Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe
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3.38/5 rDev -12.7%
Poured a copper amber color with a fair amount of head. Aroma was an earthy yeast, honey, fruit esters and cotton candy (must be all that sugar). Flavor was very sweet, with no hops to be found. Raisins, grass and bread were apparent and the alcohol was very well hidden, just peeking through at the end. Mouthfeel was slick, with carbonation almost imperceptible. As far as drinkability, it was excellent in taste, but not something you could drink a lot of.
06-23-2006 15:51:30 | More by
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours dark rich amber with floaties, leaving little head.
Smells sweet sweet, dark too, and spicy, like maybe cinnamon.
Tastes of malts, bananas, and a very strong hit of alchohol. Subsequent sips keep the sweet malty banana fruit taste, but that alchohol flavor subsides. I originally gave the taste a 3.5 because the alcohol flavor overpowered, but after the first sip I raised it to 4. It sits well.
Mouthfeel is very creamy.
Finish is a bit astringent with all that alcohol making itself noticed, but there is no bad aftertaste.
This is quite a beverage, and I recommend it to anybody who can find it.
06-02-2006 00:06:29 | More by karengarys
4.65/5 rDev +20.2%
The beer poured a dark amber color with an inch and a half off white head, which left some lacing.
The aroma was of floral hops, apple/crab apple tartness, dark fruits...cherries (dark and tart), apricots, grapes and a slight plum and fig aroma.
The taste - palate overload - simply put...at least at first. Much as described in the aroma but not as tart...more sweet...some lighter fruits are more prevalent here as well. Christmas is a good call...it's a beer I'd much prefer in that season even though it's still a great beer in any season.
The mouthfeel was excellent. Exactly what you'd want in a beer. Hit all of the right spots and was perfectly carbonated.
The only problem with the drinkability was it's ABV content, which was hardly noticeable, and the fact that it's a seasonal Christmas beer. Otherwise, the beer is excellent and is something I would most definitely reach for again.
05-20-2006 09:07:02 | More by Vipsanius
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours a deep, brownish reddish color with a lot of lovely barely tannish head, and some nice lacing. Looks appealing. Smells predominantly raisiny, some barely there chocolate and spice, but mostly raisiny.
Tastes... fruity. Belgian. Dark fruits and alcohol. Lots of spice- clove, cinnamon, corriander, pepper, nutmeg- well-balanced, not disgustingly spiced. Sweet but not too sweet.
Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, full yet light. Almost a well-made whipped cream type feeling. Extremely drinkable- especially considering alcohol content. Tasty, yummy, not too heavy- just a great brew.
04-29-2006 09:04:48 | More by scooter231
2.6/5 rDev -32.8%
Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a super huge foamy and creamy off-white head with perfect retention. Aroma of cinnamon and another spices which results in a weird perfume that doesnt excite my olfactory sense. Taste is also dominated by that weird perfume that I have a hard time to pinpoint. I also noticed some sweet malt. Body is real creamy with a good lacing. Alcohol is very well hidden. Even though Belgian Christmas beer is not a well-defined style, there are still some things that I expect (high ABV, full body, spice mix ) which I couldnt find in here.
04-07-2006 14:03:18 | More by Phyl21ca
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
pours out of the 750 ml bottle a clear amber colour, with a thin head that reduced to nothing quickly leaving no head and no lace. aroma is heavily influenced by the malts...but other than some earthiness and brown sugar and faint ripe fruitiness...it's pretty tame. the flavour is all stocky malt, alcohol spice and a welcome woodiness that means business. mouthfeel is is full....body is potent. i was expecting more complexity but the robust nature of this offering is equally compelling. it's dry, woody and delicious and an awesome example of a x-mas time quaffer. it finishes clean and warming. this should sipped by the fire on a cold winter night.
04-01-2006 02:15:29 | More by budgood1
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Bought a big bottle 750 of this on discount! Gotta love a great brew at a REALLY reasonable price. I love the little elephant santa on the bottle! This one poured amber with a pretty creamy head that stayed quite thick. There were nice fruity smells mild bananas a hint of ctirus(!) and some dark plummy scents too. I did not pick up much alcohol in the scent. Surprising as this is a beast of an ale. The taste was unbelievably smooth for the strength of this and mouthfeel and drinkability are much better than I would have thought considering the power and complexity of this ale. Very tasty and a nice special treat during the holidays. I will likely stock up on a case of this to see how well it ages...
