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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#9,154
Reviews:
803
Ratings:
2,003
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
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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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Photo of cozmo
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AAG
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tmryan21
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WormGod
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of antman27
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BdM
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pau622
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFNC
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish orange color, definitely well carbonated,creates huge foam head but still remains fairly smooth and easy to get down. Aroma is yeast,dried fruit,malt and a little bit of spice. Taste follows aroma,just mildly sweet with a subtle bitter taste. An excellent holiday beer

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Photo of DrKarl
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of descobar
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

in a large snifter. this is a model 2017 Noel.
Look: pours amber/brown with a frothy tan head that extends up about 2". unfortunately it dissipates to about 1/8" rather quickly. the beer is opaque (can still see partially into it but not across the glass). minimal lacing was observed.
Smell: Sweet dark fruits (plums, figs, dates, etc.) and estery Belgian yeast. Candy and caramel with holiday spices.
Taste: lots of sweetness from malts and candy sugar combining with caramel and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark fruit flavors are more subdued here. Bitterness balances well.
Feel: medium to full body. rich and creamy texture with very lively carbonation, pronounced astringency. Finishes with a strong boozy warmth that slams the palate hard and lingers.
Overall: a fun and pleasant holiday spiced Belgian. Definitely enjoyable at this time of the year and would probably be even better enjoyed in more wintery conditions.

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Photo of twax
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Summerteeth
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,003 ratings