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Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by taez555 on 02-03-2002

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Photo of jrsqc7
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It looks great coming out the bottle solid head heavy metal ironfist clinging to the glass the notes of red Swedish fish heavy metal bulldozer your nose malt is there but is not heavy metal Samurai enough to cut through the sweetness.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey dark Amber colour with a huge bone coloured head that slowly disapates to a small layer. Aroma dark fruits, brown sugar, banana, spices. Taste candy, Apple, toffee, dark fruits, grape. Very nice.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

ABV: 10.0% - Best before October 2017.

Bought at Beergium last week. I'm looking forward to try my first beer from Brouwerij Huyghe.

It pours hazy with a dark amber, almost copper color. A one finger high head.

Nose: Dark fruit, banana, brown sugar, syrup and sweet malt.
Taste: Red fruit, caramel malt, candied sugar, apple, toffee, cherry, spices, raisin and plum.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation. A bit "sour" mouthfeel. Medium body. Dry ending.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(330 ml bottle poured into a teku)

L: deep, cherry-red liquid, fairly clear, but quite dark... very tall foam stand, very open, messy suds - couldn't pour the whole bottle into the glass... surprisingly, it does keep a light-medium thick collar and does lace in a wide, unbroken band... there are lees, poured them in with the second and final pour

S: moderate phenolic spice, in line with how their other strong beers smell... mild-moderate dark fruit esters and hints of candy sugar... not really getting much booze, no heat... maybe a faint hint of baker's cocoa... overall, the intensity is a bit dull

T: the cocoa comes more to the fore, and it does have a moderately malty, semi-candy sweet core, but it finishes relatively lightly dry, and you do get a firm, broad wash of booze trailing the meat of it... aftertaste has an extremely subtle raisin note, along with a fairly bold lingering spice, with a nip of peppery bitterness rounding that out...

F: quite light and taut... even with the dregs, it's still a bit weightless... I think that's something I often forget with Huyghe - their beers are super light and easy to knock back, but they're mostly 8-10% - ouch!

O: if you're looking for something strong and dry with a sort of cordial-like sweet meat, this might be a hit - it does pack a nice punch... but it almost has no smell and it'd be hard to lack more depth in flavor (I had a pils by Furst Wallerstein the other day and the depth in flavor was off the charts compared to this, sort of at the other end of that spectrum)... still, it's a lazy-eazy swill, but a comet buy

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Photo of ajm5108
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a medium ruby color with a strong foam head. Retention & lacing is lasting. Aroma has a good amount of dry champagne yeast, definitely gives a little barnyard funk, along with some of the more characteristic notes (dried fig, some distant phenol). Flavor is not very impactful, it leads with the spicey phenol but carries notes of hay, yeast, grape must and some faint dark fruit. Nothing necessarily bad but just a tad pedestrian. A bit thin on the mouthfeel as well. I like my Belgian's a little heftier. Overall, rather middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: copper color with a thin, lacy head
S: some dark fruit, Belgian yeast
T: see smell, add metallic and boozy
F: great mouthfeel, dry finish, but a little creamy
O: not too much on the Christmas beer, but enjoyable

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle poured into a Delirium Noel Snifter

A- Pours a beautiful reddish-brown topped by a 3 finger white head that slowly dissipates into a creamy cap. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Caramelized sugar, dark fruit, cloves and bananas. An alcohol smell is also present.

T- Caramelized sugar, bright apple, cloves/banana, and a variety of spices (notably nutmeg)

M- Medium Body with Moderate-High Carbonation. Slight alcohol burn as the brew warms.

O- A pleasant Belgian Dark Ale with a ton of spicy/fruity flavours and aromas to offer.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Very picturesque pour; tawny brown with a huge +2 finger head. Noticable
lacing present.

Smell: vinous sweetness; alcohol

Taste: Nice belgian sweetness upfront; The vinous and alcohol
notes also carry over from the nose. As you reach the top of the
roller coaster however and start down the other side, there's a very
noticeable and unpleasant metallic or iron note that mars the

Feel: Peppery with lot's of carbonation.

Overall: Was excited to try this one, but was somewhat disappointed,
given the metallic notes that spoil the pour's conclusion.
Found Corsendonk's offering to be far more enjoyable, as
far as Belgian Xmas beers go.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz pour on tap into goblet

A: creamy small head with a brackish brown body very murky

S: lots of burnt sugar, raisins, figs, a little bit of banana

T: Apple, toffee, figs, caramel, burnt sugar

M: a little effervescent bubbly on the tongue

O: excellent beer just so many great flavors and so easy to drink if you are going to enjoy a Belgian strong you will not be disappointed in this one

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy, fruity, and funky Belgian aroma with a scent of yeast, spices, and dried fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, peppers, funk, and cinnamon. Fruit hints of banana, green apple, pear, and grapes. Dark fruit hints of raisin, plum, and fig. Hints of candied sugar and bubblegum. Malt hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, and cracker. Subtle earthy hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, fruity, and funky Belgian taste with notes of yeast, spices, and fruit. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of clove, cinnamon, pepper, and funk. Dried fruit notes of banana, pear, green apple, and grapes. Also some dark fruit notes of plum, raisin, and fig. Sweet taste of candied sugar along with some bubblegum. Malt notes of biscuit, straw, caramel, and cracker. Light earthy hop bitterness. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and prickly with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good Belgian Ale. Good mix of spices and fruit esters.