03-12-2006 16:53:09 | More by surfadelic23
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
750ml corked bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. TIght beige head comes up only an inch with a slow pour straight into the center of the glass. Head dies quickly to a thin layer of fine bubbles and a slightly thicker rim over a very clear, absolutely gorgeous, deep cobber/amber body. I'm knocking the appearance a half point only because I would like to see more head on it. Nice lacing in sheets that split into a thick network of arteries on the glass. The etching on the tulip releases a steady stream of bubbles for the duration.
Aroma is sugar, alcohol, berries, a little plum, some dark fruit, a lot of vinous aroma with just a hint of floral hop. All of it comes at once with the alcohol riding on top.
Flavor is a real shocker. Starts with dark sugar, then very quickly hit with something very tart, not lambic tart, but still a kick in the mouth not at all suggested by the aroma. Papaya? A lot of tropical fruit anyway, banana, pear, some grape, numbing ginger, then it rides out with vinous alcohol and candy. Like a whole roll of tropical fruit lifesavers minus the coconut plus loads of alcohol. The alcoholic vapor actually works with all the fruit, in this context it is not a bad thing at all. As I become accustomed to the flavors, the tartness fades and everything blends very well.
Mouthfeel is just the lighter side of medium with a nice amount of carbonation that refreshes the palate but doesn't intrude on the flavor. Easy drinking, maybe too easy. Fortunately the alcohol is always present to remind me to be careful.
A fine fine beer. It would be interesting to try this with more age on it.
03-06-2006 20:13:57 | More by skizziks
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
the 750ml bottle says delirium christmas (as opposed to noel) and the cork says 2004. great appearance. dark crystal crimson, bubbly as hell with an impressive solid foam, light beige head.
smells decent, strong. i could actually smell it before i even started pouring. unfortuanately for this beer though, the last belgian strong dark ale i had the pleasure of quaffing was maudite. this one is fairly one-dimensional in comparison. typical scents, nothing surprising. dates dominate, caramelized sugar, candy apple, raisins, yeast.
the taste and mouthfeel save this one. it does not taste like 10%. definately strong, but so smooth and light as a feather, tap dancing on the tongue, interesting and fun to drink. half-way through the bottle i am feeling it. after the last pour, it takes on a darker, thicker hue, and tastes creamy. quite a difference in mouthfeel, but still wonderful. this is my first delirium, i look forward to trying the rest.
03-04-2006 14:57:38 | More by davidchollar
4.35/5 rDev +12.4%
There seems to be a pattern in my other reviews of Winter/holiday beers in that I don't seem to like them all that much. Well, leave it to the Belgians to buck that trend. Thank you, Belgians!
The aroma announces this brew as distinctly Belgian from the get go, with a fruitiness coupled with mild tart/sour elements. Flavors alternate rapidly and fluidly from spicy, to sweet, to sour, and then bitter. The finish is long and easy. On the whole the easy, refreshing nature of this beer belies its robust alcohol strenght. Highly enjoyable.
02-23-2006 01:40:45 | More by VoodooBrew
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
*Poured from a tap into a wine glass.
Pours a ruby color with an orange hue throughout. A thin white edge layer forms and sticks throughout the tasting. Very clean appearance.
Aroma is pretty much fruit and caramel malts. REminds me a bit of cider. Other than that, being in a bar made it tough to get a true aroma.
Sipping reveals a very fruity flavor (grapes & lots of cherries); a slight tangy flavor I can't describe. Some slight spices also come out. Nice!
Refreshing for a medium to full bodied brew. Decent alcohol but nicely balanced throughout. Carbonation doesn't kill ya either.
Overall, a fun brew. Fairly simple and easy to drink. I'd definitely recommend it!
02-22-2006 01:52:32 | More by Fish113d
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Delirium Christmas - 2005 - Lovely dark amber color. Head dissipated quickly - not surprisingly for this strong beer. A bit heavy on the yeast sediment. Aroma is absolutely wonderful - such inviting earthy notes. As soon as the aroma hit my nose, my brain started sending "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme" signals. Taste is almost as powerful, but a bit too strong on alcohol. Nevertheless, it's easy and pleasant to drink.
Wonderful winter brew. I think my bottle could've benefitted from aging. Next time I'll be sure to look for an older bottle. Maybe I'll even pick a fresh one next time I see it, and cellar it for a few years.
