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Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël

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Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by taez555 on 02-03-2002

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Photo of DatSideBeerMan
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! Had this with a bunch of fresh raw oysters. Amazing.

In Louisiana, we get a little of this but not much and it usually sells pretty quickly.

I have found that this beer changes from year to year but is is very good. I find most Christmas beers not that interested exept this one and a few others.

Look for this at your local store

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/23/2010:

#10 - 12 beers of Christmas. 330 mL bottle at 45* into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: This pours a deep red color with plentiful sediment and a fingerful of latte head that dissipates but leaves decent lacing.

S: The nose shows dark fruits, alcohol esters, cherries, and yeasty spice.

T: The taste is also heavy on the cherries with notes of figs, mild banana, and light spiciness as well.

M: The palate is surprisingly light and mellow with a fair amount of stickiness. No alcohol comes through to the palate.

D: This is solid but not great.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-red with light hint of brown, slight transparent. thin white head

S-belgian sugars and some berries as well, medium strength

T-it doesn't hit with a really strong taste of anything but then in comes a lot of good, crisp belgian sugars and yeasts along with some small flavor of berries. this is a very well and happily balanced belgian. i am quite pleased with this, though it isn't very complex at all.

M-it has a good feeling soft carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-this is a wonderful belgian brew that i'll look forward to every christmas. it took me awhile to finish, but only because i wanted to savor the flavor. the taste stays great.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy copper color; some suspended yeast. Poured a finger tan head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted continually. Broken lacing.

S: Caramel and wet grain. Apple and pear. Also some muted spices and candi sugar.

T: Big fruit flavors up front; apple, pear and white grapes. Caramel more yeast esters. Finish is spicey and mildly bitter with warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Sweet, dry and warming.

D: Flavorful with nice interaction of yeast, malt and spices. Big ABV keeps this one a sipper.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33cL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: This looks like what I expect from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale -- medium, transparent at the edges with a red-orange tint. A light, frothy swirling head. Nice.

S: Very pleasant dark fruits, alcoholic esters, cloves. Complex.

T: By far my favourite of the Delirium lot. Recognizable as such by the distinctive sour apple in the maintaste, but here it is much more subdued. There is candy sugar, heavier alcohol, and an initial tartness. Spiciness is most probably cloves. The aftertaste is light, almost disappointingly so.

M: Quite nice! Tart, carbonated, tangy, engaging.

D: A very fine Christmas ale and, as I've said, far and away the best Delirium I've had. Definitely recommended. A sipper -- I split the bottle and only barely regret it. I'm still not a big Delirium fan, but I would buy another of these. The label is simply awesome...flying pink elephants pulling Santa's sleigh full of beer.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. This is a medium to dark brown color, translucent with an inch of thick and fluffy head.

Smells include candy sugar, apples, peaches, and various spices. Taste is heavy on apple, mixed with some caramel, banana, bubblegum, and pepper. Alcohol is present but blended very well. There's a slight metallic flavor from the bottle.

All-around, this is pretty decent. Very drinkable for something 10% ABV.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a Stone tulip.

Appearance: brown amber with minimal to no head or lacing.

Aroma: candy sugar, belgian yeasts, honey, cinnamon, and dark fruit.

Flavor: strong and sweet, caramel, brown sugar and bread.

Mouthfeel: medium body with minimal carbonation.

Overall impression: this might have been spoiled, as it had minimal carbonation and a tangy taste. however, i've noticed the same characteristics in the last two years.

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Photo of fragilehearted
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 12/24 (I was not about to load up the dialup to type this!):

Had this last year & liked it, so let's review this year's tasting! 750ml into an oversized wine glass (best glassware I could find at my folks' - they are wine/BMC drinkers).

A - slightly hazy dark amber. Head dissipates quickly to a ring.

S - candied fruits, especially prunes, raisins, cherries. Sweet malts, hints of spice, belgian yeast. Overall very sweet, almost smells like syrup.

T - sweet, but not as sweet as the smell, which is good. Follows the nose, but not quite as nice, not quite as complex as the smell. More spice comes through than in the smell, though, which is just fine. Nice & malty. But a bit of a metallic taste for some reason, so I had to dock the score a bit for that.

M - Carbonation is medium & fine, but this beer is a bit hot even for 10%, hotter than I remember. It definitely warms a lot on the way down.

D - I swear, I liked this better the last time I had it. I drank a 14% beer just a few days before, & I swear this tastes hotter for some reason that I can't explain. I can finish this (seriously, I'm at my folks' place in the middle of nowhere, nothing to do but let this beer & a DVD put me to sleep), but I don't think I'll buy it again this year. Maybe next year.

It's hard not to compare this to Tremens & Nocturnum, both which I prefer to what I just had, which is why for the low score. I've had plenty of BSDAs I prefer to Noel, that's for sure. Kind of a bummer, I have to say, but like I said before...maybe next year I'll give it another shot.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a copper-brown color, slightly hazy. Light white frothy head quickly turns to a light film with bubbles around the edges.

