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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,581 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,581
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 56
Gots: 107 | FT: 3
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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 generallee
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a painted "stone" bottle into a tulip glass. The sample size was 750ml bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Appearance: The body has a deep, slightly reddish amber color. It has a slightly hazy appearance with some streams of very tiny little bubbles rushing up to the head. The head is tall, light tan in color and slowly fades leaving little to no lacing behind.

Smell: The aroma is big and full of sweet malt and fruity notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is big and full of fruity notes inside a deep, sweet malty base. Flavor notes of tropical fruit like papaya, pineapple, and guava pop out of the sweet malt, no doubt full of Belgian candi sugar. Yeast adds some funk and alcohol is also present in a mellow warming way that adds another nice level of complexity. There is even a slight leafy hop note than brings a hint of bitterness at one point before being surrounded by everything else. Its mouth feel is big, smooth and well rounded. Carbonation is soft and its body is a solid medium to full.

Notes: This is a wonderful and very enjoyable beer. Very well done, cheers Delirium Noel!!!

generallee, May 07, 2009
Photo of Cresant
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel glass. It looks to be notched 3 6, what does that mean? This beautiful spring day made me want...a Christmas beer! The body was dull brown/red leather in color. Lots of yeast and sediment landed in the glass. Modest head left quickly.

Smell was spicy. Cloves and banana skins. Fruity. Not boozy at all.

Taste was tart. Raw green apples. Drying. Not as complex as anticipated. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Cresant, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Delirium Nöel snifter.

Hard to describe the mixture of colors in the pour, but, when held directly to light, it looks most like peach. Highlights of red, orange, brown, amber, etc etc. Nice, big, creamy head. Excellent retention. Good lacing. Some yeast particles floating about.

Aroma is of clove spice, sour fruits, and Belgian yeast. Tart. Sweet caramel malts.

Nice dark fruits and spice up front. Not nearly as sweet as it smells. No alcohol taste whatsoever. Nice sting on the tongue. Fairly dry finish. Fuller body than expected, but a really creamy, plush feel. Carbonation level is appropriate. Pretty easy drinker.

Gyle41386, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of talkinghatrack
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - A spectrum from pale yellow to dark amber in my glass, complete with floaty bits. Head drops quickly to a thin cover.

s - Sweet and malty with some caramel in there.

t - Nice blend of dried fruity sweet with some sour. A bitter element stabilizes the mix. Tasty but more on the oversweet side halfway through a bomber.

m - Syrupy medium mouthfeel with a bit of dryness. Good medium carbonation.

d - The 10% ABV is almost totally masked and I enjoy the taste. Yeah, that counts for a pretty high score.

talkinghatrack, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Intelligentsia
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750mL bottle with several elephants in Santa hats being driven by Mr. Claus himself. Corked 2006, foil covering. Nose was of bananas, pears, apples, and some alcohol. Pours a ripe peach with off-white head that stuck around for a bit, but formed quickly. Translucent, with some carbonation visible; light came through pretty clearly. A nice beer to look at. Taste of phenols, spice, currants, belgian yeast. The finish was disappointingly syrupy, sticking to my tongue a bit more than I would have liked. Seems like a very Fall-ish beer. Mouthfeel was lightly carbonated, with medium mouthfeel; probably won't be able to finish the entire bottle. A decent seasonal brew, but there are too many other worthy Browns to make this one a future purchase.

Intelligentsia, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of KenC411
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Opening a white bottle with a pink elephant merrily riding a sleigh made me very excited with what lay inside. I tore off the rapper, undid the cage, and popped the cork, eager to see the present inside. I poured the beer into a snifter basking in the cherry oak color. Alas, any head that formed, quickly deflated, and even the bubbles were no where to be seen. To my suprise, there was particles floating in my beer! The beer reminded me of apple cider, though less dense.

S: Wafting the snifter, I could smell the scent of apples. For a chistmas ale I expected more. More deeply a breathed, but only could pull out the smell of alcohol. Surprisingly, the smell was well hidden.

