Delirium Noël (Christmas)
Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium Noël (Christmas)Delirium Noël (Christmas)
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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #90
Ranked #12,653
3.91 | pDev: 12.28%
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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MetalHead7734 from South Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +0.3%
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 -4.9%
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

3.56/5  rDev -9%
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

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -6.1%
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%
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 -4.6%
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 +2.6%
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 +11.3%
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 +2.3%
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%
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 +2.6%
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 +7.9%
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 +8.7%
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 +2.3%
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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sjrider from California

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt orange/dark amber color with quickly dissipating khaki head leaving moderate lacing. Nose is mild spice and yeast. Taste follows with a slightly bitter and almost sour finish. Not nearly as flavorful as expected.

Jan 07, 2019
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Bombelsky from Poland

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems unbalanced, but there is a plenty of belgian ales characteristics with some more spicy accent. Not bad, but too many good beers in the same category. Cheers!

Dec 30, 2018
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Fatheroftoomany from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nothing too special here. Tastes like mad elf which is so much cheaper. Smells spicy and festive but the taste is just not that good. It gets better as you drink it but the first bite is harsh.

Dec 25, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle coded L23 17193 (likely 18 months old) poured into a snifter at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright dark amber to light brown with a big, but quickly gone, khaki head. The head recedes to a thin film and ring. No lacing. The aroma is light caramel, stone fruit, and a hint of clovey yeast. The taste is very fruity with a lightly bitter caramel finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with well above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Booze is fairly well hidden and not disagreeable once noticed. Overall, very good. There aren't a lot of layers here and I imagine this beer is classified as a dark by default. It's too dark to be pale. It is enjoyable in it's own right, and unique.

Dec 23, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: nice mixture of ruby red and mahogany. some dark amber notes as well with just a little red as well. head pour aggressive and off-white, but settles down to about 1 finger

s: fig, nutmeg, cardamom, sweet caramel, plums, raisins, Belgian spicy yeast. huge bready backbone. strawberries and prunes behind that. the finish is loaded with dark fruit and bready malts. smells big and thick

t: fig, raisins, and plums right away. a hit of sharp alcohol is then met with a hugeee hit of fresh bread. strawberry and cardamom behind that. a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon in there as well. big hit of caramel. not quite as robust as the aroma, but still quite a lot going on. finish is boozy and bready with a little dark fruit

m: heavy, full mouthfeel with mid-high carbonation. feels very full

o: as mentioned, the aroma is a bit more robust than the flavor. could use a touch more from the dark fruits and spices in the flavor and a little less alcohol. however, it is still a very enjoyable beer, though might not be worth a constant purchase given the price tag

Dec 15, 2018
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BeanBump from California

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bready, malty and a little spicy, this is probably my favorite of the Delirium offerings. Its smooth, balanced and a little boozy at 10% but hey, its only around during the holidays so indulging doesnt seem too bad. This one flies under the radar a lot but its a solid holiday release every year

Dec 12, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber brown color with a ginormous foam head. The head retention takes seemingly forever and displays sticky lacing.
Rich malt aromas, amber malts, bready and biscuity, dark bread crusts. Sweet notes of candi sugars and dark fruit, balanced by Christmas like spices of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Full and luscious bready and biscuity malt taste with a moderate sweetness. Yeasty phenols add spicy notes. Flavors of dark fruit, raisin, plum and figs. Additional touches of cherry and chocolate malts add complexity.
Medium to full bodied, gently carbonated, smooth, velvety and soft in the mouth. The dry finish greatly aids drinkability while the alcohol is well masked.
Delightful Christmas Ale that should have higher marks in my opinion.

Dec 10, 2018
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Vixie from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Quick warning, let this beer sit for a few days after bringing it home, it gets angry being moved, and will make a mess if you're not ready for it. Once it does settle, it is a very nice looking amber color with a thick off white head.

Smell is sweet and fruity, with a hint of Belgian yeast.

Taste is classic Belgian, dark fruit, candy sugar, and a bit of pepper. Has a nice burn at the finish.

Has a lot of tingle and tongue burning going down.

Another nice beer from this brewery, flavorful and nice on a chilly night. If you like a classic Belgian dark beer, this is a solid example of the style.

Dec 10, 2018
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belgianhead from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked a small bottle last week. The smell is somewhat odd, a mix of soapy and medicinal. If you don't smell it, it's great. I prefer Delirium Nocturnum myself.

Nov 27, 2018
Delirium Noël (Christmas) from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2085 ratings