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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 GClarkage
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/07/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance- Beautiful glowing deep red color with a 1/2 white head and good lacing.

Smell- Deep sweet malt scents. Awesome fumes going upwards. A bit of alcohol, but manly sweetness.

Taste- Dull sweet fruits which works oh so well in this beer. Bananas, oranges, peaches and kiwi. But sugary sweet rather than sour and tart. Maybe a bit of chocolate mixed in.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated, but creates a fairly heavy mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Again, my trip to the Toronado today was worth every penny. Three great beers and one good one. This one was the best of the four or damn close to it.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color with a low beige head and decent carbonation. Subdued raisiny dubbel-like aroma. A double-dubbel with lots of raisin flavors and alcohol overtones. Light-medium (leans medium) bodied and airy considering carbonation levels.

Lighter in color and aroma than Nocturnum but a bit stronger in flavor/alcohol.

Per label: Since 1654

15/03 on cork
Tasted: 12/24/04

($7.19 / 750 ml / 25.6 oz corked and caged white "ceramic" champagne style bottle with red foil)

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 Bottle: This beer is a hazy brown color with a foamy thick beige head with decent retention. Nice lacing. Aroma of yeast, apples and malt. Medium-bodied and spicy, with fruit, yeast and hops flavors as well as a light malt balance. The alcohol is not overly noticeable but I was definitely feeling it after this large bottle. The finish is tart and lasting. Very enjoyable overall.

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

On-tap poured into a pint glass (yes, I know, but they were out of the Delirium tulip glass, so I got more for the same price anyway). It pours a hazy medium copper color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is light and fruity. Caramel aromas with some light sweet cherry and citrus. The taste is also fruity, with some more cherry and a hint of pineapple juice. There's even a touch of brown sugar and hops. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is good for a 10% brew. A nice holiday selection.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a dark brown and ruby without much head. What was there didn't last, and there wasn't any lace, but the color was still nice.

The smell was extremely strong and very enticing, seemingly composed of a nice mix of fruit. The taste follows that up with a hefty dose of fruit surrounded by malts and candy. The flavors don't come in complex layers, but what is there sure is good.

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

Beautiful amber and semi-unclear, with a thick creamy head that settled as a nice thick layer. Nice gueuze scent to it. Very nice soured, aged, lightly wine cellery scent. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. There is a good amount of carbination, but you dont feel it swirling around and foaming, you just notice it sitting on your tongue after a moment, but it is not too much. Very nice. Tastes of sherry and port. You can really tast the alcohol. Caramelly, maple sweetness, bit of sea water, bit of dark fruits. Granny smith apple, maybe a bit of raisin. Good flavors. The 10% may keep it from being a session, but it has such nice flavors and does feel so damn good. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Dmann
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dissapointing beer concitering the good reputation of the brand. It poured a nice amber color with a small head that had faded once it got to the table and settled into a froth. The smell was of light pepper and clove. The taste was quite subtle for a beer of this size, and had a bit of a thin mouthfeel. The flavor was nice enough but seemed like it was holding back a bit with just a bit of belgian yeast and pepper flavor shining through. I think I'll pass on this one next time.

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Photo of oracle
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz draft pour in an tulip chalice.

The beer poured a deep mahogany with a generous bubbly and very sticky head. Heavy lacing.

Smell was fruity and malty, with a hint of the yeast still being present. A certain spicyness lingers in the aroma, of cininmon and perhaps more. Wonderful.

Taste was suberb. Fruity and sweet without being sugarry and syrupy. Notes of ripe plum and mild rasberry. Slightly spicy as well. Warms one right up on a cold winter night.


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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

from the 12oz bottle poured into a lindeman's flute, bottle was actually labelled "delirium christmas", not "noel".

this beer contains the same yeasty, yummy taste as other delirium beers. as a series, their three beers don't go out of their way to be different from the others.

in my opinion, tastes just like tremens with more color (it looks like carbonated jack daniels) and more seasonal flavor (smells of strong caramel and tastes much more tart and spicy than other deliriums).

had this a month or so ago in a 750ml bottle from a local pub, and it was labelled "Noel". to me, it tasted slightly different, or maybe because that night it was my first beer. would like to know the difference (perhaps its just a labelling issue?) either way, im recommending this beer as perfect for pink elephant fans around the holidays.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off tap poured into a Delirium Noel snifter. The beer poured a slightly amber golden color with one finger of head. The nose was nice and sweet and fruity, maybe some strawberry and a hint of peppery spice from the yeast. The flavor was good. Some fruity tones and caramel sweetness with a nice spicey finish. Good beer. The feel was thick and creamy and just good. This beer was nice to sit down to after finishing grading finals and collections and all that comes with beig a TA. What a nice beer. I like it better off tap than the bottle.