T: I brought the beverage to my lips and *gasp* it tasted like sparkling cider! Sure there were some hops in the background, but the majority was a foamy water with a slight hint of apple.

M: The thinness of the beer and the bubbliness is off putting. There is not much taste, and for the buildup, the taste was a let down.

D: This beer is simple and easy to drink, not harsh or off putting. However, for the price, I expected more in the way of taste.

KenC411, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I look forward to Christmas every year, regardless of beverage options. But it sure does help to know that Delirium Noël is on its way! This is one of her favorite beers, and I certainly have enjoyed it the past couple of years as well. While not listed as a quad, this beer does share a lot of characteristics with Belgian quadrupels. It's dark, has 10% ABV, and is bottle fermented. And it's very tasty.

Please do yourself a favor, and if you do decide to pick this up and try it, don't drink it at refrigerator temperature or out of a regular pint glass. Find a proper Belgian-style goblet / tulip glass or at least use a snifter. And serve it at 55 or so degrees. Otherwise you'll miss out on so much of what this beer has to offer in scent and taste.

jnn4v, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/19/2008 (bottle marked 3 7):

Pours a very dark brown colored body, with particles suspended. Also, a big foamy white colored head, quickly diminishing. Has a dark fruity aroma, very floral. Alcoholy, and floral taste. Thick tasting palate. Very tasty.

jujubeast6000, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 edition.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Carbonation seems lively.

Aroma is a bit sweet with a hint of raisin and spice in the nose. A bit of alcohol heat is detectable as well.

Taste is strong with a hint of raisin and spice upfront. Nice and malty. There's some alcohol burn but not too bad.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easygoing. No offensive flavors and alcohol is barely noticeable.

A nice example of the style. Not the best but still quite drinkable.

Brad007, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of tosshin
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a : Clear poor into a snifter, generates ample, white, head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. The beer is a dark red/amber color
s : I love the smell of this. Dark fruits, raisons, cherries. The alcohol is faint, but you can smell it. I can also smell something else, it reminds me of like... sprite, citrisy.
t : I got a real big punch of citrus-sweetness right up front. The first drink finish with a nice hoppy bitterness mixed in with the dark fruits that I smelled. This beer is malty and well balanced. Also, sequence tastes of the beer didn't produce that puch of citrus that I got with my first sip. Finally, I should mention that the alcohol is noticeable if you are looking for it, but I blend in well with the other flavors. It does however give a nice warming sensation as you drink the beer, which probably good since it is a winter ale.
m : Not as much carbination as some belgian styles I have had. The beer is pretty thin, but is able to coat the mouth well and stick around until you next drink.
d : I am trying something new here and not checking the ABV on the beer before I determine this. So, given that I have no knowledge of the ABV I thnk I will say that this is a pretty drinkable beer. Not as good as the Tremens, but still pretty good. Give me 2 pints of this stuff and it will certainly turn into a happy hour.

This beer is a favorite of mine and I was happy to be able to obtain a bottle of it to drink this year. I like the darker malt and fruit tastes that I get with the beer and also the characteristic acidity that most belgians have. Good buy, go try.

tosshin, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of atis
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with tan head that slowly fades, some little downsliding lacing. Aroma seemed to be rather simple sweetish malt, spice and light alcohol. Taste is sweet and spicy malty alcohol, some very light bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and around medium with medium carbonation.

