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Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Melle, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Bottle. Perhaps a 2003. Poured a murky light brown with a tannish head. Very big and fluffy head and nice lacing. Aroma is of wet cardboard maybe some prunes. Taste is slightly tart. Not entirely pleasant. Not really happy with this one.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2004
From a recommendation by a friendly employee at the beer distributor I often go to, Delirium Noel was bought just in time for the xmas season. This is definately not for everyone. A lot of alcohol apparent in the aroma and while drinking. Needless to say, I didnít drink a lot of this stuff and took my time on it. There is a sweetness but it kind of sneaks up on you after the bitter and alcohol taste. Harsh on the palate. Difficult to drink. But other than that, the flavors are pretty complex and if you're looking for a buzz, this does the job.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2004
Deep brown body. Brownish frothy head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of some kind of cleaning-product, I think "Mr. Propre Wood-fresh". Lightly sweet, lightly bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet finish. Good flavour, but nasty aroma.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2004
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lunkie (1400) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2004
Fruit spiritus aroma with dark red colour and littel head. Spiritus malt flavourn with smooth fizzy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Aroma of barnyard, sweet malt. Flavor of dark fruit, barnyard, herbs, and a mild bubblegum. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2004
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% itís not the abrasive wallop that their Delerium can be. Rather enjoyed this and wish I hadnít been so hesitant to pick up another bottle or two as it was practically being given away when I bought it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2004
The Aussie (?) version of this is called Christmas. Perhaps it is simply because the distributor here is named Noel that he didnít want to be associated with this beer. Donít 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.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2004
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 fíyou 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?

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
(2001) dark amber color with red overtones Ė quick developing head Ė 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


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