Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,746 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,746
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 70
Gots: 192 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002

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Photo of Paincane
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of zookerman182
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tillmac62
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of fx20736
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of jonb5
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Bernoulli
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of 77black_ships
2.04/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Smurf2055
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of newton99
2.69/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Photo of Lemke10
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of bum732
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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 :-(

Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of VoodooBear
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Murrhey
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber poured into a Chimay Goblet.

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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.

Photo of MarioM
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,746 ratings.