Certainly the best Christmas beer I have tasted so far.

atis, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big 2 finger head, body is brown in color, with high carbonation. Great head retention but lacing wasnt as good

Smells of sweet fruit and malt. A bit of spice also

Taste of sweet spiced malt, a bit metallic. Alcohol was a little more apparent than i would have assumed for being 10 percent

Pours a good amount of carbonation but not too much. Nice creamy head also

Overall good seasonal beer, not the best though. Alcohol was the main flavor i think, wouldnt be my first choice for a belgium, but like most belgiums its still very drink able

angelmonster, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of jgap
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good Belgian strong ale. Solid dark brown color with a sizable head that fades quickly without maintenance. Smell is a bit strange, slightly off from the taste. It is ridden with spices. Coriander and orange peel, it's all there. A little over-the-top. The taste, however, is wonderful. Well balanced sugar and alcohol. Slight burn in the throat but not unpleasant for a winter seasonal. Given time in the beer locker I would imagine this beer developing extremely well. The spices are actually balanced well with the sugar and add a complexity to the beer that a lot of dark Belgians can't claim. The alcohol is a bit much and detracts from drinkability. Great winter-warmer, recommended in season or out!

jgap, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of NEhophead
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 fl oz ceramic bottle; caged & corked and wrapped in red foil.
Vintage 2008.
Served in an oversized wine glass.

Rustic oak with thin auburn highlights. Carbonation-filled white head that recedes rather quickly to a thin rim of lacing, but not much else. Little to no lasting lacing.

Creamy, semi-sweet toffee and caramel. Notes of sweet brown sugar. Light and citrus-esque fruity esters: orange peel, red apple. Some vinous fruit: plum and grape. Cutting, gaseous-like vinegar alcohol aroma.

Brown sugar-laden, dried toasted malts. Caramel, milk chocolate, and rich toffee. Faint nutty profile: almond, hazlenut, and peanut. The yeast imparts a moderate musty character that lingers throughout. Plum, fig, red apple, cherry, and mild orange meld with a well-disguised, deep alcohol presence. A brisk tartness is followed by a dry finish with rich and creamy flavors in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; notes of creaminess amidst a mostly dry texture. The carbonation is kept in check rather nicely for a strong Belgian.

A very flavorful strong Belgian. This offering is more of the rich variety than others. One holiday offering that I will return to year after year.

NEhophead, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I prefer Leon over Noel. Pours a mostly cloudy light orange color with a amber hue through out. A soft white head that remains for some time but eventually hides to the side of the glass. Good lacing as well.

The nose is not as complicated for a Belgian X-mas beer as expected. Some underlining malt notes with some hints of caramel. More of a malty nose and no real sugar notes. Would like to see a bit more back bone here. Some minor spice notes, more on the bready side. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and hint of pepper. Some coiny/mineral notes as well. Some yeast notes but a bit light for style.

The taste is a bit more representative. The malt is still limited though. Some bready notes accented by the spice. Some minor candy toffee flavors and a hint of caramel. The yeast comes out a bit more with some Belgian yeast character. Some esters, plums and pineapple. Some herbal and a light hibiscus note that comes out as it warms. The spice notes are light but come out more as it warms. Pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a minerally flavor as well, and a slight butyric note as it warms.

The body is moderate and some warming effects. Sure Belgian x-mas beers are all over the place, but this one just seems to be lacking that definite Belgian and spice character. Some noticeable off notes, there is more to desire for this one.

Oxymoron, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of icemanrulz
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this beer for Christmas and was eager to break it open, as I have yet to be disappointed with a Delirium selection. Color is dark with just a hint of amber. Surprisingly little amount of head and very little lacing on the glass. Very fruity aroma with a nice subtle hint of clove and nutmeg. The taste is sweetly fruity up front with an earthy, malty, and slightly alcoholic finish. Very soft mouthfeel and pleasingly warming. Despite its high alcohol content (10%) it is not overwhelming. Very enjoyable on its own, but would also pair well with pork dishes or as a dessert beer. Not the best beer to come out of Belgium (or even the Huyghe Brewery), but certainly worth a try.

icemanrulz, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of TheDoorman
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with perhaps a purple tint. Head dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lacing in its path. Aroma is filled with strong dark fruit, followed by clove, pepper and a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet sweet sweetness. A symphony of dark fruits. Prune for sure. Cherries. Plum. Fantastic, but very very sweet. Maybe too sweet. Mouthfeel is rather normal, a light effervesense. A little sticky in the finish. This is a nice beer if yoru a fan of the fruit foward flavors. For me its a touch too sweet, some more spice in the palate could cut the sweet nicely. At 10% alcohol though, the alcohol is nicely hidden. A nice warm, sweet xmas brew, but short of remarkable.

