Delirium Noël | Brouwerij Huyghe

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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:
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Added by taez555 on 02-03-2002

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789
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1,950
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
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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.

--Joey

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Photo of Billolick
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, capped and corked, opened with a fairly mellow amount of energy and the cork says "2005" Pours with a moderate tan head, doesnt leave very exciting lacing. Slightly cloudy, dar/medium auburn. The nose is where things get exciting, scotch, dark sugar and mustyness picked up. This is a darkly rich and flavorful elixir. Lots of dark caramel, candi sugar,toasty malts and complex yeast and light holiday spice notes. Subtle smokyness comes foward as it warms. More rum soaked toastyness also becomes evident. Warming and glowing with alcohol. One of my favorite holiday style brews. Superb winter sipper and Christmas dinner night capper. Gotta give em props for a great looking bottle and label art as well!

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Photo of akorsak
2.21/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Caveat before we get started: this beer strikes me as off. I have no evidence that the bottle is bad or the cork failed, so I will review as is and follow-up with another bottle at a later date.

I am drinking from a Ommegang Three Philosophers chalice. The beer is slightly below its optimal tasting temperature, but gradually warming.

Appearance: The ale has a nice crimson/ruby color. It is clear with no particles or haze to be seen.

Smell: The smell is average. I detect a bit of liquid smoke in the aroma. Said liquid smoke is NOT a good thing for this ale.

Taste: The liquid smoke that I detected in the aroma continues into the taste. The smoke is not pleasant and does not add to the quality of the beer. This beer falls under the Belgian Strong Dark Ale category and, when viewed against other beers in this category, Delirium Noel falls woefully short.

Mouthfeel: The beer, when on the palate, gives a rauchbier-esque taste. Very unpleasant and I do not recommend it.

Drinkability: There is none. The smokey taste ruins the beer. If you are looking for a Christmas ale, try N'Ice Chouffe or Corsendonk Christmas Ale.

CAVEAT REMINDER: This beer rates so far below other reviews that I believe it is my obligation to re-review another bottle. When I do that, any changes to my review will be added in parenthetical note format to the original review.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is 05 vintage. Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed glass.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy brown. The head was thick and white. The head was short lived. There was no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Typical sweet fruity, spicy yeasty combination. Just did not exactly measure for a holiday brew.

Taste: The beer was pretty much as it smelled. Sweet citrus leads and mellows out into a understated dry spicyness.

Mouthfeel: This is a meduim bodied beer. Very dry finish to the beer.

Drinkability: Frankly, this is an ok beer. For a holiday beer I was disappointed. I would have prefered more spicyness. I do not know if this beer would benifit from cellaring. I like the other beers I have had from this brewery

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a corked 750ml at Riley's here in Madison. My 200th review. Happy Holidays all.

I love me a Belgian Strong Dark. Pours a beautiful garnet/amber with a steady stream of bubbles contributing to a steady khaki head. Nose is festive and crisp - with floral hoppiness, caramel malts and spicy Belgian yeast. Taste is predominantly spicy Belgian yeast, cinnamon stick, pine tar, tropical fruit esters and strong caramel malt husk. Mouthfeel is remeniscent of champagne, rich and carbonated. The 10% is certainly present - adding to the winter warm-ness of the brew. A spicy, floral brown Belgian brew. Definitely worth a go. A flavorful winter Belgian no doubt.

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

Amber red pour with a big puffy eggshell white head that fades too quickly leaving no lace.

Aroma is rather sweet with tropical fruit, caramel, yeast, and grape. A light note of musty damp cellar is thrown into the mix.

Flavor similar, with ripe banana, black cherry, wood, leather, and a touch of grape like must. Not as sweet as the nose lets on.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation lending to a light and fluffy mouthfeel.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a dark red copper with a small head that quickly faded to a ring around the edge of the glass. Smelled of cherries, raspberries and a slight spicy yeast. Tasted of peaches, raspberries, cherries and a sweet wheat malt. Mouth feel with slightly vicious, yet thin. The fruit complexity of this beer was nicely done with low sugars, and a thinner mouth feel. Also, at 10% abv, this was quite an accomplishment.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Delirium Noel

Purchased, where else but, Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- reddish brown with a mild head and too many bubbles.
Smell- alcohol, cherry, nutmeg, and more alcohol.
Taste- heavy on the cherries, prunes, and nutmeg spices.
Mouthfeel- first sip almost burns your mouth. Talk about a winter warmer beer. Alcohol at 10% is too strong. Ruins the beer!!

Overall- a decent winter ale if the alcohol was toned down a bit but with all the fruitiness going on it is understandable.
This beer can be classified as a the dom perrione of Pruno!

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Photo of whynot44
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, hazy reddish amber color with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to just a thin ring of lace.

The aroma is fruity and yeasty with a bit of spice.

The taste is along the same lines, sweet caramel malt, with tones of bananas, plums, raisins and spices - cloves, coriander, nutmeg.
Starts almost sugary sweet, then hits with a blast of spices, finishes slightly dry and yeasty. Spices linger on in the aftertaste with a definite alcohol warmth at the end. Kind of a cross between a Belgian strong dark ale and a winter warmer. A little sweet and spicy for any other time but appropriate for a holiday warmer and the 10% alcohol should help get the party going.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,950 ratings.
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