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 BeanBone
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -5.9%
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 -32.9%
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 +9.3%
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 -6.4%
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 +15.4%
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 +17.5%
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 +13.6%
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 -34.2%
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 -0.3%
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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Photo of mattgreger
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a nice dark amber/brown color. It had a nice frothy head, that fades pretty quickly. This is a "Vintage 2007", which has a lot of sediment floating throughout it. Looks, very chunky. But I have had quite a few of the Delirum brews and this is present in all of them.

The aroma is quite boozy. There is a bit of an apple juice aroma at the forefront of this brew. There is a bit of a toffee aroma as well, that has a touch of a ginger as well.

This brew has a great flavor. It has strong malt flavor, suprisingly this brew isn't as strong as was expected from the aroma. It does still have a strong boozy flavor at the start.There is some other great flavors as well, such as a toasted biscuit, anise, cocoa and yeast. These flavors, along with the nice warming this brew gives, make this a wonderful winter brew.

This brew has a nice mouthful. It has a medium/heavy body. Slightly syrupy. As you sip this brew, you get bits of sediment. Its still pretty smooth, and a nice creamy drink. It finishes very clean, which can lead to a quick buzz.

I could drink a few of these myself, however because of the high ABV, this would be a one pour for most people. This is great beer, and another great Deliruim brew. Great Holiday Brew!!

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Photo of skeeordye11
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, split with a buddy.

A: Deep amber with a thin rim of tan foam around the outside of the beer and not much lacing.
S: Slighty sweet with some sourness and dark fruit notes a slight hint of woodiness as well.
T: Deep dark fruit predominates with a hint of spice from the yeast. A carmel sweetness compliments the flavors well.
M: Medium mouthfeel, sweeter than I expected for a belgian strong. The alcohol is hidden well, especially at 10%.
D: Quite drinkable and one of my favorite Christmas seasonals every year. Very smooth for a 10%er. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Rmason104
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Nice, pleasant amber brown. Thin, beige head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Very pleasant, slightly spiced, bready, malty, slightly sweet.

T: Definitely in line with other seasonals. Detected a little spice, nice dark maltiness, and a hint of slight sweetness as from dark fruits.

M: Not as thick as some holiday beers, but pleasant. The carbonation provides just enough cleanliness to it.

D: Pretty solid, bit at 10% I wouldn't call it a session beer!

Overall, pretty good, pretty much what I would expect from a Delirium. Could easily return to this, perhaps in front of a fire on a snowy evening.

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

Opaque brown, "Ohio River Water" color. Spicy aroma as expected with most Christmas Seasonals. Medium body and full flavor. Decent mouthfeel. Fruity finish, smell/tastes similar to Fruit Leather fruit snacks. Quick dissipating head.

It's like Delirium's spicy cousin that comes to holiday parties. Awesome every once in a while, but you wouldn't want to live with them.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's official. The cellar cleanse has begun. Popped this bottle, which I thought was an 09. Oh hoh! Indeed, it was a 2008. Well there you go.
Marooned in my glass are the shards of yeast cake spinning ominously. I will poop well tomorrow. Raisiny, with plums, some prickly spice aroma.
I remember this being sweeter, the time mellowing in the bottle has done this beer well. It's incredibly balanced and very sippable. Raisins are big in the flavor, plums, apples and spice. A bit of texture to it. Chewy yeast particles. Yum.

Aged very well, I prefer it to the fresh. Recommended for cellaring. Would love to see it with another 2 years on it.

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

On tap at Monk's Kettle, San Francisco

Pours clear garnet brown with a light head, and traces of lacing.

Aromas of malt, hay, nuts, hops, and spice.

Tastes malty, a bit sour, with notes of grapes/raisins.

Body is light with mild carbonation, giving it a spritzy mouthfeel.

A good xmas ale, a slightly sour entry that is unusual.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber, close to brown. White frothy head that goes away quite quickly.

S: For some reason I get a big apple juice aroma from this beer. Bready malts and some spice. Just overly sweet and lacking any hop character.

T: Malty and yeasty, some winter spices. This beer dances on the line of cloyingly sweet. The Belgian yeast is pronounced, yet has no bitterness to counteract it.

M: Smooth mouthfeel and a good carbonation bite make this beer just under cloying. Body is fairly light for a beer of this abv.

D: One thing that I don't recognize in tasting this beer is the high alcohol content. Very dangerous beer indeed, yet with its price tag...not so much. Easy sipping beer on a cold night approaching the holidays. Not sure I will be splurging to grab more of these though.

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Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber pour in the snifter with half a finger of off-white head. A few lace spots are left behind. Spicy nose with cinammon and nitmeg mixing in with prunes and dates. Big dark fruit flavour, with a jammy sugariness and a backing of heavy spice. This is exactly what you would expect from a Christmas themed BSDA. Medium-heavy mouthfeel with a high billowy carbonation that bulks things up nicely.

