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 humanawho
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - very light orange/yellow with a weak head

S - smell is very interesting, sweet with a slight funk not a lot of spice but lots of peachy aroma

T - nice light and fruity/peachy/apracoty slight yeasty finish

M - good medium body

D - extreamly drinkable for 10% nice and light taste and feel

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy, fruity, and funky Belgian aroma with a scent of yeast, spices, and dried fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, peppers, funk, and cinnamon. Fruit hints of banana, green apple, pear, and grapes. Dark fruit hints of raisin, plum, and fig. Hints of candied sugar and bubblegum. Malt hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, and cracker. Subtle earthy hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, fruity, and funky Belgian taste with notes of yeast, spices, and fruit. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of clove, cinnamon, pepper, and funk. Dried fruit notes of banana, pear, green apple, and grapes. Also some dark fruit notes of plum, raisin, and fig. Sweet taste of candied sugar along with some bubblegum. Malt notes of biscuit, straw, caramel, and cracker. Light earthy hop bitterness. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and prickly with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good Belgian Ale. Good mix of spices and fruit esters.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Noel balloon glass.

Look: A dark cinnamon body with a light khaki head that doesn't recede much. Random light spots of foamy lacing remain.

Aroma: Belgian yeast up front that get covered with brown sugar, cinnamon, dark fruits. A prominent dark cherry note as the beer warms.

Taste: Cinnamon spiciness comes out a lot up front followed by molasses, brown sugar, Belgian yeast as the beer warms, and a spicy cinnamon candy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet dry.

Overall: A real treat. Really opens up as it warms and has all the wonderful Christmas flavors I want in a beer.

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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 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 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 allengarvin
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle, according to the cork, which pops out with a lot of force. Pours a cloudy brown with a head that fades away within seconds and leaves nothing but a layer of film across the top. Aroma is complex, with dark, caramelized fruity notes, a hint of pepper and maybe a touch of seasoned pipe tobacco. Sweet, bready malt on first taste, balanced by more bitterness than I recall from past years. The emphasis, though, is on the yeast character: superbly fruity, notes of soft honey and smooth vanilla; finish becomes pungent and earthy with a lingering tannic mouthfeel.

Has the recipe changed or did this age well? It's much better than any Delirium noel's I've had in the past.

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Photo of fx20736
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single 330ml bottle from Beers of the World on 11/16/13.

Poured into a goblet, served between cellar and room temp.

Appearance:Turbid Chestnut with honey highlights and a towering Meringue of almond shortbread foam.

Aroma of dates and honey and some sherry notes.

mouthfeel: smooth, silky.

taste: complex, layered, has a fortified wine sensibility. There are white grapes, drunken peaches, figs, a little toffee a little mustiness.

notes: a remarkable, tasty, complex sipper that is like a cross between a Dubbel and a Tripel.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is deep, dark crimson. Massive, thick head that lasts. Nice lacing.

Nose is sour candy, fresh-baked bread, sweet malt, and cherry.

Taste has a complex malt character, as you would expect. A semi-sweet blend of caramel and baked bread. Alcohol has a nice warmth to it; I suspect giving it its holiday charm. Biscuit finish.

Mouthfeel is spectacularly smooth; like velvet. Has a bready thickness. Mild carbonation and a silky finish. Excellent.

Overall, a great Belgian, with a nice holiday warmth.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delirium Noel 2001 Release:
On the pour a delicious orange to cherry red color as it sits in the glass. The body covered by a voluminous head, frothy in texture that melts to a fine sheet of lace that drapes the glass. Aroma’s of ripe fruit, such as pineapple and banana with hints of yeast also a underlying malt sweetness, quite a refreshing. Start is agreeably sweet, the top voluptuous in feel, the finish has a razor-sharp acidity and the hops scrumptiously hopped, malt dry aftertaste that has a slight alcohol bitterness. The big 10% ABV, warms the tummy and seals off a quite quaffable beer.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anticipation – couldn’t stand it! A friend told me to give this one a try...

