Delirium Noël - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Reviews: 736
Hads: 1,747
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 71
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
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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 janubio
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33 cl. bottle. Big head that fades soon, leaving a tiny disperse lace. Smell of spices, cinnamon, candied fruits, brown sugar. Light body, sticky palate, normal carbonation. Taste of spices, caramel, dark fruits. Not the best of the Deliriums, IMO. (250 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into trappist glass. Pours amber red with a small, disappearing khaki head. The aroma is fruit and spices; mostly cinnamon, apples, plums, pears, and a bit of brown sugar. It's has a surprisingly weak body and little complexity. Kind of a boring beer that I expected more from Delirium on their popular Christmas beer. (338 characters)

Photo of Minotaur
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dark and foamy belgian strong ale poured into a chalice. It is red-molasses colored with lighter brown highlights and a dirty white head that quickly clears and leaves little or no lacing.

The aroma of raisin/prune/pepper and yeasty alcohol predominate. The aroma of candi-sugar and a slight burnt comes through.

The taste has a lot of alcohol and is mostly sour and bitter despite the obviously significant amount of malts. There is caramel sweetness beneath a sharp hops palate. The alcohol comes through strong with flavors of cherry, sour apple, figs, and a slight amount of holiday spice. It is obviously a complex taste but somehow seemed undercut and weak compared to how firmly it could come through.

The one downfall of this ale is the thin mouthfeel. For the strength of the flavors it seems that there isn't enough textured support for the tastes. Perhaps more age would do the beer well. I found the drinkability decrease as the glass emptied due to the slight pungency in the thin liquor. A little more robustness and denser malt flavor may have balanced it out a bit for me. (1,093 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer wasn't the easiest thing in the world to drink, due to its spirit-like nature, but it was still pretty good. I'd have it again.

This beer poured a brilliant tan color with a medium amount of head. Aroma was ethyl butyrate (cotton candy/bubble gum) and a surprising oak flavor. Flavor was pretty complex. At first I thought it was cognac-like with lots of alcohol. Later I got a smokey, leathery, peatiness that I've gotten from some single-malt scotches (my dad's into scotch; I'm into beer). Mouthfeel was astringent and drying, most likely due to the pronounced alcohol presence. I felt warm when drinking it, but at the same time I felt it a bit challenging to drink...much like I feel about the scotch my dad is always trying to get me excited about.

I'd recommend this beer, despite its challenges. (815 characters)

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque brown with a light tan head. It looks like iced tea.

S: Smells sweet, syrupy, dark fruit winter spices like nutmeg, cola.

T: It's dry up front with a sweeter finish. There's some bitterness at the end, dark fruit, syrupy. Spices seem to be less pronounced than they were in the nose, but still evident. There's a slight nutty taste from the yeast.

M It has an astringent finish, yet it's smooth with a full feel.

O Definitely a sipper, an after dinner beer. Take your time with it especially since its 10%.

I don't remember entirely was this was like, but I don't remember being very impressed. I'll stick to Tremens. (641 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I prefer Leon over Noel. Pours a mostly cloudy light orange color with a amber hue through out. A soft white head that remains for some time but eventually hides to the side of the glass. Good lacing as well.

The nose is not as complicated for a Belgian X-mas beer as expected. Some underlining malt notes with some hints of caramel. More of a malty nose and no real sugar notes. Would like to see a bit more back bone here. Some minor spice notes, more on the bready side. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and hint of pepper. Some coiny/mineral notes as well. Some yeast notes but a bit light for style.

The taste is a bit more representative. The malt is still limited though. Some bready notes accented by the spice. Some minor candy toffee flavors and a hint of caramel. The yeast comes out a bit more with some Belgian yeast character. Some esters, plums and pineapple. Some herbal and a light hibiscus note that comes out as it warms. The spice notes are light but come out more as it warms. Pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a minerally flavor as well, and a slight butyric note as it warms.

