Delirium Noël (Christmas)
Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium Noël (Christmas)Delirium Noël (Christmas)
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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #79
Ranked #13,831
3.92 | pDev: 12.24%
Brouwerij Huyghe
Very Good
Delirium Noël (Christmas)Delirium Noël (Christmas)
Notes: Brewed only for the Christmas and New Year, Noël complete the "Delirium" trilogy. Its appearance is a superb warm copper to red color, recalling "Nocturnum" except in its taste. It hides its subtlety by multiple levels of flavor and should be approached with confidence, with a tinge typical Christmas, sauced with a sweet touch, then bitterness.

20 IBU
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Shiredave from New York

4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle hiding in the back of the fridge since before Christmas. L18 20190 is the date so if it's been treated well, a year old should be just fine.
Billowing off-white head forms, slumping quickly to a blanket of clotted foam and cascades of sugar lace.
Aromatic indeed! Bananas and cloves, raisins and pears, lots fruity, yeasty esters steeped in rock candy sugar.
The flavors echo the smells loudly. Raw grain and toffee up front with all those complex fruit notes washing in and around a grassy, herbal hop bite that is there but restrained by the big malt and toasted barley character.
Full bodied to the point of cloying but not quite - maybe at room temp. But it's too good to wait for that.
As full as it is the carbonation aspirates the sweetness and allows the hop bittering to come forward for balance and maybe a sting of astringency.
The finish is long leaving a pleasing hop bite and a cozy alcohol warmth.
Like a beefed up version of Corsendonk Christmas and equally drinkable.

Feb 05, 2021
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mactrail from Washington

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish amber with bubbles streaming. Big foam to start but then quite manageable. Lush and sudsy mouthfeel. Rather sweet with brown sugar and date flavors, followed by the usual dry yeasty finish. Fruit cake and a whiff of gingerbread.

Overall this is quite a good specimen of the Belgian dark strong ale. Well balanced with the sweet candy taste softened by dark fruit and the mild astringency of the Belgian yeast. It would be a good tradition for Christmas and holiday season when one more IPA is not very festive. From the 750 ml bottle purchased on the West Coast.

Jan 15, 2021
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium Noel is a seasonal release. The Belgian ale is bready and darker than the usual golden profile. The typical Belgian flavors are there, banana, spice, and caramel. The fruits start to pop, almost like a fruit cake.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Jan 01, 2021
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Profundobaso from New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured out from the large 1 pint + bottle into a small tasting glass. dark amber in color, cloudy, and has about a one finger head with some lacing. This bottle has been aging in the cellar for several years.

Smell - Belgian yeast, brown sugar, bubble gum, and some spices. quite complex on the nose.

Taste - a lot of carbonation hits the tongue first, follwed by some brown sugar and a mix of spices and dried fruits. booziness is detectable from the warmness towards the finish, which is fairly dry.

Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and quite boozy at 10% ABV. alcohol is masked but detectable.

Overall - a complex and interesting strong Belgian that is easily approachable by many, though will creep up on you very quickly.

Jan 01, 2021
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed bright copper pour with big fluffy off-white head. Long lasting... with big lacing on the glass.

S: Dark Belgian sugars. Yeast, sweets, and spice.

T.F: Semi-sweet... caramel malts and candy sugar. Baked raisin... yeasty esters and peppery spice. Prune, banana, and apricot. Some hop bitterness later in the sip. Medium bodied... prickly carbonation. Sugars, fruit, and yeast at the finish.

O: A complex Belgian brew... really nice flavor and drinkability. These dancing pink Christmas elephants will take you where you want to be.

Jan 01, 2021
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plutonash from Latvia

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBE: 09/08/21
L: Dark brown / ruby red in color, small 1 finger white/beige head. Really really nice, god-like lacing.
S: Apricots, cherries, plum jam, pear, raisins, caramel, hint of banana.
T: Plums, red currant, nuts. Slightly toasty/bready aftertaste.
F: Medium/light bodied, smooth, nice bitterness. Like most of the belgians, the high alcohol content is well hidden.
O: Easy drinking, dark belgian beer.

Dec 30, 2020
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officerbill from New York

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: a diluted cherry cola with a thin, quickly dissolving, pale head
S: caramel with some raisins, prunes, and a hint of cherry
T: caramel and molasses with raisins, prunes, some dried apricots, some spices that I can't quite identify, and a faint orange zest background
F: no carbonation in the glass, but there is a fizz in the swallow. There is a mild burnt sugar aftertaste with a bit of ginger/pepper tang
O: a very good dark Christmas ale. The sweetness of kept from being cloy by the spice and orange. The beer has a decent body without being too heavy save the 10% is well hidden. I don't think I'd car for this 10 months out of the year, but it hits the spot on a cold winter's night.

