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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of PatrickCT
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

a: Cherry amber body. Crystal clear with an almost polished look. 2 finger bubbly beige head.

s: As it warmed I picked up subtle notes of toasted malts, sugar candi, sour cherry, orange rind and hints of wormwood and alcohol.

t: Taste follows the nose and is quite nice as it opens. Very much like a holiday punch. Sweet and sour with candi and sour cherries, lots of spice from the yeast and a good amount of warming alcohol comes through. Hints of orange rind and cooked dark stonefruit throughout.

mf: Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Spicy, tingly and a nice bite from the booze.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

15244 code thingamajig

a: dark amber. about one finger light beige head. lacing recedes quickly.
s: delightful aroma of banana & clove. Raisins/plums come through as it continues to warm.
t: Dark fruit starts off immediately followed by the belgian yeast midway which rides to the finish.
m: my highest knock against this beer is the carbonation - about 2-3 clicks too high to me. This seems to interfere some with the enjoyment of the flavors. Medium body. A touch dry.
o: Glad to have finally tried this. Very nice sipper. Unfortunately the high carbonation takes away slightly from the enjoyment of the beer. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle coded 15244 (guessing this year's offering):
Pours a deep amber, but quite clear. Aggressive first pour was likely a mistake. a soft pour yielded a gentle head. The bubbles were light tan and medium size, but softened onto the surface. Lacing was flowing sheets of bubbles with each sip, but not a lot of stickiness.

Nose was winter spices, cinnamon and nutmeg combined with a stronger banana, Belgian yeast esters. Some soaked raisin notes early. A little cherry-ish note came out in the middle with warmth, but so did an alcohol astringency that wasn't the best.

Taste evolved over a long session with this beer. Early on (and colder) the yeast was forward, with the winter spices and an alcohol astringency that wasn't the best attribute. Early mid-taste, the flavors balanced quite well, and the astringency was fading. Middle taste the raisin and dark fruit notes faded along with the yeast notes (but the latter still had an influence). A general spicy hop bitterness started growing and lasted into the late taste. My last few sips, the beer balanced out nicely again, and seemed sweet, at least in comparison. As a fellow BA noted, almost cream soda like (though much less sweet). Border on a 3.75 and a 4 here.

Carbonation levels bordered on being too strong, but stayed easily within the acceptable range. Early astringent notes faded. Carbonation lasted to the end, never flattening. Nice feel overall.

Loved enjoying this during an online tasting. Forced me to appreciate the beer over a period of time where I got the recognize the nuances that it offered. Lighter overall notes compared to many dark ales I have had, but I might be biased towards the bold flavors. Definitely a strong consideration for a yearly pickup.

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Photo of kell50
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single from Total Wine for the BA live tasting.

A - Pours a dark, hazy ruby color. A huge fluffy off-white head renders small rings that attach around the edge of the glass.

S - Big pop of Belgian aromas- raisins, cherries, plums, candi-sugar, clove, and fruity yeast. There is a touch of booziness present as well.

T - Taste really follows the nose. Cherry, raisins, brown sugar, Belgian yeast and bubblegum on the finish. It's 10% alcohol content is reasonably hidden, but noticeable. There is also a nice mix of wintery spices present.

M - Medium body and lively carbonation. No bottling date noticed, I'm assuming this one is relatively fresh. Pretty creamy mouthfeel, in addition to a little alcohol burn.

O- I enjoyed this beer from start to finish. I remember having previously enjoyed his beer, but never reviewed it. This was a great beer to revisit given the proximity to Xmas.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Burgundy color with a big ass fluffy white head.

Malt scents, spices, maybe cinnamon, rock candy.

Taste is so smooth. Spices come through again. Belgian yeast goodness.

Loving this.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a dark dark amber with a very bulky head of foam that never wants to quit.

Holiday spices in the smell along with candi sugar, dark fruit, and a bunch of caramel.

Spices are up front in the taste. Some candi sugar and caramel that is offset by a pretty strong astringency. Alcohol is hidden well.

As it warms, the flavours pretty much stay the same, which surprises me. Could have done without that astringent factor; would have made the session more enjoyable.

Medium body with maybe a tad too much carbonation.

Enjoyable? Yes. Does it give me THAT Christmas feeling? Not quite. Still, I like it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Noel balloon glass.

