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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
88
very good

737 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 737
Hads: 1,750
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 73
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002

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Reviews: 737 | Hads: 1,750
Photo of ark57
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 - It pours a hazy orange-brown color. The aroma is earthy and yeasty with some oxidized notes. The body is smooth with some cirtus, spicy, and fruity notes. There is also some faint molasses in the finish. Overall it was just okay. Maybe it is better when it is fresh. (273 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty cool ceramic looking bottle with a red foil top and decorated with pink elephants pulling Santa’s sleigh. Pours a dark brownish copper color with a tall mountainous light tan head that very slowly dissipates leaving coats of sticky lace on the walls of the glass as it does so. Nose is dark caramel and honey malts blended with some tropical fruit and a bit of bubblegum. Fairly full in body with a slightly chewy texture that envelops the tongue. Taste begins with caramelized malts and a bit of candied sugar followed by some notes of molasses and butterscotch and finally by some peppery and spicy alcohol. A great winter warmer and a very drinkable brew considering the 10% ABV. (690 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep color of red, off white head on top; long lasting and fine lacing. Aroma of plums and dark fruit come to play with spices and a mild musty yeast scent. Taste is smooth and silky to start with the dark fruit, candy, and alcohol then the spice hint of bitterness. For such a strong beer I felt that I could enjoy it all night. Nothing to overpowering here. This beer is Liquid Christmas in a bottle. Enjoy! (417 characters)

Photo of Hefe
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at RFD on 1/17/04

Appearance: Dark with an almost plummy tinge around the edges, and a big fat tan head.

Smell: Fruity, spicy, malty.

Taste: Big sweet malt right up front, the spice follows right after laced with a whack of yeastiness. Fruity tones on lightly yeasty alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and finely carbonated.

Drinkability: Oh yeeeaaah! (382 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 bottle, Sampled January, 2004
This holiday beer pours a pretty amber-deep copper color that is quite striking in the light. It is topped by a thick tan head. It is well carbonated with bubbles escaping from the bottom of my glass in a frenzied stream. Smells lightly musty with dark fruit overtones that are accompanied by a slightly sharp spicy aroma. Tastes smooth and rich up front. A prickling carbonation coats the tongue as it slides down my throat. Finishes with a musty-yeasty-fusel type character which is a bit sharp. The fruitiness of this beer combines really well with the sweet-caramel-raisin dark malt character. This beer is dominated by the dark fruit character. It has a medium light body, which works well here. There is also some spice notes in this beer that remind me of coriander. (809 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brownish-garnet in color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma consists of sweet fruity overtones, candied sugar, peppery yeast and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth. Some sweetness upfront that is followed up with spices. Caramel malt and honey flavors near the middle. Alcohol is blended nicely and detected toward the back of the throat and provides a nice warming feeling on the way down. This is the first offering from this brewery that I've tried and so far, I've been impressed. (528 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit more muted than I expected. Alcohol popped up right away with a peppery sharpness, and then a softer, slightly tart caramel wafted in to smooth things out. Some wine-like fruityness toward the finish. Very drinkable, particulary for the high abv. At an annual holiday beer tasting, among the 20 sampled this year, this was a crowd pleaser, even among the non-beer geeks. (376 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friggin' sticky crap all over taking off the foil. Had to wash my hands and the mouth of the bottle before pouring. What a pain.

The tiny, tan head disappears leaving a gorgeous, bald, clear garnet beer. Pay no attention to the two spots of lacing left over. Smell is faint. Sweetish, maybe. Peppery in the front with grapes. But it blooms quickly to a thick, caramely sweet middle. Not sweet like the Tremens. The beer finishes dry. Spicy with some nice grains and plenty of alcohol (better hidden than the Nocturnum). This is a very nice, sweet Belgian. (558 characters)

Photo of jahred
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tried this at a winter beer night tasting... The color is light brown, with a nice thick lace that remained on my glass after consumption. The scent is of light hops, which did not really prepare me for what I was about to taste.