Dec 20, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Restrained pour into flute glass producing a Carmel color brew with a ruby hint sporting a 1” ecru colored head. Good head retention. High carbonation. Good lacing.

S - Yeast, bread, almond, caramel.

T - Fruit cake, Raisin, currant, bready yeast with cherry notes. Vanilla. Salted caramel. Nothing synthetic or artificial.

M - Full bodied, some linger.

D - I wasn’t sure about this one. I now see those fears were absolutely unfounded. This isn’t some tacky seasonal or gimmicky synthetic beer. This is a great brew regardless of the time of year. Try it- you won’t be disappointed.

Dec 12, 2020
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faraday326 from California

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown nut color. Super nice head. The aroma is quite light, with a bit of sweetness and the spice. The taste is very malty with strong caramel notes and a hint of spice. I was expecting more spice based on the bottle. The combination of malty sweetness and spice is overpowered, a bit, by the high alcohol content. It has a nice carbonation and mouthfeel.

Aug 08, 2020
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MetalHead7734 from South Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Dark Amber. Pours a very thick, foamy off-white head. The heads sticks around and forms a thin layer over the beer.

Smell: Caramel

Taste: Caremel upfront. Some lemon citrus underneath. A bit spicy.

Feel: Silky smooth. It's got nice weight to it.

Jan 25, 2020
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-Pours a deep mahogany-red colored ale with a nice rocky and frothy head. Nice balanced look. Incredible juxtaposition between the color of the beer itself and the lively head.
S-Sweet buttery maltiness, brown sugar, molasses, sugary stone fruit, dried fruits (apricots and raisons), ginger and clove.
T- Follows the nose. Less sweet than expected with a fine amount of spice. A little bitter heavy in my opinion. It takes away from the subtle nuances I know are there. I'm not saying it's underwhelming though. There is a good bit to take away. Ginger and barley are there, as well as some clove. Wish there was a little more fruitiness, though. I do pick up some apricot for sure, and some sweet cherry.
F-Full bodied mouthfeel for sure. A heavy sipper.
O- Not a bad Christmas ale! Sad to not have had it on Christmas this year, but I digress. The weather outside is cold and this beer fits well with it. Was unfortunately a little underwhelmed though. St. Bernardus has a better Christmas Belgian Strong Dark in my opinion.

Jan 14, 2020
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Gordono from Nevada

3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber creating an incredible thick lacy head. One of the strongest foamy heads I’ve ever experienced. Tastes sweet, slightly sour and spicy with tastes of clove. I liked this seasonal beer a lot more than I thought I would, a lot of things going on but no one thing overwhelming.

Dec 27, 2019
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altstadt from Canada (BC)

3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear reddish chestnut-brown color. Forms a deep head that is a caramel tan color. Strong flux of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass keeping the head at a consistent volume. No lacing because the head just won't diminish. Lacing showed up only after drinking down the level in the glass.

There is a very faint spicy, yeast scent. The head seems to be blocking most of the smell. Swirling the glass added a mild woody malt to the mix with a tiny bit of mint. After drinking half of it, an odd yeasty solvent scent showed up.

Strong caramel malt flavor. Some dark dried fruits. Mild yeast shows up towards the end. Right at the swallow there is an odd yeast solvent flavor that shows up. This is the same as the scent that only showed up after drinking half of the glass. The aftertaste starts out with a mild tart burst and then settles down to a slowly fading malt.

Strong carbonation at first turns this into a heavy cream. Near the end of the glass it had lost a lot of carbonation so the bubbles were more coarse.

On the whole, this is above average. However the odd yeasty solvent scent and flavor were detractors.

Dec 25, 2019
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delirium 'Noel' @ 10.0% , served from the Noel 4pack , 2 x 330 ml bottles , 1 tulip
A-pour is amber from the bottle to a dark brown in the glass with a small tan head leaving a spotty lace along the supplied tulip
S-Belgium , yeast , clove ,
T-sweet candied dried fruit start , strong swallow
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-my third pink elephant
prost LampertLand

Dec 22, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Bottle to wine glass.

LOOK: ORANGE/BROWN COLOR, touch of sediment/hazer, healthy off white head, excellent retention.
AROMA: Bread, wine, cherries, cinnamon, raisin.
TASTE: yeasty bread, brown sugar, orange zest, baking soda.
FEEL: medium body, medium carbonation, hint of siltyness.