Smell: Has an aroma of apple, pear, caramel, and some spices (particularly cinnamon).

Taste: Lots of fruit up front: apples, pears, and grapes. Generally sweet from the fruit flavors; not much caramel in the taste. A bit of yeast and spice comes out at the finish, and there's a fair bit of hops, leaving some bitterness, especially in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth. More carbonation than I would expect, but it is fairly fleeting and doesn't distract too much.

Drinkability: Strong ABV, but not too boozy. Easy flavor for drinking.

Rather light (in both taste & color) for this type of beer. Certainly enjoyable, but not much spices, and virtually no dark fruits, for an Xmas beer just doesn't seem right.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This pours a dark slightly hazy ruby color. It has a big active off-white head, that fell down to a small ring floating around the edge of the glass. There were some bits of lacing on the glass. There are small carbonation bubbles visible.

S - There is a big fruity smell here. I am getting apple, cherry, banana, and pear. There are some spices, belgian yeast, and a touch of booziness present as well.

T - You really get the fruitiness and belgian yeast right up front. It has a good sweetness to it. The alcohol content is hidden very well. There is also a nice hop and spice present.

M - This has a medium body and crisp carbonation. It has a creamy quality to it, as well as some warming from the alcohol.

D - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down smooth. I think this is a good christmas beer, and I would definitely try this beer again.

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Photo of warseahawk03
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Delirium Noel bought in a 750 ml bottle and served in a snifter

A- Poured from the bottle and the head was slight and disappeared quickly. Very thin lacing added with the beers bright red color.

S- Fruity smell, Hints of apples, and pears. Faint smells of spice but not nearly noticeable.

T- Can mostly taste the fruit of the beer. Crisp taste with apple and grape flavors.

M- Starts off Crisp, and finishes dry, and malting leaving one wanting just a bit more.

D- Good considering the ABV is 10%. The fruity taste and spice masks quite well.

Have not had any other brews from Brouwerij Huyghe, but this makes me want to consider their other offerings. Overall a tasty holiday fare.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - poured a three-fingers thick eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that settled into a thick sheet. thick lacing throughout. the body was a bright reddish-purple.
s - yeast, bananas, malt, bread, metallic
t - sour apples, yeast, bread, some slight spice.
m - slick, medium feel.
d - good beer but it doesn't leave me wanting more.

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Photo of confer
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for this Christmas present. I got the bottle that has the elephant ice skating on the label.
I really like the look of this in the glass. A chocolate brown with a head the fades quickly. Nice and cloudy, must be unfiltered. It smells like a glass of wine or some stronger type of alcohol.
Taste is good, but hared to describe. Just a bit of tart and hints of oranges maybe.
You can really feel the warmth of the alcohol in your throat on the way down.
I think this is a good Christmas beer, not as good as a Corsendonk but very drinkable and something I won't ever turn down.

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Photo of BarleyBoz
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer! I wish this was available all year long. First thing I noticed was that the color was a little darker than expected. The color is dark amber and when held to the light you would expect to see a "Jurassic park mosquito in it like the old guys cane from Jurassic Park. It is slightly cloudy but very clear for a Belgium style. The nose is sweet like caramel; a great balance of hops and malt. The taste is unbelievable . For a 10% abv beer, the alcohol is hidden extremely well. Noel is very smooth from start to finish. It is very drinkable and could be consumed easily all evening long.

Also reviewed by JAbel9

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium Noel pours a clear dark amber color with a very thin, off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving a thin ring of lace on the glass.

The strong, malty aroma is sweet and fruity with spicy notes. Cherry and apple with some clove and nutmeg, plus a fair amount of alcohol. A little bit of vanilla is in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry on the palate with a light carbonated fizz on the tongue. The flavor is a nice blend of dark fruit and spice. It starts with cherry and raisin fruit notes with some sweet malt and a touch of sour apple mixed in. Towards the end spice notes of clove and orange peel become present. It finishes with some bready yeast notes. Once gone the cherry and clove notes linger on the palate.

This is a sweet, malty beer that hides its 10% abv well. Great for a Christmas feast.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A lightly-hazy deep orange-brown body with lots of chunky sediment in solution. Up top, a finger of creamy off-white head that burns off quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

Aroma: A complex mix of dark fruit, burnt-sugar malt, peppery spice, herbal hops, mild Belgian yeast, and a hint of booze.

Flavor: Almost the exact same mix as the aroma. Floral and herbal hops, white pepper and dark fruit over a rich brown-sugar malt body. The alcohol is masked masterfully, contributing just a hint of spice. There are a lot of elements going on here, but they all play well together and everything is perfectly balanced. Herbal hops and great burnt-sugary malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with smooth medium carbonation and a slightly sweet finish. No sign of the stout booze.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, especially considering the double-digit alcohol content.

