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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

I picked up the 11.2 oz. bottle, but wish I had the bomber. Noel presents two fingers of off-white froth on a ruby body with orange highlights--beautiful. The nose is a little understated for me--nicely fruited, touch of spice, and moderate malt--but still good. Very impressed with the taste--orange, cherry, melon combined with ginger, cinnamon and wonderful malt. The carbonation is great, keeping the flavors bouncing together well.

For 10% ABV, this is incredibly drinkable, so beware. I'm very impressed with Noel, and will keep my eyes open for it from now on. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium brown color with little floaties in it along with a creamy light brown head. The scent is sweet, malty, mixed with spices. The taste is smooth, flavorful, and delicious. The flavor is full of yeasty malt flavors that make for a well carbonated brew that leaves a good, lingering after taste.

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last beer of the night at The Comet's Hopnosis event. Review is from notes taken on 12/3/09, and the pour is from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: A solid copper color with ruby highlights; comes with a 1 and 1/2 finger head that fades quickly to a thin ring around the surface; body is surprisingly clear for a Belgian style; loose oily lacing slides back into the drink.

Smell: Standard BSDA scents of spiciness - this one is a tad musky though; nice caramel and bready maltiness brings some balance. Really about what I would expect.

Taste: Very solid... A little perfumey/musky, but a strong sweet and bready maltiness; slight hints of a warm alcohol, but very well blended with the standard Belgian style spiciness (corriander, a little peppery); slight candied sugar flavor as well; as it warms, there is a certain dark and sweet fruitiness taht creeps in as well (fig or raisin).

Mouthfeel: Nice and soft carbonation; mouth is left fairly dry, yet the roof of the mouth is still left a little sticky; a certain numb and tingly feeling is left in the cheeks and on the gums.

Drinkability: I'm loving the flavors, but that super sweet maltiness is a bit much after a while and the 10% ABV would be a bit much after a while as well; but definitely not a disappoint drink at all and I will gladly drink it again at some point.

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3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage.
Pours into my oversized wine glass a dark cloudy amber color. Nice one finger sticky light brown head that recedes and holds at 1/4". Lots of spider web lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.
Smells grainy and of whole wheat toast. Slight aroma of pears and figs. Less fruity aroma than the Nocturnum.
Taste has a lot more of the dark fruit than the aroma. Plums, raisins, figs. A bit spicy. All of this is supported by a whole wheat toast backbone flavor. Mild alcohol adds a bit of interest in the finish.
The mouthfeel is carbonated and dry with a slight alcohol burn and warming.
Drinkability: Enjoyed 750ml during the super bowl.
There are better beers, but this is a nice one to have on occasion.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of PDXHops
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage on tap in a tulip on 12/10/10. 2 fingers of creamy head atop a dark amber body. Decent retention, scattered patchy lacing.

Quite a tangy fruit nose on this- cherry pie, lemon, white grape, green banana, cloves. A gentle cascade of tiny bubbled carbonation lends a soft and smooth feel that works well with flavors of cherry liqueur, orange marmalade and candi sugar. The spiciness of the cloves has been smoothed out at this age. Buttery toffee sweetness lingers in the finish. I'm tempted to grab a few bottles to cellar; this was very enjoyable.

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Photo of bschinelli
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

2000 750ml grey bottle with pink Elephants pulling santas sliegh, pours a bright cloudy reddish-orange color. Fruity aroma of pears and tropical fruits, small bubbly head, bready, spicy fruity apple flavors, soft and full palate, nice lasting finish, very well hidden alcohol at 10%, warming feel, a great winter ale.

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Photo of kkmiller76
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason1337
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 Ken_P
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

2003 vintage.

Dark ruddy brown to an almost crimson with a big white head that can only be described as belgian. Huge berry juicy and spicy aroma. Dry spicy berry juice flavor (matching the aroma). A polite sweetness, though not by any measure a sweet beer.

The alcohol was not readily apparent, so this little baby kicked me in the head.

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Photo of BamfBacon
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Photo of jcb7472
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of anon
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of PVMT
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,952 ratings.
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