Look: A dark cinnamon body with a light khaki head that doesn't recede much. Random light spots of foamy lacing remain.

Aroma: Belgian yeast up front that get covered with brown sugar, cinnamon, dark fruits. A prominent dark cherry note as the beer warms.

Taste: Cinnamon spiciness comes out a lot up front followed by molasses, brown sugar, Belgian yeast as the beer warms, and a spicy cinnamon candy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet dry.

Overall: A real treat. Really opens up as it warms and has all the wonderful Christmas flavors I want in a beer.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden amber color with big off white head that never goes away.
Smell get strong clove and alcohol with some nutmeg and raisin notes as the beer warms you lose the clove smell and get more alcohol.
Taste very smooth drinking nutmeg vanilla good alcohol flavor.
Very smooth for a 10% ABV no aftertaste
Overall a good beer I would have again.

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Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper color poured into a snifter. Fluffy, delicate light tan head that stayed with me for a nice long time. I got cherry and raisin on the nose as well, followed by some estery Belgian yeast. Very fruity. I tasted raisin, followed by plum and cherry. Less estery and complex. Some caramel and toffee with a nice malt backbone. Warming on the finish but it does not feel like 10%. Dry, clean finish with medium carbonation. Not as much spice as I expected, but nice!

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Photo of VAcrossr
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Okay, making my first official BA review for the Online Tasting of Delirium Noël. Picked up a 750ml bottle a week ago to cellar for the tasting.

Nice amber color with a fizzy two-finger head that dissipates in a couple minutes to a layer of bubbles that covers about half of the top of the glass in a map-like pattern. A few bubbles cling to the sides. Pretty.

Smell is some peppery phenols and brown malts. I like.

Taste is, for me, somewhat between a quad and dubbel. Same goes for the color, too. I'm getting a bit of dark ripe fruits, raisiny taste, and a tingle of pepper.

Feel: I quite like the feel. Starts out a bit fizzy and settles down but with enough bubbles to prick up the peppery taste. This is better than I remember it, maybe having tried it only once or twice.

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Photo of lambpasty
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber/brown with a typical big, fluffy, somewhat aggressive Belgian head that you could eat with a spoon. Actually when I first cracked the bottle, after about 15 seconds it started foaming a little. Yeast must have been as excited as I was.

Lively effervescence lightens the mouthfeel a bit and refuses to let the head completely recede, keeping a thin layer of tiny bubbles on the surface with a thicker ring around the edge.

A quick swirl easily reinvigorates a 1/8" head, if only for a few seconds.

Reasonable lacing, and once those bubbles are up on the glass they refuse to move. Nose is predominantly the expected yeast party at first, but gives way to some subtle fruitiness and notes of allspice, clove and citrus rind. I'm reminded quickly of (fruit-based) mincemeat pie, though the scents and flavors are much more subtle.

Taste follows the nose but with more fruit, spice, yeast and a touch of booze. Treacle, golden raisins, mild cherry, plum and an almost roasted-orange flavor combined with holiday spices. Though the bubbles serve to lighten the feel and do a fair job of hiding the booziness, the warmth gives it away in the end as flavors of light grain, spiced dark fruit and yeast esters remain.

Overall I'm very glad I tried this one again, the more it warms up the more it's making me want to slump back into my chair and just stare at a fire for several hours. Not my favorite from Huyghe but a decent offering that I will probably pick up again.

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Photo of arkanu
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good beer that has a full, rich body. Notes of plums, maybe even figs and raisins cover scents of cloves and cardamon. Alcohol is well masked and drinking it is certainly a good option for a cold winter night.

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Photo of Stevem68
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an Amber. Has a light Belgian yeast aroma with holiday spice. Flavor is a little spicy ( cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg ) has a mild Belgian yeast flavor. Leaves a light clean aftertaste. Overall this is very solid.

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Photo of bluehende
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had a small of pour from tap at a tasting. This is a heavy sweet beer but very nice. A sipper that comes off like a big lager. A good sipper for a cold evening.

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Photo of Roguer
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly light, reddish-brown color, topped with a nice cream colored head with great retention.

Aroma is all Belgian yeast and candi sugar. A touch of darker malts sneak in, alongside plums and pears, but the yeast really dominates.

