Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël
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Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël

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Brouwerij Huyghe

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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3.92/5  rDev +1%

Photo of wl0307
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml fake-ceramic bottle, bottled on 31/08/2007, served lightly chilled in a large bulb-shaped Burgundy goblet.

A: pours a dark russet hue, mildly carbonated, clouded with plentiful flaky yeast sediments; the off-white beer head retreats fast to a rim.
S: assertively salty-sweet yeasty and prune-ish or Chinese hawthorn-fruit-ish fruity, backed by enticing liquidy amber malts, barley candy, and traces of Munich malts. Alc. is pretty well hidden on the nose, and a good swirl serves to underline the aroma of mixed maltiness, smelling a little like an intense German bockbier even.
T: the quiet and smooth foretaste is semi-malty and semi-spicy, followed by a pronounced spicy & fruity aftertaste featuring salty-sour dried hawthorn-fruits, spiced green olives, bitter licorice, mint-like leafy herbs, sweet woodiness, and plenty of spicy hops lingering in the end. The belated manifestation of maltiness shows an interesting edge as of coffee-flavoured toffee, retaining a low profile vis-à-vis fruit esters and spicy yeastiness.
M&D: very mild in carbonation, full-bodied yet just slightly alcoholic when it reaches the finish. Although there's hardly any sign of real spices used in this "X'mas beer", the flavour shows some input of spicy yeastiness, hence a decent drinkability overall.

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Photo of skeeordye11
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, split with a buddy.

A: Deep amber with a thin rim of tan foam around the outside of the beer and not much lacing.
S: Slighty sweet with some sourness and dark fruit notes a slight hint of woodiness as well.
T: Deep dark fruit predominates with a hint of spice from the yeast. A carmel sweetness compliments the flavors well.
M: Medium mouthfeel, sweeter than I expected for a belgian strong. The alcohol is hidden well, especially at 10%.
D: Quite drinkable and one of my favorite Christmas seasonals every year. Very smooth for a 10%er. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Skidz
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out golden amber and sits deep orange-brown in the glass with a smallish off-white, light tan head, fading to a small skim; nice lacings.

Smells rich and sweet, full malt aroma. Spicy alcoholic nose with notes of over-ripened apples, dates and golden raisins. Yeasty character bringing forth a dry-crackery aroma.

Tastes sweet up front, full of fruity ester flavors. Plump rasins, prunes and apple leather make up the bulk of the flavors. Peppery alocholic spiciness pricks at the toungue and offers balance to the large malty core. Finished mildly bitter, with increasing dryness and lingering spiciness and fruit flavors.

Smooth to the core with light and tact carbonation in a medium-full body. Glides around the mouth quite easily, coating with its thick malty character.

Quite tasty, easy to handle, even at 10.0%. Flavor is definately there, but it a bit rough in some spots. Spiciness seems to be less of a character boost and more of a character flaw further in. 1 bottle definately enough, once a year, sure.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, cloudy hazel with hues of orange/red, with just a pale white head quickly dissipating but leaving a thing lacing that lingers throughout the beer.

Aroma consists primarily of yeast and spice with hints of sweet sugar.

Very nice sugar sweet and cinnamon spice flavor becoming more pronounced as it warms. Again, the yeast is easily noted, but some peppery flavor develops towards the end to accompany the warming alcohol presence.

Noticeable carbonation and medium body with a very appropriate palate for the seasonal style presented.

Great beer all around, drinking it a bit after the holidays this year, but was able to enjoy on tap over the past 2 months as well and this is just a great warming Belgian Dark for a cold night with some good friends.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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a: dark amber. about one finger light beige head. lacing recedes quickly.
s: delightful aroma of banana & clove. Raisins/plums come through as it continues to warm.
t: Dark fruit starts off immediately followed by the belgian yeast midway which rides to the finish.
m: my highest knock against this beer is the carbonation - about 2-3 clicks too high to me. This seems to interfere some with the enjoyment of the flavors. Medium body. A touch dry.
o: Glad to have finally tried this. Very nice sipper. Unfortunately the high carbonation takes away slightly from the enjoyment of the beer. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of RuudJH
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christmas beer on a rainy januari day.
33 cl nice looking bottle. Funny label.

Looks dark brown, with a disappointing head that's gone quickly.
Smell of bubblegum: Strawberries cherries, blackberries.
Some roasted malt notes in both smell and taste.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. The alcohol is well masked by the flavour. The beer lacks of the carbonation, but overall it's ok.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of caramel malt, spices, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, candidate sugar. Taste sweet dark fruit, malt, yeast, brown sugar, spice.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Garnered a dark caramel color but unfortunately no head at all nor lacing. I think I might have gotten a flat one considering there was little pop when uncorking. There is also a lot of big pieces of yeast floating throughout even after a very careful and soft pour.
S: It has a thick smell of yeast with cinnamon, orange or coriander, and raisen almost like a breakfast stocky bun.
T: Tastes like buttered toast and a soft type of rum. The came in lightly in the front but blended well. The aftertaste is citrus and sweet but really like a strawberry not an orange.
M/D: the feel is syrupy and soft with out any grainy bite to it. The drinkability is good but it is not something you would want to go back to often.