The body is moderate and some warming effects. Sure Belgian x-mas beers are all over the place, but this one just seems to be lacking that definite Belgian and spice character. Some noticeable off notes, there is more to desire for this one. (1,340 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy, deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apples, apricots and Belgian yeast along with some caramelized malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very spicy and sour with flavors of apples, apricots, spices and Belgian yeast. The sourness fades but the spiciness does not. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is decent for the style. There’s also a strong spicy burn that stings the back of your tongue after the first couple of sips and persists as you continue to drink the beer.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, despite the uniqueness I found in this beer, I consider it to be just an “all right” beer. Given the array of choices for Belgian beers, I probably wouldn’t drink this one again. (1,029 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a nice amber color with a fluffy off white head which disappeared quickly. The smell was okay. I could smell a hint of cloves and banana. The taste was disappointing, The first thing I could taste was metal and that was it. I let the beer warm up a bit and the metal taste went away and then I could taste bananas and yeast. No hops at all. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. The overall drinkability of this beer for me was poor. I expect more from this company and for $8 a bottle I was disappointed. (539 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is 05 vintage. Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed glass.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy brown. The head was thick and white. The head was short lived. There was no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Typical sweet fruity, spicy yeasty combination. Just did not exactly measure for a holiday brew.

Taste: The beer was pretty much as it smelled. Sweet citrus leads and mellows out into a understated dry spicyness.

Mouthfeel: This is a meduim bodied beer. Very dry finish to the beer.

Drinkability: Frankly, this is an ok beer. For a holiday beer I was disappointed. I would have prefered more spicyness. I do not know if this beer would benifit from cellaring. I like the other beers I have had from this brewery (736 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: shiny copper

S: fig, date, big alcohol nose

T: sweet fig/date, big malt,
hint of spices, smooth/boozy finish

M: med/light body, smooth/light oily

O: Usually really enjoy this brewery,
but this just was disappointing. Will
pass on it in the future. Too much
alcohol nose and warmth, not
enough body.

OK, NOT MUST TRY! (327 characters)

Photo of ThirdLap
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Can you say fire sale? How does $2.70 for a 750ml bomber sound? BA 'macktbone' tipped me off on this one, with $11 bombers of Noel going for 75% off. The price and the Huyghe name was too much to resist, so I had to pick one (or eight) up. Even if its bad it's still gonna be good. Right?

A - From a corked, caged, and foiled bomber into my St. Bernardus goblet, Delirium Noel pours a dark cherry brown with a short-lasting 1cm off-white head. Agitation causes a similarly short-lived return of head, which also quickly dissipates. Minor lacing noted.

S - I could literally smell the banana from several feet away. Candied sugar, slightly yeasty, a touch of alcohol, a touch of spices. Not bad, but not too inspiring either.

T - I'm gonna come back to this one after it warms up a bit. It's not bad, just again, woefully uninspiring.

Alright, I'm back. The bottom line is that I'm happy I didn't spend $11 on this, and even more happy that I only spent two dollars and change.

Save for a teensy bit of dark fruits and spices, there just isn't a whole lot happening on my tongue. There's a slight out of place tartness present, and I get tons of banana bread on the nose each time I go for a sip.

I better learn to like bananas; I have seven more bottles of this stuff.

M - Medium carbonation, and much more full-bodied than you would expect. Finish is clean and dry. The 10% alcohol is readily apparent.

D - Christ, what was I thinking opening this whole bomber by myself? John (macktbone), you're helping me drink the other seven bottles! (1,551 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2005 Vintage; consumed Christmas Day 2006

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a billowy head that drops quickly but, to its credit, stays around to provide a film over the beer and, thus, manages to deposit some lacing around the chalice

Smell: Bubblegum and cherry hues, along with some fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a candi sugar and slightly yeasty flavor that builds some depth and peppery spiciness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the phenols take over and provide a rather plastic flavored finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and spritzy with some alcoholic warmth after the swallow

Drinkability: Oh, I had high hopes for this one as I enjoy the Delirium Nocturnum and Delirium Tremens; this one just isn't cutting it for me with its lack of depth after the swallow and unusual phenols

Thanks, beerhandy, for the opportunity (856 characters)

Photo of doubleipa
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2004 bottle. I was worried that the cork had gone bad since there were dried brown drops runnig down the neck. Cork released with a reassuring pop. Light brown head that fully vanished. Hazy and murky, dark amber. Heavy yeast, but also some barnyard and mold aromas. This is a bit skunked, me thinks. There was still some good carbonation. Could taste some dried fruit. I guess this one is best drunk fresh. It was properly stored since I bought it in 2004. (457 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap.

