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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël

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1,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 1446
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of smcolw


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large, large-bubbled head. It settles to only ring bubbles (still large), leaving no lace at all. The color of the brew is a deep amber, nearly brown and crystal clear.

Fresh biscuits with honey is the first smell I detect. There is faint alcohol and hop toward the end of the smell.

There's a brandy sweetness to the beer that reminds me of raspberries and apricots. Lightly sour in the swallow. The alcohol is quite prominent in the swallow. The aftertaste is short lived. Full bodied with a respectable level of carbonation. There's a touch of spice (all spice?, white pepper)

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 00:40:09 | More by smcolw
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle into a chalice
All kinds of bottle numbers that I cant interpret: LO3 -12234

A: Pours a mahoghany color with reddish hues when held to the light. Just over 1 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Excellent rentention. Leaves a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Candied sugar, bready yeast, orange, lemon zest, coriander, caramel malt, not much spice just a bit of nutmeg and a hint of black pepper. Lots of aromas, Im just not sure how well they play off each other.

T: Orange, sweet caramel, spice, dark fruits, cherry cough syrup, some boozy flavors, bubblegum. Again, great complexity, but its just not working like it should for me.

M/D: Pretty smooth, medium body, slightly syrupy, carbonation on the higher side of the continuum, but appropriate. ABV is kept in check very well. Drinkability is good, but its a sipper for sure.

O: Overall, this was somewhat of a disappointment, for 2 reasons. One, I LOVE the regular Delirium Tremens, so I had high hopes for this. And two, I recently had St. Bernardus Christmas Ale which is a BSDA that just blew this one out of the water. There is a lot going on here, but for me the characteristics just dont blend very well. Not bad, but I certainly wont have more than one in the holiday season. Maybe Ill have another next year though.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 00:06:45 | More by zac16125
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of head that retains for a long time. Only drawback is the huge amount of chunky sediment throughout

S: Some sweet malts, fruits, and subtle spices. Alcohol lends more fruitiness and some sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the sweetness of the malts and nice fruitiness. Goes into a lingering bit of spiciness and more sweetness. Finishes slightly bitter with some phenolic character

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation that cleanses the palate after each sip

O: A solid holiday-styled BSDA with nice complexity and good fruit and spice character. The alcohol is well hidden and accentuates the flavors nicely. A solid holiday sipper

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 05:46:13 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, fruits, spices, and a slightly tart aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the tartness is unexpected even though it works out with the aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 07:24:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of mscudder


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 330 into a snifter.

A - A deep brown with an ivory head , recedes rather quickly.

S - Caramel, cherries and bubblegum. Some alcohol that is harsh on the nose. Candy notes could be more intense.

T - Starts with some deep nutty and caramel malts, perhaps some butterscotch. Taste is followed by a warming period accented with pepper and brandy. Finishes with some spice.

M - Medium body with some lively carbonation going on.

O - Not a bad beer, but I can think of a handful of better BSDA's.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 07:00:33 | More by mscudder
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB Nov 2013

Beer is light brown, reddish hues as well. A large beige head begins to dissipate fairly quickly. Some lacing.

Smell is very sweet. Lots of brown sugar, as well as a large amount of red grape, plum and fig.

Taste is like the smell. Really sweet dark fruits and brown sugar, along with some bready malt. Some dark cherry is added to the fruit mixture. Some spices as well, a bit of ginger. A bit thin.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Thin.

Overall, a decent beer, but I was hoping for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:18:19 | More by jrenihan
Photo of CrazyDavros


3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy brown with a very small head.
Nose shows soft caramel and candi sugar, Belgian phenols and sultanas.
Very sweet flavours, with sugary figs and prunes. Almost cloying. A fair bit of sharp alcohol is present.
Carbonation is ridiculously high.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 08:54:19 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of falloutsnow


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
No bottled on date visible ("3" is checked on label)
Poured into a tulip glass

Delirium Noel focuses on heavier flavors for the colder months by bringing in darker malts and subsequent dried fruit characters. A good beer, but not one I'd want to drink more than one of per season.

Pours a 1cm, very light tan head, which very quickly subsides to a thin ring around the glass with minimal lacing. Body is a light caramel brown color, orange tones appear when held to a light. No carbonation appears to be visible. Not a particularly memorable appearance.

Aroma is very smooth, no ethanol detectable, a solid blend of caramel malts, butterscotch, dates, roasted nuts, and bourbon.

Opens with some caramel malt and Belgian dark candi sugar sweetness. Dates, bourbon, and caramel then arise with mid-palate. Ethanol detectable from mid-palate onwards, not unexpected in a 10% brew, and integrated fairly well into the blend of flavors. Generally, a heavier flavor with darker malts and higher ethanol influencing the resulting taste.

