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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,468 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,468
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 137
Gots: 348 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-12-2001

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rich, brown body with a small, creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of toasted biscuits, caramel, a bowlful of candy, and a rather juicy fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet toasty, even bready maltiness with a taste of caramel. Dark candi sugar sweetness present. There's even a little bit of chocolate. Again, it has a prevailing fruitiness with flavors of lightly tart cherries and raisins. Hint of spice. Finishes sweet and cakey with a definite warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation that's a bit prickly.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable. Another delightful member of the Delirium Family.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml ceramic painted bottle, at Beer Bistro in downtown Toronto. I suppose this one is called 'Nocturnum' because it's supposedly the darker of the two?

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark ruby amber colour, with a towering dynamo of puffy, thinly foamy beige head, which leaves some random swaths of fading cloudburst lace around the chalice as it gently recedes.

It smells of sweet, musty caramel, candy sugar, an apple-dominated orchard fruitiness, soft hints of yeast, a bit of dry, indistinct earthy hops, and a tame boozy astringency. The taste is more dusty caramel/toffee malt, stale raisins, stripped molasses, plum pits, brown sugar, earthy, somewhat floral hops, and more bristling alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, and fairly fizzy in its disposition, the body a bare medium weight, adequately solid, and maybe a tad thin for the style. It finishes off-dry, just as the drying effect of the hops and alcohol face a rather weakened Christmas bread sweetness.

Like a semi-sweet dessert and nightcap, all rolled into one tidy little pink-elephant-toned package. Not quite up to the spec of the better offerings of its Belgian compatriots, but agreeable enough on its own, once you get past the bottle effervescence. Entry-level BSDA, I suppose.

Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy brown color with a 2-finger tan head. It left very nice lacing.

S - It smelled very nutty. There were also floral notes to it.

T - The taste was very malty. The was a good caramel flavor to it. It also had a buttery sweetness.

M - It was very soft and velvety. It is a heavy-bodied beer.

D - It is an outstanding taste beer. However, it is heavy and quite potent.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, brown sugar, caramelized malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. Then some bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid darker Belgian beer to drink for a while.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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 RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that has a lot floating around in it. Nose is just a clump of sugar. And I don't like it. Flavor is yeasty, bitter and funky. Sharp caramel edge on the backside. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it and a typical liquid feel. Overall this is an okay beer. Two years ago I might have been more interested in this beer, but then again, maybe not. With so much other great stuff out there, I don't really see why I should bother with this one here.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle couldn't decipher the code for BBD the 1,5 & 6 were all marked

Pours ruddy red/chestnut with 4 fingers+ tan head. Head settles down to a healthy film 1/4" deep & just a hint of lacing

S: Slight choclate hints as it warms, caramel & rock candy also there, along with a little more choclate as it warms

T: Choclate, earthy hops & praline up front. Dryness & breadyness follow. Caramel, pepper & a hint of pumpernickle also there. Brown sugar & a slight yeastyness are the main pieces of the finish

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation

Drinks very easy for the abv, not a bad effort, but depth & complexity is missing. An okay dark belgian

Photo of MarkyMOD
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely, though brief, white head, deep, dark violet color. A sweet bouquet greets you in the nose, full of spices and fruit. Which ones? The kind that moon men pick on Venus, that's what kind! Very vinous, with berries, cherries, melons, grapes, and more. A remarkable flavor profile. If a cantelope mated with a bing cherry, it might approximate this flavor. Highly hopped, marvelously carbonated, great malt spine on it. And full, full, full of flavor! Bold, confident, assertive, it knows what it is, and don't care what no one thinks. One of the best of the best, I unashamedly assert.

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from the other Matt, served in a Delirium Tremens tulip, close enough.

Beer is brown and hazy with a thick head of small bubbles, some lacing, nice carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is yeasty and sweet. Very aromatic.

