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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,711 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,711
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 67
Gots: 163 | FT: 3
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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 hdofu
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.85/5  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 -7.7%
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
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red with a decent head that thins and laces the glass. Cherries, red win and other fruits in the aroma. The cherries shine through in the taste with other dark fruit like plums and raisins; definitely a bent towards the sweeter side in this ale. Very smooth, hides the alcohol well. Tasty, sweet and very drinkable. Not as good as Tremens, but very solid.

Photo of yourefragile
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml brown bottle with white wrap and red foil poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Remarkably clear, crisp looking brown amber color, with greenish tints around edges. Slightly off white, one finger head with lots of tiny bubbles that isn't very retentive and not much lacing.
S: Yeasty, sour fruit, earthy. Slightly spicy and a little alcohol hiding in the back. This doesn't seem right, but I smell something resembling egg noodles maybe?
T: Better than the appearance or smell suggested. Sweet, slightly fruity, mild bitter body. A little spice. Caramel hiding in the back with some potent alcohol as well. All in all, nothing incredible by decent version of this style.
M: Ugh. What happened here. The finish and aftertaste nearly makes me want to pour this out. All the spicy, fruit goodness of the body is gone and I'm left with a weird sticky, slick cloying taste in my mouth. Worst part of the beer.
D: To me, this tasted good, but the rest of the package was average, if not worse. It's been a long time since I've had the other Delirium beers and I think it might be a little longer.

Photo of ROMER79
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first time trying this beer this holiday season and I must say that it is a beer that I wish that they made all year round!

A: When poured it had a nice thich one finger head that was a white color with little hints of burnt red that clung to the gobblet all the way to the bottom of the glass

S: It had a pleasant fruitful smell

T: A very fruity ale w/ cherry notes throughout as well as brown sugar and caramel

M: Very rich, very full, it is not thick but Its a great beer to enjoy while eating a steak. It is very easy going down the pipes!

D: A+ I found this beer very easy to drink. It is not heavy on the carbonation and it is smooth all the way down.

Photo of Lothar666
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Head was a single finger thick, off white and foamy, gradually receeding to leave bits of lacing around the sides of my St. Bernardus Goblet. Body was a deep cherry red-orange-amber color with a cloud of something deeper and darker red swirling through the middle of the glass. Sediment was dark red and clearly visible.

S- First nose impression was that of acidic, strong well aged wine. After sitting in the glass for a minute or so, the brew took on the aromas of fruit, flowers, and strong Belgian spices.

T- Sour cherries, sour grapes, sweet dark fruits and traces of caramel or brown sugar. The bite in the finish comes from the sourness of the fruits, not from hops. The acidity in the flavor profile reminds me of a geuze or strong wine, but the sourness is tamed down enough so as to actually be pleasant rather than annoying. Sourness is also present in the aftertaste.

M- Drinks like a Geuze or a lambic. Very dry and slightly puckering, but it mellows out as you hold it in the mouth for a minute. Not bad.

D- Very smooth and drinkable for such a high ABV, but the sourness does hurt the overall drinkability a bit. Overall a decent brew, but not one that I will be spending four dollars a bottle on again any time soon.

Photo of coalcracker
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark golden color with 'floaties' noted in this pour. Moderate head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Fruity and yeasty. Sugary sweetness.

Taste: Spicy sweetness assaults the palate with a mildy slick sweetness following. Belgian Candi sugars evident, as well as a moderate alcohol warmth. Tastes a tad stronger than other dark belgian ales.

Mouthfeel: Mildly slick. Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Drinkable for special occasions based on ABV and it's general characteristics.

Overall: A strong and interesting Belgian. Not as strong (in overall character) as the other Delirium offerings, but not bad in all.

Photo of baos
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Mason jar.

A: Dark brow with 2 finger tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Caramelly with an alcohol presence. Kind of spicy as well.

T: Caramel toasty maltiness. Sweet fruity yeastiness. Very gut ja!

M: Medium body on this one.

D: Very potent, but very drinkable.

Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy glowing brown with a nice tan head.

