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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 1,732
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 68
Gots: 181 | 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 surfnebr
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber, translucent beverage with limited legs. The head was offwhite but limited, it disipated rather quickly.

The nose was malty with hints of brown sugar and toasted bread as well as very boozy.

The mouthfeel was heavier than expected with a suprisingly bubbly texture. The taste initially came off as caramel, cinnamon bun with malty and boozy finish. Nice warming finish. As the beer warmed up you were able to taste hints of cherry and strawberry.

Photo of danielharper
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown hazy body, slightly reddish towards the sides of the snifter. Small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Rich, sweet, malty. Hints of apples and grapefruit. Strong overtones of tarty Belgian yeast. Overall aroma muted, doesn't give a great deal of complexity.

Taste: Heavy spices up front, Notes of cinnamon, orange peel, various other citrus-like spices. Strong malts in the middle, finishes with the same spices. Slightly dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate mouthfeel, slightly chewy, Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall a decent beer, but the spices are too prominent in the flavor profile and dominate the overall taste. It's not nearly as good as Delirium Nocturnum from the same brewery, and really not worth the cost in my opinion. Probably won't buy again soon.

Photo of edchicma
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice amber appearance with a solid half inch head. Smell is a great blend of fruit, wine and yeast. Taste maintains some of the qualities of the aroma, with a winelike presence and distinct tartness. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp...very refreshing. Overall, the qualities make for an extremely drinkable brew despite the high abv.

Photo of MBABJJ
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Served in Tulip. Dark amber and red hues in natural light. Dark caramelly brown when held in front of laptop. Thick head of mixed bubbles. Head sticks around forever leaving foam on sides of glass post-sip

S - Mist off bottle smells of strawberries. Berries and sweet malts. Some background of green hop scent.

T - Lots of carbonation and kind of a metallic taste. Very bitter and definitely taste the alcohol as the predominant flavor.

M - Beer is tremendously smooth and viscous.

D - Gotta let it warm up for sure. But a little better than the taste would allow you to be.

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

Served in a pint glass

Significant head, dark amber, not very transparent

The aroma was sweet, subtly spicy, slight alcohol, Belgian

The taste was very sweet, a mix of fruit and malt. The alcohol was subtle and not overpowering. The finish was complex, slightly metallic, harsh, and bitter, but not in a terrible way.

The mouthfeel was smooth and viscous with a good balance of bubbles

Photo of midaszero
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark amber with one finger light tan head

S - Sweet dark fruits

T - Sweet and Belgian spices up front with some heat in the back.

M - Medium body with high carbonation

D - Excellent beer but I'd like to see the heat and carbonation turned down. Good for something different come Christmas time.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork-in-cage 2007 bottle (with a little happy pink elephant wearing a Santa hat prancing through the snow as three of his hatless pink flying siblings tow Santa's fat ass through the sky), opened with a hearty pop!, poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip yields a rich ruby-amber body, fantastically clear, with a storm of active carbonation feeding a two-finger-deep, fine-bubbled, ivory-ecru cap. The foam retains like whipped cream and leaves a few flat, webby bands of lacing clinging to the glass.

The smell of the drink is warm and spicy with plenty of dark fruit. Plum and raisin sweetness are tinged with cinnamon and allspice, backed with a note of ripe red apple and a twist of citrus.

The taste of the drink is mild and malty, juicy and fruity, with dark plum and soft banana sweetness on a dry malty backbone. Cardamom and aromatic apples join the party as the drink warms, with lightly-bitter orange zest and a touch of a yeasty, minerally twang. Semi-sweet and toasty pale malt caramel pops in to say hi, and I don't know if I got caught up in the holiday spirit (Yay! Christmas in August!), but I'd swear there's a note of spicy gingerbread lurking in the finish. There is no indication of the beefy 10% ABV, ('cept inside my head!).

Smooth and velvety in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation, this Delirium is mild and fairly quaffable. Pink elephants make me happy in general, and the flying ones are really kickass! Delirium Noel ™ is another winner from the elephant trainers at Huyghe!

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle at a beer brunch at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

This was poured into a wine glass and served with a dessert course. It was very dark brown in the glass, translucent when held to light with dark ruby hue. There was initially a full 2-3 fingers of head at the initial pour, eventually settling down to about a finger or so of light brown to off-white foam.

Aromas were very light but could be brought out with a few swirls of the glass. Dates or raisins, some vanilla, spices like nutmeg or coriander, and just a trace of alcohol. This really smells like something you might want to mull on the stove.

I tasted this brew with and without food. On its own, it has the most interesting complexity of malts and candied fruit that I can remember. There is some sweetness that goes along well with a nice full bodied and relatively heavy mouthfeel. The linger was long and a bit warm, with traces of spice that seemed to just dance at the back of your tongue.

Then I tried with the food, both a chocolate pastry and fresh picked blueberries. The pastry and beer were great, but what shocked me was how well this beer played with those blueberries! The dark fruity sweetness of the berries just brought the heart and soul out this brew, highlighting the subtle spices that were easy to miss before, like cinnamon or cardamom and bringing to the forefront the fantastic malty sweetness. It was a fantastic experience, one that I would have never considered on my own.

