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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 Zach136
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber body, with a huge three finger rock head and big lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Westmalle dubbel-esque. Rust and dates.

Mouthfeel: Well hidden alcohol, and very drinkable.

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Photo of janubio
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33 cl. bottle. Big head that fades soon, leaving a tiny disperse lace. Smell of spices, cinnamon, candied fruits, brown sugar. Light body, sticky palate, normal carbonation. Taste of spices, caramel, dark fruits. Not the best of the Deliriums, IMO.

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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 KonigObHops
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark copper (almost amber) color, with an off white head with a hint of tan.

The beer smells sweet and fruity, and the alcohol is definitely present.

The initial taste is not as fruity and sweet as expected. In the middle the flavor is of sweet hops. The beer has a crisp finish with the alcohol present.

The beer feels light and crisp.

Overall, the beer is a bit of a let down, especially if you were expecting a complex Christmas ale or something similar to Delerium Tremens. Still it is a decent Christmas ale.

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-caramel color with a fingers worth of khaki head

S-caramel malt, dark fruits, yeast and some spices

T-caramel malt backbone with brown sugar dark fruits and spices

M-medium body, high carbonation

Overall I like the original better but still pretty good

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque amber. An off-white half finger head that dissipates fast. Thick lacing.

S: Dark fruits (dates, raisins, figs) along with bready malts.

T: Follows nose in a smooth and sweet concoction perfect for the holidays.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Many have said this is the best of the Deliriums and I'm not disappointed. A great sipper with friends. Toast the season with this little elephant.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear brownish amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits (raisins) and light fruits (apples and white grapes) along with lighter notes of spices and the distinct Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts with moderate flavors of dark fruit (raisin) and light fruit (apple and white grape), though with only a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spices and light flavors of that distinct Belgian yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a big beer and one that I prefer to sip slowly when I enjoy it - there is a moderate amount of complexity and the beer is not too sweet making it pretty easy to drink. Definitely one I look forward to during the holiday season. Complexity increases as the beer warms up.

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Photo of cheers_chick
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Aroma = lemon zest, roasted malt
Appearance = caramel, toffee
Taste = light, malty, caramel sweet but not overwhelming
Palate = soft, fluffy, like snow falling on Christmas Eve, the warm roasted notes hide the high abv delicately
Overall = 3.5 / 5

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%

Huge pear and dark Belgian sugar yumminess, with caramel and melanoidin notes. Flavor is more green apple, with rummy dates, figs, and brown sugar notes. Very rich and delicious.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall a disappointing beer based on my expectations after having the other Delirium beers. Lacking depth and complexity. – 3.75

A – Pours a hazy amber color, with a huge off-white head, great lacing – 4

S – Spicy, malty – 3.75

T – Caramel, dark fruit, alcohol, slightly spicy/peppery, dark cherry – 3.5

MF – Medium heavy body, semi-dry finish, warming – 3.75

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Photo of JLBeaugh
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Purchased @ H.E.B. 1 Pint 9.4 Fl oz. bottle. White bottle, red foil with standard cork and metal cage. Price $13.95
Color: Orange/Brown color; Large 3+ inch khaki head with good retention; with lacing.
Smell: Copper,Citrus, Spice, Toffee, Banana , Apricot, Straw, Red Apple.
Taste: Pepper, Straw, Strong copper, Toffee, Banana.
Feel: Full mouth, medium carbonation, alcohol burn finish.
Overall: Nicely complex, but finish takes away from potential.

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Photo of e_dawg
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Pours a cloudy orange/brown color that shifts slightly to orange when held up to the light. Moderate head after the pour which dissipates after several minutes. Some lacing, typical of 10% avb.

Freshly cut apples and pears with some light citrius and spice on the nose. Some nutmeg, cinnamon, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is full with some prickliness from medium carbonation. Taste is more fruit with some pepper and copper, with a light but enjoyable alcohol burn that lingers a while on the finish.

This is a big, assertive beer that's perfect for cold nights. One of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

October 10, 2014

11.2 oz bottle; tulip

A – Dark orange to ruby amber, pinkish hues where the light passes through most. About three inches of thick, uniform head, slightly off white with tan or pinkish tint. Foam fades slowly, evenly, high retention.

S – Funky Belgian yeast, peppery with some mild acidity. Lots of malty sweetness and some mild alcohol warmth/burn, not a flaw. Some red apple, fig, perhaps prunes, fruity and sweet.

T – Golden raisins, light toffee, with bright cherry slightly present in the background. Herbal hop aromas, bitterness is there but seems low due to high carbonation and sweetness. More peppery flavors from the yeast, just the smallest hint of garlic and/or cloves, and some cola notes.

M – Very high carbonation, a massive hit of biting bubbles, backed by acidity, with a slight bite or tickle on the back of the tongue. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol present but well-masked.

O – Excellent balance and a complex aroma and flavor profile, washed mostly away by the millions of scrubbing bubbles. Would love this with some roasted, garlicky meats, or crispy potatoes.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2.8%

750ml Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL - 2012 edition

Appearance – Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, yeast, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a yeasty spiciness. There is also some raisins/plums , and some herbal notes.

