12 Beers of Christmas 2013 – Day 10 – Delirium Noël

The 12 Beers of Christmas aren’t over yet. It’s only taken me nearly a month to review 12 beers and I’m hoping to get the series done before new year. As with everthing else, life just… happens… and you need to deal with what gets thrown at you. So, mark the end of this day, I’m going back and reviewing a Christmas beer that I’ve enjoyed in the past and hopefully will enjoy again.

Delirium Noël, Huyghe Brewery, 10% ABV

Delirium Noel ready to be unwrapped.

Delirium Noel ready to be unwrapped.

This beer is a reddish brown color, with an beige colored head, with copper/ruby highlights. The aroma is a pleasant combination of slight yeasty spiciness, stonefruit character, some raisin notes, perfumy alcohol quality, light malt aromas. The beer has a fruity character. There’s a dried fruit character, like raisins and prunes, along with a slight peppery spiciness. Hop bitterness is medium-low, hop flavor is earthy. The body is medium, the carbonation is high, the finish is dry.

Delirium Noel in a glass, a great present for me under the tree.

Delirium Noel in a glass, a great present for me under the tree.

This is a tasty beer. The fruity aspect is the dominant character of the beer but that’s not a bad thing. There’s an alcohol quality that noticeable but not boozy. It’s different from the other “noel” beers I’ve had but that’s why I like trying several of them annually.

The bottles from the Delirium line of beers have a very distinctive look. The bottles are painted in a beige/gray color that reminds me of stone. I feel the paint helps to keep the bottles from skunking, at least that’s what I like to think. At the very least, it makes for memorable marketing and definitely beats green bottles.

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