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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
88
very good

737 Reviews
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Reviews: 737
Hads: 1,750
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 74
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2.6%

750ml Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL - 2012 edition

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, yeast, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a yeasty spiciness. There is also some raisins/plums , and some herbal notes.

Overall – Pretty tasty stuff. A nice amount of juicy dark fruit flavour and the ABV is well hidden. Not a whole lot of a christmas flavour going on though, which is maybe a good thing. (673 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/6/2013. Pours light hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, toast, brown sugar, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,500 characters)

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown with a deep red, good head retention and full, well-carbonated body.

S: Strong alcohol presence, tart, sweet, and strong.

T: Bitter berry tart cut with hop-ale savor creates a strong and vital first impression, then the layers of traditional Belgian complexity gradually introduce themselves. Copperish, floral, fruity, sour, and warm. More assertive than other Delirium beers, but perfect for the season.

M: Excellent. The perfect blend of strong, sharp and smooth.

O: I make sure to grab as many as I can every winter. It's a great beer for the season without being too "seasonal" (i.e. fruity/fake-tasting). If you're a fan of the style at all, it's a must-buy. Absolutely delicious, warming, and in ways comforting. (733 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a 3-year old bottle, chilled, then warmed a bit for a half hour.

Pours a rich crimson red, with an abundance of chunky sediment. There's a fine head of fine white foam, and only insubstantial lace in my St. Bernardus goblet.

Nose is nice fruity aromas, including berries, wine grapes, strawberries, and a definite earthiness and bread-like character from the yeast. Exquisite!

Taste is heavy on the fruity qualities, with a sweet character (witness the berries mentioned before) and a slightly spiced, warming finish. I get plenty of carbonation here (indeed, the caged & corked bottle popped loudly upon opening). This is a beautiful brew, packed with complexity and well worth a try for anyone into classic Belgian ales. (733 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A strong tasting beer, no surprise here. Bittery, quite some alcohol present, sligthly yeasty (a bit too much for my taste). Nice aftertaste, on the sweet / fruity side.
A surprisingly neutral aroma, just some hops and a bit of alcohol aroma.
Pours a clear dark coppery color with a healthy white head, solid and lasts for some time.
A very decent christmas beer, but I will stick to others instead. (400 characters)

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 into tulip 2013

Deep amber,auburn. Thin white head.

Great depth, figs, raisin, oak, smoke. What a bouquet! Rich cognac and dark fruit flavors. Mild burnt sugar.

Nice. Giant fruit waves over the palate with a huge finish, soft alcohol. Follows the aroma. Light smoke and holiday spice. Really balanced candied fruits and spice, and could only get more sophisticated with another year.

Creamy. Nutmeg, cinnamon, plums, figs, raisins. Winter in a bottle.

World class brew from a world class brewer, got a couple of these in the cellar. Apparently these are peaking in 2 years, like a lot of offerings from the brouwerij huyghe (632 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark red with a tan ring of head.

S: Dark fruit, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg in the nose.

T: Lots of citrus peel, lemon, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied and not smooth.

O: Fairly typical of the Belgian Christmas ales I've tried, with perhaps a bit less orange flavor. Spicy, festive, could be smoother. Recommended. (343 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear golden orange amber with a modest white head, with tan lacing, which rings the glass walls.

Aroma: Rich spices vie with caramel and sweet alcohol to define the complex and beguiling aroma. Fruity notes of bitter apple and apricot are also notable.

Taste: Opens with dark caramel and sweet, spicy alcohol. As the taste progresses, there is also a restrained, spicy herbal hop flavor. Sweet and tangy sour flavors vie with each other for ultimate supremacy, although the sour flavors ultimately triumph. Finishes with a lingering sour fruit note and sweet, spicy alcohol, and a restrained leafy, herbal hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, soft, velvety, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, with a pleasing and celebratory complexity.

Presentation: Packaged in a one liter brown glass bomber coated in white enamel and sealed with a cork and cage. Bottled in March of 2010. (919 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml served in a Prairie teku
Vintage 2013

A - Pours a cloudy dark brown/amber with a 1 finger off-white head.

S - Brown sugar, figs, dates, banana bread, raisins, faint spiciness, tangy fruit esters, over ripened grapes. Candy malt and orange aroma grows as it warms.

T - Oxidation is the first thing I notice, phenolic mineral/metallic notes, tangy vinous fruit, herbal hop bitterness, orange alcohol, finishes with spicy alcohol.

M - Slow building carbonation goes from creamy to prickly, heavy side of medium body, alcohol on the finish.

