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 damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle, date stamp of 13:59 L09-16141. No best before stamp noted. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear copper-amber with just a bit of haze to it. 1/4" thick light tan head with lots of fine strands of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Yeast, some fruity esters, cherries, some clove, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Lots of different flavors, but a bit muddled: dark fruits, caramel, cherries, raisins, herbal bitterness, alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, sticky, warming from the alcohol. A dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer, and definitely a winter warmer. I can feel the alcohol pretty quickly with this one. One per evening with this one.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy red-orange with a fine two finger light khaki head with great retention and lacing. The pour was quite fizzy and I was surprised to see this nice lingering head. Aroma of caramel malt, plums, cherries, banana, clove, a hint of Christmas spice. Flavor starts with caramel malt, plums, apricots, banana, clove and raisins, then thins out to reveal a drier, lighter malt with strong holiday spicing and a little tartness. Medium bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation. The initial taste is classic Belgian dark, with great caramel malt and fruit flavors, but the thinner finish leaves the spicing a bit stark. The dry, lightly tart finish is unexpected after the start. A little uneven, but pleasant holiday Belgian dark ale. The ABV is well covered.

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Photo of thebeers
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a mighty pffft. Relatively clear dark amber color, highly effervescent, with an overly huge and lasting near-white head that leaves heavy webbed lacing.

Belgian yeast in the aroma, with banana, clove and light ginger the most prevelant.

The taste packs a punch, with similar flavors from the nose, a splash of spiced brandy alcohol and some raisiny apple cider malt sweetness. Quite dry on the backend, with some mild alcohol burn and just a subtle hint of lingering Christmas spices.

Highly carbonated, prickliness to the mouthfeel.

Maybe not a world class Belgian, but much better than other reviews led me to believe. One I'm likely to enjoy once or twice a season.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 08/30/16:

2015 bottling. Clear but dull tarnished copper. Sparse and fine flecks. Light biscuity yellow head of moderate retention, half foamy, half fizzy, even. Gradually more opaque with each successive pour, and frankly, gets prettier. Light orange at bottom of glass, blends its way toward, but not quite, garnet. Mild roasty, metallic, bready, winter spicy, dark fruit, brown sugar aromas. Faint banana and Ban-Aid. Boozey as well, these soon the strongest, burning the nostrils slightly. Palate is a base of metallic and medicinal and toast/caramel throughout, but the real treat is overt spirity alcohol and sugar and winter spice, favoring cinnamon over ginger or clove, wouldn’t have paid much attention to them had I not known this was a winter beer. Tart and roasty enough, but truly sweet in the balance. These little fruit flies won’t leave my glass alone. Their funeral. I think I even taste some hop bitterness. Or might just be effects of roastiness or alcohol or spices. Extra metallic finish, still sweet and boozey. Little of the overt dark fruit or orange others seem to have noticed, maybe plum, perhaps even a little peach. As warm as 10% ABV should be, that is, downright hot and breathy, complete with medium spicy/peppery retro-olfaction and tingling gums and lips. Medium in body, fair astringency, abundant soft suds, a bit tingly but could be alcohol over carbonation, dry finish. Great overall, but too drinkable for alcohol levels. You want more but you really shouldn’t have more. Unless of course you really need more.

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Photo of cwalter
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get this for $6.99, the big bottle. Pretty happy about that.

Dark indeed, it pours a dark plummy color with a butter colored head that towers at 3 fingers in the snifter for quite a good minute. Flecks are left behind.

Aromas of gingerbread, cinnamon, whipped milk, anise, plum, clove, and candied orange.

The flavor translates fairly well bringing crusts of bread along with it. Plum, anise candy, and orange notes are the strongest, followed by a fairly astringent, metallic, medicinal harshness with a hint of hotness. This does not bode well for the drink overall, but it soaks up into the beer and becomes tolerable the more I drink it.

