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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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87
very good

1,731 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,731
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 68
Gots: 181 | FT: 4
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Belgium

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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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of UnoMasBelgian
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of s4s
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of ColinMcF
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of CrowT_Robot
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of pzrhsau
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to find this on tap in the US at Brosserie Becks in DC.
Appearance: Deep brownish color with a robust head and great hints of red when light hits the glass.
Smell: Great aromas of malt, yeast, and a combination of spices. The head really allows the aromas to explode in your nose.
Taste: Very rich spicy flavor that is smoothed out by the malt as you sip. The beer then fades back into that rich spiciness on your tongue. Its a great flavor of Christmas and really makes you feel warm inside. You also get a slight hint of alcohol but it doesn't overpower the flavor.
Drinkability/Mouthfeel: Great weight, nice carbonation, and easy to consume.
The beers from the Huyghe brewery really have to be enjoyed on tap. Having tried this beer in the bottle, it is good. On tap, unbelievable. It becomes fresher and more flavorful, it's more carbonated which helps balance it; the beer almost pulls a night and day comparison with the difference. That being said, not easy to track down on tap unless you go abroad (this took me two years to find, but well worth the wait).

Photo of Aiptasia
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this beer recently during a pre-superbowl beer sale. The bottle itself is very impressive and worth collecting. A little off-putting on the opening as my bottle not only was capped with the foil and wire wrap (like a champagne bottle) around the cork, but also a layer of what appears to be wax or just goop from the bottler. It was sticky and tricky to open.

I used a standard 16 oz. glass tumbler to enjoy this one. It's strong and sweet, with a lot of rich fruit essence and flavor blended with caramel and tamari soy sauce up front. This is definitely a beer for the sipping and savoring, and not one for the chugging. It's good and worth drinking if paired with foods like pork, asian dishes and curry.

A: Amber color. Very soft head dissipated within 15 seconds. No lacing. Very fine micro-carbonation.

S: Very faint hints of apricot, pear and anise on the nose.

T: Rich and sweet, tasting of caramel toffee, tamari soy sauce and a hint of liquorice and smoke on the back. Not much hops, not bitter at all.

M: Decadent and creamy. The light carbonation makes for a smooth mellow mouth feel. Hides it's higher alcohol content quite well.

D: A sipper, not a chugger. Drink more than one and the alcohol is gonna catch up to you quick. It's a nice beer to savor and enjoy with food, or when you have to nurse a beer and want a little flavor in your sipping.

Photo of Saro
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A- pours dark red, half fingers worth of off white head that doesn't linger too long.

S- spice bomb. Alchol is very present in the nose of this brew. All the holiday spices are here for sure

T- the spices come thru very well, along with a gentle carbonation and a slow boozy burn from the 10% abv. This is a great beer to share for 2 ppl and hang out during the holidays.

M- again, lightly carbonated, small boozy burn, despite being so big on flavors, it finishes really clean and quick which can lead to a quick buzz

D- since I love beers that have very apparent high abv, I could drink a couple bombers to myself. Otherwise one pour is probably good for most people. Its a great beer, I like most of what they put out anyhow so I am pleased that I really enjoyed this

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, amber color with two fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, citrus (orange peel, grapefruit, sour lemon), toasted malt.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma, but a little more too. Belgian yeast up front, imparting notes of banana, clove and bubblegum, followed by tons of citrus: orange peel, grapefruit, sour lemon. Finally, the beer finishes with a nice malty backbone and some hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to chewy. With an ABV of 10%, there is quite a lot of alcohol on the palate, imparting a pleasant warmth.

Overall: This is another goddamn excellent Belgian Christmas beer!! I love the strong Belgian yeast flavors as well as the strong citrus notes. Absolutely delicious!

Photo of generallee
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a painted "stone" bottle into a tulip glass. The sample size was 750ml bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Appearance: The body has a deep, slightly reddish amber color. It has a slightly hazy appearance with some streams of very tiny little bubbles rushing up to the head. The head is tall, light tan in color and slowly fades leaving little to no lacing behind.

Smell: The aroma is big and full of sweet malt and fruity notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor is big and full of fruity notes inside a deep, sweet malty base. Flavor notes of tropical fruit like papaya, pineapple, and guava pop out of the sweet malt, no doubt full of Belgian candi sugar. Yeast adds some funk and alcohol is also present in a mellow warming way that adds another nice level of complexity. There is even a slight leafy hop note than brings a hint of bitterness at one point before being surrounded by everything else. Its mouth feel is big, smooth and well rounded. Carbonation is soft and its body is a solid medium to full.

Notes: This is a wonderful and very enjoyable beer. Very well done, cheers Delirium Noel!!!

Photo of lackenhauser
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
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 Vipsanius
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark amber color with an inch and a half off white head, which left some lacing.

The aroma was of floral hops, apple/crab apple tartness, dark fruits...cherries (dark and tart), apricots, grapes and a slight plum and fig aroma.

The taste - palate overload - simply put...at least at first. Much as described in the aroma but not as tart...more sweet...some lighter fruits are more prevalent here as well. Christmas is a good call...it's a beer I'd much prefer in that season even though it's still a great beer in any season.

