mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 Nice floral fruit aroma, beautiful ruby coloring. A great fruit wine/beer flavor so typical of these wonderful beers. No hoppy bitterness and a pleasent buzz is obtainible.
Lunkie (1306) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruit spiritus aroma with dark red colour and littel head. Spiritus malt flavourn with smooth fizzy palate.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of barnyard, sweet malt. Flavor of dark fruit, barnyard, herbs, and a mild bubblegum. Medium body.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Far better than my first run in with this brewery. Much less sharp and abrasive, rather pleasant actually. Full blown Belgian style head and lacing. Fruit (cherry mostly what I catch) and for being 10% it’s not the abrasive wallop that their Delerium can be. Rather enjoyed this and wish I hadn’t been so hesitant to pick up another bottle or two as it was practically being given away when I bought it.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Aussie (?) version of this is called Christmas. Perhaps it is simply because the distributor here is named Noel that he didn’t want to be associated with this beer. Don’t know why though. This presents beautifully in the glass with a rich ruby colour and good but even creamy head. The beer laces very well down the glass. The nose is one of typical Belgian fruit but not one of harshness as is often associated with this brewer. There are sultanas, currants and plums in the high ABV influenced mouthfeel with a very good carbonation and subtle dryness on the back palate. Perhaps I got a very good bottle but I would rate this as the best of the Huyghe beers I have sampled.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled: this one sat around a while since i bought it in probably xmas 2002. so it was time....so i thought.....poured dark mahogany brown, with a slightly tan head. nose was sweet and malty. had same feel in the mouth crystal, choc malt, rock candy, sweet, prunes. this wasnt that enjoyable or complex to me, just real chewy and heavy...made you scrunch the nose after a large swig, suppose this stuff could f’you up if ya drink much of it. the rates on this one are kinda funny, one high, one low, one, high one low...wonder how big/bad it was 2 yrs ago?
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2001) dark amber color with red overtones – quick developing head – bubbly, aroma is spicy and alcoholic, hints of hops with definite fruit smells present; flavor is bitter, yet has a sweetness like wine, a bit spicy and alcoholic
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml champagne corked bottle under the name "Delrium Christmas". Crimson/brown colour. Aroma of cork, rubber and glace cherry, some fairy floss. Pretty sweet, but not as sweet as expected, but, as expected theirs a pretty big shot of alcohol at the end. Palate is a little short and one dimesnional aswell, some spicyness, yeasty. Dissapointing, and a bit "crude" as silktork would say. I guess it was kind of what i expected though, typical Huyghe- i.e pretty lame. This stuff ain't cheap either, bloody hell.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chestnut colour with profuse loose head. Big sweet cherry, spicy and slightly alcoholic aroma. Flavour is also very sweet and malty, also slightly spiced and very alcoholic. It lacks subtlety but for a Huyghe product it's quite good. I actually like it.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep red colour, good head retention. Looks great. Aroma is quite good also - lots of spicy cinnamon, sultanas, cherry brandy and some alcohol all kind of masking that Huyghe dirt aroma, but it works well. Flavour is pretty thin, only lightly malty and fairly bitter with really none of the flavours that the aroma promises. I guess it tasted more like what I was expecting but it really smelled better than expected.