This poured a thick cloudy brown color. Nice thick head and lovely lacing. The smell is quite malty with a hint of spice. The taste is quite malty. It has a bit of a spicy undertone. A slight sourness rounds out a complex and delightful taste. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and the beer coats your mouth and throat. It does not have an alcohol feel/burn for a beer with such a high alcohol content. The drinkability of this is awesome… is heaven and I’d love the opportunity to partake this often.

This definitely makes me feel festive for the holidays!!

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Photo of fourplayed
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into chalice, pours a dark brown/amber with 1 finger off white head.

Smells of some sweet dark fruits, plums, raisin, apple nice notes of yeasts and spices.

Taste of the same sweet fruits, with good yeasts, malts and spices with mild alcohol presense and a bit of biter hops.

Solid medium body, good smooth creamy malt feel, medium alcohol warmth and nice dry clean finish.

A very good seasonal offering. Glad I found it and yes, I will be back for more..ho ho ho!!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 18 Dec 15 (On-line Tasting)

2014 Vintage
Red Foil

Thanks goes out to SammyJaxxxx for the brew!

It's been almost 8 years since the last time I've had this brew.

The foil was a bitch to get off, and it turned out to be a gusher, not too bad, been a while since I've had one of those, though.

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice slightly cloudy brownish color, very nice carbonation, with a two-finger creamy/foamy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty, with some nice dark fruits. The taste is pretty nice malty, yeasty, slight sweetness, nice touch of dark fruits. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is still a very tasty brew, and would recommend, still.

2006 Vintage
Red Foil

Poured into a Delirium Tulip a very nice dark amber color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tannish head, lots of nice creamy sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, some yeast, figs, prunes, plums, and a nice touch of caramel. The taste is somewhat sweet, malty/yeasty, dark fruits, and caramel. Medium body, a well-rounded/complex brew. Alcohol is hidden very well for a brew like this. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew and highy recommended if you can get your hands on some.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to the cork, this is a 2005. Bummer, I thought it was a 2006. Poor me...what ever am I to do with a year aged Belgian strong dark ale?

A: Not as carbonated as I would have liked. The head never really came to fruition and now there are just smears of bubbles on top of the body. The body is a clean walnut red with minimal bubble activity.

S: Marischano cherries, maple syrup and cognac. Stellar.

T: Begins like a cherry cordial with vanilla aspects. But the fruitiness doesn't end there...dates, figs and prunes take the reigns and add a substantial amount of flavor. Grand Marnier flares with amazing caramelized orange and nutmeg notes. Finishes with canned pear and peach preserves.

M: Medium body, syrupy but smooth. Fitting for the style.

D: This is one of the sweetest beers on the market. But what's absolutely remarkable is the fact that its not cloying, the drinkability remains very high. Craftsmanship at its finest. I applaud this beer and the brewery.

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a nice ruby-brown, very clear, nice light brown head.

S- Scents of vanilla and Irish whiskey, somewhat spicy.

T- Very sweet, vanilla and spice, little hops in the end.

M- Nice and full bodied, remarkably little alcohol burn for the ABV.

D- A very good Christmas beer, the alcohol level is the only thing to slow me down.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium brown color with little floaties in it along with a creamy light brown head. The scent is sweet, malty, mixed with spices. The taste is smooth, flavorful, and delicious. The flavor is full of yeasty malt flavors that make for a well carbonated brew that leaves a good, lingering after taste.

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

Delirium is one of my favorites, this is no disappointment. Pours a medium brown with a nice head that laces throughout the glass. Murky aroma, and, stay with me, floral, fruity, dry, somewhat licorace like first taste. Very complex, very nice. You can almost smell the carbonation, effervecence. Crisp, dry finish with hints of plum. Just a damn good Belgian, Seasonal or not.

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

A - Pours a dark, ruby brown with plenty of carbonation. One inch of tan head lines the top of the glass.

S - Dark fruit, malt, and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger).

T - Sweet upfront with flavors that beg of raisins and dates. Heavy malt backbone provides plenty of balance and Christmas spices round out this beauty.

M - Carbonation is medium/high and provides a pleasant creamy feel.