Very fruity with some roasted caramel malts. Belgian herbs and yeast.

Sweet malts and tart cherries. Lots of dried fruit and candy with some Belgian pepper.

Near perfect, full creamy body and good carbonation.

Great example of the style. Very complex, yet well balanced and drinkable.

Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up the 11.2 oz. bottle, but wish I had the bomber. Noel presents two fingers of off-white froth on a ruby body with orange highlights--beautiful. The nose is a little understated for me--nicely fruited, touch of spice, and moderate malt--but still good. Very impressed with the taste--orange, cherry, melon combined with ginger, cinnamon and wonderful malt. The carbonation is great, keeping the flavors bouncing together well.

For 10% ABV, this is incredibly drinkable, so beware. I'm very impressed with Noel, and will keep my eyes open for it from now on. Excellent beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Brick Store Pub in the appropriate glasswaree, of course. This is one of those breweries that I've kinda outgrown. Theire stuff is pretty good, but not great, but I used to think it much better a decade ago. Quite simply these are simple interpretations of Belgian styles and perhaps very good introductions for people weening opening theeirr eyes to the wider world of beer out there. Pours amber with a good head and decent lacing. Smells lightly grainy, slightly sour, with some sweetness and a touch of banana. The taste is light, herbal, honeyed, spiced and even a bit silky in the mouth, but nothing all that complex going on here. Light and grainy in the mouth. Not my favorite with so many other great Belgian options out there.

Photo of becktone
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cork dated 2007

Eye: Beautiful red-brown/dark copper color in appearance and devilishly clear this brew is quite a looker. Head is dirty white in color, maybe closer to tan. Retention is stable and the overall texture of the head is creamy.

Nose: Right off the bat, as soon as the cork is popped I can smell the wonderful aroma that comes out of the bottle.. As I write this I've not even poured it yet! It fills the room, liquid joy and wonder in a bottle! Sweet malts and alcohol are evident. A sweet "candy apple" aroma also emanates from this brew. I also smell a dark fruit aroma-prunes/plums.

Tongue: Alcohol is evident, warming as it goes down and perhaps it is the alcohol that lends a spicy character to the flavor of this beer. Unlike the aroma the flavor doesn't seem to be nearly as complex. What was so apparent in the nose isn't all that upfront in the taste. I would've really liked that "candy apple " to be more forthcoming. Seems to me that the alcohol really tends to dominate here.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As mentioned before the alcohol warms as it goes down. This beer is higher in carbonation and lighter in body than I expected, finish is dry. This is one that is definitely a sipper. I'll probably buy it next year around the holidays and drink it on Christmas eve for gimmicks, I'll wear a santa hat just like the little pink elephant...Overall this is a decent beer, awesome in appearance and aroma, but that just led me to a let down in flavor-which effected mouthfeel (too much alcohol in my opinion)-which in turn effected the drinkabilty for me.

Photo of Slynger
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ahh, a clear orangey bronze fills my glass with a big frothy, creamy, head the off-white color of a peeled apple. The nose is sugary sweet with sour fruits. A real caramel apple smell along with belgian yeast, clove, bubble gum, and spice. Very nice. A lush and creamily carbonated light-medium body has just a little bit of light, dry, Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Bushel's of lightly tart fruit load the palate: apples, white grapes, and apricots all come through. Belgian yeast and a mild spiciness slide over the back of the tongue but don't linger. A hint of warming alcohol is faintly detectable on the way down, but not unpleasant in the least. I am just getting in to Belgian beer and it's depth and complexity never ceases to amaze me. This one is really good.

Photo of scaliasux
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Opaque. Medium brown with a hint of red. Short tan head with good persistence.

Smell - Fruity and yeasty. Moderately sweet malt. Something spicy (clove?).

Taste - Caramel malt with only mild hops. Raisin or prune. Malt flavor strikes me as quite thick almost syrupy. Interesting.

