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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Added by taez555 on 02-03-2002

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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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Photo of beerceller99
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75 cl bottle. Dark caramel colored. Small but persistant off white head. Big sweet smell of dark raisons, caramel and alcohol. Massive flavors of plums, raisons, and burnt caramel. Decent mouthfeel. Nice finish with a warming alcohol on the breath.
My only detraction here is that the relatively light body of the brew doesn't mesh very well with the huge flavors and big alcohol. Otherwise a great strong dark.

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Photo of StuFox
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer performs a balancing act between the usual winter/christmas beer flavors and the flavors that characterize the other Delirium beers. Somehow, they manage to make the spicy, gingerbready flavors work in concert with the fruity, floral, sweet taste. It is a beer that is good months, probably years, after it was originally bottled. And let's not forget the 10% abv kick that helps shake off the cold.

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Photo of rastaman
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml champagne corked bottle under the name "Delrium Christmas". Crimson/brown colour. Aroma of cork, rubber and glace cherry, some fairy floss. Pretty sweet, but not as sweet as expected, but, as expected theirs a pretty big shot of alcohol at the end. Palate is a little short and one dimesnional aswell, some spicyness, yeasty. Dissapointing, and a bit "crude" as silktork would say. I guess it was kind of what i expected though, typical Huyghe- i.e pretty lame. This stuff ain't cheap either, bloody hell.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tough foil to get off the bottle. Cork says 15/03 I assume it is a 2003. Bright deep brown look with a nice large persistant densw pale beige head. Slight detergent/maltysharp smell. Upfront the taste is malty and sweet and then the brew becomes spicy and fruity. Prominent in the spices are corriander and nutmeg with some hints of pineapple and sour pear. Very nice smooth coating mouth. Quite an impressive feel to the brew. Good drinkability.

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Photo of dauss
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a beautiful cloudy golden yellowish copper. Fair sized tan brown head with fair staying power and little lacing. The smell was really good. It smelled like it was going to be rich, malty, and fruity. Its another one of those belgian ales. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Hoppiness about halfway through the sip. Heavy yeast flavor and a little spicyness from the flavorings and the alcohol. The alcohol can't really be tasted until a few moments after you swallow. It finishes dry. It was a very complex and interesting winter brew. I didn't like it that much because of the odd mouthfeel
and the flavorings they added. The cork also was printed with the year 2001, so it must have been quite old.

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

This beer pours a dark tea-like/amber color with a nice tan head. The strong smell of fruit, musty yeast, and spices smell nice but a little lacking in some way. The taste is sweet apples, raisons, spices and a warming alcohol with the musty yeast in the background again. This is a light bodied brew with a sweet spiced finish. This beer drinks down too easy for a beer with this alcohol...might prove dangersous! Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of ark57
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 - It pours a hazy orange-brown color. The aroma is earthy and yeasty with some oxidized notes. The body is smooth with some cirtus, spicy, and fruity notes. There is also some faint molasses in the finish. Overall it was just okay. Maybe it is better when it is fresh.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty cool ceramic looking bottle with a red foil top and decorated with pink elephants pulling Santa’s sleigh. Pours a dark brownish copper color with a tall mountainous light tan head that very slowly dissipates leaving coats of sticky lace on the walls of the glass as it does so. Nose is dark caramel and honey malts blended with some tropical fruit and a bit of bubblegum. Fairly full in body with a slightly chewy texture that envelops the tongue. Taste begins with caramelized malts and a bit of candied sugar followed by some notes of molasses and butterscotch and finally by some peppery and spicy alcohol. A great winter warmer and a very drinkable brew considering the 10% ABV.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep color of red, off white head on top; long lasting and fine lacing. Aroma of plums and dark fruit come to play with spices and a mild musty yeast scent. Taste is smooth and silky to start with the dark fruit, candy, and alcohol then the spice hint of bitterness. For such a strong beer I felt that I could enjoy it all night. Nothing to overpowering here. This beer is Liquid Christmas in a bottle. Enjoy!

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

Sampled on tap at RFD on 1/17/04

Appearance: Dark with an almost plummy tinge around the edges, and a big fat tan head.

Smell: Fruity, spicy, malty.

Taste: Big sweet malt right up front, the spice follows right after laced with a whack of yeastiness. Fruity tones on lightly yeasty alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and finely carbonated.

Drinkability: Oh yeeeaaah!

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

2002 bottle, Sampled January, 2004
This holiday beer pours a pretty amber-deep copper color that is quite striking in the light. It is topped by a thick tan head. It is well carbonated with bubbles escaping from the bottom of my glass in a frenzied stream. Smells lightly musty with dark fruit overtones that are accompanied by a slightly sharp spicy aroma. Tastes smooth and rich up front. A prickling carbonation coats the tongue as it slides down my throat. Finishes with a musty-yeasty-fusel type character which is a bit sharp. The fruitiness of this beer combines really well with the sweet-caramel-raisin dark malt character. This beer is dominated by the dark fruit character. It has a medium light body, which works well here. There is also some spice notes in this beer that remind me of coriander.

