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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 mdcrouser
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At first pour, this beer pours lighter than air, practically floating from my hand.

Muddy brown, but somehow still glowing, this looks to be a chunky, pretty complex beer.

Yeasty to the nose, the first drink is like a slab of toffee unrolling atop the tongue, dotted with hints of cinnamon, citrus, and cloves.

Smooth as silk, with only a light alcoholic breath, it forces your jaw open to enjoy it fully letting it in, letting it out.

Filling, yet somewhat, and somehow, underwhelming.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A redish brown pour with an off white and modest head. Hmmm, looks kinda like a Christmas beer...

Smell: When i think of Christmas & Christmas beer i think of strong spice & fruitiness....lots of alcohol warmth...the nose on this beer was mild to a fault.

Taste: The beer picks up somewhat here and has a decent spiced body with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon that reminded me a little of a fruit cake. The flavours didn't last long enough for me and the beer ended with a candycane sugary sweetness. Nice warming effect on the finish due to the 10% alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat lively and a lightly rich.

Drinkability: Not as intense as i would have liked for a Christmas beer. There are other Christmas beers i would definitley prefer. Having said that, it is still a worthwhile beer...hey, i've tried pure crap in the past and this isn't crap. It's good.

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Photo of SirWalkAbout
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice dark red color, with a light ivory colored head. Good carbonation.

Pleasant orange smell. Also smell the yeast, and the high alcohol content.

Taste is different than expected. Floral, lemon citrusy, a little spice, and a little alcohol bite.

Disappears from the pallet quickly. Good carbonation.

Overall it's good. It's not a home run for me, and in comparison to the Tremens, this one is not quite there. Worth a try, not worth searching the globe to find.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Delirium Noel

Appearance: Medium head with some lacing.

Smell: Subtle malt, hop, slight sweetness, and minerals from the water used.

Taste: Subtle spices, subtle dark fruits such as cherries, and slightly more prominent malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavier and semi-smooth.

Bottom line:
I am not impressed with this beer. It is almost watery tasting, yet strong. I am hoping I just have a bad batch or bottle. I really enjoyed other Delirium beers much more than this one.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber with highly active carbonation. Scent is yeasty and boozy with notes of watery and dark fruit and minimal spice. Taste again brings a big punch of yeast and alcohol up front, the nice notes of watery and dark fruit a bit difficult to appreciate and the light spicing even more so. Lighter side of medium bodied, active carbonation, dry and lingering. I will revisit and this bottle just seemed way too boozy, disguising all the other flavors and scents.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark plum color with almost no head but lively carbonation.

S: Brown sugar, hints of dark fruit, some booziness, hints of sweetness

T: A pretty flat note of just grape and some brown sugar. Not much going on here, pretty disappointing.

O: The smell is better than the taste, and on top of that the taste isn't all that exciting, so I'll stick to the usual nocturnum or tremens.

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Photo of ericlawton007
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Dark golden color with very little head. Apple is found in the aroma if you look for it, but my first smell gave me nothing but the yeast. Tasted like a very generic belgian ale. No hints of anything that would make this a winter beer, nor anything that would make this worth 10 dollars a bottle. Really dissappointe as I had been really looking forward to trying this. The one upside is that it hides the 10% abv very well, making it very drinkable.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Toronado.

A: Amber / purple body. Light head, mostly in the form of a thin film on top. No lacing.

S: Apples, plums, cherries, spices, a strong alcohol smell.

T: Sweet. Candied dark fruits, brown sugar, a light hop presence at the end of the flavor profile. A noticeable alcohol warmth.

M: Thin-bodied, sticky, decent carbonation.

D: The taste is definitely imbalanced toward the sweet side. Would not be a good session beer, although I am glad to have it as a sipping / dessert ale. The alcohol warms nicely. I would certainly have another bottle next winter, but I see no strong reason to have it again soon.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick House Pub in (metro) Atlanta, served at nice cellar temp in logo glassware (goblet.)

