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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,496 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,496
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 40
Gots: 83 | FT: 2
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Belgium

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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mightymoksha

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in oversized wine glass.

Pours a translucent, ruddy reddish amber. Bubbly, off-white head dissipates quickly. Not much to look at.

Aroma is spicy and yeasty, with hints of banana, raisin, green apple, clove and alcohol.

Taste is smooth and spicy, with notes of banana, pear, green apple, spice and yeast. Aftertaste is a faint, dry spiciness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full. Carbonation seems a bit subdued.

A good beer, I suppose. Fitting for Christmas, but pales in comparison to Nocturnum and Tremens.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 06:05:21 | More by mightymoksha
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mcann2pu

Delaware

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't see a real date on this one, I assume its a O9 because the numbers 2 and 9 are selected on the back of the bottle.
a- pours into my left hand brewing glass a clear brownish red color with a head that quickly settled leaving no head and no real lacing around the rim of my glass, neat color but thats about it for this one,
s- the first smell I got was of clove and perhaps some other assorted spice, however, as the beer warmed I was able to pick up on some sweet fruit smell, sort of a sweet raison on the nose for me,
t-same as the smell, first picked up on the spice mostly clove, but then I got the sweet taste of the malt and the fruit taste,
m- not too bad,
d- fairly drinkable, at first I didn't really think of this as a Christmas brew, but as the malt and fruit came through I could see why this is their Christmas release,

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 04:39:34 | More by mcann2pu
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madtrixter787

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle

Appearance: Poured into tulip glass to a dark amber with little head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Nice yeasty belgian aroma with hints of spice.

Taste: Good taste overall, starts with a fruit tinge, then the spice and slight alcohol afterwards. The malt helps keep it well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to write home about, but also very fitting for the beer. A light amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a nice Christmas time beer to enjoy in the evening with a few logs on the fire, but the alcohol will keep you warm as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 04:36:11 | More by madtrixter787
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JBogan

Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark and somewhat cloudy amber, with a small but tight head which left moderate lacing.

Smelled of sweet malt and fruits such as apricot and plum.

Tasted quite sweet as well. Somewhat of a burnt molasses mixed with the aforementioned fruits. Different, yet not completely satisfying. No real sign of alcohol at first, but a bit of warming takes effect after a while.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a fairly full body. Not a lot of carbonation.

A fairly unremarkable seasonal offering. I'm not saying it was bad, just nothing really special about it which made me yearn for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 02:50:27 | More by JBogan
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thartman

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle, funky white bottle with red Christmas wrap over a cage cork... fancy! This is a leftover in my basement from Xmas '08.

Copper-brown in color with tan head, minimal lacings on my stemmed goblet.

Spicy, fruity smell, mixed with Belgian yeast.

Traditional Belgian yeast taste, mildly spicy, sweet and somewhat fruity with hints of pear apple, banana, and pepper.

Light carbonation, with a peppery mouthfeel.

Overall, decent, and very typical of Belgian style brews. Warming and festful!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 03:18:38 | More by thartman
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biophiliadude

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to Tulip glass.

A: deep red, nice Belgian white head, patchy lacing.

S: spices, malt, fruit.

T: fruity: apples, pears, ends with a nice maltiness that's very smooth. bubbles on the tongue, and faint spice are the only aftertaste. Could be described as a spicier tremens.

M: smooth, and light for such a dark beer.

D: Very enjoyable. Could easily drink it through out a meal, perhaps some ribs, pheasant, or veal.

As has been said, not my favorite holiday ale but one I'm glad I found it. Will recommend for anyone who likes Delirium.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 01:36:11 | More by biophiliadude
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Travlr

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Light brown with a thick white head, long retention with good lacing. VERY sweet, malty aroma, heavy on the caramel. Medium mouth, subtle vanilla flavor, maybe some light spice, lots of malt with some hops to balance, but not enough. Little aftertaste. "Quick and done."

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:08:50 | More by Travlr
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NorCalYeti

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

taste- sour apple

color- amber-red

clarity- clear

smell- sweet malt, apple

appearance- active carbonation, sediment

overall impression- over-aged

notes- held for too long, lost some of its alcohol, a little flat and uninteresting. this review is for a 2005 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: tulip

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 22:46:09 | More by NorCalYeti
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

300mL bottle into (what else?) a Delirium tremens tulip. Bottle notched at 3 and 7.

