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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,126
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 97
Gots: 159 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/22/11 at World of Beer Fort Myers. Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Pours a very dark caramel brown with a 1 finger greyish-tan head that had some darker sediment floating on top. Decent head retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet dried dark fruits and sweet malt. The aroma didn't explode from the tulip as I had hoped. What aroma was there smelled nice though.

Taste: Mixture of lemon juice and sweet fruit up front followed by sweet malt in the middle before ending with touches of black pepper and mild phenols at the finish. Aftertaste is smooth and fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. The alcohol is well hidden so you may be tempted to drink more than you probably should.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I'm not sure if I like it more than Delirium Tremens, but I think it's definitely in the same class. I would definitely recommend giving this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 15:48:28 | More by adam42381
Photo of ferrari29


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

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a creme/espresso frothy colored head; dark brown, almost black colored body; plenty of sticky lacing; looks very healthy; well carbonated

S - Deep malt scents; high ABV aroma; hints of roasted malt; caramel; dark fruits - light fig notes; brown sugar; touch of lemon; spices

T - Brown sugar, malt flavored taste; slight alcohol flavored taste; dark fruit flavor of fig and raisin; caramel; touch of wheat on the back-end; lingering grain taste

M - Heavy body, coupled with cream mouth feel; slightly effervescent; brown sugar aftertaste, lingering sweet malt flavor

D - Great drink; another Brouwerji classic; Belgian Strong Dark Ale done right, great balance of feel and flavor; highly recommended to all Dark Ale fans

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 02:17:22 | More by ferrari29
Photo of jondeelee


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

A friend from Holland recommended this, claiming it one of the more popular beers in his country. I can't attest to that, but I can tell you that the smell alone makes me want to dive into the brew: lovely fruity notes, some as simple as apple and others bordering almost on tropical fruits such as pineapple; caramels; and a light runnel of toasted grain.

On the tongue, however, the fruits come across with far more subtlety, operating mostly in the background and providing sweeter notes off of which the rest of the flavors can bounce. Because, quite oddly, many of the main flavors tend toward the sour--almost cider-like, in fact, as if a batch of sour apple cider had been mixed with a Belgian white. The resulting combination is quite strange, and I felt as if the sweet and sour aspects were fighting for domination. I can't say that I completely appreciated the result, but then it didn't fully turn me off either. It did, however, leave a light burning sensation on my soft palate (perhaps from the alcohol), and the aftertaste came across as slightly coppery (in addition to also being sour).

As I said: strange. Unfortunately, I expect it might also be estranging.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 15:46:21 | More by jondeelee
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1.6/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I tend to get long winded but there just isn’t much to say here. It’s a dark beer without much head and looks rather thin and watery. Smells of dark fruits, spices, and alcohol and not much else. The flavors are about the same. This beer is trying to be a fruit beer/malternative but there’s enough dark malts and beer like flavors to save it. The after taste here is just awful beyond all else. It has an almost medicinal and artificial fruit flavor. I can't imagine how this flavor doesn't put people off. This isn’t good, it is frankly bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 07:57:26 | More by bobhits
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a DT tulip.

A - Very dark chocolatey-brown colour. Small off-white head on top.

S - Rich and sugary with a big malt-caramel hit. Some oaky-wooden scents as well with a touch of dark cherry/liqueur.

T - Sweeter than I'd expected. Big sensation of dark chocolate mixed with cherry. Quite malty overall and coupled with a mild phenolic sensation. Almost approaching a wine/port at times.

M - Very smooth with only a touch of carbonation coming through - solid dose of cacao-like bitterness in the aftertaste.

O - Have sampled Delirium Tremens on many occasions in the past so was very happy to finally get to try this one. The flavours here are fairly clearly defined with all the hallmarks of the style there in spades. I'm not a big cherry fan though so this doesn't really hit the spot with me but a solid beer regardless.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 10:03:23 | More by xylophonica
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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark red in color with a slight chestnut brown hue around the edges. Two fingers of tan head with average retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: Dark cherries dominate the aroma with an underlying hint of caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Molasses and toffee base supporting the sweet and tart fruity taste of green apple, plum, and black cherry. Slightly bitter finish with a hint of burnt sugar and some alcohol burn. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, creamy, and with medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: Smooth drinking yet complex beer. Definitely a sipper and I can feel the calories, but very good.

Final Notes: Yet another delicious Belgian brew. Sweet, fruity, and warming. Excellent dessert beer or a great choice to warm you up by the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:42:25 | More by bagpiper2005
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: the beer pours dark brown-red color with a nice light-brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, yeast, dark fruits, caramel, dark sugar, apple, and spicy hops
Taste: Dark sugar, caramel malts, light dark fruits, sour apple, lots of herbs. Not too hoppy in the aftertaste, more spicy
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and a creamy body
Overall: Not bad, not great

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:39:26 | More by rvdoorn
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Preface: Not sure if this is a bad bottle. The cork says 2010, and this has almost zero carbonation as it sits in the glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with no head.

