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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of justintcoons
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a burnt ruby red with 3 fingers of fluffy off-white head that dissipates extremely slow. Heavy carbonation.

N: This literally smells like banana bread. There's also some notes of cinnamon and coriander.

T: Banana bread, coriander and peppercorn upfront. This is followed with molasses, cinnamon and perhaps some nutmeg. Finishes with molasses, banana and a bouquet of spices including cinnamon, clove, coriander and nutmeg.

M: Light-medium bodied, creamy, smooth, slightly sticky and dry.

O: A little over spiced for my tastes. Solid malt tones of bread and molasses underneath. Decent, but nothing that I'll search out again.

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Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of Brabander
2.79/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a bit disappointing when you look at the name of this brewer.

I bought this beer a few weeks ago at the shop of the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium.

The biggest problem this beer has is the smell, much too smokey. The fluid is amber coloured. Taste is very weird, i had some problems with this taste. To be honest i had much better Christmas brews!

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Photo of slasich
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GrabMeAnAbbey
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of IPA35
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is a ruby, brownish beer. The head dissappeared immediatly.

It smells of banana, belgian yeast, spice, sour cherries and dark fruits in general. It also has a metallic hint to it. Smells of christmas.

Now then, the taste. This beer is very very sweet. And they didn't use sugar in the brewing process. It starts out with sweet dark fruits. Not really heavy on the fruits, more of a mild flavour with a spicy background. Then it becomes malty but them sweetness never fades. Slightly alcoholic in the aftertaste. I am ot getting much hops. Did I mention it is very sweet?

The mouthfeel is medium, quite thin actually with medium, below average carbonation.

Overal a nice beer, nothing wrong with it, not too special and very sweet.

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Photo of ggourde
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Elevator
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of EkimGram
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into snifter. Colour is a deep brownish-red, has a rube-lick quality to it. Head is modest and fine, fades leaving a thin lacing. Plenty of visible (and audible) carbonation.

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast is first and foremost. Following are some malts, dark fruits, and some sort of dark sugar, molasses perhaps.

Taste: Again, the Belgian yeast is the leader followed by some caramel malts. Slight touch of alcohol and a sweetness found in this style. Overall, a pleasant mix of flavours.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with an exciting level of carbonation that brings something not found too often in this style. Silky and a little sticky.

Drinkability: A very solid and enjoyable brew; perfect to enjoy with a nice holiday in the winter. Nothing too complex but this isn't a brew that leaves for any type of desire except for more.

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Photo of paulcox
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep red to carmel reddish. 1-1.5 fingers of light tan head, which dissipated fairly quickly. Persistent carbonation, but not overly aggressive.

S- Malty, with caramel / sweet overtones. Pronounced apple / pear aroma. Touch of grass.

T- I just didn't pick up on the raisin / spice combo so many here have mentioned. Primary flavors for me were fruit (apple), malt on the front end followed by hoppy middle and finish. Distinctive yeast throughout.

M- Nothing special of note for me here. Only very slightly warming.

O- Drinkable beer, but not as robust as I'd imagined. That's not a slight, I just don't think I've tried enough Belgian strong / holiday ales to have informed expectations. Would buy again if it were convenient and reasonably priced.

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Photo of ryendavid
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Sinatra716
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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 steelerguy
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A little lighter than expected for a Belgian Dark Strong, very high carbonation feeling a less than spectacular head which fades rapidly and really leaves no lace.

S - Very yeasty, dark fruit such as raisins, and some spice. Almost has a chai tea like aroma.

T - Interesting, lots going on some good and some bad. The dark fruit and yeast are nice (perhaps a touch too yeasty) and the alcohol at the end let you know this is definitely a strong ale. The spice is too strong, too many penols in here it seems, they just kind of overwhelm you from beginning to end.

M - Light body, and lots of tingle from the carbonation. The alochol gives a nice warmth at the end.

O - Not a bad beer, but there are just too many other Belgian Dark Strong Ales (like their own Nocturnum) to get this again.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair and sociable festive offering, but nothing really memorable.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and painted brown bottle resembling white ceramic (follows the initial batch of their flagship, which seems to have been done with cheap overstocked bottles from a German brewer initially, and then became an identity sign.) Winter label, with an elephant wearing a Santa hat skating under the snow flakes (a few variations are introduced of the illustration on this Noël releases I think…) Cork notes date (2011) and label offers a notched date (03 11). Shows 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear (maybe the slightest of haze, maybe, in the final serving) amber brown pour, with a short fizzy head, small retention, minimal surface memory and no lacing.

S - Pleasing if generic nose, caramel, soft yeasty sense, with dark fruit, the faintest of spices as it reaches the lips….

T - …and once it does little else besides. Sugary caramel, mat woven yeast in a pleasing way, bready touches under the fruit, soft caramel.

M - Medium to medium-full body with high carbonation initially, and a prickly sweet flow.

O - Fair Christmas brew, but a tad too generic and blah. Nothing I would seek out again proactively.

Notes: I really do fear these brews keep on riding on some sort of iconic popularity, specially among the non-aficionados… And sure enough, they are quality and fair, but nothing remarkable, and surely not of my particular liking.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Domingo
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer I remember enjoying a few years ago, but seemed to have skipped making it out to CO. for a few years. This batch is the first I’ve seen in a while.
Pours a cola-brown color with an abundant head. The foam layer settles a bit, but lasts for the life of the bottle.
The nose and taste line up pretty much perfectly in this case. Brown sugar is the primary focus, with some small fig and prune notes, a tiny hint of peppery yeast, and some fiery rum on the back-end. This is a 10% beer and you’ll be reminded of that with every sip, although I don’t think that’s unintentional. That doesn't mean it isn't a little "hot" though.
Honestly, the profile is relatively simple, but not everything needs to be complex. It does what it’s trying to do pretty well.
As long as this keeps making it here (for a reasonable price), I’ll continue to buy it.
It's probably worth noting that this beer ages pretty well, too. I got a chance to try one that had been aging for 3 years at a Christmas tasting last year and it had developed a lot more dried fruit and caramel notes, too. If you can hang on to it - give it a try.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,951 ratings.
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