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Photo of Winter
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brownish-garnet in color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma consists of sweet fruity overtones, candied sugar, peppery yeast and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth. Some sweetness upfront that is followed up with spices. Caramel malt and honey flavors near the middle. Alcohol is blended nicely and detected toward the back of the throat and provides a nice warming feeling on the way down. This is the first offering from this brewery that I've tried and so far, I've been impressed.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

ABV: 10.0% - Best before October 2017.

Bought at Beergium last week. I'm looking forward to try my first beer from Brouwerij Huyghe.

It pours hazy with a dark amber, almost copper color. A one finger high head.

Nose: Dark fruit, banana, brown sugar, syrup and sweet malt.
Taste: Red fruit, caramel malt, candied sugar, apple, toffee, cherry, spices, raisin and plum.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation. A bit "sour" mouthfeel. Medium body. Dry ending.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a big bottle 750 of this on discount! Gotta love a great brew at a REALLY reasonable price. I love the little elephant santa on the bottle! This one poured amber with a pretty creamy head that stayed quite thick. There were nice fruity smells mild bananas a hint of ctirus(!) and some dark plummy scents too. I did not pick up much alcohol in the scent. Surprising as this is a beast of an ale. The taste was unbelievably smooth for the strength of this and mouthfeel and drinkability are much better than I would have thought considering the power and complexity of this ale. Very tasty and a nice special treat during the holidays. I will likely stock up on a case of this to see how well it ages...

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well it's 9 degrees outside but the D train is cozy warm inside the station with Delirium Noel. Medium bodied Belgian strong sle has strong aroma of banana, Belgian yeast, and mild holiday spice. Taste is very sweet from the fruits. Tart cherries, yeast, and subtle alcohol kick carry this brew.

At 10abv the alcohol is very well hidden. Good drinkability but the sweetness wears on you after a while.

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Photo of Griphon
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last beer of the night at The Comet's Hopnosis event. Review is from notes taken on 12/3/09, and the pour is from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: A solid copper color with ruby highlights; comes with a 1 and 1/2 finger head that fades quickly to a thin ring around the surface; body is surprisingly clear for a Belgian style; loose oily lacing slides back into the drink.

Smell: Standard BSDA scents of spiciness - this one is a tad musky though; nice caramel and bready maltiness brings some balance. Really about what I would expect.

Taste: Very solid... A little perfumey/musky, but a strong sweet and bready maltiness; slight hints of a warm alcohol, but very well blended with the standard Belgian style spiciness (corriander, a little peppery); slight candied sugar flavor as well; as it warms, there is a certain dark and sweet fruitiness taht creeps in as well (fig or raisin).

Mouthfeel: Nice and soft carbonation; mouth is left fairly dry, yet the roof of the mouth is still left a little sticky; a certain numb and tingly feeling is left in the cheeks and on the gums.

Drinkability: I'm loving the flavors, but that super sweet maltiness is a bit much after a while and the 10% ABV would be a bit much after a while as well; but definitely not a disappoint drink at all and I will gladly drink it again at some point.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33cL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: This looks like what I expect from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale -- medium, transparent at the edges with a red-orange tint. A light, frothy swirling head. Nice.

S: Very pleasant dark fruits, alcoholic esters, cloves. Complex.

T: By far my favourite of the Delirium lot. Recognizable as such by the distinctive sour apple in the maintaste, but here it is much more subdued. There is candy sugar, heavier alcohol, and an initial tartness. Spiciness is most probably cloves. The aftertaste is light, almost disappointingly so.

M: Quite nice! Tart, carbonated, tangy, engaging.

D: A very fine Christmas ale and, as I've said, far and away the best Delirium I've had. Definitely recommended. A sipper -- I split the bottle and only barely regret it. I'm still not a big Delirium fan, but I would buy another of these. The label is simply awesome...flying pink elephants pulling Santa's sleigh full of beer.

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Photo of HellAwaits
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _thatgregguy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jamie_Newman
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of salinasa
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whynot44
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, hazy reddish amber color with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to just a thin ring of lace.

The aroma is fruity and yeasty with a bit of spice.

The taste is along the same lines, sweet caramel malt, with tones of bananas, plums, raisins and spices - cloves, coriander, nutmeg.
Starts almost sugary sweet, then hits with a blast of spices, finishes slightly dry and yeasty. Spices linger on in the aftertaste with a definite alcohol warmth at the end. Kind of a cross between a Belgian strong dark ale and a winter warmer. A little sweet and spicy for any other time but appropriate for a holiday warmer and the 10% alcohol should help get the party going.

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Photo of doerickson
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color of iced tea or a dark cider, with a thick, almost tan-colored head. Simultaneously sweet and sour in the nose; some yeast and barnyard aromas as well. Medium carbonation. Taste definitely runs toward the sweet side, but not too syrupy or cloying. The Belgian candy sugar is apparent. Pleasantly warming on the way down from the alcohol. The sweetness and alcohol become more pronounced as the brew warms, with brandy and port-like characteristics emerging. Will keep you warm on a winter's night for sure.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky burgundy color. Creamy off white head with quite good retention. Thin but tight lacing. While not being able to see into bottle quite a bit of sediment wound up in the glass.

Some what of a typical belgian yeasty smell. Bananas and apple fruity aromas. Spices and alcohol notes round things out.

Flavor is all over the place. Sweet, tart, malty, fruity, yeasty, and some sort of slight sour twang.

medium bodied lower carbonation. Finishes dry.

While a good brew I would not want to drink more than the bottle in front of me before moving on.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 73.2% out of 100 with 1,955 ratings
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