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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

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1,970 Ratings

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Ratings: 1970
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%

Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Gusmotel


4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ah. . . The Classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale with the pink elephant. One of my favorites and I don't recall ever having had the opportunity to drink it from the tap.
Appearance: A Dark Reddish Bloody Hue. A small amount of head that dissipated quickly. Mild lacing.
Aroma: Where to begin. To say that this beer is complex is an understatement. Fruity, earthy, yeasty, and alcohol are all apparent. Light hints of spice seem to top it off.
Taste: Even more complicated then the aroma. The beer is thick and creamy on the tongue. Bold fruit flavors settle down into a sweeter candied chocolate taste. Varying flavors and tastes keep you guessing. After swallowing, the aftertaste chases the primary down your throat leaving a slightly sticky dry feeling. It immediately makes you want to take another sip and see what else you can taste. Pin pointing what's going to come across the palate is like a Where's Waldo book.
Overall: Happy to finally get this on draught and it did not disappoint. An ideal Strong Dark from Belgium.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 01:08:34 | More by Gusmotel
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 02:24:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sam's Quik Shop.

Pour is light, slightly translucent brown. Light white head floats on top. The smell is the normal light Belgian Delirium yeast, but theres a nice addition of roasted malt. Not alot going on in the taste. Like Delirium Tremens, only with a bit of roasted malt that kind of detracts from the light balance of Delirium Tremens. Slight metallic flavor pervades.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 17:25:16 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of kylehay2004


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head on a clear amber and brown body. Decent lacing. Aroma is mostly sour dark fruit with some spice and Belgian yeast. Flavor is more of the same with sour but drinkable dark fruit, touch of cocoa and nice malt backbone. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 00:44:22 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ? (either Eulogy or Monk's, I assume)
(This review is from a recent tasting.)

A cloudy, dark, reddish-brown liquid with a healthy puff of light tan head that receded to a patchy layer and left a bit of soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark sugars, malts, some cocoa hints, and some herbal/earthy hop notes. Taste is sugary, nutty, caramel, bready yeast, bakers' chocolate, hints of dark dried fruits, earth, herbal hops. Medium body, easily drinkable, very nice overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 01:57:55 | More by Rifugium


2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap @ Mayflower in Paris

A - Dark brown. Thick head.

S - Boring smell of sugar w/ maybe a hint of barley

T - Moderately sweet. Not as heavy as I expected, considering the color. Hints of dried fruit distinguish it from the Tremens.

M - Unfortunately, the one I got was kinda flat. Creamy mouthfeel, but thin for a beer marketed as "Nocturnum."

O - Overall, not a bad beer, but I was underwhelmed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 21:05:49 | More by TRICKYD1CK
Photo of Forb


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

Poured on-tap into a snifter...

Appearance: Pours a dark slightly amber hue with a strong white head.

Smell: Essences here are of sweet roasted malts, yeast explosion, and citrus tart.

Taste: The fruitiness was unexpected for me. But the all around complexity of the flavors here leave me constantly searching. The marriage of malt and hop here is just phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a smooth texture.

Overall: A good solid Belgian beer is presented in this one. Definitely a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 04:35:17 | More by Forb
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cork City Hoboken served in proper glassware (snifter printed with Pink Elephants)! They may be one glass short after tonight...
Aromas are intially quite Belgian to say the least. Breadiness and Belgian yeast spice initially great your nostrils. The caramels, dark fruits (plums, dates, pears) and further yeast esters (banana and clove) emerge as this warms.
The tastes follow the nose directly. Bready and caramelly malts begin the flavor profile, soon the yeast spice and banana join the party as well. As it warms you get a deeper brown sugar flavor and the dark fruits (figs, dates, plums and sour apples) emerge; this is stupendous!
Mouthfeel is full with perfect-to-style, huge carbonation. Great overall texture and body with a nice long, lingering finish. I honestly have never had this beer before (it's one of those constantly overlooked because it is readily available at most stores) and I was pleasantly very surprised. This is a great Belgian and worth its reputation.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 14:35:20 | More by claspada
Photo of wolvie2


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

This beer is so full of tastes - fruity and delightful but strong. It gets its message across and the aftertaste leaves you wanting to get more. Easy to drink on its own without food, and much better on draft than in a bottle. A go to beer when you just want something delicious, easy to drink, and not too filling.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 06:45:17 | More by wolvie2
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

About 10 oz serving in a snifter.

