Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

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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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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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1.25/5  rDev -67.8%

Photo of ikantspel
1.37/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

bomber into a duvel tulip

pours a brownish amber color with a pretty heavy head and lots of sweet lacing

somewhat of a funky smell. lots of yeast with some caramel and malts.

taste like vomit. bad batch maybe? metallic almost blood aftertaste.

chalking this up to maybe a bad batch or bottle. ive drank worse... i think

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Photo of philipquarles
1.42/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a corked and caged 75cL bottle into a Delirium tulip, Noël is a dark clear copper with a medium eggshell head. Mediocre retention and lacing. Smells of sugar, cola syrup, cherry, and spice. Somewhat medicinal. Taste is cloyingly sweet--lots of candi sugar/syrup evident, with quasi-fruity overtones. As if someone had macerated Jolly Ranchers in Sprite and (bad) vodka. Some black pepper and alcohol. Highly astringent at the end. Like cough syrup gone bad. As a matter of fact, I would take purple drank any day of the week over this one. Mouthfeel is thin and just plain off for a beer of this style and strength.

Honestly, Noël is a disaster and was a drain pour for me. This was no fluke, mind you--this is my second time trying this one. It fits the typical Huyghe model: lots of sugar, high ABV, and no substance.

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1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

Photo of Hanglow
1.84/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Great looking bottle, bbe of 09/19.

Pours brown, huge head. Bright.

Aroma - Loads of banana. LOADS. Nail polish. Bad.

Large amounts of higher alcohols come to the fore in taste, more banana, alcohol burn, harsh. bubblegum end.

Typically thin Belgian mouthfeel, high carb. slight bitterness on the end. The burn lowers the feel score

This is really atrocious, maybe not as bad as spesh or super but it's up there. Marketing over substance. Avoid.

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2.04/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

33 cl. bottle @ ‘t Waagstuk – the only Delirium beer I hadn’t tried yet, always passing it over in favour of better options – colour is an incredibly bright ruby amber with a grey white head, volatile herbs, dissolvent, windex, churned cough syrup, rotting malts, plastic fruits, revolting Belgian yeast, this is artificial & downright gross and nasty. Awful stuff which is not particularly surprising given the fact that Huyge made this.

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2.09/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Cork dated 2004. Picked this up in Dallas, I think. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This one poured a ruddy amber color that was crystal clear. The light tan head rose up only with quite a bit of effort and settled back down rather quickly. It remained coarse and level as it did so. The lacing was very light.

Smell: The aroma was odd, almost washed out and watery. There were hints of cherries and cinnamon, and maybe a little bit of roasted malt. However, it really just smelled like a wet dish rag.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth upfront. Carbonation kicked in as the beer hit the back of the mouth.

Taste: There were hints of medicinal cherry and a light caramel sweetness upfront. This was quickly overcome by a strong astringency and tannic component, though the aforementioned flavors still lingered in the background. That was about it: strong bitter, astringency; a sharply acidic, tannic flavor; and cough syrup.

I couldn't bring myself to finish even one glass from the bottle. It just wasn't good. Completely raw, rough, and unrefined. Maybe it needs more age? A LOT more age.

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2.21/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Caveat before we get started: this beer strikes me as off. I have no evidence that the bottle is bad or the cork failed, so I will review as is and follow-up with another bottle at a later date.

I am drinking from a Ommegang Three Philosophers chalice. The beer is slightly below its optimal tasting temperature, but gradually warming.

Appearance: The ale has a nice crimson/ruby color. It is clear with no particles or haze to be seen.

Smell: The smell is average. I detect a bit of liquid smoke in the aroma. Said liquid smoke is NOT a good thing for this ale.

Taste: The liquid smoke that I detected in the aroma continues into the taste. The smoke is not pleasant and does not add to the quality of the beer. This beer falls under the Belgian Strong Dark Ale category and, when viewed against other beers in this category, Delirium Noel falls woefully short.

Mouthfeel: The beer, when on the palate, gives a rauchbier-esque taste. Very unpleasant and I do not recommend it.

Drinkability: There is none. The smokey taste ruins the beer. If you are looking for a Christmas ale, try N'Ice Chouffe or Corsendonk Christmas Ale.

CAVEAT REMINDER: This beer rates so far below other reviews that I believe it is my obligation to re-review another bottle. When I do that, any changes to my review will be added in parenthetical note format to the original review.

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2.25/5  rDev -42%

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2.35/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2003 vintage tasted on 12/25/04. Pours a muddy tea brown with almost no head. Aroma is pleasant, spicy, malty, semi-sweet. Flavor just reached out and hit me upside the head- an attack on my palate of undefineable spices that don't add up. Leaves a chalky, spicy mess on my palate after the swallow. Maybe this beer didn't age well, but I thought it should have aged nicely.

Not a pleasant Christmas day treat.

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2.38/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours a semi translucent amber with a pillowy light tan head. Appears to be moderately carbonated. Not much in the way of head retention that I would expect from the style; not much lacing either.

S - raisins, cherries, and a hint of booziness. Sweetness dominates the aroma, mixing with some Belgian yeast - there may be a bit of spice in there, but I can't really get past the sweetness.

T - cloyingly sweet fruit up front. Mellows out a bit through the mid section with some malt and finishes with an alcohol burn. Leaves a sweet aftertaste. Very boozy but not in a good way. Very astringent and a bit metallic, though this does fade as the beer warms. There's a lot of flavors going on but it really doesn't jive for me.

M - medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Nothing to complain about.

O - overall, a disapointment. I had high hopes but this beer just didn't work for me as much as I wanted it to. This is my first sampling from this brewery - hopefully the other hold up a bit better. I will avoid this in the future.

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Photo of Yesac
2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour - cloudy cherry amber with no head. A small bubbly ring forms around the edge, with small bubbles floting up in the middle. Decent carbonated lacing.

Smell - strong alcohol, hints of cherry and wine.

Taste - Alcohol quicky jumps to the back of the throat hitching a ride from the carbonation. This beer simply tastes like carbonated alchohol to me, I cannot pick out any other flavors.

Although I couldn't find much taste here, the drinkablility isn't that bad if you can stand a strong alchohol taste.

I'll stay away from this.

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2.47/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange metallic after taste bit over vs carbonated

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