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Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël

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very good

1,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 1446
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Delirium Noel

Purchased, where else but, Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- reddish brown with a mild head and too many bubbles.
Smell- alcohol, cherry, nutmeg, and more alcohol.
Taste- heavy on the cherries, prunes, and nutmeg spices.
Mouthfeel- first sip almost burns your mouth. Talk about a winter warmer beer. Alcohol at 10% is too strong. Ruins the beer!!

Overall- a decent winter ale if the alcohol was toned down a bit but with all the fruitiness going on it is understandable.
This beer can be classified as a the dom perrione of Pruno!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 20:23:46 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of PBoegel

New York

3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into a duvel tulip.

the beer pours a nice ruby brown, but there was absolutely no head

aroma is cloves and banana reminiscent of a hefe weizen, with alcohol as it warms much like a weizen bock, notes of dried fruits such as cherries and some faint chocolates

taste profile is very similar with a more pronounced banana and clove ratio

slightly cloying perhaps due to the lower than expected carbonation

a hard drinker at 10% abv, this one hits fast too.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 03:39:55 | More by PBoegel
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3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't see a real date on this one, I assume its a O9 because the numbers 2 and 9 are selected on the back of the bottle.
a- pours into my left hand brewing glass a clear brownish red color with a head that quickly settled leaving no head and no real lacing around the rim of my glass, neat color but thats about it for this one,
s- the first smell I got was of clove and perhaps some other assorted spice, however, as the beer warmed I was able to pick up on some sweet fruit smell, sort of a sweet raison on the nose for me,
t-same as the smell, first picked up on the spice mostly clove, but then I got the sweet taste of the malt and the fruit taste,
m- not too bad,
d- fairly drinkable, at first I didn't really think of this as a Christmas brew, but as the malt and fruit came through I could see why this is their Christmas release,

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 04:39:34 | More by mcann2pu
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3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy brown with a very small head.
Nose shows soft caramel and candi sugar, Belgian phenols and sultanas.
Very sweet flavours, with sugary figs and prunes. Almost cloying. A fair bit of sharp alcohol is present.
Carbonation is ridiculously high.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 08:54:19 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of guinnessfan


2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Small bottle poured into oversized wine glass Christmas Eve.

A: Light brown/amberish pour with pillowy head residing to a film over the beer. SLight lacing.

S: Alcohol, mild cherry, molasses, pepper.

T: Astringant, boozy, sweet.

M: Smooth with little carbonation. Weird aftertaste.

D: Too antiseptic to be enjoyable. Slightly boozy, makes a sipper, albeit a bad sipper.

Not enjoyable as expected. Tastes like a good beer with a shot each of booze and Listerine added. This beer wants to be good, it just isn't.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 15:03:44 | More by guinnessfan
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2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brown beer with a lot of floaties and a thin, creamy head.

Smell is malty with caramel and candy sugar notes.

Taste is sweet candy sugar, with some estery notes which remind me of chewing gum. In the middle there is some spiciness like nutmeg. Aftertaste is dry and spicy. Body is thin, too thin for my liking, it tears apart the balance of the beer and make all the nice spiciness and candysugar appear to be less intense. I have seen this with other Christmas beer where there is just too much sugar in it.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 08:30:00 | More by Absumaster
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2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel glass. It looks to be notched 3 6, what does that mean? This beautiful spring day made me want...a Christmas beer! The body was dull brown/red leather in color. Lots of yeast and sediment landed in the glass. Modest head left quickly.

Smell was spicy. Cloves and banana skins. Fruity. Not boozy at all.

Taste was tart. Raw green apples. Drying. Not as complex as anticipated. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 14:09:54 | More by Cresant
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2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Delirium Noel is a medium brown color with a small, fragile head that fades to a minimal collar very quickly.

The aroma is a very odd mildewed, floral odor.