Mouthfeel - Full and creamy. Noticeable alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - Interesting beer in a style I need to become more familiar with. Christmas label is confusing to me, but fun. Drinking this feels like an event.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, it was balanced, but a little underwhelming in flavor. A 10% dark Belgian usually bursts with flavors, while this one was more a mix of mild and too-subtle fruit and dark grain tastes. It was a little earthy with a bit of pear and blackberry with spice, but it was tough to pull specific notes out of this one.

Still, super drinkable for 10% and worth trying if you're into spice and dark Belgians.

Photo of DavidEddie
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ John’s Tavern (Formerly John’s Buffet)

Served in the appropriate Noel snifter.(I love those pink elephants.)
Rusty brown appearance. Thick white head with lots of lacing. Smells of spicy yeast, pears, apples, and carmel. Tastes as it smells but with a hint of clove and has a slightly roasty flavor to it. Some alcohol warming was detected. Mouth feel is creamy and slightly thick. Overall, drinkability is great for this cold weather. A must try seasonal!

Photo of jenbys2001
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't particularly care for Delirium Tremens, so I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this beer. I'm so glad I tried it, it's definitely my favorite seasonal brew, and perhaps my all around favorite. It's not as heavy as the other Delirium varieties and has a really smooth taste. It's a fantastic beer to sip, I wish I'd bought more bottles during the holidays.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I popped the cork on this 750mL tonight, a few weeks late for x-mas, and poured into chalices. The beer was hazy pale brown colored, riding the line between pale ale and dark ale. The aroma was not what I expected, I'd hoped for something along the lines of the other Deliriums (Tremens, Nocturnum) but this was in fact sour smelling like a Flanders Red. There was sour apple or cranberry involved in the smell and the taste, with some nice sweet malt left-overs in the after-taste. Overall OK, definitely not bad per se, but not my favorite from Brouwerij Huyghe.

Photo of SMark
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from an 11.2 ounce white ceramic bottle at 46° into an Imperial pint glass. The beer was an amber color with about 1 finger of head. There was very little lacing.

There was a toasted malt aroma with sweetness and candied perfume.

The taste was an interesting sweet rock candy. It keeps me coming back trying to figure out exactly what that taste is but I can only say I like it.

There is a nice sweetness left in the mouth with eventually invites another taste. As this is my only bottle I will have to savor.

At 10% alcohol this one could quickly get you into trouble. Very enjoyable and the best ‘Christmas’ beer I have had yet this season.

Photo of aaronh
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep mahogany body with a reddish orange tint topped by a creamy, fluffy head. Aroma is heavy on fruit aromas, mostly dark cherry, complemented by vanilla and caramel. Really nice surprise. Flavor also follows the berry/fruit theme with decent caramel malt and a hint of vanilla creme soda in there as well. Really complex and enjoyable as a winter beer. Mouthfeel is also really robust, drinkability is great. this may be one of my favorite Belgian offerings.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite Belgium X-mas beers. Always a pleasure to see this beer around this time of year.

The beer pours an amber reddish color with decent lacing, but really minimal head retention. The beer smells sweet and boozy, with sort of cherry cough drop overlay. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with this beer showing lots of cherry and cola flavors to go along with the sweet malt and Belgian spices. The abv. is noticeable and warming in this beer, but is not the least bit obtrusive. Mouthfeel is medium and the beer is not the least bit heavy or overdone. However, a little bit goes a long way and the alcohol does wear you out after a while.

Perhaps a bit sweet and simple, but still a very good beer. Perfect for cold winter nights.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged bottle from 1997.
Pours a orange-ish copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, alcohol, cherry and caramel and somewhat like sweedish fish. In the taste, cherry and a small hint of caramel, sweet to dry. A small alcohol burn, smooth mouthfeel and a clean cherry and small alcohol presence in the aftertaste. Ages very well, nice cherry presence and small hints of smooth alcohol.

Photo of fartingdog
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish brown, creamy head.

S- Spicy esters, malt.

T- Malty, candi sugar, coriander, green apple.

M- Decent body, crisp carbonation, malty finish.

D- Easy drinker.

Pretty good overall, the coriander is faint, but since that is one of my least favorite flavors in beer, I have a bias against this one. It is a decent beer, tho.

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,711 ratings.