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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 blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 cork.

Ruby russet pour with yeast particles floating around a tulip glass, with a settled scant layer of khaki head, leaving no lace probably due to ABV.

Dark fruit and spice nose with brown sugar cake malt scents and a pinch of yeastiness.

First swigs: Yeasty awl-kee-hawl flavor front with a bone dry aftertaste. Hardly any flavor to the finish. Delicate malt and nutmeg spice middle. Some dark fruit like light cherry, pear and overripe banana. Hot warming flavor towards the back of the gullet that leaves a salty gin that is almost overbearing.

Slick and gently foamy feel. Near perfection creamy body.

Last swigs: Yeasty brown sugar pear foamy Belgian. 10 % ABV is hidden at first, but becomes pronounced when warming.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.35/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2003 vintage tasted on 12/25/04. Pours a muddy tea brown with almost no head. Aroma is pleasant, spicy, malty, semi-sweet. Flavor just reached out and hit me upside the head- an attack on my palate of undefineable spices that don't add up. Leaves a chalky, spicy mess on my palate after the swallow. Maybe this beer didn't age well, but I thought it should have aged nicely.

Not a pleasant Christmas day treat.

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

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and Belgian crystal malts. It also has a very tart, yeasty aroma that seems a bit dry. The taste is great. It has a nice, smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and refreshes on the finish. It's not at all dry, but does has a lingering alcohol aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine noel. It has great aroma and taste; an excellent sessions brew.

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Photo of soper2000
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage

I love the West Lafayette Village Bottle Shoppe. Picked this one up for about 8 bucks there. Poured into my Gulden draak tulip, it produced a wicked 3 finger wispy white head atop a supremely dark orange / light brown color. Smell has a lot of roasted notes with a subtle fruityness surrounded by a gentle spice. Taste starts off malty but gently fades into a spicy orange peel a la trois pistole. Nice sipper. Mouthfeel is nice and full. Drinkability is decent for a brew of this strength. Will purchase again next year.

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

Thanks to Santa for thisone, 2004 bottle.
Poured into a Christmas Ale goblet glass. It poured a nice clean copper red with a small off-white head that faded to a thin film. Lace also faded clean. The aroma was a treat; tropical fruits, yeast, banana & pear. The taste also carried the tropics along with a wooded sugary caramel. Alot going on there. Carbonation was soft on the mouth as the beer almost invites swirl to get in all the flavor. Alcohol in the background adds some warmth to the winter but not in a overpowering manner. A large bottle to be shared, very enjoyable!
We closed out Christmas with thisone since Santa's flying off. We listened to some christmas tunes one last time and took down all the stuff!

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

Pale copper colored stuff, this is. With little chunks hanging throughout. Interesting enough.
Nose has hints of wheat, and sweet fermentation.
TAste: Wood characteristics of oak and birch. Apple peels, alcohol warmth, and assorted vaporized sensations.
The mouthfeel and body are pretty damn good. This literally dances in your mouth.
This leaves a dandy lingering aftertaste.
I hated the DT i drank earlier this year. Having had this from Huyghe, I think i'll give it another try, on the notion that my bottle was off.

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

Pours into the snifter a strangely darkened yet beautiful murk of orangey brown, borderline leathery looking; moderately high creamy cap of dusted yellow foam sits atop, which slips away at an average rate. Keeps a thin collar and the lace is drippy, clinging in some glaring tones and globby spots.

Aroma is a wild tropical fruit display of sharp dark fruits fronting a grapey, raisiny, pruney thing; quite tangy for sure, a nice nose to behold. And as it sits for a bit the yeasty spices start to intertwine over the fruity tang as some banana and pear begin to push aside the other fruits and a smokey alcoholic tinge floats among the last slice of air leaving tiny bits of phenols dancing underneath.

Taste is fruitfully tanged with a fairly large supply of raisin, a crate or two of dates, a couple shelves of prunes, a basket full of ripe pears, and to finish it off in the finish along with a caramel smoothness is a bunch of bananas. A tropical salad in a glass! Smooth, rich, full, kinda sugary, with more of a brown sugar and maple syrup ascent to it that is fully enjoyable. It lasts and lasts, yet still begs to be consumed.

Feel is quite full and yeasty with a sugary coating across a sweet taming ride of tangy fruitfulness. Edged with a certain alcoholic kick with phenols that fits just right. Very well-rounded and smooth with a chewy little afterbite that sticks nicely across the palate leaving all sorts of left over fruity bits, then to the spices, then a unique subtle drying, way, way, super late. Slight burn of alcohol too, just to keep you, and it, all in check.

Nearly perfect! A very nice Holiday treat.

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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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Delirium Noël from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,912 ratings.
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