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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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

US version with X-mas name. Pours dark with some head. Aged about two years. Yeast and spice in nose. Drinks very well, with light chocolate. Absolutely dark fruit.10% is hidden but everpresent.Smooth drinker, though significant candy has been added.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with a lot of lace. Clear and crimson with amber hues. Aroma is almost like a wild ale, sour dark fruit , mostly cherry. Taste is very different however. Not a typical Belgian dark strong flavor but close. Initially a little bland and malty but finished with a nice but mild slightly sour dark fruit and fig flavor. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall a good beer, fairly drinkable for the genre but not the best I have had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, fruits, spices, and a slightly tart aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the tartness is unexpected even though it works out with the aromas and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours christmas appropriate dark red with a nice belgian tan head with good retention and some lace. smells belgian yeasty, sweet, and moderately spiced, which is exactly how it tastes too. the yeast makes this beer for me, bright and doughy at the same time, creating a really lively mouthfeel and a great aroma. 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...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened a bottle of this one Christmas 2008, The beer poured out as a bubbly amberish brown color with a light tan fizzy head. The lacing a minimal. The smell of the beer is yeasty and has some spice aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer is a little metallic if it's too cold. Once it warms up the spices and some Belgian yeast start to work together and create a really nice warming brew. The mouthfeel has a bit of a bite to it. It's carbonated generously. Overall I thought this was a pretty good Winter brew.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and poured with a very thin head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles. A medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell is rather fruity and has aromas of apples, grapes and raisins along with some notes of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the nose and has a mild amount of sweetness. It becomes a little more complex as the beer warms up. The finish has notes of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well masked from the taste, which makes this beer not too difficult to drink, although it is better sipped considering the alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Every now and then, I'll have a beer that tasted better from the bottle than on tap -- this is one of those. The malts come across with more caramel and chocolate character. The spices are more intense and distinguishable. The alcohols are better hidden. All this without compromising on the unique Belgian tartness or the meldedness. The beer just seems bolder from the bottle. On tap, maybe a bit more subdued and rounded out.

Notes: December 5, 2010:
Sweeter, spicier, and and with more even more effervesence than I remembered. But the beer carries a LOT of sediment that causes the beer to look choppey, chunky, and overall unappealing. I'm all for yeast sediment and doesn't allow for a detrement in review, but this is such an affect than it interferes with the taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Christmas time, Christmas beer. Easy choice, and a souvenir from a stopover in bucolic downtown Idaho Falls last summer. 330ml shiny foil capped bottle, with Santa leading a team of pink elephants on a spacey (in more than one way) flight away from Earth. Maybe he's running from the cops - he is drinking and driving after all.

This beer pours a very dark red brick amber hue, with swirling sediment, and one finger of creamy, cake-like ecru head, which seeps away slowly, leaving a raised ring of barbed lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of sweet cherry cordial, caramel/toffee malt, saucy raisins, vanilla, and mild cinnamon/clove-like spices, all very complex. The taste is musty caramel malt, a bit of tannic red wine fruit character, more subtle earthy spice, and a persistent, non-partisan dryness - the hops and well obfuscated alcohol the usual suspects. The booze is only eventually perceptible in the slightly medicinal fruitiness that evolves as the beer warms (amongst my central heating, and no roaring fire environs, malheureusement).

Things started off quite fizzy, but slowly settled down to a nice, even frothy tingle, with the body a steady medium weight, and smooth with a warming, airy caveat. It finishes with a slightly waning sweetness, fruit and malt still well meshed, the spice and latent heat tingling in the background.

A lovely, complicated, but remarkably easy to put back (not that I did) strong Belgian ale - and the plucky dryness sure helps when sided with yet more of my Mom's good ol' Christmas baked confections.

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Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2005 Vintage; consumed Christmas Day 2006

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a billowy head that drops quickly but, to its credit, stays around to provide a film over the beer and, thus, manages to deposit some lacing around the chalice

Smell: Bubblegum and cherry hues, along with some fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a candi sugar and slightly yeasty flavor that builds some depth and peppery spiciness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the phenols take over and provide a rather plastic flavored finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and spritzy with some alcoholic warmth after the swallow

Drinkability: Oh, I had high hopes for this one as I enjoy the Delirium Nocturnum and Delirium Tremens; this one just isn't cutting it for me with its lack of depth after the swallow and unusual phenols

Thanks, beerhandy, for the opportunity

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle of white ceramic and with a classic pressure cap covered in red foil paper was served into a Palm Speciale imperial half-pint glass in Nijmegen, Holland. As a side note, mine was labelled Delirium Christmas, not Delirum Noel. I acquired the bottle in Belgium, so I'd conject the change in label is a marketing move to appeal to the ignorant-of-other-languages English-speaking market (i.e. Americans), myself included. Reviewed live. No best before date is referenced on the bottle despite a spot for it on the label.

