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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,719 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a nice Red Amber colour with a nice two fingered head that retains the whole length as a one fingered head, and laces.

S - From the bottle, stewed cherry aromas. Once poured the sweetness intensifies and a little strawberry is introduced.

T - Up front there is sweetness closely followed by stewed dark fruit that is incredbly well balanced. There is spiciness at the finish before a warming boozy sweetness finishes it off.

M - Medium body and medium to high carbonation.

O - This beer is quintessentially Belgian. It has flavours that no other country (despite trying) can produce with any authenticity. If you see it, buy it.

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle of white ceramic and with a classic pressure cap covered in red foil paper was served into a Palm Speciale imperial half-pint glass in Nijmegen, Holland. As a side note, mine was labelled Delirium Christmas, not Delirum Noel. I acquired the bottle in Belgium, so I'd conject the change in label is a marketing move to appeal to the ignorant-of-other-languages English-speaking market (i.e. Americans), myself included. Reviewed live. No best before date is referenced on the bottle despite a spot for it on the label.

A: Bottle opens clean without a surge of liquid, so at least she doesn't seem horribly overcarbonated. One finger thin head is devoid of cream and retains poorly, even factoring in the high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent gold. Average amount of carbonation bubbles ascend at a standard speed.

Sm: Light unfermented sugar and malt. Pretty bad. A moderate strength scent.

T: Caramelized malt, some bland hops, a malted barley foundation, and some pleasant indistinct hops that need to be more at the forefront. Some cola nut hops are unwelcome and don't bring much to the party. I don't get spice, but maybe peppermint is buried way beneath, and candy sugar is certainly present yet bland. It's off-kilter; I'd say about 70% of the flavour is in the first half. This leaves the climax rather unsatisfying. The finish witnesses the death of the beer's flavours, adding nothing new or exciting to the taste, and fails to coax out the next sip from the drinker. Built poorly for the style, but I think it's fair to say it tastes "Christmasey", whatever that means. Perchance it's just me eejitry.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Feels lumpy. Doesn't complement the flavours of the body as much as it should - i.e. as much as other Delirium brews.

Dr: Given the other brews in Delirium's repertoire, I expected far better. This beer was a damned disappointment. She's priced a bit high for the lackluster quality. She drinks easy but doesn't offer a whole lot. Give her a spin at your own risk, but I'll take me Delirium Red over this shite any day of the fortnight.

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

Poured into Duvel Glass. From notes.

A: Brown in color, white head that has great retention.

S: Christmas spices and citrus, kinda like candy.

T: Spices, malts and sweet.

M: Smooth and creamy with mild carbonation.

D: Well made and very enjoyable.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ruby tinted brown liquid. Nice clarity, with a touch of sediment at the bottom. Very nice three inch high head of tan colored lace formed on the top and hung around for a good few moments before settling down to just a thin layer of lace and some nice side glass presentation. There were a few touches of carbonation visible as well drifting up toward the surface.

The aroma was very rich, with a nice mixture of sweet caramel notes and dark fruity yeast. Hints of plums and raisins were all over this one, as was a sweet liqueur type aroma, which gave a hint to the alcohol that lie within. A nice touch of spice as well, with hints of nutmeg and other Christmas type smells. The flavor followed suit perfectly. Opening up with a nice sweet malty flavor that warmed from within, it quickly became much more complex. A small boozy flavor coming in behind it, was laced with nice bits of spice and rum soaked raisin flavors. Definitely a sweet Belgian here, with the malt profile clearly dominating. There were some lingering flavors of roasted nuts as you got toward the end and the long lasting finish, . Very complex indeed. The overall profile though was quite mellow with nothing really dominating in one way or another, and a very smooth and creamy Mouthfeel. The carbonation never did let up and led to this one never coming across as dull or flat throughout the session. The alcohol was a touch noticeable at first, but never distracting, and was just enough to let you know this was indeed a nice sipper.

Overall, this was one of the better Belgian Noel's I have had. Very rich and complex, and delightfully smooth I could have had this one again and again.

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

Pours a clear orange brown color. This ring of lacing. Dominated by malt and caramel. Slight aroma of spice and fruit. Taste good, but not as good as others in the same style. Sweet... loads of caramel and fruit. Nice bit of spice on the tongue and throat. Alcohol is slightly warming, but for 10%, this beer hides it well.

Not a bad beer. I'm glad I tried it. Not something I'd go out of my way to git again, but well worth a try.

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque brown with a light tan head. It looks like iced tea.

S: Smells sweet, syrupy, dark fruit winter spices like nutmeg, cola.

T: It's dry up front with a sweeter finish. There's some bitterness at the end, dark fruit, syrupy. Spices seem to be less pronounced than they were in the nose, but still evident. There's a slight nutty taste from the yeast.

M It has an astringent finish, yet it's smooth with a full feel.

O Definitely a sipper, an after dinner beer. Take your time with it especially since its 10%.

I don't remember entirely was this was like, but I don't remember being very impressed. I'll stick to Tremens.

