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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,549 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,549
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 54
Gots: 92 | 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 assurbanipaul
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What better beer to review on Christmas Day than a tall Huyghe seasonal! Painted bomber, no date, but cork has 2005 on it.

Poured into a large tulip as a caramel-colored brew with a mountainous cream head. Aroma is sweet caramel, candy sugars, some light fruity elements and mild spices with just a trace of alcohol.

Taste is light malty/bitter. Candy sugar isn't the first to hit the taste buds, but it's there. Base is a good dry light malt with sweetness only around the edges. Some spice, nothing distinct, not real sweet. Slight whiskey elements, woody, some Belgian yeast. Flavors in the Delirium family -- darker than the Tremens, lighter than Nocturnum.

Finish is dry and clean. Mouthfeel is medium, lighter than would be expected. Faint alcohol presence in the vapors as it's consumed but not really enough to characterize it as a burn. I like the Tremens better, but this one is great in its own right.

assurbanipaul, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of Joey7F
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A dark reddish brown, light tan head
S: Alcohol, and Caramel
T: I find it a little like the Delirium Tremens however it has a fruity, maybe biscuitier after taste. A true delight, so far my favorite of the Delirium brand.
M: Like liquid biscuit, full but light.
D: The 10% makes this a tough one to drink several of but it is far more drinkable than it has any right to be.

Highly, highly recommended.


Joey7F, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, capped and corked, opened with a fairly mellow amount of energy and the cork says "2005" Pours with a moderate tan head, doesnt leave very exciting lacing. Slightly cloudy, dar/medium auburn. The nose is where things get exciting, scotch, dark sugar and mustyness picked up. This is a darkly rich and flavorful elixir. Lots of dark caramel, candi sugar,toasty malts and complex yeast and light holiday spice notes. Subtle smokyness comes foward as it warms. More rum soaked toastyness also becomes evident. Warming and glowing with alcohol. One of my favorite holiday style brews. Superb winter sipper and Christmas dinner night capper. Gotta give em props for a great looking bottle and label art as well!

Billolick, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of akorsak
2.15/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Caveat before we get started: this beer strikes me as off. I have no evidence that the bottle is bad or the cork failed, so I will review as is and follow-up with another bottle at a later date.

I am drinking from a Ommegang Three Philosophers chalice. The beer is slightly below its optimal tasting temperature, but gradually warming.

Appearance: The ale has a nice crimson/ruby color. It is clear with no particles or haze to be seen.

Smell: The smell is average. I detect a bit of liquid smoke in the aroma. Said liquid smoke is NOT a good thing for this ale.

Taste: The liquid smoke that I detected in the aroma continues into the taste. The smoke is not pleasant and does not add to the quality of the beer. This beer falls under the Belgian Strong Dark Ale category and, when viewed against other beers in this category, Delirium Noel falls woefully short.

Mouthfeel: The beer, when on the palate, gives a rauchbier-esque taste. Very unpleasant and I do not recommend it.

Drinkability: There is none. The smokey taste ruins the beer. If you are looking for a Christmas ale, try N'Ice Chouffe or Corsendonk Christmas Ale.

CAVEAT REMINDER: This beer rates so far below other reviews that I believe it is my obligation to re-review another bottle. When I do that, any changes to my review will be added in parenthetical note format to the original review.

akorsak, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is 05 vintage. Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed glass.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy brown. The head was thick and white. The head was short lived. There was no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Typical sweet fruity, spicy yeasty combination. Just did not exactly measure for a holiday brew.

Taste: The beer was pretty much as it smelled. Sweet citrus leads and mellows out into a understated dry spicyness.

Mouthfeel: This is a meduim bodied beer. Very dry finish to the beer.

Drinkability: Frankly, this is an ok beer. For a holiday beer I was disappointed. I would have prefered more spicyness. I do not know if this beer would benifit from cellaring. I like the other beers I have had from this brewery

nlmartin, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a corked 750ml at Riley's here in Madison. My 200th review. Happy Holidays all.

