Holiday Beer Blog: Delirium Noel
Belgians take their beer as serious as the French take their wine. In a country where each beer is served in its own custom glass, it should come as no surprise that Belgium has a long tradition of brewing Christmas beers. Delirium Noel is produced by Brouwerij Huyghe in Melle, Belgium. You may have seen the brewery's more famous offering, Delirium Tremens (a strong golden ale), on tap at a few bars around town. It's kind of hard to miss the Pink Elephant tapper.
Delirium Noel comes in a 750 mL white ceramic bottle with red foil covering the corked cap and neck of the bottle. The label depicts Santa Claus being pulled in his sleigh around the globe by pink elephants adorned with Santa caps. You too might be seeing pink elephants after a few glasses, considering the abv is 10%.
It pours a clear dark brownish-garnet in color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma consists of sweet fruity overtones, candied sugar, peppery yeast and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth. Some sweetness upfront that is followed with spices. Caramel malt and honey flavors near the middle. Alcohol is blended nicely and detected toward the back of the throat and provides a nice warming feeling on the way down.
Roman's Pub (3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave), according to their website, currently has it listed as available on tap. You can also find Delirium Noel at better beer stores around town.