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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,511 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 44
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002)
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oracle

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz draft pour in an tulip chalice.

The beer poured a deep mahogany with a generous bubbly and very sticky head. Heavy lacing.

Smell was fruity and malty, with a hint of the yeast still being present. A certain spicyness lingers in the aroma, of cininmon and perhaps more. Wonderful.

Taste was suberb. Fruity and sweet without being sugarry and syrupy. Notes of ripe plum and mild rasberry. Slightly spicy as well. Warms one right up on a cold winter night.

excellent

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2004 22:30:21 | More by oracle
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

from the 12oz bottle poured into a lindeman's flute, bottle was actually labelled "delirium christmas", not "noel".

this beer contains the same yeasty, yummy taste as other delirium beers. as a series, their three beers don't go out of their way to be different from the others.

in my opinion, tastes just like tremens with more color (it looks like carbonated jack daniels) and more seasonal flavor (smells of strong caramel and tastes much more tart and spicy than other deliriums).

had this a month or so ago in a 750ml bottle from a local pub, and it was labelled "Noel". to me, it tasted slightly different, or maybe because that night it was my first beer. would like to know the difference (perhaps its just a labelling issue?) either way, im recommending this beer as perfect for pink elephant fans around the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 20:48:05 | More by goodbyeohio
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off tap poured into a Delirium Noel snifter. The beer poured a slightly amber golden color with one finger of head. The nose was nice and sweet and fruity, maybe some strawberry and a hint of peppery spice from the yeast. The flavor was good. Some fruity tones and caramel sweetness with a nice spicey finish. Good beer. The feel was thick and creamy and just good. This beer was nice to sit down to after finishing grading finals and collections and all that comes with beig a TA. What a nice beer. I like it better off tap than the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2004 02:20:19 | More by kmpitz2
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filabrazilia

Colorado

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

Pours a hazy dark copper with a creamy looking beige head. Waves of lace surrond the glass with each sip.

There is the strong spice aroma that balances the sweet malt in a near aroma overload. Very aromatic and wonderful. A slight alcohol whiff kisses the nose in the finish.

There is s sweet fruity presence that is very much like raisans, plums, and apricots. A touch of coriander joins in the flavor and is finished with a glancing blow by the alcohol.

For such a big beer this is remarkably easy to drink. While complex, it is deceptively smooth and easy on the mouth. This is not a gulping beer but is pretty easy to put down.

I really enjoy Belgian beers and this beer is one reason why. They are so distinctive, rich, multi-dimensional, and wonderful to drink. This Noel is like a a great yuletide milkshake. Ho Ho Ho and all that stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 04:58:02 | More by filabrazilia
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out golden amber and sits deep orange-brown in the glass with a smallish off-white, light tan head, fading to a small skim; nice lacings.

Smells rich and sweet, full malt aroma. Spicy alcoholic nose with notes of over-ripened apples, dates and golden raisins. Yeasty character bringing forth a dry-crackery aroma.

Tastes sweet up front, full of fruity ester flavors. Plump rasins, prunes and apple leather make up the bulk of the flavors. Peppery alocholic spiciness pricks at the toungue and offers balance to the large malty core. Finished mildly bitter, with increasing dryness and lingering spiciness and fruit flavors.

Smooth to the core with light and tact carbonation in a medium-full body. Glides around the mouth quite easily, coating with its thick malty character.

Quite tasty, easy to handle, even at 10.0%. Flavor is definately there, but it a bit rough in some spots. Spiciness seems to be less of a character boost and more of a character flaw further in. 1 bottle definately enough, once a year, sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 22:46:46 | More by Skidz
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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

This was pretty similar to the Nocturnum, as far as I can tell. Sweet, but fairly well balanced. Plenty of ABV (although not noticed much in the taste). This is a good, dark Belgian, fairly complex and certainly warming. The Delerium beers are a notch below the best Belgians, but always good.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 05:26:43 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 750ml bottle. 2004 on the cork.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a light tan head. Smell is fruity. Spiced apples, cherries and clove. Quite festive.

Taste is of those tart spiced apples again. Cloves and cinnamon. Somewhat yeasty and spicy. Sticky sweet, dare I use the dreaded "cloyingly"? A bit too sweet which cuts down quite a bit on the drinkability for me. But not a bad beer to sip on for an hour or so. Very thick and chewy. Good thing it's a seasonal, once a year will suffice for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 01:03:54 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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IceAce

California

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

Carmel brown body with a rapidly dissipating collar of thin foam. Holding the tulip glass to the light reveals excellent clarity and tiny streams of carbonation eminating from the bottom of the glass.

The nose could be described as 'Holiday Happy'. Hints of strawberry, spices, yeast, malt and alcohol meld together in a nose which results in immediate excess saliva production.

