Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by taez555 on 02-03-2002

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3.89
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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

T:
-very reminiscent of mulled wine
-cherries,plums,figs,raisins,spices

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

O:
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.

RJT

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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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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, amber color with two fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, citrus (orange peel, grapefruit, sour lemon), toasted malt.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma, but a little more too. Belgian yeast up front, imparting notes of banana, clove and bubblegum, followed by tons of citrus: orange peel, grapefruit, sour lemon. Finally, the beer finishes with a nice malty backbone and some hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to chewy. With an ABV of 10%, there is quite a lot of alcohol on the palate, imparting a pleasant warmth.

Overall: This is another goddamn excellent Belgian Christmas beer!! I love the strong Belgian yeast flavors as well as the strong citrus notes. Absolutely delicious!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good color, decent head that lasts awhile. Will drinking it give you visions of Christmas??? Pleasant taste, but doesn't stand out. Drinkable. Nice label.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Solid pop of the cork dated 2014.

Gorgeous dark ruby body color, with light tan carbonation on the sides. Real gem of a looker here, touched with a tan and supper foamy and rocking head. Lots of retention and staying power. Thick capped, huge retention, just a gorgeous classic looking Belgian.

Lots of spicy notes on the bouquet. Hints nutmeg, clove, and a toasty fennel seed like quality also. Some mild caramel but some classic Belgian candi like sweetness round out also. Quite inviting, not your typical Belgian and quite unique it seems on the aroma.

Palate comes nicely but much more simply. Mid palate washed with a mild caramel and toffee candy like sweetness. A fascinating mild sense of peppermint and chocolate finish in the aftertaste. Real interesting spiced angle on this with a classic hint of honey and sweetness. Nice mouthfeel, with some good coating on the lips contributing much of that honey character and some semi-dry carbonation.

Not the most mind bending brew, but a great take on Delirium with a real neat taste.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy brown body with a huge off-white head. Great retention.

Smell - Lots of yeast. Banana. Christmas spices. Maybe that's just clove from the yeast. Very fruity.

Taste - Nutty malts. Banana. Spices kick in after the malts die down a bit. Still very fruity, but Christmas spices linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, but it works for the style. Medium body.

Overall - While the Belgian yeast really dominates, it doesn't have some nice flavors that manage to shine through.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle
Bottled on September 1st, 2014
Reviewed on December 31st, 2014
Served in a Tulip Glass

Eyes
Towering off-white foam head… we’re talking three-to-four fingers deep here. The head slowly collapsed and left a good amount of sticky, bubbly lacing. The body was a rich amber, nearing mahogany in darkness.

Nose
Sweet and spicy notes dominated the nose. The yeast was definitely present. Perhaps I am crazy but I found the overall aroma to be quite similar to an arrangement of lilies in a funeral home… you can take that however you want to.

Mouth
Many of the sweet notes from the nose successfully transferred over in the taste. Great presence of dark fruit… think dates, raisin, fig, etc. Strong caramel backbone found in the malts. The yeast was present but did not take centre stage. The alcohol was masked pretty well, only a few notes of alcohol broke through in the finish.

Overall
There are not many bad things to say about this brew. It hit the spot on a bitterly cold night. We could sit here all night and talk about everything this beer is not like, but that’s a waste of a good night.

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Photo of Zach136
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber body, with a huge three finger rock head and big lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Westmalle dubbel-esque. Rust and dates.

Mouthfeel: Well hidden alcohol, and very drinkable.

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Photo of janubio
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33 cl. bottle. Big head that fades soon, leaving a tiny disperse lace. Smell of spices, cinnamon, candied fruits, brown sugar. Light body, sticky palate, normal carbonation. Taste of spices, caramel, dark fruits. Not the best of the Deliriums, IMO.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is three fingers high and off-white in shade. With a fluffy yet consistent texture, it looks good in a class; retention isn't very good, however. A large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Pretty ester driven - having said that, the esters seem closer to a BSPA (apple, pear, candied sugar) than a BSDA. I don't seem to pick up much spiciness apart from some black pepper. There are some nice cherry notes, though. I'm a bit let down by the relative lack of depth and Christmas spicing. (3.25)

Taste: I'm getting a nice amount of cherries to start. Afterwards, it develops a powerful bread note, with lesser hints of candied sugar. Where the disappointment comes in is in the lack of defined spice notes - that, and the lack of complexity. It's a fine offering, but lacking certain aspects to make it a great Belgian Noel ale. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's not particularly light bodied, but it's well carbonated, airy, and mouth filling. Yet it has a crisp, dry bite that makes it quite drinkable - and even better, very little alcohol is exposed to the palate. There really isn't much to complain about here. (3.75)

Overall: I'm disappointed by the lack of palpable Christmas qualities, but hey, I can't hate on a 10% beer that's crisp and easy to drink, now can I? I've had much better in the style (Noel, BSDA, or otherwise; still, a decent brew. (3.25)

3.33/5: The Noel is a bit weak, but the Delirium is really nice

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark copper (almost amber) color, with an off white head with a hint of tan.

The beer smells sweet and fruity, and the alcohol is definitely present.

The initial taste is not as fruity and sweet as expected. In the middle the flavor is of sweet hops. The beer has a crisp finish with the alcohol present.

The beer feels light and crisp.

Overall, the beer is a bit of a let down, especially if you were expecting a complex Christmas ale or something similar to Delerium Tremens. Still it is a decent Christmas ale.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 772 ratings.
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