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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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740 Reviews

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Reviews: 740
Hads: 1,763
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.79%
Wants: 81
Gots: 209 | FT: 2
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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 Smurf2055
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of newton99
2.69/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium brown color with little floaties in it along with a creamy light brown head. The scent is sweet, malty, mixed with spices. The taste is smooth, flavorful, and delicious. The flavor is full of yeasty malt flavors that make for a well carbonated brew that leaves a good, lingering after taste.

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Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish hued brown color with a massive head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a very thick cap that sticks around to the bottom of the glass. Thick coating of lacing is left down the glass.

Yeast aromas with complimentary malt. Notes of caramel and brown sugar. Slight herbal hop qualities.

Sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruit flavor. Plenty of yeast esters as well. No sign of alcohol which is impressive. Nothing really balances out the sweetness.

Full bodied and wonderfully carbonated. Bottle-conditioning at its best.

Not the best Dilerium beer but definately a good Belgian example.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep and festive ruby red. Two fingers worth of light tan foam dissipates slowly showing great retention. Gobs of lacing cling to the glass.

S - the nose is very festive with notes of fruit and spice. Notes of baked apples and cinnamon spring from the glass. Hints of ripe banana peel and medicinal cherry. A sprinkle of clove and a pinch of black pepper.

T - doughy malt and hints of granulated sugar up front. Light peppery spice swells up soon after. Sweet baked apples and apple pie filling in the center. Hints of cherries and with just a tinge of alcohol. Finish is soft and sweet with just a touch of cinnamon spice.

M - medium bodied with a smooth texture. High carbonation.

O - a sweet winter warmer. Does get sweeter as the bottle goes on but lots of complexity to this one.

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Photo of bum732
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Figs, breadiness, slight belgian phenolics

L: Fairly clear dark brown, light tan head with an inch retention. Amazing.

T: Light bready malt with some soft figs and raisins. White pepper comes next with a medium earthy and slightly herbal bitterness. Notes of dried ginger, eucalyptus, raisin. Finishes quite dry with a touch of residual spice.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium bodied, alcohol fairly well hidden.

Not bad, solid belgian ale with some great flavors. I still prefer Delrium Tremens to this though.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. Pours a clear amber color with a large, lasting, frothy, creamy, beige head. Very pretty. Smell is tart cherries and yeasty funk. Nice smell. Head won't dissipate! Waiting...waiting...*Final Jeopardy tune ensues*...waiting. OK. Let's do this. Taste is leathery and doesn't really follow the tart aroma. Sort of bland and a lot less flavor than expected. Bit of fruit. Slight booze and breadiness. I just haven't been impressed with the Delirium line. Expensive, bland, and an ugly bottle to boot. Sad face, as I was excited to try it :-(

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Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden to amber - depending on the light. Good head at pour reduces down to a thin head just on top with a trace of lacing present. Smell is somewhere between a strong Belgian ale and a hint of sour. Taste is more Belgian ale up front but then fruit - fig, plum, prune - and Christmas spices take over on the back end. This beer should be drank on the colder side - too much sitting brought out less desirable flavors.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle with a faux ceramic plastic finish. Served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark reddish brown color. Two finger tan colored head that goes down a bit but sticks around 'till the end. Incredible lacing, very pleasing to watch.

Smell: Malt and yeast dominate, complemented by spicy and fruity notes.

Taste: Tastes mainly of malt and spices. The alcohol is very present but not overpowering. There's a bit of yeast in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: Very good and full carbonation. It's creamy with a dry finish. It has a very strong, spicy bite to it too.

Overall: This is definitely a beer for the cold months. It warms you up when you drink it. The spices are a bit too strong and this makes the brew a bit messy and unbalanced. That being said, it's still very good, but not the best in the Delirium lineup.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle was dated 2011. The beer poured a hazy medium copper red and produced an enormous three finger high creamy light tan head. It sticks arround for a long time and leaves some lacing.
The smell is of caramel, toffee, mild fruity hops, raisin and spice.
Tasting the beer, the raisin and caramel and toffee are dominant. Than a mild fruity hop character and Belgium yeast flavors break the malty backbone of the beer adding balance. Towards the end the yeast adds some sour tart notes combined with some spice, maybe nutmeg. The alcohol is noticeable throughout the tasting.
Great winter beer, because it is not overdone in terms of spice etc.
I loved it.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2011
Drank 12/31/2012

Beer pours a brilliant dark copper color with a tan bubbly head that is fairly persistent. Nice sticky lace on the sides of the snifter.