I love me a Belgian Strong Dark. Pours a beautiful garnet/amber with a steady stream of bubbles contributing to a steady khaki head. Nose is festive and crisp - with floral hoppiness, caramel malts and spicy Belgian yeast. Taste is predominantly spicy Belgian yeast, cinnamon stick, pine tar, tropical fruit esters and strong caramel malt husk. Mouthfeel is remeniscent of champagne, rich and carbonated. The 10% is certainly present - adding to the winter warm-ness of the brew. A spicy, floral brown Belgian brew. Definitely worth a go. A flavorful winter Belgian no doubt.

Golden2wenty1, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber red pour with a big puffy eggshell white head that fades too quickly leaving no lace.

Aroma is rather sweet with tropical fruit, caramel, yeast, and grape. A light note of musty damp cellar is thrown into the mix.

Flavor similar, with ripe banana, black cherry, wood, leather, and a touch of grape like must. Not as sweet as the nose lets on.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation lending to a light and fluffy mouthfeel.

AlexJ, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a dark red copper with a small head that quickly faded to a ring around the edge of the glass. Smelled of cherries, raspberries and a slight spicy yeast. Tasted of peaches, raspberries, cherries and a sweet wheat malt. Mouth feel with slightly vicious, yet thin. The fruit complexity of this beer was nicely done with low sugars, and a thinner mouth feel. Also, at 10% abv, this was quite an accomplishment.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Delirium Noel

Purchased, where else but, Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- reddish brown with a mild head and too many bubbles.
Smell- alcohol, cherry, nutmeg, and more alcohol.
Taste- heavy on the cherries, prunes, and nutmeg spices.
Mouthfeel- first sip almost burns your mouth. Talk about a winter warmer beer. Alcohol at 10% is too strong. Ruins the beer!!

Overall- a decent winter ale if the alcohol was toned down a bit but with all the fruitiness going on it is understandable.
This beer can be classified as a the dom perrione of Pruno!

NJpadreFan, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, hazy reddish amber color with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to just a thin ring of lace.

The aroma is fruity and yeasty with a bit of spice.

The taste is along the same lines, sweet caramel malt, with tones of bananas, plums, raisins and spices - cloves, coriander, nutmeg.
Starts almost sugary sweet, then hits with a blast of spices, finishes slightly dry and yeasty. Spices linger on in the aftertaste with a definite alcohol warmth at the end. Kind of a cross between a Belgian strong dark ale and a winter warmer. A little sweet and spicy for any other time but appropriate for a holiday warmer and the 10% alcohol should help get the party going.

whynot44, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours out of a bottle with a "2004" cork; no head to speak of, some sticky streaks. The color is deep gold peach juice and ginger ale.

The smell is like belgian alcohol phenols and wine. This tastes a ton like a trappist product. Alot llike Chimay Blue [a touch menthol] and Gulden draak-without the sweetnes of the latter. This has a smooth carbonation, a present alcohol sensation, and a hoppy? bitterness that balances the big thick sweet malt well when mixed witht the alcohol. There is a middle that taste like bubblegum before the bitterness; and a great finish of citrus and hoppy alcohol tartness on the mid-tongue.

In my opinion, this is a special winter beer and can't be made to compare with the tremens and nocturnum. They are all good; this is a nice belgian imperial winter warmer- not a true strong dark ale, not a strong pale. Drink it for the season and celebrate winter, don't overthink the comparisons between apples and oranges..

andjusticeforale, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Delirium Noel more than Nocturnum, but not as much as Tremens.

A lovely reddish color with a small head that leaves no lacing.

The 10% alcohol content is very present in the nose & overpowers pretty much everything else.

The taste is strong, bold. Again, the high alcohol content is very noticeable. Somehow, the taste also comes out somewhat smooth. Interesting.

I'm glad I tried this one, but at $9 a bottle, I'll probably stick to Delirium Tremens next time I buy one of their products.

chOAKbarrell, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This looks like a slightly lighter version of the Nocturnum. Pours to a near ruby red color with a subtle grainy golden hue. The head is nice and fluffy with very fine bubbles. Sticks around for a while, but doesn't lace the glass much at all. Very clear, almost appearing to be filtered (even the last pour of the bottle looked this clear).

The smell is good. Lots of candi sugar. Not too much holiday spice, though there is a very subtle hint at hot cinamon hard candy. This carries over well to the taste, but the mouthfeel actually makes it a less pleasant experience than simply smelling the beer. I didn't quite know what to expect with a belgian christmas beer, but I thought this one could have maybe had some more complex spicing, especially considering its belgian origin.

