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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Reviews: 737
Hads: 1,754
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 19.85%
Wants: 75
Gots: 197 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002

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Photo of BurtStL6
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The absolute best beer I've ever had. I think it's because I prefer a more Christmasy beer but this blew my mind. Well worth the price, and very delicious for the alc%. Not to mention it's a beautiful bottle.

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Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good things do come in small packages. This 25 cl bottle packs a wallop and tastes great! Alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting from the overall experience. Nice dark copper color with oily head, aroma of prunes and alcohol, taste is also drief fruit and caramel. Palate is right on with a little alcohol warmth. A keeper...

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Photo of MaxGreen
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aged for about six months in a 1-liter bottle. Poured into small tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber color; heavily carbonated. Almost a two finger head, but subsides quicker than one would think. Moderate lacing.

Can smell mild fruit notes, strong banana bread, berries, sweet caramel, slightly nutty, graham cracker.

Medium to full-bodied.

Tastes of various nuts, has a medium sweetness (not cloying), notes of wood, brown sugar, toffee, winter spices (cloves maybe), fig, nutmeg.

Finish leaves dry taste in mouth, strong carbonation - too carbonated for my liking. Moderate presence of hops for this type of beer.

Was hoping for a darker brew, but a solid beer from Delirium nonetheless, who usually do not disappoint. Quite a tasty winter ale that is very drinkable, especially for being 10% ABV. Would not go out of my way to find this again, but would most definitely drink or buy it if presented with the opportunity.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with an off-white head that hangs around for a while.

Smells like dark fruits and candied sugar. A little bit of citrus in there too.

Tastes- Like the smell but there is also some clove spiciness and a hint of banana sweetness. There is some booziness too, which is fair with 10% ABV

MF-Medium to heavy body with some warmth from the booziness.

Over another awesome beer from an awesome brewery. Awesome winter beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dried fruit aromas, dark pitted fruits, spice, dark sugars and a suspicion of fruitcake, traces of alcohol and some earthiness on the nose. Pours brilliant chestnut under a 1” white foam cap that slowly dissipates to a thin whisp of a head that never the less produces lace. Also has some legs. Fruit cake components start the palate with fig to dates, a hint of toffee, prune, dark cake, a little spice (coriander and anise) alcohol and an earthy hop finish. There is also some warming but the alcohol is not solventy or hot. It is surprisingly light for all it has going on and the alcohol levels – medium to medium high on the body and medium carbonation. A big beer with the presence of a port or a bourbon.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delirium Noël has a think, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, rust-read appearance, and a good bit of sediment suspended throughout. The aroma is of slightly fruity, sweet, brown bread crust, and the flavor is the same, with candy sugar and very low bitterness. There is also a strong spiced holiday bread component. Mouthfeel is between light and medium, and this beer finishes a little boozy.


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Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm not impressed with these Belgian golden strong ales. The taste is basic pilsner like with some spice & metallic? A+ All the way for the bottle though, its one of the few that I keep around.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, amber color with two fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, citrus (orange peel, grapefruit, sour lemon), toasted malt.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma, but a little more too. Belgian yeast up front, imparting notes of banana, clove and bubblegum, followed by tons of citrus: orange peel, grapefruit, sour lemon. Finally, the beer finishes with a nice malty backbone and some hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to chewy. With an ABV of 10%, there is quite a lot of alcohol on the palate, imparting a pleasant warmth.

Overall: This is another goddamn excellent Belgian Christmas beer!! I love the strong Belgian yeast flavors as well as the strong citrus notes. Absolutely delicious!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good color, decent head that lasts awhile. Will drinking it give you visions of Christmas??? Pleasant taste, but doesn't stand out. Drinkable. Nice label.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Solid pop of the cork dated 2014.

Gorgeous dark ruby body color, with light tan carbonation on the sides. Real gem of a looker here, touched with a tan and supper foamy and rocking head. Lots of retention and staying power. Thick capped, huge retention, just a gorgeous classic looking Belgian.