Feel is hot, very carbonated, and semi-dry to fully dry on the finish.

Overall, it's not bad, but it could definitely use some improvements especially where the astringent qualities are concerned. A bit too much heat - you taste all of that 10.0% without a doubt. However, this is almost a year old, so take that with a grain of hop.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys are good, clean fun. MJ's review of Huyghe in "Great Beers of Belgium" is wildly funny. He likes their beers. As do I. Haven't Had Noel for 3 years... and that is too long. I have several Noel beers as favorites, and Delirium is elbowing its way in. A softness without too much sugar makes this Noel unique. I should buy several so I can cellar and see if the softness improves further.

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Photo of jrsqc7
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It looks great coming out the bottle solid head heavy metal ironfist clinging to the glass the notes of red Swedish fish heavy metal bulldozer your nose malt is there but is not heavy metal Samurai enough to cut through the sweetness.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey dark Amber colour with a huge bone coloured head that slowly disapates to a small layer. Aroma dark fruits, brown sugar, banana, spices. Taste candy, Apple, toffee, dark fruits, grape. Very nice.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

ABV: 10.0% - Best before October 2017.

Bought at Beergium last week. I'm looking forward to try my first beer from Brouwerij Huyghe.

It pours hazy with a dark amber, almost copper color. A one finger high head.

Nose: Dark fruit, banana, brown sugar, syrup and sweet malt.
Taste: Red fruit, caramel malt, candied sugar, apple, toffee, cherry, spices, raisin and plum.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation. A bit "sour" mouthfeel. Medium body. Dry ending.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(330 ml bottle poured into a teku)

L: deep, cherry-red liquid, fairly clear, but quite dark... very tall foam stand, very open, messy suds - couldn't pour the whole bottle into the glass... surprisingly, it does keep a light-medium thick collar and does lace in a wide, unbroken band... there are lees, poured them in with the second and final pour

S: moderate phenolic spice, in line with how their other strong beers smell... mild-moderate dark fruit esters and hints of candy sugar... not really getting much booze, no heat... maybe a faint hint of baker's cocoa... overall, the intensity is a bit dull

T: the cocoa comes more to the fore, and it does have a moderately malty, semi-candy sweet core, but it finishes relatively lightly dry, and you do get a firm, broad wash of booze trailing the meat of it... aftertaste has an extremely subtle raisin note, along with a fairly bold lingering spice, with a nip of peppery bitterness rounding that out...

F: quite light and taut... even with the dregs, it's still a bit weightless... I think that's something I often forget with Huyghe - their beers are super light and easy to knock back, but they're mostly 8-10% - ouch!

O: if you're looking for something strong and dry with a sort of cordial-like sweet meat, this might be a hit - it does pack a nice punch... but it almost has no smell and it'd be hard to lack more depth in flavor (I had a pils by Furst Wallerstein the other day and the depth in flavor was off the charts compared to this, sort of at the other end of that spectrum)... still, it's a lazy-eazy swill, but a comet buy

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Photo of ajm5108
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a medium ruby color with a strong foam head. Retention & lacing is lasting. Aroma has a good amount of dry champagne yeast, definitely gives a little barnyard funk, along with some of the more characteristic notes (dried fig, some distant phenol). Flavor is not very impactful, it leads with the spicey phenol but carries notes of hay, yeast, grape must and some faint dark fruit. Nothing necessarily bad but just a tad pedestrian. A bit thin on the mouthfeel as well. I like my Belgian's a little heftier. Overall, rather middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: copper color with a thin, lacy head
S: some dark fruit, Belgian yeast
T: see smell, add metallic and boozy
F: great mouthfeel, dry finish, but a little creamy
O: not too much on the Christmas beer, but enjoyable

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle poured into a Delirium Noel Snifter

A- Pours a beautiful reddish-brown topped by a 3 finger white head that slowly dissipates into a creamy cap. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Caramelized sugar, dark fruit, cloves and bananas. An alcohol smell is also present.