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

Pours a hazy dark copper with a creamy looking beige head. Waves of lace surrond the glass with each sip.

There is the strong spice aroma that balances the sweet malt in a near aroma overload. Very aromatic and wonderful. A slight alcohol whiff kisses the nose in the finish.

There is s sweet fruity presence that is very much like raisans, plums, and apricots. A touch of coriander joins in the flavor and is finished with a glancing blow by the alcohol.

For such a big beer this is remarkably easy to drink. While complex, it is deceptively smooth and easy on the mouth. This is not a gulping beer but is pretty easy to put down.

I really enjoy Belgian beers and this beer is one reason why. They are so distinctive, rich, multi-dimensional, and wonderful to drink. This Noel is like a a great yuletide milkshake. Ho Ho Ho and all that stuff.

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Photo of Skidz
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out golden amber and sits deep orange-brown in the glass with a smallish off-white, light tan head, fading to a small skim; nice lacings.

Smells rich and sweet, full malt aroma. Spicy alcoholic nose with notes of over-ripened apples, dates and golden raisins. Yeasty character bringing forth a dry-crackery aroma.

Tastes sweet up front, full of fruity ester flavors. Plump rasins, prunes and apple leather make up the bulk of the flavors. Peppery alocholic spiciness pricks at the toungue and offers balance to the large malty core. Finished mildly bitter, with increasing dryness and lingering spiciness and fruit flavors.

Smooth to the core with light and tact carbonation in a medium-full body. Glides around the mouth quite easily, coating with its thick malty character.

Quite tasty, easy to handle, even at 10.0%. Flavor is definately there, but it a bit rough in some spots. Spiciness seems to be less of a character boost and more of a character flaw further in. 1 bottle definately enough, once a year, sure.

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

This was pretty similar to the Nocturnum, as far as I can tell. Sweet, but fairly well balanced. Plenty of ABV (although not noticed much in the taste). This is a good, dark Belgian, fairly complex and certainly warming. The Delerium beers are a notch below the best Belgians, but always good.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 750ml bottle. 2004 on the cork.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a light tan head. Smell is fruity. Spiced apples, cherries and clove. Quite festive.

Taste is of those tart spiced apples again. Cloves and cinnamon. Somewhat yeasty and spicy. Sticky sweet, dare I use the dreaded "cloyingly"? A bit too sweet which cuts down quite a bit on the drinkability for me. But not a bad beer to sip on for an hour or so. Very thick and chewy. Good thing it's a seasonal, once a year will suffice for me.

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

Carmel brown body with a rapidly dissipating collar of thin foam. Holding the tulip glass to the light reveals excellent clarity and tiny streams of carbonation eminating from the bottom of the glass.

The nose could be described as 'Holiday Happy'. Hints of strawberry, spices, yeast, malt and alcohol meld together in a nose which results in immediate excess saliva production.

The first taste is rich, deep complex malt accented with a mixed-fruit sweetness supported by ample CO². The finish is dry with hint of hop as the spices slowly fade from the palate.

The mouthfeel is like velvet and seems to whisper, "Go ahead, have another sip as I just improce with every taste."

Very, very nice offering from the pink elephant folks.

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Photo of alexAK
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a brandy snifter with the Delirium Noel logo, pink elephants and all.

A thin head, but overall a very solid appearance, almost a little golden. Aromas in the brandy snifter were especially pronounced, detected a little spiciness. A slightly complex taste, slightly tart but aided by the spices in the brew. Due to the high abv, not something you'd want to take too fast, yet still drinkable.

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Photo of Stimack
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first time trying Delirium Noel, had it on tap last evening while at Mahar’s. It was poured to a clear brown color with red highlights with a nice off white head that broke down and left nice lacing through out the brew. The nose of the brew was highlighted by a spiciness with cinnamon, fruit, alcohol and malt all coming together to give off a nice aroma. The taste was very smooth, sweet tastes of candies up front with spices all balanced with a nice malt backbone. Gave a nice warming sensation, good on a cool night! Can also notice a slight alcohol taste but being that this brew is 10% it is not over the top and goes well with the other flavor although I think I can only have one of these per session. This was a beer that I was not going to try, as I have not been a huge fan of Belgium brews although I think this is changing! If you get the opportunity give it a try.