Body is of medium heft, with fairly prickly carbonation, which is somewhat surprising given the minimal amount of visible carbonation. Resulting beer is at first sharp, then creamy due to the foaming characteristics from the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 03:49:44 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into New Belgium Snifter, Bottled April 2011

Pours a light brown with red tones, a huge tan/orange head on top. Smell is sweet and spicy with yeasty notes, dry as well. Some fruit in the nose, maybe cherry? Taste is reminiscent of dark dried fruits, fig and cherry in particular, some brown sugar sweetness and yeast characteristics, quite boozy, though not harsh. Spices are hard to pick apart as they are fairly subtle with perhaps some orange citrus barely making an appearance. Nice dry finish that almost puckers. Mouthfeel a bit prickly from the spicing, high alcohol and high carbs; surprisingly light in body.

A very nice Christmas beer to slowly sip by the fire with some snacks. My major complaint is the booziness, although at 10% it is quite mild. Dark and fruity, a Belgian through and through.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 03:23:46 | More by VaterRoss
Photo of superspak


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

750 ml C&C bottle with red foil into tulip glass, bottled September 2011. Pours a fairly clear red orange color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of cherry, apple, clove, pepper, banana, candi sugar, raisin, coriander, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of cherry, raisin, apple, candi sugar, banana, clove, pepper, cinnamon, molasses, bread, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of cherry, raisin, banana, pepper, candi sugar, molasses, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Amazing flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness as expected. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 10%, with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Very smooth to drink, but is still definitely a sipper. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian Christmas ale. Tons of extremely well balanced and complex flavors; and highly enjoyable to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 03:57:34 | More by superspak
Photo of MatthewWilde


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

Sample: 1 bottle 3/2011

A: Beautiful reddish orange, with a light white foamy head and significant internal carbonation, translucent

S: Heavy dried fruits, figs, dates, decently sweet, some citrus, maybe a little nutty, traces of vanilla, heavily fragrant

T: Delicious, very fruit, akin to the nose, not overly sweet, good balance, some alcohol, but mellow

M: Light in the mouth, easy to drink, strong flavor but not heavy by any means, aftertaste is light and fruity, not too lingering

O: Certainly a treat, fruity, drinkable, great aroma, and nice to behold, I'll have to age another a bit longer and compare

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 02:54:43 | More by MatthewWilde
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

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

Served in a tulip glass. Vintage bottle from March 2011.

Appearance: Very dark amber with a off white head which rises to roughly 2 fingers length.

Smell: Heavy yeast, I mean this thing is like inhaling a meal f'n incredible.

Taste: Yeast, slight hops and a sweet feeling of dry-sweetness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, full blown smoothness and full of flavor.

Overall: Buy it, age it, then drink t. This is a pretty damn good beer if you ask me, I am not saying this because of any bias I am saying this because it is that appetizing. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:32:54 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The sole example still sitting on my local bev centers shelf..I just couldn't leave it there!

Pours a pretty, deep, clear reddish amber while building a whopper of a slightly off white head. Head receded to a half inch cover and deposited sporadic lace thereafter.

A nose of fruit, spice and yeast greeted my olfactories and foretold of the treat forthcoming.

Taste was as expected with sweet fruits up front, an ever so slight hint of heat and a mild hint of yeast at the tail end. Mouthfeel was fairly substantial and carbonation was subdued.

Quite a tasty treat to help celebrate kicking Winter in the nads and saying hello to Spring!!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 02:42:55 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of SHODriver


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light brown out of the bottle but is quite dark in the glass. Slightly translucent around the edges with an ample off white head with superb retention
S: Smells slightly fruity with some spice and sweet molasses aroma. a bit of alcohol as well
T: sweet malt, dark cherries, a little spice. Fruity aftertaste as well. Not too bad
M: kind of thin with soft carbonation
O: Drinks very easy and has a solid flavor profile. Nose is a little weak and it could use a bit more complexity but it's a well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 07:05:04 | More by SHODriver
Photo of intensify


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

P- Brown/ Copper colour with a fair amount of yeast in the glass.
S- Boozy. Some dried fruits, figs, caramel.
T- Boozy, again. Even after it had been chilled for quite some time. It is not a bad thing, I just wish it would allow the other flavours to jump out. Some presence of caramel, fruits, plums and figs.
M- Good mouthfeel. Not over-carbonated and a medium-bodied oily feel.

Overall: Not bad, but not excellent. The body is cool, does that count for anything?

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 04:46:48 | More by intensify
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark amber with an off white head with pretty good retention
S-cola, raisin, soft licorice, and spice
T-The cola and raisin come in up front, followed by a bit off bitterness and finishes with sweet black cherries. Very unique
M-Medium with high carbonation
O- I liked this alot. I thought it was a unique holiday brew with the typical spice of a holiday beer but had a bit of a different flavor. I would seek this out next year

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 05:00:01 | More by atr2605
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

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

Pours dark, reddish brown and clear with ample carbonation. A big, puffy, bone-white head turns to seafoam while leaving big patches of lace and a syrupy film on the Delirium Noel snifter.

Aromatic, dark holiday spices with dried Mediterranean fruits, cherries, and a light yeasty funk.

The flavor is similar to the nose, though lacking progression and depth. Alcohol is sharp without heat adding some sweet rum undertones. Warms well.