T- Caramelized sugar, bright apple, cloves/banana, and a variety of spices (notably nutmeg)

M- Medium Body with Moderate-High Carbonation. Slight alcohol burn as the brew warms.

O- A pleasant Belgian Dark Ale with a ton of spicy/fruity flavours and aromas to offer.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Very picturesque pour; tawny brown with a huge +2 finger head. Noticable
lacing present.

Smell: vinous sweetness; alcohol

Taste: Nice belgian sweetness upfront; The vinous and alcohol
notes also carry over from the nose. As you reach the top of the
roller coaster however and start down the other side, there's a very
noticeable and unpleasant metallic or iron note that mars the

Feel: Peppery with lot's of carbonation.

Overall: Was excited to try this one, but was somewhat disappointed,
given the metallic notes that spoil the pour's conclusion.
Found Corsendonk's offering to be far more enjoyable, as
far as Belgian Xmas beers go.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz pour on tap into goblet

A: creamy small head with a brackish brown body very murky

S: lots of burnt sugar, raisins, figs, a little bit of banana

T: Apple, toffee, figs, caramel, burnt sugar

M: a little effervescent bubbly on the tongue

O: excellent beer just so many great flavors and so easy to drink if you are going to enjoy a Belgian strong you will not be disappointed in this one

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy, fruity, and funky Belgian aroma with a scent of yeast, spices, and dried fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, peppers, funk, and cinnamon. Fruit hints of banana, green apple, pear, and grapes. Dark fruit hints of raisin, plum, and fig. Hints of candied sugar and bubblegum. Malt hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, and cracker. Subtle earthy hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, fruity, and funky Belgian taste with notes of yeast, spices, and fruit. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of clove, cinnamon, pepper, and funk. Dried fruit notes of banana, pear, green apple, and grapes. Also some dark fruit notes of plum, raisin, and fig. Sweet taste of candied sugar along with some bubblegum. Malt notes of biscuit, straw, caramel, and cracker. Light earthy hop bitterness. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and prickly with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good Belgian Ale. Good mix of spices and fruit esters.

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Photo of SABERG
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - Mahogany, deep copper in color. Wonderful clarity, a lite train of carbonation supports an off
white cap. Lacing is in form of small spotty patches.
S - Malts, winter spice, earthy.
T - A bit spicy and sweet, the strength of the base supports a wide variety of dried dark fruit.
Raisin, date and fig.
M - A sweet start, quickly turns a bit tart, and cleans up from active carbonation.
O - A very pleasant strong ale, enough spiciness to think holidays. Very nice offering

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Photo of kitch
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a best before end date of October 2017 poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: It poured a dark amber colour with a two finger fluffy beige head that dissipated slowly and settled to a very nice thin fluffy layer with some nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet plum, grape, raisin and candied sugar with hints of banana and clove as well as cherries.

Taste: Cherries, raspberries, raisin, plum and prunes. As it warms, the alcohol presence gets stronger and more noticeable but never overpowering. In addition, caramel and toffee appears as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: Very enjoyable although I do prefer Nocturnum a bit more. I also do not know what makes this a Christmas beer as I don’t get much of the spices usually associated with Christmas.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear orange with a bubbly head of beige foam that falls well. Spirited bubbles sparkle int he glass as they rise. Nose is light hearted fruitiness, soft malt bright hops. Toffee and spice. The drink is fruity and mellow. Lots of lush malt made bubbly by the carbonation. Sweet bread and spice. A bit of pepper and phenols to really excite the palate and the nose. The finish is drying and a lovely touch from hops bitterness. Buttery spice cake with a bit of booze.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Deep reddish brown in color. Fluffly beige head that settles into a finge thickness. Bubbles stacked like little beads in the head. Lacing that never quits and follows the sides of the glass.
Smell - Malty, more like sweet cake. Raisins, plums, bananas, candied clove.
Taste - Candied fruits seasoned with cloves and hint of peppery finish. The warmer this beer gets the more the flavors blossom.
Feel - A little on the boozy side. Nice and creamy. Super balanced.
Overall - I am coming to appreciate the style. This one is a good representation. Best as it warms.
Not sure if its something I would seek out. Time will tell

