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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

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1,966 Ratings
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Ratings: 1966
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%


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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drperm

Virginia

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

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville

Appearance: Dark ruby red, with a thick head. Enticing if a bit intimidating.

Aroma: Sour cherry, brown sugar, faint mild hops.

Taste: A carnival ride: sour water, raisins, cherry pits, white pepper, pears, a bitter hop finish.

Palate: Perfect, really.

Overall: Not quite as good as Tremens in my book, but still very solid! Great with chocolate.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2008 04:58:14 | More by drperm
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nasty15108

New York

3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured on tap into a goblet at the Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains NY.

A - Dark brown with SLight ruby hues. Minimaltan head with decent lace work.

S - Slight bitterscotch smell with hints of ripe fruit and alcohol.

T - Complex taste. Sweet rasin taste the finished almost like a dessert wine.

MF&D - Medium bodied and sweet on the palate. Definitely not my cup of tea.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2008 18:39:13 | More by nasty15108
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hyland24

New York

3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tap into a goblet at the Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains, NY.

It poured a dark amber with redish hues when held up to the light. Minimal head with web like lacing throughout.

The smell was strong and fruity almost similar to a wine. Heavy raisin and apricot smells. Strong whiff of alcohol that disappeared fairly quickly.

The taste was strong and sweet very much like a fruity wine. It had heavy raisin and apricot flavors. It finished very sweet almost equivalent to a port.

The mouthfeel was sticky, leaving a sweet coating covering the inside of the mouth which dissipated to a warm alcohol feel. Too strong to pound and not particularly my style of beer but a decent beer nonetheless. Worth trying but I feel it is an aquired taste, which I have not yet acquired.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2008 00:06:36 | More by hyland24
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clean deep copper, reddish brown notes in the color and a tan head. In the aroma, a sweet white grape. In the taste, mostly white grape, a touch of dark fruit, and a small alcohol presence. A smooth, bigger bodied mouthfeel and a semi-dry fruity aftertaste. Easy to drink, a nice fruity presence and it hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2008 11:39:58 | More by OWSLEY069
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Smooth, nice dark appearance with beige head. Great to find these on tap, as I did at Underground Bluz in Orlando. A dark conglomeration as Sweet side fruity with sour and malty aftertaste, disguised high alcohol, thin -Medium mouthfeel. Works with food.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2005 19:20:15 | More by Sammy
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Truh

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Woke from a fitful dream with this one on 12/29/2004. 12-oz. pour in a tulip glass at the Sunset.

½-inch head of heavy cream with a slight mocha tint. Deep, dark cider brown hue that lets in no light. Fig, cardamom, rich malt tones on nose. Cantankerous syrup malt with a chocolatey trailing swirl; touches of blackberry; kind of a vacuous felt lining and wooly side-trail. In a way, this offering hits you over the head

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2005 23:08:46 | More by Truh
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stewart124

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany/brown with off-white head and very yeasty smells that are followed by sweet smelling fruits. The fragrance is almost overwhelming. Strong tastes of aged malts and a yeasty hit of sweet fruits and spices. Bits alcohol hit the palate and after a couple sips you can feel it almost overtake you. Very delicious brew that finishes with bits of plums and spice. The alcohol in this brew really warms the stomach and sends you off to a happy land. Or maybe that was just me. Really something to try if you get the chance. This hits almost every part of the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2004 23:42:04 | More by stewart124
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep ruby brown very dark tone to it with a moccha colored head sitting on top, and there is basically no lace present on the edges of my glass. Aroma consists of a sharp sweetness with tingling hints of faint fruit notes all topped with the characteristic alcoholic nose of a Belgium dark strong ale. So far this beer is basically Tremens with some slightly burnt specialty malts, but the flavor just doesn't put it alltogether to me there is something lacking in this beer. Also the alcohol comes through in the flavor pretty strongly, a nice kick to the brew with the bite of alchol it delivers to the palate. Mouthfeel is medium with full heavy carbonation just a little too thin in body, but I would imagine in the bottle conditioning this beer would be fuller from the yeast. Drinkability well high abv is a strike against it, not overly complex, but this is not something I could drink regularly as a go to. It just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2003 08:23:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

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

Dangerous and fruity with the high alcohol level. It was very smooth and actuaklly a bit thin from the bottled version but still sweet and delicious. Hints of apple or other fruit in the aftertaste as this is a sipping beer to be enjoyed slowly. Let it warm as the changes become more apparent when this is allowed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2003 14:05:43 | More by bierman2000
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured off of the tap at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. This was a dark ruby port colour with a small tan head of foam. The foam lasted the length of the glass and left some nice lace on the glass as well. The aromas were all candy sugar, yeast, and roasted malts. The taste was very malty, sugary, and candy-like with a biscuity/bready like flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is excellent.