The nose was very nice on this but the flavor had some odd stuff going on. Lots of oxidation and the alcohol paired with the herbal notes was not what I would call tasty. This is a one and done for me. (751 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cold on draft in glass beer snifter

A) Polished brass, lager-like; very clear with soft white puffy head

S) Hint of spice & a sugary fruit blend of apricot, apples and raisons

T) The abundant alcohol is clear. Sour dough and concentrated citrus fruit juices. The spice is there, such as clove and coriander

M) A bit thin but still sticky with ample bottle conditioned fizz

O) A strong dose of alcohol in this mildly spicy winter warmer (447 characters)

Photo of CochonKing
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful deep red that forms a gigantic lasting head with excellent lacing. Smells of red fruit, plums especially on the nose with a strong malt back bone. Slight souring on the palate possible flaw. Caramel notes with some nice malt on the palate. Small crisp bubbles with a fairly light body. (303 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light chestnut brown. Slight haziness, along with some floaties showing a rich body. The head is enormous and impressive. Extremely thick, foamy, looks like a memory pad cushion. Great retention and a thick, sticky lace.

The scent is more wine than beer, even for the style. Lots of ripe dark fruits with a red wine nose.

The taste buds confirm the nose...a bit too much like wine. More than anything, it tastes like a fruit beer. I guess you could say it tastes like boozy fruit cake.

Despite lacking overwhelmingly great taste, there is some complexity. A decent amount of sweet and sour exists from sip to swallow. Alcohol bite and heat is a common thread from beginning to end. While the alcohol is high and present, it's somewhat subtle in how it hits you. A wine drinking would find this easy drinking, but I had to acquire a taste for it. Very tangy and crisp, with plenty of carbonated bite.

Not nearly as good as the two other Delirium beers I've had. Not a bad beer, just a bit disappointing based on what I was hoping for. For what it's worth, it comes in a cool bottle. (1,094 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Chestnut brown with honey hues. Large fluffy two finger head with nice retention and lacing

S- Huge dark fruit notes, predominately dates. Honey sweetness and sherry alcohol.

T- Nice layered complexity featuring dark fruits, bready malts, toffee/caramelized sugar sweetness. Faint holiday spices and herbal hops.
mouthfeel: smooth, silky.

M- Nice carbonation, slick, and creamy. Finishes with a nice yeasty dryness.

O- A holiday classic. Features all the great Belgium qualities with a nice holiday spiciness and warmth. (529 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy muddy red amber body topped by a creamy tan head with great lace & retention.
S: Fig, dark fruit, toffee & gingerbread aromas.
T: Spices blend with warming ethanol presence. Gingerbread and dark fruits emerge as it opens up.
M: Smooth, well-carbonated and warm.
O: Delicious holiday winter warmer brew. (314 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a clear red brown color with a red finger head.
Aroma is crisp tart apples and a little musk. Some spice.
Flavor is of dark fruit and spices with a little apple and grape.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a lot of carbonation.
Solid holiday beer. (266 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium amber with a red hue. Massive thick off white head that lingers with superior lacing. Light nose of dark malt sweetness, Belgian yeast and alcohol against a backbone of dark fruit. Light medium body that matches well with the somewhat high carbonation level. The taste is pleasant with notes of spice against an alcohol base. It finishes with a note of spice and alcohol. The alcohol leaves that nice pleasant burn. More spice or lower alcohol would improve the balance and make this outstanding. (509 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single 330ml bottle from Beers of the World on 11/16/13.

Poured into a goblet, served between cellar and room temp.

Appearance:Turbid Chestnut with honey highlights and a towering Meringue of almond shortbread foam.

Aroma of dates and honey and some sherry notes.

mouthfeel: smooth, silky.

taste: complex, layered, has a fortified wine sensibility. There are white grapes, drunken peaches, figs, a little toffee a little mustiness.

notes: a remarkable, tasty, complex sipper that is like a cross between a Dubbel and a Tripel. (541 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Dark ruby, mahogany, thick looking, one finger tanned head, decent lacing and retention.

S: A combination of musty yeast, red wine grape, oak and some farmyard funk.

T: Sharp sweet grape, bubblegum, hid the booze fairly well until the last few mouthfuls, unmistakably Delirium.

M: Smooth, remarkably light body for the high strength, well carbonated.

O: Did very well in all areas except taste which wasn’t bad without exceling, pretty good but could have grabbed more attention. (536 characters)

Photo of Bernoulli
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy deep amber with a 3/4 inch head that decays relatively quickly but leaves some lacing.

Very slight aroma hinting at a fall beer, but not enough to place it.

