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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Photo of Hershdawg
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter

A: light white head that quickly dissipates. deep ruby color. Great color

S: Dark Belgian malts, and sweet phenolic yeast. A bit of clove and banana

T: Phenols, dark sugar, plum. and a lingering sweetness. Very pleasant.

M: As light as any Belgian should be. Not heavy but definitely alcoholic.

O: Very delightful. Strong but light enough you aren't weighed down. Good for any winter day. Though don't plan on driving.

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Photo of McD0uche
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured section of Delirium Noël bomber into a pint glass:

A: Initially, this is pretty attractive beer. It has a nice, bronze/reddish appearance that transitions from dark to light as you look down the glass. A medium head appeared but subsided rather quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Citrus and pine. You can smell the earthy malts as well as the booze. Peppery notes here and there.

T: The taste begins with roasted malts, coffee, and deep fruits. It transitions to a caramel and rather boozy aftertaste, and finishes bitter. The complexities in the taste are rewarding, and makes for enjoyable, repetitive sipping.

M: Light, frothy, nice carbonation. Very crisp. Leaves the palate dry, quite excellent.

O: Overall, this one was very enjoyable and a pleasure to drink. Brouwerij Huyghe puts out a very good BSDA, and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of NaNach
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A TONS of sediment, about two heaping tablespoons a dark redish-brown color.

S Sweetness, fruity apple-like smell, slight booziness

T Sweet taste, a little bit of spices typical of the noel style however it is difficult to pick out the exact tastes, a nice amount of complexity.

M Light on the carbonation and has a very nice smooth finish leaving you with a slight sweet taste remaining on your tongue.

O Overall this is a very nice beer and would get it again (if i can find it again in the new york area).

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Photo of Mar02x
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle in the liquor shop 'de drankgigant' te Oost-Souburg. I just recently drunk this bottle so it was aged almost a year.

A - A beautiful bright brown/red color with carbonation bubbles racing to the top. The head is beige in color and unfortunately pulls back quickly to a thin layer.

S - An inviting and wonderful sweet fruity aroma with scents of booze, spices and yeast.

T - A fairly complex and sweet beer with fresh fruit and spice flavors. Where the alcohol remains is a mystery. Very complex and beautifully balanced beer therefore the used items are very difficult to unravel.

M - A medium to high carbonation. The alcohol warmth comes at the end just like a light bitterness. Overall very special.

O - Wonderful Christmas beer and very drinkable. A nice flavor and complexity. I look forward to the Christmas beer of 2011.

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Photo of nhindian
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a Delirium Noel tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber with rich scarlet highlights. True to the Delirium line of beers, there are thick, chunky floaties which aren't incredibly appealing but of course they are harmless. A 2.5-finger head adorns the top of the beer, off-white and appears as a freshly-fallen blanket of snow. Retention is moderate, but the lacing leaves much to be desired as not much lacing sticks around at all.

S - Lots of warming spice in this beer, from nutmeg and cinnamon to some cloves. I'm getting a lot of the Belgian yeast which gives off some slight banana and bubblegum. Raisins and cherries round out the nose.

T - The flavors begin with a rush of fruits, namely grapes and raisins. The spices so prominently featured in the nose are surprisingly subdued here, mainly resorting back to cloves and losing some of that holiday touch. Much more boozy than the nose would've let on, and at the end it features some alcohol-soaked cherries.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with relatively low carbonation. Feels slick in the mouth, but finishes rather dry. A bit sugary that leaves some residue.

D - Drinkability is moderate. For a brewery that produces one of my all-time favorite beers in Tremens, I can't say I'm not disappointed in Nocturnum and now Noel. Noel starts promising enough with a tantalizing nose, but much of the spices fall away in the taste and are replaced with a bit of an overwhelming kick of alcohol. It doesn't make me feel like this is a Christmas beer in the slightest. Not awful for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but if I wanted one of those, I could pick a few others I'd take over this.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into matching Delirium Noel snifter. Bottled Feb 2010.