Despite how absolutely sexy this glass is, it really doesn't do much to help the appearance of Noël. Perhaps it was my fault, as I tried in vain to save the last ounce of beer to avoid the sediment. Chunky, and the carbonation rising up from the etching along the glass's bottom recirculates the settling yeast like a demented Lava Lamp. Still, the tangerine-amber body is an attractive hue, and the tuft of creamy, custard head barely budges. Not getting a lot from the aroma, unfortunately. Hints of raisin and fig here, a little caramel and alcohol there, but for a big Belgian beer such as this, I expected much more.

Fizzy raisin-rum cake gives way to Saaz bittering hops on the back of the tongue. Yeasty sourdough and vegetation make an appearance alongside dark fruits, spices, and warming booze. Well-hidden alcohol given the ABV. Mouthfeel is bubbly and of medium thickness, with a sticky, spicy finish. I encountered Delirium early in my craft beer-drinking career, and I didn't quite care for it then. It was good, just not as great as it had been touted by some. Over four years later, I've reached the same conclusion.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 05:47:55 | More by wagenvolks
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quinnsi

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Paddy Longs. Keg was aged one year.

A: Copper and amber with a two fingers of head that quickly and totally dissipates

S: Good malt and peppery spices, as well as coriander and mild candy sweetness.

T: Coriander, yeast with belgian spices and dark fruit sweetness

M: mild carbonation and very slightly slick feeling in the mouth.

D: I could have one or two of these beers no problem.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 00:13:09 | More by quinnsi
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1santore

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A feb 2008 vintage.Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured coppery,brown with a moderate tan head that disapates quickly. . A moderate amount of sediment. The smell is sweet and banana fruity. The taste follows suit with a mild sweetness and a very smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is about medium. The alcohol is well hidden. I'm not a big fan of the Belgian ale this is one that I would drink again. A very fine beer though I think that aging may have helped.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 05:42:38 | More by 1santore
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STEG

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass, bought the last one in late july from Oliver's beverage center in Albany NY probably sat there since december but I could be wrong. The bottle is wrapped in a ceramic looking plastic and a red foil cap seal that goes midway down the bottle with a picture of three pink elephants in santa claus hats pulling a flying sleigh with santa in tow. This brewery has its bottle art down. In my opinion there is no one more creative or humorous when designing labels for their beers than Brouwerij Huyghe. Poured a dark ruby tint with a very small head. that dissipated quickly.

Smells of Dark fruit mainly plums (sugar plums for the xmas theme?)and baked bread, it also has notes of black tea and almost a rooibos flavor near the end. a black tea aftertaste comes through between sips

Tastes like alcohol soaked plums with a warming alcohol taste as a nice finish.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated with a warming alcohol finish. This would be perfect in the dead of a northeast winter.

Drinkability this time of year isn't something I'd want to have again but, when it gets cold outside this would be a perfect brew to have as a nightcap or after dinner drink.

Overall this is surprisingly my second favorite brew from this brewery beaten only by Delirium Tremens. Nocturnum is a close third. I would get this again around xmas in order to fully enjoy it in the northeastern winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 23:54:50 | More by STEG
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popery

California

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice Belgian with great Brown sugar sweetness and earthy dark stone fruits. The beers pours a translucent deep red with good lacing. The aroma is a tad sweet but still very good with bursts of raisins, brown sugar and vanilla. The flavor is similar, caramelized brown sugar and dark sweet dried fruits. The feel is wonderful, particularly as it loses carbonation over time. I'm giving it a high drinkability score for a sweet Christmas Belgian ale. It's a bit too decadent for me to want one every night, but I'd certainly enjoy one during the holiday season. I cellared this bottle for about 6-9 months, so it was fairly fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 06:45:07 | More by popery
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle on clearance with the 7 notched on the back. from 07 maybe? the label is much different than the one pictured, but that may just be because of the smaller size. poured into the chimay goblet.

A- this one pours a deep amber colored body that boarders on ruby. the forming head is an eggshell color that lasts throughout the entire beer and leaves rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- spicy belgian yeast and sweet fruity malts. apples, pears, grapes and cherries. smells lighter than it looks.

