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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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739 Reviews

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Reviews: 739
Hads: 1,760
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.79%
Wants: 80
Gots: 208 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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".)

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.63/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Ale...one of my favorite beer styles and a high ABV to go along with it!

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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...

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Darkale
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml brown magnum covered with a faux ceramic looking plastic wrap. Corked caged and foiled, the label has some pink elephants in an X-mas theme.

Appearance: Thin yet sticky tiny bubbled lace, lots of chill haze in this reddish amber, almost burgundy hued brew.

Smell: Every earthy in the aroma; yeast and a malty husk. Fruity with faint banana, pear and apple in the nose as well as some alcoholic esters. Faded spicing.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Struggling moderate carbonation throws just enough crispness on to the palate. Real slick on the tongue with a bitty feeling in the mouth. Husk grain does little for the palate, odd spicing and a yeast bite make the taste buds take a step back. Phenols are medicinal in an herbal way. Finishes dry with a husky astringency.

Drinkability & Notes: A mediocre brew, actually I was quite disappointed being that I have been quite happy with the rest of the Dellirium brand. I could hardly finish the bottle.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark amber color with some light foam.
The aroma was complex and full of spice and fruit.
The flavor was a great complex mixture of holiday spices, fig, and some other fruit tones. Unfortunately, this was a little too sweet for my taste. The sweetness came through on the end and in the after taste. I will drink if someone offers it, but I will not go out and buy it myself.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber-orange in color with a highly carbonated eggshell head that fades after a couple of minutes. Left no lace on my glass. Fruity aromas dominate the nose. I smell cloves, alcohol, and raisins. The taste is very smooth, fruity and dry with a nice alcohol warmth. A very well balanced brew. Finishes with a crisp sweetness that is just right. Way to quaffable far a 10% ABV but I like it. I'm glad I stocked up on these but I really don't think I'll have the willpower to sit on them too long.

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Photo of marc77
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 2001. Clear deep ruby hue. Fluffy, thick, loose slowly receding vanilla white head. Rounded wisps of lace remain. Snap of bright, sugary red fruit reminscent of candied strawberries upfront in aroma, immediately followed by mellower caramel sweetness, and mild bubblegum esters. Trace clove phenol. Tame, but pleasant aromawise. Honey like sweetness initially in flavor is ceded by notes of bready malt and molasses. Fruitiness then sets in mid palate and doesn't waver, and contrary to the aroma has a vinous, alcohol soaked, fermented berry nature. Moderate in body with a well attenuated, dryish, deceivingly crisp mouthfeel. Subdued hop bitterness and clove eek along as an undertone. Finishes w/ residual sugars briefly lingering on the palate quickly offset by darts of peppery alcohol. Although not as substantial in overall character as other Dark Strongs, Delirium Noel exhibits excellent balance. Smooth, delicious and dangerously bereft of alcohol harshness. This bottle has cellared very well.

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Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

Tawny brown beer with a creamy off white lace. Aroma of yeast, spice and alcohol. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel that builds on the palate. Spicy phenolic character paired with a prickly alcohol. A tad vinous. Dry sweetness and a dry yeast finish.

A good first beer to ease me into the 2 day festival ... lovely stuff.

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Photo of stoutlove77
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the prvilidge of tasting this one a beer tasting event out in Long Beach with several other B.A.'s.Just by looking at the bottle and the logo of Pink Elephants is rather intersting to note what can be the outcome to this.The appearance of this has a nice somewhat cloudy amber color with a medium head. The first sip was a quick hint of either milds pears and spice with a good bitter taste. I've heard its a season brew, but I have been getting some recent info on it being served on tap in some locations, if its spotted get a pint.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I more or less agree with other reviews on this beer. This beer has a lot of potential I believe. There is a good hop blend, and great bouquet and the initial taste is excellent. But he finish is rough with a little of the ugh factor sneaking in on the finish. I would recommend shelving hits one till next Christmas. with the large volume of alcohol is it going to be hard for the yeast to refine this some more. But it will refine. To me this one just wasn't ready to drink yet. It needs more time in the fermentation stage to get the flavors a little more mellowed out and refined. Right now there is just to much contrast with the varying flavors.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Excellent X-Mas Seasonal Beer! This poured a nice, refined looking, reddish-brown colour with almost no head to speak of(which is understandable at it's high 10%ABV!:-) This smelled very wine-like and it also reminded me of Chimay blue. That was the taste to me as well, a chimay blue mixed with some nice red wine. This beer had a very wine like mouth feel as well, with some definate oak notes and barrel flavors in the mouth. All this makes for a wonderful if not strong, extremely drinkable beer!
merry x-mas and cheers!

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Photo of beerluvr
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured into the glass with a high & tight head, just this side of off-white. Reddish-amber liquid. Nose is wonderfully fresh, malty fruity and a bit hoppy too. Taste starts with a blast of medium maltiness then the healthy amount of hops mix with alcoholic warmth. Finishes up dry and very drinkable, I would recommend this to any fan of "Big Beers" without hesitation. Delicious!

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Photo of purplehops
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium Noel pours a sparkly red-brown with a light tan head that dies quickly into a thin ring. Little or no lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is christmas stollen with alcohol. Very fruity with notes of plum, fig, apricot, and citrus. The taste begins with a smooth warmth of malty goodness and moves on to spice flavors of coriander and grains of paradise. The finish is a blend of prickly carbonation and dried fruit with hints of hops. Flavors of carmel, orange peel, and an unknown ( simular to a single cask aged rum with vanilla and coconut flavors )swirl around in your mouth forming new flavors with each sip. The aftertaste is lingering alcohol and notes of hops and citrus. The mouthfeel is smooth and warm with a slight syrupiness that in no way detracts from this ale.
All in all another winner from brewey Huyghe. Good by itself or with seasonal treats. In the end the pink elephants say it all.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.