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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,719 Ratings

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

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.

Photo of gford217
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of smedley
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MisterClean
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MinorThreat
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ericlawton007
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Dark golden color with very little head. Apple is found in the aroma if you look for it, but my first smell gave me nothing but the yeast. Tasted like a very generic belgian ale. No hints of anything that would make this a winter beer, nor anything that would make this worth 10 dollars a bottle. Really dissappointe as I had been really looking forward to trying this. The one upside is that it hides the 10% abv very well, making it very drinkable.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turbid,burgundy amber with tons of suspended yeast particles. Fine tan head with nice lace. Smells of mascerated fruit, spices and lemon zest. Tastes of peaches, tobacco and candy sugar all dance together without any one overpowering flavor, nice. Medium sticky mouthfeel with lively carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish. A really good beer, I still like the tremens better though.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark orange color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells good. It's a middle ground between dark and light fruits. Mainly apricots with hints of raisins.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Nice medium fruit flavors, again apricots with some raisins, are front and center. There's a good Belgian candy sugar backbone.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thin for a Belgian Strong Dark, and has good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This is a very easy-drinking beer, and I had no problem polishing off the glass.

Overall this is a beer right in between Tremens and Nocturnum. A solid beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased by Wiseman Pete and split between Nick, Pete, and Jorge. Poured into a snifter and two goblets.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy, very dark amber with hints of ruby when held to light. Looks gold around the edges. Head is creamy and khaki-colored, and retains pretty well. Looks sticky too - leaves spotty lacing. Lots of large, yeast sediment floating around in the body. Pete just found a strawberry skin in his. WTF? P: 4.5; J: 4.5; N: 4.5

Smell: Strawberries, green apples, figs, and clove. Lots of fruity esters. P: 4.5; J: 4.0; N: 3.5

Taste: Strawberries, figs, doughy malts, clove, cinnamon, and sour yeast. Heavy on the fruity esters again. A pretty dry, alcoholic finish. P: 4.0; J: 3.5; N: 3.5

Mouthfeel: A bit syrupy, thin, and flat. Some chewiness and mouth-numbing, but overall disappointing. P: 3.0; J: 3.0; N: 2.0

Drinkability: Good thing we split this three ways. neither one of us was really thrilled by it, and it got boring pretty quick. Alcohol hits you pretty fast and hard, and the flavor and body just seem to be lacking. P: 3.5; J: 3.0; N: 2.5

Peter: A- (4.05)
Nick: B- (3.45)
Jorge: B (3.7)

Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish/brown color. A frothy beige head forms, but fades fast. Good lace is left behind.
S: At first a husky doughy and hay aroma. A wonderful fruitiness follow. Dark fruits of plums and figs. Also Apples, pear, peaches. Some cinnamon spice as well.
T: A sweet honey flavor is up front. A fruitiness that follows the nose comes next. Dark fruits, and spices. Some warming alcohol. This is great.
M/D: A medium to full body. Dry. Well carbonated. This is pretty smooth and easy to drink for such a high alcohol beer. Something I have no problem sipping that warms the belly.

I really enjoyed this. A great X-mas beer. Bring this to an X-mas party instead of wine and see how people react. Highly recommended.

Photo of gearbike
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber pours from tap. Nice complex funky smell. Taste is rather thick and straightforward. Flavor is bready with an overwhelmingly dark fruit sweetness. Alcohol is not overwhelming but does provide what they must have been aiming for with the noel name.

Photo of akcds
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .75 L bottle to a wine glass

A - cloudy reddish brown. thin head, not much retention.

S - sweet (carmel) with a strong floral and citrus scent.

T - some citrus on the front end. alot of chocolate/candy on the back end. still a strong floral taste. reminiscent of orange chocolate candy.

M - really good mouthfeel. not over bubbly, not over viscous. very enjoyable.

D - overall a good holiday beer. goes down easy with only a slight alcohol burn.

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

Off the tap.

The appearance was a cloudy reddish brown. A very pretty tone much darker than the Tremens but a tad lighter than the Nocturnum. The head was thin and tinted to the color of the beer and remained for a while.

Smelled rich and sweet like dark fruits and a hint of caramel.

The taste was also very rich. There were notes of coriander, orange peel, dates, and maybe the faintest signature of a dark sweetness like chocolate or something candied.

The mouthfeel was thick but fluid and a very smooth, like drinking a good red wine without the tartness associated with wine.

An awesome beer for the Holiday season that lives up the Delirium reputation in my opinion. Very rich and rewarding but goes down surprisingly easy.

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

750ml bottle poured into a duvel tulip

Poured into a duvel tulip, it appears a slightly murky reddish/brown. A creamy tan head rose to the top of the tulip perfectly and slowly slid back down the glass, leaving scattered dots and lines in its wake.

Very broad aroma of sour yeast, candied sugar, cherries, prunes, raisins, toffee, orange peel and cinnamon. Slight bit of phenols are noticeable.

A good amount of malt really fills out this beer. There are sweet, toffee and cherry flavors balanced by dry prunes and raisins and sour Belgian yeast. A touch of spice and alcohol round out the flavor profile.

Medium to full body with adequate carbonation, but not nearly as smooth and creamy as I hoped.

Pretty easy to drink for the high abv. The alcohol is very well-hidden and the flavor profile is pretty balanced. Not a bad take on the style at all.

Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy dark orange with a large light beige foamy head, heavy carbonation, and a very good lacing.

smell is of caramel, dark fruits, spice, and roasted nuts and malts.

taste is thick, very carbonation, burnt caramel, roasted malt, dark fruits, white pepper, and spice, ends somewhat bitter and with a definite alcohol warming.

Photo of stone3187
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a rich ruby brown color. It has smells of fruity malt with a slight alcohol tone. The initial flavor is fruity malt that transitions into a slight alcohol flavor and finishes malty and dry. This is a very nice Belgian Dark and very good for the holidays.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Brickstore Pub on 12/6/08. Served in a DT tulip.

A: It's a generally bright crimson-brown color with a thick, creamy head. Recent is decent and it lays down some nice sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Nose is strongly fruity with a hint of spice. Sweeter, but with enough spice/kick to balance things out.

T: The taste is definitely fruity, but not as sweet as I would've expected, given the smell. Yeasty spice flavor is more prevalent in the taste, with a hint of fruitiness akin to berries. Body is medium-full with a nice, brisk carbonation that is on par for the Belgian style.

D: For a 10% beer, this one goes down really easily. Almost zero alcohol flavor and a lighter body. I really enjoyed this beer and will definitely look for it again next winter.

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

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a short off-white head. Dense aroma of malt, cherries, corriander, and dried fruit. Pleasant, velvet mouthfeel. Smooth flavors of candi sugar, malt, nutmeg/cinnamon spice, and alcohol. Sweet without treading into sticky. Definietly a winter warmer.

Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. More amber than dark. Tan dense head leaves a ton of lacing. Aromas of orange peel, phenols, and a nice toffee base. Mushy apricot, candi sugar, big orange peel, and earthy and spicy notes make up the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is a little flat but that could just be the tap. Pretty nice beer.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = A deep clear dark honey with a small off white head with very little retention that quickly dissipated into nothing but a think covering over about half the surface.

S = Alcohol is noticable, otherwise is really pretty mundane and average for a Belgian Dark, I get some hint of spun sugar, yeasty esters are there but somewhat subdued.

T = Pleasant but that's about all I can say, there is a lot of malty goodness but nothing really stands out about this beer. It is very similar to a Wee HEavy but the peaty smokiness is replaced instead with light peppery yeast flavors.

M = Medium-heavy body, light alcohol burn, good frothiness.

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