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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,633 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,633
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 61
Gots: 129 | FT: 3
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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 mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this seasonal brew from Delirium at a bar in Connecticut last week. It was served in a 12oz serving. Since, it was listed on their recommend list on the chalk board, I decided to have one. It had been quite a bit of time, since I drank anything from Delirium. It had a decent head, and smelled good. The taste was nutty and spicy. It went well with my food, and was a good choice for a beer this time of the year.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle

A; Pours a clear rusty brown/red under about 1 1/2 to 2 fingers of head. Some retention, no lace.

S: Smells of lighter fruits and some hot spiciness. Not something I expected to out a Christmas seasonal, usually expect some spice and darker fruit. Some hints of yeast with the slightest hint of hay.

T: Again, a lighter taste than what I would expect out of a Christmas seasonal. This one taste more like a golden ale than a strong dark ale, which isn't to say it's bad, just that it's a little less than expected. Hints of apple and pear and yeast, and certain warm spiciness, probably from the alcohol, pops up in the finish.

M/D: Body is a little thin, could use a bump up on the carbonation to try and bolster the body a bit. Drinkability is fine, but not that great, it's just not something I would want to reach for when deciding on a Christmas ale, especially one from Belgium.

Photo of kosmoraios
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another interesting entry by Brouwerij Huyghe. All "Delirium" ales have a certain distinct flavor that I'm not sure I enjoy, so I'll try to review this one for the style.

Enjoyed this on Christmas Eve 2007. Pours a dark chestnut with ruby highlights into my pint mug. Head is off-white and 1 finger high, lacing is decent, retention moderate. Aroma is of dark raisins, honey/molasses, malt, dark nuts (walnuts, pecans?) and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is dark and fruity, with overripe plum, dark fruit (raisins, figs). A bit of black pepper. As the ale warms, the honey-like sweetness becomes more evident, as does the alcohol. I was expecting more of a mead-like sweetness, but I was pleasantly surprised by the subtlety. Alcohol is not as evident as one would expect until the ale is room temperature.

Mouthfeel is under-carbonated for me, and a bit on the oily side. At 10% ABV, I can't say this is a sessionable ale, so I'll give it a 3.5 for drinkability for the style.

Side Note: I dislike the way that the Delirum bottles are meant to look ceramic, but in reality, are brown glass covered by a plastic layer of ceramic-looking film. Brouwerij Huyghe, either make the bottles ceramic or not, but don't try to front. We aren't fooled. And it makes us feel like we're spending extra money for your bottles to look different. Get over it.

Photo of HombreWing
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle....Glass goblet

Eyes: Pours garnet, bright. Pop culture head...gets all big but goes only south in the end.

Nose: After pour...some spicy yeast..eh....after breathing in the glass, some hot alcohol

Tounge: Sweetness of malt balanced by alcohol hotness, subtle yeast autolysis

Texture: Very thin....actually a palatable quality

Overall experience: It was ok. Alcohol wasn't harsh in the mouth.
Label was numerated/coded 1-10 and the 3 & 7 were clipped. I don't speak Pink Elephant (yet) so not sure the date.

Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured cranberry red with a large billowy white head.
Aromas of malt, sweet caramel, and raisins fill the nose.
The palate is creamy and the carbonation is good
Flavors of sweet malt and Belgian spices fill my mouth with a nice peppery finish
Great bottle art and this thing hides the alcohol well what more could ask for in a Christmas offering

Photo of botham
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a semi-hazy brownish amber color with a quickly dissiapting head that is reduced to a soapy rim.

aroma is of caramel malts, with fruity yeast prevalent. notes of apple, pear and grape are present, with a bit of alcohol. a bold aroma, making it true to a belgian strong dark.

taste is sweet and malty, with a notable yeasty character as well. yeast notes are the same apple, pear and grape from the aroma, only a bit more pronounced on the palate. excellent.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture. smooth in the mouth with a slight bite from alcohol.

drinkability is good. the high alcohol and mild CO2 levels make this one a bit less drinkable, but the exceptional balance and profile make it one to remember. cheers!

