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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jmc44
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, capped with foil wrapping.

Pours a hazy brown, with hints of red. Head is minimal, leaves no lacing.

Aroma is earthy, with alcohol and banana prevalent. Also hints of fruit and yeast. Pleasant but a bit spicy.

Tastes lightly spicy, with notes of banana and a hint of cloves. Alcohol is definitely present, not well-hidden as in most high gravity Belgians. Complex, with added hints of fruit and sugar.

Thin and slick. Lightly carbonated, but not under-carbonated. Finishes relatively crisply. Fairly easy drinking for the ABV, but not as deceiving as could be.

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Photo of Lothar666
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Head was a single finger thick, off white and foamy, gradually receeding to leave bits of lacing around the sides of my St. Bernardus Goblet. Body was a deep cherry red-orange-amber color with a cloud of something deeper and darker red swirling through the middle of the glass. Sediment was dark red and clearly visible.

S- First nose impression was that of acidic, strong well aged wine. After sitting in the glass for a minute or so, the brew took on the aromas of fruit, flowers, and strong Belgian spices.

T- Sour cherries, sour grapes, sweet dark fruits and traces of caramel or brown sugar. The bite in the finish comes from the sourness of the fruits, not from hops. The acidity in the flavor profile reminds me of a geuze or strong wine, but the sourness is tamed down enough so as to actually be pleasant rather than annoying. Sourness is also present in the aftertaste.

M- Drinks like a Geuze or a lambic. Very dry and slightly puckering, but it mellows out as you hold it in the mouth for a minute. Not bad.

D- Very smooth and drinkable for such a high ABV, but the sourness does hurt the overall drinkability a bit. Overall a decent brew, but not one that I will be spending four dollars a bottle on again any time soon.

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark copper (almost amber) color, with an off white head with a hint of tan.

The beer smells sweet and fruity, and the alcohol is definitely present.

The initial taste is not as fruity and sweet as expected. In the middle the flavor is of sweet hops. The beer has a crisp finish with the alcohol present.

The beer feels light and crisp.

Overall, the beer is a bit of a let down, especially if you were expecting a complex Christmas ale or something similar to Delerium Tremens. Still it is a decent Christmas ale.

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Photo of humanawho
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - very light orange/yellow with a weak head

S - smell is very interesting, sweet with a slight funk not a lot of spice but lots of peachy aroma

T - nice light and fruity/peachy/apracoty slight yeasty finish

M - good medium body

D - extreamly drinkable for 10% nice and light taste and feel

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Photo of macktbone
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thirdlap is right..

I found this on a whim. I have seen these bottles everywhere and Delerium does a good job of drenching the market with advertising. Probably should have been my first clue...

A- Looks like a typical belgian with a little more "honey" tinge than others.

S- Huge on the banana, light spice, with a little belgian funk dipped in it. Interesting, but not supported throughout.

T- Not as good as one would have hoped, but good enough for $2.70/ bottle. It lends itself to part sour part belgian. Maybe just their attempt at a christmas dark ale. The spice is a lame attempt and dissapears before it is even established. Mostly tastes like grandma's banana bread after about two weeks of sitting on the counter. Not that I know but...

M- Good for a beginner but too plain. Even for a solid Belgian it's too soft.

D- For $2.70 it's an A. Anything else is just advertising. Deffinately won't waste my time bellying up for this one.

The question now is do we try the other Delerium products based on a seasonal that wasn't.

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful Christmas gift from my better half.

It pours deep brown, tinged with red, apparently clear but thickly clouded by chunky yeast; capped with a massive light froth of off-white foam. Very nice. Leaves some lace on my chalice.

Aromas of yeast and tart apples remind me of baking apple pie, with a touch of spice. Reminiscent of cider.

The flavour is much darker than the aroma, more in keeping with the colour. Warm yet dry -- almost woody; lightly bitter malt. Spicy, with a hint of dark cherries as it warms. An almost caramel sweetness at the tip of my tongue.

Very dry, and extremely active on the palate. A little tart, with a long hot alcohol burn.

Very, very nice -- a pleasure to pour, to smell and to taste. I've never been disappointed by any of the Delirium offerings, but this, the Noel, may be my favourite.

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Photo of jgap
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good Belgian strong ale. Solid dark brown color with a sizable head that fades quickly without maintenance. Smell is a bit strange, slightly off from the taste. It is ridden with spices. Coriander and orange peel, it's all there. A little over-the-top. The taste, however, is wonderful. Well balanced sugar and alcohol. Slight burn in the throat but not unpleasant for a winter seasonal. Given time in the beer locker I would imagine this beer developing extremely well. The spices are actually balanced well with the sugar and add a complexity to the beer that a lot of dark Belgians can't claim. The alcohol is a bit much and detracts from drinkability. Great winter-warmer, recommended in season or out!