T- spicy belgian yeast upfront. sweet fruity malts follow. all the ones i can smell. cherry, apple, pear, and grape. a little bit of alcohol comes through.

M- light to medium bodied. very smooth. high level of carbonation. moderate warming from the alcohol, but i wouldnt have guessed this is 10% abv.

D- easy to finish and im left with the desire to grab more of these before theyre all gone. ill be waiting to check this one out when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 05:33:38 | More by jwinship83
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Nice, funny labeled-750 bottle, corked, caged, and foiled; cork says 2006; I cellared this longer than I thought

Appearance: Nice chestnut brown beer with a dense ivory cap with good retention; clear until the bottom of the bottle, then HUGE conglomerate chunks of yeast in suspension, bobbing like corks

Smell: Malt, dark fruit, and alcohol dominate...there's also a bit of candy sugar and a touch of caramel...this is nice but nothing really jumps out at you

Taste: BIG fruit up front, sweet (maybe dried cherries?)...light malt, not much hop presence

Mouthfeel: Silky, alcoholic, medium heavy, and not much carbonation

Drinkablity: Medium

Conclusion: Not nearly as amazing as when fresh or on tap (one of my favorite Belgians in both cases)...decent here, but nothing all that remarkable

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 07:27:36 | More by BedetheVenerable
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generallee

New York

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a painted "stone" bottle into a tulip glass. The sample size was 750ml bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Appearance: The body has a deep, slightly reddish amber color. It has a slightly hazy appearance with some streams of very tiny little bubbles rushing up to the head. The head is tall, light tan in color and slowly fades leaving little to no lacing behind.

Smell: The aroma is big and full of sweet malt and fruity notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is big and full of fruity notes inside a deep, sweet malty base. Flavor notes of tropical fruit like papaya, pineapple, and guava pop out of the sweet malt, no doubt full of Belgian candi sugar. Yeast adds some funk and alcohol is also present in a mellow warming way that adds another nice level of complexity. There is even a slight leafy hop note than brings a hint of bitterness at one point before being surrounded by everything else. Its mouth feel is big, smooth and well rounded. Carbonation is soft and its body is a solid medium to full.

Notes: This is a wonderful and very enjoyable beer. Very well done, cheers Delirium Noel!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 16:10:22 | More by generallee
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel glass. It looks to be notched 3 6, what does that mean? This beautiful spring day made me want...a Christmas beer! The body was dull brown/red leather in color. Lots of yeast and sediment landed in the glass. Modest head left quickly.

Smell was spicy. Cloves and banana skins. Fruity. Not boozy at all.

Taste was tart. Raw green apples. Drying. Not as complex as anticipated. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 14:09:54 | More by Cresant
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Delirium Nöel snifter.

Hard to describe the mixture of colors in the pour, but, when held directly to light, it looks most like peach. Highlights of red, orange, brown, amber, etc etc. Nice, big, creamy head. Excellent retention. Good lacing. Some yeast particles floating about.

Aroma is of clove spice, sour fruits, and Belgian yeast. Tart. Sweet caramel malts.

Nice dark fruits and spice up front. Not nearly as sweet as it smells. No alcohol taste whatsoever. Nice sting on the tongue. Fairly dry finish. Fuller body than expected, but a really creamy, plush feel. Carbonation level is appropriate. Pretty easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 02:23:33 | More by Gyle41386
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talkinghatrack

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - A spectrum from pale yellow to dark amber in my glass, complete with floaty bits. Head drops quickly to a thin cover.

s - Sweet and malty with some caramel in there.

t - Nice blend of dried fruity sweet with some sour. A bitter element stabilizes the mix. Tasty but more on the oversweet side halfway through a bomber.

m - Syrupy medium mouthfeel with a bit of dryness. Good medium carbonation.

d - The 10% ABV is almost totally masked and I enjoy the taste. Yeah, that counts for a pretty high score.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 03:08:45 | More by talkinghatrack
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Intelligentsia

