Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël
BA SCORE
73.2%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 1,955 ratings
Delirium NoëlDelirium Noël
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
delirium.be

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,480
Reviews:
790
Ratings:
1,955
Liked:
1,431
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
12.63%
Alströms:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
285
Trade:
1
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Photo of Libeertarian
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of JohnTurano
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KitoUY
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thoglund
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwalter
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark ruby red color with a foamy white head that is one finger in depth. The aroma is dark cherries, belgian yeast and candied sugar. Taste follows the aroma. Nice holiday beer.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get this for $6.99, the big bottle. Pretty happy about that.

Dark indeed, it pours a dark plummy color with a butter colored head that towers at 3 fingers in the snifter for quite a good minute. Flecks are left behind.

Aromas of gingerbread, cinnamon, whipped milk, anise, plum, clove, and candied orange.

The flavor translates fairly well bringing crusts of bread along with it. Plum, anise candy, and orange notes are the strongest, followed by a fairly astringent, metallic, medicinal harshness with a hint of hotness. This does not bode well for the drink overall, but it soaks up into the beer and becomes tolerable the more I drink it.

Feel is hot, very carbonated, and semi-dry to fully dry on the finish.

Overall, it's not bad, but it could definitely use some improvements especially where the astringent qualities are concerned. A bit too much heat - you taste all of that 10.0% without a doubt. However, this is almost a year old, so take that with a grain of hop.

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Photo of Jodio
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oleg85
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisDexta
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CoinCoinCoin
4.87/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Aoyoc
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys are good, clean fun. MJ's review of Huyghe in "Great Beers of Belgium" is wildly funny. He likes their beers. As do I. Haven't Had Noel for 3 years... and that is too long. I have several Noel beers as favorites, and Delirium is elbowing its way in. A softness without too much sugar makes this Noel unique. I should buy several so I can cellar and see if the softness improves further.

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Photo of jrsqc7
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It looks great coming out the bottle solid head heavy metal ironfist clinging to the glass the notes of red Swedish fish heavy metal bulldozer your nose malt is there but is not heavy metal Samurai enough to cut through the sweetness.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey dark Amber colour with a huge bone coloured head that slowly disapates to a small layer. Aroma dark fruits, brown sugar, banana, spices. Taste candy, Apple, toffee, dark fruits, grape. Very nice.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber brown with spices & banana in the aroma & taste. Overly sweet for my taste and odd in some ways.
Super cool bottle.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of direwolf00
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of red94tt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 73.2% out of 100 with 1,955 ratings
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