Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
delirium.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by taez555 on 02-03-2002

BEER STATS
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1,954
Reviews:
790
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
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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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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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 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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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 dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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