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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 1,731
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 JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian 330 ml bottle purchased at the Boise Coop for $4.75 poured into my red wine glass. Listening to Steve Lawler (Lights Out V.1)

Very nice pour .... leaving a deep cherry colored clear brew topped by a very shortlasting off white head. Only a little lacing suprisingly.

Smell is big Belgian yeast .... sugar and fruit. Booze soaked cherries, berries and peaches. No hops to speak of.

Flavor is off the charts, I am not saying it is hugely complex, but it leaves nothing to hide. Creamy carbonation.... I like alot. Quite a bit of alcohol but ties perfectly to the fruity cherry overtones and the Yeasty spiciness.

My nose got stuffy 3/4 the way through this glass ... damn cat!

I've had this beer every winter since I moved to Boise, but I DO NOT remember liking it this much... Tonight, my initial impression of this beer was WOW! Big and up front. I don't know how this will cellar, but I am going to give it a try for a 4-pack... After a little while longer, I think this will keep nicely and really get a chance for everything to come together.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful glowing deep ruby red color with a 1/2 white head and average lacing.

S: Deep sweet malt scents. Awesome fumes going upwards. A bit of alcohol, yeast, and fruity sweetness.

T: Dull sweet fruits which works oh so well in this beer. Bananas, oranges, peaches and believe it or not even kiwi. Nice fruity sweetness with a touch of yeast and biscuit malt.

M: Lightly carbonated, but creates a fairly heavy mouthfeel.

D: Had this on the winter beer tour at Old Chicago and year after year its a favorite. Nice balance of fruit and malt. This one makes Belgium proud and takes my back to my Christmas spent over there several years ago. I love it.

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

Served on draft at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL, in the proper Delirium snifter, pink elephants and everything. Cool, huh? A slightly cloudy dark amber color with a solid head that dissipates into a ring around the sides, leaving a little lace along the way. Great Belgian aromas of solid malt with an aromatic cornucopia of fruit, mostly peach/plum varieties, plus a little bit of nutmeg and clove spice notes. Smooth, sweet malt body with just enough of a hint of hop bitterness to keep it from becoming cloying. Fruity flavors still present, and the spices dance in the distance. You know they're there, but you really can't name them. All in all a very nice holiday brew that goes down as well as any high ABV Belgian brew. The ABV is very well hidden, so it's easy for gravity to warp while you're on the barstool.

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

330 ml bottle, served at 50 degrees F.

Mostly clear, darkish amber body with ruby highlights and a finger of gauzy, lacy, light khaki head. Tropical fruit malt aromas mix with toasted caramel, bubblegum booze, and holiday spices. Very heady aromas are nice and complex. Sugary malt: tropical fruits and candy sugar. Caramel and figs mix with spices: big anise and licorice. Warming, boozy finish remains sweet. Not bad. Full-bodied with a syrupy, almost cloying feel. A little strong on the anise (for me), but a nice holiday ale.

Photo of ojiikun
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing this old favourite, live from Collins Pub is Seattle.

Served up in a normal Delirium Tremens goblet, the body is medium-dark and rusty ruby. Mildly hazy, no flecks. Head is fine layer of cream with one big island and a fat rim, all a greyish taupe.

Smell is wonderfully sweet and warm. Liquor, dark candi, faintest fruity hops, and black tea fainter still. Light, biscuitey yeast. Candied cherries.

Taste is spicy and the yeast is striking. Hops become salty without being bitter. Grains are lightly toasted but not too caramel. Black pepper and bay leaf. Very full and malty, but the booze stays in the smell.

Feels decidedly heavy, but doesn't coat. Carbonation is just shy of as lively as I'd like.

Drinkable as can be for half the weight of a cordial. Great with warm, savoury winter food like macaroni and cheese and sausages!

