Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews by FernMaster:
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
I remember a while back that there was this forum post about posting your consumed abv before reviewing a beer, I am inebriated at this point and my consumed abv is beyond me. You may take this review as you would, but let me assure you that I'm fully capable of forming complete sentences, driving my car, getting the number of an absolutely (I wish that could be in italics) beautiful nutrition and wellness graduate and I'm fully coherent enough to know when I need to press delete and right click.
Also, I apologize for some readers but I have a tendency of reviewing in a creative non-fiction manner. I feel that, if you have the time to read it, the atmosphere and the mindset of which you drank a beer factors heavily into the rating of the beer.
I ordered the Delirium Nocturnum at a bar in downtown Columbia Missouri, the name I can't recall but it used to - basically - be fights-r-us. I came back to Columbia, from Kansas City, under the pretense of a fun filled evening about the town dressed as Pirates, however that fell through and I had a car full of beer. My plan to drink it with my cute friend fell on it's face as well and I now had nothing to do. My former roommate and I decided to hit up a party, we left after realizing we were the hottest people there (never be that person), sorry for sounding vain. We then met up at the bar downtown, which I can't recall the name of, to meet up with a friend of my roommates. At this bar there was some burlesque dancers. I was out of place at first.
I noticed that the bar had a very nice selection of craft beer and after texting my bestfuckingfriend I ordered a Delirium Nocturnum. I poured this into a pint glass, the only available glassware and proceeded to watch the dancers.
Burlesque dancers are easily not the best dancers to ever have lived. They would not make the cut in Oxygen's "Dance Your A** Off." Burlesque dancers are easily an experience, which I felt I ordered the best beer possible to pair with this event. The Delirium Nocturnum is a very unique experience and being with friends or in an unique experience only capitalizes the whole experience.
As the dancers (who, besides the emcee [sweet god besides the emcee] were all unattractive) slowly stripped away their clothes adding a complexity to their dance, I discovered the complexity of the Delirium Nocturnum. The pour was amazing despite the dark lit bar setting. The body of the beer was fully headed but as it resided and stripped away it's layers it left a beautiful lacing that only added to the tremendous dance that is Nocturnum. The beer kept bubbling up excitement that had me memorized with its every move.
The smell was easily the best thing (I was privy to) in the room. A very elegant scent of dark fruit, chocolate and a strange sweet smell that I could identify if I was more focused on the beer. Maybe not, but the combination had me fixated on the beer more than the dancers themselves.
The taste was marvelous (said like Conker). There was this strange fruity flavor along with this chocolate concoction, some caramel and the carbonation added to the strange uniqueness of the beer which I wouldn't give up for a chance with the emcee. Delirium Nocturnum is such a unique experience that if you've made it this far I can't say - by any means - you should not try. Jesus. This is a good beer.
The carbonation of the beer makes drinking this very similar to a pop (F you if you say soda) which not many beers can boast. This beer is a little pricey which detracts from the drinkability but alas it's worth the price tag. This beer would have been the highlight of the evening if it wasn't for the extra boost it gave me in my inebriation that allowed me to talk to the girl I plan on calling tomorrow. This beer is an experience, in my experience it led to a great evening (I had more before) but there's no way in the world I could tell someone not to drink this beer. I've drank it before and goddamnit I'll drink it again. I've had more beers than my reviews proclaim and I've never had anything like a Delirium Nocturnum.
08-22-2010 07:43:24 | More by FernMaster
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +1%
Pours a deep red with a brownish tint with a pretty large head,aroma was like bubblegum and spicey.Taste is chocolaty and spicey with some light fruity notes.Seemed a little thin but the drinkability for me on this one was great.Went very with a stuffed quail dish and a sauce reduction of the beer.
02-24-2004 03:10:23 | More by oberon
3.6/5 rDev -10.2%
Appearance Careful, this one will overflow in a heartbeat. I caught it early so Im no worse the wear, but the head on this ale is magnificent. Its big, beautiful, darkly-shaded, slow to go down, and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
Smell The dark malt aroma is complimented by very ripe, dark fruits. If I had to pick the most prominent, I guess I would say plum and tobacco. However, this aroma is very complex. It is slightly spoiled by a rather strong harshness of alcohol.
Taste Theres some table sugar that comes out in the taste. Otherwise, its pretty much what you get from the nose. Again, the stingy alcohol reminds one more of cheap whiskey than ale.
Mouthfeel I like the carbonation in this one, and the body is very full.
Drinkability This one lacks the smoothness of a fine, mature, BSDA. Most all the ingredients seem to be there, they just need an experienced hand in getting them all together.
