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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël

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1,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 1446
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website

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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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cold on draft in glass beer snifter

A) Polished brass, lager-like; very clear with soft white puffy head

S) Hint of spice & a sugary fruit blend of apricot, apples and raisons

T) The abundant alcohol is clear. Sour dough and concentrated citrus fruit juices. The spice is there, such as clove and coriander

M) A bit thin but still sticky with ample bottle conditioned fizz

O) A strong dose of alcohol in this mildly spicy winter warmer

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 20:14:13 | More by bskrtz
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South Carolina

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

Enjoyed this one while jazz club hopping in New Orleans! Served from tap into a Chimay goblet. Poured red-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, spice, fruit, dark fruit, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, spice, grain, earth, dark fruit, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like the aspect of the sweet alcohol taking place here to let you know that even though this brew has pink elephants on it, it still has a set of balls! There was also a very nice spice aspect going on in the flavor which kept your palate interested in what you would find next in it. Really glad I got the chance to try this one on tap and was really surprised I found this at a jazz bar of all places. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 13:27:33 | More by thagr81us
Photo of rangerred


3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap.

Arrived a clear brownish red with a thick tan brown head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma has lots of spice that is reminiscent of Christmas. Cinnamon and clove are quite prominent.

The spice carries over into the flavor with caramel, apple, and peach also being noticeable. In some ways it recalls a fruit cake or a grogg. Along with this is sweetness and a super sweet and sticky mouthfeel that greatly hinders drinkability.

Overall, this is definitely a sipper to be enjoyed in small amounts. It is a bit too sweet for me but I could see how this might work well as an after dinner drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 20:21:11 | More by rangerred
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance- Served a clear mahogany colored brew with a two finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a thin film and very little lacing.

Smell- The smell is full of sweet smells of a darker fruit nature as well as a sugary aroma. The darker fruits are mainly cherry and plum in nature while the sugary smell has a somewhat candy like aroma. Mixed with these are lighter smells of some citrus as well as a yeasty smell. In accord with this being a Noel brew, there are also some notes of a spice aroma, although these are rather light.

Taste – The taste begins with the fruit(mostly cherry and plum) that was detected in the nose. With this is some caramel sweetness as well as a light candy flavor. Some spices and yeast then come to the tongue with the sweet lessening up to some degree and a very light biscuit flavor entering the taste. While this is occurring an alcohol flavor, which is light at first, also begins building. As the taste builds to the end a moderate brandy flavor is left on the tongue, which mingles well with the fruity and sugary flavors and leaves a warming sweet taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the somewhat creamier side with a carbonation level that is a bit above normal. The carbonation is quite “peppery” with the bubbles tingling the tongue as they pop. This when combined with the creamy body give a rather exciting, but yet at the same time soothing feel.

Overall- A quite tasty and enjoyable Belgian strong. It has a somewhat complex but very enjoyable taste with a feel that complements the flavors and alcohol nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 00:11:18 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, fruits, spices, and a slightly tart aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the tartness is unexpected even though it works out with the aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 07:24:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark burgandy body with a fingers worth of tan head that left sticky lacing.

S: Sweet xandy sugar, dark fruits and yeasty

T: An immediate sweet candy sugar, booze, bubblegum, dark fruits and caramel

M: full body but not at all sticky like i thought it would be. good carbonation with a warming finish.

O: Good overall

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 01:12:18 | More by barleywinefiend
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United Kingdom (England)

2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap between Christmas 2011 and New Year in the Delirium Bar (upstairs tap room), Brussels.

Looks good, red and different to most other Belgian winter offerings. An off-white head sat around for a while, got bored and left after about 5 minutes.

The smells hung around though: blackberrys, red currents and plums sprinkled with corriander and cinnamon.

The taste is an alcohol brew of confusion: sweet at first, fruity sweet at that, then a dry hop/nasty finish. The smell contents are in the taste also, but they don't seem to blend so well as in the nose. This beer is unbalanced and relies on the alcohol too much, hoping the lack of cohesive flavours is counterbalanced by the 10%ABV, well it didn't do it for me.

Glad it wasn't a huge glass I had: this beer has more hype than substance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 15:02:19 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of rand


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Lady Ale House Christmas Eve, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Reddish-amber in color, clear. Forms a frothy two-inch head with sticky retention. Lacing cascades down the glass, little remains.

S: Cherry phenols meet tropical notes, the combination grounds the bouquet. Earthy hop essence combines with various holiday spices, nutmeg, clove. Plenty of alcohol swarms.

T: The holiday spices jumps out up front, nicely balancing the sweet, fruity esters. The cherry notes combine with non-descript ripe fruit, appropriate for the style. The alcohol warms but doesn't get in the way, allowing the layers of flavor to reveal themselves. Bitter phenols and sweet malts carry to the finish and gently linger.