The first taste is rich, deep complex malt accented with a mixed-fruit sweetness supported by ample CO². The finish is dry with hint of hop as the spices slowly fade from the palate.

The mouthfeel is like velvet and seems to whisper, "Go ahead, have another sip as I just improce with every taste."

Very, very nice offering from the pink elephant folks.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2004 18:21:24 | More by IceAce
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alexAK

Alaska

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a brandy snifter with the Delirium Noel logo, pink elephants and all.

A thin head, but overall a very solid appearance, almost a little golden. Aromas in the brandy snifter were especially pronounced, detected a little spiciness. A slightly complex taste, slightly tart but aided by the spices in the brew. Due to the high abv, not something you'd want to take too fast, yet still drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 10:21:09 | More by alexAK
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Stimack

New York

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

This was my first time trying Delirium Noel, had it on tap last evening while at Mahar’s. It was poured to a clear brown color with red highlights with a nice off white head that broke down and left nice lacing through out the brew. The nose of the brew was highlighted by a spiciness with cinnamon, fruit, alcohol and malt all coming together to give off a nice aroma. The taste was very smooth, sweet tastes of candies up front with spices all balanced with a nice malt backbone. Gave a nice warming sensation, good on a cool night! Can also notice a slight alcohol taste but being that this brew is 10% it is not over the top and goes well with the other flavor although I think I can only have one of these per session. This was a beer that I was not going to try, as I have not been a huge fan of Belgium brews although I think this is changing! If you get the opportunity give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2004 15:08:09 | More by Stimack
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Wildman

Ohio

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

This beer poured a murky medium amber color and formed a small off white bubbly head that disappeared quickly and left circular lace. Some sediment was present. An aroma of yeast, malt, spices and honey. A flavor of malt, caramel, spices and some bread aspects. The body was slightly creamy with the finish of it being slightly sweet. Considering the alcohol level, it is hidden quite well.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2004 02:24:59 | More by Wildman
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark reddish-copper in color. Billowing off-white head fills up the goblet. Some lacing. Aromas are all infused with a strong sense of alcohol: cherry candy, sweet caramel, some chocolate. Flavor...hmmph. Flavor is a boxing match of the aromas trying to gain your attention. Not quite unbalanced, but close. Finishes with a hot alcohol infusion. I'd expected some sort of spicy character to this one, but didn't taste it. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel. Not for the timid.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2004 13:00:51 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy rusty reddish brown. A bit darker than I would have thought it to be. Off-white head dissipated quickly, but still laced the sides of the glass nicely. Just like the review next to mine, I too smelled cherry pie, and there is clearly no question that this is high in alcohol content. I liked the smell, it was just that you could plainly tell that there is alot of alcohol present here. The taste was quite malty with a very slight banana tone hidden in the finish. Truthfully, it seems the alcohol concealed most of what potential flavour profile was there. I like this one, it's just heavy on the alcohol and one should know that up front, lest they be quite dissappointed. The mouthfeel was quite nice in that it wasn't too heavy or too light, and the carbonation level was right where I like it to be for this style. Drinkability? This is a really big brew. One 75cL bottle is fine. Perhaps if there were a span of 3 or 4 hours (at least) I might be able to drink 2 of these. Overall, I think I really like this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 03:06:52 | More by SilentSabre
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danadeny

Colorado

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

Clear dark amber body, frothy head, nice carbonation. Smells sweet and a little fruity. A little roasted malt, and caramel. Tastes a little sweet, decent fruit presence. Nice carbonation bite, and a mild roasted malt / caramel aftertase. Nice carboation to the mouthfeel, evaporates nicely off the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 14:47:00 | More by danadeny
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winomark

Missouri

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy medium copper with a vigorous, thick light tan head. Sweet malt, bananas, and candy sugar on the nose. Little bit of spicy tones noticable. Tropical esters fight for control with the malt sweetness. Slight vegetal finish. Dry, but lingering finish. Coating mouthfeel, but not too heavy. A good beer, but the finish is throwing me off. Drinkable, but nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 14:48:11 | More by winomark
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I sampled this beer on vat at Anam Cara as part of the Belgian Beerfest pre-party. The ruby ale was served in a tremens snifter, and wafted an aroma of alcohol, sour cherries, and hints of chocolate. The flavors were strongly dominated by the alcohol, and sour cherry notes. There were hints of chocolate and cream making the drink vaguely reminiscent of those gooey covered cherries that my mother enjoys finding under the tree. It would have been nice if the alcohol and the cherries didn't unite to generate some nightmarish medicinal notes. Unfortunately, the brew wasn't as drinkable as I had hoped. The watery, yet textured body also confused me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2004 12:42:57 | More by AllThingsNinja
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice white 750mL bottle. Appearance is darkish orange, very ncie color actually although the head is limited to an off-white ring. Extremely sweet and phenolic aroma, tons of belgian candi sugar, powder sugar even. It feels very candyish yet has a big yeast backbone though seemingly not adding much to the melting pot. Surprisingly thin body, like thicker sparkling water. Huge sweetness on the tongue in an herbal fashion(clover and the likes). Very warming sensation, spicy alcoholic middle-mouth to finish. Notes of honey, sucre d’orge, plums. A bit cloying.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 18:05:56 | More by Rastacouere
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

