Delirium Noël (Christmas)
Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium Noël (Christmas)Delirium Noël (Christmas)
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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #79
Ranked #13,830
3.92 | pDev: 12.24%
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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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is crimson with a huge, light brown head. Retention is solid, with moderately thick, creamy lacings. Aroma is a mixture of citrus and spices, with a vague underlying sweetness. Smell is good, but doesn't stand out from other beers with similar characteristics. The taste is of dark, fruity malt joined by orange peel and spices. Surprisingly, at 10% abv, only a touch of alcohol is noted. Finally, a sip is rounded out by sugariness. This is pretty awesome stuff, and the alcohol is almost too deceptive, this is something I'll pick up again next winter.

Jan 07, 2006
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly light, reddish-brown color, topped with a nice cream colored head with great retention.

Aroma is all Belgian yeast and candi sugar. A touch of darker malts sneak in, alongside plums and pears, but the yeast really dominates.

Flavor follows, after a sort. It's sugary and malty up front, with plenty of sweet and spicy notes from the yeast. That starts to give way to prunes and cloves, finishing with a metallic twinge. Long, cloying finish leaves a significant imprint of raisins and figs.

Surprisingly lively mouthfeel; sticky finish.

Nov 30, 2015
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Bruno74200 from France

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Big white head over a dark amber body

S - Estery

T - Balanced but mild estery taste. Some dark fruits, mostly fig. A bit of grain.

M - Smooth but overly carbonated

O - A classic belgian Christmas beer. It's balanced but boozy and heart warming. I'm not very impress by this one but it's not bad either. A bit light in taste

Dec 13, 2016
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Impetuous from Montana

2.86/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It looks great coming out the bottle solid head heavy metal ironfist clinging to the glass the notes of red Swedish fish heavy metal bulldozer your nose malt is there but is not heavy metal Samurai enough to cut through the sweetness.

May 19, 2016
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kell50 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single from Total Wine for the BA live tasting.

A - Pours a dark, hazy ruby color. A huge fluffy off-white head renders small rings that attach around the edge of the glass.

S - Big pop of Belgian aromas- raisins, cherries, plums, candi-sugar, clove, and fruity yeast. There is a touch of booziness present as well.

T - Taste really follows the nose. Cherry, raisins, brown sugar, Belgian yeast and bubblegum on the finish. It's 10% alcohol content is reasonably hidden, but noticeable. There is also a nice mix of wintery spices present.

M - Medium body and lively carbonation. No bottling date noticed, I'm assuming this one is relatively fresh. Pretty creamy mouthfeel, in addition to a little alcohol burn.

O- I enjoyed this beer from start to finish. I remember having previously enjoyed his beer, but never reviewed it. This was a great beer to revisit given the proximity to Xmas.

Dec 19, 2015
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VAcrossr from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Okay, making my first official BA review for the Online Tasting of Delirium Noël. Picked up a 750ml bottle a week ago to cellar for the tasting.

Nice amber color with a fizzy two-finger head that dissipates in a couple minutes to a layer of bubbles that covers about half of the top of the glass in a map-like pattern. A few bubbles cling to the sides. Pretty.

Smell is some peppery phenols and brown malts. I like.

Taste is, for me, somewhat between a quad and dubbel. Same goes for the color, too. I'm getting a bit of dark ripe fruits, raisiny taste, and a tingle of pepper.

Feel: I quite like the feel. Starts out a bit fizzy and settles down but with enough bubbles to prick up the peppery taste. This is better than I remember it, maybe having tried it only once or twice.

Dec 18, 2015
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burgundy color with a big ass fluffy white head.

Malt scents, spices, maybe cinnamon, rock candy.

Taste is so smooth. Spices come through again. Belgian yeast goodness.

Loving this.

Dec 19, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours christmas appropriate dark reddish amber with a nice belgian tan head with good retention and some lace ringing. it smells belgian yeasty, sweet, and moderately spiced, which is exactly how it tastes too, hints of honey and clove and date and raisin and maple and allspice. the yeast makes this beer for me, bright and doughy at the same time, creating a really lively mouthfeel and a great aroma, classically belgian but also distinct to this brewery. the taste is lacking something for me though, especially for a ten dollar beer, it seems so generic in a way, which is hard to imagine from this brewer. its of course a well made belgian, so it will score well, but it just didnt wow me like i hoped it would. nothing really sets it apart as different or special, and i much prefer their more popular offerings as a result. there are just way better and more affordable seasonals out there to be enjoyed this time of year, but its still quality beer without a doubt, just not as compelling as anticipated...

edit: not sure i appreciated this enough the first time around, i need to raise some scores now. i think i had it from the small bottle last, capped. now from the corked large bottle, and perhaps there is a difference in bottle conditioning, but now its so soft and lively to me at the same time, insanely well refined, and while the flavor is still not overly distinct, it has all the elements i want in the style and really drinks clean and easy for what it is. a gorgeous christmas eve brew, a flawlessly executed example of what it is, and now that i am more mature with the style, it really isnt lacking anything, even if it remains familiar. perfect fireside sipper!

Dec 19, 2011
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Chiefy770 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle
Bottled on September 1st, 2014
Reviewed on December 31st, 2014
Served in a Tulip Glass

Towering off-white foam head… we’re talking three-to-four fingers deep here. The head slowly collapsed and left a good amount of sticky, bubbly lacing. The body was a rich amber, nearing mahogany in darkness.