The mouthfeel was excellent. Exactly what you'd want in a beer. Hit all of the right spots and was perfectly carbonated.

The only problem with the drinkability was it's ABV content, which was hardly noticeable, and the fact that it's a seasonal Christmas beer. Otherwise, the beer is excellent and is something I would most definitely reach for again.

Photo of aaronh
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep mahogany body with a reddish orange tint topped by a creamy, fluffy head. Aroma is heavy on fruit aromas, mostly dark cherry, complemented by vanilla and caramel. Really nice surprise. Flavor also follows the berry/fruit theme with decent caramel malt and a hint of vanilla creme soda in there as well. Really complex and enjoyable as a winter beer. Mouthfeel is also really robust, drinkability is great. this may be one of my favorite Belgian offerings.

Photo of gears33
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of beerking1
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy dark bronze, with a head of large bubbles that fades very fast. Aroma is big alcohol upfront, with dark fruits and some candi sugar and malt backing it up. Body is suitable medium to thin for a Belgian beer. Flavor is very fruity, sweet malt, with some balancing hops, an d a bit of sharpness from the alcohol. Finish is sweet but not heavy or cloying.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with orange. Thin, quickly dissipating white head.

Nose is a panopoly of aromas - sour fruit candies, passion fruits, yeasty esters and cinnamon gum.

Palate is fruity (passion fruit), malty sweet, somewhat candied, balanced with hops and has a lingering malty sweentess on the finish.

Alcohol is completely hidden. This one is a true gem.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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 StAnthony
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, they're not kidding about the pink elephants on the label! Packs a punch that sticks with you and grows exponentially for an hour or so after you finish. I knew about the 10% abv before the first sip, but forgot about it soon after because this seasonal is super, super smooth. A most enjoyable pint from the tapper that was velvety and well-balanced all the way through. I recall caramel and mulling spices being the most predominant flavors, with just a hint of apple maybe and a very clean, long finish that leaves you excited for the next sip. It's like a moth to the fire.

Photo of beerluvr
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

update 12/20/08 - bottle notched 4/07. To lazy to do another formal review, just wanted to reaffirm how incredible this beer is, especially with some age, so smooth, still subtle flavor compared to luscious nose. I'm actually impressed with how spot on my orignal review was, as it was one of my first ever. Two more in the cellar, it will be hard to hold on!

Served on draft in a Delirium snifter (unfortunately, not the Noel version with the little Santas). The appearance is a ruby color with a nice creamy head and fair amount of carbonation - very enticing. The aroma of this beer is absolutely fantastic, sweet, cidery and grape like, it bore a strong resemblance to Rodenbach Grand Cru, although not as intense. I couldn't get enough of the smell, and the active carbonation maintained the aroma to the last sip. The taste was incredibly smooth, slightly tart with traces of fruit and sweet malt, but much less flavor then the aroma might indicate. However, when a beer is as well executed as this, I find it difficult to pinpoint dominant flavors, but each one I tasted was more enjoyable then the last. The mouthfeel was very nice, a perfect amount of carbonation to balance the richness, although at 10%, this was not nearly as syrupy as lesser made strong ales. The complexity of taste and perfectly balanced body really hide the high alcohol content, which combined with the wonderful aroma make this winter warmer dangerously drinkable! After tasting so many other holiday beers that are overwhelmed by a particular spice or flavor, it's the balance of this one that really makes stands out.

Photo of jenbys2001
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't particularly care for Delirium Tremens, so I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this beer. I'm so glad I tried it, it's definitely my favorite seasonal brew, and perhaps my all around favorite. It's not as heavy as the other Delirium varieties and has a really smooth taste. It's a fantastic beer to sip, I wish I'd bought more bottles during the holidays.

Photo of StevieW
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big 750 ml bottle with cork and cage. Red foil seal over the cork and cage. This bottle is sealed up tighter than a frog's ass in water. Only minor stitches will be required to fix my hand.
The label depicts a big pink elephant with the same santa hat we all are wearing now. Santa riding along in the background with more pink elephants leading the sleigh. The big pink elephant has the distinct impression he knows something you don't. You are skeptical of this beer, but he knows better. That's cool with me.

Soft medium brown in color. Opague, and slightly cloudy. Full, creamy beige head. Stayed forever. Rich seasonal aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and roasted plums hit your nose across the room. First taste is a tremendous explosion of belgian flavors. Nice roasted plums, figs, raisans, match with a spicy nutmeg, cinnamon combination. Slight hint of oak aged port wine, and warming alocohol slide by. Subtle earthy flavors appear as the beer warms. Nutty spicy flavors, slow down, rich warming alcohol presence finishes strong. Murky sediment shows up in the glass. The elphant winks, nods, and whispers "drink it, my friend" And I do. Slightly thinner on the finish, but you are too happy to care. Nice warming feeling falls over your body, as you belly thanks you again and again for saving this one.
Perfect with the back doors open and the cool Florida Atlantic winter breeze washing over.
That damn pink elephant knows this now at the top of my Christmas beer list.
Happy Holidays

Photo of jordanian2
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%

Photo of InkedinRi
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Worth a try.. A very well made beer! 10% abv I detected no alcohol. Good Belgian ale

Photo of ljc973
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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