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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,632
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 61
Gots: 128 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002)
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Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a nice deep amber with virtually no head but some fizzy carbonation.

S-Smells heavily of clove with some hints of dark fruit with some biscuit.

T-Big dark fruits upfront with a bit of clove, some apple, and some warming alcohol on the finish.

M-Surprisingly light bodied and effervescent with a somewhat rich and warming feel.

D-Not a bad beer by any means, but I was expecting more spice and a richer body.

Photo of alkemy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a 330mL bottle...

A - Burnt orange to brown coloring with some sparse yeast floaties hanging out. Fluffy tan head dissipates rather quickly.

S - The first thing I noticed was clove and bubblegum. Fruits then come in with prunes, pears, and a touch of apple. Also had a bit of burnt caramel aroma.

T - The fruits are quite noticeable up front. However, on the tongue, it's more an apple and grape fruitiness. Spicing is also pretty prominent just as the aroma implies. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the sweetness quotient is a bit high. I also sensed a sour note every now and then.

M - Not as much carbonation as I expected after how it poured. I'd have like a touch more bite, but it does feel nice and creamy.

D - Really drinkable as the alcohol is hidden well.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for next to nothing at a supermarket in Luxembourg. Super fizzy hazy ruby-amber pour with a two finger head that disappeared in record time and no lacing. Very herbal, spicy, and bready nose with hints of dark fruit and a touch of metal and alcohol. The taste is complex and more malty then I expected. Brown sugar, caramel and molasses dominate with hints of cinnamon, banana and figs and a touch of apple. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. The alcohol is well hidden which makes this sipper fairly drinkable. I was expecting a bit more, but still a decent Christmas beer.

Photo of Aiptasia
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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 CuriousMonk
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into trappist glass. Pours amber red with a small, disappearing khaki head. The aroma is fruit and spices; mostly cinnamon, apples, plums, pears, and a bit of brown sugar. It's has a surprisingly weak body and little complexity. Kind of a boring beer that I expected more from Delirium on their popular Christmas beer.

Photo of IceTrey9785
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle on sale at work since the "Holidays" are finally over.

A: I poured the beer into a nicely sized wine glass. It shows a nice ruby/amber color, hints of gilded bronze, and a white foamy head that doesn't last too long before forming a pleasant white ring around the edge of the glass.

S: A bit earthy from the malt, but framed with a lot of fruit and nice spicy notes. I smell cinnamon covered bananas, caramel apples, and sugar coated figs, balanced with a slight warming alcohol spice. Sweet, but not as sweet as I expected.

T&M: Rich and creamy with good fruit, but an overwhelming presence of malt character. Brown sugar, molasses, and caramel dominate the palate, but slowly fade allowing more of the fruit to emerge. Orange, plantain, ginger, and allspice emerge with a creamy and lightly carbonated finish.

I like this beer -- it doesn't blow me away, but I appreciate it for what it is. The high alcohol is masked well with the caramel malt tones and the abundance of spiced fruit. Considering I bought it on discount, I can't regret giving it a try.

Photo of Blackdevil77
4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish brown semi-opaque body. Small white head

S- Dark fruits, caramel, sugar, some spices and a little boozy

T- Sugars, malt, spices, pretty well-rounded and makes me think of winter

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and good carbonation

D- Solid beer and very easy to drink and I will look forward to this next winter and the ones to follow

Photo of Meerkey
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Muddy brown -reddish tinge at edges.

S: Fruit, alcohol, cloves.

T: Sour apples, candy sugar, fruits, cloves.

M: Tart and sweet, fading in and out. I'm getting a faint metallic aftertaste, but that may be the edge of the Rochefort goblet.

D: An enjoyable beer, but a little too sour for me.

Photo of RuudJH
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christmas beer on a rainy januari day.
33 cl nice looking bottle. Funny label.

Looks dark brown, with a disappointing head that's gone quickly.
Smell of bubblegum: Strawberries cherries, blackberries.
Some roasted malt notes in both smell and taste.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. The alcohol is well masked by the flavour. The beer lacks of the carbonation, but overall it's ok.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled out from my cellar, aged two years from 08.

Pours like coca-cola with with a tan head that fades quickly and leave no lace. The sediment is big and floating like fruit in a jello mold. A very dark amber tone with a similar transparency like you're staring into an ancient piece of amber. A very sweet and sugary smell like a really good strong Belgian. Very smooth in taste sweet up front and fruity after with a nice wet wine aftertaste. Little to no bite or sting of alcohol, only a slight hint a minute after the swallow. A really good ale. I am glad I aged it a while.

Photo of cdbooth219
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into goblet

A: Pours a reddish-brown color with 1 and a half fingers of off white head that dissipate slowly, leaving nice lacing

S: Smells of dark fruits, plums and figs, sweet bready malt and caramel, candy sugar, and spices, cinnamon and nutmeg

T: Tastes of candy sugar and sweet bread, followed by some spiciness. Finishes with the sweet breadiness. As it warms, plums and cherries begin to appear in the taste. Very sweet and malty.

M: Not too thick and well carbonated. Goes down smooth

D: Very drinkable for the abv, but definitely a sipper. I would definitely split the bottle again.

Overall, a very good christmas beer. I will definitely be seeking this out again next year.

Photo of TheDTrain
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well it's 9 degrees outside but the D train is cozy warm inside the station with Delirium Noel. Medium bodied Belgian strong sle has strong aroma of banana, Belgian yeast, and mild holiday spice. Taste is very sweet from the fruits. Tart cherries, yeast, and subtle alcohol kick carry this brew.

At 10abv the alcohol is very well hidden. Good drinkability but the sweetness wears on you after a while.

