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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,534 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 53
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002)
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Photo of mrkc
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pink Elephants aside, Delirium Noël looks like a beer that intends to be a beer. It came in a stately (sans elephants) 75 cl bottle, corked and basket, in opaque glass. There's little notable about the pour, beyond the deep amber colour, and the thin head. There's apples, cinnamon, and what seems to be a few light, phenolic hints in the odour. In the mouth it's smooth, not at all thin, and with perfect amount of crispness to counter this sweet, malty beer. Little citrus zest, though not much, and it first, I confused it with a more peppery flavour. The alcohol becomes apparent as it warms, but so does the `roasted fruits` of indeterminate origin. A heady beer, sweet enough that people must take pains to pace themselves.

mrkc, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made the mistake of pouring nearly the whole bottle, leavin a lotta floaters - interesting to watch ... like fish. Deep, opaque mahogany color with decent 2F head, but surprisingly no lacing.

Smell was interesting and complex - sweet spices, banana bread, hint of cherry and touch of alcohol.

Nutmeg, clove, and other spices come thru stronger in the flavor than the smell. Picked up a little orange zest, too, to add to the smells above.

Good level of carbonation, with a relatively rich and creamy body.

For a 10 percenter, this was quite drinkable in my book. Wish I had more!

BeerImmediately, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew from Auslander, Thanks Chris!

11.2 oz bottle served in a chalice.

L - lightly hazed reddish/amber color with a fizzy beige head that fell to a ring.

S - sweet smell, dark fruits and candied sugar.

T - sweet upfront with some yeasty earthiness and hints of alcohol, finish is warm, then sweet.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - a most pleasant drinking experience.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, cloudy hazel with hues of orange/red, with just a pale white head quickly dissipating but leaving a thing lacing that lingers throughout the beer.

Aroma consists primarily of yeast and spice with hints of sweet sugar.

Very nice sugar sweet and cinnamon spice flavor becoming more pronounced as it warms. Again, the yeast is easily noted, but some peppery flavor develops towards the end to accompany the warming alcohol presence.

Noticeable carbonation and medium body with a very appropriate palate for the seasonal style presented.

Great beer all around, drinking it a bit after the holidays this year, but was able to enjoy on tap over the past 2 months as well and this is just a great warming Belgian Dark for a cold night with some good friends.

CHADMC3, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of jimsimply
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had several friends raving about this one, albeit on tap. I waited a few weeks to try this one. 750ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a golden brown, red-tinged, with a good amount of carbonation that yields a finger's-width of gold-white head.

Yeast and spicy aroma that's faintly reminiscent of bananas.

Tastes good, not stellar, but good. Taste alcohol and yeast, nutmeg. Creamy in the mouth, almost like a tongue-coating. Not unpleasant.

A little hot in the mouth, thanks to that alcohol tinge, but decent beer.

jimsimply, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep rich chestnut with about 1 cm of head into a tulip glass. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but the beer laces very nicely.

S: caramelized sugars, roasted malts, and dark fruits, maybe dates. Heavy use of spices is also evident.

T: sugars come through with the malts up front. Mid-palate, the taste swings towards yeasty spices and fruity esters. Finishes with a lingering flavor or toffee and slight warming alcohol.

M/D: Medium to high carbonation with a medium body and smooth finish. I would try drinking this out of a wider-mouth glass to see if it would change the character at all if some of that carbonation escaped a bit more effectively.

NittanyBeerFan, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear dark-copper-amber w/yeast floaties (bartender accidentally poured entire bottle) and 1-finger off-white head that fades into patchy cap.
S-Spice dominates, w/dry roast malt, Belgian yeast characters, light esters, light hops, and candy sugar.
T-Slightly sweet malt w/strong spice (pepper, clove), and a nice bitterness that emerges in the finish.
M-Robust carbonation, decent balance, warming, and spicy. Heavier-bodied. Sugar comes through a little strong at times.
D-Enjoyable and festive, warming.

BoitSansSoif, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium to dark brown the color of sap. Lively pour leads to a massive head that leaves sludgy, foamy lacing on the glass. Head dissipates some but lingers a good while. Lively carbonation. Smells like musty belgian yeast, with some sweet malt and spices, almost like a winter warmer.

Sweet malts and brown sugar up front, before a dry roastiness takes over for the finish with a little bit of hop character. Dry, dark fruits over a spot of spices, like cinnamon or ginger. Medium-bodied with a spot of breadiness giving it a fullness. Balanced mouthfeel, very refreshing. A little boozey, but nothing at all overpowering. If I had to declare it something, I would declare it a Belgian winter warmer. Nice and light on the spice backing a refreshing malty beer. May not be my favorite belgian, but I will be sure to seek it out again.

damienblack, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of BeerBishop
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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...!

BeerBishop, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Douglas14
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice mahogany color with somewhat of a disappointing head. I was expecting it to be much bigger and rockier. It also resided rather quickly. The nose is wonderful. It is incredibly spicy and kind of funky, which I know cannot be what it really is...at least to my knowledge I don't know of any wild yeast in the Noel. Nevertheless, it has a wonderful aroma. The taste is much maltier that the nose but less than what I had expected before opening the bottle. There is a also funk-type flavor and spices in the flavor as well. It is definitely light in the mouth for a Belgian Strong Dark. Awesome beer...hands down my favorite of the Delirium series that Huyghe makes.

Douglas14, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of beckje01
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml bottle aged 2 years.

A- Brown color with a tan head and no activity.

S- Light spice and some malt in the nose.

T- Light malt and spice, a good balance mellow very enjoyable but nothing to blow your socks off.

M- nice activity and thickness.

D- Very nice here above average beer but not the best.

beckje01, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of TheBear11D
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark orange color beer that is very cloudy with a long lasting bubbly head.

Quite a citrus filled aroma with some cinnamon mixed in and some ginger.

Plent of citrus and spice. The alcohol is also present. Not too much malt.

Medium to thick with a mild carbonation.

Not easy to drink, but great to sip. Pretty good flavors.

TheBear11D, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bomber poured into tulip glass

a: cloudy amber color, thin off wite head that is really just a cap of lacing

s: nice smelling beer, mostly yeast

t: sweet to the toungue, carmel malt, hints of cinnamon, clove, finish with a slight alchohol taste.

m&d: nice creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable for a 10abv beer

UDbeernut, Jan 07, 2009
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.

malcontent, Jan 07, 2009
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.

searsclone, Jan 06, 2009
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.

cleeze, Jan 04, 2009
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.

mdcrouser, Jan 03, 2009
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

unseenbyyou, Jan 02, 2009
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.

IBUnit63, Jan 02, 2009
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.

alovesupreme, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
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.

CHSLBrew, Jan 01, 2009
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.

colts9016, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of scootny
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

scootny, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
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...

mdagnew, Dec 29, 2008
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.

adamette, Dec 28, 2008
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.