A: Bottle opens clean without a surge of liquid, so at least she doesn't seem horribly overcarbonated. One finger thin head is devoid of cream and retains poorly, even factoring in the high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent gold. Average amount of carbonation bubbles ascend at a standard speed.

Sm: Light unfermented sugar and malt. Pretty bad. A moderate strength scent.

T: Caramelized malt, some bland hops, a malted barley foundation, and some pleasant indistinct hops that need to be more at the forefront. Some cola nut hops are unwelcome and don't bring much to the party. I don't get spice, but maybe peppermint is buried way beneath, and candy sugar is certainly present yet bland. It's off-kilter; I'd say about 70% of the flavour is in the first half. This leaves the climax rather unsatisfying. The finish witnesses the death of the beer's flavours, adding nothing new or exciting to the taste, and fails to coax out the next sip from the drinker. Built poorly for the style, but I think it's fair to say it tastes "Christmasey", whatever that means. Perchance it's just me eejitry.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Feels lumpy. Doesn't complement the flavours of the body as much as it should - i.e. as much as other Delirium brews.

Dr: Given the other brews in Delirium's repertoire, I expected far better. This beer was a damned disappointment. She's priced a bit high for the lackluster quality. She drinks easy but doesn't offer a whole lot. Give her a spin at your own risk, but I'll take me Delirium Red over this shite any day of the fortnight.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.56/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a super huge foamy and creamy off-white head with perfect retention. Aroma of cinnamon and another spices which results in a weird perfume that doesn’t excite my olfactory sense. Taste is also dominated by that weird perfume that I have a hard time to pinpoint. I also noticed some sweet malt. Body is real creamy with a good lacing. Alcohol is very well hidden. Even though Belgian Christmas beer is not a well-defined style, there are still some things that I expect (high ABV, full body, spice mix…) which I couldn’t find in here.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish/brown color with a very small, tan head. Left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of malt, banana and cloves.

T- It tasted of sweet malt. It had a spiciness on the back of the tongue. Also, a fairly strong alcohol presence.

M - It was crisp and warm. A medium o heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. Great malt flavor and subtle spiciness.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/6/2013. Pours light hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, toast, brown sugar, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a cellared bottle with no age marking on the bottle, label, cork or cage.

Gently poured from the lees it's a clear, deep chestnut with an orange cast and brilliant ruby highlights. A full (but not huge) head of creamy, slightly yellowish foam very slowly receeds to a thin cap, holds throughout the entire goblet, and leaves splashes of lace about the glass. A slight mustiness parts readily to reveal a lively, slightly tart and juicy fruitiness (berries, cherries). Some yeastiness develops with notes of sugar candy and bubblegum spice. A delicately toasted and caramel sopped maltiness hovers beneath but never really comes to the surface itself. As it warms, notes of clove and honey become more dominant. Refreshing and enjoyable! The aroma alone is worth the trip! The body is light-medium and it's exceptionally fine, natural carbonation slides across the tongue with just enough of a caress to awaken the tastebuds before fading smoothly away. More caramelization appears in the flavor than the nose suggests, although it remains somewhat sugary and honeyish like cookie-dough. The fruitiness isn't nearly as bold as the aroma suggests, and what remains is more similar to sweetened blackberries. A clear note of alcohol becomes apparent but not distracting. Some mild spice carries through, and a very sublime bitterness helps to anchor it along with its drying alcohol. It finishes fairly short and dry with a delicate note of lingering honey-berry malt and subtle spice in the aftertaste. A most impressive holiday ale, and certainly worth a try!

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz very stylish bottle with red foil.

Loads of dark fruit aroma and flavor. High ABV is REALLY well hidden. Prune, fig, and light spices in the taste.

Mouthfeel: very good carbonation level, but medium-light body is s bit watery.

