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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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very good

1,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,719
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 68
Gots: 175 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of shapudding
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber and semi-unclear, with a thick creamy head that settled as a nice thick layer. Nice gueuze scent to it. Very nice soured, aged, lightly wine cellery scent. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. There is a good amount of carbination, but you dont feel it swirling around and foaming, you just notice it sitting on your tongue after a moment, but it is not too much. Very nice. Tastes of sherry and port. You can really tast the alcohol. Caramelly, maple sweetness, bit of sea water, bit of dark fruits. Granny smith apple, maybe a bit of raisin. Good flavors. The 10% may keep it from being a session, but it has such nice flavors and does feel so damn good. Very enjoyable.

Photo of nmeiborg
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MarkoNm
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A strong tasting beer, no surprise here. Bittery, quite some alcohol present, sligthly yeasty (a bit too much for my taste). Nice aftertaste, on the sweet / fruity side.
A surprisingly neutral aroma, just some hops and a bit of alcohol aroma.
Pours a clear dark coppery color with a healthy white head, solid and lasts for some time.
A very decent christmas beer, but I will stick to others instead.

Photo of rodrot
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked and caged ceramic 750 ml bottle with a dark, murky brown appearance. There was a fair amount of carbonation at first which dissipated after a few minutes. Aroma was spicy and fruity with some hints of roasted malts. Taste was quite malty and sweet with some flavors of chocolate, spices, prunes and cherries coming out as the beer warmed. I could also detect a winey note in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and not too heavy in the palate considering the strength of this beer. Drinkability was good, but watch out as this one can sneak up on you in a hurry. I stood up after finishing the bottle and nearly ended up laying on the living room floor.

Photo of TheMistler
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured brown, but with some bright ruby highlights. Hazy but not opaque. A frothy, light khaki head with bubbles of many sizes (I found this to be true of both the draft and bottle representations). The head settles to a nice, creamy cap that displays nice retention, pretty good lacing.

Smells like the inside of fig newtons, but with some of the sweetness stripped away. Somewhat muted in the aroma department. Spicing to a Belgian dark aroma. Dark fruits, brown sugar. Some alcohol.

There is definitely a large bit of cinnamon to the taste, alongside noticeable dark fruits and an alcohol warming with some slight astringency and a small degree of spice drying. A sweet but sharp taste, pretty good.

A nice, warming sipper with a medium body. Creamy feel juxtaposes the alcohol presence.

EDIT: A friend came onto BA when I was still logged in and tooled around with my beer notebook in tow. This has been heavily edited, but now properly reflects my notes and opinion.

Photo of TheConnMan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Osiris9588
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, caged and corked--painted white with a label featuring a pink elephant wearing a Santa hat, as well as Santa's sleigh being drawn by a team of pink elephants. It pours a light amber color with rusty, ruddy undertones. The two-finger off white head is quite frothy, showing good retention and leaving ample lacing.

The smell is yeasty and spicy, plenty of clove and pepper, along with banana and sweet malt. The taste offers Belgian candy, sour apple, some licorice, rasin, clove, caramel and chocolatey malt--the alcohol is well disguised.

The mouth is medium bodied and a little syrupy. The drinkability is a bit limited due to the syrupy characterstic. Solid, though not outstanding--below the standards of the other beers of the Delirium family.

The mouth is

Photo of kingston2
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of fergster75
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Hopinista
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Ant4711
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Steve_Trick
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Navalartichoke
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of paleoplant
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bigclydeoliver
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of apocalypsezombie
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of CraftBeerGuild
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jeiiVP
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of NorCalYeti
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

Photo of Ahhdball
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been tempted to give this a shot for quite some time now and what do ya know I got it tonight.
Appearance was dark, maroon and held a full two-finger head. The beer left a great lacing on the vessel as I finished.
Smell was plum and molassass with a slight cinnamon.
Plums, raisans and fig. Good taste but unexpected. I haven't had a dark Belgian in awhile but it seems to be along the style.
Moutfeel is sticky sweet,slick.
I could drink this again.

Photo of cuy50
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of nrombes
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Douglas14
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice mahogany color with somewhat of a disappointing head. I was expecting it to be much bigger and rockier. It also resided rather quickly. The nose is wonderful. It is incredibly spicy and kind of funky, which I know cannot be what it really is...at least to my knowledge I don't know of any wild yeast in the Noel. Nevertheless, it has a wonderful aroma. The taste is much maltier that the nose but less than what I had expected before opening the bottle. There is a also funk-type flavor and spices in the flavor as well. It is definitely light in the mouth for a Belgian Strong Dark. Awesome beer...hands down my favorite of the Delirium series that Huyghe makes.

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,719 ratings.