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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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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, reddish brown and clear with ample carbonation. A big, puffy, bone-white head turns to seafoam while leaving big patches of lace and a syrupy film on the Delirium Noel snifter.

Aromatic, dark holiday spices with dried Mediterranean fruits, cherries, and a light yeasty funk.

The flavor is similar to the nose, though lacking progression and depth. Alcohol is sharp without heat adding some sweet rum undertones. Warms well.

A luscious, medium body with fine carbonation. Alcohol punctuates with warmth.

Delirium Noel lacks the “wow” factor and special character of other Christmas beers. However, it is a good sipping beer to enjoy while reading or listening to music.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a cognac sniffer, and it produced a two finger thick off white head, and the body is dark ruby red in color with a strong haze.

The aroma is cola, sassafras, metallic, and maybe a little bit of pair is in there too.

The taste is pretty much on par with the aroma, with the cola and pair flavors taking up most of the space.

Feels prickly with carbonation, a bit on the crisp and thirst quenching side, but with a mildly warm finish.

Overall a decent brew, and worthy of drinking again next winter.

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3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice dark red color, with a light ivory colored head. Good carbonation.

Pleasant orange smell. Also smell the yeast, and the high alcohol content.

Taste is different than expected. Floral, lemon citrusy, a little spice, and a little alcohol bite.

Disappears from the pallet quickly. Good carbonation.

Overall it's good. It's not a home run for me, and in comparison to the Tremens, this one is not quite there. Worth a try, not worth searching the globe to find.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a snifter. Bottle lists ABV and BOD.

A: Very red cherry wood brown with a slight off-white head. It leaves nice lacing.

S: Malt, cherry, sour fruit, spice, warming alcohol and spice on the finish.

T: Sour cherry, malty backbone, spicy,

M: Medium and creamy.

O: This is a great looking beer. It also has a very nice sour fruity aroma that reminds one of a lambic or red ale rather than a noel. The fruity flavors are right upfront, and the creamy mouthfeel is nice (though it could be heavier). The finish is almost metallic, too sour, and the alcohol is too present. The beer could be balanced a bit better.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark burgandy body with a fingers worth of tan head that left sticky lacing.

S: Sweet xandy sugar, dark fruits and yeasty

T: An immediate sweet candy sugar, booze, bubblegum, dark fruits and caramel

M: full body but not at all sticky like i thought it would be. good carbonation with a warming finish.

O: Good overall

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap between Christmas 2011 and New Year in the Delirium Bar (upstairs tap room), Brussels.

Looks good, red and different to most other Belgian winter offerings. An off-white head sat around for a while, got bored and left after about 5 minutes.

The smells hung around though: blackberrys, red currents and plums sprinkled with corriander and cinnamon.

The taste is an alcohol brew of confusion: sweet at first, fruity sweet at that, then a dry hop/nasty finish. The smell contents are in the taste also, but they don't seem to blend so well as in the nose. This beer is unbalanced and relies on the alcohol too much, hoping the lack of cohesive flavours is counterbalanced by the 10%ABV, well it didn't do it for me.

Glad it wasn't a huge glass I had: this beer has more hype than substance.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I never get tired of these ceramic bottles, so cool! I poured this one into a tulip.

Appearance- The head easily gets over three fingers in width of ecru colored foam. The density and airiness is like looking at a cross section of sponge cake. Retention is decent with good cratering.

The body has intimations of a dark amber with ruby notes.

Smell- The nose is soft and sweet. The yeast gives a slightly chalky-pear flavor. There is a tangy, dark fruit character of dark cherries and plums. There is also a sugary, lactic quality present.

Taste- The palate is a solid mirror of the nose. The start of the drink is a little more herbal and has some clove. The sweeter, pear-like yeast is not as noticeable until the finish.

The tangy dark fruit is also barely perceptible on the palate, maybe showing a bit mid-drink with some bittersweet cocoa.

Mouth feel- This is creamy and a decent medium body. The coating is all right, and the flavors seem to hang around on the palate forever.

Overall- The drink gets a little too spicy and warm on the palate compared to the nose. The soft and sweet profiles recognized on the nose would have served this beer better.

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