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

This beer poured a murky medium amber color and formed a small off white bubbly head that disappeared quickly and left circular lace. Some sediment was present. An aroma of yeast, malt, spices and honey. A flavor of malt, caramel, spices and some bread aspects. The body was slightly creamy with the finish of it being slightly sweet. Considering the alcohol level, it is hidden quite well.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark reddish-copper in color. Billowing off-white head fills up the goblet. Some lacing. Aromas are all infused with a strong sense of alcohol: cherry candy, sweet caramel, some chocolate. Flavor...hmmph. Flavor is a boxing match of the aromas trying to gain your attention. Not quite unbalanced, but close. Finishes with a hot alcohol infusion. I'd expected some sort of spicy character to this one, but didn't taste it. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel. Not for the timid.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy rusty reddish brown. A bit darker than I would have thought it to be. Off-white head dissipated quickly, but still laced the sides of the glass nicely. Just like the review next to mine, I too smelled cherry pie, and there is clearly no question that this is high in alcohol content. I liked the smell, it was just that you could plainly tell that there is alot of alcohol present here. The taste was quite malty with a very slight banana tone hidden in the finish. Truthfully, it seems the alcohol concealed most of what potential flavour profile was there. I like this one, it's just heavy on the alcohol and one should know that up front, lest they be quite dissappointed. The mouthfeel was quite nice in that it wasn't too heavy or too light, and the carbonation level was right where I like it to be for this style. Drinkability? This is a really big brew. One 75cL bottle is fine. Perhaps if there were a span of 3 or 4 hours (at least) I might be able to drink 2 of these. Overall, I think I really like this one.

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

Clear dark amber body, frothy head, nice carbonation. Smells sweet and a little fruity. A little roasted malt, and caramel. Tastes a little sweet, decent fruit presence. Nice carbonation bite, and a mild roasted malt / caramel aftertase. Nice carboation to the mouthfeel, evaporates nicely off the tongue.

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Photo of winomark
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy medium copper with a vigorous, thick light tan head. Sweet malt, bananas, and candy sugar on the nose. Little bit of spicy tones noticable. Tropical esters fight for control with the malt sweetness. Slight vegetal finish. Dry, but lingering finish. Coating mouthfeel, but not too heavy. A good beer, but the finish is throwing me off. Drinkable, but nothing too special.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I sampled this beer on vat at Anam Cara as part of the Belgian Beerfest pre-party. The ruby ale was served in a tremens snifter, and wafted an aroma of alcohol, sour cherries, and hints of chocolate. The flavors were strongly dominated by the alcohol, and sour cherry notes. There were hints of chocolate and cream making the drink vaguely reminiscent of those gooey covered cherries that my mother enjoys finding under the tree. It would have been nice if the alcohol and the cherries didn't unite to generate some nightmarish medicinal notes. Unfortunately, the brew wasn't as drinkable as I had hoped. The watery, yet textured body also confused me.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice white 750mL bottle. Appearance is darkish orange, very ncie color actually although the head is limited to an off-white ring. Extremely sweet and phenolic aroma, tons of belgian candi sugar, powder sugar even. It feels very candyish yet has a big yeast backbone though seemingly not adding much to the melting pot. Surprisingly thin body, like thicker sparkling water. Huge sweetness on the tongue in an herbal fashion(clover and the likes). Very warming sensation, spicy alcoholic middle-mouth to finish. Notes of honey, sucre d’orge, plums. A bit cloying.

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

2001 Edition sampled on 10/20/04:

I have always wanted to try this ever since I first saw it. I came home from work and my wife left for a business trip in Chicago and she had this was waiting for me (what a wonderful woman!). I poped off the cork and there wasn't a huge carbonation buildup. I was thinking that this would be perfectly aged since it was from '01'. The appearance is very nice. It poured a cloudy rust color with a smooth belgian-style head. I drank this in a snifter and the lacing was very nice. The smell was pretty typical of this style. It had heavy malt tones with the alcohol seeping through. The taste was decent, but a little too thick. This one was almost "chewy". I was hoping for a little spice kick in this to distinguish it from there other brews, but I didn't get it. There was just not a lot going on with this one. As far as belgian darks go, this was worth a try, but not comparable to the others available. At least the bottle is pretty cool!!!

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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