Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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1,746 Ratings

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

750ml bottle love the lable very festive.Pours a amber brown with nice tanish head. Very fruity dark belgiam smell, with some spice and yaest coming out. Tastes excites and tickles the tounge, bubbles, malt with fruit (plums raisins bananas nothing really sticks out but great taste) and a touch of hops thrown into the mix. Warms the body and the soul, or could be the alcohol warming me, not strong in taste but kicks in on the way down. Great mouthfeel love the way the bubbles add to the flavor, medium body. If you can't tell I like this beer, best christmas beer I have had as my first year as a BA apprentice. Wish everyone a good Christmas and thanks for expanding my beer knowledge.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table with a wispy persisten head. It had a slight haze and a copper ruby color. The aroma was caramel and candy. The flavor was candy and began sweet but moved toward dry in the finish. Also present was a slight spice. The body was med.

Capital Ale House 10 ounce draft.

Photo of Boto
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Version on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly: The color is slightly reddish orange. Slight whiff of alchohol to the nose. A bit of alcohol to the taste, but still a very sweet malt taste. Not what you would expect of a Christmas beer, but very good nonetheless. My overall rating from my 750ml bottle hasn't changed. Perhaps some fruits hiding in there with the malt sweetness to the nose. Very warming.

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

Noel came in the beautiful bottle and went up from there. It pours a clear brown color with some amber tinge with a considerable brownish head. The lacing is strong but fades fast. It has a malty, fruity aroma with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. It also has the distinct aroma of a strong ale with yeasty undertones. I love the taste of this if its served at about 50 degrees. Once it got really cold in the fridge, it lost a lot of the explosion that I got from the warmer brew. Its taste is malty but with hints of many spices. It fades a little in the mouth for a beer with this alcohol content. It packs a wallop so drinkability is good if shortened.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with copper highlights. Tan head that dissipated and leaves minimal lace. Sugarplum maltiness mixed with spice and a significant alcohol-laden esteriness in the nose. Smells more alcoholy than it tastes. Beautiful, subtle spice and sweet fruity malt kick to it, a nice malt and yeast coalition leaving it dry and fruity in the finish. This beer is a "sneaker" if you're not careful. It's that tasty.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at the Map Room, Chicago, bless their hearts. Dark body that “glows” with brown highlights around the edges. Slightly minty taste like a root beer, then a little bit of fruitiness. Finally resolves to a winey taste at the end. Complex brew that you don’t realize is overpowering you until it’s too late.

Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color is a chocolate brown, with a ring of white head. The smell is very fruity and alcoholic. The taste is slightly sweet, a plumish sweet taste, and well spiced, and the alcohol is barely noticable. Mouthfeel is smooth. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Amongst the most interesting labels I've ever seen, pink elephants with Santa hats pulling a sleigh. The beer is quite interesting as well. Though it's not a world-beater, Noel is certainly a good winter warmer, and a nice treat while getting snowed in.

Photo of dmarch
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bottle, but the foil was a pain in the butt. Just didn't want to come of in one piece. Pours with a deep copper color with a head that just doesn't want to go away. Very peppery with a caramel like sweetness. Some tropical fruit thrown in there as well. Christmas is the perfect time of year for this. I wouldn't mind finding a couple of these under the tree.

Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Nice Belgian. Pours a nice copper with hints of ruby when held up to the light. A nice frothy foamy white head erupts when poured and loads of lacing spider web down the side of the glass. The typical Belgian.

Aromas of dark fruits, tons of malts, some chocolate, hints of spices and lots of alcohol.

Many deep flavors that adapted more than usual as this beer warmed to about 65 degrees. Raisins, Plums, Apricots, Figs...Yummy!!!! Very malty as well and the alcohol was well hidden in this beer. Extreamly drinkable too, especially at 10%.

