Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe
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3.55/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I actually wrote this review back on 5/20/06. Its transference to this site is the result of a massive cleaning I've been doing in my apartment that has turned up several beer reviews, among other treasures.
When I first wrote this, I had already tried Delirium Tremens and didn't particularly care for it. Recently, however, I've acquired a taste for it, which leads me to believe that I should give this brew another shot as well. However, I want to be able to compare and contrast my initial impressions with the ones I've developed over time, so I will proceed with the review.
A: Deep mahogany, almost brown, with a thick head that settles quickly. Opaque but uniform throughout (as opposed to "cloudy")
S: Coffee and malt.
T: Hints of coffee mixed with malt and actual barley flavors, mild sweetness, and clove.
M: Astringent, acidic. Aftertaste of malt and a tannic, dry wine.
This, apparently, is the "middle" beer between Delirum's lighter Tremens and darker Noel. I generally prefer darker beers, but I prefer the Tremens to this. I have difficulty describing exactly what I dislike about this beer...the best word I can use to describe it is not spoiled, per se, but "overripe."
Again, I'll have to try it again now that my tastes have evolved a bit.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2007 23:32:27 | More by instrumentality
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4.21/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown color with red highlights and with a huge thick beige head with great retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma with notes of prunes, chocolate, nuts and molasses.
Very nice flavor with notes of chocolate, spices, prunes, figs, grapes, pears and cola. Just a hint of tartness and bitterness. Dry and mildly bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate lively carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv was dangerously masked.
Outstanding beer, tasty and still very easy to drink. Perfectly balancing fruity sweetness with some tartness and bitterness, not a single sharp edge and with enough complexity to make it interesting. And despite its high abv I could have drunk a few bottles. I was expecting a sipper, but you know what, this was actually good.
Not sure why this one tasted so much better than the first I tried a long time ago.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 01:46:51 | More by FLima
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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