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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,579 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,579
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 56
Gots: 105 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-03-2002)
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

asigler, Nov 26, 2012
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cowboy83, Dec 19, 2013
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Jcarter1221, Dec 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

UnoMasBelgian, Dec 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

s4s, Dec 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

ColinMcF, Jul 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

CrowT_Robot, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of generallee
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
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!!!

generallee, May 07, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

lackenhauser, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of StAnthony
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

StAnthony, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of beerking1
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

beerking1, Dec 12, 2007
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4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

beerluvr, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of Vipsanius
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Vipsanius, May 20, 2006
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4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

jenbys2001, Jan 10, 2008
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4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

aaronh, Jan 04, 2008
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4.64/5  rDev +19.9%

gears33, Sep 07, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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

StevieW, Dec 22, 2002
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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.

TastyTaste, Oct 14, 2003
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4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

yemenmocha, Apr 30, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a christmas-new year's treat...sipped slowly out of a pint glass on a patio in San Diego on NYD 1-1-09

Nice, full head that is not overpowering like some other beers, caramelly color that shows more hues as glass is tilted, some sendiment in glass--must be from the fruits and grains used in delivering so many flavors...a very nice balance of citrus and grain flavor,

Although it has a 10% alcohol content, it is not as strong and overpowering as other dark, belgian related fare from the monasteries of divine inebration

unseenbyyou, Jan 02, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a beautiful hazy orange/amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates into some lacing.
S: Cherries and malt on the nose, other fruitiness. Smells extremely inviting.
T: Some tartness up front, cherries, with a caramel maltiness. This tastes excellent, perfect balance of tartness and sweetness.
M: This is the only place where the beer disappoints, the carbonation is a little too crisp, though its provides a nice warmth.
O: This is a great beer for the winter season, warming with flavors that evoke the Christmas season. I can curl up with this by a fire while watching It's a Wonderful Life.

rmdunlap85, Dec 15, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

ccrida, Dec 14, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A flavorful and immensely complex brew here. A delight to drink, even though it is nearly crippling in it's alcohol content (in a 750ml bottle).
Throws a lightly hazy copper/amber color. White head fades quickly.
Lots of Alcohol, dark fruit and spice on the nose. Quite inviting. Seems dangerous (and rightly so)
Taste is explosive. Tropical fruit (I got alot of pineapple), yeast spiciness, carmelized sugar, and a little hint of rum. But honestly, there was very little alcohol in the taste. For a 10% ABV brew, it is outright scary. Very easy to drink, and enjoyable all the while.
Mouthfeel is a little spritzy, but with some heft..overall quite wonderful.
Another winner form Huyghe. I am quickly becoming a disciple. I love their brews (even though I know this feeling is not shared by everyone, as the reviews tend to be all over the place).
Personally, I can't recomend this brew or the Delirium Tremens hightly enough.

Oh, and VENOM, I agree...the foil top is a pain to remove.

cokes, Apr 12, 2002
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4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown with a deep red, good head retention and full, well-carbonated body.

S: Strong alcohol presence, tart, sweet, and strong.

T: Bitter berry tart cut with hop-ale savor creates a strong and vital first impression, then the layers of traditional Belgian complexity gradually introduce themselves. Copperish, floral, fruity, sour, and warm. More assertive than other Delirium beers, but perfect for the season.

M: Excellent. The perfect blend of strong, sharp and smooth.

O: I make sure to grab as many as I can every winter. It's a great beer for the season without being too "seasonal" (i.e. fruity/fake-tasting). If you're a fan of the style at all, it's a must-buy. Absolutely delicious, warming, and in ways comforting.

AlpacaAlpaca, Apr 10, 2014
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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