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31 Beers of December – Day 5 Delirium Noel

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To celebrate the Holiday Season, we have teamed up with beer bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts around the country to host the sixth annual beer advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. We can’t believe it’s been 6 years already!

During the 31 days of December, we will be sharing our favorite regional/winter seasonals/holiday beers with the help from our fellow beer enthusiasts. We hope that you tune in every day, to hear our stories and share our holiday cheer.

Brewery Huyghe – Delirium Noel

Blogger: Sean Jansen
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Beer: Delirium Noel
Brewery: Brewery Huyghe – Melle, Belgium
Twitter: @Deliriumbrewery
Beer Details:
-Style: Belgian Strong Ale
-ABV: 10%

delirium-noel-sled delirium-noel-skis


Commercial Description:

Colour and sight: chestnut amber. A fine, white, creamy and lacing foam. Scent: A complex entity of caramel malt, fruit, spices and the sweetness of the alcohol. Flavour: A strong presence of alcohol, very spicy, slightly bitter. The aftertaste is sweet, spicy and slightly bitter.



Why I selected Delirium Noel:

Looking back, this is my favorite time for the blog.   Not only because we challenge ourselves to post a blog for every day of the month, but because we re-connect with our friends and family to help spread the good word about beer.  We aren’t necessarily posting about the most hoppiest, highest alcohol content, beers aged in wooden barrels previously the homes of bourbon – tequila or rum —- instead, we are sharing beers that have a story and why they are important to us (writer).  Beers that were once a classic and always a classic.  We hope to inspire you (reader) to try or re-try something that you might have overlooked or forgotten.   We are glad that you are joining us on this adventure.

Now, on to the beer.   Selecting the beer, for the 31 Beers of December is half the fun.   Starting with an open mind, I enjoy shopping at multiple stores, looking for my pick – the right pick.  This year, I was inspired by Delirium Noel.  Reminiscent of my trip to Beligium (in the early 2000’s), when I had the opportunity to visit Brewery Huyghe.  I happened to be training the European Union in Luxembourg and we took the train to visit some work colleagues in Belgium.

Knowing a little bit about Delirium (the Pink Elephants), I mentioned to my friend, co-worker and host, Ignace that it was pretty cool to be driving by so many cafe’s with the iconic Pink Elephant signs outside.  At the time, I wasn’t aware that the brewery owned/operated the cafe’s.   Without skipping a beat, Ignace said “Would you like to go there?  I have to drive by the brewery on my way to/from work”.  Um yeah!  I wanted to go there.   So, after work, we drove to the brewery and we got a tour of the brewery (in Dutch — thankfully, he translated for me).  It was pretty cool to see the brewery and to find out that they were also distributing other products, like soda.

As for the beer, Delirium Noel is a Belgian Strong Ale.  “Authentic Trappist versions tend to be drier than Abbey versions, which can be rather sweet and full-bodied. Higher bitterness is allowable in Abbey-style beers with a higher FG. Barleywine-type beers (e.g., Scaldis/Bush, La Trappe Quadrupel, Weyerbacher QUAD) and Spiced/Christmas-type beers (e.g., N’ice Chouffe, Affligem N̦el) should be entered in the Belgian Specialty category, not this category.”  —

Delirium Noel has a fruity banana like aroma, which is very common with a Belgian yeast.  The flavor was somewhat sweet, with rich dark fruit flavors.   With a medium body, it drank very smooth, with a somewhat slick finish.  Although it was stronger beer, the alcohol presence was somewhat mellow.  If you’re looking for a classic Belgian beer, than I recommend picking up a bottle.

Also, we are proud to share baby Anders with you (see below).  He joined us right after Thanksgiving, just in time for holidays.





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About Brewery Huyghe – Delirium:
Huyghe Brewery was founded in 1906 in Belgium by Leon Huyghe in the city of Melle in East Flanders. The site of the brewery has been in operation since 1654. Since the founding of Huyghe, however, the brewery has been modernized and expanded on several occasions. The brewery’s most well-known beer is Delirium.

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