The taste has that bad penny taste. Later, as it warms, I get some more sweetness and a little sour, but the copper taste is still there.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with relatively low carbonation compared to Tremens.

Drinkability was only fair, due to the copper taste.

I'm not sure where the penny/copper taste came from, the beer was fresh and the cap opened with an audible noise of releasing gases. But that taste did throw off my enjoyment of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 19:13:35 | More by kegger22
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2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Brown and mucky looking with little head or lacing. Despite having bottle upright in fridge and careful pour, making sure not to pour the last half inch or so of the bottle, there's still lots of obvious nasty looking chunks of sediment. All four bottles came out looking the same way, and I don't think there's anything wrong with the beer, it just looks flat out nasty.

Smells very nice, yeasty with dark fruits and obvious alcohol, fine for the style.

Tastes of spicy plums, raisins, cherries and yeast with some alcohol. Pretty tasty overall.

Not all that thick, slightly watery. Alcohol warming going down.

Drinks poorly. Will not buy again.

Value wise this beer was a real disappointment. It's very expensive ($18 a four pack), it looks awful and doesn't really stand out in any other way.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 15:25:30 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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United Kingdom (England)

2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml champagne corked bottle under the name "Delrium Christmas". Crimson/brown colour. Aroma of cork, rubber and glace cherry, some fairy floss. Pretty sweet, but not as sweet as expected, but, as expected theirs a pretty big shot of alcohol at the end. Palate is a little short and one dimesnional aswell, some spicyness, yeasty. Dissapointing, and a bit "crude" as silktork would say. I guess it was kind of what i expected though, typical Huyghe- i.e pretty lame. This stuff ain't cheap either, bloody hell.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 11:35:57 | More by rastaman
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Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice white 750mL bottle. Appearance is darkish orange, very ncie color actually although the head is limited to an off-white ring. Extremely sweet and phenolic aroma, tons of belgian candi sugar, powder sugar even. It feels very candyish yet has a big yeast backbone though seemingly not adding much to the melting pot. Surprisingly thin body, like thicker sparkling water. Huge sweetness on the tongue in an herbal fashion(clover and the likes). Very warming sensation, spicy alcoholic middle-mouth to finish. Notes of honey, sucre d’orge, plums. A bit cloying.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 18:05:56 | More by Rastacouere
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2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle
2006 edition, labeled "Delirium Christmas"
Best before 9/08

A: Pours a light red color with a white bubbly head. Great retention.

S: Beligian yeast and phenols with hints of cherry and spice.

T: Stale, oxidized taste. Some sort of spice flavors in there, but the flavor of cardboard is covering them up.

M: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D: Promising, except for the oxidized taste. Probably just a bad bottle, so I may try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 04:25:20 | More by klewis
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2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750oz. bottle into an over sized wine glass. 2007 edition

Appearance - Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a one finger white head. Left a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - solid alcohol smell followed by a banana citrus aroma. A dark fruit sweetness is also present.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Smooth and sweet with a dark fruit taste. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry. Spiciness creeps up in the back and finishes with a warm alcohol feel.

Drinkability - Maybe it's not as bad as I think. I'm kinda biased as I don't care for Delirium anyway, but I found the Noel to be worse than the average Nocturnum.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 06:07:16 | More by ryrust5301
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New York

2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a very red red hue. I asked for an xmas brew at the liars club and was presented with this. this tasted of candy sugar and cherries. A strong cherry taste dominated this brew and it was way too sweet for me. Cloyingly sweet wouyld be an apt description. i will not be having this again. it was obvious some care went into this brew but the outcome was not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 06:54:31 | More by sleazo
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New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not much of a head, thin layer of dark brown bubbles across the surface with minimal retention and no lacing. Kind of an orange to brown hued liquid, mostly transparent with some light bending of the light, widely dispersed bubbles. The nose comes across with peat, flint, tar and earth, borderline sweaty, before orange peel, peach pit and hard toffee candy appear, pinch of clove spice. Light to medium-bodied with a fast rising carbonation, within a nanosecond starts foaming up towards your mouth roof. Only slightly sweeter here, noticeably dry on the whole. Touch extra caramel, toffee and depth in the orange citrus and pear, apple, fig, apricot fruit. Retains sourness via the forest floor, peat moss, tarry earth elements, you never really stop puckering. Even at warmer temperatures does not smooth out or deepen as one would hope. Maybe I'm missing something here.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 01:42:18 | More by farrago
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2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a bit disappointing when you look at the name of this brewer.

