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 andjusticeforale
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours out of a bottle with a "2004" cork; no head to speak of, some sticky streaks. The color is deep gold peach juice and ginger ale.

The smell is like belgian alcohol phenols and wine. This tastes a ton like a trappist product. Alot llike Chimay Blue [a touch menthol] and Gulden draak-without the sweetnes of the latter. This has a smooth carbonation, a present alcohol sensation, and a hoppy? bitterness that balances the big thick sweet malt well when mixed witht the alcohol. There is a middle that taste like bubblegum before the bitterness; and a great finish of citrus and hoppy alcohol tartness on the mid-tongue.

In my opinion, this is a special winter beer and can't be made to compare with the tremens and nocturnum. They are all good; this is a nice belgian imperial winter warmer- not a true strong dark ale, not a strong pale. Drink it for the season and celebrate winter, don't overthink the comparisons between apples and oranges..

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Delirium Noel more than Nocturnum, but not as much as Tremens.

A lovely reddish color with a small head that leaves no lacing.

The 10% alcohol content is very present in the nose & overpowers pretty much everything else.

The taste is strong, bold. Again, the high alcohol content is very noticeable. Somehow, the taste also comes out somewhat smooth. Interesting.

I'm glad I tried this one, but at $9 a bottle, I'll probably stick to Delirium Tremens next time I buy one of their products.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This looks like a slightly lighter version of the Nocturnum. Pours to a near ruby red color with a subtle grainy golden hue. The head is nice and fluffy with very fine bubbles. Sticks around for a while, but doesn't lace the glass much at all. Very clear, almost appearing to be filtered (even the last pour of the bottle looked this clear).

The smell is good. Lots of candi sugar. Not too much holiday spice, though there is a very subtle hint at hot cinamon hard candy. This carries over well to the taste, but the mouthfeel actually makes it a less pleasant experience than simply smelling the beer. I didn't quite know what to expect with a belgian christmas beer, but I thought this one could have maybe had some more complex spicing, especially considering its belgian origin.

The mouthfeel is a bit astringent and plenty sweet. After warming up to it, it gets better. Not one of the most drinkable beers I've had, but it was a good one to try. Certainly better than the Nocturnum I just had, but I don't quite know whether I like it better than the Tremens.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a somewhat darker-amber color, wiht a small head which dissapated quickly. It had the aroma of a lot of spice; pepper, cinnamon, dark fruits and alcohol.
The taste was spicy at first then became sliughtly fruity. It ends up very malty and sweet.There are definite hints of hops and alcohol. It wasn't very carbonated and ended clean and drisp.
Definitely a good winter-warmer, and once again, not disppointed by Delirium.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy burnt orange color with only a ¼” head after an aggressive pour. The head only retains for a minute or so until it is held up by the somewhat infrequent bubble rising.

Aroma: It has a sweet malty aroma with quite a bit of fruitiness initially. Raisin and plum along with some peppery spiciness from the alcohol is evident as it warms a bit. There is also a dry wheat-like aroma noticeable later in the profile.

Taste: The taste is initially spicy and fruity along with some candy-like sweetness. This gradually gives way to a grainy and earthy malt character that hangs on into late on the finish. The actual finish is sweet and refreshing with very little bittering from either hops or roast. There is also a dry graininess in the flavor that I believe is a contribution from wheat.

Opinion: This is a pretty tasty beer. It is hard to compare it with St Bernardus Abt 12, because it is in the same category. This beer is a lot lighter on the fruit flavors, and adds a lot of spicy complexity. Overall it is a very approachable beer, but it is not one that I would seek out too often.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 that is corked and wrapped with red foil around the cage that takes a long time to remove. Cork sez 2005 and the bottle is sheathed in that faux stone plastic shit that all the Deleriums bottles come in. Poured into a chalice.

Dark, slightly hazed crimson with an interesting tornado of bubbles that shoots up through the middle and supports a tall head of light tan that has the retention of a rock and leaves thick sheets of lace. Good lookin' brew!

The nose sweet, earthy, and spicy with melons, cherries, and apples. Yeast aromas of fruitcake and chalk. Good dose of candy sugars that pair well with a touch of hot alcohol. Damn...

The taste carries a lot of the same fruits from the nose. Nice malt base that compliments the sweets and is quickly tempered by the warming alcohol. I like beers that integrate the alcohol flavor rather than cover it up, and this beer does an excellent job of using the booze to its advantage. Nice yeast influenced finish, a little clove and banana make themselves known into a warm finish that has a growing hop bitterness with each sip.

The mouth is full and smooth, exactly what I like in a BSDA. Quickly "fills my mouth" but all that's left in the finish is flavor, not oil. As drinkable as something of this caliber.

The best of the Delirium series.

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Photo of jakester
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. It arrived in a snifter.

