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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,093 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 95
Gots: 148 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-12-2001)
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California

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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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.