note: this was served a bit too cold, but when warmed up it's a real charmer!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2003 06:26:45 | More by francisweizen
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jreitman

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice tan head. Fruit and nutty aromas carry over into the flavor profile. Hints of licorice and other unidentifiable spices show themselves as the beer warms. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2002 09:06:04 | More by jreitman
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ceramic looking bottle 11.2 oz. Poured into Duvel tulip.
Boy beer ("what kind of pathetic drunk do you think I am...slurp, slurp").
Rich malt, semi- sweet with tastefully done yeasty spiciness with hints of pepper.
Huge tan head caps a rather reddish slightly cloudy body. Not quite glowing, but attractive enough.
Definitely a smaller beer than than others in style. Smaller and lighter body and a notch down on richness and intensity. Sort of a BDSA-light. Still get a shot of warmth in the gut though. Clear alcohol flavor, rich malt character with no roast or toast, just sweetness. Boy the very big carbonation really lightens the beer and softness the intensity. Plenty of dryness on the finish. But it is quite thin. Some soft fruit flavors.
Good.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:26:59 | More by garymuchow
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

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
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PeterParker

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I know some people like the foil on top, but I had a very hard time getting to the cage through the foil. To each his own. Really cool white bottle though.

Pours dark ruby that lets a miniscule amount of light through. Finger of head with tight bubbles and good lacing.

Belgian yeast, dark fruits, plums and raisins, bit of booze, and has some malty goodness as well.
Sweet and yeasty up front, burnt biscuit mid mouth. Some caramel notes thrown in there. Slightly sour on the back end which wasn’t expected. Biscuit and alcohol aftertaste.

Thick and full. Rich and filling with high bubbly carbonation.

Overall a very good Belgian Dark. Sets itself a part with the slight sourness and has a really nice mouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 23:36:39 | More by PeterParker
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RVigz

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish hue and a medium dark head.

Smell: Dried dark fruit with hints of alcohol and grapes or raisins.

Taste: Sort of similar to the smell with plums, grapes and raisins with a sweet alcohol hint and malty yeast with the finish of dried darker fruits.

Mouthfeel: As of all delirium, this beer is extremely drinkable and has the perfect carbonation for an exceptionally smooth beer.

Overall: Delicious grape and plum hints with a dark yeast and sweet alcohol finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 20:09:02 | More by RVigz
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle taken in The Red Rose, Brugge on 1st Feb 2014.

Time for bed after a day of drinking and this as my nightcap, pink elephants and sweet dreams await me: some heavy snoring too, claims the wife.

The actual beer isn't as wonderful as all the hype would have you believe. It's good, but not that good.

It does pour an interesting dark brown with a red hue in strong light (something The Red Rose is lacking in), the head a beige blanket of foam.

Interesting aromas and taste, sweet malty molasses rule the roost with all the flavours dominated by the strength and depth of them. They have hoofed in some spices to make it different from other brews in this style and it's rich enough body wise too: there just seems to be something unbalanced and wrong somewhere. Maybe the alcohol level is too high for me or it lacks a subtle bitterness most in this type of brew usually have.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 10:08:13 | More by BlackHaddock
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JimiO

Nevada

3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown / amber... slightly cloudy... looks heavy

Musky on the nose... malty... two dimensions of fruit... scent of both prune and green apple

Very dry... fairly hoppy... other taste characteristics/flavors seemed very subtle... raisons, burnt toffee, coriander, dark apple cider

In the mouth it felt vey light for a Belgian Ale... well carbonated

Fairly disappointed with this one... I like Belgian Ales in general

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 21:20:33 | More by JimiO
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buzzardman

California

3.19/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Sweet, rasiny

Appearance: Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown/black, looks and pours like a Coke.

Flavor: Malt with a light yeast, very slight hints of cherry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body, highly carbed with a dry finish.

Overall: OK beer, nothing really stands out about it, well made but overall kind of bland. $12.49 for 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 20:07:56 | More by buzzardman
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youknowmyname

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odor: Smells of caramel, and dark fruits like dates and prunes. Some pear and apple smell as well.

Pour: A deep chestnut brown with a large creamy mocha colored head. Lightly filtered. Long lasting lace.

Taste: Medium body, High carbonation. Can taste the sweet candied fruits right off. Dates, pears, plums, and apple spiced with coriander and brown sugar. Flavor changes to a slight malt taste with a hint of toffee on the finish. Very buttery on the initial drink but carbonation dries out the palate on the finish to leave the aftertaste of the candied fruits and malt. Fantastic!

