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
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.