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750mL bottle with several elephants in Santa hats being driven by Mr. Claus himself. Corked 2006, foil covering. Nose was of bananas, pears, apples, and some alcohol. Pours a ripe peach with off-white head that stuck around for a bit, but formed quickly. Translucent, with some carbonation visible; light came through pretty clearly. A nice beer to look at. Taste of phenols, spice, currants, belgian yeast. The finish was disappointingly syrupy, sticking to my tongue a bit more than I would have liked. Seems like a very Fall-ish beer. Mouthfeel was lightly carbonated, with medium mouthfeel; probably won't be able to finish the entire bottle. A decent seasonal brew, but there are too many other worthy Browns to make this one a future purchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 08:27:41 | More by Intelligentsia
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KenC411

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Opening a white bottle with a pink elephant merrily riding a sleigh made me very excited with what lay inside. I tore off the rapper, undid the cage, and popped the cork, eager to see the present inside. I poured the beer into a snifter basking in the cherry oak color. Alas, any head that formed, quickly deflated, and even the bubbles were no where to be seen. To my suprise, there was particles floating in my beer! The beer reminded me of apple cider, though less dense.

S: Wafting the snifter, I could smell the scent of apples. For a chistmas ale I expected more. More deeply a breathed, but only could pull out the smell of alcohol. Surprisingly, the smell was well hidden.

T: I brought the beverage to my lips and *gasp* it tasted like sparkling cider! Sure there were some hops in the background, but the majority was a foamy water with a slight hint of apple.

M: The thinness of the beer and the bubbliness is off putting. There is not much taste, and for the buildup, the taste was a let down.

D: This beer is simple and easy to drink, not harsh or off putting. However, for the price, I expected more in the way of taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 23:11:21 | More by KenC411
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jnn4v

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I look forward to Christmas every year, regardless of beverage options. But it sure does help to know that Delirium Noël is on its way! This is one of her favorite beers, and I certainly have enjoyed it the past couple of years as well. While not listed as a quad, this beer does share a lot of characteristics with Belgian quadrupels. It's dark, has 10% ABV, and is bottle fermented. And it's very tasty.

Please do yourself a favor, and if you do decide to pick this up and try it, don't drink it at refrigerator temperature or out of a regular pint glass. Find a proper Belgian-style goblet / tulip glass or at least use a snifter. And serve it at 55 or so degrees. Otherwise you'll miss out on so much of what this beer has to offer in scent and taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:27:26 | More by jnn4v
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jujubeast6000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/19/2008 (bottle marked 3 7):

Pours a very dark brown colored body, with particles suspended. Also, a big foamy white colored head, quickly diminishing. Has a dark fruity aroma, very floral. Alcoholy, and floral taste. Thick tasting palate. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 15:37:51 | More by jujubeast6000
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Brad007

Vermont

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 edition.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Carbonation seems lively.

Aroma is a bit sweet with a hint of raisin and spice in the nose. A bit of alcohol heat is detectable as well.

Taste is strong with a hint of raisin and spice upfront. Nice and malty. There's some alcohol burn but not too bad.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easygoing. No offensive flavors and alcohol is barely noticeable.

A nice example of the style. Not the best but still quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 03:57:24 | More by Brad007
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tosshin

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a : Clear poor into a snifter, generates ample, white, head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. The beer is a dark red/amber color
s : I love the smell of this. Dark fruits, raisons, cherries. The alcohol is faint, but you can smell it. I can also smell something else, it reminds me of like... sprite, citrisy.
t : I got a real big punch of citrus-sweetness right up front. The first drink finish with a nice hoppy bitterness mixed in with the dark fruits that I smelled. This beer is malty and well balanced. Also, sequence tastes of the beer didn't produce that puch of citrus that I got with my first sip. Finally, I should mention that the alcohol is noticeable if you are looking for it, but I blend in well with the other flavors. It does however give a nice warming sensation as you drink the beer, which probably good since it is a winter ale.
m : Not as much carbination as some belgian styles I have had. The beer is pretty thin, but is able to coat the mouth well and stick around until you next drink.
d : I am trying something new here and not checking the ABV on the beer before I determine this. So, given that I have no knowledge of the ABV I thnk I will say that this is a pretty drinkable beer. Not as good as the Tremens, but still pretty good. Give me 2 pints of this stuff and it will certainly turn into a happy hour.

This beer is a favorite of mine and I was happy to be able to obtain a bottle of it to drink this year. I like the darker malt and fruit tastes that I get with the beer and also the characteristic acidity that most belgians have. Good buy, go try.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 20:19:34 | More by tosshin
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.