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

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RATINGS: 1371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jayc (28) - USA - DEC 1, 2003
I found this to be much too sweet ... but should have been warned by the 10% alcohol content. Too much brown sugar or honey for my taste! But a good conversation piece nonetheless for the holiday party go-er.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (402) - CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
Pours hazy deep amber with two fat fingers of light tan head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, spotty lacing. (4/5) Nose is dark fruit, bready malt, Belgian yeast, spices. (8/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Medium body, lively to moderate carbonation, off-dry mildly boozy bitter finish. (4/5) Now there’s noël in a bottle. Gushed a little on opening, but I was expecting that and caught it all in my Delirium goblet. (Finally using it for the beer it came with!) Opens up very nicely as it warms. There’s an initial urge to drink it down, but pacing yourself will yield a better result, both because the very well-integrated ABV will sneak up on you in a hurry, and because there’s some nice complexity there that deserves sipping and savouring. There’s a large malty sweetness at the front, along with boozy dark fruits, but it’s not unbalanced, and finishes nicely off-dry and bitter. Makes me wish I was back at Café Delirium in Brussels! (16/20)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikkellund42 (581) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours light hazy dark amber with large creamy white head. Aroma is sweet malt, syrup, caramel, strawberry jam, sour apples and yeast. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter and light umami. Body is creamy with soft carbonation. Finish is long and balanced bitter and sweet with notes of malt, brown sugar, orange juice, apple seeds, rye bread and alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
revolution2718 (263) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Pours very heady brown/red. Nose is holiday spices, Belgian yeast, a bit of dark fruits. Taste is spicy hop, yeast character, fruity esters, a bit of malty fruity sweetness but not overwhelming at all. Nice high carbonation, very effervescent. Overall very good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (1337) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2014
Aroma of sweet malt, cloves, herbal notes, candy sugar, ripe fruity notes. Flavour is sweet. Okay, but quite sweet and sugary.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheFoamhead (80) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2014
Unfortunately, the beer welcomes me with a slight metal note that (luckily) fades quickly. Then there comes the heavy alcohol taste combined with an - for this type of beer - untypical strong sparkle. Hop bitterness sticks on your lips and the mouthfeel is somehow sirupy. Too sparkling for this beer style, not really my thing. And then it’s heavy, heavy, heavy…

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Distance_Runner (62) - BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2014
Delirium Christmas from Carrefour, Evere, Brussels. Chestnut amber color. Claadic strong Belgian Ale :-)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5729) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Draft at Rootz Winterbeer Festival. Pours clear Amber brown with a light tan head. Aroma of big rich malt, raisin, licorice, toffee, molasses. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate umami. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (635) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Sample at Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Big, dark and heavy. Plenty of spice and a few mystery ingredients. Quite nice and very flavorful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RD400F (198) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
33cl bottle to its original glass, the pour is a dark red with a large off white head. The aroma carries strong spice, licorice, burnt sugar, cinnamon, toffee and other sweet smells. Not much in the way of hop aromas except a bit of mint and grass. The taste is an almost perfect balance of sweet and bitter and is similar to nocturnum. Lots of toffee, chocolate and spices. The beer is very palatable and the alcohol is pretty much non existent. Highly carbonated, medium thin bodied, very smooth drinking and the glass doesn’t last long. Overall a beer that is brewed well. If I had to make a criticism, I think it could use a bit more complexity taste wise. However the drinkabillity and transparency of the booze more than make up for it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
niquillis (1180) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle at Congress, Longton into a Delirium Noel glass. Pours mid brown with an off white froth. Winter berries, well carbonated giving a zing to the palate. Bloody marvellous.


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