Photo of russwbeck
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber color, pretty clear. An off-white head raises from the the brew, bubbly, and subsides to a thin film. Laces decently.

S: Metallic smell. Plum, Belgian yeasts, and alcohol.

T: The same metal I smell resides in the taste. Really sticks with you. Also getting the plum and slight Belgian tastes. Alcohol is pretty well masked.

MF: Nice bight of carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Pretty good for a 10% ABV, however this one was a miss.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Pink elephants are in abundance during the holidays--we're sure St. Nick is seeing them on his last night of work each year. Clear mahogany color, crackling head downsizes to a thin ring of lace. Smooth and slick, creamy body. Malty with a toastiness throughout; hint of caramel soon leads to a very warming alcohol. Candied tropical fruit and raisins mesh well with a spiciness from the alcohol and hops. Ghost-like herbal phenols barely make any noise. Hint of yeast and more spicy warmth in the end. Tastes like the holidays and drinks like a Belgian beast, pink elephants and all.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel art tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with an underwhelming off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lace but a bit of floating foam.

Smell: Sweet cherry is dominant with some plum and candy notes along with a bit of Belgian mustiness.

Taste: Begins with apple and plum sweetness that rounds out to cherry and finishes with caramel, yeast, and bittersweet alcohol. There is actually a bit of an aftertaste in the back of the throat that reminds me of the aftertaste of eating rice with soy sauce, but it's not offensive or overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a watery, warming finish.

Drinkability: I don't know how to feel about this beer- it's all over the place. It's very good in some aspects, and underwhelming in others. Still, this is an interesting beer that is great for the winter, but inconsistency means that this one is not a favorite.

Photo of PDXHops
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage on tap in a tulip on 12/10/10. 2 fingers of creamy head atop a dark amber body. Decent retention, scattered patchy lacing.

Quite a tangy fruit nose on this- cherry pie, lemon, white grape, green banana, cloves. A gentle cascade of tiny bubbled carbonation lends a soft and smooth feel that works well with flavors of cherry liqueur, orange marmalade and candi sugar. The spiciness of the cloves has been smoothed out at this age. Buttery toffee sweetness lingers in the finish. I'm tempted to grab a few bottles to cellar; this was very enjoyable.

Photo of vandemonian
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delirium Noël has a cloudy dark brown colour and a head that goes away quick but maintains lacing. The smell is sweet and malty with hints of honey. The taste is sweet with hints of honey with a toasty malt finish. There is the tang of belgian yeast at the end. This beer is thick and carbonated, so it felt very nice in my mouth. Three words to describe this beer: yummy; roasty; warm.

Photo of Long813
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body with two fingers of fluffy foam. Retention is good and leaves nice lacing.

S: Strong front of alcohol first off, then to dark fruits and cloves. Some other sweet fruits and malts follow.

T: Sweet malts and fruits are first noticed, with a strong following of brown sugar and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Leaves a sweet dry finish and is quite hot.

D: Nice beer and complimented my xmas dinner quite well. I would love to have this aged.

Photo of samie85
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a nice deep amber with virtually no head but some fizzy carbonation.

S-Smells heavily of clove with some hints of dark fruit with some biscuit.

T-Big dark fruits upfront with a bit of clove, some apple, and some warming alcohol on the finish.

M-Surprisingly light bodied and effervescent with a somewhat rich and warming feel.

D-Not a bad beer by any means, but I was expecting more spice and a richer body.

Photo of alkemy
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a 330mL bottle...

A - Burnt orange to brown coloring with some sparse yeast floaties hanging out. Fluffy tan head dissipates rather quickly.

S - The first thing I noticed was clove and bubblegum. Fruits then come in with prunes, pears, and a touch of apple. Also had a bit of burnt caramel aroma.

T - The fruits are quite noticeable up front. However, on the tongue, it's more an apple and grape fruitiness. Spicing is also pretty prominent just as the aroma implies. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the sweetness quotient is a bit high. I also sensed a sour note every now and then.

M - Not as much carbonation as I expected after how it poured. I'd have like a touch more bite, but it does feel nice and creamy.

D - Really drinkable as the alcohol is hidden well.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for next to nothing at a supermarket in Luxembourg. Super fizzy hazy ruby-amber pour with a two finger head that disappeared in record time and no lacing. Very herbal, spicy, and bready nose with hints of dark fruit and a touch of metal and alcohol. The taste is complex and more malty then I expected. Brown sugar, caramel and molasses dominate with hints of cinnamon, banana and figs and a touch of apple. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. The alcohol is well hidden which makes this sipper fairly drinkable. I was expecting a bit more, but still a decent Christmas beer.

Photo of Aiptasia
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this beer recently during a pre-superbowl beer sale. The bottle itself is very impressive and worth collecting. A little off-putting on the opening as my bottle not only was capped with the foil and wire wrap (like a champagne bottle) around the cork, but also a layer of what appears to be wax or just goop from the bottler. It was sticky and tricky to open.

