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 bwbetts
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red with a large tan froth. Aroma is simple with sweet malt and faint dark fruit. Tastes of brown bread, plum and raspberry with a pinch of burnt sugar. Dry with medium carbonation and a very slight alcohol burn down the throat.

It's Christmas eve and I'm liking this beer. That being said, any other time it is unlikely I would be drinking it.

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Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's on the border between red and light brown, cloudy with a bit of creamier light tan head that covers about 2/3rds of the surface. The aroma is mild, but with a bit of candied fruit and brown bread. The taste, sadly, had a big hit of metal for a while after it's opened. Otherwise, once that's gone, it got a nice malty sweetness and just a little bit of spices. The body is lighter, with a small amount of carbonation throughout.

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Photo of Jstarr2517
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage. Poured into tulip glass. It pours a dark ruby color with a typically Belgian, enormous, frothy egg-white head and lacing with excellent retention. It smells of Belgian yeast, banana, cherry, brown sugar, and clove. The taste largely follows the nose. The The sweetness of the dark fruit is surpassed by a fairly tart, bitter finish. This ale is highly carbonated and the 10% ABV is noticeable and potent. Overall, it's a pleasant Christmas ale but I think both Corsondonk and St. Bernardus are better.

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Photo of liquorpig
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bruno74200
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Big white head over a dark amber body

S - Estery

T - Balanced but mild estery taste. Some dark fruits, mostly fig. A bit of grain.

M - Smooth but overly carbonated

O - A classic belgian Christmas beer. It's balanced but boozy and heart warming. I'm not very impress by this one but it's not bad either. A bit light in taste

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Photo of beagleyx2
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle, date stamp of 13:59 L09-16141. No best before stamp noted. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear copper-amber with just a bit of haze to it. 1/4" thick light tan head with lots of fine strands of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Yeast, some fruity esters, cherries, some clove, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Lots of different flavors, but a bit muddled: dark fruits, caramel, cherries, raisins, herbal bitterness, alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, sticky, warming from the alcohol. A dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer, and definitely a winter warmer. I can feel the alcohol pretty quickly with this one. One per evening with this one.

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

Photo of monorailred
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy red-orange with a fine two finger light khaki head with great retention and lacing. The pour was quite fizzy and I was surprised to see this nice lingering head. Aroma of caramel malt, plums, cherries, banana, clove, a hint of Christmas spice. Flavor starts with caramel malt, plums, apricots, banana, clove and raisins, then thins out to reveal a drier, lighter malt with strong holiday spicing and a little tartness. Medium bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation. The initial taste is classic Belgian dark, with great caramel malt and fruit flavors, but the thinner finish leaves the spicing a bit stark. The dry, lightly tart finish is unexpected after the start. A little uneven, but pleasant holiday Belgian dark ale. The ABV is well covered.

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Photo of Foley67
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anon
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a mighty pffft. Relatively clear dark amber color, highly effervescent, with an overly huge and lasting near-white head that leaves heavy webbed lacing.

Belgian yeast in the aroma, with banana, clove and light ginger the most prevelant.

The taste packs a punch, with similar flavors from the nose, a splash of spiced brandy alcohol and some raisiny apple cider malt sweetness. Quite dry on the backend, with some mild alcohol burn and just a subtle hint of lingering Christmas spices.

Highly carbonated, prickliness to the mouthfeel.

Maybe not a world class Belgian, but much better than other reviews led me to believe. One I'm likely to enjoy once or twice a season.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 08/30/16:

2015 bottling. Clear but dull tarnished copper. Sparse and fine flecks. Light biscuity yellow head of moderate retention, half foamy, half fizzy, even. Gradually more opaque with each successive pour, and frankly, gets prettier. Light orange at bottom of glass, blends its way toward, but not quite, garnet. Mild roasty, metallic, bready, winter spicy, dark fruit, brown sugar aromas. Faint banana and Ban-Aid. Boozey as well, these soon the strongest, burning the nostrils slightly. Palate is a base of metallic and medicinal and toast/caramel throughout, but the real treat is overt spirity alcohol and sugar and winter spice, favoring cinnamon over ginger or clove, wouldn’t have paid much attention to them had I not known this was a winter beer. Tart and roasty enough, but truly sweet in the balance. These little fruit flies won’t leave my glass alone. Their funeral. I think I even taste some hop bitterness. Or might just be effects of roastiness or alcohol or spices. Extra metallic finish, still sweet and boozey. Little of the overt dark fruit or orange others seem to have noticed, maybe plum, perhaps even a little peach. As warm as 10% ABV should be, that is, downright hot and breathy, complete with medium spicy/peppery retro-olfaction and tingling gums and lips. Medium in body, fair astringency, abundant soft suds, a bit tingly but could be alcohol over carbonation, dry finish. Great overall, but too drinkable for alcohol levels. You want more but you really shouldn’t have more. Unless of course you really need more.

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