A luscious, medium body with fine carbonation. Alcohol punctuates with warmth.

Delirium Noel lacks the “wow” factor and special character of other Christmas beers. However, it is a good sipping beer to enjoy while reading or listening to music.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:22:23 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of TheSarge


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a cognac sniffer, and it produced a two finger thick off white head, and the body is dark ruby red in color with a strong haze.

The aroma is cola, sassafras, metallic, and maybe a little bit of pair is in there too.

The taste is pretty much on par with the aroma, with the cola and pair flavors taking up most of the space.

Feels prickly with carbonation, a bit on the crisp and thirst quenching side, but with a mildly warm finish.

Overall a decent brew, and worthy of drinking again next winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:43:02 | More by TheSarge
Photo of SirWalkAbout


3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice dark red color, with a light ivory colored head. Good carbonation.

Pleasant orange smell. Also smell the yeast, and the high alcohol content.

Taste is different than expected. Floral, lemon citrusy, a little spice, and a little alcohol bite.

Disappears from the pallet quickly. Good carbonation.

Overall it's good. It's not a home run for me, and in comparison to the Tremens, this one is not quite there. Worth a try, not worth searching the globe to find.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 01:15:49 | More by SirWalkAbout
Photo of ianjsullivan


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a snifter. Bottle lists ABV and BOD.

A: Very red cherry wood brown with a slight off-white head. It leaves nice lacing.

S: Malt, cherry, sour fruit, spice, warming alcohol and spice on the finish.

T: Sour cherry, malty backbone, spicy,

M: Medium and creamy.

O: This is a great looking beer. It also has a very nice sour fruity aroma that reminds one of a lambic or red ale rather than a noel. The fruity flavors are right upfront, and the creamy mouthfeel is nice (though it could be heavier). The finish is almost metallic, too sour, and the alcohol is too present. The beer could be balanced a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:54:21 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark burgandy body with a fingers worth of tan head that left sticky lacing.

S: Sweet xandy sugar, dark fruits and yeasty

T: An immediate sweet candy sugar, booze, bubblegum, dark fruits and caramel

M: full body but not at all sticky like i thought it would be. good carbonation with a warming finish.

O: Good overall

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 01:12:18 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap between Christmas 2011 and New Year in the Delirium Bar (upstairs tap room), Brussels.

Looks good, red and different to most other Belgian winter offerings. An off-white head sat around for a while, got bored and left after about 5 minutes.

The smells hung around though: blackberrys, red currents and plums sprinkled with corriander and cinnamon.

The taste is an alcohol brew of confusion: sweet at first, fruity sweet at that, then a dry hop/nasty finish. The smell contents are in the taste also, but they don't seem to blend so well as in the nose. This beer is unbalanced and relies on the alcohol too much, hoping the lack of cohesive flavours is counterbalanced by the 10%ABV, well it didn't do it for me.

Glad it wasn't a huge glass I had: this beer has more hype than substance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 15:02:19 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I never get tired of these ceramic bottles, so cool! I poured this one into a tulip.

Appearance- The head easily gets over three fingers in width of ecru colored foam. The density and airiness is like looking at a cross section of sponge cake. Retention is decent with good cratering.

The body has intimations of a dark amber with ruby notes.

Smell- The nose is soft and sweet. The yeast gives a slightly chalky-pear flavor. There is a tangy, dark fruit character of dark cherries and plums. There is also a sugary, lactic quality present.

Taste- The palate is a solid mirror of the nose. The start of the drink is a little more herbal and has some clove. The sweeter, pear-like yeast is not as noticeable until the finish.

The tangy dark fruit is also barely perceptible on the palate, maybe showing a bit mid-drink with some bittersweet cocoa.

Mouth feel- This is creamy and a decent medium body. The coating is all right, and the flavors seem to hang around on the palate forever.

Overall- The drink gets a little too spicy and warm on the palate compared to the nose. The soft and sweet profiles recognized on the nose would have served this beer better.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 03:15:32 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of PeterIngemi


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from one of the big boy 750 bottles into a duvel snifter

A: brown/ruby with a 1 finger white head, not as dark as I had expected

S: Belgian yeast and spices, banana, cherry, sweetness almost like faint molasses, kinda reminds me of ginger bread houses.

T- Belgian yeast and spices, cherry, light apple/pear, raisins, caramel

M- medium bodied with high/medium carbonation

O- a good beer, very complex, not really my fav
Though, i prefer the tremens and nocturnum. But deffinatley worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:38:11 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of tvv375ia


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint glass

A-slightly cloudy mahogany with about a finger of head thfades quickly to a small cap with no lacing

S-carmel malts, spice a little dark fruit and banana

T-starts a little metallic the many of the smells come through in the taste as well

M-nice meduim body not as sweet of finish as I expected because the smell was a little sweet

O-well hidden alcohol for 10% the metallic start to the taste was a little disappointing other than that it was enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:35:55 | More by tvv375ia
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,446 ratings.