Overall – Pretty tasty stuff. A nice amount of juicy dark fruit flavour and the ABV is well hidden. Not a whole lot of a christmas flavour going on though, which is maybe a good thing.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/6/2013. Pours light hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, toast, brown sugar, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, apricot, banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, bread, clove, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown with a deep red, good head retention and full, well-carbonated body.

S: Strong alcohol presence, tart, sweet, and strong.

T: Bitter berry tart cut with hop-ale savor creates a strong and vital first impression, then the layers of traditional Belgian complexity gradually introduce themselves. Copperish, floral, fruity, sour, and warm. More assertive than other Delirium beers, but perfect for the season.

M: Excellent. The perfect blend of strong, sharp and smooth.

O: I make sure to grab as many as I can every winter. It's a great beer for the season without being too "seasonal" (i.e. fruity/fake-tasting). If you're a fan of the style at all, it's a must-buy. Absolutely delicious, warming, and in ways comforting.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a 3-year old bottle, chilled, then warmed a bit for a half hour.

Pours a rich crimson red, with an abundance of chunky sediment. There's a fine head of fine white foam, and only insubstantial lace in my St. Bernardus goblet.

Nose is nice fruity aromas, including berries, wine grapes, strawberries, and a definite earthiness and bread-like character from the yeast. Exquisite!

Taste is heavy on the fruity qualities, with a sweet character (witness the berries mentioned before) and a slightly spiced, warming finish. I get plenty of carbonation here (indeed, the caged & corked bottle popped loudly upon opening). This is a beautiful brew, packed with complexity and well worth a try for anyone into classic Belgian ales.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A strong tasting beer, no surprise here. Bittery, quite some alcohol present, sligthly yeasty (a bit too much for my taste). Nice aftertaste, on the sweet / fruity side.
A surprisingly neutral aroma, just some hops and a bit of alcohol aroma.
Pours a clear dark coppery color with a healthy white head, solid and lasts for some time.
A very decent christmas beer, but I will stick to others instead.

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Photo of Beermasterjarrett
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 into tulip 2013

Deep amber,auburn. Thin white head.

Great depth, figs, raisin, oak, smoke. What a bouquet! Rich cognac and dark fruit flavors. Mild burnt sugar.

Nice. Giant fruit waves over the palate with a huge finish, soft alcohol. Follows the aroma. Light smoke and holiday spice. Really balanced candied fruits and spice, and could only get more sophisticated with another year.

Creamy. Nutmeg, cinnamon, plums, figs, raisins. Winter in a bottle.

World class brew from a world class brewer, got a couple of these in the cellar. Apparently these are peaking in 2 years, like a lot of offerings from the brouwerij huyghe

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Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark red with a tan ring of head.

S: Dark fruit, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg in the nose.

T: Lots of citrus peel, lemon, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied and not smooth.

O: Fairly typical of the Belgian Christmas ales I've tried, with perhaps a bit less orange flavor. Spicy, festive, could be smoother. Recommended.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear golden orange amber with a modest white head, with tan lacing, which rings the glass walls.

Aroma: Rich spices vie with caramel and sweet alcohol to define the complex and beguiling aroma. Fruity notes of bitter apple and apricot are also notable.

Taste: Opens with dark caramel and sweet, spicy alcohol. As the taste progresses, there is also a restrained, spicy herbal hop flavor. Sweet and tangy sour flavors vie with each other for ultimate supremacy, although the sour flavors ultimately triumph. Finishes with a lingering sour fruit note and sweet, spicy alcohol, and a restrained leafy, herbal hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, soft, velvety, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, with a pleasing and celebratory complexity.

Presentation: Packaged in a one liter brown glass bomber coated in white enamel and sealed with a cork and cage. Bottled in March of 2010.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml served in a Prairie teku
Vintage 2013

A - Pours a cloudy dark brown/amber with a 1 finger off-white head.

S - Brown sugar, figs, dates, banana bread, raisins, faint spiciness, tangy fruit esters, over ripened grapes. Candy malt and orange aroma grows as it warms.

T - Oxidation is the first thing I notice, phenolic mineral/metallic notes, tangy vinous fruit, herbal hop bitterness, orange alcohol, finishes with spicy alcohol.

M - Slow building carbonation goes from creamy to prickly, heavy side of medium body, alcohol on the finish.

The nose was very nice on this but the flavor had some odd stuff going on. Lots of oxidation and the alcohol paired with the herbal notes was not what I would call tasty. This is a one and done for me.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cold on draft in glass beer snifter

A) Polished brass, lager-like; very clear with soft white puffy head

S) Hint of spice & a sugary fruit blend of apricot, apples and raisons

T) The abundant alcohol is clear. Sour dough and concentrated citrus fruit juices. The spice is there, such as clove and coriander

M) A bit thin but still sticky with ample bottle conditioned fizz

O) A strong dose of alcohol in this mildly spicy winter warmer

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Photo of CochonKing
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful deep red that forms a gigantic lasting head with excellent lacing. Smells of red fruit, plums especially on the nose with a strong malt back bone. Slight souring on the palate possible flaw. Caramel notes with some nice malt on the palate. Small crisp bubbles with a fairly light body.

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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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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,914 ratings.
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