Lots of spicy notes on the bouquet. Hints nutmeg, clove, and a toasty fennel seed like quality also. Some mild caramel but some classic Belgian candi like sweetness round out also. Quite inviting, not your typical Belgian and quite unique it seems on the aroma.

Palate comes nicely but much more simply. Mid palate washed with a mild caramel and toffee candy like sweetness. A fascinating mild sense of peppermint and chocolate finish in the aftertaste. Real interesting spiced angle on this with a classic hint of honey and sweetness. Nice mouthfeel, with some good coating on the lips contributing much of that honey character and some semi-dry carbonation.

Not the most mind bending brew, but a great take on Delirium with a real neat taste.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy brown body with a huge off-white head. Great retention.

Smell - Lots of yeast. Banana. Christmas spices. Maybe that's just clove from the yeast. Very fruity.

Taste - Nutty malts. Banana. Spices kick in after the malts die down a bit. Still very fruity, but Christmas spices linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, but it works for the style. Medium body.

Overall - While the Belgian yeast really dominates, it doesn't have some nice flavors that manage to shine through.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle
Bottled on September 1st, 2014
Reviewed on December 31st, 2014
Served in a Tulip Glass

Towering off-white foam head… we’re talking three-to-four fingers deep here. The head slowly collapsed and left a good amount of sticky, bubbly lacing. The body was a rich amber, nearing mahogany in darkness.

Sweet and spicy notes dominated the nose. The yeast was definitely present. Perhaps I am crazy but I found the overall aroma to be quite similar to an arrangement of lilies in a funeral home… you can take that however you want to.

Many of the sweet notes from the nose successfully transferred over in the taste. Great presence of dark fruit… think dates, raisin, fig, etc. Strong caramel backbone found in the malts. The yeast was present but did not take centre stage. The alcohol was masked pretty well, only a few notes of alcohol broke through in the finish.

There are not many bad things to say about this brew. It hit the spot on a bitterly cold night. We could sit here all night and talk about everything this beer is not like, but that’s a waste of a good night.

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Photo of Zach136
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber body, with a huge three finger rock head and big lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Westmalle dubbel-esque. Rust and dates.

Mouthfeel: Well hidden alcohol, and very drinkable.

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Photo of janubio
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33 cl. bottle. Big head that fades soon, leaving a tiny disperse lace. Smell of spices, cinnamon, candied fruits, brown sugar. Light body, sticky palate, normal carbonation. Taste of spices, caramel, dark fruits. Not the best of the Deliriums, IMO.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is three fingers high and off-white in shade. With a fluffy yet consistent texture, it looks good in a class; retention isn't very good, however. A large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Pretty ester driven - having said that, the esters seem closer to a BSPA (apple, pear, candied sugar) than a BSDA. I don't seem to pick up much spiciness apart from some black pepper. There are some nice cherry notes, though. I'm a bit let down by the relative lack of depth and Christmas spicing. (3.25)

Taste: I'm getting a nice amount of cherries to start. Afterwards, it develops a powerful bread note, with lesser hints of candied sugar. Where the disappointment comes in is in the lack of defined spice notes - that, and the lack of complexity. It's a fine offering, but lacking certain aspects to make it a great Belgian Noel ale. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's not particularly light bodied, but it's well carbonated, airy, and mouth filling. Yet it has a crisp, dry bite that makes it quite drinkable - and even better, very little alcohol is exposed to the palate. There really isn't much to complain about here. (3.75)

Overall: I'm disappointed by the lack of palpable Christmas qualities, but hey, I can't hate on a 10% beer that's crisp and easy to drink, now can I? I've had much better in the style (Noel, BSDA, or otherwise; still, a decent brew. (3.25)

3.33/5: The Noel is a bit weak, but the Delirium is really nice

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark copper (almost amber) color, with an off white head with a hint of tan.

The beer smells sweet and fruity, and the alcohol is definitely present.

The initial taste is not as fruity and sweet as expected. In the middle the flavor is of sweet hops. The beer has a crisp finish with the alcohol present.

The beer feels light and crisp.

Overall, the beer is a bit of a let down, especially if you were expecting a complex Christmas ale or something similar to Delerium Tremens. Still it is a decent Christmas ale.

