Delirium Noël (Christmas)
Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium Noël (Christmas)Delirium Noël (Christmas)
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From:
Brouwerij Huyghe
 
Belgium
Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #105
ABV:
10%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,242
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 12.08%
Ratings:
2,151
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 03, 2022
Added:
Feb 03, 2002
Wants:
  92
Gots:
  321
SCORE
87
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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Photo of jeffdr123
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jeffdr123 from Florida

On tap at at the Belgian Monk in Punta Gorda. Lighter than the Delirium Black Lots of herbal layers including the bourbon barrel. Another great entry from this brewery..

Mar 11, 2022
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4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

12oz bottle

Pours nearly 4 fingers of head into my snifter, 2/3 of the glass is foam, this is absurdly over carbonated. At least the head looks creamy. Retention is also overly stubborn, this isn’t going anywhere and that’s not a good thing. So far, looks annoying.

Nose has some subtle spice, big fruit cake esters, and bready malt. Rich, fatty, full. Smells very nice.

Flavor is straight forward. Pretty big fruit cake esters, stone fruit, and even some banana. Mild spice, malty. Nice flavor that comes out a lot as it warms.

Carbonation is very high. Body drinks pretty light all things considered, but has a little weight towards the finish. Has a clean ferment character, but definitely a sweet beer, especially in the finish. Bitterness is hardly distinguishable from the small alcohol bite that is present. There is no burn, and overall this does a fantastic job of hiding that alcohol. Nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability is great. The alcohol presence is minimal, and this is very tasty.

Appearance turned out nice. Once the head settled the hell down, I got an approachable beer with some solid lacing.

At first it’s a pretty straight forward Belgian Dark “Christmas Ale”, but as this starts to warm the flavor really gets some depth. Overall it’s very full-flavored, there is little to complain about, it could use more complexity I suppose.

Mar 09, 2022
 
3.92 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on Feb 26, 2022
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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Dark copper to amber in color with a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering three quarters of the top. I smell tart fruity Belgian yeast with notes of cranberries and cinnamon. I’m tasting fruity Belgian yeast, cranberries, cinnamon, and clove. The mouth is very dry and moderately carbonated.

Feb 26, 2022
 
3.81 by gefinley from California on Feb 20, 2022
 
3.93 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Feb 12, 2022
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4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

No idea how I haven't reviewed this yet
Pours a giant foamy pillowy rocky 3+ finger head that rounds over the top, fair retention then great retention, a bit of lacing, mostly clear auburn to almost ruby color

Nose fair sweet malt, toasted biscuity reddish malt, a little caramel, candi sugar, bright sweet malt, a bit floral potpourri phenol notes, fair fruity esters, candied apple, little cherry plum, little toasted bread crust, light alcohol perfumey

Taste more sweet toasted reddish malt, some toasted sweet bread crust, a bit of sweet vanilla icing notes, more Belgian candi sugar, toffee and a little caramel like, fair Belgian phenol spices potpourri like, but also lots of fruity esters, a bit of cherry, plum, candied apple again, red pear kinda thing, a bit of bitterness, touch of perfumey alcohol

Mouth is med to fuller bod, high effervescent carb, a hint of warming alcohol, tad syrupy

Overall classic Belgian Christmas beer, nice spice notes mostly from yeast additions, lots of nice esters, smooth alcohol, bright malt, great beer, love these for the holidays (or an icy February night)

Feb 05, 2022
 
3.83 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Jan 30, 2022
 
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 28, 2022
 
4.19 by Rhetion from Florida on Jan 14, 2022
Photo of puck1225
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Had not realized I had not reviewed this beer! I had two bombers over this Christmas holiday and I have enjoyed both.

Poured into a tulip glass. Reddish clear brown with a beautiful light beige head and great curtain lacing. Smell and taste of sweet cherries and warm spices. Dark fruit and berries. All spice and cinnamon. I look forward to it next year!

Jan 12, 2022
Photo of spectru
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by spectru from Florida

Copper amber, foamy head receded to cap; Taste good, mild, not particularly noteworthy. Good mouthfeel. Certainly a good beer. A seasonal beer, worth having.

Jan 06, 2022
 
3.59 by Avitra from Switzerland on Dec 31, 2021
 
4.1 by cwd from Kentucky on Dec 26, 2021
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by ZenAgnostic from Texas

11.2oz bottle poured into teku glass. Picked up from liquor store for $5.99. 21225 printed in box on bottom right of back label. Not sure what it means, but this is a strong enough beer that it should be plenty fresh.

