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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,496 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,496
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 40
Gots: 83 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of malcontent


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

Hazy, garnet hue with a strong steam of bubbles feeding an even but thin layer of off-white head.

Touch of clove and a bit grain chaff and brandy account for a rather simple, unremarkable aroma.

Actually much more going on than the nose betrayed. Fruity and spicy right up front giving way to a mix of orange peel, honey, bread and cinnamon. Slightly boozy on the finish but, hey, it's 10% ABV.

A bit thin for something this big. Still, the carbonation isn't out of control and there's a creaminess to the finish that makes for a pleasant drinking experience. Surprised it's taken me this long to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 04:03:16 | More by malcontent
Photo of searsclone


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark, cloudy amber color with chunks of solids, even though it was poured carefully and had been sitting for at least 3 days

Smells like plums, raisins, burnt spices, and alcohol.

Tastes are plum, smokey and somewhat medicinal.

Mouthfeel was crisp from high carbonation, yet somewhat awkward because of the solids.

Not my favorite from Delerium, but it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 23:58:39 | More by searsclone
Photo of cleeze


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

Had it at the Great Lost Bear. Don't I LOVE that place.

It poured a nice brownish/amber hue with a small head but really good lacing.

Smelled kind of fruity at first, followed by some fairly good yeast notes. I deffinatly picked up one some spicy clove as well.

Taste was a bit fruity again, at first then followed by some rich malts. Deffinatly can tell it's belgian.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 06:11:49 | More by cleeze
Photo of mdcrouser


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At first pour, this beer pours lighter than air, practically floating from my hand.

Muddy brown, but somehow still glowing, this looks to be a chunky, pretty complex beer.

Yeasty to the nose, the first drink is like a slab of toffee unrolling atop the tongue, dotted with hints of cinnamon, citrus, and cloves.

Smooth as silk, with only a light alcoholic breath, it forces your jaw open to enjoy it fully letting it in, letting it out.

Filling, yet somewhat, and somehow, underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 20:43:12 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of unseenbyyou


4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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 IBUnit63


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of our neighbor upstairs during the neighborhood New Year's Day party. Thanks Huggah! Into a 1/2-pint glass it goes...

Pours an almost amber hue with a good 1 1/2-finger head that sticks for quite a while. Lacing is decent and carbonation is ample. Solid stuff.

The usual suspects are in here - coriander, a little cinnamon, clove and ginger...maybe a tinge earthy along with minimal pininess of hops. Not entirely overpowering with alcohol, either and at 10% ABV that's a good thing.

There's an austere caramel malt sweetness about this with some pleasant but non-astringent alcohol heat. A bit of dried dates come around along with a hint of clove and slight yeast electricity. Hops really are a little on the quiet side; what's in there is still a bit on the piney side. Slight earth.

This has a very comforting palate feel but it is surprisingly light. What heft that exists comes from the sweetness of the caramel in the malt and slight alcohol heat. I think the earth tinge hits more in palate feel than it does taste - still it is quite enjoyable.

For a 10% ABV offering, this goes down wayyy too easily. This was a good opportunity to revisit an offering I haven't had in a few years. As always, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 11:24:07 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of alovesupreme


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber or copper in color. With a fluffy head with fair retention and decent lacing.
Smells of fruit, and a little medicinal.
Pear, apple, medicinal with a little spice in the finish.
Nice belgian mouthfeel, with a creamy body.
A good beer that I will probably try again next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 03:45:59 | More by alovesupreme
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3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottles served in red wine glasses. Shared with my family at our Christmas celebration.

A-Frothy tan head, moderate retention with extensive lacing. Copper-brown beer, glowing orange in the light. The beer has a slight haze with some floaties (bottle conditioned).

S-Pears and other big fruits with subtle apple coming through. Some spices come through, as well.

T-Fruits, some in the realm of tropical fruits, but mostly flirting with pear and apple juice. Some spicy notes seem to come through, minimally. Nuances of a sweetish, almost fruity maltiness come through as well. Zero hop bitterness. Finishes with apple juice and maltiness, semi-sweet.

M-Creamy and full bodied. Luscious and big. Medium carbonation borders on high carbonation.

D-This is an interesting beer and I'm glad to have enjoyed it with my family. However, not the best of the various Belgian darks I've enjoyed. Still, a complex and festive beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 18:32:03 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of colts9016


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An amber hue with a nice copper tint. There was a one finger head but it dissipated to a small white ring around the glass. There is a lot of carbonation in the glass. The clarity of the beer is cloudy. There is some light penetration, but not a whole lot.

Nose: There is a malt complex with a nice fig, banana, caramel, toffee, molasses, esters, and citrus. There are notes of phenols, spices, candy sugar, and alcohol.

