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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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737 Reviews

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Reviews: 737
Hads: 1,753
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 19.85%
Wants: 75
Gots: 196 | FT: 2
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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 Lemke10
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium brown color with little floaties in it along with a creamy light brown head. The scent is sweet, malty, mixed with spices. The taste is smooth, flavorful, and delicious. The flavor is full of yeasty malt flavors that make for a well carbonated brew that leaves a good, lingering after taste.

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Photo of HopheadEd
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Delirium is one of my favorites, this is no disappointment. Pours a medium brown with a nice head that laces throughout the glass. Murky aroma, and, stay with me, floral, fruity, dry, somewhat licorace like first taste. Very complex, very nice. You can almost smell the carbonation, effervecence. Crisp, dry finish with hints of plum. Just a damn good Belgian, Seasonal or not.

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Photo of CMW
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark, ruby brown with plenty of carbonation. One inch of tan head lines the top of the glass.

S - Dark fruit, malt, and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger).

T - Sweet upfront with flavors that beg of raisins and dates. Heavy malt backbone provides plenty of balance and Christmas spices round out this beauty.

M - Carbonation is medium/high and provides a pleasant creamy feel.

D - Didn't even notice that this was 10%. Could have easily knocked out another. Always one of my Xmas favorites.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delirium Noel 2001 Release:
On the pour a delicious orange to cherry red color as it sits in the glass. The body covered by a voluminous head, frothy in texture that melts to a fine sheet of lace that drapes the glass. Aroma’s of ripe fruit, such as pineapple and banana with hints of yeast also a underlying malt sweetness, quite a refreshing. Start is agreeably sweet, the top voluptuous in feel, the finish has a razor-sharp acidity and the hops scrumptiously hopped, malt dry aftertaste that has a slight alcohol bitterness. The big 10% ABV, warms the tummy and seals off a quite quaffable beer.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anticipation – couldn’t stand it! A friend told me to give this one a try...

This poured a thick cloudy brown color. Nice thick head and lovely lacing. The smell is quite malty with a hint of spice. The taste is quite malty. It has a bit of a spicy undertone. A slight sourness rounds out a complex and delightful taste. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and the beer coats your mouth and throat. It does not have an alcohol feel/burn for a beer with such a high alcohol content. The drinkability of this is awesome…..it is heaven and I’d love the opportunity to partake this often.

This definitely makes me feel festive for the holidays!!

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Photo of fourplayed
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into chalice, pours a dark brown/amber with 1 finger off white head.

Smells of some sweet dark fruits, plums, raisin, apple nice notes of yeasts and spices.

Taste of the same sweet fruits, with good yeasts, malts and spices with mild alcohol presense and a bit of biter hops.

Solid medium body, good smooth creamy malt feel, medium alcohol warmth and nice dry clean finish.

A very good seasonal offering. Glad I found it and yes, I will be back for more..ho ho ho!!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to the cork, this is a 2005. Bummer, I thought it was a 2006. Poor me...what ever am I to do with a year aged Belgian strong dark ale?

A: Not as carbonated as I would have liked. The head never really came to fruition and now there are just smears of bubbles on top of the body. The body is a clean walnut red with minimal bubble activity.

S: Marischano cherries, maple syrup and cognac. Stellar.

T: Begins like a cherry cordial with vanilla aspects. But the fruitiness doesn't end there...dates, figs and prunes take the reigns and add a substantial amount of flavor. Grand Marnier flares with amazing caramelized orange and nutmeg notes. Finishes with canned pear and peach preserves.

M: Medium body, syrupy but smooth. Fitting for the style.

D: This is one of the sweetest beers on the market. But what's absolutely remarkable is the fact that its not cloying, the drinkability remains very high. Craftsmanship at its finest. I applaud this beer and the brewery.

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Photo of fx20736
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single 330ml bottle from Beers of the World on 11/16/13.

Poured into a goblet, served between cellar and room temp.

Appearance:Turbid Chestnut with honey highlights and a towering Meringue of almond shortbread foam.