Arrives a beautiful clear garnet with brown tints. There is a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles, which quickly falls to nothing at all. A little disappointed in that. No lacing. Carbonation looks medium.

Aroma is spicy/earthy, with the familiar Belgian phenolics going on. Spices like cloves, allspice, and black pepper in the nose. Malt smell is rich caramel. The aromas really improve as it warms, becoming nice and fruity.

Flavor is dark brown sugar, plums, dates, spices like above, slightly medicinal, but in a good way.The hop character of this beer is way low; no hop flavor, and very low bitterness. The flavors also improve greatly as it warms. Aftertaste is warm and spicy. Alcohol taste is well muted, but present.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and rich, with a medium level of carbonation. Residual sugar is fairly high, and there is a decent grab in your throat from warm alcohol, especially as this warms up.

On draft, the carbonation level of these beers is hard to get right, which means the head retention is going to suffer a little. In a bottle, it's probably well carbonated. Also, this was a little too cold. When it did warm up, the flavors and aromas came through beautifully. It's a real good holiday beer. Recommended. Oh, by the way, this one will hurt you bad.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, finally I decided to get a Delirium...

Pours dark burnt orange with a good 1-2 fingers of foamy head. Good retention, very nice lacing. Does not smell like its ABV. Heavy fruits and malts in the nose. Not much alkie. Taste equivocates(?) with nice fruits (plums, apricots, grapes, kiwis something). Creamy malts with the fruits at the apex of flavor. Very nice. Not too heavy, but very solid and good. Nice, fruity, malty, not too heavy, and most importantly not antiseptic at all.


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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Joosy. Very joosy.
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a chalice; a nice thick head with good retention and some nice bubbley lacing on the glass. The smell is a bit alcoholic with dark fruit notes and some spicyness; clove strikes me the most.
The taste is far, far less alcoholic than the smell. Very, very sneaky and smooth. Mouthfeel is medium to thick with a well balanced bubblyness going on. The finish lingers a bit, reminiscing over the joyous taste just encountered.
A very well balanced beer on the whole. It will make you want to see all kinds of elephants.
Look out.
Look out.
Pink elephants on the way, here they come.
Hippity hoppety.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great overall beer. Pours a reddish brown with a medium head. The smell is pleasant like a fruity IPA. The taste is very textured, with a sweet start, then a more deep middle consisting of candied fruit like apricots and plums. The finish is back to the fruity taste that goes down with a lot of sugar. I prefer this to the Nocturnum for sure, but its on par with the Tremends.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been tempted to give this a shot for quite some time now and what do ya know I got it tonight.
Appearance was dark, maroon and held a full two-finger head. The beer left a great lacing on the vessel as I finished.
Smell was plum and molassass with a slight cinnamon.
Plums, raisans and fig. Good taste but unexpected. I haven't had a dark Belgian in awhile but it seems to be along the style.
Moutfeel is sticky sweet,slick.
I could drink this again.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from scribbled notes taken last night.

This a very pretty beer that pours an almost dark purple. The smell is fruity and alcoholic with wonderful spices. The flavor is much fruitier than expected. The complexity is wonderful, and aftertaste lingers on so wonderfully. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style. The only thing that brought the dirnkability down was the fact that the spiciness gave me a little heartburn.

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Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper in color with a 1" head. Head falls to a thick surface foam. The aroma is as good as it gets as caramel, spices, fruit, yeast, and alcohol are all easy to identify.

Flavor can be described as a sweet and earthy brew with some mild tartness. Caramel, tart apple, spice, and yeast are all up front, with some mild bitterness and alcohol tones rounding it out.

Mouthfeel is crisp and has a dry finish. Nicely drinkable, very enjoyable. A winter brew I'll pick up every year..

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Photo of Quaffer
2.09/5  rDev -46.3%
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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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 cork.

Ruby russet pour with yeast particles floating around a tulip glass, with a settled scant layer of khaki head, leaving no lace probably due to ABV.

Dark fruit and spice nose with brown sugar cake malt scents and a pinch of yeastiness.

First swigs: Yeasty awl-kee-hawl flavor front with a bone dry aftertaste. Hardly any flavor to the finish. Delicate malt and nutmeg spice middle. Some dark fruit like light cherry, pear and overripe banana. Hot warming flavor towards the back of the gullet that leaves a salty gin that is almost overbearing.

Slick and gently foamy feel. Near perfection creamy body.

Last swigs: Yeasty brown sugar pear foamy Belgian. 10 % ABV is hidden at first, but becomes pronounced when warming.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.35/5  rDev -39.6%
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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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and Belgian crystal malts. It also has a very tart, yeasty aroma that seems a bit dry. The taste is great. It has a nice, smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and refreshes on the finish. It's not at all dry, but does has a lingering alcohol aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine noel. It has great aroma and taste; an excellent sessions brew.