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque brown with a light tan head. It looks like iced tea.

S: Smells sweet, syrupy, dark fruit winter spices like nutmeg, cola.

T: It's dry up front with a sweeter finish. There's some bitterness at the end, dark fruit, syrupy. Spices seem to be less pronounced than they were in the nose, but still evident. There's a slight nutty taste from the yeast.

M It has an astringent finish, yet it's smooth with a full feel.

O Definitely a sipper, an after dinner beer. Take your time with it especially since its 10%.

I don't remember entirely was this was like, but I don't remember being very impressed. I'll stick to Tremens.

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Photo of ThirdLap
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Can you say fire sale? How does $2.70 for a 750ml bomber sound? BA 'macktbone' tipped me off on this one, with $11 bombers of Noel going for 75% off. The price and the Huyghe name was too much to resist, so I had to pick one (or eight) up. Even if its bad it's still gonna be good. Right?

A - From a corked, caged, and foiled bomber into my St. Bernardus goblet, Delirium Noel pours a dark cherry brown with a short-lasting 1cm off-white head. Agitation causes a similarly short-lived return of head, which also quickly dissipates. Minor lacing noted.

S - I could literally smell the banana from several feet away. Candied sugar, slightly yeasty, a touch of alcohol, a touch of spices. Not bad, but not too inspiring either.

T - I'm gonna come back to this one after it warms up a bit. It's not bad, just again, woefully uninspiring.

Alright, I'm back. The bottom line is that I'm happy I didn't spend $11 on this, and even more happy that I only spent two dollars and change.

Save for a teensy bit of dark fruits and spices, there just isn't a whole lot happening on my tongue. There's a slight out of place tartness present, and I get tons of banana bread on the nose each time I go for a sip.

I better learn to like bananas; I have seven more bottles of this stuff.

M - Medium carbonation, and much more full-bodied than you would expect. Finish is clean and dry. The 10% alcohol is readily apparent.

D - Christ, what was I thinking opening this whole bomber by myself? John (macktbone), you're helping me drink the other seven bottles!

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with perhaps a purple tint. Head dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lacing in its path. Aroma is filled with strong dark fruit, followed by clove, pepper and a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet sweet sweetness. A symphony of dark fruits. Prune for sure. Cherries. Plum. Fantastic, but very very sweet. Maybe too sweet. Mouthfeel is rather normal, a light effervesense. A little sticky in the finish. This is a nice beer if yoru a fan of the fruit foward flavors. For me its a touch too sweet, some more spice in the palate could cut the sweet nicely. At 10% alcohol though, the alcohol is nicely hidden. A nice warm, sweet xmas brew, but short of remarkable.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Stone tulip.

Appearance: brown amber with minimal to no head or lacing.

Aroma: candy sugar, belgian yeasts, honey, cinnamon, and dark fruit.

Flavor: strong and sweet, caramel, brown sugar and bread.

Mouthfeel: medium body with minimal carbonation.

Overall impression: this might have been spoiled, as it had minimal carbonation and a tangy taste. however, i've noticed the same characteristics in the last two years.

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Photo of hmf05
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this slowly to not disturb the yeast. Pours a pretty clear ruby red color that left a one finger head that sizzled away like soda. Aroma smells surprisingly like a hefe. I'm getting banana and clove up front. I also smell some vanilla. Smells inviting. Drinks just like the smell. Banana and clove dominate. I'm also getting hints of some dark fruits: maybe plums or raisins. Mouthfeel is unexpectedly thin and watery. The alcohol is very well hidden. Overall, pretty tasty. This is a relatively sweet brew, but not cloying. I would have liked to see a fuller body and some more complexity. This is a good beer, but not an ideal candidate for a cold winter night as other Christmas ales tend to be. Probably not worth the price tag, but definitely worth trying.

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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 TheMadJack
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review prepared from notes. Served in Tulip Glass.

A: Clear red-brown, ample head. Slow carbonation gathering on sides of glass.

S: Grape, green apple, strawberry. Not like walking through an orchard, more like sticking your snout in a bag of Jolly Ranchers. Very much like it.

T: Minimal hops. Very fruity and malty. Raisins and apple. The malts have a slight dryness to them that's more of a texture. Alcohol. Banana becomes present as the beer warms.

M: Dry.

D: Low drinkability. This one is complex and powerful. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, aged well.
Opaque brownish red with lots of floaties and a small head.
Lots of peach and pear on the nose, smooth sweet alcohol. Malting smells a little like that of a scotch ale.
Sweet red style malts. Smooth on the palate. A little rotten banana, with some smokey flavorings. A little bit of cured meat saltiness. A lot of peach notes. For a beer this big the flavoring was a little unimpressive.
Alcohol is a little too pervasive. I know it is ten percent but Belgians usually do a finer job of masking it. It is winter now and cold as bizarro hell right outside, so I welcome the alcohol.

