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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël

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1,448 Ratings

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Ratings: 1448
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Crowls


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a cordial style glass.

Appearance: Has a good head and the body is a murky golden brown.

Smell: Some spicy notes with a little fruit and mild yeast.

Taste: Good flavor for a strong ale well balance. Hints of fruit with some spice and very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Not as impressive as some but still a good warmth suitable feel of richness.

Drinkability: Can enjoy one or two glasses but the alcohol will catch up after that but otherwise the alcohol is well covered so the few glasses are very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 19:18:52 | More by Crowls
Photo of alexAK


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

Served in a brandy snifter with the Delirium Noel logo, pink elephants and all.

A thin head, but overall a very solid appearance, almost a little golden. Aromas in the brandy snifter were especially pronounced, detected a little spiciness. A slightly complex taste, slightly tart but aided by the spices in the brew. Due to the high abv, not something you'd want to take too fast, yet still drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 10:21:09 | More by alexAK
Photo of gearbike


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber pours from tap. Nice complex funky smell. Taste is rather thick and straightforward. Flavor is bready with an overwhelmingly dark fruit sweetness. Alcohol is not overwhelming but does provide what they must have been aiming for with the noel name.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 13:25:45 | More by gearbike
Photo of afluentturtle


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on Christmas eve, poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful!!! Deep orange/amber, two figures of off white fluffy marshmallow like head. Text book lacing down the glass. This is what a beer should look like.

Smell: Spice, Peaches, Fig, Plums, Apricots. Some alcohol. Notes of woody/nuttyness.

Taste: follows the nose with the fruit but that's about it. A little bit of spice but not like I smelled. You can taste the alcohol for sure. To sum it all, it's a belgIan strong dark but not really a christmas version.

Mouthfeel: not to thin and not to thick, a nice balance. No alcohol bite but you know it's there. Good carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall: probably would get again next year if I saw it on the shelf while shopping but not somthing I will seek out and would probably skip over in preference of other holiday beers. It will definetly get you feeling good at 10 abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 01:39:21 | More by afluentturtle
Photo of StAnthony


4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, they're not kidding about the pink elephants on the label! Packs a punch that sticks with you and grows exponentially for an hour or so after you finish. I knew about the 10% abv before the first sip, but forgot about it soon after because this seasonal is super, super smooth. A most enjoyable pint from the tapper that was velvety and well-balanced all the way through. I recall caramel and mulling spices being the most predominant flavors, with just a hint of apple maybe and a very clean, long finish that leaves you excited for the next sip. It's like a moth to the fire.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2006 16:13:53 | More by StAnthony
Photo of nesta


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I purchased three bottles of this the other day, two to save for Christmas eve and one to sample. I took notes on the tasting so I could write this up later, as I don't have a computer at home.

The beer pours a deep but fairly transparent amber/gold color with a very light tan head, which accounted for about 1/3 the volume of the goblet it was served in. The head dissipated rather quickly, but left a nice lacing. The smell was wonderful, reminiscent of caramel, butter, and spice.

The flavor was rich and satisfying, and initially the alcohol was carried very well. It did become much more noticible as I worked my way through the bottle, however. It was great beer, but the richness and the high level of alcohol definitely suggest that I'll enjoy it more come cool weather.

I've consumed a number of very strong beers such as Trois Pistole, Maudite, La Fin du Monde, Chimay Grande Reserve, Gulden Draak, and others, and most contain yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle, however this was the first bottle of beer i've consumed which contained a massive level of VERY chunky peices of yeast in the bottom. I went so far as to pour the last of it through a sieve so as to strain off much of the solids to make it more drinkable, even though I normally like the yeast in my beer. This wasn't necessarily a downside, but I would have preferred it to be a little less chunky...