I used a standard 16 oz. glass tumbler to enjoy this one. It's strong and sweet, with a lot of rich fruit essence and flavor blended with caramel and tamari soy sauce up front. This is definitely a beer for the sipping and savoring, and not one for the chugging. It's good and worth drinking if paired with foods like pork, asian dishes and curry.

A: Amber color. Very soft head dissipated within 15 seconds. No lacing. Very fine micro-carbonation.

S: Very faint hints of apricot, pear and anise on the nose.

T: Rich and sweet, tasting of caramel toffee, tamari soy sauce and a hint of liquorice and smoke on the back. Not much hops, not bitter at all.

M: Decadent and creamy. The light carbonation makes for a smooth mellow mouth feel. Hides it's higher alcohol content quite well.

D: A sipper, not a chugger. Drink more than one and the alcohol is gonna catch up to you quick. It's a nice beer to savor and enjoy with food, or when you have to nurse a beer and want a little flavor in your sipping.

Photo of KTCamm
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from big champagne bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours dark mahogony brown with touches of white foam around the edge. Cloudy some sediment. Malty smell, with hazelnut and chocolate. Smooth rich malty taste, some chocolate, other candied sugar taste, Very light carbonation. Smoother than counterparts. Full of flavor + easy drinker.

Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper color with 1 finger of head that fades to a cap with lost of suspended solids floating about.

Aroma: Sweet Malt, brown sugar and yeast with some medicinal notes mixing in

Taste: Full, creamy body upfront, with big malt sweetness ans some earthy hops, then lost of sticky sweetness on the way out with a slightly lingering, nutty and warming finish.

The Rest: Body is full and creamy and drinkability is good for this big of a beer. Very tasty!

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into trappist glass. Pours amber red with a small, disappearing khaki head. The aroma is fruit and spices; mostly cinnamon, apples, plums, pears, and a bit of brown sugar. It's has a surprisingly weak body and little complexity. Kind of a boring beer that I expected more from Delirium on their popular Christmas beer.

Photo of IceTrey9785
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle on sale at work since the "Holidays" are finally over.

A: I poured the beer into a nicely sized wine glass. It shows a nice ruby/amber color, hints of gilded bronze, and a white foamy head that doesn't last too long before forming a pleasant white ring around the edge of the glass.

S: A bit earthy from the malt, but framed with a lot of fruit and nice spicy notes. I smell cinnamon covered bananas, caramel apples, and sugar coated figs, balanced with a slight warming alcohol spice. Sweet, but not as sweet as I expected.

T&M: Rich and creamy with good fruit, but an overwhelming presence of malt character. Brown sugar, molasses, and caramel dominate the palate, but slowly fade allowing more of the fruit to emerge. Orange, plantain, ginger, and allspice emerge with a creamy and lightly carbonated finish.

I like this beer -- it doesn't blow me away, but I appreciate it for what it is. The high alcohol is masked well with the caramel malt tones and the abundance of spiced fruit. Considering I bought it on discount, I can't regret giving it a try.

Photo of Blackdevil77
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely delicious. I have had this and the tremens many times, and time and time again, this stands out as the better tasting beer, regardless of its 10 percent alcohol content.Poured about a finger and half to 2 fingers of head, that dissipated rather quickly. Poured a dark, deep brownish red color. I always notice a bit of sweet taste when I first start drinking this, but it's not an overpowering sweet taste. This beer is just extremely delicious and really stands out. My friend likes this beer more than the tremens as well. It's a bit sweeter and has less of a "bite" then the tremens all while having a higher alcohol content.

Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish brown semi-opaque body. Small white head

S- Dark fruits, caramel, sugar, some spices and a little boozy

T- Sugars, malt, spices, pretty well-rounded and makes me think of winter

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and good carbonation

D- Solid beer and very easy to drink and I will look forward to this next winter and the ones to follow

Photo of Meerkey
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Muddy brown -reddish tinge at edges.

S: Fruit, alcohol, cloves.

T: Sour apples, candy sugar, fruits, cloves.

M: Tart and sweet, fading in and out. I'm getting a faint metallic aftertaste, but that may be the edge of the Rochefort goblet.

D: An enjoyable beer, but a little too sour for me.

Photo of RuudJH
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christmas beer on a rainy januari day.
33 cl nice looking bottle. Funny label.

Looks dark brown, with a disappointing head that's gone quickly.
Smell of bubblegum: Strawberries cherries, blackberries.
Some roasted malt notes in both smell and taste.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. The alcohol is well masked by the flavour. The beer lacks of the carbonation, but overall it's ok.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled out from my cellar, aged two years from 08.

Pours like coca-cola with with a tan head that fades quickly and leave no lace. The sediment is big and floating like fruit in a jello mold. A very dark amber tone with a similar transparency like you're staring into an ancient piece of amber. A very sweet and sugary smell like a really good strong Belgian. Very smooth in taste sweet up front and fruity after with a nice wet wine aftertaste. Little to no bite or sting of alcohol, only a slight hint a minute after the swallow. A really good ale. I am glad I aged it a while.
Cheers.

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