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

A 750ml bottle with 2.006 stamped on the cork. It was a red/orange color with a very small head. Fairly still. Fruity aroma, raisins mostly, with a little bit of spice. Pleasant fruity taste, again the mild spiciness, and a hint of licorice at the end. Nice beer, easy to drink.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Rusty orange-brown color. The tiniest of heads that evaporates almost instantly. Very still.

S: Excellent aromas of plums, raisin bread, caramel apples, spices, candi sugar, pears, tart green apples, and a faint little hint of alcohol.

T: Just see above with a hint of caramel and toasted malt and a vague hoppiness that adds excellent balance to the fruit and sweet flavors.

M: Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of prickliness.

D: Just about non-existant alcohol presence makes this one dangerously drinkable.

Photo of garbercury
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was excited to try this acclaimed Xmas ale. Curious to know how it would hold up in comparison to the exceptional Corsendonk version.

A--Reddish-tan, was surprised how little head that formed, no lacing either.

S--fruity esters throughout, some spices

T--kind of a sweet flavor to it. Seems a little flat almost?

M--see above somewhat flat and unimpressive.

D--eh, not that great. worth a try I suppose...the corsendonk was superior.

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

This was the '05 brew that I had

A- Clear darker brown. Nice head with beautiful lacing.

S- Smells of bananas very strongly. The scent is also of candy canes, molasses, and cloves.

T- Taste is wonderful. Again, the bananas carry over to the taste and the belgian candy sugar is prominent too.

M- Malty but pleasing to the mouth. Very nice.

D- Very drinkable brew. You cannot tell how much alcohol this one has in it. Very well hidden. I really like this one!

Photo of Vancer
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to one of the 06 season brews, and it has aged well. Tasty lil’ guy, glad I have more to sip on during the fall months.

Very clear amber / mahogany with a nice 2” rocky top ivory head. Good sheet laces.

Perfect Belgium yeast candy cane, molasses, nutmeg and winter spices in the aroma, and quaff. This is one spicy brew, black pepper seemed to make it’s way to the top too. This babe starts sweet, and then finishes on the hot side. The alcohol seeps into the finish, but not strong enough to negatively influence this fine brew.

Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish/brown color with a very small, tan head. Left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of malt, banana and cloves.

T- It tasted of sweet malt. It had a spiciness on the back of the tongue. Also, a fairly strong alcohol presence.

M - It was crisp and warm. A medium o heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. Great malt flavor and subtle spiciness.

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - Freshness date notched at 3+6 on the amusing/ eyecatching faux ceramic 11.2 oz bottle with pink elephants adorned with santa hats.

A - Cherry copper fluid with suspended particles of yeast and vanilla cream colored head that leaves a clinging sheet of lace.

S - Deep woody scents and earthy cherry-like bitter scents playfully introduce aromas. Spice and yeast teaming to give an utterly intense aromatic experience.

M - A warming, sugary caramel with spice texture-nutty and thick, syrupy with effervescence and tingling with energy.

T - Dates and nutmeg with honey and light candy sugary sweet creaminess are welcomed by my tastebuds initially. A pleasing oak like vanilla with tart cherry and mellow cinnamon notes follow after and linger on in the finish.

D - A warming sweet but smooth, boozy Holiday ale with spicy yeast and fruity esters. One to be reckoned with since it's balance makes it easy to forget the 10% potency it possesses.

Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the glass this is a slightly hazy reddish brown colored beer with a tall tan head that nears an off white.

The smell is sweet with a wine like tartness in the scent. Sweet and spicy this smells like German Christmas cookies. Strong scents of brown sugar, apples and cinnamon.

The taste begins sweet with a great deal of brown sugar and apple spice cake flavor. This stays sweet and tastes very much like apple spice cake. There is a bit of a woody flavor to this.

The Mouthfeel is good.

Especially easy to drink the only words to describe this is just damn good.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I had a huge review all written out, my computer died unexpectedly and I don't have the patience to go back through all the characteristics; suffice it to say I absolutely adore this beer, I think it is criminally slept on, and for those who are unafraid of a little funk in their drunk will love it too.