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Photo of BarryNL
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Translucent deep red/brown. The normal particulate levels for a bottle conditioned ale. Pours with a big fluffy head which collapses to a thin, tight layer. Strong lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet and sour, lightly lambic; trappist style phenolics. Initially there is a bit of a carbonic twang but this quickly fades.

T: Very complex, malty, apples, cherries, dark syrup, light on the hops. Perhaps slightly too much carbonic acid bite but this is one to swirl and savour slowly so this dissipates as the glass empties. There is a lasting taste of hops...

M: Firm, chewy, fluffy, big mouthfeel.

D: Gimme another!

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

330 poured into a Chimay Goblet procured from the MRL 2008 Winter Beer Swap.

A - Served in Tulip. Appearance is Deep orangy amber. One finger head that dissipated somewhat quickly. Sticky lacing left on side of glass.

S - Caramel, berry, banana and spices. Not much as far as hop aroma, but very pleasant.

T - Sweet caramel malts with the faint taste of figs and berries that is balanced out perfectly by the hops.

M - Highly carbonated, but smooth and only gets better as it warms.

D - WOW! I just read that it is 10ABV, I never saw that coming. A fantastic brew, but I guess you have to limit yourself (Although I don't want to...)

Fantastic beer.

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Photo of stone3187
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a rich ruby brown color. It has smells of fruity malt with a slight alcohol tone. The initial flavor is fruity malt that transitions into a slight alcohol flavor and finishes malty and dry. This is a very nice Belgian Dark and very good for the holidays.

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

a - A spectrum from pale yellow to dark amber in my glass, complete with floaty bits. Head drops quickly to a thin cover.

s - Sweet and malty with some caramel in there.

t - Nice blend of dried fruity sweet with some sour. A bitter element stabilizes the mix. Tasty but more on the oversweet side halfway through a bomber.

m - Syrupy medium mouthfeel with a bit of dryness. Good medium carbonation.

d - The 10% ABV is almost totally masked and I enjoy the taste. Yeah, that counts for a pretty high score.

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

A nice Christmas warmer.

Lovely dark pour with ruby red highlights and a tan moussey head. The beer has a strong cellar aroma backed up with little dried fruit and little alcohol.

The taste has a nice fig note and some sweet malt coming through but the alcohol seems a bit hot. I find the beer medium-to-full bodied, fairly highly carbonated and a bit astringent in the finish.

Overall a good beer for a cold winter night.

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't particularly care for Delirium Tremens, so I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this beer. I'm so glad I tried it, it's definitely my favorite seasonal brew, and perhaps my all around favorite. It's not as heavy as the other Delirium varieties and has a really smooth taste. It's a fantastic beer to sip, I wish I'd bought more bottles during the holidays.

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

A - light brown, weak disappointing head that's just a trace of bubbles

S - dried cherries, no noticeable hops, sweet malt syrup, characteristic spiciness.

T - dark fruity and sweet, with slight balance from bitterness at the end. Spicy. Caramel with touch of milk chocolate

M - light spritzy carbonation. not too heavy.

D - characteristic belgian strong ale. Easy to drink until alcohol takes over!

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Photo of Hershdawg
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter

A: light white head that quickly dissipates. deep ruby color. Great color

S: Dark Belgian malts, and sweet phenolic yeast. A bit of clove and banana

T: Phenols, dark sugar, plum. and a lingering sweetness. Very pleasant.

M: As light as any Belgian should be. Not heavy but definitely alcoholic.

O: Very delightful. Strong but light enough you aren't weighed down. Good for any winter day. Though don't plan on driving.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle with a faux ceramic plastic finish. Served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark reddish brown color. Two finger tan colored head that goes down a bit but sticks around 'till the end. Incredible lacing, very pleasing to watch.

Smell: Malt and yeast dominate, complemented by spicy and fruity notes.

Taste: Tastes mainly of malt and spices. The alcohol is very present but not overpowering. There's a bit of yeast in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: Very good and full carbonation. It's creamy with a dry finish. It has a very strong, spicy bite to it too.

Overall: This is definitely a beer for the cold months. It warms you up when you drink it. The spices are a bit too strong and this makes the brew a bit messy and unbalanced. That being said, it's still very good, but not the best in the Delirium lineup.

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

Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Looks ciderish.

Smells of fruit, yeast, and hints of spice.

Taste is spot on with the aroma. Mostly fruit, apple, pears, yeast and spice round out the flavor. It's good, but nothing jumps out.

Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable as it's not heavy and the carbonation is lively.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,913 ratings.
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