The Belgians do it again! This is a wonderful beer. Very complex and full of flavor. This is a sipping beer as you want to enjoy it. And you best as it is very highly priced. You can tell that this is a craft beer that the brewer put everything into. I look at this the same way I would look at a meal prepared by a professional chef; bordering on art. I can't say that I will buy this very often, mainly due to the price, but would love to share with some friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:41:26 | More by youknowmyname
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for $3.50

Appearance – Murky brown colour with a smaller than average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some banana. There is also some grapes/raisins and a yeasty spiciness.

Overall – Another flavourful and very drinkable beer from this brewer. There is some great fresh grape juice flavour going on and the booze is very hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:15:57 | More by spinrsx
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Kuaff

Alaska

3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a tulip at cellar temperature. My little bottle did one of those "gradual gushes" that I was able to see rising and prevent overflow.

Pours a somewhat murky ruby-mahogany hue with a two-finger light beige head topping things off. Good foam retention. It's clear enough that I can see a bunch of sediment being rolled in circles by the energetic carbonation. Held up to the light, it's kind of like watching a lava lamp. That's pretty cool. Haven't seen a beer do this before.

It smells to me like ripe bananas, apples, and cherries. Very fruity. Some dried fruit smells like raisins or prunes, too.

Tastes fruity and tart, as the aroma lets on. Think tart cherries. There also might be a touch of roastiness and earthy vanilla in the finish.

The feel is very light, even for a Belgian ale. Maybe a bit TOO light.

This is an interesting one. I'll say that much. Kind of like fruity soda in some ways.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:58:16 | More by Kuaff
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, dark brown...maybe I shoudl describe it as black with brown highlights. Nice 1/2" head quickly faded into foamy residue on top. Good lacing.

Smell 4.25: Gorgeous. Sharp bouquet that hits the nose once one is withing a good six inches of the beer. I detect smoked grains, burnt caramel, noble hops and lovely Belgian yeast along with a cellar mustiness. Truly a wonder.

Taste 4.25: Front is somewhat dry, with the taste of dark caramel and -around the edges of the palate-- a certain smokiness. Middle is where a wave of treacly sweet malt seeps in and then disappears. Then -remarkably and almost instantaneously-- a wave of dryness along with a taste of noble hops sweeps in and cleanses the palate. Finish is in the back of the palate and features a mildly sweet dose of malt that quickly fades into dryness and tastes of raisins, smoke and grains. Aftertaste is short at first, but then the taste of smoked grains pops up on the tongue for a remarkable and long aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 4.0: The smoothness of this beer is wonderful as is the medium-high level of carbonation.

Overall 4.25: Just a fantastic, multileveled, sensory experience. Smooth, complex and ultimately both warming and satisfying, this is a beer for sipping and savoring. One of the best Belgian Darks I have ever had the pleasure to taste. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 05:30:47 | More by BeerDocT
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Raisin brown. Leather brown. Dirty khaki head. Dissipates quickly. A top cover of thin bubbly foam percolates like a volcano. Faint lacing.

S-Cherry. Malty. Grape skins. Cherry-almond. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Cider. Molasses. Vanilla liqueur.

T-Chocolate covered cherry candy. Malty. Bready. Syrupy. Molasses. Almonds. Nutmeg. Craisins. White sugar. Liquid baking vanilla. Spiced oak bourbon whiskey. Like liquid fruitcake.

M-Spritz-y. Soda bubble qualities. Lovely carbonation gives a warming finish. Crisp and thin body. Thickens. Gets very sticky. Slightly watery syrup in feel when warmed. Oily better way to put it.

O-A slow sipper. Tasty. A must try. Would only buy here and there, it is an acquired taste. A bit sour. Too many raisin, cherry aftertastes going on that feel like said fruits were dipped in spiked molasses. Very sweet. I really like the look, so bold and dark with ruby highlights. A head isn't needed. Sips like liqueur. And the fuzzy, bubbly sensation on tongue and down the chest is amazing. Warming.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 02:43:25 | More by shacawgo24
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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

A-mahogany brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-bready malt, chocolate, toffee, spices, yeasty, dark fruit

T-raisins, plums, chocolate, toffee, brown bread, spices, yeast, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-enjoyed the mix of flavors, especially the yeast and spices, great sipping

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 12:43:17 | More by MDDMD
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fx20736

New York

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single 330ml bottle from Wegman's on 11/17/13.

Poured into a goblet, served between cellar and room temp.

Appearance:Coca Cola Brown with a gushing head of light brown sugar foam. Nice lacing.

Aroma of rich malt, nutty yeast, a touch of molasses. yummy.

mouthfeel: medium average.

taste: figs, brown sugar

notes: may not be as complex as Delirium Noel but it is tasty with a great aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 18:53:09 | More by fx20736
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 1,966 ratings.