02-21-2006 04:00:37 | More by ikats
4.4/5 rDev +13.7%
Pours an attractive amber with an initially impressive head that quickly fades to a rather disappointing lace.
Smells of belgian yeasts, caramal apples, plums, sweet like cane syrup balanced by strong christmas spices (i.e., cloves and cinnamon), mixing appealingly with the alcohol.
Tastes like apples, sugarplums (whatever those are), and cherry tartness, together with a slightly unappealing bitterness in the end (like the skin from an unripened apple).
Good mouthfeel, and very, very drinkable for the style. Good stuff, and more impressive then what I've had from this brewery in the past.
02-21-2006 02:22:46 | More by kingjames1
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
Came in a nice 750ml bottle. Cork says 2004. At least a year and a half old.
Appearance- Pours a spritz head into my Leffe goblet. The head has a good retention, but does recede to a thick foam. The color is a deep ruby, russet amber and copper color. Light lacing is noticed. This is the way a beer should look.
Smell- Toasted malts mixed with very floral hop bitterness with hints of licorice and sugary water.
Taste- A muted, black cherry malt starts with the middle turning into grassy hops and candi sugar. The finish has hints of leather and burnt, dark fruits.
Mouthfeel- Excellent carbonation with some sweet fruit sweetness. Excellent nightcap beer.
02-12-2006 21:02:52 | More by scruffwhor
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
BBE okt-08. Nice beige head that isn't too resistant and a beautifull dark brown and cristal clear beer underneeth.
Nose is a nice harmony from anis caramellic malts, cinnamon and clove with nice alcoholic note in there. Taste is spicy, alcoholic and a sour twist. With that good and full caramellic malts. Nice taste but very strong and maybe litle overspiced. Good and moderate carbonisation balanced mouthfeel and taste make this one into a fine brew that I enjoyed.
02-10-2006 21:24:14 | More by paterlodie
4.45/5 rDev +15%
Well heys there good lookin what you doin in this kind of neighborhood dont you know unscrupulous types like ol mynie might just come around and drink you right up? *hiccup*.
Translucent chocolate with a fine white head that stays and stays.
Wonderfully balanced smells of zippity Belgian yeast, plum and apple fruit, and a light hint of caramel sugar malt. Complex and wonderful.
Smooth, is alls I can say. Light fruit up front rushing watery into bigger, tangier fruit and ending with a brown ale-ish caramel malt with a zingy alcohol and yeast aftertaste. Complex and very tasty, but not quite as well balanced as the nose had led me to believe.
This is a great beer that would certainly warm you up on a cold winter's night. Too bad I waited until it started getting warm to drink it. Not that I let a little thing like the weather stand in the way of me and drunkeness, though.
Edit--I'm upping the taste to a 4.5. It gains considerable character and complexity as it warms.
02-03-2006 05:06:28 | More by mynie
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
Very nice seasonal. The 750ml corked and caged bottle produced a deep amber slightly cloudy appearance with a nice big head that lasted the entire glass and left a nice lace. Smells were sweet with traces of fruit and spices and a bit of alcohol, overall a very pleasant aroma. For a 10%abv this beer is exceptionally smooth. Very nice spicy and fruit tones, with notes of cherries and plums. There's an alcohol twinge on the back end followed by slight bitterness.
An excellent beer....I think I'll have another.
01-30-2006 02:25:03 | More by sockeye101
4.68/5 rDev +20.9%
Man, they're not kidding about the pink elephants on the label! Packs a punch that sticks with you and grows exponentially for an hour or so after you finish. I knew about the 10% abv before the first sip, but forgot about it soon after because this seasonal is super, super smooth. A most enjoyable pint from the tapper that was velvety and well-balanced all the way through. I recall caramel and mulling spices being the most predominant flavors, with just a hint of apple maybe and a very clean, long finish that leaves you excited for the next sip. It's like a moth to the fire.
01-25-2006 16:13:53 | More by StAnthony
British Columbia (Canada)
4.45/5 rDev +15%
A wonderful Christmas gift from my better half.
It pours deep brown, tinged with red, apparently clear but thickly clouded by chunky yeast; capped with a massive light froth of off-white foam. Very nice. Leaves some lace on my chalice.
Aromas of yeast and tart apples remind me of baking apple pie, with a touch of spice. Reminiscent of cider.