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a hazy apricot color with a thin beige head and just a touch of lacing.

Aroma of apple cider and peaches together with a sweet Belgian maltiness. The 10% alcohol s apparent as well.

Taste is sweet apple cider, raisins, dark fruit with some hoppiness at the finish. The alcohol adds a nice warmth to every sip.

Lighter mouthfeel, a touch of oiliness, and a champagne-like carbonation.

This is very nice though I'm having trouble distinguishing it from the other Delirium beers. Especially as to what makes it a Christmas ale.

Photo of eberkman
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish tawny with a thin off-white head that doesn't retain much -- diminishes instantaneously into a ring. Very slight lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a big Belgian blast of caramelized sugars, figgy dark fruitiness and alcohol. Taste is like it smells -- an intense, rich toffeelike maltiness with some spices, dark fruits and the slightest hoppy bite in the finish. An alcohol coating lingers in the mouth between sips. Cloyingly sweet, but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy. Drinkability is decent, even if the sweetness is somewhat over the top.

Photo of JackWeizen
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Instant cider aroma detected upon uncorking this 2006 run of DN. I got a nice head, and a strong flavor of slightly darkened candi sugar. its almost like eating a caramel covered apple, then drinking a decently hopped beer.

As with Delirium Tremens, DN sneaks its high alcohol content in nicely. This beer is not as dry as Delirium Tremens, but still maintains that "champagne" like mouthfeel that I get from Huyghe Brewery's other fine offerings. Mine had quite a bit of sediment after the second pour, which I enjoy.

I will get more of this, and I suggest it if you enjoy Belgian beer.

Photo of chakadrum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really caught me off guard. I figured that it would be dark, nutty, fruity, thick and have the feel of rich Christmas fruitcake. Wow, I was totally wrong.

As the person below me described, this has the smell of apples. The color is very pleasant on the eyes with a hint of ruby on the bottom of my glass and a hint of gold on the top edge of the beer. Btw, I'm drinking this in a Duvel glass which makes for the nice presentation. There is minimal lacing and the head retention was a bit weak but that color just really makes up for it.

It wasn't the appearance that threw me off on this of course but rather the initial taste. That apple smell dominates the taste as well and I like it. It slides through the smooth in a very smooth manner and the body feel a little light, just a tad watery but as it goes down the throat the body becomes more apparent. At 10% I almost find this hard to believe. It really has not hint of alcohol taste or feel.

It makes me wonder what would happen if you poured a little woodchuck into a lighter Belgian strong ale.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured this treat into a chalice and it had a beautiful ruby red hue to it, really unique and pretty. had a decent sized head that slowly subsides. the smell is good, apples, and yeast are the most prominent scents. the taste is awesome, completely awesome, warm alcohol on the tounge along with a cidery main flavor with yeast and malt at the end, spectacular taste. mouthfeel is full and wonderful. drinkability is good, but at 10% its kinda strong

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

300ml bottle

A- An aggressive pour only produces about a 1 finger foamy tan head. This eventually tapers off into a thick collar and little lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is a rich mahogany hue and is cloudy-but not consistently. A transparency lingers in the middle while large bottle conditioned yeast chunks whirl around the body.

S-The nose is dominated by licorice and Belgian spices. A sweet ovetone.

T- Lots of licorice upfront with a solid yeast backbone. Peppery spice comes forward for the swallow along with a strengthening licorice flavor. Lingering on the palate is a yeasty sweetness along with plenty of Belgian spiciness and hints of licorice. A slight alcohol warmth also.

M- High carbonation and medium weight body.

D- This is a big and rich Belgian Christmas Ale that reminds me a lot of Corsendonk. The alcohol is somewhat hidden and this is a drinkable treat-but a little bit to rich for me. I may buy this one again next Christmas.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy, deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apples, apricots and Belgian yeast along with some caramelized malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very spicy and sour with flavors of apples, apricots, spices and Belgian yeast. The sourness fades but the spiciness does not. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is decent for the style. There’s also a strong spicy burn that stings the back of your tongue after the first couple of sips and persists as you continue to drink the beer.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, despite the uniqueness I found in this beer, I consider it to be just an “all right” beer. Given the array of choices for Belgian beers, I probably wouldn’t drink this one again.

