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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Photo of dcotom
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750-ml bottle into a Craft Beer Club sampling glass. Deep reddish-amber in color, with a ton of thick, white head that recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. Aromas and flavors of Belgian yeast, coriander, cardamom, dark bread, figs, and raisins. Alcohol is prominent on the palate. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side, with quite a bit of candi sugar sweetness and tart fruit lingering on the palate. Overall, a very good Belgian strong dark.

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Photo of r-m-kaylor
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Seasonal Vintage, stored in cellar conditions. Poured into Delirium Glass a nice clear tawny red with tightly packed off-white head. Head slowly dissipates to a 1/4" ring and solid lacing. On the nose, Delirium yeasts and a bit of Holiday spices on the back. Mouthfeel is completely full and coats front, middle and back with Delirium yeasts and spices with a slight metallic aftertaste (typical and expected from Delirium...). Solid and consistent, year over year.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy brown pour with everlasting tan foam. Aroma is malty and semi sweet with some astringent, somewhat sour/metallic notes. Flavor follows very closely. Having just had Rochefort 8 and regularly drinking Chimay Blue, this was a letdown for sure. The pink elephant had done well for me in the past, but not so much with this one. Okay, and drinkable for sure, but expectations were so high.

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Photo of 71ADub
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap. Goblet

A- dark amber, thin white lacy head

S- bready, grapes like wine

T-bready, with a sl sour aftertaste

M-lo carbonation, smooth.

O - Enjoyable, A nice simple tasting smooth Belgian strong ale.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Darker amber in color. Fairly see through. Caramel malt, Belgian candy sugar and classic Belgian yeast esters. Highly carbonated. Mellow. Perfect compliment to dinner.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In comparison to the scores I enjoyed this beer more than most. A gentle pour gives way to a 1 inch head leaving an insane about of carbonated bubbles fighting for dominance. Appearance is is that of a really inviting Belgian with a huge frothy head, Ruby hugh similar to Mad Elf. Aromas are spicy with cherries, banana, bready malts and spicy Belgian esters. Taste is similar to aromas and honestly I think this beer is really underrated . . . Maybe it's an availability thing but I don't see why this is rated in the low to mid 80's. If it were me browsing the stores after Christmas and came across this bottle on sale and thought well "let me check BA first" . . . I hope someone takes my advice and grabs this bottle. Feel is pretty typically average for a highly carbonated Belgian. Overall this is a very nice holiday winter beer.

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Photo of Hanglow
1.84/5  rDev -52.7%
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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Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red with a large tan froth. Aroma is simple with sweet malt and faint dark fruit. Tastes of brown bread, plum and raspberry with a pinch of burnt sugar. Dry with medium carbonation and a very slight alcohol burn down the throat.

It's Christmas eve and I'm liking this beer. That being said, any other time it is unlikely I would be drinking it.

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Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's on the border between red and light brown, cloudy with a bit of creamier light tan head that covers about 2/3rds of the surface. The aroma is mild, but with a bit of candied fruit and brown bread. The taste, sadly, had a big hit of metal for a while after it's opened. Otherwise, once that's gone, it got a nice malty sweetness and just a little bit of spices. The body is lighter, with a small amount of carbonation throughout.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage. Poured into tulip glass. It pours a dark ruby color with a typically Belgian, enormous, frothy egg-white head and lacing with excellent retention. It smells of Belgian yeast, banana, cherry, brown sugar, and clove. The taste largely follows the nose. The The sweetness of the dark fruit is surpassed by a fairly tart, bitter finish. This ale is highly carbonated and the 10% ABV is noticeable and potent. Overall, it's a pleasant Christmas ale but I think both Corsondonk and St. Bernardus are better.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle, date stamp of 13:59 L09-16141. No best before stamp noted. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear copper-amber with just a bit of haze to it. 1/4" thick light tan head with lots of fine strands of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Yeast, some fruity esters, cherries, some clove, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Lots of different flavors, but a bit muddled: dark fruits, caramel, cherries, raisins, herbal bitterness, alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, sticky, warming from the alcohol. A dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer, and definitely a winter warmer. I can feel the alcohol pretty quickly with this one. One per evening with this one.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy red-orange with a fine two finger light khaki head with great retention and lacing. The pour was quite fizzy and I was surprised to see this nice lingering head. Aroma of caramel malt, plums, cherries, banana, clove, a hint of Christmas spice. Flavor starts with caramel malt, plums, apricots, banana, clove and raisins, then thins out to reveal a drier, lighter malt with strong holiday spicing and a little tartness. Medium bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation. The initial taste is classic Belgian dark, with great caramel malt and fruit flavors, but the thinner finish leaves the spicing a bit stark. The dry, lightly tart finish is unexpected after the start. A little uneven, but pleasant holiday Belgian dark ale. The ABV is well covered.

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Photo of thebeers
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a mighty pffft. Relatively clear dark amber color, highly effervescent, with an overly huge and lasting near-white head that leaves heavy webbed lacing.

Belgian yeast in the aroma, with banana, clove and light ginger the most prevelant.

The taste packs a punch, with similar flavors from the nose, a splash of spiced brandy alcohol and some raisiny apple cider malt sweetness. Quite dry on the backend, with some mild alcohol burn and just a subtle hint of lingering Christmas spices.

Highly carbonated, prickliness to the mouthfeel.

