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 budgood1
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the 750 ml bottle a clear amber colour, with a thin head that reduced to nothing quickly leaving no head and no lace. aroma is heavily influenced by the malts...but other than some earthiness and brown sugar and faint ripe's pretty tame. the flavour is all stocky malt, alcohol spice and a welcome woodiness that means business. mouthfeel is is full....body is potent. i was expecting more complexity but the robust nature of this offering is equally compelling. it's dry, woody and delicious and an awesome example of a x-mas time quaffer. it finishes clean and warming. this should sipped by the fire on a cold winter night.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a big bottle 750 of this on discount! Gotta love a great brew at a REALLY reasonable price. I love the little elephant santa on the bottle! This one poured amber with a pretty creamy head that stayed quite thick. There were nice fruity smells mild bananas a hint of ctirus(!) and some dark plummy scents too. I did not pick up much alcohol in the scent. Surprising as this is a beast of an ale. The taste was unbelievably smooth for the strength of this and mouthfeel and drinkability are much better than I would have thought considering the power and complexity of this ale. Very tasty and a nice special treat during the holidays. I will likely stock up on a case of this to see how well it ages...

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

750ml corked bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. TIght beige head comes up only an inch with a slow pour straight into the center of the glass. Head dies quickly to a thin layer of fine bubbles and a slightly thicker rim over a very clear, absolutely gorgeous, deep cobber/amber body. I'm knocking the appearance a half point only because I would like to see more head on it. Nice lacing in sheets that split into a thick network of arteries on the glass. The etching on the tulip releases a steady stream of bubbles for the duration.

Aroma is sugar, alcohol, berries, a little plum, some dark fruit, a lot of vinous aroma with just a hint of floral hop. All of it comes at once with the alcohol riding on top.

Flavor is a real shocker. Starts with dark sugar, then very quickly hit with something very tart, not lambic tart, but still a kick in the mouth not at all suggested by the aroma. Papaya? A lot of tropical fruit anyway, banana, pear, some grape, numbing ginger, then it rides out with vinous alcohol and candy. Like a whole roll of tropical fruit lifesavers minus the coconut plus loads of alcohol. The alcoholic vapor actually works with all the fruit, in this context it is not a bad thing at all. As I become accustomed to the flavors, the tartness fades and everything blends very well.

Mouthfeel is just the lighter side of medium with a nice amount of carbonation that refreshes the palate but doesn't intrude on the flavor. Easy drinking, maybe too easy. Fortunately the alcohol is always present to remind me to be careful.

A fine fine beer. It would be interesting to try this with more age on it.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

the 750ml bottle says delirium christmas (as opposed to noel) and the cork says 2004. great appearance. dark crystal crimson, bubbly as hell with an impressive solid foam, light beige head.

smells decent, strong. i could actually smell it before i even started pouring. unfortuanately for this beer though, the last belgian strong dark ale i had the pleasure of quaffing was maudite. this one is fairly one-dimensional in comparison. typical scents, nothing surprising. dates dominate, caramelized sugar, candy apple, raisins, yeast.

the taste and mouthfeel save this one. it does not taste like 10%. definately strong, but so smooth and light as a feather, tap dancing on the tongue, interesting and fun to drink. half-way through the bottle i am feeling it. after the last pour, it takes on a darker, thicker hue, and tastes creamy. quite a difference in mouthfeel, but still wonderful. this is my first delirium, i look forward to trying the rest.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There seems to be a pattern in my other reviews of Winter/holiday beers in that I don't seem to like them all that much. Well, leave it to the Belgians to buck that trend. Thank you, Belgians!

The aroma announces this brew as distinctly Belgian from the get go, with a fruitiness coupled with mild tart/sour elements. Flavors alternate rapidly and fluidly from spicy, to sweet, to sour, and then bitter. The finish is long and easy. On the whole the easy, refreshing nature of this beer belies its robust alcohol strenght. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured from a tap into a wine glass.

Pours a ruby color with an orange hue throughout. A thin white edge layer forms and sticks throughout the tasting. Very clean appearance.