Verdict: Just like the other two beers from Huyghe I've tried, this is an incredibly solid and thoroughly Belgian experience. I think I've found a new entry for my winter seasonal must-buy roster.

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Photo of Samashley
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having this beer on tap and not being very impressed, I decided to give the Noel another try from the bottle. Delerium Noel is not necessarily my favorite seasonal beer, but I must say that the bottle was much better than the draft. I noticed differences in the carbonation and the spice between the two, and felt that the bottle presented these aspects in a stronger manner than the draft. Overall I still feel that the beer is muted. I wish it had just a little more "oomph" to the spice or to the maltyness. I know I can be a bit of a difficult judge regarding the winter season of beers, but after multiple exposures to this beer, I feel it is just a bit overrated and feel it to be quite average.

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Photo of impending
2.61/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml into a tulip. Pours a wonderful clear reddish copper but little head, minor lacing.

Smells like a meld of a strong dark and a phenolic tripel with lots of bready yeast. No particularly strong noël spices.

Taste is not on par with the scent. Sweet beginning, phenolic middle, ever slightly bitter finish with peppery alcohol. Aftertaste lingers but not to it's advantage. Full bodied.

Shares a common brew style true to Huyghe, toss in a few spices and they ship a noël. Seek others.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan reddish black, creamy 1 inch head that dissolved quickly

Smell - Yeast, honey, sugar, malts and spices. Some hops and cherries also.

Taste - As pair with the other delirium beers, yeasty, bitter and strong. But with this beer, traces of cinnamin, nutmeg, honey and carmael are present with the floral tones and fruits. Very nice spicy hop bite, then the sugary fruits and sweet spices kick in and balance this beer. Very nice drink indeed.

Mouthfeel - It pretty much has it all. Sweet, sour, warming effect and strong. Thicker then other deliriums and packing a higer alcohol punch. Aftertaste doesnt last all that long but very enjoyable when you swallow.

Drinkabilty - Its for sure a christmas beer. Due to it being seasonal and 10%, this for sure is a session, 1-2 and done beer. Very tastly, this for sure is my favorite delirium ale!

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Photo of gfsufb
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a much darker color then expected, nice foam head. Smell seems a little off not sure if bottle experienced heating etc. Taste is very smooth for a 10% brew and I would seek another one out given the opportunity. I actually like this one much more then the original delirium tremens.

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Photo of ebby82
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color into a goblet. There is very little head.

The aroma is a beautiful boquet of fruity smells, especially apricot, and white grape. There is also the aroma of some sort of spices, possibly coriander. If this beer tastes as good as it smells, it will be a wonderful beer.

The taste, like the aroma, is fruity, light and smooth. Again, white grape, with a hint of spices to it.

The alcohol content is very high, but barely noticeable. It is very smooth, and drinks almost like a dessert wine rather than a beer. The carbonation is limited. In fact, when the cork was popped, there was barely a sound. However, this does not detract from the taste.

I would highly recommend this beer. My wife and I drank it together on our snow day from work, and we enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of rmdunlap85
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a beautiful hazy orange/amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates into some lacing.
S: Cherries and malt on the nose, other fruitiness. Smells extremely inviting.
T: Some tartness up front, cherries, with a caramel maltiness. This tastes excellent, perfect balance of tartness and sweetness.
M: This is the only place where the beer disappoints, the carbonation is a little too crisp, though its provides a nice warmth.
O: This is a great beer for the winter season, warming with flavors that evoke the Christmas season. I can curl up with this by a fire while watching It's a Wonderful Life.

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Photo of fourplayed
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into chalice, pours a dark brown/amber with 1 finger off white head.

Smells of some sweet dark fruits, plums, raisin, apple nice notes of yeasts and spices.

Taste of the same sweet fruits, with good yeasts, malts and spices with mild alcohol presense and a bit of biter hops.

Solid medium body, good smooth creamy malt feel, medium alcohol warmth and nice dry clean finish.

A very good seasonal offering. Glad I found it and yes, I will be back for more..ho ho ho!!

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Photo of WhiteOak
2.56/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light copper/brown color with a thick off-white head. Minimal lacing, if any.

S- Cherries dominate. Some malt aroma.

T- Raisinated dark fruits, sweet cherries, caramel malt, yeasty dough. Did not detect any spice.

M, D- On the full side of medium bodied, the ABV only showing when warmed.

Yawn. Lacking complexity. Poor value.

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Photo of bbeane
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a 2 finger thick white head that quickly disappears leaving behind some spotted lacing. Beer is a dark amber color with light activity

S- Weak hints of malty sweetness, plum, apple, and alcohol

T- Malty sweet, caramel, cinnamon, plum with some sour apple in the finish

M- Medium body with light carbonation

D- Pretty decent beer... might be a bit overpriced though


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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,966 ratings
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