Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 820 | Ratings: 2,047
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of TerryMills
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of sjrider
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.57/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of jkblr
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of BeanBump
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 bbtkd
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Noël, 10% ABV, 20 IBU. Pours dark brown with a massive four-finger cream colored head. Nose is yeast and fruit, taste follows with moderate sweetness, and almost no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a rusty brownish red, hazy, with a large light tan foamy head.

S: Predominantly fruity and yeasty with some honey and bread in there as well as a bit of spice. This smells a bit like a dubbel.

T: Again dark fruits and a lot of yeast with honey. But there a big alcohol flavor here covered only a little bit by a mild spicy note.

Overall: Not the best from this series of beers. Probably won't come back to this one, even on the holidays.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a beautiful amber with a rich 1"- 2" white foamy head, and exceptional lacing.
S: The nose is light, getting some wine, figs/raisin, bread, and malt.
T: Tase follows the nose, with some alcohol bite throughout. Getting a little bitter aftertaste that is not so nice.
M: Medium feel
O: Not my favorite beer, flavors seemed harsh and underwhelming to me for the style.

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Photo of BenHoppy
2.82/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance was a lot of foam, exploded before I could pour, a bit like champagne with an amber color. Smell is cinnamon raisins with taste of cherry nutmeg that was almost nauseating. Couldn't finish it, gave to wife. She enjoyed it but I hated it and I usually love Belgians but every time I have a Delirium I regret buying it. Had the red and tremens, this is the worst.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip T. Karmeliet glass (close enough to the Delirium delivery system)

Initial head is sublime, and I was about to give this a 4.75 for appearance, but upon hearing the fizz, I thought I'd wait a minute....disappointingly the retention was none existent, but the body was a lovely rich toffee colour, so a 4.25 it is.

Aroma is sweet and of a good malty quality, although you do get a hefty whiff of booze to boot.

Taste reflects the Aroma, plenty of malty caramel, a touch on the sweet side and bags of booze.

A little sharp on the tongue for the first few sips, the dry aftertaste makes you thirsty for more.

Overall a nice winter brew and definitely should be on the right side of 4/5 IMO

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is a semi clear reddish color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is sweet yeast and malt. The taste is raisins and caramel malt.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,047 ratings