Smooth - First taste has a hint of bubble-gum. Settles down to a mix of fall spices. Lively mouth feel but rolls down smoothly. Swish it around and there is lots of carbonation and you can definitely taste the alcohol.

Don't know if I would serve it because my guests need to drive home. Besides, sharing is over-rated.

The perfect beer for sitting in front of the fire, looking at the stars or reading a book, or taking in a classic movie snuggled up with that special person.

Better than Tremens. (665 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, 1 year old. Pours hazy ruby amber with a big creamy off white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready (almost gingerbread) caramel malts with a some dark fruit and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet gingerbread caramel malts and some dark fruit with some alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent Belgian, but overly sweet and not too complex. (456 characters)

Photo of 77black_ships
2.04/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

33 cl. bottle @ ‘t Waagstuk – the only Delirium beer I hadn’t tried yet, always passing it over in favour of better options – colour is an incredibly bright ruby amber with a grey white head, volatile herbs, dissolvent, windex, churned cough syrup, rotting malts, plastic fruits, revolting Belgian yeast, this is artificial & downright gross and nasty. Awful stuff which is not particularly surprising given the fact that Huyge made this. (446 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delirium Noël opens to an initially candy-sweet waft of cotton candy and candi sugar, which fades quickly to reveal a rich, strong Belgian ale full of ripe fruits. Fruit esters are the most apparent aromas here, and include apple, pear, melon, fig, banana, Concord grape, blood orange, raisin, and even bits of pineapple. The variety is impressive, and while apple and pear dominate—the beer smells distinctly of lightly mulled apple cider—the other esters still make themselves known. A thick coating of brown sugar and homemade caramel supports the fruit esters, with lesser notes of toffee, vanilla bean, and wildflower honey. There’s not much to balance out the sugars, but a few deep notes of brown bread, pumpernickel, and biscuit do contribute some earthiness. A slight spicy edge, with pepper and hints of nutmeg, add further touches of balance. As a whole, the nose is excellent, obviously swinging heavily toward the sugars, but delightfully so, the beer coming across like fine mulled fruit juices.

On the tongue, the first notes are fruity and spicy, but with a sour edge. Banana, blood orange, fig, raisin, pear, and white grape fruit esters mingle with cloves and peppery spices, made edgy by a rind of fermented apple juice and sour cherries that provides a lovely catalytic effect. The heavy brown sugars and homemade caramel are still present, adding further layers of sugar, as is the wildflower honey. The deep bready notes are even fainter here, but touches of brown bread, biscuit, and pumpernickel (this latter perhaps because of the spiciness) do still emerge. The aftertaste is a sugary continuation of the main mouthful, lingering for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue like champagne.

Overall, this is excellent ale, bringing a full complement of fruits and sugars to the table, with an excellent balance of spices and very light dark breads to keep it from becoming cloying. (1,967 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Into Duvel Tulip. 2011 edition. May adjust when I try the 07 that I have in my cellar.

Pours dark mahogany with three to four fingers white head.

Mellow citrus. Sort of like Tremens, but more mellow.

Spicier than Tremens, stronger flavor, richer and fuller bodied. Nice lacing. Less sweet.

Crisper and heavier. Decent. Still prefer Tremens.

Edit* Decided to pop my Noel from 07, bought at Bottleworks earlier this year. Impressive pop from the cork when opening.

Color is roughly the same, but there was almost no head. Combination of age and a much gentler pour, I would imagine.

Aroma on this one is much stronger.

Much more fruity character comes out.

Solid carbonation still left on this one. More more focus on red fruits, but still plenty of the spicy profile. Mellowing it out does good to this. (820 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown with an incredibly thick off white head that lasts for a long time and leaves great lacing

S-spicy, herbal, and as expected is dominated by Belgian yeast

T-much like the nose as Belgian yeast dominates with some hints of clove and chocolate. It is pretty boozy as well.

M-fairly thick and creamy

D-very drinkable as it is not overly complex, but its high abv. will likely cut into the amount consumed

Overall, this is a good version of the style, but I prefer Delirium Tremens. (501 characters)

Photo of newton99
2.69/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smell: Spice, Peaches, Fig, Plums, Apricots. Some alcohol. Notes of woody/nuttyness.

Taste: follows the nose with the fruit but that's about it. A little bit of spice but not like I smelled. You can taste the alcohol for sure. To sum it all, it's a belgIan strong dark but not really a christmas version.

Mouthfeel: not to thin and not to thick, a nice balance. No alcohol bite but you know it's there. Good carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall: probably would get again next year if I saw it on the shelf while shopping but not somthing I will seek out and would probably skip over in preference of other holiday beers. It will definetly get you feeling good at 10 abv. (672 characters)

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.