Aroma is pretty much fruit and caramel malts. REminds me a bit of cider. Other than that, being in a bar made it tough to get a true aroma.

Sipping reveals a very fruity flavor (grapes & lots of cherries); a slight tangy flavor I can't describe. Some slight spices also come out. Nice!

Refreshing for a medium to full bodied brew. Decent alcohol but nicely balanced throughout. Carbonation doesn't kill ya either.

Overall, a fun brew. Fairly simple and easy to drink. I'd definitely recommend it!

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

Delirium Christmas - 2005 - Lovely dark amber color. Head dissipated quickly - not surprisingly for this strong beer. A bit heavy on the yeast sediment. Aroma is absolutely wonderful - such inviting earthy notes. As soon as the aroma hit my nose, my brain started sending "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme" signals. Taste is almost as powerful, but a bit too strong on alcohol. Nevertheless, it's easy and pleasant to drink.

Wonderful winter brew. I think my bottle could've benefitted from aging. Next time I'll be sure to look for an older bottle. Maybe I'll even pick a fresh one next time I see it, and cellar it for a few years.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive amber with an initially impressive head that quickly fades to a rather disappointing lace.

Smells of belgian yeasts, caramal apples, plums, sweet like cane syrup balanced by strong christmas spices (i.e., cloves and cinnamon), mixing appealingly with the alcohol.

Tastes like apples, sugarplums (whatever those are), and cherry tartness, together with a slightly unappealing bitterness in the end (like the skin from an unripened apple).

Good mouthfeel, and very, very drinkable for the style. Good stuff, and more impressive then what I've had from this brewery in the past.

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

Came in a nice 750ml bottle. Cork says 2004. At least a year and a half old.

Appearance- Pours a spritz head into my Leffe goblet. The head has a good retention, but does recede to a thick foam. The color is a deep ruby, russet amber and copper color. Light lacing is noticed. This is the way a beer should look.

Smell- Toasted malts mixed with very floral hop bitterness with hints of licorice and sugary water.

Taste- A muted, black cherry malt starts with the middle turning into grassy hops and candi sugar. The finish has hints of leather and burnt, dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- Excellent carbonation with some sweet fruit sweetness. Excellent nightcap beer.

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

BBE okt-08. Nice beige head that isn't too resistant and a beautifull dark brown and cristal clear beer underneeth.
Nose is a nice harmony from anis caramellic malts, cinnamon and clove with nice alcoholic note in there. Taste is spicy, alcoholic and a sour twist. With that good and full caramellic malts. Nice taste but very strong and maybe litle overspiced. Good and moderate carbonisation balanced mouthfeel and taste make this one into a fine brew that I enjoyed.

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

Well heys there good lookin what you doin in this kind of neighborhood dont you know unscrupulous types like ol mynie might just come around and drink you right up? *hiccup*.

Translucent chocolate with a fine white head that stays and stays.

Wonderfully balanced smells of zippity Belgian yeast, plum and apple fruit, and a light hint of caramel sugar malt. Complex and wonderful.

Smooth, is alls I can say. Light fruit up front rushing watery into bigger, tangier fruit and ending with a brown ale-ish caramel malt with a zingy alcohol and yeast aftertaste. Complex and very tasty, but not quite as well balanced as the nose had led me to believe.

This is a great beer that would certainly warm you up on a cold winter's night. Too bad I waited until it started getting warm to drink it. Not that I let a little thing like the weather stand in the way of me and drunkeness, though.

Edit--I'm upping the taste to a 4.5. It gains considerable character and complexity as it warms.

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Photo of sockeye101
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice seasonal. The 750ml corked and caged bottle produced a deep amber slightly cloudy appearance with a nice big head that lasted the entire glass and left a nice lace. Smells were sweet with traces of fruit and spices and a bit of alcohol, overall a very pleasant aroma. For a 10%abv this beer is exceptionally smooth. Very nice spicy and fruit tones, with notes of cherries and plums. There's an alcohol twinge on the back end followed by slight bitterness.

