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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: 87 | FT: 2
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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 MerkinMan
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

MerkinMan, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

TheMistler, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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!

ChainGangGuy, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

tai4ji2x, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of burnstar
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

burnstar, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

WalrusJockey, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Greenleaf
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Greenleaf, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
1.38/5  rDev -64.3%

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.

philipquarles, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Jablonski
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Jablonski, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of beer2day
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

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!

beer2day, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
3.83/5  rDev -1%

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.

Chinon01, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

avalon07, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of ocelot2500
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

ocelot2500, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Light brown with a reddish-amber tinge, raising a cream-colored thick froth.

The nose is full of peppery spice, with a hint of clove.

A medium-full, effervescent mouthfeel carries with it a complex layering of flavors, with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove spices melding with a bit of sweet dark fruit, resting atop an underbody of chocolate, and just a touch of alcohol. Finishes a little spicy with a hint of sweet chocolate and roasty flavor, warming all the way down.

Despite the alcohol content, this is a delightfully playful yet complex brew, perfect for sipping in the company of friends during the holidays.

superdedooperboy, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Arbitrator
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

On-tap at Toronado.

A: Amber / purple body. Light head, mostly in the form of a thin film on top. No lacing.

S: Apples, plums, cherries, spices, a strong alcohol smell.

T: Sweet. Candied dark fruits, brown sugar, a light hop presence at the end of the flavor profile. A noticeable alcohol warmth.

M: Thin-bodied, sticky, decent carbonation.

D: The taste is definitely imbalanced toward the sweet side. Would not be a good session beer, although I am glad to have it as a sipping / dessert ale. The alcohol warms nicely. I would certainly have another bottle next winter, but I see no strong reason to have it again soon.

Arbitrator, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Garnered a dark caramel color but unfortunately no head at all nor lacing. I think I might have gotten a flat one considering there was little pop when uncorking. There is also a lot of big pieces of yeast floating throughout even after a very careful and soft pour.
S: It has a thick smell of yeast with cinnamon, orange or coriander, and raisen almost like a breakfast stocky bun.
T: Tastes like buttered toast and a soft type of rum. The came in lightly in the front but blended well. The aftertaste is citrus and sweet but really like a strawberry not an orange.
M/D: the feel is syrupy and soft with out any grainy bite to it. The drinkability is good but it is not something you would want to go back to often.

Kemmerlin, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

On tap at the Brick Store poured into a Delirium snifter.

Pours a deep clear copper with a big creamy tan head that shows great retention and lots of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by candi sugar with lots of dark fruits on top - plums and raisins maybe.

The taste doesn't venture far from the aroma with tons of fruits on top of a candi sugar base.

The mouthfeel is sticky with the fruits and sugar and definitely starts to have an alcohol presence as it warms.

This is a very nice Belgian dark with the sugar and fruit sweetness really dominating throughout.

gford217, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of ProfessorHops
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%

Appearance- Amber with sedimentation I think. It's dark ion this pub.

Aroma- Apples framed with alcohol.

Pallet- Very sweet. Candy like. Toasty bitter hops

Finish- Long bitter and complex.

Guzzle- Drinks very well for a high octane beer.

Texture- Ale like

Extra: On tap this beer was very good. I bought a bottle the next day, and I believe it was skunked because it wasn't as good. But with that said it was still a very good ale.

ProfessorHops, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of smedley
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

A - Amber red, thin tan head, slight lacing

S - Malty, sweet, spicy, cloves, alcohol

T - Sweet, fruity, spicy. Alcohol is strong.

M - Slightly warming, medium carbonation

D - Just OK for me, at least compared to the price. Lacked some of the complexity I expected from a seasonal beer.

smedley, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Poured into a Delirium tulip glass. Pours a glowing red amber with a thin/medium white head that slowly dissipates.

S - Malt, wheat, dark fruit, brown sugar

T - Very rich, roasted malty, dark fruits, some mild spices, and a strong alcohol

M - Thin and pleasant.

D - Strong but nice winter brew.

HeyItsChili, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Out of a 750ml corked and cage bottle. Pours a hazy honey brown color, somewhat clear, small head that settled into a very light ring, flat looking. The aroma is light, some honey malt and light candi sugar. The taste is sweet, candi sugar and a honey malt; some berry sweetness perhaps some cherry. A nice and simple sweet brew. Raspberry sweet with honey malt; some Belgian yeasty spice, though not strong. Interesting. The feel is fairly light, soft carbonation, a bit sticky. A golden BSDA, a bit one dimensional for a BSDA. Definitely worth a purchase.

Gmann, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +9%

Served on-tap into a snifter.
Nice dark orangish brown in color with an off white head.
Smells of very ripe fruit and booze. Tastes very complex. Certainly belgian yeast at foot here. Sweet malts intermingle with ripe cherry and fig. Light spices are right there in the mix, I taste clove and anise. Alcohol is present but does not detract from the experience.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewey, zesty carbonation keeps it crisp, semi-dry finish.
Drinability is good considering the style. Finishing this was not a problem.

Stinkypuss, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of dukedevil0
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Had out of a 750mL bottle at Beer School at Whole Foods in Lakeview in Chicago, IL on 12/16/08.

A: Totally amber colored with light tan head that stays, looks slightly frothy

S: I pick up some hoppy sweetness and citrusy notes

T: less sweet in the flavor, with a sharp bite that tastes almost sour and a light bitterness at the finish

M: lots of carbonation, it's not thin but not really creamy...well balanced mouthfeel

D: alcohol is hidden well and the flavors are nice which makes this pretty drinkable for me

dukedevil0, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle at kerstbier tasting at the Shack.

A - Pours orange-bronze, with a 2 fingered head that dissipates slow. Nice lacing left in the glass.

S - Cloves, ginger, dark belgian sugars, and spicy hops.

T - The same above, but add in light alcohol.

M - Still a little thin, but balalnced mouthfeel.

D - Good, but could have more viscous to support the mouthfeel.

MisterClean, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Served from a bomber bought at Little Raven Vineyards, thanks Peter.

A-Deep murkey honey brown with a small off white head and minimal lacing.

S-Horsey animal smell that goes along with Belgian yeast.

T- Sweet and malty with a nice caramel back ground. Slightly astringent nicely integrated, overall a good slightly spicy brew.

M-Pillowy and soft, CO2 is in excellent balance, no CO2 burn but still pillowy.

D-High, I can enjoy a bomber by myself with no problem. Nice Christmas brew.

MinorThreat, Dec 15, 2008
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.