To my palate, it combines the dark fruitiness and heavy chocolate malt presence of a quad with the soaring tartness of a little lambic blend. I think it compares very closely to the Three Philosophers, and favorably to that beer IMO. If the beer gods are smiling, I will be back to this one, and re-review it properly.

Highly recommended, just not to everyone. The more unexpected the flavor is, I'm afraid the less likely it is to agree with you.

Photo of kajerm
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Foil-wrapped 750mL with a cool faux-ceramic paint job and pink elephants dressed as Santa. I let my girlfriend pick the beer with the coolest bottle, and I don't think she did too badly.

Pours a light, muddy, and just barely translucent brown-- it's unfiltered, and that's exaclty how I like it. Nice head, as I'd expect from a monster belgian beer with live yeast in the bottle.

Banana notes of Belgian yeast are strong in the nose, with a background of nonspecific spices-- very complex, very Duvel-ish.

Tastes as yeasty as it smells, with a heavy banana custard flavor. Toasted malt, spices (which I still can't identify), and a mild sweetness show up mid-palate. The finish is malty and buttery, with a suggestion of diacetyl.

The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy; it's smooth as hell and I could hold one mouthful of this beer for about an hour and be perfectly happy.

The drinkability is terrific considering the ABV. This beer is extremely similar to Delirium Tremens, only darker, maltier, more complex and better in every conceivable way. I don't understand why it's not getting more love on here...

Photo of scottoale
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came in a 750ml. bottle that was painted in light gray with tiny black flecks. Foil wrapped, caged cork with 2.005, large front label and a small label on the back with no bottled or fresness dates.

It pours out a fairly dark chesnut brown with an orange tint and a small ivory head rises above. Decent carbonation and some slippery lace.

Pop the cork and out come sour cherries to great you upfront, followed by plum, red grapes, apricot, mango and some green apples...nice complex aroma.

Nice sweet malt starts light and fruity, then starts to billow into a fruitbowl of flavors that eventually wind down to a green apple, semi-tart finish. The rather high ABV of 10% is burried in the flavor, thus making this ale almost too easy to consume.

Nice smooth, full mouthfeel with a crisp and clean finish...the more I drank, the better it tasted...very nice Belgian!

Photo of jmc44
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, capped with foil wrapping.

Pours a hazy brown, with hints of red. Head is minimal, leaves no lacing.

Aroma is earthy, with alcohol and banana prevalent. Also hints of fruit and yeast. Pleasant but a bit spicy.

Tastes lightly spicy, with notes of banana and a hint of cloves. Alcohol is definitely present, not well-hidden as in most high gravity Belgians. Complex, with added hints of fruit and sugar.

Thin and slick. Lightly carbonated, but not under-carbonated. Finishes relatively crisply. Fairly easy drinking for the ABV, but not as deceiving as could be.

Photo of browner
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A romantic cloudy and deep warm brown color with a beautiful light off white head. While the head does not stand long the light effervescent clings to the glass.Quite a bit of carbonation but not as much as sister Delirium. Aromas of malt are masked by an under layment of caramel and spices. Nice finish and while similar to a variety of Belgium Ales it is a nice seasonsonal surprise and more

Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, aged well.
Opaque brownish red with lots of floaties and a small head.
Lots of peach and pear on the nose, smooth sweet alcohol. Malting smells a little like that of a scotch ale.
Sweet red style malts. Smooth on the palate. A little rotten banana, with some smokey flavorings. A little bit of cured meat saltiness. A lot of peach notes. For a beer this big the flavoring was a little unimpressive.
Alcohol is a little too pervasive. I know it is ten percent but Belgians usually do a finer job of masking it. It is winter now and cold as bizarro hell right outside, so I welcome the alcohol.

