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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,714 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 66
Gots: 167 | 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 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.

Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber with a white head that becomes a swirling cover. Nice lacing sticks.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with cinnamon and nutmeg.

The taste is of sweet caramel/toffee - towards a hint of chocolate. There is a fruitiness that is medium-to-drak - date/prune-like (for lack of better descriptor) and some toast. Complex in a more subtle way. Sweet, but with a balancing spiciness (not too much), a slight bit of toast, and an underlying fruitiness/herbal earthiness. Some late alcohol shows in the finish.

Very creamy with an effervescent touch. Very smooth.

A lovely sweet-ish, spicy-ish, brew. A nice winter sipper that is easily drinkable because of a nice balance - though has a wintery sweetness - and a reasonably well-covered alcohol for abv level.

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

Pours a ruby, brown from the 750ml bottle. Light tan head fell to nothing. Then something weird happened, it came back. Ended up being a nice head that lasted the whole beer, how the hell did that happen?

Sweet caramel malt aroma.

Sweet malt taste, somewhat tangy. Fairly big alcohol finish.

Full and smooth in the mouth with a slight alcohol bite. Alcohol tingle lingers on the tongue.

Overall a pleasant winter brew that I will definitely have again.

Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Jose Pistolas in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark blush color with a foamy head that dissipates into a lacing that lasts. Aroma consists mostly of cherries, honey and alcohol. Smooth creamy cherry taste with a decent alcohol presence and slight peppery finish.

Photo of aubuc1
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a somewhat hazy brown with an offwhite thin head.

Smell is a fruity, yeasty and spicy. Raisin and light apple.

Kind of sour and surprising. No taste really asserts itself. Not bad, different, but not great.

Very good mouthfeel on a curious beer. Not as good as the other offerings from Delerium.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky burgundy color. Creamy off white head with quite good retention. Thin but tight lacing. While not being able to see into bottle quite a bit of sediment wound up in the glass.

Some what of a typical belgian yeasty smell. Bananas and apple fruity aromas. Spices and alcohol notes round things out.

Flavor is all over the place. Sweet, tart, malty, fruity, yeasty, and some sort of slight sour twang.

medium bodied lower carbonation. Finishes dry.

While a good brew I would not want to drink more than the bottle in front of me before moving on.

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,714 ratings.