Taste: There is roasted malt, esters, fig, banana, and phenol. There are hints of fig, caramel, toffee, molasses, spices, candied fruit, and alcohol.

Overall: I am a little disappointed. This beer is good, but not great. I was hoping for more from the the maker of the beer. It seems that there is a separation between the alcohol, malt, and hops. I was hoping that the beer could hid the alcohol better. I did like the fact that there is a very nice hops to the beer but the malt didn't back it up. The mouth feel is astringent with a bitter finish that last for a few minutes. Overall a good beer, better than most.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 05:27:20 | More by colts9016
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An 33 cl bottle. A clear reddish brown fluid with a light tan head of about a finger and a half. The head is highly aerated and leaves bits of lace as it somewhat quickly fades. I see bits of what looks like tissue paper floating and a bit of carbonation activity in my Corsendonk Christmas glass.

Smell is sweet dark fruits and alcohol. A bit of banana and brandy. Fruitcake comes to mind.

Taste is sweet dark fruitcake and fusel alcohol. Caramel and toffee like sugars overlay a light toasted malt structure in the middle. A bit of soapyness in the finish helps to showcase anise and other spices. Semi dry and bready, the finish leaves licorice cookies in the mouth.

Moutfeel is full and slightly slick. A creaminess to the carbonation breaks it up and cleans the palate and throat.

Drinkability is nice as the alcohol while evident does not stick out and slow you down with it's taste. It is just the knowledge of the high abv that keeps you in check.

A good holiday brew for fireplace sipping and friendly chat

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 00:30:39 | More by scootny
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought online from Belgianshop.com... aged for about 2 years... poured into an ordinary Delirium glass

Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour with a yeasty haze. Creamy tan head poured very big and foamy then faded slowly to decent thickish covering... good lines of lacing...

Aroma - Very spicy vinuous fruits, lots of typical Belgian yeastiness, sweet caramel malts, light hop bitterness, light aniseed notes, peppery, nutmeg and clove, some musty / leatheriness, noticeable alcohol, treacle, some rubbery notes...

Taste - lots of spicy yeastiness, aniseed / cough mixture notes, dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes, dates), very light biscuity malts, treacle and brown sugar sweetness, quite strong alcohol notes, malt / fruit loaf...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy with some sharpness coming through... medium body... Probably couldn't drink too many in one sitting...

Overall - A pretty good Christmas brew... not a great deal of difference between this and the Nocturnum but certainly worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 09:46:46 | More by mdagnew
Photo of adamette


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a cool looking opaque almost white bottle with the blue label wth elephants as Santa's reindeer. Loved the fact that in the image Santa is holding up additional bottles of Delerium Noel! Served into my Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A Pours a hazy light brown with generous lighter brown head which stayed around for a few minutes. Nice look but not overly special.

S Malty sweetness is in the front. Maybe some alcohol can be smelled as well. Reminded me of a Nocturnum. I cannot pick up anything that would make this a "Christmas Ale"

T Nocturnum smell carried over to the taste. I loved the taste of Nocturnum and so I love the taste of this beer, one that I find is not very different at all. I do not pick up spices or something else that might set it apart from Nocturnum. There is certainly that great malty, honey sweetness that I loved from Nocturnum. Alcohol is there but it is behind the other tastes.

M Full with malty goodness and ABV bigness.

D Good but at the price that it goes for I would just as soon pick up a nocturnum which is more available and most likely cheaper.

Notes: It may not be fair but I cannot help to compare this "Delerium" product with the other two, more popular offerings, Tremens and Nocturnum. As you can tell, it was difficult to differniate this beer from the Nocturnum. This has happened several times, that a beer's "Christmas" offering is at or near another of their beers. Count me as dissapointed with that but this remains a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 15:42:05 | More by adamette
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3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark copper color. Head is a little thin, especially if this is bottle conditioned. Very clear. Second glassful had better head.

S: Spicy notes reminiscent of cinnamon, clove, and other sweet spices. Caramel notes come through too. Alcohol notes noticeable.

T: Starts sweet then finishes dry. Flavors like tobacco, and then dries out with the same flavor. A little odd. Black / spur cherries tastes also show up. The leathery / tobacco notes persist. The yeast notes are peppery. Not much like a winter warmer Christmas beer; more like a dark trippel. More dark cherry as it warms up.

MF: Light bodied for 10%ABV. Not as effervescent as the typical Belgian offering.

D: A nice beer, albeit odd. Lacking some of the complexities someone would expect in a Belgian or a Christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 03:02:02 | More by MerkinMan
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District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 10:49:32 | More by TheMistler
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2008 22:55:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from morel's in beijing.