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Photo of soper2000
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage

I love the West Lafayette Village Bottle Shoppe. Picked this one up for about 8 bucks there. Poured into my Gulden draak tulip, it produced a wicked 3 finger wispy white head atop a supremely dark orange / light brown color. Smell has a lot of roasted notes with a subtle fruityness surrounded by a gentle spice. Taste starts off malty but gently fades into a spicy orange peel a la trois pistole. Nice sipper. Mouthfeel is nice and full. Drinkability is decent for a brew of this strength. Will purchase again next year.

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Photo of chilidog
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Santa for thisone, 2004 bottle.
Poured into a Christmas Ale goblet glass. It poured a nice clean copper red with a small off-white head that faded to a thin film. Lace also faded clean. The aroma was a treat; tropical fruits, yeast, banana & pear. The taste also carried the tropics along with a wooded sugary caramel. Alot going on there. Carbonation was soft on the mouth as the beer almost invites swirl to get in all the flavor. Alcohol in the background adds some warmth to the winter but not in a overpowering manner. A large bottle to be shared, very enjoyable!
We closed out Christmas with thisone since Santa's flying off. We listened to some christmas tunes one last time and took down all the stuff!

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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale copper colored stuff, this is. With little chunks hanging throughout. Interesting enough.
Nose has hints of wheat, and sweet fermentation.
TAste: Wood characteristics of oak and birch. Apple peels, alcohol warmth, and assorted vaporized sensations.
The mouthfeel and body are pretty damn good. This literally dances in your mouth.
This leaves a dandy lingering aftertaste.
I hated the DT i drank earlier this year. Having had this from Huyghe, I think i'll give it another try, on the notion that my bottle was off.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the snifter a strangely darkened yet beautiful murk of orangey brown, borderline leathery looking; moderately high creamy cap of dusted yellow foam sits atop, which slips away at an average rate. Keeps a thin collar and the lace is drippy, clinging in some glaring tones and globby spots.

Aroma is a wild tropical fruit display of sharp dark fruits fronting a grapey, raisiny, pruney thing; quite tangy for sure, a nice nose to behold. And as it sits for a bit the yeasty spices start to intertwine over the fruity tang as some banana and pear begin to push aside the other fruits and a smokey alcoholic tinge floats among the last slice of air leaving tiny bits of phenols dancing underneath.

Taste is fruitfully tanged with a fairly large supply of raisin, a crate or two of dates, a couple shelves of prunes, a basket full of ripe pears, and to finish it off in the finish along with a caramel smoothness is a bunch of bananas. A tropical salad in a glass! Smooth, rich, full, kinda sugary, with more of a brown sugar and maple syrup ascent to it that is fully enjoyable. It lasts and lasts, yet still begs to be consumed.

Feel is quite full and yeasty with a sugary coating across a sweet taming ride of tangy fruitfulness. Edged with a certain alcoholic kick with phenols that fits just right. Very well-rounded and smooth with a chewy little afterbite that sticks nicely across the palate leaving all sorts of left over fruity bits, then to the spices, then a unique subtle drying, way, way, super late. Slight burn of alcohol too, just to keep you, and it, all in check.

Nearly perfect! A very nice Holiday treat.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/07/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance- Beautiful glowing deep red color with a 1/2 white head and good lacing.

Smell- Deep sweet malt scents. Awesome fumes going upwards. A bit of alcohol, but manly sweetness.

Taste- Dull sweet fruits which works oh so well in this beer. Bananas, oranges, peaches and kiwi. But sugary sweet rather than sour and tart. Maybe a bit of chocolate mixed in.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated, but creates a fairly heavy mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Again, my trip to the Toronado today was worth every penny. Three great beers and one good one. This one was the best of the four or damn close to it.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color with a low beige head and decent carbonation. Subdued raisiny dubbel-like aroma. A double-dubbel with lots of raisin flavors and alcohol overtones. Light-medium (leans medium) bodied and airy considering carbonation levels.

Lighter in color and aroma than Nocturnum but a bit stronger in flavor/alcohol.

Per label: Since 1654

15/03 on cork
Tasted: 12/24/04

($7.19 / 750 ml / 25.6 oz corked and caged white "ceramic" champagne style bottle with red foil)

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 Bottle: This beer is a hazy brown color with a foamy thick beige head with decent retention. Nice lacing. Aroma of yeast, apples and malt. Medium-bodied and spicy, with fruit, yeast and hops flavors as well as a light malt balance. The alcohol is not overly noticeable but I was definitely feeling it after this large bottle. The finish is tart and lasting. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a pint glass (yes, I know, but they were out of the Delirium tulip glass, so I got more for the same price anyway). It pours a hazy medium copper color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is light and fruity. Caramel aromas with some light sweet cherry and citrus. The taste is also fruity, with some more cherry and a hint of pineapple juice. There's even a touch of brown sugar and hops. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is good for a 10% brew. A nice holiday selection.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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