Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews by Groomsy:
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml. bottle poured into a chalice... and then a tulip. Because it's a big bottle. The cork has "2.010" on it... I'm guessing this is 2010 vintage?
Dark brown body with crimson and garnet hues in the light, topped by a thick tan head of a finger width. Not a lot of lacing left behind, but the body of this beer is beautiful. Constant carbonation jets from the bottom of the glass.
The nose is quite boozy but still has plenty of richness. Particularly, some dried spices come to mind, as well as dark fruit (figs, plums, raisins) and some overall caramel/toffee notes. This beer is seductive in both appearance and smell. I've had one Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Unibroe Maudite) that had a similar nose, but this is much more full and... dare I say... nocturnal? than others. A bit mild, though.
DN's taste is robust, smooth, and refreshing all at once. It is a mood beer for sure. Ripe with dark fruit, toffee, caramel, and fusel alcohols (not displeasing), this beer is absolutely for dark winter nights (like in KY right now...) and has plenty of warmth on the finish. There are some tart green apple notes that highlight the middle of the palate. Excellent stuff.
The mouthfeel is fairly heavy - but the zesty, effervescent carbonation provides a kind of palate cleansing not found in many beers of this style. Lingering flavors of bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, and toffee on the palate remind you that this is a big beer, not for beginners.
Maybe this isn't the best example of the style, but it remains a classic for good reason, I think. This is a big beer and is to be taken slowly. Definitely worth putting in the cellar or trying fresh.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2013 03:37:04 | More by Groomsy
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4.19/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Cellared 3 years
Pours brown in color with a slight burgundy hue. Head is half a finger tan and has great retention.
Smell is great, loads if bready malt forward along with some really nice Belgian esters of bananas and plums. Lots of Belgian spicy and yeast aroma in the end.
Taste follows nose with bready malt forward. Spicy phenols of clove and other various spices. Finishes with some yeasty dryness and a fair amount of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is well balanced. Moderate carbonation medium bodied Dry finish .
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 02:46:29 | More by Fcolle2
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,143 ratings.