Delirium Nocturnum – Brouwerij Huyghe (Belgium)

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Delirium Nocturnum – Brouwerij Huyghe, 8.5% ABV, 330ml., (Melle, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Cream-fizzy sweet red apple roast barley malt dark fruity
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 4x330ml. + 1 glassware, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, more than the Tremens

Visual: Pours dirty mocha brown with a very large lasting ultra foamy head, 3mm layer of retention, half sticky lacing, lots of active streams.

Nose: unfiltered red apple juice, thick sweet barley malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming tangy-sour, fizzy-bubbly

Mid-palate: more fizzy-tingly, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) woody red apple juice, soft tangy-barnyard sour, light cola/brown sugar roasted barley malt

Finish: burpy, stealth hops, dark fruit/plum tangy with alcohol zing.

Summary: Same fizzy-bubbly texture as the Noel and Tremens with the flavour being somewhere in between.

Delirium Christmas / Delirium Noël – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: [B, downgraded from A],  I gave it a (3.7 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Delirium Christmas / Delirium Noël – Brouwerij Huyghe, 10% ABV, 330ml., (Melle, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Start-to-finish clean toffee barley malt grape/berry subtle hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 4x330ml. + 1 glassware, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours opaque brownish red with a massive lasting ultra creamy head, 2mm retention, a bit of lacing, fast singular streams.

Nose: yeasty honey, apple, banana wheaty candi barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, micro tingly-creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, micro-fizzy, (MAIN) toffee barley malt, caramel, grape/berry

Finish: alcohol zingy, soft bitter hops, alcohol detection, malty residual bubbly clean finish.

Summary: Supremely drinkable with expertly hidden 10% ABV; it’s incredible how smooth they made it. Great beer from start to finish.


(12/26/2016 re-tasting): Not as smooth as I remember; Quite alcohol forward and slightly too sour aggressive. Smoothness is noteworthy but the flavour isn’t particularly memorable. Score downgraded from [A to B]

Mongozo Premium Pilsener – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C

Mongozo Premium Pilsener – Brouwerij Huyghe, 5.0% ABV – 33cl, (Melle, Belgium)

  • Fairtrade (as is the case with their fruit beers) – Organic – Gluten Free

Ingredients: water, barley malt, rice, yeast, hops.

  • Style: (specialty grain) Pilsener
  • Taste: crisp creamy barley malt lager
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off) – 33cl., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear glowing golden orange-yellow, small lasting ultra foamy head, lots and lots of fast activity, a good layer of retention.

Nose: barley malts, with a touch of metallic apple. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: creamy crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-barley sweetness, (MAIN) grassy off-dry barley malts, bread-grainy, metallic

Finish: residual barley sweetness, super light hopped mild bitter finish.

Summary: Crisp and creamy smooth for a lager. But as with most of the limited lagers I’ve tried, this is a straightforward barley malt beverage without much depth or complexity.

Floris Mango – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: D+

Floris Mango – Brouwerij Huyghe, 3.6% ABV – 330ml, (Melle, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, 30% mango juice, hops, yeast, aroma.

  • Style: (Mango) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: sugary sweetness -> candied mango/wheat/barley -> mango exhale/half-sweet cloying finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (EDM)
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 330ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite

Visual: Sealed with a glued-on foil and cap. Pours translucent hazy golden orange with almost no head , very thin retention, some slow steady streams.

Nose: sour-tangy wheaty candied mango juice. Seems artificial but aromatic nonetheless. (9)-aromatic strength.

Attack: cloying-super (10)-sweetness

Mid-palate: tangy-sourness, (MAIN) mango candy (HINT) wheat, barley malt

Finish: fruity real-mango exhale, partially (5)-cloying sweet sugary finish.

Summary:  This drinks like a COOLER, not really like a fruit beer or lambic. The sweetness is way too aggressive from the start and persists until some of the fruit flavour shines through but only momentarily at the finish. Casual beer drinkers may like it. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)