This brew is fantastic on its own or paired with the right food. It has the classic Belgian candy sugar tone to it nestled nicely within all that complexity. I should note that the beer I sampled was from the previous years Christmas stock (from Christmas 2007) and I don't really know if that was for the better or worse. All I know is that this stuff rocks and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a beautiful Belgian dark ale.

Photo of mcmidc
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This christmas suds poured a dark brown color and had plenty of suspended solids that might not be for the weak of heart. It also had a light tan two finger head that held nicely.
It smelled yeasty with maybe a tinge of apricot there. Nice creamy mouthfeel with only a slight carbonation. The taste was of malted fruit with a slight alcohol finish. A nice warming drink that I probably wouldn't of sampled on the ninety degree day that I did had it not been brought over by my buddy to sample. Would be better on a chilly winters evening or around the campfire. I will try again under these circumstances for sure. But the price was right so I said "hell let's have Christmas in July"

Photo of Portertime
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this one out of season, must have been a left over. Served it chilled in my Duvel chalice. Poured a rich mahogany with a wee lacy head. Smelled almost like a fresh holiday fruit cake. Candied fruits and hints of brown sugar riding pink elephants danced in my nostrils. The taste was like a fine Belgian Kreik with a distinct black cherry flavor riding on pink elephants on my palate. The same alcohol overpowered the pink elephants though leaving a nice warmth that would have been perfect on a icey winter's morn'.

Photo of gpogo
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy reddish brown with ____ head that dissipates to a ring.

A- Amazing smelling, right after the pour this sweet fruity smell hit my nose. Sweet fruity malt aroma with that wonderful belgian yeasty smell. This is another brew where I could just pour it and enjoy the aromas rather than even needing to drink it.

T- Initial malty sweetness followed by a spike of fruity sweetness. Sortof cherry like, but not sour like other belgians with cherry flavors. Very low bitterness, but a slight alcohol taste is noticeable.

M- Medium-light body which surprised me with how much flavor is stuffed into this brew. Moderate-high carbonation with little to no carbonic bite. Definite alcohol warming at 10%.

D- This is an amazing brew. I feel sad that I haven't tried any delirium up until this point. If youhave not yet tried this brew I definitely recommend that you do. The aroma alone is worth it. The taste is also incredible.

Photo of Yesac
2.45/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour - cloudy cherry amber with no head. A small bubbly ring forms around the edge, with small bubbles floting up in the middle. Decent carbonated lacing.

Smell - strong alcohol, hints of cherry and wine.

Taste - Alcohol quicky jumps to the back of the throat hitching a ride from the carbonation. This beer simply tastes like carbonated alchohol to me, I cannot pick out any other flavors.

Although I couldn't find much taste here, the drinkablility isn't that bad if you can stand a strong alchohol taste.

I'll stay away from this.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A ruddy scarlet brew with a hint of orange. A tiny line of lacing sits about the top.

S - Cherries, strong sweet malt, cinnamon, also something . . . unsettling. I don't really care for the aroma. Very strong, but not particularly great.

T - A bit of sour cherries, a hint of bubblegum, sweet sugars, alcohol and grassy hops. Aftertaste is a faintly medicinal with a bland grassy bitterness. Meh.

M - Thick, carbonation is a little high, not terribly refreshing.

D - Meh. I just didn't go for this one. It was a little bit of good, but mostly discomfiting. I don't think I will have again.

Photo of kkipple
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Flying Saucer, Columbia. Interesting.

A. Clear rust, no active bubbles, no real head to speak of... my guess is that there should be. The Sauce is not known for always serving their brews properly....

S. Estery spice. Coriander, banana, maybe some vanilla and fruit! Dates, booze, and a medium-rich malt skeleton holds this one together. A bit muddled and not as intense as I'd like, I suspect this is more vibrant in bottles.

T. Pretty decent... a mildly spiced Strong Dark. There's a lot going on here - cinnamon, coriander again, clove, but it doesn't grab me. The malt sweetness is a good balance to the spice. The usual chocolate and husky grain notes are wrapped up in a fruity, boozy drink.

M. Fizzy, lightly warming. Fairly easy to drink for 10%.

I can't say much wrong about this beer other than that it did not engage me. The pale Delirium is a lot better, for my money. But try this one once, 'cause it's alright.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with orange. Thin, quickly dissipating white head.

Nose is a panopoly of aromas - sour fruit candies, passion fruits, yeasty esters and cinnamon gum.

Palate is fruity (passion fruit), malty sweet, somewhat candied, balanced with hops and has a lingering malty sweentess on the finish.

Alcohol is completely hidden. This one is a true gem.

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

US version with X-mas name. Pours dark with some head. Aged about two years. Yeast and spice in nose. Drinks very well, with light chocolate. Absolutely dark fruit.10% is hidden but everpresent.Smooth drinker, though significant candy has been added.

Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this on clearance for $1.25 for an 11.2 oz bottle

Pours brownish-red, more red than brown, with not much of a head and a lot of floating particles. It smells very candyish, with a dose of alcohol. The taste is very distinct, a little syrupy and sweet with tart green apples, but not over the top...it is very enjoyable. It goes down nicely, with a slight burn an leaves your mouth dry, wanting more. I really enjoyed this brew...it is more distinct than other holiday offerings I have had from other breweries. Can't wait for next holiday season to pick up some more...

Photo of dsa7783
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML white, ceramic bottle with red foil copped caged and corked from Island City in Long Island, NY for the hefty sum of $11.99...
Both Delirium Tremens and Delirium Nocturnum were two of some of my favorite Belgian beers...
Looked high and low for this one, and was fortunate enough to come across this one in a great liquor store with an amazing selection while visiting a friend on Long Island...
The appearance was absolutely amazing on this sample - a slow and steady pour yielded a light-copper, dark-amber hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that left a copious amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Deep, licorice and caramel aroma bursting through along with hints of alcohol and malts...
Taste strongly resembled the smell, with a noticeable suggestion of caramel, vanilla, licorice, dried fruits, pears, and melons along with a heavy hint of alcohol, which was expected from a 10% ABV Belgian Strong Dark Ale...
This could definitely be considered a solid winter warmer with such a hefty alcohol percentage, and would be an ideal beer for a cold day...
Fruity, thick, rich mouthfeel led to an average level of drinkability, mainly due to the strong hint of alcohol both in the nose and mouth...
Good stuff...
Recommended, especially if you like stronger, more full-bodied beers...

Photo of ryrust5301
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750oz. bottle into an over sized wine glass. 2007 edition

Appearance - Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a one finger white head. Left a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - solid alcohol smell followed by a banana citrus aroma. A dark fruit sweetness is also present.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Smooth and sweet with a dark fruit taste. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry. Spiciness creeps up in the back and finishes with a warm alcohol feel.

Drinkability - Maybe it's not as bad as I think. I'm kinda biased as I don't care for Delirium anyway, but I found the Noel to be worse than the average Nocturnum.

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

Picked up 330ml bottle at AJ's in late November for $4.59.

Beer poured a cloudy amber with very little head on an agressive pour. Nose is very sweet, of ripened fruits primarily. Taste is of the dark fruits, candied sugars, with a slight alcohol burn on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but not overly smooth as expected for the style. Drinkability is pretty good. This is not an overly complex beer and was somewhat dissapointing given the style and origin. Will not try again.

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

Found on tap at Gravity Head '08 in New Albany, IN. Poured into a 10oz glass.

Appearance- Brown clear in appearance with a finger of head clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer exhibits some strange Belgian yeast characteristic that I only see sometimes. Solid dots lingering on top of the head.

Smell- Coriander and yeast with a big Belgian backbone. Sugary with candi that fades to light Belgian malts and more spices. Cranberry, cinnamon and allspice. A light wheaty character, some cherry in there as well.

Taste- Many malts thick with yeast and oxidized hops. Wow. I would love to obtain more of this. Candi sugars are not overpowering. Great coriander content. I love this. Creamy and thick.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, chewy, full-bodied, warming with 10% ABV and fully carbonated. Nice.

Drinkability- I like this one a lot, both in the bottle and on the tap handle, it is worth multiple pours.

Photo of hdofu
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of this with my brother around Christmas, another fairly dark ale with a tart fruity taste. had a white foam head. The smell was of fruit particularly cherries and apples. The taste was somewhat like a fruit salad in a good way having different flavors arise at different times when sipping. The mouthfeel was similar to a sparkling wine, not as heavy as some beers I've drank. At 10 ABV in a 750 for the price it is, not one I'd drink by myself.

Photo of ericj551
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Delerium Noel pours a hazy amber with a nice creamy head but a lot of suspended floating chunks. The aroma is sharp and fruity with plenty of yeasty esters. The flavor is crisp and moderately sweet and estery and a bit medicinal. The alcohol leaves it with a slightly vinous character. Overall not a bad beer, but the floating chunks kind of take away from it.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown/mahogany hue with a two-fingered head that was frothy and stayed with the drink for a little bit. There were floral hints in the aroma and the hops came out a little mixed with faint citrus notes. A nice smell, but rather nondescript.
It is a light-bodied beer with a slight citrus taste, but more or less a grainy spice is on the palate. Somewhat of a backbite but it finishes smooth. Somewhat springy and hoppy, not too much else. An alright brew, but nothing I am really going to seek out again.

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage
Red Foil

Poured into a Delirium Tulip a very nice dark amber color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tannish head, lots of nice creamy sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, some yeast, figs, prunes, plums, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is somewhat sweet, malty/yeasty, dark fruits, and caramel. Medium body, a well-rounded/complex brew. Alcohol is hidden very well for a brew like this. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew and highy recommended if you can get your hands on some.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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