D - Didn't even notice that this was 10%. Could have easily knocked out another. Always one of my Xmas favorites.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delirium Noël opens to an initially candy-sweet waft of cotton candy and candi sugar, which fades quickly to reveal a rich, strong Belgian ale full of ripe fruits. Fruit esters are the most apparent aromas here, and include apple, pear, melon, fig, banana, Concord grape, blood orange, raisin, and even bits of pineapple. The variety is impressive, and while apple and pear dominate—the beer smells distinctly of lightly mulled apple cider—the other esters still make themselves known. A thick coating of brown sugar and homemade caramel supports the fruit esters, with lesser notes of toffee, vanilla bean, and wildflower honey. There’s not much to balance out the sugars, but a few deep notes of brown bread, pumpernickel, and biscuit do contribute some earthiness. A slight spicy edge, with pepper and hints of nutmeg, add further touches of balance. As a whole, the nose is excellent, obviously swinging heavily toward the sugars, but delightfully so, the beer coming across like fine mulled fruit juices.

On the tongue, the first notes are fruity and spicy, but with a sour edge. Banana, blood orange, fig, raisin, pear, and white grape fruit esters mingle with cloves and peppery spices, made edgy by a rind of fermented apple juice and sour cherries that provides a lovely catalytic effect. The heavy brown sugars and homemade caramel are still present, adding further layers of sugar, as is the wildflower honey. The deep bready notes are even fainter here, but touches of brown bread, biscuit, and pumpernickel (this latter perhaps because of the spiciness) do still emerge. The aftertaste is a sugary continuation of the main mouthful, lingering for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue like champagne.

Overall, this is excellent ale, bringing a full complement of fruits and sugars to the table, with an excellent balance of spices and very light dark breads to keep it from becoming cloying.

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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 Hershdawg
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter

A: light white head that quickly dissipates. deep ruby color. Great color

S: Dark Belgian malts, and sweet phenolic yeast. A bit of clove and banana

T: Phenols, dark sugar, plum. and a lingering sweetness. Very pleasant.

M: As light as any Belgian should be. Not heavy but definitely alcoholic.

O: Very delightful. Strong but light enough you aren't weighed down. Good for any winter day. Though don't plan on driving.

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

Corked and caged 2006 brew according to the stopper.
Clear mahogany body with good carbonation. Yellow tint head, low retention and very little lace.
Sweet confectioners sugar and honey spiced scent. A little bit of grain in there somewhere.
Intense honey spice malts makes up the main body of this brew. The alcohol is well contained. Caramel and more spice. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy but still dominated by sweet sweet malt.
Good full body but only a little coating. So delicious though that it is highly drinkable.


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Photo of wiscokid920
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Chestnut brown with honey hues. Large fluffy two finger head with nice retention and lacing

S- Huge dark fruit notes, predominately dates. Honey sweetness and sherry alcohol.

T- Nice layered complexity featuring dark fruits, bready malts, toffee/caramelized sugar sweetness. Faint holiday spices and herbal hops.
mouthfeel: smooth, silky.

M- Nice carbonation, slick, and creamy. Finishes with a nice yeasty dryness.

O- A holiday classic. Features all the great Belgium qualities with a nice holiday spiciness and warmth.

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Photo of Brewdacris
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have long awaited purchasing Delirium Noel as my favorite beer is Delirium Nocturnum. It finally arrived at my local beer store today so I got myself a couple bottles of it to sample.

A- The Noel has an exceptional crimson color with an unexpectedly large and rocky 3 finger off-white head.

S- At first sniff, I got a weird vomit-like smell. However, on my second go at it I noticed a much fruitier smell. More complex notes came through including dark fruits like plums and cherries. There is a sweet malt scent to it as well.

T- Sweet and sour fruit against a malty backdrop. Tasty explosion in your mouth, well matched flavors perfectly compliment each other, excellent combination. This is a beer that truly got better with every sip.

M- Silky mouthfeel like that of the Nocturnum. Perfect for the flavor and carbonation.

This beer has earned its status as a Delirium and is a beer I would enjoy on any occasion. I would especially recommend this to anyone who appreciates Delirium's other offerings.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
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