A nice beer. I definately enjoyed it!! But, 9 bucks...damn.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's state this at 10% a drinkable Belgian Christmas ale is intimidating, a drinkable Belgian Christmas ale like this ON TAP is just dangerous. Appearance: Ruby copper tone nice full white cream colored head lacing is full and webbed, Christmas is at hand my friends. Aroma: Sweet candied sugar, sugar plums, cinnammon and nutmeg combo dance through the air with each sniff and oh so pleasant pine scented hops. Taste: Full spicy nutmeg, with syrupy layers of pine cone flavored hops loads the palate with an alcohol tinge warming me up for the winter weather. Mouthfeel: Syrupy textured full to medium but each sip is definitely classified as rich, gotta love a winter warmer. Drinkability: This beer is another Belgian Christmas favorite doesn't do what Corsendonk Xmas does for me but this one is still on the lines of downright drinkable and incredible tasting.

Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one last night, out of the ceramic style 750ml corked and caged bottle. The red foil wrapping was a pain to peel off, but I liked all the yule themed pink elephants on the label. Pours an almost clear cherry mahogany with a serious off-white head. Chains of lacing prevail down the glass. Nose is fruity banana mango with Belgian malts in evidence. Mouthfeel is light to medium with carbonation evident. Taste is of a fine Belgian strong dark ale that puts the sweet malts to battle. Fruity sweetness seems to dominate the palate, but overall a nice departure from the norm. I like it a lot. Really too sweet, but with the 10% abv it hits the spot for me on a cold night.

Photo of TripelJ
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now Quaffing: Delirium Noel

I must take a moment to admire the presentation before I pop the cork. Huyghe's signature "crock" bottle with an interesting twist on the delirium theme--Santa and his sleigh pulled by three pink elephants (other versions available).

Pours a translucent reddish-brown with a smalll tan head. Smells sweet and malty with all kinds of fruity aromas going on. The various fruit flavors carry over to the taste--plums, raisins, and light citrus. In addition to a symphony of fruit, there is also the trademark coriander and light spiced feel in the mouth that makes for a most interesting seasonal brew. Overall, not the best offering from Huyghe, however it certainly will warm you up nicely on a cool winter evening (note: I live in Florida and it doesn't get much colder than "cool".)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle.

Deep, mysterious copper-brown with a powerful, powerful aroma. Wow, this stuff is intense--and really, really good. Definitely can taste the alcohol, but it doesn't detract from the complexity. Dark fruits, caramel, and brandy flavors are layered under the feet of Santa's pink elephants dancing on my tongue.

Drink this like a nice cognac, with dessert or alone after dinner. It's a perfect after-dinner beer.

This is pretty extreme for everyday drinking, but I could see it becoming a holiday constant for me. Yowza.

Spoils of the 10/11/03 Knoxville Raid.

Photo of moulefrite
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color.Minimal head & almost zero lace. Fruitcake/spicebread, candied citrus, coriander and orange zest in the nose. Rich and chewy mouthfeel, and a creamy texture. The taste mimics the nose with spicy fruitcake, and candied citrus. The beer is nicely malted and hopped to a good balance providing a slight bitter finish. The alcohol hides well and the beer finishes mildly sweet. Probably just the thing to drink around the fireplace with friends and family.

Photo of Popsinc
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A redish brown pour with an off white and modest head. Hmmm, looks kinda like a Christmas beer...

Smell: When i think of Christmas & Christmas beer i think of strong spice & fruitiness....lots of alcohol warmth...the nose on this beer was mild to a fault.

Taste: The beer picks up somewhat here and has a decent spiced body with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon that reminded me a little of a fruit cake. The flavours didn't last long enough for me and the beer ended with a candycane sugary sweetness. Nice warming effect on the finish due to the 10% alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat lively and a lightly rich.

Drinkability: Not as intense as i would have liked for a Christmas beer. There are other Christmas beers i would definitley prefer. Having said that, it is still a worthwhile beer...hey, i've tried pure crap in the past and this isn't crap. It's good.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very, very storng beer that comes at a very, very high price. I bought a faux-earthenware bottle of this stuff for $7.50. It pours a very deep brown, and reminded me of wine than beer. Deep flavors of raisins, burnt malt, strong alcohol, lots going on here. Great on a cold night, will definitely warm your fingers and toes.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Deep sugary brown color with a tinge of orange and a rising head that required an attentive pour. The head went down rather quickly tough and didn’t leave any lacing, probably due to the high ABV.

Smell – Musty, with notes of alcohol and malts. There’s also some rich spicing in there and some fruity sweetness, most notably apple, banana, and peach.

