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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

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BB Nov 2013

Beer is light brown, reddish hues as well. A large beige head begins to dissipate fairly quickly. Some lacing.

Smell is very sweet. Lots of brown sugar, as well as a large amount of red grape, plum and fig.

Taste is like the smell. Really sweet dark fruits and brown sugar, along with some bready malt. Some dark cherry is added to the fruit mixture. Some spices as well, a bit of ginger. A bit thin.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Thin.

Overall, a decent beer, but I was hoping for more.

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Pours hazy brown with a very small head.
Nose shows soft caramel and candi sugar, Belgian phenols and sultanas.
Very sweet flavours, with sugary figs and prunes. Almost cloying. A fair bit of sharp alcohol is present.
Carbonation is ridiculously high.

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No bottled on date visible ("3" is checked on label)
Poured into a tulip glass

Delirium Noel focuses on heavier flavors for the colder months by bringing in darker malts and subsequent dried fruit characters. A good beer, but not one I'd want to drink more than one of per season.

Pours a 1cm, very light tan head, which very quickly subsides to a thin ring around the glass with minimal lacing. Body is a light caramel brown color, orange tones appear when held to a light. No carbonation appears to be visible. Not a particularly memorable appearance.

Aroma is very smooth, no ethanol detectable, a solid blend of caramel malts, butterscotch, dates, roasted nuts, and bourbon.

Opens with some caramel malt and Belgian dark candi sugar sweetness. Dates, bourbon, and caramel then arise with mid-palate. Ethanol detectable from mid-palate onwards, not unexpected in a 10% brew, and integrated fairly well into the blend of flavors. Generally, a heavier flavor with darker malts and higher ethanol influencing the resulting taste.

Body is of medium heft, with fairly prickly carbonation, which is somewhat surprising given the minimal amount of visible carbonation. Resulting beer is at first sharp, then creamy due to the foaming characteristics from the carbonation.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,958 ratings
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