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet up front with a lot of carbonation, the yeast comes through nicely, it is a decent beer. I remember the very first time I had this beer about 10 years ago. I ordered it in a bar and the bar tender told me I had to drink it with respect because it was the oldest family run brewery in the world. Not sure why the lack of diversification in that family demands respect, but apparently it does, the history aside, this is a fine beer. The archetype for the style for sure. I'm sure I'll have this again in the future.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. faux ceramic bottle:

Pours dark brown with a towering light tan head that slowly descends to a thick creamy cover. Plenty of trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of toffee/caramel with dark spiced fruit and a perfumy, yeasty backing.

The taste is of toffee/caramel with a hint of chocolate and licorice. Dark fruit and sharp spices balance out the sweetness. A bready, earthy, slightly grassy/herbal background gives it great depth and adds to complexity/uniqueness. The alcohol is well-hidden, with a late warming effect. There is a spicy sweetness in a semi-dry finish.

Medium-bodied, with an appropriate carbonation level for the style. The finish is a bit longer than the Delirium Tremens, as I recall (and this one is more complex and tasty, IMO), though a little longer last on the palate would have been welcomed. Still in all, it has a nice texture and smooth for abv.

This is an elegant brew. Complex and tasty. Dreamy...appropriately named - a wonderful nightcap. I think I see pink elephants...oh - I'm just looking at the bottle ;) As wonderful as it is the 11.2 oz bottle was enough to end the day with and to send me to a blissful state of sleep. Strongly recommended as a tasty nightcap!

Photo of kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Brainblasta goblet in the Porterhouse, Dublin. Reviewed from notes.

A: Four finger head of nice cream, thickness, and retention. Dark amber colour.

Sm: Ester berry fruit, malt, barley. Quite fanciful.

T: Very complex balance of berry esters. They linger through the finish delightfully. No alcohol is noticeable (despite its 8.5% ABV). Brilliantly built. Their perfection lies in their subtlety. If Westy 12 is a masterful treatment of dark fruit, this is a masterful treatment if light berries.

Mf: Perfect coarseness and dryness for the style.

Dr: Brilliant. Not cheap, but certainly worth it, just maybe not in Ireland! You'd never know it was 8.5%. A fruit beer with cajones. Definitely give this one a pour, lads. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very dry malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It has a slight musty aroma along with some yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that boasts of many crystal malts; very complex. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and with some yeast fruitiness. It is a bit warm on the way down; very dry. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine Belgian dark. It has good flavor and is extremely smooth; a good drinker.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber-hued tan colored head that consists of fairly large bubbles. The beer itself is quite dark and sits an ever-so-lightly purple tinged, black color, but shows some nice, clear ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice concentrated fruit character up front with nice notes of figs and raisins being prominent. The aroma really is quite sweet and fruity, the sweetness is not that of sugar, but that of concentrated dried fruit. Some spicy notes of clove, something that is a bit like cinnamon (though not quite), and even a spicy cardamom type note round out the aroma; each of these is quite a subtle backdrop to the dominant fruit notes.

The taste is sweet up front, but not nearly as much as the aroma might suggest. The sweetness couples with a tartness, both of which help to amplify a concentrated fruitiness. Again, notes of figs and raisins are prominent, but these are joined by notes of prunes and even some tart plum. The beer finishes with a faint roasted note, that shows up more as a burnt acidity, a bit of a spicy note (reminiscent of tongue tingling ginger, and white pepper) and a touch of higher alcohol notes. This beer is quite drinkable, despite its sweetness, the beer is quite light as it slips down your throat. It does have enough sweetness to linger a bit on the palate. Certainly an enjoyable tipple, one which I have not had for some time.

Photo of GClarkage
2.67/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

02/12/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo.

Presentation- 22oz ceramic bottle with dating code at the bottom. Poured into a generic wine glass (was on vacation and didn't bring any glassware).

Appearance- Dark brown coloring, huge foamy dimpled head and outstanding lacing.

Smell- UGH, smells like a fermentation gone wrong. Highly alcohol with drunk prunes and raisins.

Taste- Very metallic, alcohol up the ass. Like brown ale mixed with JD and turpentine. BLECK!

Mouthfeel- Mouthfeel was adequate. Very warm and slighly burning going down. Highly carbonated also.

Drinkability- I HOPE I got a bad bottle here. I love the Noel and the Delirium is very good also. Hmmm, dare I retry this again sometime down the road?

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,468 ratings.