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For my next Holiday brew I’m checking in with something that’s been one of my seasonal go-tos for a few years now.  I was first introduced to this brewery by a coworker who absolutely adored Delirium Tremens, and from there I started checking out whatever else I could find from them.

Beer Name: Delirium Noel

Brewery: Brouwerij Huyghe (Ghent, Belgium)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 10.0%

Description: A sweet and (winter) spicy Belgian dark ale brewed for the Holiday season.  Read more about it here.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown body topped by a finger of off-white fluffy foam.

Smell: Sweet malt and spicy yeast.

Taste: On the sweeter side upfront with hints of dark fruit and candy malt.  Tastes of herbal, winter spices and peppery yeast quickly take over alongside a spicy bitterness and carry on through to a dry finish with a mild to moderate alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and surprisingly effervescent with an elevated carbonation level.

Hype: None in particular, though I have tended to make sure I have had at least one of these every Holiday season the past few years.

Overall: Obviously I like this.  It’s a bit spicier and more carbonated than I would typically look for in the style, but there’s something about it that just says December to me.  I can’t help but keep going back for more.