Appearance - Slightly hazy light amber brown body. Tufty tan head with good lacing, stick and retention.

Smell - Alcohol and dry nuttiness? Sort of one note. Not much going on.

Taste - Compared to the nose it has an explosion of flavor. Sweet. Bitter. Hides the alcohol well, until it doesn't at all.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied but sort of harsh.

Overall - Pretty underwhelming. Not impressed with this example of the style, nor of it as a beer in general.

Dec 26, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by H-TownMcBuck from Texas

One of my favorite Christmas ales. Nice, clear, copper, brown color. Good lacing. Smell mix of sweet and tartness, caramel, vanilla. Rich flavor - three of us tasting were overwhelmingly pleased. Malty, raisin, and molasses. Wonderful ale in the winter.

Dec 26, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Bottle says best before end of 10/17 - so only 4 plus years past due - shared 330 ml bottle on Christmas Day 2021.
Have enjoyed numerous times - fresh and of varying ages - but never rated before...
Pours a dark reddish copper with a little sediment from a less than careful pour - scant beige head in a taster glass.
Aroma of dark fruit, clove, Belgian yeast, and brown sugar/toffee.
Taste follows with Christmas spice - clove, touch of cinnamon, Belgian yeast, brown sugar and dates - toffee and a hint of booze rounds out the flavour.
Smooth medium full mouthfeel with active tingly carbonation - fruity sweetness and seasonal spice, very nice, even in its aged state.

Dec 25, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by bobv from Vermont

750 ml. bottle.
Bottled 174th day of 2021.

Gentle to moderate pour yields a one inch plus off white head over a dark copper body with a bit of lacing. There are very impressive tiny bubbles feeding the head nonstop.

Nose exhibits funk, herbs, malt and spice. Pretty nice!

Taste mirrors nose somewhat with the malt coming forward; some dark fruit and figs as well.
This beer is getting better and better with each sip and/or I'm starting to feel the 10% abv!
After 30 minutes the finish has toffee and caramel.

Mouthfeel is very good, filling your mouth every time.

Overall, quite enjoyable on Christmas Day and will have again next year.
Cheers!

Dec 25, 2021
 
3.79 by Meddwol from Michigan on Dec 24, 2021
 
4 by doctorgary from New York on Dec 22, 2021
 
4.04 by cgrunin from Texas on Dec 21, 2021
 
3.95 by irishevans from California on Dec 20, 2021
 
3.92 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Dec 19, 2021
 
4.25 by Stengelfoot from California on Dec 17, 2021
 
3.97 by simonrgilbert57 from California on Dec 14, 2021
 
3.77 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Dec 11, 2021
 
4 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Dec 09, 2021
 
4.09 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Nov 29, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by md3kcn from North Carolina

Purchased as a 1 pint, 9.4 oz bottle from The Blue Door for $15.00. Poured into a crystal goblet.

L - Dark amber with a frothy three-finger beige head. Laces well.
S - Pear, clove, and concord grape are very much the front. Miscellaneous malty notes. An almost mineral aroma.
T - Stone fruit and toffee hit me first. Very light brown sugar and raisin towards the back. Spice and currant-esque finish. Ethanol detectable towards the end of the glass, but it's not overpowering. Well-balanced.
F - Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky. Filling.
O - This is the only one of the trilogy I haven't had yet. To be honest, it's the most underwhelming of the three, but it's still a damn fine brew! It'd do swell with a little aging, so I'll buy a second bottle tomorrow and keep it for three months or so. I'm thinking the yeast was the star here, and it did an amazing job! I'd definitely recommend this beer; give it a try!

Nov 28, 2021
 
4 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Nov 26, 2021
Photo of Lampro
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lampro from Virginia

Full body, nicely spiced/yeasty.

Nov 25, 2021
 
3.59 by bendukes86 from South Carolina on Nov 14, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by robwired from Kansas

It sure poured a frothy head. The nose was sweet cherrylike malt. The flavor is spicy and malty with a mild yet confident bitterness in the finish. I enjoy the play of sweet alcohol bitterness in taste and throat. It goes down easy. Nice amber color, too.

Nov 10, 2021
 
4.04 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Aug 10, 2021
 
4 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
 
4.24 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Mar 13, 2021
 
4.39 by Jakepitbull from New York on Feb 27, 2021
 
4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Feb 26, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Shiredave from New York

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
Delirium Noël (Christmas) from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 2151 ratings