Posts Tagged ‘Huyghe’

12 Beers of X-Mas: Delirium Noël

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

This evening I’m having Delirium Noël, the Christmas offering from Brouwerij Huyghe, based in Melle, Belgium. The delirium line (originating with Delirium Tremens) features delightful pink elephants as the logo, in this case they’re skiing and driving Santa’s sleigh.

Delirium NoëlNoël is a relatively clear ruby red, with a thick, creamy and lasting tan head. A delicate caramel malty sweetness leads the nose, followed by a spicy, peppery character. Coriander, cinnamon and white pepper combine with dried fruit to produce an amazingly intriguing complexity.

A rich spiciness dominates the flavor. Strong alcohol warming melds well with the cinnamon and allspice, an almost overbearing spice character that is somewhat balanced by a rich caramel sweetness. After the depth of the aroma this hammering flavor is a little frustrating, but I suppose in a way it’s the Belgian version of an American IPA. The full body, the alcohol bite and the bright carbonation produce a lively body that makes this beer remarkably drinkable for how sharp it is.

This is almost the definition of a winter warmer: the spiciness, the full body, the high alcohol content (ten percent!). I wish there were a bit more depth to the flavor, but otherwise a very satisfying beer to share on a cold night like tonight.

+Delirium Noël

4.1 (4-9-7-5-16)

Delirium Tremens

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Delirium TremensDelerium Tremens is quite a beer. There’s alot I could say: I could mention how much my brother loves it and how many people refer to it as the “best beer in the world”. I could bring up the amazing cafe in Brussels with (according to the Guinness Book of Records) the most beers available for sale of any bar in the world. But I don’t really need to mention any of that to impress you.

Delerium Tremens (from Br. Huyghe) pours a lightly hazy golden yellow. The head is a rich and creamy bright white and lasts forever. The nose is strong with the usual heavy Belgian golden ale aromas: a dry, cidery character and some fruitiness. This beer smells much more like hard cider than I would expect.

The flavor is light and playful. The strongest aspect is dry white wine, with some other fruit: green apples, berries, banana, and some kiwi. There is a hint of sweetness that is somewhat confusing, but otherwise the flavor is quite dry and a bit dusty. The palate is assertive, carbonated enough to be very sharp. It is lively but not overpowering.

+Delirium Tremens

3.7 (4-7-8-3-15)