M: Rich and creamy, full bodied. Makes for a nice holiday sipper. Plenty of frothy carbonation to clean the palate.

This is one of my favorite Christmas Belgian ales - not too sweet, not to bitter, nothing is off-putting. I think I'll have another one of these tomorrow.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 04:37:38 | More by rand
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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with a lot of lace. Clear and crimson with amber hues. Aroma is almost like a wild ale, sour dark fruit , mostly cherry. Taste is very different however. Not a typical Belgian dark strong flavor but close. Initially a little bland and malty but finished with a nice but mild slightly sour dark fruit and fig flavor. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall a good beer, fairly drinkable for the genre but not the best I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 04:10:29 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nukem5


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

A: Pours a rich dark ruby color with a light tan cap on top some nice lacing present. Head comes right back with a swirl of the glass.

S: Aroma is very pleasing with a fruity pear and raisin wi th sweet malts.

T: Taste is of fruity notes,pear,cherry,raisin, mith a nice sweet malty finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of tiny bubbles releasing aroma to nose and washing the tongue.

O: Overall a great beer love it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 03:36:32 | More by nukem5
Photo of WoodBrew


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

I was able to try a glass (tulip) of Delirium Noel at the Kendall Pub in Yorkville, IL. The beer has a nice deep amber color with a decent off white creamy one finger head. Their is a nice lacing around the top of the glass and it is well carbonated. The smell comes off malty, a sweet fruity smell (almost dried fruit) and a hint of carmel to it. The taste has a lot going on with just a great blend of sweetness, carmel, fruity, and a nice malty finish..it just comes together well. The mouthfeel is decent as it lingers with some bitterness from the malts and almost a little piney taste that hangs around. Overall, this is a decent beer and im curious of buying a bomber and keeping it cellared for a couple of years to see if it gets more complex. A decent xmas beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 23:05:14 | More by WoodBrew
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap 12 oz pour

A- pours a dark copper color with a nice khaki head and nice lacing on glass

S- was some dark fruit smells and malt and yeast

T - was sweet dark fruit with baked bread some caramel candy malts, baked bread and yeast

M- sweet and creamy medium high carbonation

O- a good strong ale very crisp and sweet alcohol is present, a good one to have on tap

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 01:38:38 | More by gatornation
Photo of Kooz

New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance, but not opaque. Nice half inch head with staying power, lacing on the glass.

Smelled honey-sweet, I thought I detected some hints of malt in the background.

Tasted sweet but not sticky sweet. Honey and molasses are the high notes. No bitterness at all, "warm" aftertaste (if that makes sense--and I don't mean alcohol burn).

Good body, good consistency. Slightly creamy, no dryness, which works well with the flavor profile.

I plan to find a few bottles and enjoy them over the upcoming holiday season.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 19:22:23 | More by Kooz
Photo of JTSbeerislife


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

On draft at The Fridge, Lancaster, PA

Served in a 12 oz Tulip/Snifter style glass. An acceptable glass.

Poured a ¼” head, which reduces quickly to a thin cap.
Dark brownish amber color.

The smell is one of spicy, cinnamon and clove, aromas, followed by candied fruits.

Very crisp, yeasty, distinct candied fruit, entry on the palate, medium sweet, some malt in the middle. Medium full mouth feel and champagne like carbonation add balance. Very tasty.

Long finish of yeast and candied fruits. Excellent.

Quite good, but I was expecting a bit more yeast intensity. The expected refinement of most Belgium Ales was missing from this offering.
That being said there is something to like about this ale, excellent crisp acidity and you can actually taste the presence of the 10 % ABV. Thank you. Good overall Strong Ale “presence”.
I would never turn one down.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 02:44:45 | More by JTSbeerislife
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I headed over to Le Dernier Métro recently to surprisingly find out that they were serving this on tap rather than Delirium Tremens! I had no idea it was 20 proof at the time, but such is life. This was poured into a Delirium trademark 25cl goblet.

Contains an amber, brown color. An extremely tiny head, which is honestly surprising considering the ABV. Great carbonation on the sides of the glass, however, and the cloudy look adds more favorable presentation.

The smell was by far one of the strangest I've encountered with Belgian beers in the past months, as I my nose could HARDLY find any noticeable aromas! I managed to pick up some light spiciness, some boozy notes, sugar cane, but isn't the point of Noël to have large noticeable spices? Either on tap it's far different from the bottled version, or I'm insane in claiming that this beer doesn't smell like anything. We'll find out in good time.

The flavor, on the other hand, is the exact opposite. Hits home with a spicy, malty flavor (as it should) and contains huge notes of caramel and ginger near the end. There's also a lot of orange and lemon peel thrown in, which adds some interesting acidity. Contains, thankfully, the same creamy consistency of Delirium's other beers. Warms up the throat very well, which makes it a perfect seasonal beer for cold weather indeed.