Aroma of dates and honey and some sherry notes.

mouthfeel: smooth, silky.

taste: complex, layered, has a fortified wine sensibility. There are white grapes, drunken peaches, figs, a little toffee a little mustiness.

notes: a remarkable, tasty, complex sipper that is like a cross between a Dubbel and a Tripel.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is deep, dark crimson. Massive, thick head that lasts. Nice lacing.

Nose is sour candy, fresh-baked bread, sweet malt, and cherry.

Taste has a complex malt character, as you would expect. A semi-sweet blend of caramel and baked bread. Alcohol has a nice warmth to it; I suspect giving it its holiday charm. Biscuit finish.

Mouthfeel is spectacularly smooth; like velvet. Has a bready thickness. Mild carbonation and a silky finish. Excellent.

Overall, a great Belgian, with a nice holiday warmth.

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Photo of oracle
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz draft pour in an tulip chalice.

The beer poured a deep mahogany with a generous bubbly and very sticky head. Heavy lacing.

Smell was fruity and malty, with a hint of the yeast still being present. A certain spicyness lingers in the aroma, of cininmon and perhaps more. Wonderful.

Taste was suberb. Fruity and sweet without being sugarry and syrupy. Notes of ripe plum and mild rasberry. Slightly spicy as well. Warms one right up on a cold winter night.


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Photo of allengarvin
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle, according to the cork, which pops out with a lot of force. Pours a cloudy brown with a head that fades away within seconds and leaves nothing but a layer of film across the top. Aroma is complex, with dark, caramelized fruity notes, a hint of pepper and maybe a touch of seasoned pipe tobacco. Sweet, bready malt on first taste, balanced by more bitterness than I recall from past years. The emphasis, though, is on the yeast character: superbly fruity, notes of soft honey and smooth vanilla; finish becomes pungent and earthy with a lingering tannic mouthfeel.

Has the recipe changed or did this age well? It's much better than any Delirium noel's I've had in the past.

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful Christmas gift from my better half.

It pours deep brown, tinged with red, apparently clear but thickly clouded by chunky yeast; capped with a massive light froth of off-white foam. Very nice. Leaves some lace on my chalice.

Aromas of yeast and tart apples remind me of baking apple pie, with a touch of spice. Reminiscent of cider.

The flavour is much darker than the aroma, more in keeping with the colour. Warm yet dry -- almost woody; lightly bitter malt. Spicy, with a hint of dark cherries as it warms. An almost caramel sweetness at the tip of my tongue.

Very dry, and extremely active on the palate. A little tart, with a long hot alcohol burn.

Very, very nice -- a pleasure to pour, to smell and to taste. I've never been disappointed by any of the Delirium offerings, but this, the Noel, may be my favourite.

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Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well heys there good lookin what you doin in this kind of neighborhood dont you know unscrupulous types like ol mynie might just come around and drink you right up? *hiccup*.

Translucent chocolate with a fine white head that stays and stays.

Wonderfully balanced smells of zippity Belgian yeast, plum and apple fruit, and a light hint of caramel sugar malt. Complex and wonderful.

Smooth, is alls I can say. Light fruit up front rushing watery into bigger, tangier fruit and ending with a brown ale-ish caramel malt with a zingy alcohol and yeast aftertaste. Complex and very tasty, but not quite as well balanced as the nose had led me to believe.

This is a great beer that would certainly warm you up on a cold winter's night. Too bad I waited until it started getting warm to drink it. Not that I let a little thing like the weather stand in the way of me and drunkeness, though.

Edit--I'm upping the taste to a 4.5. It gains considerable character and complexity as it warms.

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Photo of humanawho
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - very light orange/yellow with a weak head

S - smell is very interesting, sweet with a slight funk not a lot of spice but lots of peachy aroma

T - nice light and fruity/peachy/apracoty slight yeasty finish

M - good medium body

D - extreamly drinkable for 10% nice and light taste and feel

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a cellared bottle with no age marking on the bottle, label, cork or cage.

