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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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very good

1,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 67
Gots: 166 | FT: 4
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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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Murrhey
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of afluentturtle
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.