I bought three bottles, all labeled as Delirium Noel, however one bottle had a different label than they other two. Apart from the picture they appear identical....I'm not extremely familiar with the brand and wonder if perhaps they have changed the label recently and two bottles were of a different year than the other.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 16:05:57 | More by nesta
Photo of unseenbyyou


4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a christmas-new year's treat...sipped slowly out of a pint glass on a patio in San Diego on NYD 1-1-09

Nice, full head that is not overpowering like some other beers, caramelly color that shows more hues as glass is tilted, some sendiment in glass--must be from the fruits and grains used in delivering so many flavors...a very nice balance of citrus and grain flavor,

Although it has a 10% alcohol content, it is not as strong and overpowering as other dark, belgian related fare from the monasteries of divine inebration

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 14:56:49 | More by unseenbyyou
Photo of OrangeCharlie


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish tan, clouded with chunky yeast sediment. Thin head that bubbles and fades.

S: Fruity esters, mostly peach, with caramel and dried fruits.

T: Caramelized peaches, rich malt, raisins with a very mild and well-balanced touch of spicy and phenolic heat on the finish.

M: A rich beer that lingers on the palate to some degree. Nice carbonation level.

D: Very drinkable for a rich, flavorful beer. Smooth considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 22:38:05 | More by OrangeCharlie
Photo of SStein


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a Delirium Noel Glass

It is a deep red brown color, with about a 2 finger white head. One the head is gone there is constant lacing.

As it pours there is a spicy fragrance. Also smells of bananas. Smelling the glass after the head dissipates the spicy smell is more prominent. Also smells more of darker fruits.

As you drink there is a taste of the darker fruits; cherries and figs. Definite spice notes as well.

There is solid carbonation throughout the drinking. The alcohol is also prevalent as you hold it in your mouth.

Overall it is solid Noel Beer. It's higher alcohol content will definitely keep you warm on those cold, wet winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 19:30:33 | More by SStein
Photo of gfsufb


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a much darker color then expected, nice foam head. Smell seems a little off not sure if bottle experienced heating etc. Taste is very smooth for a 10% brew and I would seek another one out given the opportunity. I actually like this one much more then the original delirium tremens.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 02:19:22 | More by gfsufb
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca

New York

4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown with a deep red, good head retention and full, well-carbonated body.

S: Strong alcohol presence, tart, sweet, and strong.

T: Bitter berry tart cut with hop-ale savor creates a strong and vital first impression, then the layers of traditional Belgian complexity gradually introduce themselves. Copperish, floral, fruity, sour, and warm. More assertive than other Delirium beers, but perfect for the season.

M: Excellent. The perfect blend of strong, sharp and smooth.

O: I make sure to grab as many as I can every winter. It's a great beer for the season without being too "seasonal" (i.e. fruity/fake-tasting). If you're a fan of the style at all, it's a must-buy. Absolutely delicious, warming, and in ways comforting.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 13:38:29 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
Photo of SirWalkAbout


3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice dark red color, with a light ivory colored head. Good carbonation.

Pleasant orange smell. Also smell the yeast, and the high alcohol content.

Taste is different than expected. Floral, lemon citrusy, a little spice, and a little alcohol bite.

Disappears from the pallet quickly. Good carbonation.

Overall it's good. It's not a home run for me, and in comparison to the Tremens, this one is not quite there. Worth a try, not worth searching the globe to find.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 01:15:49 | More by SirWalkAbout
Photo of 1santore

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A feb 2008 vintage.Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured coppery,brown with a moderate tan head that disapates quickly. . A moderate amount of sediment. The smell is sweet and banana fruity. The taste follows suit with a mild sweetness and a very smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is about medium. The alcohol is well hidden. I'm not a big fan of the Belgian ale this is one that I would drink again. A very fine beer though I think that aging may have helped.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 05:42:38 | More by 1santore
Photo of rmdunlap85

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a beautiful hazy orange/amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates into some lacing.
S: Cherries and malt on the nose, other fruitiness. Smells extremely inviting.
T: Some tartness up front, cherries, with a caramel maltiness. This tastes excellent, perfect balance of tartness and sweetness.
M: This is the only place where the beer disappoints, the carbonation is a little too crisp, though its provides a nice warmth.
O: This is a great beer for the winter season, warming with flavors that evoke the Christmas season. I can curl up with this by a fire while watching It's a Wonderful Life.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:43:55 | More by rmdunlap85
Photo of xensure


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml ceramic coated bottle in to a bulbed tumbler.

