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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,578 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,578
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 56
Gots: 104 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002)
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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle - 2010-pink elephant ice skating on label .

Poured Nice dark amber color with one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin lacing that followed it down the glass - moderate carbonation .

Smell was clean ,crisp, malty ,spicy ,

Taste - Not overly sweet for a Christmas brew - Just enough spice to balance the fruit, And the malts blend in nicely - slight coriander ,nutmeg and cinnamon hints.

Drinkability - <-{ Mozilla spellchecker says this word doesn't exist } -

To me this was an extremely drinkable beer - you have to consider this is a 10% abv brew and it hides it wonderfully - I get the warmth from the alcohol , sweetness is present but not over powering, malts present themselves enough to blend in the sweetness -
nicely balanced seasonal brew - The spices are more evident as it warms- Enjoy it slowly and you will be enjoying a great seasonal selection by Delirium - Cheers !

InebriatedJoker, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Brown and mucky looking with little head or lacing. Despite having bottle upright in fridge and careful pour, making sure not to pour the last half inch or so of the bottle, there's still lots of obvious nasty looking chunks of sediment. All four bottles came out looking the same way, and I don't think there's anything wrong with the beer, it just looks flat out nasty.

Smells very nice, yeasty with dark fruits and obvious alcohol, fine for the style.

Tastes of spicy plums, raisins, cherries and yeast with some alcohol. Pretty tasty overall.

Not all that thick, slightly watery. Alcohol warming going down.

Drinks poorly. Will not buy again.

Value wise this beer was a real disappointment. It's very expensive ($18 a four pack), it looks awful and doesn't really stand out in any other way.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into my duvel tulip a deep cherry brown with a touch of a frothy head. not much lacing...but i did catch some yeast hunks at the bottom of the glass from the first pour.
S - deep dark fruit medley. it actually smells like a glass of hawaiin punch. my mouth is watering.
T - at first seemed pretty hot, almost a bit over the top. as i got used to the alcohol i started picking up plum, grape, and candy. sort of like a no frills version of a BSDA, but not bad.
M/D - pretty lively. leaves a nice alcohol tingle. nice treat, not really something i'd drink regularly.

cosmicevan, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of AndrewNations
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured in snifter.

A: Dark amber and very little head that fades fast. Almost no lacing

S: A little bit of dark and sweet notes but obviously different than a RIS. Some plum and raisin with very little Belgian yeast notes.

T: Pretty Sweet for the style. I thin it overpowers the distinctive Belgian yeast we all love. Its not bad by any means. I think it might ever work well as its season release this these types of beers aim to be a bit festive.

M: Great mouth feel, not too thin and low to medium carbonation.

D: So so, The sweetness and the high ABV does have me wanting more than 1 in a single sitting.

AndrewNations, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Lovely and traditional BSDA. Sweet and malty with the strong and delicious taste of Belgium yeasts.

A: Dark amber and clear color. with a ruge beige aired and bubbled head which dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacings

S: Sweet and roasted malts and the delicious Belgium yeasts. A bit fruity (reminds plums and raisins). Fresh earthy hoppy. Bit alcoholic end

T: Better part. Sweet upfront. Very malty and fruity with a light bitter hoppy end. A bit metallic. Could be a bit less sweet and a bit more bitter IMHO. Delicious Belgium yeasts aftertaste

M: Creamy medium body and medium carbonation

D: Good. No mistake, another delicious Delirium specimen. Enjoy it!

eduardolinhalis, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- hazy reddish brown with a thin beige head. foam falls quickly to a thin ring. there's big chunks of yeast in the bottom of my glass that i tried to keep in the bottle. this is another one that i bought from "questionable retailer". happily, the yeast sinks rather than staying suspended in the liquid as happened with a few other belgian bottles i've had from said retailer.

S- fruity and caramel malt. black cherry, prune, fig, raisin, banana, brown sugar, earthy yeast aromas, vanilla, sandalwood, and a slight sourness. floral and phenolic as it warms. apple, pear, and some strawberry and pineapple candy alcohol aromas come out but are not too forward.

T- nice balance of fruity and bitter, cherries covered in bittersweet chocolate, and bitter prevails with some cocoa, roasted and dark burnt flavors emerging near the finish. prune, date, fig, raisin, sandalwood incense, perhaps a little too sugary before the bitterness kicks in and even so it still has a residual sugar taste. malt character is caramel and toasty but seems somewhat thin. there's a peppery and clove spiciness lingering in the background that rounds things out a bit. many aspects are similar to port or sherry with a madeira smokiness.

MF- juicy but not as big as i would have expected from a 10% abv beer. medium carbonation snuffs out quickly. dry on the cheeks and lips. in a cognac fashion, swirling it in the mouth allows woodsy and earthy flavors to be appreciated but with the fleeting carbonation subsequently the body becomes watery feeling.