Flavor follows, after a sort. It's sugary and malty up front, with plenty of sweet and spicy notes from the yeast. That starts to give way to prunes and cloves, finishing with a metallic twinge. Long, cloying finish leaves a significant imprint of raisins and figs.

Surprisingly lively mouthfeel; sticky finish.

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Photo of ajilllau
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Was unfiltered with a lot of sediment poured into the glass. It had a nice brown pour with minimal head. It had a taste of a "winter ale" with a flavoring of raisins and figs, almost like a less sweet cider. Great to bring to a Christmas party.

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Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light brown copper color with a three fingers thick off-white head with eternal retention and leaving some laces.
Nice aroma with notes of strawberries, spices, Delirium yeast, prunes, coconut, biscuit, dry fruits and a bit of candied sugar.
Delicious flavor with notes of prunes, cinnamon, raspberries, cherries, hint of pine, bananas, candied sugar, strawberries, molasses, cloves, fig jam, nutmeg, toasted malts, nuts and herbal hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Bordering full body with appropriate effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 10% abv is simply not there, well done!
Excellent Belgian Dark Strong Ale; very, very complex and balanced. Not overly sweet or cloying. Great sipper. Cannot rate this anything lower than this. Belgian paradise.

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Photo of BurtStL6
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The absolute best beer I've ever had. I think it's because I prefer a more Christmasy beer but this blew my mind. Well worth the price, and very delicious for the alc%. Not to mention it's a beautiful bottle.

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

Good things do come in small packages. This 25 cl bottle packs a wallop and tastes great! Alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting from the overall experience. Nice dark copper color with oily head, aroma of prunes and alcohol, taste is also drief fruit and caramel. Palate is right on with a little alcohol warmth. A keeper...

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Photo of MaxGreen
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aged for about six months in a 1-liter bottle. Poured into small tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber color; heavily carbonated. Almost a two finger head, but subsides quicker than one would think. Moderate lacing.

Can smell mild fruit notes, strong banana bread, berries, sweet caramel, slightly nutty, graham cracker.

Medium to full-bodied.

Tastes of various nuts, has a medium sweetness (not cloying), notes of wood, brown sugar, toffee, winter spices (cloves maybe), fig, nutmeg.

Finish leaves dry taste in mouth, strong carbonation - too carbonated for my liking. Moderate presence of hops for this type of beer.

Was hoping for a darker brew, but a solid beer from Delirium nonetheless, who usually do not disappoint. Quite a tasty winter ale that is very drinkable, especially for being 10% ABV. Would not go out of my way to find this again, but would most definitely drink or buy it if presented with the opportunity.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with an off-white head that hangs around for a while.

Smells like dark fruits and candied sugar. A little bit of citrus in there too.

Tastes- Like the smell but there is also some clove spiciness and a hint of banana sweetness. There is some booziness too, which is fair with 10% ABV

MF-Medium to heavy body with some warmth from the booziness.

Over another awesome beer from an awesome brewery. Awesome winter beer.

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Photo of drmeto
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

-very reminiscent of mulled wine

-high carbonation
-alcohol coming through,giving it a "nutmeg character

very fine beer,perfect for cold winter nights

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dried fruit aromas, dark pitted fruits, spice, dark sugars and a suspicion of fruitcake, traces of alcohol and some earthiness on the nose. Pours brilliant chestnut under a 1” white foam cap that slowly dissipates to a thin whisp of a head that never the less produces lace. Also has some legs. Fruit cake components start the palate with fig to dates, a hint of toffee, prune, dark cake, a little spice (coriander and anise) alcohol and an earthy hop finish. There is also some warming but the alcohol is not solventy or hot. It is surprisingly light for all it has going on and the alcohol levels – medium to medium high on the body and medium carbonation. A big beer with the presence of a port or a bourbon.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delirium Noël has a think, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, rust-read appearance, and a good bit of sediment suspended throughout. The aroma is of slightly fruity, sweet, brown bread crust, and the flavor is the same, with candy sugar and very low bitterness. There is also a strong spiced holiday bread component. Mouthfeel is between light and medium, and this beer finishes a little boozy.


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Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm not impressed with these Belgian golden strong ales. The taste is basic pilsner like with some spice & metallic? A+ All the way for the bottle though, its one of the few that I keep around.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,913 ratings.
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