The best description of the taste of this beer at first is ... eggnog. A beer-version of the classic holiday drink. Yum. It's incredibly thick and hoppy (but not bitter). There's orange and honey and vanilla and raisin and caramel notes. Wow. Amazing. I'll be buying a lot more of this stuff next winter. (537 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a medium sized, dense bubbly head. Sweet smell of malt, caramel and tropical fruit. There was also some spice, alcohol and tart yeast.
Sweet malty taste. Sticky tropical fruit, brown sugar and some subtle spice(nutmeg,clove). The alcohol was certainly present in the finish as well as a nice hop bitterness, yeast and a bit of wood that made it almost winey.
Medium bodied. Rich and creamy with loads of carbonation.
Good drinkability for a 10% abv beer. A real belly warmer. (512 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with the lovely pink elephants pulling Santa’s sleigh. The cork was seriously stuck in there and took a few minutes to get out.

It eventually poured a brownish/red hued body with a small off-white head.

The nose was mild. A touch of sweetness. Some soft fruits, alcohol, phenols, and a little bit of spice.

The taste was very sugary sweet. Almost a brown sugar sweetness. Caramel or candy sugar really stood out. Some soft phenol fruit taste. Very faint raisins or plums. A medium to full-bodied texture yet very drinkable. Very highly carbonated. The alcohol sits nicely in the mix never drawing attention to itself, yet never overpowering.

Overall one of the better beers I had over the holiday season. Very tasty. (742 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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! (1,567 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage.

Dark ruddy brown to an almost crimson with a big white head that can only be described as belgian. Huge berry juicy and spicy aroma. Dry spicy berry juice flavor (matching the aroma). A polite sweetness, though not by any measure a sweet beer.

The alcohol was not readily apparent, so this little baby kicked me in the head. (344 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle love the lable very festive.Pours a amber brown with nice tanish head. Very fruity dark belgiam smell, with some spice and yaest coming out. Tastes excites and tickles the tounge, bubbles, malt with fruit (plums raisins bananas nothing really sticks out but great taste) and a touch of hops thrown into the mix. Warms the body and the soul, or could be the alcohol warming me, not strong in taste but kicks in on the way down. Great mouthfeel love the way the bubbles add to the flavor, medium body. If you can't tell I like this beer, best christmas beer I have had as my first year as a BA apprentice. Wish everyone a good Christmas and thanks for expanding my beer knowledge. (691 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table with a wispy persisten head. It had a slight haze and a copper ruby color. The aroma was caramel and candy. The flavor was candy and began sweet but moved toward dry in the finish. Also present was a slight spice. The body was med.

