchicma
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,497 ratings.