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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,437 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 128
Gots: 310 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of mtlasley
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've yet to try any of the Delirium beers and I finally caved when I needed to fill a spot in my mixed six.

The pour produces an opaque brown but comes together in the glass to produce a murky brown out of light and a deep red when held up. A large three finger head develops but dissipates in a good amount of time.

"Metallic" scent upfront followed with a warming alcohol aroma. There's a very fain bread character here but it's overpowered by raisins, figs and a general "sweetness"

As it hits the tongue I sense raisin, figs and a faint hint of cherries. Very nice. I'm let down from here though. A bit of a yeast character starts to exhibit bread flavors in the middle but it's cut short quickly by the metallic alcoholic aftertaste.

Lighter carbonation inside the medium body helps it feel a slight heavier. The thickness here isn't assisting with the metallic taste though.

Honestly, I'm a bit let down. While there are some wonderful raisin, fig and cherry flavors, they're cut short by the metallic taste from the alcohol. In some beers that flavor can enhance even but here it just detracts from the experience. I also would have liked a bit more "Belgian" in my Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Some of my favorite yeast flavors weren't here and this just seemed like a cleaned up version of the style. It's alright but it's not that great.

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

APPEARANCE: Opaque dark brown. Massive beige head comprising small bubbles. Has a thin creamier layer on top.

SMELL: Pungent alcoholic aroma. Bready yeastness. Coriander & dried fruits, mostly raisins.

TASTE: Rummy alcoholic bitterness with raisins and dandelion & burdock. Slight hint of marzipan. A touch of vanilla. Quite a bit of bready yeastiness. Aftertaste - a touch of bread and some fruit. Frothy in the mouth.

OVERALL: Not my favourite flavour profile but a decent beer I guess. Good winter warmer but the last thing you'd want to drink on a sticky summer evening.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of maleman
2.77/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an SA glass with a good, tannish two-finger head with slippery lacing. Almost coffee colored. Malty, bready, biscuity on the nose with a hint of pepper and clove. The taste did not follow the nose. The first impression is alcohol burst that is almost tin-like. No bready taste at all. Medium bodied, lots of sediment, little to no aftertaste. I will say that I was looking forward to trying this beer due to the brewer's reputation but I came away disappointed. Not for me, especially at this price.


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1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of jaasen64
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle. ~10oz pour into Hunahpu snifter

A- Mostly opaque dark brown, about a finger of yellowish yeasty looking head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves some lacing that slowly fades back down into glass, about average carbonation to slightly above average.

S- Brown sugar, maple syrup, hops, sweet malts, a little bit of a floral presence in the background.

T- Sweet and sugary. Tastes of caramel, maple syrup, hops, sweet malts. A little bit of a sweet slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Slightly above average carbonation for a strong ale, medium bodied, smooth, easy to drink, well-balanced.

O- This was an enjoyable belgian strong dark ale. My first delirium and I was impressed. Definitely on the sweet side for a beer, but well balanced and well executed beer that has a fairly strong abv but is still very enjoyable to drink. I would recommend picking a bottle up and trying it out.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Converge
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - Pours a beautiful deep plum color, but when held up to the light it glows a fantastic ruby hue. Creamy beige head, fairly bubbly. Thin but creamy head retains pretty well, but doesn't leave a great deal of lacing.

S - Really fruity aroma. Black cherries and plums, with slightly less figs and dates that I expected. Mild woodiness as well as a distinct tart character. Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and sour raspberry notes as well.

T - Starts out smooth and balanced, with dark fruity notes of raisins and plums. But the finish and aftertaste... yikes. Overbearing metallic character with a vegetal presence as well. A messy combination of cherry and raspberry sourness, candi sugar sweetness, plums, figs, and raisins, and tomato sauce. Slight earthy, woodsy feel.

M - Smooth, but not quite creamy. Carbonation is fine and floats over the palate in the medium bodied feel. Slight stickiness.

D - The harsh metallic finish just drags this one down for me. This is otherwise a fine BSDA, but the aftertaste just ruins the flavor profile. Not sure if it's an old bottle or just a poor beer. Maybe one I'll have to consider retrying.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GNWBC
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

Pours a dark mahogany with a off white head

S: Smells of dark stone fruit, malt and a bit boozy

T: sweet stone fruit up front and it fades into a boozy finish

MF the carbonation gives this beer an interesting twist it seems like it should drink more smoothly like a stout but the bubbles really attack your palate on the way down. Keeps it interesting.

OA: a good end of the day beer strong sweet and bubbly.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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