Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe
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3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
US version with X-mas name. Pours dark with some head. Aged about two years. Yeast and spice in nose. Drinks very well, with light chocolate. Absolutely dark fruit.10% is hidden but everpresent.Smooth drinker, though significant candy has been added.
04-15-2008 15:29:34 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
11-11-2012 07:24:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +3.4%
A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and poured with a very thin head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles. A medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell is rather fruity and has aromas of apples, grapes and raisins along with some notes of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the nose and has a mild amount of sweetness. It becomes a little more complex as the beer warms up. The finish has notes of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well masked from the taste, which makes this beer not too difficult to drink, although it is better sipped considering the alcohol content.
09-06-2010 03:15:25 | More by metter98
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
2004 edition. Warmly glowing tawny with much more orange than brown. It's hard to tell due to the failing daylight, but I might even see a hint of cranberry. Removing the cork resulted in a rifle shot craaack! followed by a tendril of gunsmoke. It was no surprise, then, that the beer was massively bubbled immediately after the pour. The carbonation has now settled down and the orangish ecru head has settled down with it. Unfortunately, the cap is too soft and too unsticky to give up any lace.
I expected Delirium Noel to be a BSDA, but it isn't. It looks and smells like a cross between a BSPA and a BSDA. The nose is sour fruity (more drunken peaches and apricots than figs and dates), clove spicy and Belgian yeasty. In fact, it shares some characteristics with a farmhouse ale or a saison.
A few mouthfuls are all it takes to tell me that I like Noel more than Nocturnum and less than Tremens. The question is, which one will it share a flavor score with? (4.0 in the first case, 4.5 in the second). Only time and the rest of the bottle will tell.
For some reason, I expected more sweetness. The beer is plenty sweet, but the candi sugar is offset beautifully by sour and bitter. No cloying Christmas confection here. As noted above, the maltiness tastes darker than a strong pale ale and lighter than a strong dark ale. Kudos to Brouwerij Huyghe for giving us the full spectrum when it comes to the pink elephant beers. None of them taste anything like the others.
Rum-macerated apricots, plums and white raisins make up the flavor profile of this wonderfully complex ale. It hasn't taken long to decide which taste score to award. When Belgian yeast is in use, it's difficult to tell if any other spices are present since the yeast itself throws off more than a few interesting and varied flavors. Nothing really jumps out at me, although I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Curacao orange peel has been added.
I'm pleased to see that alcohol isn't a vocal member of the chorus. Of course, more than two years in the bottle might have a lot to do with that. The body/mouthfeel borders on luxurious without quite getting there. It's medium-full with a silky smoothness that is aided by a near perfect amount of bubbles. I didn't mind the initially active mouthfeel and I don't anticipate minding the less than active mouthfeel to come.
I rarely comment on bottles and labels, but I love the ceramic-like painted bottles that this brewery uses. In addition, the label (with three pink elephants pulling Santa's sleigh while wearing Santa hats and candy striped scarves) is one of the best I've ever seen for a Christmas beer.
Delirium Noel, while not quite the equal of Delirium Tremens, is a tremendous beer in its own right. Even if it doesn't fit easily into any one particular style, it delivers the goods like the Jolly Old Elf himself. I wish that I had had the opportunity to enjoy this bottle on December 25th. I'll be sure to keep that in mind for next year.
01-13-2007 22:07:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.13/5 rDev -19.1%
2005 Vintage; consumed Christmas Day 2006
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a billowy head that drops quickly but, to its credit, stays around to provide a film over the beer and, thus, manages to deposit some lacing around the chalice
Smell: Bubblegum and cherry hues, along with some fusel alcohol
Taste: Starts out with a candi sugar and slightly yeasty flavor that builds some depth and peppery spiciness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the phenols take over and provide a rather plastic flavored finish
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and spritzy with some alcoholic warmth after the swallow
Drinkability: Oh, I had high hopes for this one as I enjoy the Delirium Nocturnum and Delirium Tremens; this one just isn't cutting it for me with its lack of depth after the swallow and unusual phenols
Thanks, beerhandy, for the opportunity
12-25-2006 20:49:03 | More by brentk56
2.6/5 rDev -32.8%
Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a super huge foamy and creamy off-white head with perfect retention. Aroma of cinnamon and another spices which results in a weird perfume that doesnt excite my olfactory sense. Taste is also dominated by that weird perfume that I have a hard time to pinpoint. I also noticed some sweet malt. Body is real creamy with a good lacing. Alcohol is very well hidden. Even though Belgian Christmas beer is not a well-defined style, there are still some things that I expect (high ABV, full body, spice mix ) which I couldnt find in here.
04-07-2006 14:03:18 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Every now and then, I'll have a beer that tasted better from the bottle than on tap -- this is one of those. The malts come across with more caramel and chocolate character. The spices are more intense and distinguishable. The alcohols are better hidden. All this without compromising on the unique Belgian tartness or the meldedness. The beer just seems bolder from the bottle. On tap, maybe a bit more subdued and rounded out.
Notes: December 5, 2010:
Sweeter, spicier, and and with more even more effervesence than I remembered. But the beer carries a LOT of sediment that causes the beer to look choppey, chunky, and overall unappealing. I'm all for yeast sediment and doesn't allow for a detrement in review, but this is such an affect than it interferes with the taste and mouthfeel.