Pours a deep amber with a thick white head that fades to little, leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma is a little flat for such a big beer, slightly metallic, and not especially pleasant.

Initial taste is hot, spicy alcohol. Lingers long with spicy alcohol, fresh fruit, and notes of stonefruit.

A difficult beer to score, as it's pretty good in all categories, but slightly disappointing in that it's not great in any category. Surprisingly drinkable for a 10% holiday beer. I'd order it again, but not before I tasted most of the other fun, big beers a place had to offer.

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Photo of
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper amber color with a fair amount of head. Aroma was an earthy yeast, honey, fruit esters and cotton candy (must be all that sugar). Flavor was very sweet, with no hops to be found. Raisins, grass and bread were apparent and the alcohol was very well hidden, just peeking through at the end. Mouthfeel was slick, with carbonation almost imperceptible. As far as drinkability, it was excellent in taste, but not something you could drink a lot of.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

300mL bottle into (what else?) a Delirium tremens tulip. Bottle notched at 3 and 7.

Despite how absolutely sexy this glass is, it really doesn't do much to help the appearance of Noël. Perhaps it was my fault, as I tried in vain to save the last ounce of beer to avoid the sediment. Chunky, and the carbonation rising up from the etching along the glass's bottom recirculates the settling yeast like a demented Lava Lamp. Still, the tangerine-amber body is an attractive hue, and the tuft of creamy, custard head barely budges. Not getting a lot from the aroma, unfortunately. Hints of raisin and fig here, a little caramel and alcohol there, but for a big Belgian beer such as this, I expected much more.

Fizzy raisin-rum cake gives way to Saaz bittering hops on the back of the tongue. Yeasty sourdough and vegetation make an appearance alongside dark fruits, spices, and warming booze. Well-hidden alcohol given the ABV. Mouthfeel is bubbly and of medium thickness, with a sticky, spicy finish. I encountered Delirium early in my craft beer-drinking career, and I didn't quite care for it then. It was good, just not as great as it had been touted by some. Over four years later, I've reached the same conclusion.

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Photo of salvadorwill
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this at the corner store for about $11, a 750 ml bottle.

The apperance is dark orange with large bubbles in the head that leave little lacing. A cloudy rich orange and brown.

The smell is fairly strong, with that yeasty kind of smell that you get with Belgian beers. Can smell the sweetness of the beer, the yeast and smells a little like raisins.

The taste is rather sweet and the alcohol hits the tounge after all the other flavors wear away. Lots of rich type of flavours, yeasty sweet malt, kind of a slightly cheesy flavor. I taste somthing that is a little like raisins, citrus and walnuts. A slight tartness too.
I think the alcohol flavour in this is a bit heavy, more than I expect for a beer like this.

The mouthfeel is a bit acidic and not too thick. A good balance between thin enough to enjoy but thick enough to be flavourful.

It is certanly carbonated enough, but I would like to have seen a bit more head and lacing. This has almost no head at all.

It is a heavy beer, and the flavour is quite strong. I think that after one bottle of this I will be buzzed enough and will certainly feel a little full.

All in all a good beer, but not special enough for the price. Good flavour, but I wanted more complexity. I'll stick to Chimay if I want to splurge.

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Photo of danielharper
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown hazy body, slightly reddish towards the sides of the snifter. Small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Rich, sweet, malty. Hints of apples and grapefruit. Strong overtones of tarty Belgian yeast. Overall aroma muted, doesn't give a great deal of complexity.

Taste: Heavy spices up front, Notes of cinnamon, orange peel, various other citrus-like spices. Strong malts in the middle, finishes with the same spices. Slightly dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate mouthfeel, slightly chewy, Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall a decent beer, but the spices are too prominent in the flavor profile and dominate the overall taste. It's not nearly as good as Delirium Nocturnum from the same brewery, and really not worth the cost in my opinion. Probably won't buy again soon.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle on sale at work since the "Holidays" are finally over.