330ml bottle is labelled as "delerium christmas", not "noel", and has two pink elephants in santa hats skating on a frozen lake.

importer's label has date of aug 2007, with "best by" of 3 years later.

poured into tulip

coppery brown with amber tones. couldn't avoid getting the yeast in, so quite a bit of little clumps throughout. otherwise translucent and nearly clear. good head gradually fades to wispy layer. decent lacing.

estery and phenolic, both on the fruity and spicy side. light caramel and dried figs and apricots. hint of diacetyl.

sweet in the flavor, very much like caramel. plus a savory buttery character. warming spices mix with the phenols and alcohol. gentle hop bitterness into off-sweet finish, but slightly distracted by medicinal hints.

smooth, almost syrupy. gentle to moderate carbonation.

not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 13:23:34 | More by tai4ji2x
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky brownish copper with lots of visible carbonation and medium to large persistant off white head. Aroma is yeasty and phenolic with some earthiness and an herbal note. Taste has a definite sweetness but it is not too prominant. There is a bit of tartness. Fruit notes- pears, plums, and darker fruit. Herbal character as well- there is a juniper/gin note I'm getting from this. Again, as in the nose, phenolic and earthy yeastiness. Well carbonated and medium to full bodied. Very interesting and complex beer. I think it works. A very good and unique Christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 03:50:15 | More by burnstar
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into branded Delirium Trimens snifters.

Appearance- decent, but nothing special. Head is thin, and tan, color is rich dark amber. Nice, but modest for the type. Happily not nearly as many floaters as normal DT.

Smell- baked spiced apple is the first thing noticed; malt, alcohol, currants, cloves and blackberries all seem present, along with white grapes and pears...maybe plums or dates, too? Nearly all of the wonderful fruits and spices of the type are here, all vying for attention.

Taste- mild, leading into a calm fruitiness, which clarifies into a pear-and-berry flavor, bananas also come in. Swallow is malt, then a dose of hops which were entirely absent in the nose, and an aftertaste of fruity malt.

Mouthfeel- not heavy, but not overly thin. Not as smooth going down as normal DT.

Drinkability- very nice Christmas beer, spices and fruit, the warmth of high ABV, without the taste. Not an every day beer, but to share a bottle with a loved one on the holiday, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 22:32:04 | More by WalrusJockey
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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
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1.38/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a corked and caged 75cL bottle into a Delirium tulip, Noël is a dark clear copper with a medium eggshell head. Mediocre retention and lacing. Smells of sugar, cola syrup, cherry, and spice. Somewhat medicinal. Taste is cloyingly sweet--lots of candi sugar/syrup evident, with quasi-fruity overtones. As if someone had macerated Jolly Ranchers in Sprite and (bad) vodka. Some black pepper and alcohol. Highly astringent at the end. Like cough syrup gone bad. As a matter of fact, I would take purple drank any day of the week over this one. Mouthfeel is thin and just plain off for a beer of this style and strength.

Honestly, Noël is a disaster and was a drain pour for me. This was no fluke, mind you--this is my second time trying this one. It fits the typical Huyghe model: lots of sugar, high ABV, and no substance.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 07:36:36 | More by philipquarles
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased 650 mL bottle and poured into a pint glass. Was a cloudy mahogany color with a large head. Has a very fruity and malty smell, and this comes across in the taste as well. In addition there is a lingering sour taste afterward that is interesting. Relatively complex beer, and it is very drinkable. High alcohol content prevents one from drinking more than a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 01:11:29 | More by Jablonski
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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellared 2 years in the beer fridge.

Pours black with hints of burgundy. Thick, creamy head leads to moderate lacing. Big strong fruity aroma with cherries leading the way. Chocolate sneaks in towards the end. Initial hit is smoother than a fresh bottle, and the beer finishes very well - just the right mix of tart and sweet. 18 months seems about right to age this one, but I'm not sure I'd want to drink it in warm weather!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 00:13:55 | More by beer2day
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a pineapple and banana nose with herbs and a little caramel too. The taste is lean with yeast sting and spice, hops and mild caramel in the middle and in the finish. The front of the taste is similar to the nose. The mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2008 03:53:34 | More by Chinon01
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South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a mahogany color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a huge head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of fruit, malt and yeast.

T: Tasted mostly of malt, Belgian yeast, apples and some other mild fruits. Not nearly as complex as some other Belgians.

M: A fairly well carbonated beer with a slightly syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

D; While this beer has its good points, it's not as interesting as some others from Belgium. The taste is simply not as spicy or complex as I'd like. Not a bad beer, but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 03:08:43 | More by avalon07
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost clear copper.

Smells like fruit and spice plus some malty sweetness.

Tastes of phenolic flavor (banana and clove), apples, and more sweetness rounded out by alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is kind of slick and wet. Leaves an aftertaste of fruity sweetness.

Not too drinkable, the phenolic tastes kind of get in the way, and I wouldn't want more than two glasses.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 01:26:19 | More by ocelot2500
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.