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

Pours a clear dark brownish-garnet in color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma consists of sweet fruity overtones, candied sugar, peppery yeast and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth. Some sweetness upfront that is followed up with spices. Caramel malt and honey flavors near the middle. Alcohol is blended nicely and detected toward the back of the throat and provides a nice warming feeling on the way down. This is the first offering from this brewery that I've tried and so far, I've been impressed.

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

A bit more muted than I expected. Alcohol popped up right away with a peppery sharpness, and then a softer, slightly tart caramel wafted in to smooth things out. Some wine-like fruityness toward the finish. Very drinkable, particulary for the high abv. At an annual holiday beer tasting, among the 20 sampled this year, this was a crowd pleaser, even among the non-beer geeks.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friggin' sticky crap all over taking off the foil. Had to wash my hands and the mouth of the bottle before pouring. What a pain.

The tiny, tan head disappears leaving a gorgeous, bald, clear garnet beer. Pay no attention to the two spots of lacing left over. Smell is faint. Sweetish, maybe. Peppery in the front with grapes. But it blooms quickly to a thick, caramely sweet middle. Not sweet like the Tremens. The beer finishes dry. Spicy with some nice grains and plenty of alcohol (better hidden than the Nocturnum). This is a very nice, sweet Belgian.

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Photo of jahred
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tried this at a winter beer night tasting... The color is light brown, with a nice thick lace that remained on my glass after consumption. The scent is of light hops, which did not really prepare me for what I was about to taste.

The best description of the taste of this beer at first is ... eggnog. A beer-version of the classic holiday drink. Yum. It's incredibly thick and hoppy (but not bitter). There's orange and honey and vanilla and raisin and caramel notes. Wow. Amazing. I'll be buying a lot more of this stuff next winter.

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

Pours a reddish copper color with a medium sized, dense bubbly head. Sweet smell of malt, caramel and tropical fruit. There was also some spice, alcohol and tart yeast.
Sweet malty taste. Sticky tropical fruit, brown sugar and some subtle spice(nutmeg,clove). The alcohol was certainly present in the finish as well as a nice hop bitterness, yeast and a bit of wood that made it almost winey.
Medium bodied. Rich and creamy with loads of carbonation.
Good drinkability for a 10% abv beer. A real belly warmer.

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Photo of taez555
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with the lovely pink elephants pulling Santa’s sleigh. The cork was seriously stuck in there and took a few minutes to get out.

It eventually poured a brownish/red hued body with a small off-white head.

The nose was mild. A touch of sweetness. Some soft fruits, alcohol, phenols, and a little bit of spice.

The taste was very sugary sweet. Almost a brown sugar sweetness. Caramel or candy sugar really stood out. Some soft phenol fruit taste. Very faint raisins or plums. A medium to full-bodied texture yet very drinkable. Very highly carbonated. The alcohol sits nicely in the mix never drawing attention to itself, yet never overpowering.

Overall one of the better beers I had over the holiday season. Very tasty.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a cellared bottle with no age marking on the bottle, label, cork or cage.

Gently poured from the lees it's a clear, deep chestnut with an orange cast and brilliant ruby highlights. A full (but not huge) head of creamy, slightly yellowish foam very slowly receeds to a thin cap, holds throughout the entire goblet, and leaves splashes of lace about the glass. A slight mustiness parts readily to reveal a lively, slightly tart and juicy fruitiness (berries, cherries). Some yeastiness develops with notes of sugar candy and bubblegum spice. A delicately toasted and caramel sopped maltiness hovers beneath but never really comes to the surface itself. As it warms, notes of clove and honey become more dominant. Refreshing and enjoyable! The aroma alone is worth the trip! The body is light-medium and it's exceptionally fine, natural carbonation slides across the tongue with just enough of a caress to awaken the tastebuds before fading smoothly away. More caramelization appears in the flavor than the nose suggests, although it remains somewhat sugary and honeyish like cookie-dough. The fruitiness isn't nearly as bold as the aroma suggests, and what remains is more similar to sweetened blackberries. A clear note of alcohol becomes apparent but not distracting. Some mild spice carries through, and a very sublime bitterness helps to anchor it along with its drying alcohol. It finishes fairly short and dry with a delicate note of lingering honey-berry malt and subtle spice in the aftertaste. A most impressive holiday ale, and certainly worth a try!

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

2003 vintage.

Dark ruddy brown to an almost crimson with a big white head that can only be described as belgian. Huge berry juicy and spicy aroma. Dry spicy berry juice flavor (matching the aroma). A polite sweetness, though not by any measure a sweet beer.

The alcohol was not readily apparent, so this little baby kicked me in the head.

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Photo of mntlover
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle love the lable very festive.Pours a amber brown with nice tanish head. Very fruity dark belgiam smell, with some spice and yaest coming out. Tastes excites and tickles the tounge, bubbles, malt with fruit (plums raisins bananas nothing really sticks out but great taste) and a touch of hops thrown into the mix. Warms the body and the soul, or could be the alcohol warming me, not strong in taste but kicks in on the way down. Great mouthfeel love the way the bubbles add to the flavor, medium body. If you can't tell I like this beer, best christmas beer I have had as my first year as a BA apprentice. Wish everyone a good Christmas and thanks for expanding my beer knowledge.

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