An exceptional holiday ale, rather similar to Delirium Nocturne (which I sampled just minutes before).
[Lightly revised with fresh bottle on 30 Nov. 2013]

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy, deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apples, apricots and Belgian yeast along with some caramelized malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very spicy and sour with flavors of apples, apricots, spices and Belgian yeast. The sourness fades but the spiciness does not. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is decent for the style. There’s also a strong spicy burn that stings the back of your tongue after the first couple of sips and persists as you continue to drink the beer.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, despite the uniqueness I found in this beer, I consider it to be just an “all right” beer. Given the array of choices for Belgian beers, I probably wouldn’t drink this one again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear brownish amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits (raisins) and light fruits (apples and white grapes) along with lighter notes of spices and the distinct Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts with moderate flavors of dark fruit (raisin) and light fruit (apple and white grape), though with only a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spices and light flavors of that distinct Belgian yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a big beer and one that I prefer to sip slowly when I enjoy it - there is a moderate amount of complexity and the beer is not too sweet making it pretty easy to drink. Definitely one I look forward to during the holiday season. Complexity increases as the beer warms up.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a thinnish, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: A chiefly fruity nose, smelling of brandy-soaked dried fruits supported by secondary notes of light brown sugar, caramel, and dull, earthy spices.

Taste: Dark maltiness with flavors of nutty caramel and cocoa. Brief burst of sweetness from a handful of candi sugar. Concentrated fruitiness tasting of stewed plums garnished with golden raisins. Splash of brandy. Hint of gingerbread cookies. Touch of warming alcohol in the dry finish. Very slight lingering of spices in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, though somewhat lively carbonation.

Drinkability: By no means my favorite, but it's still a fitting, well-balanced choice for your holiday drinking. I'll give it that much. It is, after all, the holiday season!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition. Warmly glowing tawny with much more orange than brown. It's hard to tell due to the failing daylight, but I might even see a hint of cranberry. Removing the cork resulted in a rifle shot craaack! followed by a tendril of gunsmoke. It was no surprise, then, that the beer was massively bubbled immediately after the pour. The carbonation has now settled down and the orangish ecru head has settled down with it. Unfortunately, the cap is too soft and too unsticky to give up any lace.

I expected Delirium Noel to be a BSDA, but it isn't. It looks and smells like a cross between a BSPA and a BSDA. The nose is sour fruity (more drunken peaches and apricots than figs and dates), clove spicy and Belgian yeasty. In fact, it shares some characteristics with a farmhouse ale or a saison.

A few mouthfuls are all it takes to tell me that I like Noel more than Nocturnum and less than Tremens. The question is, which one will it share a flavor score with? (4.0 in the first case, 4.5 in the second). Only time and the rest of the bottle will tell.

For some reason, I expected more sweetness. The beer is plenty sweet, but the candi sugar is offset beautifully by sour and bitter. No cloying Christmas confection here. As noted above, the maltiness tastes darker than a strong pale ale and lighter than a strong dark ale. Kudos to Brouwerij Huyghe for giving us the full spectrum when it comes to the pink elephant beers. None of them taste anything like the others.

Rum-macerated apricots, plums and white raisins make up the flavor profile of this wonderfully complex ale. It hasn't taken long to decide which taste score to award. When Belgian yeast is in use, it's difficult to tell if any other spices are present since the yeast itself throws off more than a few interesting and varied flavors. Nothing really jumps out at me, although I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Curacao orange peel has been added.

I'm pleased to see that alcohol isn't a vocal member of the chorus. Of course, more than two years in the bottle might have a lot to do with that. The body/mouthfeel borders on luxurious without quite getting there. It's medium-full with a silky smoothness that is aided by a near perfect amount of bubbles. I didn't mind the initially active mouthfeel and I don't anticipate minding the less than active mouthfeel to come.

I rarely comment on bottles and labels, but I love the ceramic-like painted bottles that this brewery uses. In addition, the label (with three pink elephants pulling Santa's sleigh while wearing Santa hats and candy striped scarves) is one of the best I've ever seen for a Christmas beer.

Delirium Noel, while not quite the equal of Delirium Tremens, is a tremendous beer in its own right. Even if it doesn't fit easily into any one particular style, it delivers the goods like the Jolly Old Elf himself. I wish that I had had the opportunity to enjoy this bottle on December 25th. I'll be sure to keep that in mind for next year.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says 3 & 6 not sure what the hell this means, 25 oz bottle which features a festive ice skating elephant.