Appearance: Nearly clear dark red mahogany; thin tan head; good lacing.

Smell: malt; dark fruits; a little yeasty

Taste: Fruity and creamy; in combination, more so than any beer I can remember. A tad spicy. Chocolate? Slight sourness in finish, especially after warming.

M - smooth and very creamy; Medium-body.

Excellent complexity and dynamic variation in flavor from start to aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 03:03:20 | More by chinchill
Photo of zeledonia


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Blue Nile in Minneapolis.

A: Pours a very deep reddish brown with a 1/2-finger whitish head that leaves some lacing around the edges. Clear and reddish with light behind it.

S: Strong on the malt and yeast, with solid rich fruits (think stone fruits like plums and apricots) and some spice.

T: Less malty and sweet than the nose would suggest, and more hops and spice. A lot of complex flavors coming in gentle little waves. Spice, fruits, some earthy tones.

M: Medium-bodied, nicely coating as it should be, with good carbonation to balance and give lightness. I get none of the alcohol.

D: Very drinkable. Quite tasty, with a pleasant mouthfeel and the alcohol very much hidden. A lovely, complex strong dark ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 15:05:04 | More by zeledonia
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a tulip glass at Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

A: Black on frist glance, a bit of red coming through in the light. 2 finger tan head with great retention.

S: Slight aroma of dark fruits, especially raisins. That's about all. Not a very complex aroma, but not a bad one either. Brown sugar comes in later as it warms.

T: Not as rich as I was hoping, and in fact a touch watery. Malt and slight fruity yeast notes coming through but nothing specific. Not bad but pretty disappointing at first. As the beer warmed a bit, the flavor opened up a bit, finishing with hints of berry.

Much better in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 07:48:13 | More by BucBasil
Photo of Dunkle


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, but is not even close to opaque when held up to a light. Small tan head with little lacing.
S: Whoa! This smells sweet. Sugar and fruit in the nose.
T: Tastes sweet as well. The fruity flavor rests well on the palate; however, this is too far on the sweet end for me. Not well-balanced. Did they even add hops to this?
M: Medium-bodied and fine carbonation level. Smooth.
D: I could not have more than one glass of this since it's so sweet. Too much for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 05:34:07 | More by Dunkle
Photo of Halcyondays


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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown with a long lasting soft white head, some good lace.

S: Lots of dark fruit, estery, notes of fig, raisin and brown sugar.

T: Dark fruit resonates, a lot of residual sugar. Tasty molasses and raisin with a hint of ethanol, pretty good balance here.

M: Medium to full-bodied, very smooth, easy drinking.

D: A darn good beer, not as good as Noel for me, but a very solid BSDA. Something you'll not be unhappy picking up.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 00:51:00 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of kingcrowing


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a 33cl Delirium glass.

Pours a nice dark ruby/brown with a very small light brown head and some thin lacing. Nose is really rich and crisp with malty and yeasty notes.

Taste is very nice, sweet and malty. Very full mouthfeel and a light caramel finish. No idea that its so boozy by the taste, very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 13:48:47 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of tigg924


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2010 21:03:02 | More by tigg924
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At the Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ: poured a dark mahogany into a tulip, with two fingers of beige-colored head. The smell yielded some sweet fruitiness, tartness, spice, and caramel, but was a little dominated by the latter. The flavor however, seemed perfectly balanced; caramel apple, cranberry, brown sugar, sour cherry, malt, and possibly some candi sugar as well, punctuated with a tart lambic-like finish. When combined with the full-bodied mouthfeel, the sensory experience was delightful. I loved this beer, but it might be a little too strong to knock back one after the other.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 06:53:20 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Top of the keg, poured into the Tremens snifter. It's very cloudy with a strong head and a solid brown color. The fruit and malt smell combo reminds me of spiced fig newtons (they don't make these? They should).