The aroma is of caramel, toffee, alcohol, rum, raisin, fig, and spices. Very complex

The taste is a mixture of spice, alcohol, caramel, bread, and a hint of vanilla or oak.

Medium mouthfeel and body.

Overall a rather enjoyable beer. It is somewhat sweet in the finish and no hops make an appearance. It is big and warming and a wonderful winter treat.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one while jazz club hopping in New Orleans! Served from tap into a Chimay goblet. Poured red-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, spice, fruit, dark fruit, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, spice, grain, earth, dark fruit, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like the aspect of the sweet alcohol taking place here to let you know that even though this brew has pink elephants on it, it still has a set of balls! There was also a very nice spice aspect going on in the flavor which kept your palate interested in what you would find next in it. Really glad I got the chance to try this one on tap and was really surprised I found this at a jazz bar of all places. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger off-white head with medium retention. Large bubbles that hold flat. Ruby colored beer with high clarity. Leaves a thick fluffy white lacing. Nice looking beer.

S- Floral muted hops and sweet malty body. Toffee, brown sugar, high alcohol content. Spicy yeasts in the tail end of the aroma. Pretty smelling beer.

T- Sweet candied malts, licorice, high alcohol content, some hoppiness. Spicy in a way. Sour as well.

M- Mallow-y, finishes vinous and thin with a bit of a frothy linger. Bounces all over the place.

O- I enjoyed this beer much more than the Delirium Tremens. Tasty, but not something I'd like to drink a lot of.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber poured into a Chimay Goblet.

The beer pours a decent creamy head. The beer has good head retention. The beer itself is a reddish amber color with hints of purple and dark brown that resemble a grapeish color.

The smell has a strong smell of dark and dry fruits such as plum and grape. A sugar smell also exists and supports the fruity smell. Additionally, cherries also show but are not very prominent. Malts also show up but are hidden and barely noticeable. I got some hop smell but not a lot.

The beer tastes somewhat similar to how it smells. Plenty of dry and dark fruit such as grapes and plums with an undercurrent of cherry. The hops and malt show up in the aftertaste and the last few instances of the drink but aren't really noticeable otherwise.

Very light-bodied for a strong dark ale. Very little carbonation.

The beer is not a bad brew but I have had better strong dark ales. That being said, I think that it is worth having at least once but I probably will not be picking this brew back up again next year.

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Photo of MarioM
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into Delirium Noel snifter with pink elephants wearing Christmas hats

A: Very clear, light amber red almost brownish red. Light tan head with good lacing, medium to small creamy bubbles, good head retention.

S: Great smelling beer, sweet smell was getting to me wile typing about its appearance, yum. Fruit, cherries, brown sugar dry fruits and some slight floral notes with light spices.

T: Sweet dry fruits, plums, dark sugar and cherries right away. I was expecting bold alcohol notes due to its high abv but I have to really focus on them to notice much alcohol. Fruitiness and sweetness are very upfront but the balance is enjoyable for a noel.

M: Smooth with a warm aftertaste, the alcohol doesn't come through while drinking but is obvious once you stop sipping and wait a few seconds. Sweetness is retained a bit also. A slight caramel like or dry dark fruit aftertaste also remains, which I like.

O: Lighter bodied and more drinkable than expected. I thought it would be darker in color and much more spiced. I like the flavor a lot, definitely a good noel and will buy again. Strange how drinkable it is, i'm enjoying this. I can seriously drink this all day...

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Photo of afluentturtle
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on Christmas eve, poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful!!! Deep orange/amber, two figures of off white fluffy marshmallow like head. Text book lacing down the glass. This is what a beer should look like.

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.

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Photo of SStein
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a Delirium Noel Glass

It is a deep red brown color, with about a 2 finger white head. One the head is gone there is constant lacing.

As it pours there is a spicy fragrance. Also smells of bananas. Smelling the glass after the head dissipates the spicy smell is more prominent. Also smells more of darker fruits.

As you drink there is a taste of the darker fruits; cherries and figs. Definite spice notes as well.

There is solid carbonation throughout the drinking. The alcohol is also prevalent as you hold it in your mouth.

Overall it is solid Noel Beer. It's higher alcohol content will definitely keep you warm on those cold, wet winter nights.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to chimay goblet

A: nutty brown to red with an small tan brown head semi translucent

S:not a very strong but you can definitely smell the spices in beer not much else there though

T: interesting with lots of spices blended well with the malt the abv is completely hidden definitely matches holiday flavors well

M: smooth and oily very thin but goes down very easy with no alcohol with a clean finish

O: represents Christmas flavors work and could pare well any Christmas meal. That isn't it this is a really solid beer on its own with great taste and mouthfeel I will be back next Christmas season

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Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, copper-colored body crowned with a very nice, creamy, sticky white head. Heady malt aroma laced with some alcohol notes; ripe fruit and melon hints. Taste is a rich mixture of syrupy malt sweetness and ripe fruit; strong caramel malt; certain spice-like background that nicely complements the malts and alcohol; somewhat sour and acidic; up-front alcohol flavor but nothing that really detracts from enjoying the other wonderful flavors. Medium-bodied; a bit fizzy on the tongue; sharp, clean, dry finish.