Pours an effervescent deep caramel (orange when held to intense light) with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Super lacing & outstanding

S: Bready, peppery & boozy

T: Intense sticky malt with brown sugar & a slight alcohol burn up front. Jam-like fruittyness & dryness take over as the ale warms. Molasses breadyness, brown sugar,& apricot also come to the fore. the complexity of this beer is kind of undermined the persistent alcohol taste, not burn, but close. Finishes dry, wine-like& very warming

MF: Some pricklyness up front. Medium carbonation & body. Got chewyier as it warmed

Drank okay for the abv, this didn't really get me too excited, but a a solid warmer upper for sure

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

ruby tinted brown liquid. Nice clarity, with a touch of sediment at the bottom. Very nice three inch high head of tan colored lace formed on the top and hung around for a good few moments before settling down to just a thin layer of lace and some nice side glass presentation. There were a few touches of carbonation visible as well drifting up toward the surface.

The aroma was very rich, with a nice mixture of sweet caramel notes and dark fruity yeast. Hints of plums and raisins were all over this one, as was a sweet liqueur type aroma, which gave a hint to the alcohol that lie within. A nice touch of spice as well, with hints of nutmeg and other Christmas type smells. The flavor followed suit perfectly. Opening up with a nice sweet malty flavor that warmed from within, it quickly became much more complex. A small boozy flavor coming in behind it, was laced with nice bits of spice and rum soaked raisin flavors. Definitely a sweet Belgian here, with the malt profile clearly dominating. There were some lingering flavors of roasted nuts as you got toward the end and the long lasting finish, . Very complex indeed. The overall profile though was quite mellow with nothing really dominating in one way or another, and a very smooth and creamy Mouthfeel. The carbonation never did let up and led to this one never coming across as dull or flat throughout the session. The alcohol was a touch noticeable at first, but never distracting, and was just enough to let you know this was indeed a nice sipper.

Overall, this was one of the better Belgian Noel's I have had. Very rich and complex, and delightfully smooth I could have had this one again and again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large, large-bubbled head. It settles to only ring bubbles (still large), leaving no lace at all. The color of the brew is a deep amber, nearly brown and crystal clear.

Fresh biscuits with honey is the first smell I detect. There is faint alcohol and hop toward the end of the smell.

There's a brandy sweetness to the beer that reminds me of raspberries and apricots. Lightly sour in the swallow. The alcohol is quite prominent in the swallow. The aftertaste is short lived. Full bodied with a respectable level of carbonation. There's a touch of spice (all spice?, white pepper)

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - Freshness date notched at 3+6 on the amusing/ eyecatching faux ceramic 11.2 oz bottle with pink elephants adorned with santa hats.

A - Cherry copper fluid with suspended particles of yeast and vanilla cream colored head that leaves a clinging sheet of lace.

S - Deep woody scents and earthy cherry-like bitter scents playfully introduce aromas. Spice and yeast teaming to give an utterly intense aromatic experience.

M - A warming, sugary caramel with spice texture-nutty and thick, syrupy with effervescence and tingling with energy.

T - Dates and nutmeg with honey and light candy sugary sweet creaminess are welcomed by my tastebuds initially. A pleasing oak like vanilla with tart cherry and mellow cinnamon notes follow after and linger on in the finish.

D - A warming sweet but smooth, boozy Holiday ale with spicy yeast and fruity esters. One to be reckoned with since it's balance makes it easy to forget the 10% potency it possesses.

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Photo of Jason
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml brown magnum covered with a faux ceramic looking plastic wrap. Corked caged and foiled, the label has some pink elephants in an X-mas theme.

Appearance: Thin yet sticky tiny bubbled lace, lots of chill haze in this reddish amber, almost burgundy hued brew.

Smell: Every earthy in the aroma; yeast and a malty husk. Fruity with faint banana, pear and apple in the nose as well as some alcoholic esters. Faded spicing.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Struggling moderate carbonation throws just enough crispness on to the palate. Real slick on the tongue with a bitty feeling in the mouth. Husk grain does little for the palate, odd spicing and a yeast bite make the taste buds take a step back. Phenols are medicinal in an herbal way. Finishes dry with a husky astringency.

Drinkability & Notes: A mediocre brew, actually I was quite disappointed being that I have been quite happy with the rest of the Dellirium brand. I could hardly finish the bottle.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark orange/amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Dark sugar and caramel are the primary aromas with some notes of butterscotch, plums, and raisins. A hint of spice too, just to make it feel "Christmasy".

T: Even more sugar on the tongue with the same contributors: dark candi sugar, caramel, and butterscotch. Some nice spice character along with plenty of fruit notes, including some orange zest, this time.

M: The body is medium with a bit lower level of carbonation than I usually associate with a Delirium (or really any Belgian) beer.

D: I still think Tremens is the best of the bunch, but this is by no means a bad beer.

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