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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 67
Gots: 165 | FT: 4
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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 zero_signal
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwswigs
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevinmaher
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmac093
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrianBeers1030
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of biggietattoos
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very complex high gravity ale. Good hoppiness. Hits the palette nicely with a unique layering of flavors from the hops that hide the alc. well.

I couldn't see drinking this on the reg but definitely a nice change up every now and then. Not too malty either which is a plus.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TheMistler
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured brown, but with some bright ruby highlights. Hazy but not opaque. A frothy, light khaki head with bubbles of many sizes (I found this to be true of both the draft and bottle representations). The head settles to a nice, creamy cap that displays nice retention, pretty good lacing.

Smells like the inside of fig newtons, but with some of the sweetness stripped away. Somewhat muted in the aroma department. Spicing to a Belgian dark aroma. Dark fruits, brown sugar. Some alcohol.

There is definitely a large bit of cinnamon to the taste, alongside noticeable dark fruits and an alcohol warming with some slight astringency and a small degree of spice drying. A sweet but sharp taste, pretty good.

A nice, warming sipper with a medium body. Creamy feel juxtaposes the alcohol presence.

EDIT: A friend came onto BA when I was still logged in and tooled around with my beer notebook in tow. This has been heavily edited, but now properly reflects my notes and opinion.

Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this seasonal brew from Delirium at a bar in Connecticut last week. It was served in a 12oz serving. Since, it was listed on their recommend list on the chalk board, I decided to have one. It had been quite a bit of time, since I drank anything from Delirium. It had a decent head, and smelled good. The taste was nutty and spicy. It went well with my food, and was a good choice for a beer this time of the year.

Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper color with 1 finger of head that fades to a cap with lost of suspended solids floating about.

Aroma: Sweet Malt, brown sugar and yeast with some medicinal notes mixing in

Taste: Full, creamy body upfront, with big malt sweetness ans some earthy hops, then lost of sticky sweetness on the way out with a slightly lingering, nutty and warming finish.

The Rest: Body is full and creamy and drinkability is good for this big of a beer. Very tasty!

Photo of BeerDrinkingRhino
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drew966
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Delirium Noel pours a copper color with a white head and lot of floating yeasties from a brown twelve ounce bottle wrapped in a gray coating that looks sort of stone like. The aroma reminds me of grapes. The flavor definitely has a wine like character that I find enjoyable. This isn't something I'd want to drink everyday, but it's pretty good.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in the classic glassware.

Appearance: Deep amber to ruby red color. Thin off-white head.

Smell: Very malty aroma, a bit of caramel present as well as vanilla.

Taste: Fruity - I sense vanilla, raspberry and spice. Mild hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied feel.

Drinkability: Decently drinkable, but perhaps a bit too fruity for some.

Photo of StargherKing
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance was reddish, slightly caramel colored. Head was off-white, sort of an eggshell tint. Smell was smoky, peppery, with just the slightest hint of sweetness. Taste was very smoky, it left me with a strong impression of oak. Hints of coffee, cocoa, and a very slight sweetness, but I noticed these almost as afterthoughts. Mouthfeel was smooth, almost velvety. Personally, I found the strong smoky flavor almost overpowering, which really hurt the drinkability for me. Overall, not a bad beer, but I was left feeling let down after my amazing experience with Delirium Tremens. Still, I'd recommend it.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ksimons
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-caramel color with a fingers worth of khaki head

S-caramel malt, dark fruits, yeast and some spices

T-caramel malt backbone with brown sugar dark fruits and spices

M-medium body, high carbonation

Overall I like the original better but still pretty good

Photo of Chinon01
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a pineapple and banana nose with herbs and a little caramel too. The taste is lean with yeast sting and spice, hops and mild caramel in the middle and in the finish. The front of the taste is similar to the nose. The mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is better.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear dark-copper-amber w/yeast floaties (bartender accidentally poured entire bottle) and 1-finger off-white head that fades into patchy cap.
S-Spice dominates, w/dry roast malt, Belgian yeast characters, light esters, light hops, and candy sugar.
T-Slightly sweet malt w/strong spice (pepper, clove), and a nice bitterness that emerges in the finish.
M-Robust carbonation, decent balance, warming, and spicy. Heavier-bodied. Sugar comes through a little strong at times.
D-Enjoyable and festive, warming.

Photo of afluentturtle
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on Christmas eve, poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful!!! Deep orange/amber, two figures of off white fluffy marshmallow like head. Text book lacing down the glass. This is what a beer should look like.

Smell: Spice, Peaches, Fig, Plums, Apricots. Some alcohol. Notes of woody/nuttyness.

Taste: follows the nose with the fruit but that's about it. A little bit of spice but not like I smelled. You can taste the alcohol for sure. To sum it all, it's a belgIan strong dark but not really a christmas version.

Mouthfeel: not to thin and not to thick, a nice balance. No alcohol bite but you know it's there. Good carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall: probably would get again next year if I saw it on the shelf while shopping but not somthing I will seek out and would probably skip over in preference of other holiday beers. It will definetly get you feeling good at 10 abv.

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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber poured into a Chimay Goblet.

The beer pours a decent creamy head. The beer has good head retention. The beer itself is a reddish amber color with hints of purple and dark brown that resemble a grapeish color.

The smell has a strong smell of dark and dry fruits such as plum and grape. A sugar smell also exists and supports the fruity smell. Additionally, cherries also show but are not very prominent. Malts also show up but are hidden and barely noticeable. I got some hop smell but not a lot.

The beer tastes somewhat similar to how it smells. Plenty of dry and dark fruit such as grapes and plums with an undercurrent of cherry. The hops and malt show up in the aftertaste and the last few instances of the drink but aren't really noticeable otherwise.

Very light-bodied for a strong dark ale. Very little carbonation.

The beer is not a bad brew but I have had better strong dark ales. That being said, I think that it is worth having at least once but I probably will not be picking this brew back up again next year.

Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really excited to grab this along with the 11 other beers i got on this particular trip, so lets see how she fairs. And i was surprised when i corked this 750ml to find that it was a 2009 bottle.

A- Pours a Deep reddish brown with no head to speak of

S- Almost fully black cherry with a little bit of hops

T- Tastes almost identical to the smell only in stronger dosage. Hops settle in the back of your throat and give almost the feeling of warm chocolate. Spices warm your throat and belly like a nice aged scotch.

M- Carbonation coats the tongue nicely and is nice and chewy in the mouth.

P- Overall a nice winter beer. A few bottles will probably accompany me on snowboard trips this season.

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.