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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4.01/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from the nifty faux ceramic bottle into a goblet. Color is a murky root beer brown with some reddish tint. Fairly aggressive khaki head that leaves a nice spidery lacing on the glass. Aroma is a well-integrated blend of dark fruits (raisins, dates, cherries), toffee, corn flakes, molasses, clove, hot alcohol. Smells rich and spicy, sweet and only subtly roasted. Semi-chewy or moderately thick body, coats the mouth and leaves a lingering sweetness along with an almost soapy residue. Palate recalls same elements as the nose along with medicinal orange, tobacco, chocolates from one of those mixed boxes (maraschino cherry in particular), wood, floral soap, sesame, light roast or green coffee bean. Wonderfully sweet, nutty, and dessert-like yet the alcohol burn intensifies as the sips accumulate. As good as its lighter and better known stablemate. If I was going to nitpick I'd say that the alcohol is a tad hot and spicy, but my evaluation of this characteristic is partly mood-dependent ... Sometimes the Belgian booze hits that spot square on.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 21:23:31 | More by CalgaryFMC
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 1,915 ratings.