A: Pours a clear light cranberry color with wooden highlights beneath a thin, fizzy, short lived light tan head that faded into a thick collar leaving almost no lacing.
S: Sweet notes of fruits including pears, cherries, raisins, prunes and sweet caramel.
T: Follows the nose with a syrupy sweet fruity flavor. I get flavors of prunes, caramel, cocoa, wheat bread, red grape juice, tobacco, toffee, and sweet cherry juice. There are a fair amount of spices in this one as well, and I get a note of vanilla in the finish. The aftertaste is full of earthy hops, tobacco, vanilla and a sweetness that dominates the beer.
M: The alcohol is noticeable but not uncomfortable. Medium body, borderline syrupy mouthfeel, with soft bubbly carbonation.
O: This is one fruity and sweet beer but very complex and drinkable. I especially loved the flavors left on my palate after the swallow. Great aftertaste. Cheers!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened a bottle of this one Christmas 2008, The beer poured out as a bubbly amberish brown color with a light tan fizzy head. The lacing a minimal. The smell of the beer is yeasty and has some spice aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer is a little metallic if it's too cold. Once it warms up the spices and some Belgian yeast start to work together and create a really nice warming brew. The mouthfeel has a bit of a bite to it. It's carbonated generously. Overall I thought this was a pretty good Winter brew.

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

The Delirium line from Brouwerij Huyghe has proven to be a great amount of joy to me. Delirium Tremens is my favorite BSPA, and Delirium Nocturnum is awesome as well. This is their winter release, Delirium Noël, and I’m sure it will be just as flavorful as their other offerings. The real question is, how will it differ?

A: Flakes. Flakes, flakes, flakes. This actually looks like egg drop soup. As soon as I poured it, a ton of yeasty chunks flowed merrily into my glass, with some that are about half the size of my thumbnail. Wow! The head is a very light tan, micro-bubbled and serene. It leaves very little lacing, though, and goes away quickly. There’s a lot going on in the body, and not just because of the flakes.

S: Fruity booze! Or is it boozy fruit? Either way, it’s the sure sign of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I’m mostly getting cherry syrups, mixed playfully with grape juice. It’s brighter, more acidic than Delirium Nocturnum, which is also a BSDA; could it be the malts? They seem to be very prominent, showing off dark sweetness not unlike sugar beets. The alcohol is evident enough to give this a wine character at times. Nothing extraordinary, but a good nose.

T: Tastes aged, mature. The booze is smooth and slightly fiery, which backs up some spiced apple hints at the beginning. They quickly fade, though, for darker fruits like raisins/dates and figs. Malts, contrary to what was previewed in the nose, come off with a flavor that’s equal parts roasted and sweet. In fact, they're nearly smoky. Aftertaste is heavy, with a tongue-smacking sugar buzz that holds on for quite a while.

M: Not as chunky as I thought it would be; it’s actually quite smooth. The mouth-coating works well with the thick flavors of the palate.

O: I thought I’d pretty much be eating oatmeal when I first poured this beer, but, thankfully, it turned out better than that. For Brouwerij Huyghe, it’s probably just another reason to love Belgian yeast; for me, it’s another reason to love Brouwerij Huyghe. Though this has been my least favorite of the Delirium beers, I’ll still probably be adding it to my shopping list come winter. Nothing like pink elephants in Santa hats to get me in the holiday spirit…

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Photo of Dan3279
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I cracked open this 2010 bottle of Delirium Noel to celebrate Christmas in July. I poured part of the bomber into my DFH snifter glass to find a deep dark amber body with a very small white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is dominated with dark dried fruits, cherries, bread and alcohol.

The taste is good with a lot going on, you get a ton of the dried fruits, malts, caramel, and a lot of sweetness.

The mouth feel is smooth, heavy and creamy, the alcohol is hidden by the sweetness and it is a very easy beer to drink.

Overall I really enjoy this beer and I usually pick up a bottle every holiday season and I will continue to do so.

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Photo of jabergess
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So what do I end with after a Great Divide Belgian Yeti? Christmas in July tells me a Delirium Noel.
Wow. I am thoroughly impressed. It says its 10 percent alcohol. It's so fruity that's all I can focus on. Complex fruit flavors. Don't be afraid to follow an imperial stout with this one. Damn I wish I could tell you what fruits. Some people say cherries but I don't get that. Maybe fresh plums and dark grapes. It's unique but totally enjoyable. Get ya two. Drink one and squirrel away one for later.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a nice Red Amber colour with a nice two fingered head that retains the whole length as a one fingered head, and laces.

S - From the bottle, stewed cherry aromas. Once poured the sweetness intensifies and a little strawberry is introduced.

T - Up front there is sweetness closely followed by stewed dark fruit that is incredbly well balanced. There is spiciness at the finish before a warming boozy sweetness finishes it off.