Arrived a clear brownish red with a thick tan brown head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma has lots of spice that is reminiscent of Christmas. Cinnamon and clove are quite prominent.

The spice carries over into the flavor with caramel, apple, and peach also being noticeable. In some ways it recalls a fruit cake or a grogg. Along with this is sweetness and a super sweet and sticky mouthfeel that greatly hinders drinkability.

Overall, this is definitely a sipper to be enjoyed in small amounts. It is a bit too sweet for me but I could see how this might work well as an after dinner drink. (614 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a nice deep amber with virtually no head but some fizzy carbonation.

S-Smells heavily of clove with some hints of dark fruit with some biscuit.

T-Big dark fruits upfront with a bit of clove, some apple, and some warming alcohol on the finish.

M-Surprisingly light bodied and effervescent with a somewhat rich and warming feel.

D-Not a bad beer by any means, but I was expecting more spice and a richer body. (419 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark reddish-copper in color. Billowing off-white head fills up the goblet. Some lacing. Aromas are all infused with a strong sense of alcohol: cherry candy, sweet caramel, some chocolate. Flavor...hmmph. Flavor is a boxing match of the aromas trying to gain your attention. Not quite unbalanced, but close. Finishes with a hot alcohol infusion. I'd expected some sort of spicy character to this one, but didn't taste it. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel. Not for the timid. (469 characters)

Photo of VoodooBear
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle with a faux ceramic plastic finish. Served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark reddish brown color. Two finger tan colored head that goes down a bit but sticks around 'till the end. Incredible lacing, very pleasing to watch.

Smell: Malt and yeast dominate, complemented by spicy and fruity notes.

Taste: Tastes mainly of malt and spices. The alcohol is very present but not overpowering. There's a bit of yeast in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: Very good and full carbonation. It's creamy with a dry finish. It has a very strong, spicy bite to it too.

Overall: This is definitely a beer for the cold months. It warms you up when you drink it. The spices are a bit too strong and this makes the brew a bit messy and unbalanced. That being said, it's still very good, but not the best in the Delirium lineup. (859 characters)

Photo of Darkale
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I sampled this beer on vat at Anam Cara as part of the Belgian Beerfest pre-party. The ruby ale was served in a tremens snifter, and wafted an aroma of alcohol, sour cherries, and hints of chocolate. The flavors were strongly dominated by the alcohol, and sour cherry notes. There were hints of chocolate and cream making the drink vaguely reminiscent of those gooey covered cherries that my mother enjoys finding under the tree. It would have been nice if the alcohol and the cherries didn't unite to generate some nightmarish medicinal notes. Unfortunately, the brew wasn't as drinkable as I had hoped. The watery, yet textured body also confused me. (652 characters)

Photo of TLove
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle to Palm snifter.

The Delerium "series" seems to be a one-trick pony - sweet/sour balance. Sure, they differ in color and complexity, but they play off the same components. This is no exception.

A bit of brandy, apricots, and butter. Sweet and sour cherry mix with a little touch of currant and dried apple. Slightly nutty with carbonation not as dominant as in similar BSDAs.

The consistency and balance are lacking. Sweet/sour components are dominant here, with a strange, off-putting character because of the earthiness in that mix. (552 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm not impressed with these Belgian golden strong ales. The taste is basic pilsner like with some spice & metallic? A+ All the way for the bottle though, its one of the few that I keep around. (195 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of JBogan
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark and somewhat cloudy amber, with a small but tight head which left moderate lacing.

Smelled of sweet malt and fruits such as apricot and plum.

Tasted quite sweet as well. Somewhat of a burnt molasses mixed with the aforementioned fruits. Different, yet not completely satisfying. No real sign of alcohol at first, but a bit of warming takes effect after a while.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a fairly full body. Not a lot of carbonation.

A fairly unremarkable seasonal offering. I'm not saying it was bad, just nothing really special about it which made me yearn for more. (586 characters)

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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