The mouthfeel is a bit astringent and plenty sweet. After warming up to it, it gets better. Not one of the most drinkable beers I've had, but it was a good one to try. Certainly better than the Nocturnum I just had, but I don't quite know whether I like it better than the Tremens.

neonbrown82, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a somewhat darker-amber color, wiht a small head which dissapated quickly. It had the aroma of a lot of spice; pepper, cinnamon, dark fruits and alcohol.
The taste was spicy at first then became sliughtly fruity. It ends up very malty and sweet.There are definite hints of hops and alcohol. It wasn't very carbonated and ended clean and drisp.
Definitely a good winter-warmer, and once again, not disppointed by Delirium.

sinistrsam, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy burnt orange color with only a ¼” head after an aggressive pour. The head only retains for a minute or so until it is held up by the somewhat infrequent bubble rising.

Aroma: It has a sweet malty aroma with quite a bit of fruitiness initially. Raisin and plum along with some peppery spiciness from the alcohol is evident as it warms a bit. There is also a dry wheat-like aroma noticeable later in the profile.

Taste: The taste is initially spicy and fruity along with some candy-like sweetness. This gradually gives way to a grainy and earthy malt character that hangs on into late on the finish. The actual finish is sweet and refreshing with very little bittering from either hops or roast. There is also a dry graininess in the flavor that I believe is a contribution from wheat.

Opinion: This is a pretty tasty beer. It is hard to compare it with St Bernardus Abt 12, because it is in the same category. This beer is a lot lighter on the fruit flavors, and adds a lot of spicy complexity. Overall it is a very approachable beer, but it is not one that I would seek out too often.

SkeeterHawk, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 that is corked and wrapped with red foil around the cage that takes a long time to remove. Cork sez 2005 and the bottle is sheathed in that faux stone plastic shit that all the Deleriums bottles come in. Poured into a chalice.

Dark, slightly hazed crimson with an interesting tornado of bubbles that shoots up through the middle and supports a tall head of light tan that has the retention of a rock and leaves thick sheets of lace. Good lookin' brew!

The nose sweet, earthy, and spicy with melons, cherries, and apples. Yeast aromas of fruitcake and chalk. Good dose of candy sugars that pair well with a touch of hot alcohol. Damn...

The taste carries a lot of the same fruits from the nose. Nice malt base that compliments the sweets and is quickly tempered by the warming alcohol. I like beers that integrate the alcohol flavor rather than cover it up, and this beer does an excellent job of using the booze to its advantage. Nice yeast influenced finish, a little clove and banana make themselves known into a warm finish that has a growing hop bitterness with each sip.

The mouth is full and smooth, exactly what I like in a BSDA. Quickly "fills my mouth" but all that's left in the finish is flavor, not oil. As drinkable as something of this caliber.

The best of the Delirium series.

ypsifly, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. It arrived in a snifter.

Arrives a beautiful clear garnet with brown tints. There is a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles, which quickly falls to nothing at all. A little disappointed in that. No lacing. Carbonation looks medium.

Aroma is spicy/earthy, with the familiar Belgian phenolics going on. Spices like cloves, allspice, and black pepper in the nose. Malt smell is rich caramel. The aromas really improve as it warms, becoming nice and fruity.

Flavor is dark brown sugar, plums, dates, spices like above, slightly medicinal, but in a good way.The hop character of this beer is way low; no hop flavor, and very low bitterness. The flavors also improve greatly as it warms. Aftertaste is warm and spicy. Alcohol taste is well muted, but present.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and rich, with a medium level of carbonation. Residual sugar is fairly high, and there is a decent grab in your throat from warm alcohol, especially as this warms up.

On draft, the carbonation level of these beers is hard to get right, which means the head retention is going to suffer a little. In a bottle, it's probably well carbonated. Also, this was a little too cold. When it did warm up, the flavors and aromas came through beautifully. It's a real good holiday beer. Recommended. Oh, by the way, this one will hurt you bad.

jakester, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, finally I decided to get a Delirium...