M - Medium body and medium to high carbonation.

O - This beer is quintessentially Belgian. It has flavours that no other country (despite trying) can produce with any authenticity. If you see it, buy it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle of white ceramic and with a classic pressure cap covered in red foil paper was served into a Palm Speciale imperial half-pint glass in Nijmegen, Holland. As a side note, mine was labelled Delirium Christmas, not Delirum Noel. I acquired the bottle in Belgium, so I'd conject the change in label is a marketing move to appeal to the ignorant-of-other-languages English-speaking market (i.e. Americans), myself included. Reviewed live. No best before date is referenced on the bottle despite a spot for it on the label.

A: Bottle opens clean without a surge of liquid, so at least she doesn't seem horribly overcarbonated. One finger thin head is devoid of cream and retains poorly, even factoring in the high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent gold. Average amount of carbonation bubbles ascend at a standard speed.

Sm: Light unfermented sugar and malt. Pretty bad. A moderate strength scent.

T: Caramelized malt, some bland hops, a malted barley foundation, and some pleasant indistinct hops that need to be more at the forefront. Some cola nut hops are unwelcome and don't bring much to the party. I don't get spice, but maybe peppermint is buried way beneath, and candy sugar is certainly present yet bland. It's off-kilter; I'd say about 70% of the flavour is in the first half. This leaves the climax rather unsatisfying. The finish witnesses the death of the beer's flavours, adding nothing new or exciting to the taste, and fails to coax out the next sip from the drinker. Built poorly for the style, but I think it's fair to say it tastes "Christmasey", whatever that means. Perchance it's just me eejitry.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Feels lumpy. Doesn't complement the flavours of the body as much as it should - i.e. as much as other Delirium brews.

Dr: Given the other brews in Delirium's repertoire, I expected far better. This beer was a damned disappointment. She's priced a bit high for the lackluster quality. She drinks easy but doesn't offer a whole lot. Give her a spin at your own risk, but I'll take me Delirium Red over this shite any day of the fortnight.

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Photo of drowninginhops
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel Glass. From notes.

A: Brown in color, white head that has great retention.

S: Christmas spices and citrus, kinda like candy.

T: Spices, malts and sweet.

M: Smooth and creamy with mild carbonation.

D: Well made and very enjoyable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ruby tinted brown liquid. Nice clarity, with a touch of sediment at the bottom. Very nice three inch high head of tan colored lace formed on the top and hung around for a good few moments before settling down to just a thin layer of lace and some nice side glass presentation. There were a few touches of carbonation visible as well drifting up toward the surface.

The aroma was very rich, with a nice mixture of sweet caramel notes and dark fruity yeast. Hints of plums and raisins were all over this one, as was a sweet liqueur type aroma, which gave a hint to the alcohol that lie within. A nice touch of spice as well, with hints of nutmeg and other Christmas type smells. The flavor followed suit perfectly. Opening up with a nice sweet malty flavor that warmed from within, it quickly became much more complex. A small boozy flavor coming in behind it, was laced with nice bits of spice and rum soaked raisin flavors. Definitely a sweet Belgian here, with the malt profile clearly dominating. There were some lingering flavors of roasted nuts as you got toward the end and the long lasting finish, . Very complex indeed. The overall profile though was quite mellow with nothing really dominating in one way or another, and a very smooth and creamy Mouthfeel. The carbonation never did let up and led to this one never coming across as dull or flat throughout the session. The alcohol was a touch noticeable at first, but never distracting, and was just enough to let you know this was indeed a nice sipper.

Overall, this was one of the better Belgian Noel's I have had. Very rich and complex, and delightfully smooth I could have had this one again and again.

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Photo of Buggies
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange brown color. This ring of lacing. Dominated by malt and caramel. Slight aroma of spice and fruit. Taste good, but not as good as others in the same style. Sweet... loads of caramel and fruit. Nice bit of spice on the tongue and throat. Alcohol is slightly warming, but for 10%, this beer hides it well.

Not a bad beer. I'm glad I tried it. Not something I'd go out of my way to git again, but well worth a try.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque brown with a light tan head. It looks like iced tea.

S: Smells sweet, syrupy, dark fruit winter spices like nutmeg, cola.

T: It's dry up front with a sweeter finish. There's some bitterness at the end, dark fruit, syrupy. Spices seem to be less pronounced than they were in the nose, but still evident. There's a slight nutty taste from the yeast.