Gently poured from the lees it's a clear, deep chestnut with an orange cast and brilliant ruby highlights. A full (but not huge) head of creamy, slightly yellowish foam very slowly receeds to a thin cap, holds throughout the entire goblet, and leaves splashes of lace about the glass. A slight mustiness parts readily to reveal a lively, slightly tart and juicy fruitiness (berries, cherries). Some yeastiness develops with notes of sugar candy and bubblegum spice. A delicately toasted and caramel sopped maltiness hovers beneath but never really comes to the surface itself. As it warms, notes of clove and honey become more dominant. Refreshing and enjoyable! The aroma alone is worth the trip! The body is light-medium and it's exceptionally fine, natural carbonation slides across the tongue with just enough of a caress to awaken the tastebuds before fading smoothly away. More caramelization appears in the flavor than the nose suggests, although it remains somewhat sugary and honeyish like cookie-dough. The fruitiness isn't nearly as bold as the aroma suggests, and what remains is more similar to sweetened blackberries. A clear note of alcohol becomes apparent but not distracting. Some mild spice carries through, and a very sublime bitterness helps to anchor it along with its drying alcohol. It finishes fairly short and dry with a delicate note of lingering honey-berry malt and subtle spice in the aftertaste. A most impressive holiday ale, and certainly worth a try!

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured this treat into a chalice and it had a beautiful ruby red hue to it, really unique and pretty. had a decent sized head that slowly subsides. the smell is good, apples, and yeast are the most prominent scents. the taste is awesome, completely awesome, warm alcohol on the tounge along with a cidery main flavor with yeast and malt at the end, spectacular taste. mouthfeel is full and wonderful. drinkability is good, but at 10% its kinda strong

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Photo of Gehrig
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up the 11.2 oz. bottle, but wish I had the bomber. Noel presents two fingers of off-white froth on a ruby body with orange highlights--beautiful. The nose is a little understated for me--nicely fruited, touch of spice, and moderate malt--but still good. Very impressed with the taste--orange, cherry, melon combined with ginger, cinnamon and wonderful malt. The carbonation is great, keeping the flavors bouncing together well.

For 10% ABV, this is incredibly drinkable, so beware. I'm very impressed with Noel, and will keep my eyes open for it from now on. Excellent beer.

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Photo of ebby82
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color into a goblet. There is very little head.

The aroma is a beautiful boquet of fruity smells, especially apricot, and white grape. There is also the aroma of some sort of spices, possibly coriander. If this beer tastes as good as it smells, it will be a wonderful beer.

The taste, like the aroma, is fruity, light and smooth. Again, white grape, with a hint of spices to it.

The alcohol content is very high, but barely noticeable. It is very smooth, and drinks almost like a dessert wine rather than a beer. The carbonation is limited. In fact, when the cork was popped, there was barely a sound. However, this does not detract from the taste.

I would highly recommend this beer. My wife and I drank it together on our snow day from work, and we enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dried fruit aromas, dark pitted fruits, spice, dark sugars and a suspicion of fruitcake, traces of alcohol and some earthiness on the nose. Pours brilliant chestnut under a 1” white foam cap that slowly dissipates to a thin whisp of a head that never the less produces lace. Also has some legs. Fruit cake components start the palate with fig to dates, a hint of toffee, prune, dark cake, a little spice (coriander and anise) alcohol and an earthy hop finish. There is also some warming but the alcohol is not solventy or hot. It is surprisingly light for all it has going on and the alcohol levels – medium to medium high on the body and medium carbonation. A big beer with the presence of a port or a bourbon.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy caramel colored brew with a thick two finger tan head that sticks around for ever. This really isn't that dark in color...it's almost copper. Big waves of sticky belgian lace coat the glass with tons of beautiful arcs.

S - Fruity and vinous are the first two words that come to mind. In that aspect, it's very much like Delirium Tremens which is also very champagne like in aroma. I smell plums, dates, and raisins. Also over-ripe fruit, and a little bit of chocolate covered cherries.

T - Nice full fruity flavor that really smacks your tongue with an initial bite of grapes and apples. Tastes very much like it smells, but with more emphasis on chocolate covered cherries. There are hints of green leaves and grass also, and a good dose of tangy fruit juice hops pull though at the end. The finish is bitter and slightly dry with an only slighty noticable alcohol taste.

M - Nice fizz from the high carbonation at first, then a huge warming alcohol surge that is perfect for the season! Moderately dry and medium in body.