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-caramel color with a fingers worth of khaki head

S-caramel malt, dark fruits, yeast and some spices

T-caramel malt backbone with brown sugar dark fruits and spices

M-medium body, high carbonation

Overall I like the original better but still pretty good

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque amber. An off-white half finger head that dissipates fast. Thick lacing.

S: Dark fruits (dates, raisins, figs) along with bready malts.

T: Follows nose in a smooth and sweet concoction perfect for the holidays.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Many have said this is the best of the Deliriums and I'm not disappointed. A great sipper with friends. Toast the season with this little elephant.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear brownish amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits (raisins) and light fruits (apples and white grapes) along with lighter notes of spices and the distinct Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts with moderate flavors of dark fruit (raisin) and light fruit (apple and white grape), though with only a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spices and light flavors of that distinct Belgian yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a big beer and one that I prefer to sip slowly when I enjoy it - there is a moderate amount of complexity and the beer is not too sweet making it pretty easy to drink. Definitely one I look forward to during the holiday season. Complexity increases as the beer warms up.

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Photo of cheers_chick
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Aroma = lemon zest, roasted malt
Appearance = caramel, toffee
Taste = light, malty, caramel sweet but not overwhelming
Palate = soft, fluffy, like snow falling on Christmas Eve, the warm roasted notes hide the high abv delicately
Overall = 3.5 / 5

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

Huge pear and dark Belgian sugar yumminess, with caramel and melanoidin notes. Flavor is more green apple, with rummy dates, figs, and brown sugar notes. Very rich and delicious.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall a disappointing beer based on my expectations after having the other Delirium beers. Lacking depth and complexity. – 3.75

A – Pours a hazy amber color, with a huge off-white head, great lacing – 4

S – Spicy, malty – 3.75

T – Caramel, dark fruit, alcohol, slightly spicy/peppery, dark cherry – 3.5

MF – Medium heavy body, semi-dry finish, warming – 3.75

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Photo of JLBeaugh
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

Purchased @ H.E.B. 1 Pint 9.4 Fl oz. bottle. White bottle, red foil with standard cork and metal cage. Price $13.95
Color: Orange/Brown color; Large 3+ inch khaki head with good retention; with lacing.
Smell: Copper,Citrus, Spice, Toffee, Banana , Apricot, Straw, Red Apple.
Taste: Pepper, Straw, Strong copper, Toffee, Banana.
Feel: Full mouth, medium carbonation, alcohol burn finish.
Overall: Nicely complex, but finish takes away from potential.

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Photo of e_dawg
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Pours a cloudy orange/brown color that shifts slightly to orange when held up to the light. Moderate head after the pour which dissipates after several minutes. Some lacing, typical of 10% avb.

Freshly cut apples and pears with some light citrius and spice on the nose. Some nutmeg, cinnamon, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is full with some prickliness from medium carbonation. Taste is more fruit with some pepper and copper, with a light but enjoyable alcohol burn that lingers a while on the finish.

This is a big, assertive beer that's perfect for cold nights. One of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

October 10, 2014

11.2 oz bottle; tulip

A – Dark orange to ruby amber, pinkish hues where the light passes through most. About three inches of thick, uniform head, slightly off white with tan or pinkish tint. Foam fades slowly, evenly, high retention.

S – Funky Belgian yeast, peppery with some mild acidity. Lots of malty sweetness and some mild alcohol warmth/burn, not a flaw. Some red apple, fig, perhaps prunes, fruity and sweet.

T – Golden raisins, light toffee, with bright cherry slightly present in the background. Herbal hop aromas, bitterness is there but seems low due to high carbonation and sweetness. More peppery flavors from the yeast, just the smallest hint of garlic and/or cloves, and some cola notes.

M – Very high carbonation, a massive hit of biting bubbles, backed by acidity, with a slight bite or tickle on the back of the tongue. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol present but well-masked.

O – Excellent balance and a complex aroma and flavor profile, washed mostly away by the millions of scrubbing bubbles. Would love this with some roasted, garlicky meats, or crispy potatoes.

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