An excellent beer....I think I'll have another.

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Photo of StAnthony
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, they're not kidding about the pink elephants on the label! Packs a punch that sticks with you and grows exponentially for an hour or so after you finish. I knew about the 10% abv before the first sip, but forgot about it soon after because this seasonal is super, super smooth. A most enjoyable pint from the tapper that was velvety and well-balanced all the way through. I recall caramel and mulling spices being the most predominant flavors, with just a hint of apple maybe and a very clean, long finish that leaves you excited for the next sip. It's like a moth to the fire.

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

A wonderful Christmas gift from my better half.

It pours deep brown, tinged with red, apparently clear but thickly clouded by chunky yeast; capped with a massive light froth of off-white foam. Very nice. Leaves some lace on my chalice.

Aromas of yeast and tart apples remind me of baking apple pie, with a touch of spice. Reminiscent of cider.

The flavour is much darker than the aroma, more in keeping with the colour. Warm yet dry -- almost woody; lightly bitter malt. Spicy, with a hint of dark cherries as it warms. An almost caramel sweetness at the tip of my tongue.

Very dry, and extremely active on the palate. A little tart, with a long hot alcohol burn.

Very, very nice -- a pleasure to pour, to smell and to taste. I've never been disappointed by any of the Delirium offerings, but this, the Noel, may be my favourite.

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

750 ml painted (mock stoneware) corked bottle, now available in Norway (despite some objections by the humour & morality police). Amber to brown colour, large off-white head with an orangey hue. Malty sweetish aroma with strong notes of caramel, treacle and Christmas spices, also notes of yeast and oak. Flavour is very spicy and sweet (candy sugar) with a pleasant warming mouthfeel. There’s a hoppy and spicy (and slightly alcoholic) bite in the finish. A demanding beer, but not bad.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 750 mL bottle with 2.005 on the cork. It pours a deep garnet with a 1 finger khaki head. It smells of cinnamon, clove, alcohol, sweetness, and some fruits toward the end. It has a medium to thick body and tastes of cinnamon, sharp cloves, anise, caramel, and hints of other malt flavors. Drinkable, but not that complicated and didn't keep me interested for too long. My second Christmas Belgian and they both tasted about the same.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A lovely deep amber with a frothy pure white head. Moderate size and retention, but I only poured a few ounces to test, so the head may be better. The Duvel "D" is not producing much carbonation at this juncture. Pretty good.

Smell: Reminds me a bit of Allagash's Grand Cru: mild, vividly floral, sweetly spiced, with a cakebread base. Nice, but not the big, bad Christmas spice bomb I expected by a long shot.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow. Very yeasty and vinous, red grape and port, slightly, sweetly citrus, but also puzzlingly sour, almost in a reigned-in Flanders Red vain, with a nice butterscotch/caramel malted bottom. Spice is subtle, if even present. Quite unique and tasty. Mouthfeel is heavy, but oddly crisp; more carbonated than most of this genre.

Drinkability: Have to take some off for the 10% ABV; that really limits what you can do. Still, tasty and much more musular than the soft aroma would lead you to believe. Very unusual, very good.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is crimson with a huge, light brown head. Retention is solid, with moderately thick, creamy lacings. Aroma is a mixture of citrus and spices, with a vague underlying sweetness. Smell is good, but doesn't stand out from other beers with similar characteristics. The taste is of dark, fruity malt joined by orange peel and spices. Surprisingly, at 10% abv, only a touch of alcohol is noted. Finally, a sip is rounded out by sugariness. This is pretty awesome stuff, and the alcohol is almost too deceptive, this is something I'll pick up again next winter.

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

From a growler shared with friends, picked up at the beer store: This one is a beautiful, deep bronze color with a light tan head. The head is appropriately creamy and lace-producing. A fruity, spicy aroma is dominant, mingling with alcohol and esters. Banana, spice, sugar, and (again) a lot of alcohol. The taste is sweet, peppery, and very warming. There’s a hint of a tart-sourness that never fully presents itself. A Medium-low carbonation. Peppery finish. This is one very fully bodied and very enjoyable sipping beer.