Very nice Christmas beer. Unique and warming. Would love to know the names of the 3 Pink Elephants pulling Santa's sleigh. I am probably going to give them names before I finish these 12 ounces.

Merry Merry.

Dec 13, 2019
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HoodviewBrew from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little too spicy for a dark ale. Additionally, it has an off-putting copper aftertaste that detracts from the overall flavor of the beer. Bottle looks cool though.

Dec 12, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An amber caramel color. It has a light spice, sweet aroma. The taste is Holiday spices and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is fizzy as it's highly carbonated. Overall a nice Holiday Cheer beer.

Dec 10, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle reads 'L24 18151'

Pours a clouded rusty amber/brown hue topped with a relentless, fast-rising off-white/beige head of foam; great retention fades steadily to a thin layer of cap, frothy collar, and a dense walling of lace with spotty accents higher up the glass.

Aroma shows plenty of apple, ginger, and caramel upfront, all wrapped in a dry clove sweetness; touches of yeasty spice, nutmeg, and mild fruity esters mark the back end of the bouquet.

Taste opens with a mild yeasty spice, soft, rounded apple, and a fleeting cherry skin brightness; a touch of yeasty sweetness develops across the mid-palate, while a wisp of warming, boozy caramel, spice, flambeed banana become more defined through the finish as the yeast profile develops over palate.

Mouthfeel features a body on the lighter side of medium with a level, fluffy carbonation spread evenly along the palate with an airy grit; a quick, tight dose of syrupy, malty/yeasty sweetness guides to a slightly boozy, warming finish; stiff, bone-dry swallow.

A warming, effortless big beer integrating a subtle, almost understated spice to invoke a seasonal tone without overwhelming the palate; a balanced, smooth, and simply well-crafted take on the style.

Nov 29, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Redesigned lable: Branded as 'Delirium Christmas', and primarily featuring an ice-skating pink elephant (styled otherwise very similar to the bottle featured above).
L- Deep chestnut, clear, pours with 2Cm off-white head.
S- Deep roast fruits, puddingy.
T- Pungent, Xmas pudding, spices, the ABV% it pretty subtle for 10%, you only get brief glimpses of it, which is quite intriguing.
F- Rich but balanced by broad/deep dryness, this is a superb slow-sippin' winter beer. Zero out of place here.
O- Goes down very easily, lovely satisfying mouthful. Potentially 'dangerous' as you only get the briefest glimpses of the outright ABV% on the palate.
Bought from Wholefoods, London W8 £3.79/330ml bottle BB: 23/10/2022.
ps. I've added confidence the beer has rebranded/renamed, as the shop receipt listed this beer as 'Delirium Noel'.

Nov 24, 2019
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a large bubbly tan head. Very carbonated in the beginning but this dissipates with the head.

Smells of malt and yeast. Tastes pretty much the same. Some fruit/raisin tastes but not much. Not a complex beer. Hides the high alcohol very well.

Surprisingly light body compared to other strong dark Belgians that I have tried.

Plesant & strong!

Nov 11, 2019
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Freonicus from Tennessee

3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A decent "Oktoberfest" style beer. Alcohol is hidden very well. The quality is there, but this is nowhere near Delerium Tremens level. Still worth a try if you like marzens/pilsners.

Nov 09, 2019
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DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got the big bottle. Nice amber color with plenty of head and lacing. Smells Belgian. Taste is sweet and smooth. Numbs the gums and lips, not the teeth. Good beer

Oct 02, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty close to Tremens, its cousin, unusual fecund Belgian.
A: Strong ale-like pour with a massive blanket layer of head retention and oceans of lacing splash.
S: Smaller than its cousin with more medicine cabinet and spice, first followed by overripe oranges, banana, yeast, and grass.
T: Starts out strange, sweet and creamy, with that old-fashioned, medicine cabinet then ripe oranges, dried apricots and banana; then the peppery hops provide a bitter middle, which then blends with the sweet fertile yeasty flavors in the finale. A bit of wood cabinet, church and shellac.
F: Mid weight, and bubbly, much like pinot noir feel, with a wine-like acidic bite. Cleans up chalky.
O: meditation beer. savor and have some cheese or fruit.

Sep 19, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich orange-yellow color; see-through.

Nice off-white head; heavy lacing.

Smells of spicy apple juice.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cinnamon hop smack on the lips; delicious apple juice flavor. A delight. Can't taste the 10% at all, which is dangerous.

Mar 04, 2019
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TerryMills from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Belgian yeast smell right off the top with more spice than most , very clean dry finish ..

Nice beer but nothing special in the Belgian style really .. Worth trying at least once.

Feb 01, 2019
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