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Photo of SABERG
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - Mahogany, deep copper in color. Wonderful clarity, a lite train of carbonation supports an off
white cap. Lacing is in form of small spotty patches.
S - Malts, winter spice, earthy.
T - A bit spicy and sweet, the strength of the base supports a wide variety of dried dark fruit.
Raisin, date and fig.
M - A sweet start, quickly turns a bit tart, and cleans up from active carbonation.
O - A very pleasant strong ale, enough spiciness to think holidays. Very nice offering

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Photo of kitch
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a best before end date of October 2017 poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: It poured a dark amber colour with a two finger fluffy beige head that dissipated slowly and settled to a very nice thin fluffy layer with some nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet plum, grape, raisin and candied sugar with hints of banana and clove as well as cherries.

Taste: Cherries, raspberries, raisin, plum and prunes. As it warms, the alcohol presence gets stronger and more noticeable but never overpowering. In addition, caramel and toffee appears as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: Very enjoyable although I do prefer Nocturnum a bit more. I also do not know what makes this a Christmas beer as I don’t get much of the spices usually associated with Christmas.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear orange with a bubbly head of beige foam that falls well. Spirited bubbles sparkle int he glass as they rise. Nose is light hearted fruitiness, soft malt bright hops. Toffee and spice. The drink is fruity and mellow. Lots of lush malt made bubbly by the carbonation. Sweet bread and spice. A bit of pepper and phenols to really excite the palate and the nose. The finish is drying and a lovely touch from hops bitterness. Buttery spice cake with a bit of booze.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Deep reddish brown in color. Fluffly beige head that settles into a finge thickness. Bubbles stacked like little beads in the head. Lacing that never quits and follows the sides of the glass.
Smell - Malty, more like sweet cake. Raisins, plums, bananas, candied clove.
Taste - Candied fruits seasoned with cloves and hint of peppery finish. The warmer this beer gets the more the flavors blossom.
Feel - A little on the boozy side. Nice and creamy. Super balanced.
Overall - I am coming to appreciate the style. This one is a good representation. Best as it warms.
Not sure if its something I would seek out. Time will tell

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

a: Cherry amber body. Crystal clear with an almost polished look. 2 finger bubbly beige head.

s: As it warmed I picked up subtle notes of toasted malts, sugar candi, sour cherry, orange rind and hints of wormwood and alcohol.

t: Taste follows the nose and is quite nice as it opens. Very much like a holiday punch. Sweet and sour with candi and sour cherries, lots of spice from the yeast and a good amount of warming alcohol comes through. Hints of orange rind and cooked dark stonefruit throughout.

mf: Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Spicy, tingly and a nice bite from the booze.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

15244 code thingamajig

a: dark amber. about one finger light beige head. lacing recedes quickly.
s: delightful aroma of banana & clove. Raisins/plums come through as it continues to warm.
t: Dark fruit starts off immediately followed by the belgian yeast midway which rides to the finish.
m: my highest knock against this beer is the carbonation - about 2-3 clicks too high to me. This seems to interfere some with the enjoyment of the flavors. Medium body. A touch dry.
o: Glad to have finally tried this. Very nice sipper. Unfortunately the high carbonation takes away slightly from the enjoyment of the beer. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle coded 15244 (guessing this year's offering):
Pours a deep amber, but quite clear. Aggressive first pour was likely a mistake. a soft pour yielded a gentle head. The bubbles were light tan and medium size, but softened onto the surface. Lacing was flowing sheets of bubbles with each sip, but not a lot of stickiness.

Nose was winter spices, cinnamon and nutmeg combined with a stronger banana, Belgian yeast esters. Some soaked raisin notes early. A little cherry-ish note came out in the middle with warmth, but so did an alcohol astringency that wasn't the best.

Taste evolved over a long session with this beer. Early on (and colder) the yeast was forward, with the winter spices and an alcohol astringency that wasn't the best attribute. Early mid-taste, the flavors balanced quite well, and the astringency was fading. Middle taste the raisin and dark fruit notes faded along with the yeast notes (but the latter still had an influence). A general spicy hop bitterness started growing and lasted into the late taste. My last few sips, the beer balanced out nicely again, and seemed sweet, at least in comparison. As a fellow BA noted, almost cream soda like (though much less sweet). Border on a 3.75 and a 4 here.

Carbonation levels bordered on being too strong, but stayed easily within the acceptable range. Early astringent notes faded. Carbonation lasted to the end, never flattening. Nice feel overall.

Loved enjoying this during an online tasting. Forced me to appreciate the beer over a period of time where I got the recognize the nuances that it offered. Lighter overall notes compared to many dark ales I have had, but I might be biased towards the bold flavors. Definitely a strong consideration for a yearly pickup.