Tastes as spicy as it smells with hints of citrus (lime). It's not as sweet as it smells, though, rather pleasantly bitter with light malt aftertaste. The body feels very light, very smooth. Fig flavors come to the front as it warms, but only transiently per sip. Keen carbonation.

An overall yum. Not as powerful as what I imagine Belgian Strong Darks to taste like, but enjoyable nevertheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2009 01:59:20 | More by abuliarose
Photo of smanders


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - served in the appropriate Delirium chalice. As dark as a stout with a thin head.

Smell - fruit and bread.

Taste - like an ale mixed with Sprite. Heavily carbonated, which concealed a lot of the flavors of this beer. Served a little too cold for this style.

Mouthfeel - light

Drinkability - Good. If you enjoy Tremens, try Nocturnum. It's a good example of the Strong Ale style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 12:56:14 | More by smanders
Photo of gford217


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holeman & Finch.

Pours a deep, reddish amber with an big off-white head that shows excellent lacing and retention.

The aroma is very sweet with tons of dark fruit, mainly figs and raisin, and plenty of candi sugar on top of the generous caramel malt presence. There are some spices thrown in for good measure.

The taste very much follows the aroma and is based on top of the big caramel sweetness. There is probably a tad less sweetness in the taste and a bit more musty spiciness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate, soft carbonation.

This is a solid, if not spectacular, take on the style that's very drinkable for the ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 18:07:34 | More by gford217
Photo of aaronh


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick head atop a dark chestnut body. Belgian lace clings to the Delirium glass. Aroma faint notes of black cherry, biscuit malt, and herb-laced yeast. Flavor is mostly malt with a slight medicinal bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, drinkability also good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2009 22:48:16 | More by aaronh
Photo of cpmau11


4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a Delirium glass in Brussels Belgium. Similar to the Delirium Tremens, the Nocturnum is on the darker side of life. One of the smoothest Beligian ales. By far one of my favorite beers from Belgium. About 8.5 to 9% alcohol. This is a beer you never want to put down, in fact I challenge anyone to drink this beer over the period of 15 minutes. It will be gone.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2009 16:31:05 | More by cpmau11
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at American Flatbread this famous Belgian Strong Dark Ale was an appealing garnet color with a two finger head of beige foam. The lacing was outstanding and the retention good. The aroma was complex and pungent, alcohol, dark fruit, wood and rich malt. The flavors were equally loaded, black cherries, caramel malt, Belgian yeast, sweet esters some nuts and citrus rind. The citrusy hops at the end left a bitter note on my tongue that lingered on and on. The oak, rich malts and stronger alcohol gave it an effect similar to a bourbon. The mouthfeel was smooth enough, the body medium/full, the carbonation perfect for the style. Quaffable and dangerous.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2009 14:47:24 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC

Appearance: Large head

Smell: Malt, fruit, bananas, caramel, toasted bread

Taste:. Same as the smell. Also figs, golden raisins, and prunes

Mouthfeel: Nice body and carbonation

Drinkability: One a year or so would be perfect

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2008 15:31:13 | More by craytonic
Photo of Wetpaperbag


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

A- Served in a Delirium chalice, nice head with a rich dark brown/red color. Good head too.

S- Fruit smells with raises and dates. Very sweet smelling. Smells delicious.

T- Malty with a slight bitterness. Not as sweet as the smell. I'm tasting a nice roasted apple taste as well. It is a nice beer.

M- Nice on the tongue, not too fizzy so you don't end up with a mouthful of foam.

D- Good, easy to drink. I haven't had this in bottle so it would be interesting to taste side by side bottle and tap. Perhaps later on this week.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2008 04:36:33 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 1,970 ratings.