11-30-2006 17:34:59 | More by BEERchitect
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
ruby tinted brown liquid. Nice clarity, with a touch of sediment at the bottom. Very nice three inch high head of tan colored lace formed on the top and hung around for a good few moments before settling down to just a thin layer of lace and some nice side glass presentation. There were a few touches of carbonation visible as well drifting up toward the surface.
The aroma was very rich, with a nice mixture of sweet caramel notes and dark fruity yeast. Hints of plums and raisins were all over this one, as was a sweet liqueur type aroma, which gave a hint to the alcohol that lie within. A nice touch of spice as well, with hints of nutmeg and other Christmas type smells. The flavor followed suit perfectly. Opening up with a nice sweet malty flavor that warmed from within, it quickly became much more complex. A small boozy flavor coming in behind it, was laced with nice bits of spice and rum soaked raisin flavors. Definitely a sweet Belgian here, with the malt profile clearly dominating. There were some lingering flavors of roasted nuts as you got toward the end and the long lasting finish, . Very complex indeed. The overall profile though was quite mellow with nothing really dominating in one way or another, and a very smooth and creamy Mouthfeel. The carbonation never did let up and led to this one never coming across as dull or flat throughout the session. The alcohol was a touch noticeable at first, but never distracting, and was just enough to let you know this was indeed a nice sipper.
Overall, this was one of the better Belgian Noel's I have had. Very rich and complex, and delightfully smooth I could have had this one again and again.
04-30-2011 04:24:54 | More by mikesgroove
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
A: The pour is a dark orange/amber color with a small off-white head.
S: Dark sugar and caramel are the primary aromas with some notes of butterscotch, plums, and raisins. A hint of spice too, just to make it feel "Christmasy".
T: Even more sugar on the tongue with the same contributors: dark candi sugar, caramel, and butterscotch. Some nice spice character along with plenty of fruit notes, including some orange zest, this time.
M: The body is medium with a bit lower level of carbonation than I usually associate with a Delirium (or really any Belgian) beer.
D: I still think Tremens is the best of the bunch, but this is by no means a bad beer.
09-21-2010 17:06:12 | More by womencantsail
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
12-24-2011 04:10:29 | More by kylehay2004
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a thinnish, wispy, off-white head.
Smell: A chiefly fruity nose, smelling of brandy-soaked dried fruits supported by secondary notes of light brown sugar, caramel, and dull, earthy spices.
Taste: Dark maltiness with flavors of nutty caramel and cocoa. Brief burst of sweetness from a handful of candi sugar. Concentrated fruitiness tasting of stewed plums garnished with golden raisins. Splash of brandy. Hint of gingerbread cookies. Touch of warming alcohol in the dry finish. Very slight lingering of spices in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, though somewhat lively carbonation.
Drinkability: By no means my favorite, but it's still a fitting, well-balanced choice for your holiday drinking. I'll give it that much. It is, after all, the holiday season!
12-26-2008 22:55:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
Opened a bottle of this one Christmas 2008, The beer poured out as a bubbly amberish brown color with a light tan fizzy head. The lacing a minimal. The smell of the beer is yeasty and has some spice aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer is a little metallic if it's too cold. Once it warms up the spices and some Belgian yeast start to work together and create a really nice warming brew. The mouthfeel has a bit of a bite to it. It's carbonated generously. Overall I thought this was a pretty good Winter brew.
08-12-2011 15:47:33 | More by Knapp85
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
A - Poured out a reddish/brown color with a very small, tan head. Left very nice lace.
S - It smelled of malt, banana and cloves.
T- It tasted of sweet malt. It had a spiciness on the back of the tongue. Also, a fairly strong alcohol presence.
M - It was crisp and warm. A medium o heavy-bodied beer.
D - This is a very good beer. Great malt flavor and subtle spiciness.
05-20-2007 16:20:37 | More by zeff80
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Christmas time, Christmas beer. Easy choice, and a souvenir from a stopover in bucolic downtown Idaho Falls last summer. 330ml shiny foil capped bottle, with Santa leading a team of pink elephants on a spacey (in more than one way) flight away from Earth. Maybe he's running from the cops - he is drinking and driving after all.
This beer pours a very dark red brick amber hue, with swirling sediment, and one finger of creamy, cake-like ecru head, which seeps away slowly, leaving a raised ring of barbed lace around the glass in the process.
It smells of sweet cherry cordial, caramel/toffee malt, saucy raisins, vanilla, and mild cinnamon/clove-like spices, all very complex. The taste is musty caramel malt, a bit of tannic red wine fruit character, more subtle earthy spice, and a persistent, non-partisan dryness - the hops and well obfuscated alcohol the usual suspects. The booze is only eventually perceptible in the slightly medicinal fruitiness that evolves as the beer warms (amongst my central heating, and no roaring fire environs, malheureusement).
Things started off quite fizzy, but slowly settled down to a nice, even frothy tingle, with the body a steady medium weight, and smooth with a warming, airy caveat. It finishes with a slightly waning sweetness, fruit and malt still well meshed, the spice and latent heat tingling in the background.
A lovely, complicated, but remarkably easy to put back (not that I did) strong Belgian ale - and the plucky dryness sure helps when sided with yet more of my Mom's good ol' Christmas baked confections.
12-25-2011 03:22:52 | More by biboergosum
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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