Pour thick and dark ruby red with a thick 2 fingers of pillowy head. The head remain through entire glass and thickens with a swirl.

Smells of sweet malt and alcohol. There is also a bit of light spice that is there in a very small amount.

Tastes very sweet with a good malt flavor, but then it is all booze. Most big beers make an effort to hide their high alcohol percentage and at 10% this is certainly a big beer. However, they do not hide the alcohol at all. The flavor to the finish is very boozy and seems like a bit of a cop out of a solid flavor base. Though as a Christmas beer it isn't so bad because it gives you a great warming feel on the swallow.

The mouth feel is great very thick and rich, but the tastes lacks the ability to hold it up.

Overall I would say it is worth the $12 I paid for it simply because it was 10% and a 750ml, but on flavor alone I'd say it is a one time buy.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 02:44:37 | More by xensure
Photo of Beermasterjarrett


4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 into tulip 2013

Deep amber,auburn. Thin white head.

Great depth, figs, raisin, oak, smoke. What a bouquet! Rich cognac and dark fruit flavors. Mild burnt sugar.

Nice. Giant fruit waves over the palate with a huge finish, soft alcohol. Follows the aroma. Light smoke and holiday spice. Really balanced candied fruits and spice, and could only get more sophisticated with another year.

Creamy. Nutmeg, cinnamon, plums, figs, raisins. Winter in a bottle.

World class brew from a world class brewer, got a couple of these in the cellar. Apparently these are peaking in 2 years, like a lot of offerings from the brouwerij huyghe

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 08:42:46 | More by Beermasterjarrett
Photo of salvadorwill


3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this at the corner store for about $11, a 750 ml bottle.

The apperance is dark orange with large bubbles in the head that leave little lacing. A cloudy rich orange and brown.

The smell is fairly strong, with that yeasty kind of smell that you get with Belgian beers. Can smell the sweetness of the beer, the yeast and smells a little like raisins.

The taste is rather sweet and the alcohol hits the tounge after all the other flavors wear away. Lots of rich type of flavours, yeasty sweet malt, kind of a slightly cheesy flavor. I taste somthing that is a little like raisins, citrus and walnuts. A slight tartness too.
I think the alcohol flavour in this is a bit heavy, more than I expect for a beer like this.

The mouthfeel is a bit acidic and not too thick. A good balance between thin enough to enjoy but thick enough to be flavourful.

It is certanly carbonated enough, but I would like to have seen a bit more head and lacing. This has almost no head at all.

It is a heavy beer, and the flavour is quite strong. I think that after one bottle of this I will be buzzed enough and will certainly feel a little full.

All in all a good beer, but not special enough for the price. Good flavour, but I wanted more complexity. I'll stick to Chimay if I want to splurge.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 07:54:52 | More by salvadorwill
Photo of Samashley

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having this beer on tap and not being very impressed, I decided to give the Noel another try from the bottle. Delerium Noel is not necessarily my favorite seasonal beer, but I must say that the bottle was much better than the draft. I noticed differences in the carbonation and the spice between the two, and felt that the bottle presented these aspects in a stronger manner than the draft. Overall I still feel that the beer is muted. I wish it had just a little more "oomph" to the spice or to the maltyness. I know I can be a bit of a difficult judge regarding the winter season of beers, but after multiple exposures to this beer, I feel it is just a bit overrated and feel it to be quite average.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 06:37:57 | More by Samashley
Photo of BeerBishop


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium Tremens, I love you. So, when the gf and I were lunching at one of our favorites, The Belgian Cafe, owned by renowned local Philly pub guru Fergie, and this was on tap, it was a no-brainer, a must-try, a get-me-one-of-these-as-soon-as-humanly-possible. Disappointed we were not.

Redishness in color that hinted at Christmas. Smell was semi-sweet, maybe even tart?, but in a subtle, intriguing way. The way that urges you to take a sip.

Alcohol presence (10%) is well covered by a glorious spice flavor that blends into sweetness that holds in the mouth and, again, says sip me again.