Photo of wcudwight
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage.
Pours into my oversized wine glass a dark cloudy amber color. Nice one finger sticky light brown head that recedes and holds at 1/4". Lots of spider web lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.
Smells grainy and of whole wheat toast. Slight aroma of pears and figs. Less fruity aroma than the Nocturnum.
Taste has a lot more of the dark fruit than the aroma. Plums, raisins, figs. A bit spicy. All of this is supported by a whole wheat toast backbone flavor. Mild alcohol adds a bit of interest in the finish.
The mouthfeel is carbonated and dry with a slight alcohol burn and warming.
Drinkability: Enjoyed 750ml during the super bowl.
There are better beers, but this is a nice one to have on occasion.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 ml faux ceramic bottle into a snifter.

Color is brownish orange like iced tea. Minimal head with no lace. Wisps of white foam create what looks like a Doppler picture of a hurricane.

Aroma is sweet and acidic. Apples, some yeast, alcohol in the background.

Smokey and creamy. Bitter fruits give way to a dry finish. Spicing is lighter than expected... subtle and complementary.

Photo of Absumaster
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brown beer with a lot of floaties and a thin, creamy head.

Smell is malty with caramel and candy sugar notes.

Taste is sweet candy sugar, with some estery notes which remind me of chewing gum. In the middle there is some spiciness like nutmeg. Aftertaste is dry and spicy. Body is thin, too thin for my liking, it tears apart the balance of the beer and make all the nice spiciness and candysugar appear to be less intense. I have seen this with other Christmas beer where there is just too much sugar in it.

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

Poured into a chalice.

Deep amber/copper hue with a beautiful stream of bubbles hurrying to the surface.

Banana, yeast, crisp citrus hop notes, grapejuice and a strong presence of alcohol in the aroma. Deep and rich, and wonderful.

First taste: strong bubble gum flavor, but then it dies off.. drowned out by a strange metallic taste. Second taste: a little more yeast in the taste, but still that awkward mettalic aftertaste. A bit disappointing after taking a sniff of this brew. Third taste has more prune, black cherry and dark vinous fruit quality. Seems like as long as I keep it towards the back of my tongue the metallic taste is limited a bit. As it warms, a bit more lemon and citrus comes through. Still, all in all, nothing spectacular.

The mouthfeel is nice... big and chewy with moderate carbonation. Nice.

Very drinkable for a 10%... it's a bit hot, but still, pretty nice. Most of that odd metallic flavour was gone by the time I got through the bottle. All in all, is it something I would purchase again? Sure, why not... but I doubt I would seek it out. Still, another solid offering by a fantastic brewery.

Photo of techdiver
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown with an huge head that dissipates slowly leaving a thin cap characteristic of a brew with such a high ABV.

Malt, fruit and mild hops greet the nose.

Taste is a mellow and complex with a hint of sourness. Very smooth and oh so deceiving.

A bit dry in the mouth and a bit heavy.

Drinkability is actually quite good considering how well hidden the alcohol content is.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, shared with Phatz...thanks!!

A - Poured a hazy orange color with a small off-white head that quickly melted away to a small ring.

S - Smells of spices and a tartness...not really a citrus-sour smell...must be the spice action. Mild hoppy tone.

T - Ah...definitely the spices. Cinnamon dominates the flavor, with brown sugar, nutmeg, and cloves in the background...all followed up with warming alcohol. Not that it doesn't make for a good holiday beer, but just a bit too spiced for me. I believe Phatz shared my sentiments while we were drinking this one...

M - Medium body with matching carbonation. Warming alcohol aftertaste was my reward.

D - Not as I expected...I'd like to try another and enjoy it over the course of 30 minutes to an hour to see if anything changes...maybe I didn't get the full effect. I'm very thankful to Phatz for giving me the chance to try this, and I do look forward to sampling another...if the taste doesn't change from an intense spicy-ness to a more rounded Belgian Strong Dark Ale, then I won't consider it to be too drinkable.

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