Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

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2,552 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,552
Reviews: 883
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 152
Gots: 443 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-12-2001

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Reviews by tigerpaws:
Photo of tigerpaws
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep reddish amber with a small tan head. My sinuses were kicking in so as far as scent goes I can't tell you, but my wife said it had the aroma of Nyqual. A very malty fruit taste that seemed to come and go with each sip. Nice feel of bubbles as you drink it and the alcohol was very much in evidence maybe more than any beer i have drank......CHEERS

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Careful, this one will overflow in a heartbeat. I caught it early so I’m no worse the wear, but the head on this ale is magnificent. It’s 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 – There’s some table sugar that comes out in the taste. Otherwise, it’s 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.

Photo of Rivoire
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not really a big fan of dark beers but I liked the mouthfeel who stays a long time!

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of steelerguy
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dmann
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of newk340
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with three fingers of head.

Smells consists of lots of raisins and other dark dried fruits, with a decent amount of malt coming through. Maybe not a scent that is for everyone, but I'm enjoying it.

Taste is a lot of fruit, but not at all sweet. Deep raisin, plum and some vinous notes, with a nice array of malts coming through as well.

Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation to brighten it up.

Doesn't stand out as one of the best Belgian strong dark ales out there, but a well made beer that I enjoyed.

Photo of grynder33
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark red brown, had a nice head although nowhere near as exhuberant as Tremens, very light fruit spice malt aroma. Had the taste of fruit and malt, reminded me of blackberries. A little more timid than I thought,sweet fruity, but not enoughof either

Photo of generallee
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to patra for this wonderful birth day gift.
Nocturnum pours a dark brown with a ruby hue and a thick white head that slowly thins out. The aroma is wonderful and full of ripe fruit, candy and melon. The flavor is full of sweet fruits. Dried apricot, plum, orange marmalade and pineapple. There are sweet bready malts as well that mix with the fruit flavors to give this beer a fruit cake quality that has been laced with warming alcohol. This is a delightful Belgian ale with a full body, average carbonation and a sweet finish.

Photo of CAC329
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell and taste disturbed me and i have been enjoying belgian ales. Disappointed.

Photo of SAxDRC5
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark Brown, not quite opaque. nice dark tan head, doesn't leave much lacing.

S- Smells like apricots and green apples. Quite sweet smelling. maybe a touch of hops

T- Tastes about like it smells. Apples are stronger on the tongue than they were on the nose. Slight notes of fig, apricot and brown sugar. finishes with slight alcohol taste and some grassy hops.

M- Decent, but too carbonated for me.

D- for 8.5% ABV it's insanely drinkable. Drinks like a cider, not at all like a strong ale. If I wasn't paying $10.99 for a 750ml bottle this brew could kill me.

Photo of Duster72
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby color with nice 2 finger head. No lacing. Smell is yeast and dark fruit. Taste is a nice dark fruit with lots of yeast and a hint of carmel. Finishes with dry woody hops. Slight alcohol burn at lower temperatures goes away with some warming. Perfect compliment to a pot roast. Recommended.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inviting dark colour with good lacing, big fruity and alcoholic aroma. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a mellow up front sweetness, mild apple like tartness and a mix of medicinal herb, spicy alcohol and slight grain in the dry finish. This is one Belgian that I'll be going back to for sure.

Photo of macbethkid84
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A friend of mine wanted me to try this years ago and finally got the chance. Worth the wait.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, capped not corked. Pours into a goblet a dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights. One cm beige head of tightly knit tiny bubbles. Aroma of marshmallows, bananas, cloves, and freshly ground black pepper. Mouthfeel is very carbonated with a peppery bite. Taste is of bubble gum and freshly baked bread, with fruitiness and slight yeasty mustiness. A medicinal alcohol punch becomes apparent as it approaches room temperature. It becomes very vinous and sherry-like toward the finish, which I didn't care for. Overall, my least favorite Delirium, but not at all bad.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a small bottle, no freshness dating to be found. Pours a dark, rudy cloudy brown, topped by a frothy tan head with excellent retention. Leaves some lacing ,but not alot. Nose is of sweet musty spoiled fruit. Big flavors abound here, mostly dark candy sugar, raisins, figs, chocolate, farmy, musty stuff. Rich, flavorful and warming. A style that can take some getting used to, but this is a pleasant, drinkable, if not spectacular take.

Photo of fdrich29
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl. oz. bottle that looks and feels ceramic although its just a coating over the green glass bottle.

Pours a solid brown, making the rounded bottom of the glass look like a brown bowling ball. Nice head quickly settles down to near nothingness. Smells fruity and of alcohol. Tastes like apples and chocolate with a very smooth mouthfeel. Very tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish/dark brown in color, minimal head

Smell: cherry, raisin, apple, and booze

Taste: cardamom, apple, raisin, alcohol, and dark fruit. This tastes very sangria like.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet, light bodied

Drinkability: A good beer that is slightly complex for the style. This tastes similar but not exactly like sangria. A sipper, I will want this again.

Photo of Byeast
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep mahogany/ ruby , mostly opaque , with a medium sized head of tan foam.

Smell: darker fruity aromas , dark malts , plum , grape , and slight yeast.

Taste: A rich creamy blend of mildly sweet malt and dark fruity flavors , more grape and a bit of tart cherry , bit of apple , also pear, some nutty character , faint chocolate, yeast and a hint of spice and phenols with a lightly bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and kinda creamy.

Drinkability: A very drinkable Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Quite complex with pleasant fruitiness and great feel in the mouth. A solid choice.

Photo of jakester
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Date notched on the label, but I'm not sure what the date means.

Pours a slightly hazy garnet red, with a one finger head of light tan foam. The head falls to a nice coating, with decent enough lacing. Carbonation appears moderate.

Aroma is sweet dark caramel, fruits like dates and ripe figs, slightly phenolic, and very slight yeast. Smells inviting. The aroma improves as it warms.

Flavor is dark caramel candy, followed by dark, ripe fruits like above. The phenolics are muted, as well as any hop flavor. Hop bitterness is very low. Yeastiness is there, but also low. The main flavor is dark caramel malt, followed by a slight Belgian funk. Aftertaste is sweet and dark.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and creamy, with a decent zing from carbonation. Finish is full bodied and sticky.

This is a decent enough beer. Not earth shattering or anything, but a pretty damn good Belgian dark. The alcohol is very well hidden. Most of the flavors are on the subdued side, except for the dark caramel candy taste. Overall, a fine brew.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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