Taste – Sugary sweetness makes an entry at the taste. We’ve got some big table sugar, an even mix of regular and brown, along with chewy candy caramel, a little dark chocolate, and a dash of sugar cane. The big fruit from the nose is mixed into this concoction of tooth decay.

The malt comes out here as well, but clearly this is secondary. The must characteristic is present, too. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel – Moderate carbonation and big sweetness give the mouth a nice overall feel.

Drinkability – This was the gem of the Delirium trio that I’ve tried this week.

Update – I reviewed this for the first time the month after I joined the site, so I thought it would be interesting to re-review it with a 2004 vintage. It was extraordinarily consistent and I would only add that I picked up a strong buttering effect this time around.

Update – The 2006 vintage if more of the same without the buttery taste. Maybe the ’04 I had was an anomaly? Anyway, an all around excellent brew.

Photo of hotstuff
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a good beer!!This would be a great beer on a cold winters night to warm the cockels of your heart!!Not to mention a cool looking bottle!This beer poured a medium sized ivory head with fine-small sized bubbles that very quickly dissipated.The first glass poured a very dense, carbonated body and the second glass poured a clear body.The hue was light brown and the nose was definitely alcohol and fruit...apples?The initial taste was that of alcohol and some apples and spices.It had a smooth and tingly mouthfeel along with a burning sensation as it was swallowed.Aw yes, a Belgian Strong of my favorite beer styles and a high ABV to go along with it!

Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a thin white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy and yeasty with some citrus notes. The flavor was very spicy and enjoyable. Very easy to drink, but lots of alcohol that is well hidden. I think this is the best offering from the Delirium company.

Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2001 bottle...removing the gummy foil wrapping from around the basket and neck absolutely sucked...

Deep reddish brown, looks illuminated and attractive. Nice head formation and delicate lace that sticks well to the glass. Nice complexity to the aroma, spiced mulled fruits and a bit of sour dough yeastiness. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky but with medium carbonation, though not as creamy as some. Flavor lacked some of the holiday spiciness I was looking for, quite a lot of wine-like tartness and lacking some of the fleshy fruits and cinnamon bits. Some pepper and a bitter ginger bite leaven the acidity late and there is an alcoholic rummy sense at the close. Always good to save a "big one" for the Summer months, but this was a slight disappointment...

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is malty and yeasty. Medium bodied. Malty, yeasty and fruity. Spicy, but not overly so. Slight vinous quality. Drinkable, and hides it 10% alcohol content well. It is a little disappointing as a xmas beer, spices do not add to the quality of this beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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

Pours to a ruby-brown color with just a ring of lacing. The aromas are sweet, fruity, and somewhat medicinal. The flavor is medicinal/herbal, and yeasty, with a sweetness that flows to a drying finish. It also has somewhat of a spicy flavor to it as well. It is a beer with a strength that will catch up to you. A very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Darkale
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an odd beer. Like most Belgians, it has a quick, fast and hissing head, dark tan, that fills the glass with the speed and sound of an automatic life raft. But, there's a hole in the raft; it deflates quickly, leaving a slight, popping skim of foam. Yet, the carbonation is strong; it merges with the peppery spicyness to scour the tongue.

The aroma is spicy and sharp, with a musty edge.

Mouthfeel is slick and sweet, and the malt is promptly kicked over by an aftertaste of pepper.

At first, I liked this beer; by the time I was 2/3 through, I wanted to pour it on the ground. Very strange. There is something unsatisfying about this beer. It has a kind of stale, gassy aftertaste, like freezer burn on a good steak.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange color with a slight head.A slight phenolic nose with a hint of banana.Alchohol is right up front on the tongue with a nice warming after effect.Great mouthfeel-more complex then the "delirium tremens" triple.A great drinkability at a mild 10%-perfect for a Winters night-or a nite cap in July if you ask me.

Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork = 2001.

Color is a dull scarlet red. A sticky ivory white head sits on top and lasts a while. The aroma is very sweet and fruity. Pears, apples and grapes come to mind. Mouthfeel is of light and spritzy carbonation and body is medium. Definite pear tones in the flavor. Acidic to an extent. Alcohol is splashed all over the place, but is not flaming. Some slight bubblegum esters. All in all, this is very drinkable. The aging has taken some of the flame away. Decent beverage.

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