Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

very good
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Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by taez555 on 02-03-2002

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

This beer pours a dark tea-like/amber color with a nice tan head. The strong smell of fruit, musty yeast, and spices smell nice but a little lacking in some way. The taste is sweet apples, raisons, spices and a warming alcohol with the musty yeast in the background again. This is a light bodied brew with a sweet spiced finish. This beer drinks down too easy for a beer with this alcohol...might prove dangersous! Op uw gezonheid!

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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 SlainteAlbanyNY
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mds1101
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hurshybear
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of Jmbbabson
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of foundersfan1
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of roblowther
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with trademark pink elephants in seasonal garb. On the cork - a surprise! 2005. That means the importer/distributor/retailer was kind enough to age it a year for me. Good or bad? Let's find out...
Pours an opaque reddish brown with a thick medium-density off-white head. Smells of candi sugar, cinnamon, and peppermint. Tastes entirely different. Dark malt, dry fruit. Prunes, raisins, and nutmeg. The alcohol comes on in the finish. The mouthfeel is carbonated and oily. Nice. Drinkability? mmmm... Dangerous in a ten percenter. Sneaks up on you like a naughty Santa.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarter1221
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of sabrills70
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork & caged painted white bottle with no freshness date other than 2005 on the cork. Pours a cloudy medium amber with a two finger head, decent longevity and decent lace. Lots of good malty smells mixed with brown sugar, dried dark fruits, sherry and yeast. Slight notes of banana and clove. Lotsof good smells but fairly average as the style goes. Flavors are not nearly as strong as the aroma whould lead you to believe. They same flavors are there although mixed with a fair amount of hop bitterness - that quickly fades. Not a great deal of carbonation. Fairly easy drinking as the style goes - although some may consider it watery. A decent beer but not a great one.

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Photo of gritz147
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Spike-likes-beer
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of SGToliver
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep and festive ruby red. Two fingers worth of light tan foam dissipates slowly showing great retention. Gobs of lacing cling to the glass.

S - the nose is very festive with notes of fruit and spice. Notes of baked apples and cinnamon spring from the glass. Hints of ripe banana peel and medicinal cherry. A sprinkle of clove and a pinch of black pepper.

T - doughy malt and hints of granulated sugar up front. Light peppery spice swells up soon after. Sweet baked apples and apple pie filling in the center. Hints of cherries and with just a tinge of alcohol. Finish is soft and sweet with just a touch of cinnamon spice.

M - medium bodied with a smooth texture. High carbonation.

O - a sweet winter warmer. Does get sweeter as the bottle goes on but lots of complexity to this one.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear dark-copper-amber w/yeast floaties (bartender accidentally poured entire bottle) and 1-finger off-white head that fades into patchy cap.
S-Spice dominates, w/dry roast malt, Belgian yeast characters, light esters, light hops, and candy sugar.
T-Slightly sweet malt w/strong spice (pepper, clove), and a nice bitterness that emerges in the finish.
M-Robust carbonation, decent balance, warming, and spicy. Heavier-bodied. Sugar comes through a little strong at times.
D-Enjoyable and festive, warming.

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Photo of davesway10
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of UDbeernut
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bomber poured into tulip glass

a: cloudy amber color, thin off wite head that is really just a cap of lacing

s: nice smelling beer, mostly yeast

t: sweet to the toungue, carmel malt, hints of cinnamon, clove, finish with a slight alchohol taste.

m&d: nice creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable for a 10abv beer

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Photo of KillaB
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of MNMike
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Metaltildeath
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,951 ratings.
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