D - An excellent beer for the Christmas season. I like this quite a bit better than Delerium Tremens, and I will certainly buy this again next winter. Next time I'm getting the big bomber though.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a nice Red Amber colour with a nice two fingered head that retains the whole length as a one fingered head, and laces.

S - From the bottle, stewed cherry aromas. Once poured the sweetness intensifies and a little strawberry is introduced.

T - Up front there is sweetness closely followed by stewed dark fruit that is incredbly well balanced. There is spiciness at the finish before a warming boozy sweetness finishes it off.

M - Medium body and medium to high carbonation.

O - This beer is quintessentially Belgian. It has flavours that no other country (despite trying) can produce with any authenticity. If you see it, buy it.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 that is corked and wrapped with red foil around the cage that takes a long time to remove. Cork sez 2005 and the bottle is sheathed in that faux stone plastic shit that all the Deleriums bottles come in. Poured into a chalice.

Dark, slightly hazed crimson with an interesting tornado of bubbles that shoots up through the middle and supports a tall head of light tan that has the retention of a rock and leaves thick sheets of lace. Good lookin' brew!

The nose sweet, earthy, and spicy with melons, cherries, and apples. Yeast aromas of fruitcake and chalk. Good dose of candy sugars that pair well with a touch of hot alcohol. Damn...

The taste carries a lot of the same fruits from the nose. Nice malt base that compliments the sweets and is quickly tempered by the warming alcohol. I like beers that integrate the alcohol flavor rather than cover it up, and this beer does an excellent job of using the booze to its advantage. Nice yeast influenced finish, a little clove and banana make themselves known into a warm finish that has a growing hop bitterness with each sip.

The mouth is full and smooth, exactly what I like in a BSDA. Quickly "fills my mouth" but all that's left in the finish is flavor, not oil. As drinkable as something of this caliber.

The best of the Delirium series.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the snifter a strangely darkened yet beautiful murk of orangey brown, borderline leathery looking; moderately high creamy cap of dusted yellow foam sits atop, which slips away at an average rate. Keeps a thin collar and the lace is drippy, clinging in some glaring tones and globby spots.

Aroma is a wild tropical fruit display of sharp dark fruits fronting a grapey, raisiny, pruney thing; quite tangy for sure, a nice nose to behold. And as it sits for a bit the yeasty spices start to intertwine over the fruity tang as some banana and pear begin to push aside the other fruits and a smokey alcoholic tinge floats among the last slice of air leaving tiny bits of phenols dancing underneath.

Taste is fruitfully tanged with a fairly large supply of raisin, a crate or two of dates, a couple shelves of prunes, a basket full of ripe pears, and to finish it off in the finish along with a caramel smoothness is a bunch of bananas. A tropical salad in a glass! Smooth, rich, full, kinda sugary, with more of a brown sugar and maple syrup ascent to it that is fully enjoyable. It lasts and lasts, yet still begs to be consumed.

Feel is quite full and yeasty with a sugary coating across a sweet taming ride of tangy fruitfulness. Edged with a certain alcoholic kick with phenols that fits just right. Very well-rounded and smooth with a chewy little afterbite that sticks nicely across the palate leaving all sorts of left over fruity bits, then to the spices, then a unique subtle drying, way, way, super late. Slight burn of alcohol too, just to keep you, and it, all in check.

Nearly perfect! A very nice Holiday treat.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off tap poured into a Delirium Noel snifter. The beer poured a slightly amber golden color with one finger of head. The nose was nice and sweet and fruity, maybe some strawberry and a hint of peppery spice from the yeast. The flavor was good. Some fruity tones and caramel sweetness with a nice spicey finish. Good beer. The feel was thick and creamy and just good. This beer was nice to sit down to after finishing grading finals and collections and all that comes with beig a TA. What a nice beer. I like it better off tap than the bottle.

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Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good things do come in small packages. This 25 cl bottle packs a wallop and tastes great! Alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting from the overall experience. Nice dark copper color with oily head, aroma of prunes and alcohol, taste is also drief fruit and caramel. Palate is right on with a little alcohol warmth. A keeper...

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