M It has an astringent finish, yet it's smooth with a full feel.

O Definitely a sipper, an after dinner beer. Take your time with it especially since its 10%.

I don't remember entirely was this was like, but I don't remember being very impressed. I'll stick to Tremens.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber color, pretty clear. An off-white head raises from the the brew, bubbly, and subsides to a thin film. Laces decently.

S: Metallic smell. Plum, Belgian yeasts, and alcohol.

T: The same metal I smell resides in the taste. Really sticks with you. Also getting the plum and slight Belgian tastes. Alcohol is pretty well masked.

MF: Nice bight of carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Pretty good for a 10% ABV, however this one was a miss.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

Pink elephants are in abundance during the holidays--we're sure St. Nick is seeing them on his last night of work each year. Clear mahogany color, crackling head downsizes to a thin ring of lace. Smooth and slick, creamy body. Malty with a toastiness throughout; hint of caramel soon leads to a very warming alcohol. Candied tropical fruit and raisins mesh well with a spiciness from the alcohol and hops. Ghost-like herbal phenols barely make any noise. Hint of yeast and more spicy warmth in the end. Tastes like the holidays and drinks like a Belgian beast, pink elephants and all.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel art tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with an underwhelming off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lace but a bit of floating foam.

Smell: Sweet cherry is dominant with some plum and candy notes along with a bit of Belgian mustiness.

Taste: Begins with apple and plum sweetness that rounds out to cherry and finishes with caramel, yeast, and bittersweet alcohol. There is actually a bit of an aftertaste in the back of the throat that reminds me of the aftertaste of eating rice with soy sauce, but it's not offensive or overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a watery, warming finish.

Drinkability: I don't know how to feel about this beer- it's all over the place. It's very good in some aspects, and underwhelming in others. Still, this is an interesting beer that is great for the winter, but inconsistency means that this one is not a favorite.

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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 vandemonian
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delirium Noël has a cloudy dark brown colour and a head that goes away quick but maintains lacing. The smell is sweet and malty with hints of honey. The taste is sweet with hints of honey with a toasty malt finish. There is the tang of belgian yeast at the end. This beer is thick and carbonated, so it felt very nice in my mouth. Three words to describe this beer: yummy; roasty; warm.

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Photo of Long813
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body with two fingers of fluffy foam. Retention is good and leaves nice lacing.

S: Strong front of alcohol first off, then to dark fruits and cloves. Some other sweet fruits and malts follow.

T: Sweet malts and fruits are first noticed, with a strong following of brown sugar and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Leaves a sweet dry finish and is quite hot.

D: Nice beer and complimented my xmas dinner quite well. I would love to have this aged.

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Photo of samie85
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a nice deep amber with virtually no head but some fizzy carbonation.

S-Smells heavily of clove with some hints of dark fruit with some biscuit.

T-Big dark fruits upfront with a bit of clove, some apple, and some warming alcohol on the finish.

M-Surprisingly light bodied and effervescent with a somewhat rich and warming feel.

D-Not a bad beer by any means, but I was expecting more spice and a richer body.

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Photo of alkemy
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a 330mL bottle...

A - Burnt orange to brown coloring with some sparse yeast floaties hanging out. Fluffy tan head dissipates rather quickly.

S - The first thing I noticed was clove and bubblegum. Fruits then come in with prunes, pears, and a touch of apple. Also had a bit of burnt caramel aroma.

T - The fruits are quite noticeable up front. However, on the tongue, it's more an apple and grape fruitiness. Spicing is also pretty prominent just as the aroma implies. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the sweetness quotient is a bit high. I also sensed a sour note every now and then.

M - Not as much carbonation as I expected after how it poured. I'd have like a touch more bite, but it does feel nice and creamy.

D - Really drinkable as the alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for next to nothing at a supermarket in Luxembourg. Super fizzy hazy ruby-amber pour with a two finger head that disappeared in record time and no lacing. Very herbal, spicy, and bready nose with hints of dark fruit and a touch of metal and alcohol. The taste is complex and more malty then I expected. Brown sugar, caramel and molasses dominate with hints of cinnamon, banana and figs and a touch of apple. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. The alcohol is well hidden which makes this sipper fairly drinkable. I was expecting a bit more, but still a decent Christmas beer.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,954 ratings.
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