Maybe not a world class Belgian, but much better than other reviews led me to believe. One I'm likely to enjoy once or twice a season.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 08/30/16:

2015 bottling. Clear but dull tarnished copper. Sparse and fine flecks. Light biscuity yellow head of moderate retention, half foamy, half fizzy, even. Gradually more opaque with each successive pour, and frankly, gets prettier. Light orange at bottom of glass, blends its way toward, but not quite, garnet. Mild roasty, metallic, bready, winter spicy, dark fruit, brown sugar aromas. Faint banana and Ban-Aid. Boozey as well, these soon the strongest, burning the nostrils slightly. Palate is a base of metallic and medicinal and toast/caramel throughout, but the real treat is overt spirity alcohol and sugar and winter spice, favoring cinnamon over ginger or clove, wouldn’t have paid much attention to them had I not known this was a winter beer. Tart and roasty enough, but truly sweet in the balance. These little fruit flies won’t leave my glass alone. Their funeral. I think I even taste some hop bitterness. Or might just be effects of roastiness or alcohol or spices. Extra metallic finish, still sweet and boozey. Little of the overt dark fruit or orange others seem to have noticed, maybe plum, perhaps even a little peach. As warm as 10% ABV should be, that is, downright hot and breathy, complete with medium spicy/peppery retro-olfaction and tingling gums and lips. Medium in body, fair astringency, abundant soft suds, a bit tingly but could be alcohol over carbonation, dry finish. Great overall, but too drinkable for alcohol levels. You want more but you really shouldn’t have more. Unless of course you really need more.

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Photo of cwalter
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark ruby red color with a foamy white head that is one finger in depth. The aroma is dark cherries, belgian yeast and candied sugar. Taste follows the aroma. Nice holiday beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get this for $6.99, the big bottle. Pretty happy about that.

Dark indeed, it pours a dark plummy color with a butter colored head that towers at 3 fingers in the snifter for quite a good minute. Flecks are left behind.

Aromas of gingerbread, cinnamon, whipped milk, anise, plum, clove, and candied orange.

The flavor translates fairly well bringing crusts of bread along with it. Plum, anise candy, and orange notes are the strongest, followed by a fairly astringent, metallic, medicinal harshness with a hint of hotness. This does not bode well for the drink overall, but it soaks up into the beer and becomes tolerable the more I drink it.

Feel is hot, very carbonated, and semi-dry to fully dry on the finish.

Overall, it's not bad, but it could definitely use some improvements especially where the astringent qualities are concerned. A bit too much heat - you taste all of that 10.0% without a doubt. However, this is almost a year old, so take that with a grain of hop.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys are good, clean fun. MJ's review of Huyghe in "Great Beers of Belgium" is wildly funny. He likes their beers. As do I. Haven't Had Noel for 3 years... and that is too long. I have several Noel beers as favorites, and Delirium is elbowing its way in. A softness without too much sugar makes this Noel unique. I should buy several so I can cellar and see if the softness improves further.

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Photo of jrsqc7
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey dark Amber colour with a huge bone coloured head that slowly disapates to a small layer. Aroma dark fruits, brown sugar, banana, spices. Taste candy, Apple, toffee, dark fruits, grape. Very nice.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Bouleboubier
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(330 ml bottle poured into a teku)

L: deep, cherry-red liquid, fairly clear, but quite dark... very tall foam stand, very open, messy suds - couldn't pour the whole bottle into the glass... surprisingly, it does keep a light-medium thick collar and does lace in a wide, unbroken band... there are lees, poured them in with the second and final pour

S: moderate phenolic spice, in line with how their other strong beers smell... mild-moderate dark fruit esters and hints of candy sugar... not really getting much booze, no heat... maybe a faint hint of baker's cocoa... overall, the intensity is a bit dull

T: the cocoa comes more to the fore, and it does have a moderately malty, semi-candy sweet core, but it finishes relatively lightly dry, and you do get a firm, broad wash of booze trailing the meat of it... aftertaste has an extremely subtle raisin note, along with a fairly bold lingering spice, with a nip of peppery bitterness rounding that out...

F: quite light and taut... even with the dregs, it's still a bit weightless... I think that's something I often forget with Huyghe - their beers are super light and easy to knock back, but they're mostly 8-10% - ouch!

O: if you're looking for something strong and dry with a sort of cordial-like sweet meat, this might be a hit - it does pack a nice punch... but it almost has no smell and it'd be hard to lack more depth in flavor (I had a pils by Furst Wallerstein the other day and the depth in flavor was off the charts compared to this, sort of at the other end of that spectrum)... still, it's a lazy-eazy swill, but a comet buy

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Photo of ajm5108
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a medium ruby color with a strong foam head. Retention & lacing is lasting. Aroma has a good amount of dry champagne yeast, definitely gives a little barnyard funk, along with some of the more characteristic notes (dried fig, some distant phenol). Flavor is not very impactful, it leads with the spicey phenol but carries notes of hay, yeast, grape must and some faint dark fruit. Nothing necessarily bad but just a tad pedestrian. A bit thin on the mouthfeel as well. I like my Belgian's a little heftier. Overall, rather middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: copper color with a thin, lacy head
S: some dark fruit, Belgian yeast
T: see smell, add metallic and boozy
F: great mouthfeel, dry finish, but a little creamy
O: not too much on the Christmas beer, but enjoyable

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle poured into a Delirium Noel Snifter

A- Pours a beautiful reddish-brown topped by a 3 finger white head that slowly dissipates into a creamy cap. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Caramelized sugar, dark fruit, cloves and bananas. An alcohol smell is also present.

T- Caramelized sugar, bright apple, cloves/banana, and a variety of spices (notably nutmeg)

M- Medium Body with Moderate-High Carbonation. Slight alcohol burn as the brew warms.

O- A pleasant Belgian Dark Ale with a ton of spicy/fruity flavours and aromas to offer.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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