I admit that I don't have the largest knowledge on seasonal spiced brews, as I'm not a huge fan, but most that I've tried in Europe have been very enjoyable so far. This IS a good beer, mind you (although I prefer their flagship beers way more) but it does at times resemble a dubbel gone kind of haywire. The spices don't excite me as much as they should, but the malts and yeast taste great. Worth a try but would recommend starting with Delirium Tremens or Nocturnum before this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 22:27:08 | More by magictacosinus
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Rhode Island

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

Even though this is a Belgian beer I had this beer at American Craft on Dec. 1, 2011

Poured from the tap into a Delirium snifter.

The color is clear maroon with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The aroma is of dark fruit. There is some slight fig, and plum aroma in the nose that is sweet a bit.

The taste is has some nice cherry flavor that is mixed with a slight raspberry flavor and some sickly sweet malt flavor. There is a slight bitterness that comes out toward the end that makes a slight balance to the flavor.

The feel of this beer is so smooth it feels like silk on the tongue and goes down so easy that it is barely putting any kind of aftertaste in the back of the throat.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 14:57:04 | More by Duhast500
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this with Thanksgiving dinner. Looks great in the glass. Smells vinous and malty. Taste is vinous with some darker fruit. Soft mouthfeel and gentle on the palate with barely noticeable alcohol. Really good stuff and the perfect accompaniment to a rich holiday meal.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 01:52:12 | More by gregb13
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage on tap in a tulip on 12/10/10. 2 fingers of creamy head atop a dark amber body. Decent retention, scattered patchy lacing.

Quite a tangy fruit nose on this- cherry pie, lemon, white grape, green banana, cloves. A gentle cascade of tiny bubbled carbonation lends a soft and smooth feel that works well with flavors of cherry liqueur, orange marmalade and candi sugar. The spiciness of the cloves has been smoothed out at this age. Buttery toffee sweetness lingers in the finish. I'm tempted to grab a few bottles to cellar; this was very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 01:20:00 | More by PDXHops
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 18:05:06 | More by AdamBear
Photo of fourplayed


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 20:09:06 | More by fourplayed
Photo of WhiteOak


2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light copper/brown color with a thick off-white head. Minimal lacing, if any.

S- Cherries dominate. Some malt aroma.

T- Raisinated dark fruits, sweet cherries, caramel malt, yeasty dough. Did not detect any spice.

M, D- On the full side of medium bodied, the ABV only showing when warmed.

Yawn. Lacking complexity. Poor value.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 18:20:58 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Kettle, San Francisco

Pours clear garnet brown with a light head, and traces of lacing.

Aromas of malt, hay, nuts, hops, and spice.

Tastes malty, a bit sour, with notes of grapes/raisins.

Body is light with mild carbonation, giving it a spritzy mouthfeel.

A good xmas ale, a slightly sour entry that is unusual.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 05:06:33 | More by Beerenauslese
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber pour in the snifter with half a finger of off-white head. A few lace spots are left behind. Spicy nose with cinammon and nitmeg mixing in with prunes and dates. Big dark fruit flavour, with a jammy sugariness and a backing of heavy spice. This is exactly what you would expect from a Christmas themed BSDA. Medium-heavy mouthfeel with a high billowy carbonation that bulks things up nicely.

A worthy offering - I think I prefer the regular delirium, but as a Christmas brew this works.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 02:23:17 | More by bobsy
Photo of Halcyondays


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's for Christmas in July, into a Chimay chalice,

A: Pours a medium amber with a very light off-white head.

S: Classic Delirium. A boatload of malt, raisin, plum with winter spice.

T: Cinnamon and malt are the first flavours I encounter. Lots of Belgian fruit/candi sugar flavours - raisins, prune, though not as heavily dark as a lot of beers in this style. Rough with malt around the edges, but I liked it quite a bit.

M: Full-bodied, very smooth, spritzy carbonation. Notes of EtOH.

D: A cool beer and definitely appropriate in the pantheon of great Christmas beer. The label's a classic. A clear must try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 01:09:14 | More by Halcyondays
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3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had at Chappy's Tap Room in a special Belgian event served in a 6 ounce mini-wine glass.

A: Brown amber color with very little to no head. Despite the dark color, it was very clear with no signs of effervescence or bubbles.

S: Sweet dark fruit flavors in the aroma.

T: Tart cherry flavors with dark fruits like plums and raisins and just a hint of licorice.

M: As the appearance would indicate, it was somewhat flat, little carbonation and a bit watery.

D: Some nice flavors, but it was just missing something. Keg was recently tapped but sometimes they have some issues with Belgian kegs -- might give it a second chance next winter.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 17:01:25 | More by chaz01
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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,446 ratings.