Photo of JamisonM
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy brown color with ruby red highlights spongy head with decent lacing

S: spicy yeast clove and banana with a sweetness there. Alcohol well is masked.

T: banana dark fruit sweet notes in there like brown sugar.

M: med mouth with med to high carbonation

D: very drinkable

Overall: A solid offering although it does not stand out to me as a true Christmas seasonal.

Photo of DatSideBeerMan
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
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

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/23/2010:

#10 - 12 beers of Christmas. 330 mL bottle at 45* into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: This pours a deep red color with plentiful sediment and a fingerful of latte head that dissipates but leaves decent lacing.

S: The nose shows dark fruits, alcohol esters, cherries, and yeasty spice.

T: The taste is also heavy on the cherries with notes of figs, mild banana, and light spiciness as well.

M: The palate is surprisingly light and mellow with a fair amount of stickiness. No alcohol comes through to the palate.

D: This is solid but not great.

Photo of AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-red with light hint of brown, slight transparent. thin white head

S-belgian sugars and some berries as well, medium strength

T-it doesn't hit with a really strong taste of anything but then in comes a lot of good, crisp belgian sugars and yeasts along with some small flavor of berries. this is a very well and happily balanced belgian. i am quite pleased with this, though it isn't very complex at all.

M-it has a good feeling soft carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-this is a wonderful belgian brew that i'll look forward to every christmas. it took me awhile to finish, but only because i wanted to savor the flavor. the taste stays great.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy copper color; some suspended yeast. Poured a finger tan head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted continually. Broken lacing.

S: Caramel and wet grain. Apple and pear. Also some muted spices and candi sugar.

T: Big fruit flavors up front; apple, pear and white grapes. Caramel more yeast esters. Finish is spicey and mildly bitter with warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Sweet, dry and warming.

D: Flavorful with nice interaction of yeast, malt and spices. Big ABV keeps this one a sipper.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33cL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: This looks like what I expect from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale -- medium, transparent at the edges with a red-orange tint. A light, frothy swirling head. Nice.

S: Very pleasant dark fruits, alcoholic esters, cloves. Complex.

T: By far my favourite of the Delirium lot. Recognizable as such by the distinctive sour apple in the maintaste, but here it is much more subdued. There is candy sugar, heavier alcohol, and an initial tartness. Spiciness is most probably cloves. The aftertaste is light, almost disappointingly so.

M: Quite nice! Tart, carbonated, tangy, engaging.

D: A very fine Christmas ale and, as I've said, far and away the best Delirium I've had. Definitely recommended. A sipper -- I split the bottle and only barely regret it. I'm still not a big Delirium fan, but I would buy another of these. The label is simply awesome...flying pink elephants pulling Santa's sleigh full of beer.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. This is a medium to dark brown color, translucent with an inch of thick and fluffy head.

Smells include candy sugar, apples, peaches, and various spices. Taste is heavy on apple, mixed with some caramel, banana, bubblegum, and pepper. Alcohol is present but blended very well. There's a slight metallic flavor from the bottle.

All-around, this is pretty decent. Very drinkable for something 10% ABV.

Photo of mexikrainian
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Stone tulip.

Appearance: brown amber with minimal to no head or lacing.

Aroma: candy sugar, belgian yeasts, honey, cinnamon, and dark fruit.

Flavor: strong and sweet, caramel, brown sugar and bread.

Mouthfeel: medium body with minimal carbonation.

Overall impression: this might have been spoiled, as it had minimal carbonation and a tangy taste. however, i've noticed the same characteristics in the last two years.

Photo of fragilehearted
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 12/24 (I was not about to load up the dialup to type this!):

Had this last year & liked it, so let's review this year's tasting! 750ml into an oversized wine glass (best glassware I could find at my folks' - they are wine/BMC drinkers).

A - slightly hazy dark amber. Head dissipates quickly to a ring.

S - candied fruits, especially prunes, raisins, cherries. Sweet malts, hints of spice, belgian yeast. Overall very sweet, almost smells like syrup.

T - sweet, but not as sweet as the smell, which is good. Follows the nose, but not quite as nice, not quite as complex as the smell. More spice comes through than in the smell, though, which is just fine. Nice & malty. But a bit of a metallic taste for some reason, so I had to dock the score a bit for that.

M - Carbonation is medium & fine, but this beer is a bit hot even for 10%, hotter than I remember. It definitely warms a lot on the way down.

D - I swear, I liked this better the last time I had it. I drank a 14% beer just a few days before, & I swear this tastes hotter for some reason that I can't explain. I can finish this (seriously, I'm at my folks' place in the middle of nowhere, nothing to do but let this beer & a DVD put me to sleep), but I don't think I'll buy it again this year. Maybe next year.

It's hard not to compare this to Tremens & Nocturnum, both which I prefer to what I just had, which is why for the low score. I've had plenty of BSDAs I prefer to Noel, that's for sure. Kind of a bummer, I have to say, but like I said before...maybe next year I'll give it another shot.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a copper-brown color, slightly hazy. Light white frothy head quickly turns to a light film with bubbles around the edges.

Smell: Has an aroma of apple, pear, caramel, and some spices (particularly cinnamon).

Taste: Lots of fruit up front: apples, pears, and grapes. Generally sweet from the fruit flavors; not much caramel in the taste. A bit of yeast and spice comes out at the finish, and there's a fair bit of hops, leaving some bitterness, especially in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth. More carbonation than I would expect, but it is fairly fleeting and doesn't distract too much.

Drinkability: Strong ABV, but not too boozy. Easy flavor for drinking.

Rather light (in both taste & color) for this type of beer. Certainly enjoyable, but not much spices, and virtually no dark fruits, for an Xmas beer just doesn't seem right.

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 1,632 ratings.