A: I poured the beer into a nicely sized wine glass. It shows a nice ruby/amber color, hints of gilded bronze, and a white foamy head that doesn't last too long before forming a pleasant white ring around the edge of the glass.

S: A bit earthy from the malt, but framed with a lot of fruit and nice spicy notes. I smell cinnamon covered bananas, caramel apples, and sugar coated figs, balanced with a slight warming alcohol spice. Sweet, but not as sweet as I expected.

T&M: Rich and creamy with good fruit, but an overwhelming presence of malt character. Brown sugar, molasses, and caramel dominate the palate, but slowly fade allowing more of the fruit to emerge. Orange, plantain, ginger, and allspice emerge with a creamy and lightly carbonated finish.

I like this beer -- it doesn't blow me away, but I appreciate it for what it is. The high alcohol is masked well with the caramel malt tones and the abundance of spiced fruit. Considering I bought it on discount, I can't regret giving it a try.

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Photo of bluehende
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had a small of pour from tap at a tasting. This is a heavy sweet beer but very nice. A sipper that comes off like a big lager. A good sipper for a cold evening.

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Photo of cwalter
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark ruby red color with a foamy white head that is one finger in depth. The aroma is dark cherries, belgian yeast and candied sugar. Taste follows the aroma. Nice holiday beer.

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Photo of RickS95
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light chestnut brown. Slight haziness, along with some floaties showing a rich body. The head is enormous and impressive. Extremely thick, foamy, looks like a memory pad cushion. Great retention and a thick, sticky lace.

The scent is more wine than beer, even for the style. Lots of ripe dark fruits with a red wine nose.

The taste buds confirm the nose...a bit too much like wine. More than anything, it tastes like a fruit beer. I guess you could say it tastes like boozy fruit cake.

Despite lacking overwhelmingly great taste, there is some complexity. A decent amount of sweet and sour exists from sip to swallow. Alcohol bite and heat is a common thread from beginning to end. While the alcohol is high and present, it's somewhat subtle in how it hits you. A wine drinking would find this easy drinking, but I had to acquire a taste for it. Very tangy and crisp, with plenty of carbonated bite.

Not nearly as good as the two other Delirium beers I've had. Not a bad beer, just a bit disappointing based on what I was hoping for. For what it's worth, it comes in a cool bottle.

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

A: Pours a deep amber color, pretty clear. An off-white head raises from the the brew, bubbly, and subsides to a thin film. Laces decently.

S: Metallic smell. Plum, Belgian yeasts, and alcohol.

T: The same metal I smell resides in the taste. Really sticks with you. Also getting the plum and slight Belgian tastes. Alcohol is pretty well masked.

MF: Nice bight of carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Pretty good for a 10% ABV, however this one was a miss.

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is three fingers high and off-white in shade. With a fluffy yet consistent texture, it looks good in a class; retention isn't very good, however. A large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Pretty ester driven - having said that, the esters seem closer to a BSPA (apple, pear, candied sugar) than a BSDA. I don't seem to pick up much spiciness apart from some black pepper. There are some nice cherry notes, though. I'm a bit let down by the relative lack of depth and Christmas spicing. (3.25)

Taste: I'm getting a nice amount of cherries to start. Afterwards, it develops a powerful bread note, with lesser hints of candied sugar. Where the disappointment comes in is in the lack of defined spice notes - that, and the lack of complexity. It's a fine offering, but lacking certain aspects to make it a great Belgian Noel ale. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's not particularly light bodied, but it's well carbonated, airy, and mouth filling. Yet it has a crisp, dry bite that makes it quite drinkable - and even better, very little alcohol is exposed to the palate. There really isn't much to complain about here. (3.75)