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

a: Cherry amber body. Crystal clear with an almost polished look. 2 finger bubbly beige head.

s: As it warmed I picked up subtle notes of toasted malts, sugar candi, sour cherry, orange rind and hints of wormwood and alcohol.

t: Taste follows the nose and is quite nice as it opens. Very much like a holiday punch. Sweet and sour with candi and sour cherries, lots of spice from the yeast and a good amount of warming alcohol comes through. Hints of orange rind and cooked dark stonefruit throughout.

mf: Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Spicy, tingly and a nice bite from the booze.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

15244 code thingamajig

a: dark amber. about one finger light beige head. lacing recedes quickly.
s: delightful aroma of banana & clove. Raisins/plums come through as it continues to warm.
t: Dark fruit starts off immediately followed by the belgian yeast midway which rides to the finish.
m: my highest knock against this beer is the carbonation - about 2-3 clicks too high to me. This seems to interfere some with the enjoyment of the flavors. Medium body. A touch dry.
o: Glad to have finally tried this. Very nice sipper. Unfortunately the high carbonation takes away slightly from the enjoyment of the beer. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle coded 15244 (guessing this year's offering):
Pours a deep amber, but quite clear. Aggressive first pour was likely a mistake. a soft pour yielded a gentle head. The bubbles were light tan and medium size, but softened onto the surface. Lacing was flowing sheets of bubbles with each sip, but not a lot of stickiness.

Nose was winter spices, cinnamon and nutmeg combined with a stronger banana, Belgian yeast esters. Some soaked raisin notes early. A little cherry-ish note came out in the middle with warmth, but so did an alcohol astringency that wasn't the best.

Taste evolved over a long session with this beer. Early on (and colder) the yeast was forward, with the winter spices and an alcohol astringency that wasn't the best attribute. Early mid-taste, the flavors balanced quite well, and the astringency was fading. Middle taste the raisin and dark fruit notes faded along with the yeast notes (but the latter still had an influence). A general spicy hop bitterness started growing and lasted into the late taste. My last few sips, the beer balanced out nicely again, and seemed sweet, at least in comparison. As a fellow BA noted, almost cream soda like (though much less sweet). Border on a 3.75 and a 4 here.

Carbonation levels bordered on being too strong, but stayed easily within the acceptable range. Early astringent notes faded. Carbonation lasted to the end, never flattening. Nice feel overall.

Loved enjoying this during an online tasting. Forced me to appreciate the beer over a period of time where I got the recognize the nuances that it offered. Lighter overall notes compared to many dark ales I have had, but I might be biased towards the bold flavors. Definitely a strong consideration for a yearly pickup.

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Photo of kell50
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single from Total Wine for the BA live tasting.

A - Pours a dark, hazy ruby color. A huge fluffy off-white head renders small rings that attach around the edge of the glass.

S - Big pop of Belgian aromas- raisins, cherries, plums, candi-sugar, clove, and fruity yeast. There is a touch of booziness present as well.

T - Taste really follows the nose. Cherry, raisins, brown sugar, Belgian yeast and bubblegum on the finish. It's 10% alcohol content is reasonably hidden, but noticeable. There is also a nice mix of wintery spices present.

M - Medium body and lively carbonation. No bottling date noticed, I'm assuming this one is relatively fresh. Pretty creamy mouthfeel, in addition to a little alcohol burn.

O- I enjoyed this beer from start to finish. I remember having previously enjoyed his beer, but never reviewed it. This was a great beer to revisit given the proximity to Xmas.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,948 ratings.
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