A really enjoyable holiday strong ale. Nice all-around balance of flavors and alcohol and nice enjoying with holiday company gathered around a wood fire...

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Photo of teromous
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL Bottle

A: Dark brown with some hints of burnt orange color, with loads of carbonation bubbles. Tons of carbonation. Huge fluffy off-white head. Superb head retention and perfect lacing.

S: Lots of alcohol scent, with an orange zest smell bouncing around on the sides. No caramel, roast, or hop character in the scent. Very light smelling.

T: Huge on Belgian character, with a fruity character similar to dates and cherries. Lighter on malt character that is present in most strong darks, but heavier on yeast character. Not a lot of spicy character. There is some, but the spice is very mellow.

M: Very smooth and coating, leaving mild dryness. Medium to full-bodied and very easy to drink. Some stickiness. It's not a beer that is so full that it has to be sipped...can be had in almost any situation.

O: Overall it is a really good Belgian Strong. It is heavy on fruit character and less on caramel sweetness. If you don't mind really strong Belgian flavor then I would recommend the beer. It is not for a person who wants a more mild tasting Belgian. Personally I enjoyed the beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap.

Arrived a clear brownish red with a thick tan brown head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma has lots of spice that is reminiscent of Christmas. Cinnamon and clove are quite prominent.

The spice carries over into the flavor with caramel, apple, and peach also being noticeable. In some ways it recalls a fruit cake or a grogg. Along with this is sweetness and a super sweet and sticky mouthfeel that greatly hinders drinkability.

Overall, this is definitely a sipper to be enjoyed in small amounts. It is a bit too sweet for me but I could see how this might work well as an after dinner drink.

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Photo of ICantBelieveItsBeer
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A thick caramel note to it. It is almost opaque to the point you cannot see it. There is a vibrant red tone, almost a caramel color. There is a two finger head; almost like a rich molasses.

Smell - Very overpowering, but not in an abrasive fashion. It warms the nostrils and brings home that Christmas feeling. Very festive with a distinct fruity essence. High expectations.

Taste - There is a powerful punch that comes with this bear. It overwhelms the pallet with strong citrus notes. So much diversity of flavors, it is baffling. Almost mystical. Truly defies logic.

Overall - Eerily drinkable, delightfully effervescent, there is no hyperbole great enough to even take a shot at this titan of a fermented beverage review. Legitimately one of the great ones.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a snifter.

Pours a medium brown with about an inch of tan, airy head that quickly recedes and leaves a thin surface layer and light lacing.

Aromas of sour cherries and other stone fruits, bubblegum, carmel malt and a slight alcohol background.

Flavor follows through the aroma. sour and sweet with a slight alcohol burn as it warms. A very slight touch of hop bitterness on the tongue.

Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation.

Not something I would drink everyday, but overall a decent beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance- Served a clear mahogany colored brew with a two finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a thin film and very little lacing.

Smell- The smell is full of sweet smells of a darker fruit nature as well as a sugary aroma. The darker fruits are mainly cherry and plum in nature while the sugary smell has a somewhat candy like aroma. Mixed with these are lighter smells of some citrus as well as a yeasty smell. In accord with this being a Noel brew, there are also some notes of a spice aroma, although these are rather light.

Taste – The taste begins with the fruit(mostly cherry and plum) that was detected in the nose. With this is some caramel sweetness as well as a light candy flavor. Some spices and yeast then come to the tongue with the sweet lessening up to some degree and a very light biscuit flavor entering the taste. While this is occurring an alcohol flavor, which is light at first, also begins building. As the taste builds to the end a moderate brandy flavor is left on the tongue, which mingles well with the fruity and sugary flavors and leaves a warming sweet taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the somewhat creamier side with a carbonation level that is a bit above normal. The carbonation is quite “peppery” with the bubbles tingling the tongue as they pop. This when combined with the creamy body give a rather exciting, but yet at the same time soothing feel.

Overall- A quite tasty and enjoyable Belgian strong. It has a somewhat complex but very enjoyable taste with a feel that complements the flavors and alcohol nicely.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.