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

2001 Edition sampled on 10/20/04:

I have always wanted to try this ever since I first saw it. I came home from work and my wife left for a business trip in Chicago and she had this was waiting for me (what a wonderful woman!). I poped off the cork and there wasn't a huge carbonation buildup. I was thinking that this would be perfectly aged since it was from '01'. The appearance is very nice. It poured a cloudy rust color with a smooth belgian-style head. I drank this in a snifter and the lacing was very nice. The smell was pretty typical of this style. It had heavy malt tones with the alcohol seeping through. The taste was decent, but a little too thick. This one was almost "chewy". I was hoping for a little spice kick in this to distinguish it from there other brews, but I didn't get it. There was just not a lot going on with this one. As far as belgian darks go, this was worth a try, but not comparable to the others available. At least the bottle is pretty cool!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 00:21:58 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75 cl bottle. Dark caramel colored. Small but persistant off white head. Big sweet smell of dark raisons, caramel and alcohol. Massive flavors of plums, raisons, and burnt caramel. Decent mouthfeel. Nice finish with a warming alcohol on the breath.
My only detraction here is that the relatively light body of the brew doesn't mesh very well with the huge flavors and big alcohol. Otherwise a great strong dark.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 17:56:36 | More by beerceller99
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StuFox

New York

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

This beer performs a balancing act between the usual winter/christmas beer flavors and the flavors that characterize the other Delirium beers. Somehow, they manage to make the spicy, gingerbready flavors work in concert with the fruity, floral, sweet taste. It is a beer that is good months, probably years, after it was originally bottled. And let's not forget the 10% abv kick that helps shake off the cold.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 15:58:54 | More by StuFox
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml champagne corked bottle under the name "Delrium Christmas". Crimson/brown colour. Aroma of cork, rubber and glace cherry, some fairy floss. Pretty sweet, but not as sweet as expected, but, as expected theirs a pretty big shot of alcohol at the end. Palate is a little short and one dimesnional aswell, some spicyness, yeasty. Dissapointing, and a bit "crude" as silktork would say. I guess it was kind of what i expected though, typical Huyghe- i.e pretty lame. This stuff ain't cheap either, bloody hell.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 11:35:57 | More by rastaman
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tough foil to get off the bottle. Cork says 15/03 I assume it is a 2003. Bright deep brown look with a nice large persistant densw pale beige head. Slight detergent/maltysharp smell. Upfront the taste is malty and sweet and then the brew becomes spicy and fruity. Prominent in the spices are corriander and nutmeg with some hints of pineapple and sour pear. Very nice smooth coating mouth. Quite an impressive feel to the brew. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 23:49:53 | More by frank4sail
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dauss

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a beautiful cloudy golden yellowish copper. Fair sized tan brown head with fair staying power and little lacing. The smell was really good. It smelled like it was going to be rich, malty, and fruity. Its another one of those belgian ales. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Hoppiness about halfway through the sip. Heavy yeast flavor and a little spicyness from the flavorings and the alcohol. The alcohol can't really be tasted until a few moments after you swallow. It finishes dry. It was a very complex and interesting winter brew. I didn't like it that much because of the odd mouthfeel
and the flavorings they added. The cork also was printed with the year 2001, so it must have been quite old.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 16:58:54 | More by dauss
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BeerAngel

Texas

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

This beer pours a dark tea-like/amber color with a nice tan head. The strong smell of fruit, musty yeast, and spices smell nice but a little lacking in some way. The taste is sweet apples, raisons, spices and a warming alcohol with the musty yeast in the background again. This is a light bodied brew with a sweet spiced finish. This beer drinks down too easy for a beer with this alcohol...might prove dangersous! Op uw gezonheid!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 03:12:28 | More by BeerAngel
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 - It pours a hazy orange-brown color. The aroma is earthy and yeasty with some oxidized notes. The body is smooth with some cirtus, spicy, and fruity notes. There is also some faint molasses in the finish. Overall it was just okay. Maybe it is better when it is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 21:05:32 | More by ark57
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.