S: Plums, cherries, figs, malt sweetness, assorted fruit sweetness like a fruit preserve

T: Basically, lots of dark fruits. Plums, cherries, some grape flavors as well, and not much else. One note of dark fruit, but nicely done.

O: This one is tasty. I remember this one being different, however, so maybe this is an old bottle. I'll have to revisit one that I know is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 03:04:18 | More by Krakistophales
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep garnet color, just a bit of light manages to filter through. Produces a good finger of light khaki head that quickly diminishes to a ring around the edges.

S- Dark fruits with a hint of sourness, apples, yeast, some malty sugary sweetness and lots of dark, boozy alcohol.

T- Lots of fruity notes, with big green apples, yeast and some spice. The malt is nice and caramel-like through the middle until the alcohol takes over towards the finish, with dark fruits and warming alcohol.

M- Medium bodied, healthy carbonation, smooth and creamy feel.

O- A pretty damn good Dark Belgian, the flavor is great on this and it's nice to see one done with a lighter, more tart fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 03:17:50 | More by WillCarrera
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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been hanging on to this for a couple of years. Hope it's still okay.

Dark mahogany-brown, with a moderately sized (for a Belgian) coffee-coloured head. Leaves spots of lace and a lasting ring.

Nose shows port, red grapes, booze-soaked raisins, wood and slightly overbearing tart balsamic notes. I'm normally a fan of all the above, but there's something a bit rough about the combination.

Taste is quite sour and oud-bruin-like. Again there's loads of fortified wine-character, molasses, stewed plums, sour cherries and bark. Rustic, but with a certain charm that grows on me.

Smooth and rich with medium carbonation and length. Manages to bed the flavours down well without announcing itself.

Plenty of charisma, albeit some grating characteristics. Definitely on the sourer side for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and I'm not 100% sure that's what's intended. Keen to review this again, because I'm not convinced this has been well transported and/or stored and remember it being better when I first tried it a few years ago.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 14:19:59 | More by spicelab
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a beautiful amber/ruby color, releasing some great fruit flavors and sweet notes. The taste was reminiscent of apricots and prosciutto. It was delightful going down with a very pleasant mouthfeel even though it was very light and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 09:57:11 | More by annawees
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Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Pours a nice ruby red colour, finger of head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Spicy notes off the top, bit of leafy greens, some sweet alcohol and caramel undertones. Touch of pepper comes through on the finish.

T - Very rich ale, with sweet fruit (candied plums, strawberries and cranberries) off the top, the ABV well hidden, and some tart apple cider on the finish. Roasted malts linger on the tongue and some bitter leafy greens also come through.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down surprisingly smooth, but finishes a bit on the sticky side.

O - A tasty dark Belgian with loads of flavour. Definitely worth taking for a spin, but be prepared for some bold flavours.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 04:59:17 | More by andrenaline
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3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a big foamy tan head, Some lace..but that head is amazing.

Some toasted malt in the nose. A little yeast and alcohol.

A dry bitter beer. I can't sum it up any better. Some alcohol, but not much, hardly any sugar, good dark toast elements, almost burnt. But before you get any real complexity it dries out and gets super bitter. I'm ok with this one, but I found it harder o finish as I progressed. 12 oz. was perfect. I also think the more I sipped, the lower my ratings got.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Not great, but ok. Worth a try. Some good elements, but nothing I'd want again. I'm pretty kind in the ratings

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 23:22:00 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a warm, ochre color with overtones of chestnut brown. 1.5 fingers of dense, thick khaki head stick around for a little while.

Delicately spicy is the phrase that comes to mind. Cinnamon and hazelnut upfront. This is backed by some copper and a muddled fruitcake aroma. Distant dates on the back end of each sniff. It's nice, but not striking in any way.

The taste follows the nose pretty closely. Fruitcake, dates, allspice, and some lightly medicinal phenols make up pretty much the entirety of the flavor. Some port-like flavors show on a bottle that has some age on it (like this one seems to be). Again, this isn't an astounding beer. But it's pretty good.

The body feels a bit thin, just a touch, but there is a good level of effervescence to back it up, bolstering the mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very solid BSDA. Nothing about it blows me away, but its certainly enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:48:28 | More by Reaper16
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear filtered brown with amber highlights. A decent off-white head small, but good retention.

Dark fruits appear first and foremost in the aroma plumbs, raisins. Maybe a touch of apricotish and tart green apple.

The dark fruits become more intense. The plumb and fig tastes remind me more of a dopplebock than a Belgian dark ale. Good caramel malts come through. A spicy characteristic fades into a bit of heat from the alcohol.

Big beer, nicely carbonated a bit chewy. The alcohol comes through maybe just a touch too much, but nothing overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 02:17:51 | More by bfields4
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Wow...this is extremely carbonated yielding a huge 4+ finger tan head that has good retention and leaves creamy lacing along the glass. Very dark brown, clear body with red highlights around the edges.

Nice, pungent aroma that starts tart with a touch of cherry and apple, closely followed by sweet, dark fruit. Just a bit of malt and Belgian spice in the background.