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Photo of kell50
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single from Total Wine for the BA live tasting.

A - Pours a dark, hazy ruby color. A huge fluffy off-white head renders small rings that attach around the edge of the glass.

S - Big pop of Belgian aromas- raisins, cherries, plums, candi-sugar, clove, and fruity yeast. There is a touch of booziness present as well.

T - Taste really follows the nose. Cherry, raisins, brown sugar, Belgian yeast and bubblegum on the finish. It's 10% alcohol content is reasonably hidden, but noticeable. There is also a nice mix of wintery spices present.

M - Medium body and lively carbonation. No bottling date noticed, I'm assuming this one is relatively fresh. Pretty creamy mouthfeel, in addition to a little alcohol burn.

O- I enjoyed this beer from start to finish. I remember having previously enjoyed his beer, but never reviewed it. This was a great beer to revisit given the proximity to Xmas.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burgundy color with a big ass fluffy white head.

Malt scents, spices, maybe cinnamon, rock candy.

Taste is so smooth. Spices come through again. Belgian yeast goodness.

Loving this.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a dark dark amber with a very bulky head of foam that never wants to quit.

Holiday spices in the smell along with candi sugar, dark fruit, and a bunch of caramel.

Spices are up front in the taste. Some candi sugar and caramel that is offset by a pretty strong astringency. Alcohol is hidden well.

As it warms, the flavours pretty much stay the same, which surprises me. Could have done without that astringent factor; would have made the session more enjoyable.

Medium body with maybe a tad too much carbonation.

Enjoyable? Yes. Does it give me THAT Christmas feeling? Not quite. Still, I like it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Noel balloon glass.

Look: A dark cinnamon body with a light khaki head that doesn't recede much. Random light spots of foamy lacing remain.

Aroma: Belgian yeast up front that get covered with brown sugar, cinnamon, dark fruits. A prominent dark cherry note as the beer warms.

Taste: Cinnamon spiciness comes out a lot up front followed by molasses, brown sugar, Belgian yeast as the beer warms, and a spicy cinnamon candy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet dry.

Overall: A real treat. Really opens up as it warms and has all the wonderful Christmas flavors I want in a beer.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden amber color with big off white head that never goes away.
Smell get strong clove and alcohol with some nutmeg and raisin notes as the beer warms you lose the clove smell and get more alcohol.
Taste very smooth drinking nutmeg vanilla good alcohol flavor.
Very smooth for a 10% ABV no aftertaste
Overall a good beer I would have again.

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Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper color poured into a snifter. Fluffy, delicate light tan head that stayed with me for a nice long time. I got cherry and raisin on the nose as well, followed by some estery Belgian yeast. Very fruity. I tasted raisin, followed by plum and cherry. Less estery and complex. Some caramel and toffee with a nice malt backbone. Warming on the finish but it does not feel like 10%. Dry, clean finish with medium carbonation. Not as much spice as I expected, but nice!

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Photo of VAcrossr
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Okay, making my first official BA review for the Online Tasting of Delirium Noël. Picked up a 750ml bottle a week ago to cellar for the tasting.

Nice amber color with a fizzy two-finger head that dissipates in a couple minutes to a layer of bubbles that covers about half of the top of the glass in a map-like pattern. A few bubbles cling to the sides. Pretty.

Smell is some peppery phenols and brown malts. I like.

Taste is, for me, somewhat between a quad and dubbel. Same goes for the color, too. I'm getting a bit of dark ripe fruits, raisiny taste, and a tingle of pepper.

Feel: I quite like the feel. Starts out a bit fizzy and settles down but with enough bubbles to prick up the peppery taste. This is better than I remember it, maybe having tried it only once or twice.

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Photo of lambpasty
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber/brown with a typical big, fluffy, somewhat aggressive Belgian head that you could eat with a spoon. Actually when I first cracked the bottle, after about 15 seconds it started foaming a little. Yeast must have been as excited as I was.

Lively effervescence lightens the mouthfeel a bit and refuses to let the head completely recede, keeping a thin layer of tiny bubbles on the surface with a thicker ring around the edge.

A quick swirl easily reinvigorates a 1/8" head, if only for a few seconds.

Reasonable lacing, and once those bubbles are up on the glass they refuse to move. Nose is predominantly the expected yeast party at first, but gives way to some subtle fruitiness and notes of allspice, clove and citrus rind. I'm reminded quickly of (fruit-based) mincemeat pie, though the scents and flavors are much more subtle.

Taste follows the nose but with more fruit, spice, yeast and a touch of booze. Treacle, golden raisins, mild cherry, plum and an almost roasted-orange flavor combined with holiday spices. Though the bubbles serve to lighten the feel and do a fair job of hiding the booziness, the warmth gives it away in the end as flavors of light grain, spiced dark fruit and yeast esters remain.

Overall I'm very glad I tried this one again, the more it warms up the more it's making me want to slump back into my chair and just stare at a fire for several hours. Not my favorite from Huyghe but a decent offering that I will probably pick up again.

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