Mouthfeel is noticeable. Not gooey, not thick, not syrupy. Nice. It's a Christmas beer with a feel akin to Brooklyn's Post Road Pumpkin... its seasonality is clearly announced, but in a way that doesn't overstay its welcome.

Delirium... kudos on this one. Even the gf loved it...!

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 21:13:59 | More by BeerBishop
Photo of icemanrulz

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this beer for Christmas and was eager to break it open, as I have yet to be disappointed with a Delirium selection. Color is dark with just a hint of amber. Surprisingly little amount of head and very little lacing on the glass. Very fruity aroma with a nice subtle hint of clove and nutmeg. The taste is sweetly fruity up front with an earthy, malty, and slightly alcoholic finish. Very soft mouthfeel and pleasingly warming. Despite its high alcohol content (10%) it is not overwhelming. Very enjoyable on its own, but would also pair well with pork dishes or as a dessert beer. Not the best beer to come out of Belgium (or even the Huyghe Brewery), but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 21:52:21 | More by icemanrulz
Photo of BarleyBoz

New York

4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer! I wish this was available all year long. First thing I noticed was that the color was a little darker than expected. The color is dark amber and when held to the light you would expect to see a "Jurassic park mosquito in it like the old guys cane from Jurassic Park. It is slightly cloudy but very clear for a Belgium style. The nose is sweet like caramel; a great balance of hops and malt. The taste is unbelievable . For a 10% abv beer, the alcohol is hidden extremely well. Noel is very smooth from start to finish. It is very drinkable and could be consumed easily all evening long.

Also reviewed by JAbel9

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 03:46:05 | More by BarleyBoz
Photo of Brewdacris


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have long awaited purchasing Delirium Noel as my favorite beer is Delirium Nocturnum. It finally arrived at my local beer store today so I got myself a couple bottles of it to sample.

A- The Noel has an exceptional crimson color with an unexpectedly large and rocky 3 finger off-white head.

S- At first sniff, I got a weird vomit-like smell. However, on my second go at it I noticed a much fruitier smell. More complex notes came through including dark fruits like plums and cherries. There is a sweet malt scent to it as well.

T- Sweet and sour fruit against a malty backdrop. Tasty explosion in your mouth, well matched flavors perfectly compliment each other, excellent combination. This is a beer that truly got better with every sip.

M- Silky mouthfeel like that of the Nocturnum. Perfect for the flavor and carbonation.

This beer has earned its status as a Delirium and is a beer I would enjoy on any occasion. I would especially recommend this to anyone who appreciates Delirium's other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 23:48:20 | More by Brewdacris
Photo of Greenleaf


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a chalice glass on Christmas morning.

Dark golden in color, a dime size amount of fading dense head. A faint aroma of fruit and alcohol. Nothing to fancy about the smell or look of this beer. The fanciest part of this one may be the bottle itself.

The taste is different then what I expected after drinking the other delirium brews. Very light mostly fruit almost prickly on the tongue. For 10% abv this is an extremely light tasting and feeling beer. Its has almost a lambic like taste qualities, yet i can't quit sipping this despite being a malty man stout fan. The best thing about this beer is how easy it is to drink. A few sips into this and I all ready feel more jolly. I think this is a perfect winter warmer, different, balanced and strong.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 20:15:49 | More by Greenleaf
Photo of gushov


3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Christmas warmer.

Lovely dark pour with ruby red highlights and a tan moussey head. The beer has a strong cellar aroma backed up with little dried fruit and little alcohol.

The taste has a nice fig note and some sweet malt coming through but the alcohol seems a bit hot. I find the beer medium-to-full bodied, fairly highly carbonated and a bit astringent in the finish.

Overall a good beer for a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 14:57:04 | More by gushov
Photo of lisaode


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on a cold evening with friends and it was perfect. It warmed up the mouth and filled the scenses. It was very easy to drink.

It had a nice dark red color, smells malty, brandy and fruity. I like the mouthfeel with it's medium density and tight bubbles. Tastes of sweet carmal and notes of brandy and fruit.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 21:12:30 | More by lisaode
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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