09-13-2003 07:43:54 | More by RoyalT
3.83/5 rDev -4.5%
This dark Belgian ale pours a dark mocha color looking almost cola-like. The aroma is very sweet, and the head is not substantial and only makes a brief stay leaving little to no lacing behind. The carbonation seemed to higher than other variations in this style, but that's not a complaint, it was a nice detraction from the usual. The ale has a pronounced chocolate-cherry aftertaste and leaves the palate dry. The body is thinner than it looks, not watery, but thin. This sweet Belgian ale was great for a warm spring evening and was very easy to drink. With an ABV of 8.5% you so have to be a little conscious not to let your sippin' move too fast, otherwise it makes standing up a challenge. Great beer and a great compliment to the pound cake my wife served with it.
04-26-2009 18:36:09 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured form a 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.
A: Dark brown brew, can't see through it at all. Has a healthy head at the initial pour of foamy off white that reduces to something a bit thinner but sticks around for the entire time. Lacing is more like a thin layer of foam that sticks to the side of the glass. Very nice.
S: Prunes, candy sugar, and malts - all quite faint.
T: Very complex and enjoyable mix of darker and medium toasted malts coming together in a mostly dry fashion. There is some sort of tart fruit taste underlying everything, perhaps cherry or dates, I can't quite put my finger on it. There is a hint of banana in the linger as well. I know this all sounds like a lot of different flavors moshed together but it really does come off nice.
M&D: Rather energetic tiny bubbles as carbonation really drive the mouthfeel for this. They just keep coming giving a little buoyancy to an other wise medium bodied brew. Rather good drinkability but I probably wouldn't drink more than a couple at one sitting, as I would probably opt for something that didn't sit as heavy. All in all a very good brew; recommended.
03-19-2008 02:15:45 | More by SIRIUS2
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
Presentation: 750ml champagne-style bomber with a coating that looks like ceramic. Cute pink elephant with some trippy colours surrounding it lets you know that your ass is going to be dead, soon. No bottled on info. Blue foil seal with cork and crown.
Appearance: Hazy deep ruby red with a tan creamy, patchy lace -- one gentle swirl and it creams up again.
Smell: Medicinal/light solvent, tart apple, faint caramel, raw sugar, alcohol (swirl and give it a good whiff) and earthy / yeast aromas.
Taste: Kinda smooth and very creamy on the palate, light pear texture. Medium-bodied. Medicinal, dominant apple (slightly tart), herbal, yeast ... then the malts settle in on the palate with a smooth chocolate / caramel flavour that turns dry soon after. No predominant hop bitterness. Vague spices. Warming spicy alcohol character hits the head after a few decent sips.
Notes: Welcome to Belgian beers! Lovely combination of malts and complex tartness. A surprise lurks around every taste bud with this beer. Amazing how such a beer can go from sweet to mildly tart to dry.
06-23-2002 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
A - Dark mahogany with ruby tints on the sides. Nice tan head fed by a good bit of carbonation.
S - Lots of dark caramel malts, dates, figs, and some spiciness.
T - The aroma is translated into the flavor all those malty fruit flavors come though. Alcohol at the end with a bitter kick that seemed slightly out of place after all the rich fruit flavors.
M - Medium body with a nice warming effect from the alcohol. Carbonation and alcohol let it finish pretty clean.
D - Great winter warmer or even dessert beer.
08-22-2010 22:39:06 | More by steelerguy
4.6/5 rDev +14.7%
This beer poured a medium brownish color with a nice off white head that faded after a couple minutes into a slight foam around the edges of the glass. The smell was great with some sour apple scents along with spices and a touch of alchohol. I loved the dry taste of this beer mixed with just the right ammount of malt sweetness and spice to balance it out. The sour apple flavor reappeared in the middle of this beer and finished nice and dry so I could not wait for the next sip. A great beer and definantly worth the price.
12-29-2005 10:54:28 | More by Dmann
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
A: a nearly black mahogany that is translucent when held to the light with a thin off-white head.
S: a tapestry of dark fruits including raisins and plums.
T: a smooth cool weave of fruit flavors that finish with a kick of dry wheats and malts.
MF/D: an initial smoothness gives way to a dry heat finish as the flavors dissipate. a boozy heat lingers for an extended period of time.
09-15-2010 00:45:56 | More by newk340
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. A very pretty beer: dark red/brown with a thick coffee-colored head. Good retention. Aroma was dark fruit, a little malt. Sweet taste, cherries, apples. Very pleasant. Taste deepened as the beer warmed. Smooth, very drinkable.
12-12-2006 12:57:26 | More by lordofthewiens
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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