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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 67
Gots: 165 | FT: 4
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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 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
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
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
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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
4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
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
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of cdbooth219
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into goblet

A: Pours a reddish-brown color with 1 and a half fingers of off white head that dissipate slowly, leaving nice lacing

S: Smells of dark fruits, plums and figs, sweet bready malt and caramel, candy sugar, and spices, cinnamon and nutmeg

T: Tastes of candy sugar and sweet bread, followed by some spiciness. Finishes with the sweet breadiness. As it warms, plums and cherries begin to appear in the taste. Very sweet and malty.

M: Not too thick and well carbonated. Goes down smooth

D: Very drinkable for the abv, but definitely a sipper. I would definitely split the bottle again.

Overall, a very good christmas beer. I will definitely be seeking this out again next year.

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

Well it's 9 degrees outside but the D train is cozy warm inside the station with Delirium Noel. Medium bodied Belgian strong sle has strong aroma of banana, Belgian yeast, and mild holiday spice. Taste is very sweet from the fruits. Tart cherries, yeast, and subtle alcohol kick carry this brew.

At 10abv the alcohol is very well hidden. Good drinkability but the sweetness wears on you after a while.

Photo of JamisonM
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DatSideBeerMan
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! Had this with a bunch of fresh raw oysters. Amazing.

In Louisiana, we get a little of this but not much and it usually sells pretty quickly.

I have found that this beer changes from year to year but is is very good. I find most Christmas beers not that interested exept this one and a few others.

Look for this at your local store

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/23/2010:

#10 - 12 beers of Christmas. 330 mL bottle at 45* into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: This pours a deep red color with plentiful sediment and a fingerful of latte head that dissipates but leaves decent lacing.

S: The nose shows dark fruits, alcohol esters, cherries, and yeasty spice.

T: The taste is also heavy on the cherries with notes of figs, mild banana, and light spiciness as well.

M: The palate is surprisingly light and mellow with a fair amount of stickiness. No alcohol comes through to the palate.

D: This is solid but not great.

Photo of AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-red with light hint of brown, slight transparent. thin white head

S-belgian sugars and some berries as well, medium strength

T-it doesn't hit with a really strong taste of anything but then in comes a lot of good, crisp belgian sugars and yeasts along with some small flavor of berries. this is a very well and happily balanced belgian. i am quite pleased with this, though it isn't very complex at all.

M-it has a good feeling soft carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-this is a wonderful belgian brew that i'll look forward to every christmas. it took me awhile to finish, but only because i wanted to savor the flavor. the taste stays great.

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.