A worthy offering - I think I prefer the regular delirium, but as a Christmas brew this works.

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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very dark amber hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head that stays with heaps of sporadic lacing and a nice rim aswell,the smell is basically pretty much like xmas pudding with hints of brandy,cherries,caramel coated bread and some dried fruits,it has a rather beautiful mouthfeel which is dense,thick,creamy and nicely carbonated and the tastes are what you expect from the aroma with flavours of cherries,brandy coated fruit,bready malts and finishes with a bittersweet strawberry finish and overall i cant believe i have not sampled this brew before as it is a quite exceptional drop and given its 10%ABV it really hides it quite well so therefore i say its definately a sipper as the sweetness in this brew makes it easy to knock back.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, dark, amber color with very little head that dissipates very quickly. In fact, the head pretty much dissipated immediately after I finished pouring.

S: Nose is full of spices with a presence of alcohol as well. Just like one would expect from a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

T: There's a nice fruity maltiness going on here as well as some of the nutmeg. Definitely a bit on the sweet side as well, but there's also a little bit of bitter as well.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation, but definitely a full flavored body, the beers character works very well with the smell and taste.

D: Quite drinkable for a high ABV beer, I will absolutely be adding this beer to my seasonal purchase list as it makes a great Christmas beer.

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Photo of Saro
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A- pours dark red, half fingers worth of off white head that doesn't linger too long.

S- spice bomb. Alchol is very present in the nose of this brew. All the holiday spices are here for sure

T- the spices come thru very well, along with a gentle carbonation and a slow boozy burn from the 10% abv. This is a great beer to share for 2 ppl and hang out during the holidays.

M- again, lightly carbonated, small boozy burn, despite being so big on flavors, it finishes really clean and quick which can lead to a quick buzz

D- since I love beers that have very apparent high abv, I could drink a couple bombers to myself. Otherwise one pour is probably good for most people. Its a great beer, I like most of what they put out anyhow so I am pleased that I really enjoyed this

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Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber with highly active carbonation. Scent is yeasty and boozy with notes of watery and dark fruit and minimal spice. Taste again brings a big punch of yeast and alcohol up front, the nice notes of watery and dark fruit a bit difficult to appreciate and the light spicing even more so. Lighter side of medium bodied, active carbonation, dry and lingering. I will revisit and this bottle just seemed way too boozy, disguising all the other flavors and scents.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this into a tulip. Pretty standard looking on this one. Dark mahogany colored body with about a finger of off white head that settles down to a thin layer of foam in moments wit decent runny lace. Lots of malt right away in the aroma with kind of a banana bread aroma. Alongside all that is hints of seasonal spices like nutmeg and cloves. Overall the aroma is pretty sweet, but I like sweet things. Again, real sweet and malty with spices associated with the holidays coming through in the pallet. It starts malty with a toffee undertone with a gingerbread kind of flavor. It's actually really enjoyable, but I'm only three sips in. Not quite as heavy as I had imagined this to be, but not much to complain about in the mouthfeel otherwise. Kind of a sipper and I feel like this is a bit on the sweet side. I only had the 11.2 ounce bottle but I still feel like I could have shared it rather than go it alone this time.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle - 2010-pink elephant ice skating on label .

Poured Nice dark amber color with one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin lacing that followed it down the glass - moderate carbonation .

Smell was clean ,crisp, malty ,spicy ,

Taste - Not overly sweet for a Christmas brew - Just enough spice to balance the fruit, And the malts blend in nicely - slight coriander ,nutmeg and cinnamon hints.

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To me this was an extremely drinkable beer - you have to consider this is a 10% abv brew and it hides it wonderfully - I get the warmth from the alcohol , sweetness is present but not over powering, malts present themselves enough to blend in the sweetness -
nicely balanced seasonal brew - The spices are more evident as it warms- Enjoy it slowly and you will be enjoying a great seasonal selection by Delirium - Cheers !

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.92/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Brown and mucky looking with little head or lacing. Despite having bottle upright in fridge and careful pour, making sure not to pour the last half inch or so of the bottle, there's still lots of obvious nasty looking chunks of sediment. All four bottles came out looking the same way, and I don't think there's anything wrong with the beer, it just looks flat out nasty.

Smells very nice, yeasty with dark fruits and obvious alcohol, fine for the style.

Tastes of spicy plums, raisins, cherries and yeast with some alcohol. Pretty tasty overall.

Not all that thick, slightly watery. Alcohol warming going down.

Drinks poorly. Will not buy again.

Value wise this beer was a real disappointment. It's very expensive ($18 a four pack), it looks awful and doesn't really stand out in any other way.

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