Overall: I'm disappointed by the lack of palpable Christmas qualities, but hey, I can't hate on a 10% beer that's crisp and easy to drink, now can I? I've had much better in the style (Noel, BSDA, or otherwise; still, a decent brew. (3.25)

3.33/5: The Noel is a bit weak, but the Delirium is really nice

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Photo of sabrills70
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork & caged painted white bottle with no freshness date other than 2005 on the cork. Pours a cloudy medium amber with a two finger head, decent longevity and decent lace. Lots of good malty smells mixed with brown sugar, dried dark fruits, sherry and yeast. Slight notes of banana and clove. Lotsof good smells but fairly average as the style goes. Flavors are not nearly as strong as the aroma whould lead you to believe. They same flavors are there although mixed with a fair amount of hop bitterness - that quickly fades. Not a great deal of carbonation. Fairly easy drinking as the style goes - although some may consider it watery. A decent beer but not a great one.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml brown bottle with white wrap and red foil poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Remarkably clear, crisp looking brown amber color, with greenish tints around edges. Slightly off white, one finger head with lots of tiny bubbles that isn't very retentive and not much lacing.
S: Yeasty, sour fruit, earthy. Slightly spicy and a little alcohol hiding in the back. This doesn't seem right, but I smell something resembling egg noodles maybe?
T: Better than the appearance or smell suggested. Sweet, slightly fruity, mild bitter body. A little spice. Caramel hiding in the back with some potent alcohol as well. All in all, nothing incredible by decent version of this style.
M: Ugh. What happened here. The finish and aftertaste nearly makes me want to pour this out. All the spicy, fruit goodness of the body is gone and I'm left with a weird sticky, slick cloying taste in my mouth. Worst part of the beer.
D: To me, this tasted good, but the rest of the package was average, if not worse. It's been a long time since I've had the other Delirium beers and I think it might be a little longer.

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Photo of macktbone
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thirdlap is right..

I found this on a whim. I have seen these bottles everywhere and Delerium does a good job of drenching the market with advertising. Probably should have been my first clue...

A- Looks like a typical belgian with a little more "honey" tinge than others.

S- Huge on the banana, light spice, with a little belgian funk dipped in it. Interesting, but not supported throughout.

T- Not as good as one would have hoped, but good enough for $2.70/ bottle. It lends itself to part sour part belgian. Maybe just their attempt at a christmas dark ale. The spice is a lame attempt and dissapears before it is even established. Mostly tastes like grandma's banana bread after about two weeks of sitting on the counter. Not that I know but...

M- Good for a beginner but too plain. Even for a solid Belgian it's too soft.

D- For $2.70 it's an A. Anything else is just advertising. Deffinately won't waste my time bellying up for this one.

The question now is do we try the other Delerium products based on a seasonal that wasn't.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Very picturesque pour; tawny brown with a huge +2 finger head. Noticable
lacing present.

Smell: vinous sweetness; alcohol

Taste: Nice belgian sweetness upfront; The vinous and alcohol
notes also carry over from the nose. As you reach the top of the
roller coaster however and start down the other side, there's a very
noticeable and unpleasant metallic or iron note that mars the

Feel: Peppery with lot's of carbonation.

Overall: Was excited to try this one, but was somewhat disappointed,
given the metallic notes that spoil the pour's conclusion.
Found Corsendonk's offering to be far more enjoyable, as
far as Belgian Xmas beers go.

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Photo of AndrewNations
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured in snifter.

A: Dark amber and very little head that fades fast. Almost no lacing

S: A little bit of dark and sweet notes but obviously different than a RIS. Some plum and raisin with very little Belgian yeast notes.

T: Pretty Sweet for the style. I thin it overpowers the distinctive Belgian yeast we all love. Its not bad by any means. I think it might ever work well as its season release this these types of beers aim to be a bit festive.

M: Great mouth feel, not too thin and low to medium carbonation.

D: So so, The sweetness and the high ABV does have me wanting more than 1 in a single sitting.

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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,905 ratings.
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