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Delirium Noël

Rating: 3.7

A leftover beer from Christmas that would likely have been fine saving until next year but I thought I’d give it a go now since my stock of beers was slowing dwindling. This one is my fourth beer to fall under the Delirium banner and follows on from their Delirium Tremens and Delirium Nocturnum, beers that I enjoyed way back in May of 2013 before also trying their Delirium Red in July of the following year. On top of those three Delirium offering I have also tried another three random offerings from the Huyghe brewery which will make this one the seventh beer of theirs that I’ll have tried and my first since the bottle of Delirium Red. Going by either the Noël moniker or the Delirium Christmas name, this one is a beer that I’ve spotted on a number of occasions over the years but have never gotten round to trying until now, and I only had this one after receiving it as a Christmas gift at the end of last year – hopefully it will be one that proves worth the wait.

Appearance (4/5): Caramel amber with quite a large, foamy head on top that was about an inch tall after quite a slow pour. It looked like a well carbonated beer with nice head retention considering the strength with it eventually turning creamy in texture and looking quite thick.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a strong nose initially with some pleasant dark fruits opening things up, I got some plum and figs with a few dates and spices further on. It was a warming nose that had a little alcohol showing early on and some yeast not too far behind to give it that Belgian feel before some caramel and sugars added a little sweetness. Towards the end there was some nice cinnamon and nutmeg showing that rounded things off nicely.
Taste (7/10): Opening with some sweetness and caramel that matched the nose well, there was some light alcohol coming through as well and I got a few of the darker fruits from the nose in there too; most notably some plums and figs but both seemed lighter than with the nose. There was some cinnamon again showing further on with some nutmeg and various other spices but I could have been a little stronger and closer to the nose at times too.
Palate (4/5): Strong but not overpowering, the beer showed a lot of alcohol at times but this was at least partially masked by the sweetness from the sugars and caramel that featured throughout. There was some boozy touches further on but it remained quite a smooth and surprisingly drinkable offering with some spices and a warming feel towards the end.

Overall (14/20): This one was quite an interesting offering that definitely seemed more drinkable and balanced than expected with some nice caramel sweetness and darker fruits coming through but it definitely wasn’t a classic and some of the brewery’s other offerings are definitely better I’m afraid. There was some nice warming touches and plenty of spices towards the end that helped hide some of the alcohol and allow it to go down easily. The darker fruits that featured on the nose could probably have been a little stronger with the taste but that was a minor complaint and it was a nice beer to try.

Brewed In: Melle, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij Huyghe
First Brewed: 2000
Also Known As: Delirium Christmas
Type: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Abv: 10.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Newcastle, England
Price: Gift

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