D- alcohol is extremely well hidden and this beer was much easier to enjoy once i decanted it. ran through a tight mesh strainer from my delirium glass and into my duvel tulip, carbonation has been enlivened and flavors enhanced either due to warming, agitation, or both. treated as one of the above mentioned fortified wines, this lil elephant fares much better with me and has in turn generated a much better score than it would have otherwise.

hustlesworth, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really excited to grab this along with the 11 other beers i got on this particular trip, so lets see how she fairs. And i was surprised when i corked this 750ml to find that it was a 2009 bottle.

A- Pours a Deep reddish brown with no head to speak of

S- Almost fully black cherry with a little bit of hops

T- Tastes almost identical to the smell only in stronger dosage. Hops settle in the back of your throat and give almost the feeling of warm chocolate. Spices warm your throat and belly like a nice aged scotch.

M- Carbonation coats the tongue nicely and is nice and chewy in the mouth.

P- Overall a nice winter beer. A few bottles will probably accompany me on snowboard trips this season.

TheLVBeerGuy, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Chimay goblet...

A deep garnet almost ruby red appearance to this with a thick ever building head of off white... Nice looking brew...

Loads of sweet Belgian sugar and malts... Almost a cherry aspect to the aroma as well.. Spices and sweet fruits... Like a fruitcake... Nice aromas for a Christmas brew for sure...

Sweet and fruity but not overly so taste... The yeast and Belgian sugars blend nicely with the spices here... I like this one quite a bit.. Polished off the first one with no problem and could have another easily... Very nice Christmas beer..

Great brew... I liked this one a lot. Puts me in the Christmas spirit even if its only November...

Tilley4, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Delirium Noel

Appearance: Medium head with some lacing.

Smell: Subtle malt, hop, slight sweetness, and minerals from the water used.

Taste: Subtle spices, subtle dark fruits such as cherries, and slightly more prominent malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavier and semi-smooth.

Bottom line:
I am not impressed with this beer. It is almost watery tasting, yet strong. I am hoping I just have a bad batch or bottle. I really enjoyed other Delirium beers much more than this one.

megahurts4, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

metter98, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's for Christmas in July, into a Chimay chalice,

A: Pours a medium amber with a very light off-white head.

S: Classic Delirium. A boatload of malt, raisin, plum with winter spice.

T: Cinnamon and malt are the first flavours I encounter. Lots of Belgian fruit/candi sugar flavours - raisins, prune, though not as heavily dark as a lot of beers in this style. Rough with malt around the edges, but I liked it quite a bit.

M: Full-bodied, very smooth, spritzy carbonation. Notes of EtOH.

D: A cool beer and definitely appropriate in the pantheon of great Christmas beer. The label's a classic. A clear must try.

Halcyondays, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of biggietattoos
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very complex high gravity ale. Good hoppiness. Hits the palette nicely with a unique layering of flavors from the hops that hide the alc. well.

I couldn't see drinking this on the reg but definitely a nice change up every now and then. Not too malty either which is a plus.

biggietattoos, May 19, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise. It has a "3" and an "8" notched on the bottom of the back label, whatever that means.

Appearance: Off-white head rises and falls a little too quickly, no doubt thanks to the high ABV. Dark orange/red in color.

Smell: Loads of Belgian yeast and dark fruits. Little bit of grapes as well, I think.

Taste: Smooth with a moderate bitterness. Belgian yeast, apple, and unidentifiable dark fruits. Alcohol is noticeable but not unwelcome. Gives it a nice warmth in the finish.

BierFan, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of animal69
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed 4-24-10

A- 2008 vintage, 1st glass pours a fairly clear brownish-amber color w/ an average head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing in my snifter, 2nd glass yielded a great amount of large particulates that rolled about in the turbulant carbonation resulting in what can only be described as "fish food in a lava lamp", scary

S- smell starts off w/ a vinous, sour apple/pear dominating with notes of a nutty caramel-like munich type malt, a bit of alcohol & a bretty-like phenol as it warms

T- taste starts w/ a bit of fruity tartness then fades into a bready, nutty, caramelish flavor w/ a hint of bitterness, hints of lighter dried fruit, golden raison/pear perhaps, finishes nutty w/ a very faint touch of alcohol

M- a very dry beer, med-full bodied w/ a good amount of co2, had to remove .5 just 'cuz those chunks felt kinda nasty

D- overall a damn drinkable beer once you get over how ugly it is, esp. for 10+% ABV, reminded me of an o'fest on belgian steroids, but still had to take off for those nasty chunks, i actually had to close my eyes at one point

animal69, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz painted bottle poured into chalice

A: Pours like a coke, high carbonation level that you'd expect from a belgian beer, but there is no head, the color looks like root beer, lots of floaties, should there not be any head?

S: Subdued, banana and maybe light fruit, but mostly banana, a little yeasty with some alcohol notes

T: Starts very clean, then a slight hint of sweet and tart that builds into a peppery note, hints of molasses too and some dark tart fruit, flavor is nice

M: Very bubbly, all that carbonation hides the real body of the beer, but feels light

D: Good, but not super high

Notes: Not sure if this was a slightly compromised beer with the way it poured and smelled. However, it still tasted good. If this beer was not up to what it should be then it would be a great beer sampled fresh. I'll make sure to get another bottle.

dpodratsky3, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of chaz01
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had at Chappy's Tap Room in a special Belgian event served in a 6 ounce mini-wine glass.