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

Pours a very hazy amber/brown with a thick two finger head that slowly recedes to a nice cap that leaves behind sheets of lacing.

Smell; when I first opened the bottle the smell was almost wine like. after I poured it, that vinous smell faded somewhat. There's lots of fruits. ripe plums and bananas, caramel apples, as well as cloves. There's also a bit of alcohol presence in the nose.

Taste; really nice ripe plums, a good bit of banana flavor stands out along with a bit of sweet caramel maltiness, and some alcohol bite in the finish. It has the nice yeasty and spiced smells that I've come to expect in Belgian style beers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with nice carbonation.

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Photo of murphysbleachers
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.750 bottle into a Delirium Noel glass with little pink elephants pulling Santa's Sleigh:

A: Pours amber to ruby in color with a nice thick, tannish head. Good lookin' beer.
S: Alcohol with some fruit (raisins?) that's hard to pinpoint. A lot like a regular Delirium Tremens (that's not bad).
T: Alcohol with a note of dried cherries and a touch of spice in the flavor. Not a burning alcohol, it was just very noticable in the flavor, in a rather smooth way.
M: Nice body, I was expecting something thicker and richer for a X-mas beer.
D: I should note that I have a little bit of a cold, so my taste/smell may not be quite up to par, but this seemed to come through okay. I thought this was going to be richer than it was, but that said, it was a very good beer and I had no problem finishing the bottle. I have a second bottle in my fridge and I look forward to revisiting this in a month or two (or maybe next X-mas).

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Photo of kmo1030
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown with orange highlights. it has a tanhead the dissolves to a relativley thick film over the top of the beer.
sweet and spicy aroma with ginger, dark furits, raisin, cherry, grape, underneath that, but not taking a backseat is rich caramel and candy sugars, a hint of funk that verges on plastic-y at times, and earthyness finishes things off. a litte bit of a bubblegum aroma comes out at the beer wrams.
the taste starts with a nice ginger and caramel interplay. a spicy quality kicks in mid taste with clove and other baking spices as well as some candy sugar. the alcohol is a little detectable towards the finish. a mild pleasant belgian funkiness is present in the aftertaste. sometimes a bit of smoke came through.
the body is fuller side of medium with sharp, but not overactive carbonation.
good drinkability an excellent choice for sipping on christmas..

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Photo of ihscout426
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 bottle uncorked on Crhistmas Day. Poured into a snifter and built a nice head . Immediate note of raisins and alcohol. I allowed it to warm to room tempature. Beautiful amber color and a slick mouth feel. Nose really big once warmed up. Flavors complex with the alcohol coming through in the finish.

Definitely ins to sip and enjoy with friends.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What better beer to review on Christmas Day than a tall Huyghe seasonal! Painted bomber, no date, but cork has 2005 on it.

Poured into a large tulip as a caramel-colored brew with a mountainous cream head. Aroma is sweet caramel, candy sugars, some light fruity elements and mild spices with just a trace of alcohol.

Taste is light malty/bitter. Candy sugar isn't the first to hit the taste buds, but it's there. Base is a good dry light malt with sweetness only around the edges. Some spice, nothing distinct, not real sweet. Slight whiskey elements, woody, some Belgian yeast. Flavors in the Delirium family -- darker than the Tremens, lighter than Nocturnum.

Finish is dry and clean. Mouthfeel is medium, lighter than would be expected. Faint alcohol presence in the vapors as it's consumed but not really enough to characterize it as a burn. I like the Tremens better, but this one is great in its own right.

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Photo of Joey7F
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A dark reddish brown, light tan head
S: Alcohol, and Caramel
T: I find it a little like the Delirium Tremens however it has a fruity, maybe biscuitier after taste. A true delight, so far my favorite of the Delirium brand.
M: Like liquid biscuit, full but light.
D: The 10% makes this a tough one to drink several of but it is far more drinkable than it has any right to be.

Highly, highly recommended.


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