Tuesday, December 4, 2007

25 Beers of Christmas, Day 4: Delirium Noel 2004

The next beer is a three year old sample of of Delirium Noel, the christmas beer in the Delirium line, brought to you by Brouwerij Huyghe in Melle, Belgium. It's a big one at 10% ABV but there's not much more information about the beer to be found. So let's get to drinking!

This big ale is a hazy dark orange in the glass and topped by a voluminous tan head. Some light lacing is evident on the side of the glass. It smells very fruity, like sweet cherries and some tart raspberry. Raisins and spiced tart apple aromas are evident as well.

Taste is all that sweet fruitiness. Spiced apple and cherry, black currant and raisin. Still a bit boozy. Is there licorice in the finish? There's certainly something bitter but certainly doesn't taste like hops.

The age seems to have taken the stickiness out of the finish. It does seem to have improved but this one remains a once a year affair for me. But I will report that if you finish one of these by yourself, you may begin to see the pink elephants march right off the label.

Brouwerij Huyghe

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