The flavour is much darker than the aroma, more in keeping with the colour. Warm yet dry -- almost woody; lightly bitter malt. Spicy, with a hint of dark cherries as it warms. An almost caramel sweetness at the tip of my tongue.
Very dry, and extremely active on the palate. A little tart, with a long hot alcohol burn.
Very, very nice -- a pleasure to pour, to smell and to taste. I've never been disappointed by any of the Delirium offerings, but this, the Noel, may be my favourite.
01-19-2006 13:25:03 | More by thesilverhand
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
750 ml painted (mock stoneware) corked bottle, now available in Norway (despite some objections by the humour & morality police). Amber to brown colour, large off-white head with an orangey hue. Malty sweetish aroma with strong notes of caramel, treacle and Christmas spices, also notes of yeast and oak. Flavour is very spicy and sweet (candy sugar) with a pleasant warming mouthfeel. Theres a hoppy and spicy (and slightly alcoholic) bite in the finish. A demanding beer, but not bad.
01-18-2006 22:28:31 | More by Sigmund
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Big 750 mL bottle with 2.005 on the cork. It pours a deep garnet with a 1 finger khaki head. It smells of cinnamon, clove, alcohol, sweetness, and some fruits toward the end. It has a medium to thick body and tastes of cinnamon, sharp cloves, anise, caramel, and hints of other malt flavors. Drinkable, but not that complicated and didn't keep me interested for too long. My second Christmas Belgian and they both tasted about the same.
01-12-2006 03:07:18 | More by mmmbeer
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
Appearance: A lovely deep amber with a frothy pure white head. Moderate size and retention, but I only poured a few ounces to test, so the head may be better. The Duvel "D" is not producing much carbonation at this juncture. Pretty good.
Smell: Reminds me a bit of Allagash's Grand Cru: mild, vividly floral, sweetly spiced, with a cakebread base. Nice, but not the big, bad Christmas spice bomb I expected by a long shot.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow. Very yeasty and vinous, red grape and port, slightly, sweetly citrus, but also puzzlingly sour, almost in a reigned-in Flanders Red vain, with a nice butterscotch/caramel malted bottom. Spice is subtle, if even present. Quite unique and tasty. Mouthfeel is heavy, but oddly crisp; more carbonated than most of this genre.
Drinkability: Have to take some off for the 10% ABV; that really limits what you can do. Still, tasty and much more musular than the soft aroma would lead you to believe. Very unusual, very good.
01-08-2006 04:01:41 | More by WetCoaster
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
The color is crimson with a huge, light brown head. Retention is solid, with moderately thick, creamy lacings. Aroma is a mixture of citrus and spices, with a vague underlying sweetness. Smell is good, but doesn't stand out from other beers with similar characteristics. The taste is of dark, fruity malt joined by orange peel and spices. Surprisingly, at 10% abv, only a touch of alcohol is noted. Finally, a sip is rounded out by sugariness. This is pretty awesome stuff, and the alcohol is almost too deceptive, this is something I'll pick up again next winter.
01-07-2006 00:58:33 | More by Gagnonsux
4.22/5 rDev +9%
From a growler shared with friends, picked up at the beer store: This one is a beautiful, deep bronze color with a light tan head. The head is appropriately creamy and lace-producing. A fruity, spicy aroma is dominant, mingling with alcohol and esters. Banana, spice, sugar, and (again) a lot of alcohol. The taste is sweet, peppery, and very warming. Theres a hint of a tart-sourness that never fully presents itself. A Medium-low carbonation. Peppery finish. This is one very fully bodied and very enjoyable sipping beer.
01-02-2006 03:34:40 | More by Suds
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours a very hazy amber/brown with a thick two finger head that slowly recedes to a nice cap that leaves behind sheets of lacing.
Smell; when I first opened the bottle the smell was almost wine like. after I poured it, that vinous smell faded somewhat. There's lots of fruits. ripe plums and bananas, caramel apples, as well as cloves. There's also a bit of alcohol presence in the nose.
Taste; really nice ripe plums, a good bit of banana flavor stands out along with a bit of sweet caramel maltiness, and some alcohol bite in the finish. It has the nice yeasty and spiced smells that I've come to expect in Belgian style beers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with nice carbonation.
01-01-2006 02:04:34 | More by RedHaze
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