Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

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87
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3.89
pDev:
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Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%

Huge pear and dark Belgian sugar yumminess, with caramel and melanoidin notes. Flavor is more green apple, with rummy dates, figs, and brown sugar notes. Very rich and delicious.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall a disappointing beer based on my expectations after having the other Delirium beers. Lacking depth and complexity. – 3.75

A – Pours a hazy amber color, with a huge off-white head, great lacing – 4

S – Spicy, malty – 3.75

T – Caramel, dark fruit, alcohol, slightly spicy/peppery, dark cherry – 3.5

MF – Medium heavy body, semi-dry finish, warming – 3.75

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Photo of JLBeaugh
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Purchased @ H.E.B. 1 Pint 9.4 Fl oz. bottle. White bottle, red foil with standard cork and metal cage. Price $13.95
Color: Orange/Brown color; Large 3+ inch khaki head with good retention; with lacing.
Smell: Copper,Citrus, Spice, Toffee, Banana , Apricot, Straw, Red Apple.
Taste: Pepper, Straw, Strong copper, Toffee, Banana.
Feel: Full mouth, medium carbonation, alcohol burn finish.
Overall: Nicely complex, but finish takes away from potential.

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Photo of e_dawg
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Pours a cloudy orange/brown color that shifts slightly to orange when held up to the light. Moderate head after the pour which dissipates after several minutes. Some lacing, typical of 10% avb.

Freshly cut apples and pears with some light citrius and spice on the nose. Some nutmeg, cinnamon, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is full with some prickliness from medium carbonation. Taste is more fruit with some pepper and copper, with a light but enjoyable alcohol burn that lingers a while on the finish.

This is a big, assertive beer that's perfect for cold nights. One of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

October 10, 2014

11.2 oz bottle; tulip

A – Dark orange to ruby amber, pinkish hues where the light passes through most. About three inches of thick, uniform head, slightly off white with tan or pinkish tint. Foam fades slowly, evenly, high retention.

S – Funky Belgian yeast, peppery with some mild acidity. Lots of malty sweetness and some mild alcohol warmth/burn, not a flaw. Some red apple, fig, perhaps prunes, fruity and sweet.

T – Golden raisins, light toffee, with bright cherry slightly present in the background. Herbal hop aromas, bitterness is there but seems low due to high carbonation and sweetness. More peppery flavors from the yeast, just the smallest hint of garlic and/or cloves, and some cola notes.

M – Very high carbonation, a massive hit of biting bubbles, backed by acidity, with a slight bite or tickle on the back of the tongue. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol present but well-masked.

O – Excellent balance and a complex aroma and flavor profile, washed mostly away by the millions of scrubbing bubbles. Would love this with some roasted, garlicky meats, or crispy potatoes.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of CochonKing
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Paincane
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of zookerman182
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of bmaggot
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from fake-ceramic bottle with jolly ice-skating elephant.
Massive and smooth foam. Deep amber color.
Mouth watering sour and malty smell.
Tastes bold and malty but no aggresive alcohols. Some cloves and bittersweet hops which transcends to nice long-lasting bitterness.
Feels warm and soft.

Hardly had any better Belgian beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Bernoulli
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.