A: Brown amber color with very little to no head. Despite the dark color, it was very clear with no signs of effervescence or bubbles.

S: Sweet dark fruit flavors in the aroma.

T: Tart cherry flavors with dark fruits like plums and raisins and just a hint of licorice.

M: As the appearance would indicate, it was somewhat flat, little carbonation and a bit watery.

D: Some nice flavors, but it was just missing something. Keg was recently tapped but sometimes they have some issues with Belgian kegs -- might give it a second chance next winter.

chaz01, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008 bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Hazy brown with little to no head. Slight yeast sediment lets me know it might be a bit too old...
S - Mostly apple and citrus with a bit of booze smell in the back.
T - thats good! Heavy dark fruits and sour apples hit the tongue and a slight bite which appears to be from the hops not the ABV
M - Really chewy but very drinkable for over 2 years old.
D - Overall this is a big step up from my Edition 2005 I had last month. Solid brew but I think it might be better with less age...

DrDemento456, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Delirium Noel

Pours into a Delirium tulip glass a hazy deep orange brown with tons of particulate. Big two-finger off white belgian head.

Smells very yeasty with a big citrus note. Slightly spicy but with no detectable hop aromas (at least to me).

Has a tart quality that strikes me initially. Green sour apples and light citrus fruits, as well as a malty sweetness. Slightly musty from all of the yeast particulate. Contrary to a lot of the other reviews, there is absolutely no hint of the 10%abv, it must be a product of the 2 years it's spent cellaring.

Medium-thick bodied beer with lots of carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel.

The tartness is a little unappealing and takes away from the drinkability of this brew IMO.

MrHassellYaHurd, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 12/10/09. Served in a 10oz snifter from the Abbey bar (at ABC) as part of their winter season special.

Pours a clear dark amber with a thin line of offwhite head. Lacing clings just about everywhere all over the glass. Aroma of malt, citrus and some subtle spices. Sweet malt taste that is quite warming. Dry fruit character is throughout the taste before finishing dry and quite warmng. Low amount of carbonation with a medium feel. Yeast comes through more in the taste as it warms. Despite the draft pour being too cold, it stood no chance in trying to help mask the ever present and forward alcohol warmth and character. Overall not bad but not something I would seek out.

stakem, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Crowls
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Crowls, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is brown and clear. Forms a thin off white head. Carbonation is moderate but the head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is estery, fruity, with a slight banana flavor to it. Smells good, slightly yeasty.

Beer is smooth and medium bodied. Slight metallic flavor to the whole thing but overall the flavors are solid. Sweet, bready, yeasty flavors throughout. Carbonation in the mouth is good, the sweetness is the star of this beer. Mouthfeel is OK and drinkability is good. Not my favorite but I wouldn't actively avoid it either.

drabmuh, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single bottle purchased. Poured into a large wine glass (about 3 pours total).

A- Dark ruby/reddish color with a pomegranite tinr when held to the light. There is beautiful bubbly quality to this beer, almost champagne like. Creamy head and nice lace.

S- Dark fruits, yeast, figs, belgian spices.

T- Sugared fruits, cake spices, grape, banana, no hops, malts, smooth as hell- no bitter bite. Some booze but amazingly masked.

M- Bubbly, Medium bodied. Easy drinking for the ABV.

D- I can drink this Christmas brew ANYTIME. I thought it was so tasty and well rounded.

DavidSeanNJ, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Aenema
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Appearance - Deep brown amber with a 2 finger tan head & lots of yeast flakes. Cloudy with slight, splotchy lacing.
Smell - Sugary yeast and dark fruit (fig/cherry) followed by raisin.
Taste - Sweet Belgian yeast and dark fruit; fig, raisin. Slight alcohol note in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Light-medium body, highly carbonated with fine bubbles. The scrubbing carbonation is too vigorous; it is distracting and pushes harsh.
Drinkability - Sweet, but nice flavor. Vigorous mouthfeel and sweetness hold this beer back.
Overall - Good base flavors, but a few elements knock this one down - namely lots of flaky yeast, a bit too strong on the sweet side, and distractingly vigorous carbonation.

Aenema, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of TheMadJack
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review prepared from notes. Served in Tulip Glass.

A: Clear red-brown, ample head. Slow carbonation gathering on sides of glass.

S: Grape, green apple, strawberry. Not like walking through an orchard, more like sticking your snout in a bag of Jolly Ranchers. Very much like it.

T: Minimal hops. Very fruity and malty. Raisins and apple. The malts have a slight dryness to them that's more of a texture. Alcohol. Banana becomes present as the beer warms.

M: Dry.

D: Low drinkability. This one is complex and powerful. Definitely a sipper.

TheMadJack, Jan 21, 2010
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,578 ratings.