Sweet and spicy notes dominated the nose. The yeast was definitely present. Perhaps I am crazy but I found the overall aroma to be quite similar to an arrangement of lilies in a funeral home… you can take that however you want to.

Many of the sweet notes from the nose successfully transferred over in the taste. Great presence of dark fruit… think dates, raisin, fig, etc. Strong caramel backbone found in the malts. The yeast was present but did not take centre stage. The alcohol was masked pretty well, only a few notes of alcohol broke through in the finish.

There are not many bad things to say about this brew. It hit the spot on a bitterly cold night. We could sit here all night and talk about everything this beer is not like, but that’s a waste of a good night.

Jan 01, 2015
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NEhophead from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 fl oz ceramic bottle; caged & corked and wrapped in red foil.
Vintage 2008.
Served in an oversized wine glass.

Rustic oak with thin auburn highlights. Carbonation-filled white head that recedes rather quickly to a thin rim of lacing, but not much else. Little to no lasting lacing.

Creamy, semi-sweet toffee and caramel. Notes of sweet brown sugar. Light and citrus-esque fruity esters: orange peel, red apple. Some vinous fruit: plum and grape. Cutting, gaseous-like vinegar alcohol aroma.

Brown sugar-laden, dried toasted malts. Caramel, milk chocolate, and rich toffee. Faint nutty profile: almond, hazlenut, and peanut. The yeast imparts a moderate musty character that lingers throughout. Plum, fig, red apple, cherry, and mild orange meld with a well-disguised, deep alcohol presence. A brisk tartness is followed by a dry finish with rich and creamy flavors in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; notes of creaminess amidst a mostly dry texture. The carbonation is kept in check rather nicely for a strong Belgian.

A very flavorful strong Belgian. This offering is more of the rich variety than others. One holiday offering that I will return to year after year.

Feb 11, 2009
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confer from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for this Christmas present. I got the bottle that has the elephant ice skating on the label.
I really like the look of this in the glass. A chocolate brown with a head the fades quickly. Nice and cloudy, must be unfiltered. It smells like a glass of wine or some stronger type of alcohol.
Taste is good, but hared to describe. Just a bit of tart and hints of oranges maybe.
You can really feel the warmth of the alcohol in your throat on the way down.
I think this is a good Christmas beer, not as good as a Corsendonk but very drinkable and something I won't ever turn down.

Dec 25, 2010
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bismarksays from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Jan 16, 2013
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ahq514 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into St Bernardus Chalice.

Pours an amber/brown color with some translucency. Thick fluffy white head, almost two fingers worth. Appears to have low to medium carbonation. Nice chunks of lacing.

Big malty, bready character with belgian yeastiness. Smells spicy and full of dark fruit. Fairly straightforward but very nice.

Similar to aroma. Bready malt right up front followed by some sweetness and dark fruits. A little bit of spicy bite. More alcohol taste than I expected. A little bit of metallic taste, which is a turn off.

Medium body and light/medium carbonation.

Enjoyable overall but not really worth seeking out every year. Take away the metallic taste and boost the malt profile a bit, and I think I would like this brew a bit more.

Dec 22, 2011
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leinie13 from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 24, 2015
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creepinjeeper from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Deep reddish brown in color. Fluffly beige head that settles into a finge thickness. Bubbles stacked like little beads in the head. Lacing that never quits and follows the sides of the glass.
Smell - Malty, more like sweet cake. Raisins, plums, bananas, candied clove.
Taste - Candied fruits seasoned with cloves and hint of peppery finish. The warmer this beer gets the more the flavors blossom.
Feel - A little on the boozy side. Nice and creamy. Super balanced.
Overall - I am coming to appreciate the style. This one is a good representation. Best as it warms.
Not sure if its something I would seek out. Time will tell

Dec 19, 2015
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CraigTravor from California

4/5  rDev +2%

May 15, 2014
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dukeufo from California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 28, 2015
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ericj551 from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Delerium Noel pours a hazy amber with a nice creamy head but a lot of suspended floating chunks. The aroma is sharp and fruity with plenty of yeasty esters. The flavor is crisp and moderately sweet and estery and a bit medicinal. The alcohol leaves it with a slightly vinous character. Overall not a bad beer, but the floating chunks kind of take away from it.

Mar 03, 2008
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Fenrisulven from Norway

4/5  rDev +2%

Dec 22, 2011
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**update 2018 - on draft at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels, in a tulip glass

medium brown in color, with ruby highlights, thick cream colored head. rich malty aroma and flavor, a touch of earthy spice. medium bodied, smooth.

Nov 22, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +2%

750ml Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL - 2012 edition

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, yeast, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a yeasty spiciness. There is also some raisins/plums , and some herbal notes.

Overall – Pretty tasty stuff. A nice amount of juicy dark fruit flavour and the ABV is well hidden. Not a whole lot of a christmas flavour going on though, which is maybe a good thing.

Sep 03, 2014
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nunzo from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.6%

Dec 04, 2011
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Dank26 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Nov 09, 2012
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MarkoNm from Slovenia

3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A strong tasting beer, no surprise here. Bittery, quite some alcohol present, sligthly yeasty (a bit too much for my taste). Nice aftertaste, on the sweet / fruity side.
A surprisingly neutral aroma, just some hops and a bit of alcohol aroma.
Pours a clear dark coppery color with a healthy white head, solid and lasts for some time.
A very decent christmas beer, but I will stick to others instead.

Mar 01, 2014
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BdM from Netherlands

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 31, 2017
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