Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
delirium.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by taez555 on 02-03-2002

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#14,925
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809
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2,020
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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Photo of jason_nwx
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Vixie
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of heerboth
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Schinca
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Swizzz
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If you like delirium you will like this one it is my favorite of the delirium beers 10% alcohol nice and smooth excellent flavor

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Photo of belgianhead
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of 1mrbeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnyminor
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tomesco
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of RConrad
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice ruby amber with a good head. Slight medicinal flavor, not as tasty as Delirium Tremens. Nice to have around the holidays but not a beer for regular consumption.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish, ruby red, small bubbles beige head.

Aroma of belgian yeast, fruity and dark.

Tastes of figs, dark raisins, chocolate.

Medium mouthfeel. Slightly bitter aftertaste, fruity and chocolatey.

Very good belgian.

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Photo of CMA
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FlaS4
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RayCannata
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BHapeman
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an above average tasting beer but my palate didn't detect anything Christmasy about it.

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Photo of thfreedumb
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwhancher
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby red, slightly copper color with huge frothy head that never really fades all that much. Carbonation is steady and exhilarating. Aromas of fig, raisins, dark fruit (plum, dark cherries) with caramel malts, yeasty esters and CO2 (yes, you can smell the off putting gas). Tastes like rum raisin with sweet finish but dries nicely due to high carbonation. Feel is wonderful - like a beer champagne, only better. Overall, a delightful treat. Glad Santa brought me this last Christmas. I only wish I had opened it sooner. Cheers!

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Photo of IronLover
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faded raisin orangish brown in color with a moderate haze and tons of yeasty floaties. Poured with a tall, soapy, light tan foam with moderate retention. Sweet banana, raisin, and pear aromas with yeasty and light peppery notes. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Light smooth feel through the middle with boozy warmth growing through the middle and becoming prickly at the end. Sweet dark fruit malt flavors with banana esters up front. Peppery esters combine with medium light hop bitterness through the middle. Dark fruit, banana and spicy flavors from the middle to the end along with expanding boozy heat. Finished with a light spicy bite followed by dark fruit and yeasty notes. Not a top notch Belgian, but certainly a holiday tradition. Easters lean heavily to the sweet banana side. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle as a Christmas gift (10% abv.):
This one was quite an interesting offering that definitely seemed more drinkable & balanced than expected with some nice caramel sweetness & darker fruits coming through but it definitely wasn't a classic & some of the brewery's other offerings are definitely better I'm afraid. There was some nice warming touches & plenty of spices towards the end that helped hide some of the alcohol & allow it to go down easily. The darker fruits that featured on the nose could probably have been a little stronger with the taste but that was a minor complaint & it was a nice beer to try.

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Photo of hophugger
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of georgeanthorpe
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Premo88
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bomber poured into vertical goblet
(2017 vintage — looks like born-on date of July 18, 2017)

L: crystal clear* amber with a copper-bronze leaning and a massive head of foam ... the cork flew 35 yards out the bottle like a little greenside pop wedge when I opened it; carefully pouring, it still pushed up 2-plus inches of beige foam; keeps a super thick collar and almost full skin; no sticking or lacing (*clear if you keep the lees and sediment out of the glass; can get a little murky on the second pour no matter how careful you are ... even then, though, it clears up nicely)

S: yeast, fruitcake ... peach, bread malt, sugar-covered dates, maple syrup, walnuts ... very "light" for a Belgian strong dark, lots of fruity sweetness but with loads of yeast still pushing in a dusty/earthy aroma at times

T: same yeasty fruitcake as the nose with the earthiness edging out the fruity sweetness at the tape; the lingering earth bitterness gives the sweetness a good balance; with age I bet this could get very sweet and candylike

F: fluffy, light, mouthfilling Belgian goodness ... nobody does carbonation like Belgians and this is another example

O: a very good brew and probably a perfect candidate for aging; I drank mine relatively fresh (about 6-7 months old — I'd call that "fresh" for the style) but would love to drink a 2- or 3-year-old version to see what happens when the malt tries to take over while all that yeast gets eaten up ... could be quite interesting

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,020 ratings