The flavor follows the aroma but a little less tart and a little more sweet. The dark fruit is more prominent in the flavor and the tartness takes a back seat. Minor notes of oak, chocolate, and caramel malt round out a tasty flavor.

Medium thickness on the mouthfeel that is fairly drinkable for the abv. Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 00:12:52 | More by FanofHefe
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown/red w/ a thin chocolate one finger head that quickly goes away. Good carbonation and average lacing. Beautiful looking beer.

S- Dark malt, yeast, apple, figs, in the nose. Not quite as strong a smell as I'd like, but still really wonderful.

T- Same profile as the nose with a little earthy-ness in there as well. Nice beer- I dig this one, but for the style I can't go past a 4. Fairly thin, but nice.

M- Fairly thin, but nice. Aftertaste has that earthy feel to it that lingers for a while. Nothing outstanding here, but nice for the style.

O- Nice beer, worth picking up if you haven't had it. This isn't nearly as good as Rochefort 8 though, and that's the standard for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:51:20 | More by jayhawk73
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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
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South Carolina

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

Served in Duvel glass. From notes.

A: Dark red in color, white fluffy head. Chunks of sediment in the drink. Large chunks that are actually kinda intimidating.

S: Light fruits, banana, apricot, bread etc. Another bombshell: the nose is light. Apricots, banana, sugary breads.

T: Fruits previously mentioned.

M: On the thin side in body and carbonation.

D: Will try again down the road maybe it will be better.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 01:06:10 | More by drowninginhops
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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
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4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently, I’ve been on a mission to seek out some awesome pale ales. I have literally watched myself become a hophead – and it’s been great! For the past few days, though, I’ve had this huge yearning for some thick stouts and Belgians. I can’t get enough. This, being a dark Belgian, is perfect for my current craving; plus, Delirium Tremens has got to be one of my absolute favorite Belgians. This is definitely one I’m looking forward to.

A: Wow, this one is unique! The head is huge and creamy, an off-white beauty. The body is a deep crimson that’s hard to see through when sedentary on my coffee table, yet brilliant when held up in a brighter environment. The best part: yeast! Yeast everywhere. There’s an enormous amount of sediment, even with my first pour. As the head fades, a current of carbonation slowly churns the fragments throughout the body. Gorgeous.

S: Another bombshell: the nose is light. Apricots, banana, sugary breads – the yeast is weightlessly sweet. It’s completely contrasting to the color of the body. Odd, but lovely. The difference in this one compared to Tremens isn’t that it’s richer or has darker aromas; it’s just more syrupy and sugared-up. A surprising opening.

T: The nose was spot-on. Marvelously sweet – thick fruit preserves predictably start the palate. Some coy hints of alcohol run next, followed by esters that are anything but. Said herbal traces are healthy and full, but mellow on the tongue, merging happily with the taste of crusty breads and malts. It’s an intricate dark that shares the lighter attributes of its more popular counterpart. Overall, the taste can be described like a fruity marmalade: it’s viscous yet buoyant.

M: Sadly, a little thin. The carbonation is very subtle, if at all noticeable, so you’d expect a fuller-bodied feel to compensate. It doesn’t. Not a deal-breaker, because the taste is still great, but it certainly doesn’t help.

O: I like this beer a lot. Do I love it like I love Delirium Tremens? No. That’s a pretty high bar to set, though. This is definitely complex in a way that so many Belgian Strong Ales aren’t, but it still won’t ever match my affection for Tremens. That being said, they’re different styles, and it’s exciting to explore a favorite brewery in a way you haven’t yet experienced. I guess Noël’s next, right?

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 03:36:59 | More by BarryMFBurton
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2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 03:36:07 | More by Knapp85
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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: A very dark brown with a little bit of amber red coming through. Has a huge tan head that fades into a filmy layer. Moderate lacing. There is some sediment floating around.

Smell: Lots of dark fruits including raisins,berries, plums, and cherry. Also picking up some yeast and caramel malts.

Taste: A very sweet and slightly tart flavor from the raisins, berries, plums, cherries, and yeast along with the malts. There is also a light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Very smooth and the alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very tasty and solid dark Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 06:33:41 | More by MattyG85
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very deep reddish brown. Like very strong brewed iced tea. A FULL amount of glorious soft head. Looks like you could float the bottle on top of it.

S: Raisons and burnt caramel. Some slight earthiness along with a healthy amount of dark berries.

T: Distinct fruitiness at the beginning. Some slight burnt/roasty flavors, and a touch of tartness. The finish has a nice roasted flavor in it.

M: Medium in body, very high carbonation, and a nice dryness.

O: Overall very good, but it seems to lacks bit of the complexity I expect from the style., and shows a touch of booze in it. Still A damn fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 04:21:05 | More by Beejay
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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a goblet.

This is a very beautiful beer in the glass, with a thick tawny and rocky head and a deep amber opaqueness. The nose is very estery, but not all that complex, and is the weakest aspect of the beer overall. The taste, though, is very nice, with some great dark fruitiness followed by a lingering dry burn. Overall, the beer seems a bit light in mouthfeel compared to other strong dark ales, but it is very enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:47:59 | More by wescj
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,126 ratings.