Photo of beerking1
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy dark bronze, with a head of large bubbles that fades very fast. Aroma is big alcohol upfront, with dark fruits and some candi sugar and malt backing it up. Body is suitable medium to thin for a Belgian beer. Flavor is very fruity, sweet malt, with some balancing hops, an d a bit of sharpness from the alcohol. Finish is sweet but not heavy or cloying.

Photo of BarryNL
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Translucent deep red/brown. The normal particulate levels for a bottle conditioned ale. Pours with a big fluffy head which collapses to a thin, tight layer. Strong lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet and sour, lightly lambic; trappist style phenolics. Initially there is a bit of a carbonic twang but this quickly fades.

T: Very complex, malty, apples, cherries, dark syrup, light on the hops. Perhaps slightly too much carbonic acid bite but this is one to swirl and savour slowly so this dissipates as the glass empties. There is a lasting taste of hops...

M: Firm, chewy, fluffy, big mouthfeel.

D: Gimme another!

Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2006. Poured into my Brigand chalice.

Poured the color of unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider (reddish-brown in appearance). Luscious foamy head dissipated into a thin skim with belgian ringlets and generous fine lacing that adhered to the glass throughout the tasting. Smell of yeast and dark fruit (plum, raisins, cherries). Taste similar to nose. Mouthfeel was a little too lively as a result of the carbonation, which detracted from the flavor. Very crisp, tart finish with the flavor of fermented fruit lingering in the mouth. Very pleasant seasonal.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong, malty, with plenty of spice hints and even a bit of an odd, rubbery odor that still was not unappetizing. It pours out a dark amber-brown, almost the color of cola with a decent head. Flavor is strong and mouth-filling, malty and quite spicy, with a touch of hops. This ale is quite smooth but has a good bite to it.

Photo of bosco7
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with voluminous creamy head. Lighter than I expected.

Caramel, apple, bread, cinnamon, maybe some gingerbread?, and plenty of phenolics in the nose.

Taste is very similar to the aromas. Bready, caramel and apple flavors are prevalent. Raisins and some chocolate powder in the middle. Finish is spicy with ginger, cinnamon, and hazelnut flavors that leave the sides of the tongue tingly. Bitterness is moderate.

I am not sure if I would consider this very seasonal. There is plenty of spice, but they do not strike me as being particularly holiday themed. Maybe the color threw me. I was expecting something something more brooding. In any case the beer is very flavorful and quite digestable. Recommended.

Photo of PBoegel
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into a duvel tulip.

the beer pours a nice ruby brown, but there was absolutely no head

aroma is cloves and banana reminiscent of a hefe weizen, with alcohol as it warms much like a weizen bock, notes of dried fruits such as cherries and some faint chocolates

taste profile is very similar with a more pronounced banana and clove ratio

slightly cloying perhaps due to the lower than expected carbonation

a hard drinker at 10% abv, this one hits fast too.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a crazy big and foamy 2+ finger tan head that has very good retention, and leaves splotches of very good lacing. Body resembles the cloudy light garnet of an unfiltered apple juice.

Smell - horseblanket, apples, medicinal alcohol, and some weak hints of plums and prunes.

Taste - pretty much as promised by the nose. Sour horseblanket with apples and medicinal alcohol with passing hints of plums and prunes.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly puckering from the sourness, and at times semi-dry from the alcohol.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, but it is not one that I'd go out of my way for, but it is good nonetheless. And of course, its high abv naturally limits sessionability.

Photo of Godot
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 2007 750 to celebrate the completion of the semester. Cork popped with a good bit of force and I poured it into a Duvel glass. Pours a transparent orangish-brownish-ruby color that when held to the light was really very pretty. Off-white fluffy head took a while to settle down to a solid film that left a great deal of lacing. The smell is sweet fruit, plum, and candy sugar. The taste is good but a little disappointing when judged against other belgian strong dark ales. Its a little too light and fruity as opposed to the rich and deep flavours I have come to expect from this style. That being said it is well balanced and very drinkable with the alcohol content well hidden. The mouthfeel is velvety and the beer goes down with dangerous ease. I would certainly partake again.

Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 33cl bottle, bottled March '06, opened in celebration of Christmas Break, December 2007!

A sludgy appearance right off the first drips. Its settled state would be incredibly murky, speckled with strings and clumps of yeast tumbling like rocks from top to bottom of the glass. It's sealed with a peachy sheet of lacing. Drapes of lacing. Darkened center that extends to glowing , fiery-orange highlights on the outsides, the yeast backdropped appearing as if a lava lamp.

The smell is wonderful, I take from it so many things: mango, pomegranate, red-wine, port, sangria, peach, apple, pear, fruit cake - the yeast is just divine. What a yeast! I wish they made Delirium Noel incense, they'd certainly be a popular item in my house come Christmas time!

The mouthfeel has significantly mellowed, with not a trace of alcohol to be sensed. The beer tends to be light and unassuming on the palate, provoking bigger and bigger sips each time. The texture reminds me of a thick yogurt or pungent blue cheese, in that the flavours thoroughly coat the mouth and stay for some time after.

It tastes of soft, mellowed malts. Drying hop bitterness with slight-to-no contribution to the flavour. The yeast imparts a strong breadyness and suggestions of caramel. There are faint hints of peach and mango that can be tasted.

A sort of hybrid between the Tremens and Nocturnum, this is by far my favourite of the Delirium trio. At nearly two years this is drinking wonderfully. I'm curious now to try it at different ages. I hope to find this in my stocking every year.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer wasn't the easiest thing in the world to drink, due to its spirit-like nature, but it was still pretty good. I'd have it again.

This beer poured a brilliant tan color with a medium amount of head. Aroma was ethyl butyrate (cotton candy/bubble gum) and a surprising oak flavor. Flavor was pretty complex. At first I thought it was cognac-like with lots of alcohol. Later I got a smokey, leathery, peatiness that I've gotten from some single-malt scotches (my dad's into scotch; I'm into beer). Mouthfeel was astringent and drying, most likely due to the pronounced alcohol presence. I felt warm when drinking it, but at the same time I felt it a bit challenging to drink...much like I feel about the scotch my dad is always trying to get me excited about.

I'd recommend this beer, despite its challenges.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed at the 2007 Strong Ale festival
A- Murky dark orange hue, minimal white bubbly head, light lacing
S- Light, sweet berries, honey, brown sugar, winter spice, florals
T- Initial taste is sugary fruits and berries, dark fruits, honey, bread malts, finishes sweet and dry
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, highly carbonated
D- Very nicely balanced winter ale full of seasonal fruits and spices, alcohol is well-masked for a strong ale

Photo of salvadorwill
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this at the corner store for about $11, a 750 ml bottle.

The apperance is dark orange with large bubbles in the head that leave little lacing. A cloudy rich orange and brown.

The smell is fairly strong, with that yeasty kind of smell that you get with Belgian beers. Can smell the sweetness of the beer, the yeast and smells a little like raisins.

The taste is rather sweet and the alcohol hits the tounge after all the other flavors wear away. Lots of rich type of flavours, yeasty sweet malt, kind of a slightly cheesy flavor. I taste somthing that is a little like raisins, citrus and walnuts. A slight tartness too.
I think the alcohol flavour in this is a bit heavy, more than I expect for a beer like this.

The mouthfeel is a bit acidic and not too thick. A good balance between thin enough to enjoy but thick enough to be flavourful.

It is certanly carbonated enough, but I would like to have seen a bit more head and lacing. This has almost no head at all.

It is a heavy beer, and the flavour is quite strong. I think that after one bottle of this I will be buzzed enough and will certainly feel a little full.

All in all a good beer, but not special enough for the price. Good flavour, but I wanted more complexity. I'll stick to Chimay if I want to splurge.

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.