I bought this beer a few weeks ago at the shop of the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium.

The biggest problem this beer has is the smell, much too smokey. The fluid is amber coloured. Taste is very weird, i had some problems with this taste. To be honest i had much better Christmas brews!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 22:34:47 | More by Brabander
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2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Served in Tulip. Dark amber and red hues in natural light. Dark caramelly brown when held in front of laptop. Thick head of mixed bubbles. Head sticks around forever leaving foam on sides of glass post-sip

S - Mist off bottle smells of strawberries. Berries and sweet malts. Some background of green hop scent.

T - Lots of carbonation and kind of a metallic taste. Very bitter and definitely taste the alcohol as the predominant flavor.

M - Beer is tremendously smooth and viscous.

D - Gotta let it warm up for sure. But a little better than the taste would allow you to be.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 02:22:18 | More by MBABJJ
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2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle of white ceramic and with a classic pressure cap covered in red foil paper was served into a Palm Speciale imperial half-pint glass in Nijmegen, Holland. As a side note, mine was labelled Delirium Christmas, not Delirum Noel. I acquired the bottle in Belgium, so I'd conject the change in label is a marketing move to appeal to the ignorant-of-other-languages English-speaking market (i.e. Americans), myself included. Reviewed live. No best before date is referenced on the bottle despite a spot for it on the label.

A: Bottle opens clean without a surge of liquid, so at least she doesn't seem horribly overcarbonated. One finger thin head is devoid of cream and retains poorly, even factoring in the high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent gold. Average amount of carbonation bubbles ascend at a standard speed.

Sm: Light unfermented sugar and malt. Pretty bad. A moderate strength scent.

T: Caramelized malt, some bland hops, a malted barley foundation, and some pleasant indistinct hops that need to be more at the forefront. Some cola nut hops are unwelcome and don't bring much to the party. I don't get spice, but maybe peppermint is buried way beneath, and candy sugar is certainly present yet bland. It's off-kilter; I'd say about 70% of the flavour is in the first half. This leaves the climax rather unsatisfying. The finish witnesses the death of the beer's flavours, adding nothing new or exciting to the taste, and fails to coax out the next sip from the drinker. Built poorly for the style, but I think it's fair to say it tastes "Christmasey", whatever that means. Perchance it's just me eejitry.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Feels lumpy. Doesn't complement the flavours of the body as much as it should - i.e. as much as other Delirium brews.

Dr: Given the other brews in Delirium's repertoire, I expected far better. This beer was a damned disappointment. She's priced a bit high for the lackluster quality. She drinks easy but doesn't offer a whole lot. Give her a spin at your own risk, but I'll take me Delirium Red over this shite any day of the fortnight.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 20:45:40 | More by kojevergas
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United Kingdom (England)

2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap between Christmas 2011 and New Year in the Delirium Bar (upstairs tap room), Brussels.

Looks good, red and different to most other Belgian winter offerings. An off-white head sat around for a while, got bored and left after about 5 minutes.

The smells hung around though: blackberrys, red currents and plums sprinkled with corriander and cinnamon.

The taste is an alcohol brew of confusion: sweet at first, fruity sweet at that, then a dry hop/nasty finish. The smell contents are in the taste also, but they don't seem to blend so well as in the nose. This beer is unbalanced and relies on the alcohol too much, hoping the lack of cohesive flavours is counterbalanced by the 10%ABV, well it didn't do it for me.

