Delirium Noël (Christmas)
Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium Noël (Christmas)Delirium Noël (Christmas)
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Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #93
Ranked #15,534
3.9 | pDev: 12.05%
Feb 08, 2024
Feb 03, 2002
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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Reviewed by turfy from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Beautiful pour of reddish brown body and a vigorous fluffy tan head. Great lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, spice, dark fruit. Taste included some ester / banana notes, clove , nutmeg, some sweet dark fruit and a balancing bitterness, but nothing overpowering. Feel was a touch light for me…expected a bit more heft in the mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this brew. I’m not a fan of the big banana/estery/heavy Belgian spicy taste in some strong ales, but this one was dialed back enough for me to enjoy
Feb 08, 2024
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
The pour is garnet colored. The taste is raisins, prunes, brown bread, grains, banana, toasted caramel, & a hint of clove. The 10% abv is well. Overall, I'm not usually a fan of this beer style but this one is an exception. Cheers! B
Feb 02, 2024
Rated: 4.03 by mushycake from Connecticut

Jan 31, 2024
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Reviewed by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
This one is to much for me. A typicsl strong belgian that had me yearning for something american crafty. A few of these and you may be done fof the holiday.
Jan 17, 2024
Rated: 3.84 by Nunya from Ohio

Jan 12, 2024
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau wheat beer glass.

L: Hazy amber, big fluffy off-white head, decent lace.
S: Light spice, bready malt, plum.
T: Malty, medium sweetness balanced by subtle spice flavor.
F: Medium-weight, crisp with an underlying creaminess.
O: Good, though not as good as Delirium Nocturnum.
Jan 11, 2024
Rated: 4.03 by sewerchewer from New York

Dec 31, 2023
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tap hit at V&B, Toulouse, France.
Display is a fine creamy foam above dark amber ale.
Aroma is spiced cake, orange, little bruleed banana.,
Taste brings orange zest, candij sugar, cinnamon toast, Belgian yeast, little clove note. Finishes nice, bready, spicy. The ABV doesn’t dominate the overall profile.
Medium body, creamy, low to medium carbonation.
Overall, ding your ho ho ho bell.,
Dec 30, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Dec 28, 2023
Rated: 4.13 by EdFed from Illinois

Dec 25, 2023
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Reviewed by Biergnomus from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A delicious Belgian ale for Christmas. I thank Christ and glorify Him with every sip! Will be sipping more throughout these cold, cold winter months. Glory to God!
Dec 25, 2023
Rated: 4.36 by cabsandking from Ohio

Dec 25, 2023
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Reviewed by MrOH from Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cloudy dark amber, dense khaki head, good retention, splotchy lace
Figs, bananas, raisins, soda bread, and slight spice aroma
Tastes like it smells
Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, impressible drinkability for a 10% beer
Really nice one for the holidays
Dec 24, 2023
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Reviewed by Beersnake from California

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2022 bottle poured into correct glassware. 750ml bottle. Pours a dark and opaque orange with an abundance of head. Dissipates relatively quickly with good lacing. The nose is really smooth. Pizza dough, Belgian yeast, slight cinnamon, mild caramel, raisin, stone fruit.

The taste is really nice. Interesting mingling of sweet and bitter. Definitely getting some oak and leather, with an earthy influence. Candy, yeast, plums, apricot, and bread. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a really nice toffee/wood aftertaste. The ABV is there, but it's not too boozy.
Dec 23, 2023
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Very complex.
A beautiful holiday warmer.
Top notch Belgian brew.
Dec 20, 2023
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Date Code L19 21 183 , so July 7th, 2021. Let sit out for 20 minutes before oipening.

Translucent medium-dark reddish brown, with one finger of light tan head, that leaves a surface sheet, and a few spots of lacing.

Smell is , fig, raisin, a vague mix of other dried fruit, and some slight toffee. Some light brandy-ish booz y aroma in the background.

Taste is raisin, brown bread, tobacco, leather, and a faint date flavor towards finish. The barest hint of bitterness shows up at the end, and lingers awhile.

Feel is light-medium, smooth, barely-slick, initially creamy , with light, very,very fine carbonation bite towards the end. Slight drying sensation after finish. Other than a slight internal warmth after the first couple of sips, the 10% abv is not noticeable.

Overall , well-balanced, and dangerously easy-drinking. A pleasure. I'm encouraged to have this again, & maybe look for a fresher specimen , but am well-satisfied at hows this aged.
Dec 18, 2023
Rated: 3.3 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Dec 16, 2023
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Reviewed by tolar111 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Opened a corked and caged bottle and poured into a Delirium branded glass. the beer pours a pretty translucent reddish-brown color, really more red than brown. The head is a foamy tan color that is easy to build a nice head and lingers for a while, till it settles to an eighth of an inch ring around the rim of the glass. The smell is Belgian yeast, and lightly roasted malts. The taste follows the smell, a tasty interplay of malts and yeast, with an underlying sweetness that while ever-present doesn't become overwhelming or cloying. The 10% ABV remains well hidden, at least until you stand up. The feel is just right for the style, lively enough to produce a great head and spread the full flavor and nice aroma. I liked this beer and I'm glad I purchased the holiday gift pack, I look forward to drinking the second bottle.
Dec 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Cm55

4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottle (375)
L- rich mahogany BBC color, cream 2F head lingers with lacing as well
S-malt, nutmeg, candi sugar, caramel
T-Incorporates all the belgian notes of plum, caramel, and cereals you’d expect but without any one predominant flavor and with a few more cinnamon and nutmeg hints. Well balanced.
F-ever so slightly over carbonated
O-an outstanding belgian seasonal that puts its best foot forward with core belgian flavors
Dec 15, 2023
Delirium Noël (Christmas) from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 2203 ratings