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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,485
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 139
Gots: 364 | 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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Ratings: 2,485 | Reviews: 869
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Huhzubendah for gifting this bottle. Served in a t'Brugs Beertje wine glass.

Pours very dark and starts with a nice tan head. Good retention and some clingy lacing on the way down. The nose carries a light bight of anise alongside dark fruits. The flavor does a good job mixing the black-licorice character with the more-common dark fruit elements. The anise character presents a nice dryness and spark to the mouthfeel. No real alcohol presence. Quite good.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark brownish amber in color with a thick beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose has aromas of dark fruits and spices along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The complexity in the taste improves as the beer warms up, which is relatively sweet and has flavors of dark fruits and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an auburn color (looks like an Australian Muscat) with a cream colored head; lots of lacing

Smell: Apples, dried fruit and a bit of caramel

Taste: The apple and caramel malts hit you first, followed by some bitter tart flavors that dominate the middle; after the swallow, the peppery yeast adds another dimension while the alcohol adds a boozy character

Mouthfeel: The carbonation hits you right away - a bit too much for my preference; but the body is full; slight warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: A fine sipping strong Belgian; surprisingly, over time, the sour flavors really take over

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second sampling: Brings light wine / vineous flavors, but mostly dark fruits (dates, figs, and black berries). Though sweet, the alcohols keep things clean, crisp and dry.

Compared to the flavor of most good dubbels, but the strength of a trippel or a quad. Good sugary flavor, similar to brown sugar, figs, and grapes. Never becomes wine like or cider like. Strong malt aromas-all barley and candy. Underlying sweetness of honey and pepery spices. Full bodies, just shy of syrupy or sticky. Finsihes sweet without cloying. has all of the sweet alcohol flavors and heat. No phenols...suprisingly smooth and easily drank.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some candi sugar and plenty of malt. Taste is also a well enough balanced mix of candi sugar, caramel and big malt with some limited yeast characteristics. Body is a bit too watery for the style but the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle of this with a dinner one night and thankfully I did. The combo of food and this beer helped get me passed some of the flavors this beer had that I wasn't a fan of.

The beer pours out as a nice reddish brown color with an off white head that leaves just a ring around the glass. The smell has some heavy booze aromas and a pretty good amount of dark fermented fruits and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer at first had a very strong metallic flavor, made me think I bit my lip and I was bleeding or something. That taste started to fade as the beer warmed up but wasn't as bad either as long as I was eating. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side but had a good amount of carbonation. Overall I would like to try this again, just has to be at the right time.

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

Tremendously turbid tawny with a thin sliver of blood orange along the bottom edge of the glass. The golden brown sugar colored cap filled more than half the glass initially and is now deflating at a snail's pace. I don't necessarily consider clarity to be a positive, so I like this look just fine. It'd be nice if a little lace would appear, but it doesn't look as though it will.

The nose is redolent of caramel malt, musky hops, bruised orchard fruit and cloves. In other words, it's a typical BSDA (if such a thing can be said to exist). It's powerful and inviting even if it isn't quite as complex as I'd hoped.

Delirium Nocturnum is an excellent Belgian ale. The flavor profile is essentially the aroma in liquid form. There's a fair amount of dark malt present that provides flavors of unsweet caramel and well-toasted brown bread. In addition to fallen apples, liquified figs are now saturating my taste buds. The beer isn't quite dark enough for raisins to come into play, nor sweet enough to be date-like.

Clove is still up close and personal without being pushy. A hearty, spicy yeast strain was needed to stand up to the boldness of the other ingredients and I'm happy to see that one was provided. I'd like to see a little more sweetness, but that's just me. All in all, this is a very nice version that is becoming even more delicious as it warms and coheres a bit more tightly.

The body/mouthfeel matches the rest of the beer's attributes quite well. It's neither lush and sticky, nor light and airy, but is somewhere in between. While the number of bubbles is par for the Belgian ale course, they're so fine that the mouthfeel is almost quiescent. There's almost no hint of the 8.5% ABV, other than a mild tongue numbing as I enter the final third of the bottle.

I'm not quite as delirious about Delirium Nocturnum as I was about Delirium Tremens, but that's probably due to the fact that I like BSPAs more than I like BSDAs. This is still fabulous beer and would make a great nightcap. It might even induce dreams of pink elephants, who knows?

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

Poured a nice dark brown, deep hazy color with tons of carbonation. Biggest cream colored head I have ever seen! Never did fully fade. Seriously felt like it took an hour to fade. Very lively spicey smell, Dark fruits all over this one, plum, peach, pear. Hints of great spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Huge carbonation even tingled the nose. Huge frothy full and appeazing mouthfeel, with great texture and body. Taste is sweet versus sour in a battle that has no clear cut favorite. Sour apple and peach taste is great. Big hoppiness on this really suprised me. A nice long lingering finish. This was a great Belgian and worth its reputation. Very awesome brew and will definatly seek this one out again.

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

A: A 750ml bottle split with a friend. I poured the beer into a chalice to reveal a murky, dark brown pour with a nice fluffy off-white head.

S: The smell is full of fruits, chocolate, yeast, and spice.

T: A nice combination above the aforementioned sensations. However, the flavor doesn't come together quite as nicely as I would have expected. A bit flat and muddled with a touch of alcohol.

M: The carbonation is plentiful and the body is medium,.

D: This beer is easy to drink, but considering its disappointing flavor, I didn't exactly want to keep coming back to it. Rather unfortunate considering how much I enjoy Tremens.

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.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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