Glad it wasn't a huge glass I had: this beer has more hype than substance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 15:02:19 | More by BlackHaddock
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2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ruddy brown color with a tight head that fades to islands. Head is tan and leaves sporadic sliding lace.

This is a strongly peppered and spiced brew, even with the heavy malt bill the spices still stick out to me. Alcohol will bust through easily as well with nothing trying to hide it. Fruity presence is ever present and always just slightly in the backdrop. Bananna bread, not like a hefe bananna more like bananna bread that is still dough like, uncooked. Black, cracked pepper on the finish and it lingers spicing up the palate for some time to come.

Notes: I love this brewery but this one simply doesn't do it for me. Its an odd mixoligy. This is on the complex side of the house which sometimes is good and sometimes bad. In this case its interesting but doesn't mold together well.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 02:48:52 | More by DogFood11
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2.69/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 10:11:29 | More by newton99
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2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pouring this beer produces one half inch of foamy, off-white head. Head retention is good with a generous, creamy layer staying for most of a glass. The body is a very attractive, ruby color with moderate carbonation displayed.

The nose of this beer presents a warming blend of cherries and rich brown sugar sweetness. A spice smell is notable along with moderate alcohol. Some darker fruit smells of raisins and plums add some additional qualities to the understated aroma of this beer.

A large rush of cinnamon and black pepper spice flavors start this ale abruptly. A faint cherry presence follows before a rather pungent alcohol flavor. A very faint apricot taste mixes with the alcohol before a very strong oak flavor closes this beer. The oak flavor provides a very long aftertaste that is rather unpleasant.

The mouth presence is a confusing mix of spiciness, puckering fruit, strong alcohol dryness and dominating earthiness from the oak flavors.

Drinkability is below average. The flavors of this beer are really confusing with an over-stated oak flavor. I can't imagine purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 22:51:58 | More by Budlum
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New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Opening a white bottle with a pink elephant merrily riding a sleigh made me very excited with what lay inside. I tore off the rapper, undid the cage, and popped the cork, eager to see the present inside. I poured the beer into a snifter basking in the cherry oak color. Alas, any head that formed, quickly deflated, and even the bubbles were no where to be seen. To my suprise, there was particles floating in my beer! The beer reminded me of apple cider, though less dense.

S: Wafting the snifter, I could smell the scent of apples. For a chistmas ale I expected more. More deeply a breathed, but only could pull out the smell of alcohol. Surprisingly, the smell was well hidden.

T: I brought the beverage to my lips and *gasp* it tasted like sparkling cider! Sure there were some hops in the background, but the majority was a foamy water with a slight hint of apple.

M: The thinness of the beer and the bubbliness is off putting. There is not much taste, and for the buildup, the taste was a let down.

D: This beer is simple and easy to drink, not harsh or off putting. However, for the price, I expected more in the way of taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 23:11:21 | More by KenC411
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Quebec (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -33%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a super huge foamy and creamy off-white head with perfect retention. Aroma of cinnamon and another spices which results in a weird perfume that doesn’t excite my olfactory sense. Taste is also dominated by that weird perfume that I have a hard time to pinpoint. I also noticed some sweet malt. Body is real creamy with a good lacing. Alcohol is very well hidden. Even though Belgian Christmas beer is not a well-defined style, there are still some things that I expect (high ABV, full body, spice mix…) which I couldn’t find in here.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 14:03:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light copper/brown color with a thick off-white head. Minimal lacing, if any.

S- Cherries dominate. Some malt aroma.

T- Raisinated dark fruits, sweet cherries, caramel malt, yeasty dough. Did not detect any spice.

M, D- On the full side of medium bodied, the ABV only showing when warmed.

Yawn. Lacking complexity. Poor value.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 18:20:58 | More by WhiteOak
Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 1,446 ratings.