TheDoorman, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Houston Flying Saucer before Christmas served in the Delirium tulip.

A - Poured a ruby color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of dark fruits has a sweet nose

T - Sweet dark fruit flavors with some slight alcohol warmth

M - This beer has a fuller body with high carbonation to it

D - This beer made a good start to my Christmas vacation it has a very good taste with just a little alcohol warmth for the season worth trying

armock, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of macktbone
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thirdlap is right..

I found this on a whim. I have seen these bottles everywhere and Delerium does a good job of drenching the market with advertising. Probably should have been my first clue...

A- Looks like a typical belgian with a little more "honey" tinge than others.

S- Huge on the banana, light spice, with a little belgian funk dipped in it. Interesting, but not supported throughout.

T- Not as good as one would have hoped, but good enough for $2.70/ bottle. It lends itself to part sour part belgian. Maybe just their attempt at a christmas dark ale. The spice is a lame attempt and dissapears before it is even established. Mostly tastes like grandma's banana bread after about two weeks of sitting on the counter. Not that I know but...

M- Good for a beginner but too plain. Even for a solid Belgian it's too soft.

D- For $2.70 it's an A. Anything else is just advertising. Deffinately won't waste my time bellying up for this one.

The question now is do we try the other Delerium products based on a seasonal that wasn't.

macktbone, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of ThirdLap
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Can you say fire sale? How does $2.70 for a 750ml bomber sound? BA 'macktbone' tipped me off on this one, with $11 bombers of Noel going for 75% off. The price and the Huyghe name was too much to resist, so I had to pick one (or eight) up. Even if its bad it's still gonna be good. Right?

A - From a corked, caged, and foiled bomber into my St. Bernardus goblet, Delirium Noel pours a dark cherry brown with a short-lasting 1cm off-white head. Agitation causes a similarly short-lived return of head, which also quickly dissipates. Minor lacing noted.

S - I could literally smell the banana from several feet away. Candied sugar, slightly yeasty, a touch of alcohol, a touch of spices. Not bad, but not too inspiring either.

T - I'm gonna come back to this one after it warms up a bit. It's not bad, just again, woefully uninspiring.

Alright, I'm back. The bottom line is that I'm happy I didn't spend $11 on this, and even more happy that I only spent two dollars and change.

Save for a teensy bit of dark fruits and spices, there just isn't a whole lot happening on my tongue. There's a slight out of place tartness present, and I get tons of banana bread on the nose each time I go for a sip.

I better learn to like bananas; I have seven more bottles of this stuff.

M - Medium carbonation, and much more full-bodied than you would expect. Finish is clean and dry. The 10% alcohol is readily apparent.

D - Christ, what was I thinking opening this whole bomber by myself? John (macktbone), you're helping me drink the other seven bottles!

ThirdLap, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Drew966
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Delirium Noel pours a copper color with a white head and lot of floating yeasties from a brown twelve ounce bottle wrapped in a gray coating that looks sort of stone like. The aroma reminds me of grapes. The flavor definitely has a wine like character that I find enjoyable. This isn't something I'd want to drink everyday, but it's pretty good.

Drew966, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy mahogany with light tan head. It smelled like sour but creamy yeast, copper and lemon hops, caramel and oak, with a bit of chocolate malt. It tasted like sweet caramel and milk chocolate malt, creamy yeast with lemon hops, and a bit of nutmeg. It was thick and creamy with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was very tasty! It had a good, clean flavor and great body. It hid the alcohol very well and was quite easy to drink. I imagine this could get even better with some age, but it's very nice fresh. It wasn't as good as St. Bernardus, but it wasn't terribly far behind either.

Pencible, Jan 26, 2009
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
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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