Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe
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2.88/5 rDev -25.6%
Poured from a 750oz. bottle into an over sized wine glass. 2007 edition
Appearance - Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a one finger white head. Left a nice lacing on the glass.
Smell - solid alcohol smell followed by a banana citrus aroma. A dark fruit sweetness is also present.
Taste & Mouthfeel - Smooth and sweet with a dark fruit taste. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry. Spiciness creeps up in the back and finishes with a warm alcohol feel.
Drinkability - Maybe it's not as bad as I think. I'm kinda biased as I don't care for Delirium anyway, but I found the Noel to be worse than the average Nocturnum.
04-03-2008 06:07:16 | More by ryrust5301
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
A - the appearance is unimpressive. An amber body with a large fluffy head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.
S - Vanilla and dark fruit. A bit of spice in there.
T - syrupy sweet that really hangs on the tongue. Prune/raisin flavors, maybe cherry. A bit of alcohol warmth. Finishes pretty clean.
D - Goes down nicely.
Note - Decent beer? yes. $100+ a case beer? No
12-17-2009 01:06:32 | More by drcarver
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours medium amber with a red hue. Massive thick off white head that lingers with superior lacing. Light nose of dark malt sweetness, Belgian yeast and alcohol against a backbone of dark fruit. Light medium body that matches well with the somewhat high carbonation level. The taste is pleasant with notes of spice against an alcohol base. It finishes with a note of spice and alcohol. The alcohol leaves that nice pleasant burn. More spice or lower alcohol would improve the balance and make this outstanding.
11-21-2013 21:11:34 | More by tillmac62
4.35/5 rDev +12.4%
750ml bottle ceramic painted dated on 2006.
This beer poured a very reddish amber color with a nice head that slowly became nothing more than a tiny little lace around the glass with good retention. The smelled sweet and had a bold fruitiness to it. Predominatly malty notes than anything hoppy. It had a nice bold strong taste with alcohol present in every sip. A nice slick slightly fizzy mouthfeel with a very ncie alcohol kick on the way down. Perhaps I should age it this one next time as the alcohol seemed to overwhelm the other flavors and scents.
01-24-2007 01:33:48 | More by ryantupy
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
A: hazy brown color with ruby red highlights spongy head with decent lacing
S: spicy yeast clove and banana with a sweetness there. Alcohol well is masked.
T: banana dark fruit sweet notes in there like brown sugar.
M: med mouth with med to high carbonation
D: very drinkable
Overall: A solid offering although it does not stand out to me as a true Christmas seasonal.
01-07-2011 21:17:44 | More by JamisonM
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Served on draft at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL, in the proper Delirium snifter, pink elephants and everything. Cool, huh? A slightly cloudy dark amber color with a solid head that dissipates into a ring around the sides, leaving a little lace along the way. Great Belgian aromas of solid malt with an aromatic cornucopia of fruit, mostly peach/plum varieties, plus a little bit of nutmeg and clove spice notes. Smooth, sweet malt body with just enough of a hint of hop bitterness to keep it from becoming cloying. Fruity flavors still present, and the spices dance in the distance. You know they're there, but you really can't name them. All in all a very nice holiday brew that goes down as well as any high ABV Belgian brew. The ABV is very well hidden, so it's easy for gravity to warp while you're on the barstool.
11-22-2007 18:45:32 | More by MillRat
4.22/5 rDev +9%
This pours out of a bottle with a "2004" cork; no head to speak of, some sticky streaks. The color is deep gold peach juice and ginger ale.
The smell is like belgian alcohol phenols and wine. This tastes a ton like a trappist product. Alot llike Chimay Blue [a touch menthol] and Gulden draak-without the sweetnes of the latter. This has a smooth carbonation, a present alcohol sensation, and a hoppy? bitterness that balances the big thick sweet malt well when mixed witht the alcohol. There is a middle that taste like bubblegum before the bitterness; and a great finish of citrus and hoppy alcohol tartness on the mid-tongue.
In my opinion, this is a special winter beer and can't be made to compare with the tremens and nocturnum. They are all good; this is a nice belgian imperial winter warmer- not a true strong dark ale, not a strong pale. Drink it for the season and celebrate winter, don't overthink the comparisons between apples and oranges..
12-09-2005 01:44:53 | More by andjusticeforale
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice...
Appearance: At first glance, this brew doesn't have the crazy carbonation that Tremens does. Pours a deep mahogany/amber color which, if I'm honest, isn't a great color. A half-finger head emerges at first but subsides quickly to a ring around the glass. Lots of yeast floating around in there, too. All in all, this one's not much of a looker.
Smell: I'm surprised at the smell of this one. Doesn't smell much like other examples of the style that I've had. It has more a barnyard scent to it than anything. Some smells off the top are Belgian yeast, brighter fruits like orange (odd), spices, clove and even a touch of banana. I think this may be proof that the color of a beer has little to do with taste, as this smells like more of a Belgian strong pale ale than anything.
Taste: Pretty refreshing but nothing dynamic. You get a taste of the bready yeast up front with a slight sting of the alcohol, and then some spice and fruits to finish it off.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a slight lack of carbonation. Also has an oily feel to it, which I don't really enjoy.
Drinkability: This guy hides the alcohol very well for a 10% brew. It's lightly present in the taste, but hardly noticeable. I wouldn't make a night out of this, but this bottle will go down smoothly.
Overall, a pretty enjoyable brew, though lacking the complexity that had anticipated. There are definitely better examples of the style out there, but this is definitely worth a shot.
11-19-2009 23:55:46 | More by zoso493
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,526 ratings.