Pours dark burnt orange with a good 1-2 fingers of foamy head. Good retention, very nice lacing. Does not smell like its ABV. Heavy fruits and malts in the nose. Not much alkie. Taste equivocates(?) with nice fruits (plums, apricots, grapes, kiwis something). Creamy malts with the fruits at the apex of flavor. Very nice. Not too heavy, but very solid and good. Nice, fruity, malty, not too heavy, and most importantly not antiseptic at all.


aquatonex, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Joosy. Very joosy.
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a chalice; a nice thick head with good retention and some nice bubbley lacing on the glass. The smell is a bit alcoholic with dark fruit notes and some spicyness; clove strikes me the most.
The taste is far, far less alcoholic than the smell. Very, very sneaky and smooth. Mouthfeel is medium to thick with a well balanced bubblyness going on. The finish lingers a bit, reminiscing over the joyous taste just encountered.
A very well balanced beer on the whole. It will make you want to see all kinds of elephants.
Look out.
Look out.
Pink elephants on the way, here they come.
Hippity hoppety.

ommegangpbr, May 15, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great overall beer. Pours a reddish brown with a medium head. The smell is pleasant like a fruity IPA. The taste is very textured, with a sweet start, then a more deep middle consisting of candied fruit like apricots and plums. The finish is back to the fruity taste that goes down with a lot of sugar. I prefer this to the Nocturnum for sure, but its on par with the Tremends.

Toddv29424, May 04, 2005
Photo of Ahhdball
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been tempted to give this a shot for quite some time now and what do ya know I got it tonight.
Appearance was dark, maroon and held a full two-finger head. The beer left a great lacing on the vessel as I finished.
Smell was plum and molassass with a slight cinnamon.
Plums, raisans and fig. Good taste but unexpected. I haven't had a dark Belgian in awhile but it seems to be along the style.
Moutfeel is sticky sweet,slick.
I could drink this again.

Ahhdball, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from scribbled notes taken last night.

This a very pretty beer that pours an almost dark purple. The smell is fruity and alcoholic with wonderful spices. The flavor is much fruitier than expected. The complexity is wonderful, and aftertaste lingers on so wonderfully. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style. The only thing that brought the dirnkability down was the fact that the spiciness gave me a little heartburn.

santoslhalper, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper in color with a 1" head. Head falls to a thick surface foam. The aroma is as good as it gets as caramel, spices, fruit, yeast, and alcohol are all easy to identify.

Flavor can be described as a sweet and earthy brew with some mild tartness. Caramel, tart apple, spice, and yeast are all up front, with some mild bitterness and alcohol tones rounding it out.

Mouthfeel is crisp and has a dry finish. Nicely drinkable, very enjoyable. A winter brew I'll pick up every year..

Gavage, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
2.08/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Cork dated 2004. Picked this up in Dallas, I think. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This one poured a ruddy amber color that was crystal clear. The light tan head rose up only with quite a bit of effort and settled back down rather quickly. It remained coarse and level as it did so. The lacing was very light.

Smell: The aroma was odd, almost washed out and watery. There were hints of cherries and cinnamon, and maybe a little bit of roasted malt. However, it really just smelled like a wet dish rag.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth upfront. Carbonation kicked in as the beer hit the back of the mouth.

Taste: There were hints of medicinal cherry and a light caramel sweetness upfront. This was quickly overcome by a strong astringency and tannic component, though the aforementioned flavors still lingered in the background. That was about it: strong bitter, astringency; a sharply acidic, tannic flavor; and cough syrup.

I couldn't bring myself to finish even one glass from the bottle. It just wasn't good. Completely raw, rough, and unrefined. Maybe it needs more age? A LOT more age.

Quaffer, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 cork.

Ruby russet pour with yeast particles floating around a tulip glass, with a settled scant layer of khaki head, leaving no lace probably due to ABV.

Dark fruit and spice nose with brown sugar cake malt scents and a pinch of yeastiness.

First swigs: Yeasty awl-kee-hawl flavor front with a bone dry aftertaste. Hardly any flavor to the finish. Delicate malt and nutmeg spice middle. Some dark fruit like light cherry, pear and overripe banana. Hot warming flavor towards the back of the gullet that leaves a salty gin that is almost overbearing.

Slick and gently foamy feel. Near perfection creamy body.

Last swigs: Yeasty brown sugar pear foamy Belgian. 10 % ABV is hidden at first, but becomes pronounced when warming.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Feb 07, 2005
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,549 ratings.