Capital Ale House 10 ounce draft. (298 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Version on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly: The color is slightly reddish orange. Slight whiff of alchohol to the nose. A bit of alcohol to the taste, but still a very sweet malt taste. Not what you would expect of a Christmas beer, but very good nonetheless. My overall rating from my 750ml bottle hasn't changed. Perhaps some fruits hiding in there with the malt sweetness to the nose. Very warming. (403 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noel came in the beautiful bottle and went up from there. It pours a clear brown color with some amber tinge with a considerable brownish head. The lacing is strong but fades fast. It has a malty, fruity aroma with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. It also has the distinct aroma of a strong ale with yeasty undertones. I love the taste of this if its served at about 50 degrees. Once it got really cold in the fridge, it lost a lot of the explosion that I got from the warmer brew. Its taste is malty but with hints of many spices. It fades a little in the mouth for a beer with this alcohol content. It packs a wallop so drinkability is good if shortened. (661 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with copper highlights. Tan head that dissipated and leaves minimal lace. Sugarplum maltiness mixed with spice and a significant alcohol-laden esteriness in the nose. Smells more alcoholy than it tastes. Beautiful, subtle spice and sweet fruity malt kick to it, a nice malt and yeast coalition leaving it dry and fruity in the finish. This beer is a "sneaker" if you're not careful. It's that tasty. (419 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at the Map Room, Chicago, bless their hearts. Dark body that “glows” with brown highlights around the edges. Slightly minty taste like a root beer, then a little bit of fruitiness. Finally resolves to a winey taste at the end. Complex brew that you don’t realize is overpowering you until it’s too late. (323 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color is a chocolate brown, with a ring of white head. The smell is very fruity and alcoholic. The taste is slightly sweet, a plumish sweet taste, and well spiced, and the alcohol is barely noticable. Mouthfeel is smooth. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Amongst the most interesting labels I've ever seen, pink elephants with Santa hats pulling a sleigh. The beer is quite interesting as well. Though it's not a world-beater, Noel is certainly a good winter warmer, and a nice treat while getting snowed in. (550 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bottle, but the foil was a pain in the butt. Just didn't want to come of in one piece. Pours with a deep copper color with a head that just doesn't want to go away. Very peppery with a caramel like sweetness. Some tropical fruit thrown in there as well. Christmas is the perfect time of year for this. I wouldn't mind finding a couple of these under the tree. (369 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Nice Belgian. Pours a nice copper with hints of ruby when held up to the light. A nice frothy foamy white head erupts when poured and loads of lacing spider web down the side of the glass. The typical Belgian.

Aromas of dark fruits, tons of malts, some chocolate, hints of spices and lots of alcohol.

Many deep flavors that adapted more than usual as this beer warmed to about 65 degrees. Raisins, Plums, Apricots, Figs...Yummy!!!! Very malty as well and the alcohol was well hidden in this beer. Extreamly drinkable too, especially at 10%.

A nice beer. I definately enjoyed it!! But, 9 bucks...damn. (613 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's state this at 10% a drinkable Belgian Christmas ale is intimidating, a drinkable Belgian Christmas ale like this ON TAP is just dangerous. Appearance: Ruby copper tone nice full white cream colored head lacing is full and webbed, Christmas is at hand my friends. Aroma: Sweet candied sugar, sugar plums, cinnammon and nutmeg combo dance through the air with each sniff and oh so pleasant pine scented hops. Taste: Full spicy nutmeg, with syrupy layers of pine cone flavored hops loads the palate with an alcohol tinge warming me up for the winter weather. Mouthfeel: Syrupy textured full to medium but each sip is definitely classified as rich, gotta love a winter warmer. Drinkability: This beer is another Belgian Christmas favorite doesn't do what Corsendonk Xmas does for me but this one is still on the lines of downright drinkable and incredible tasting. (866 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one last night, out of the ceramic style 750ml corked and caged bottle. The red foil wrapping was a pain to peel off, but I liked all the yule themed pink elephants on the label. Pours an almost clear cherry mahogany with a serious off-white head. Chains of lacing prevail down the glass. Nose is fruity banana mango with Belgian malts in evidence. Mouthfeel is light to medium with carbonation evident. Taste is of a fine Belgian strong dark ale that puts the sweet malts to battle. Fruity sweetness seems to dominate the palate, but overall a nice departure from the norm. I like it a lot. Really too sweet, but with the 10% abv it hits the spot for me on a cold night. (680 characters)

Photo of TripelJ
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now Quaffing: Delirium Noel

I must take a moment to admire the presentation before I pop the cork. Huyghe's signature "crock" bottle with an interesting twist on the delirium theme--Santa and his sleigh pulled by three pink elephants (other versions available).

Pours a translucent reddish-brown with a smalll tan head. Smells sweet and malty with all kinds of fruity aromas going on. The various fruit flavors carry over to the taste--plums, raisins, and light citrus. In addition to a symphony of fruit, there is also the trademark coriander and light spiced feel in the mouth that makes for a most interesting seasonal brew. Overall, not the best offering from Huyghe, however it certainly will warm you up nicely on a cool winter evening (note: I live in Florida and it doesn't get much colder than "cool".) (817 characters)

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.