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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 97
Gots: 158 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of StaveHooks


3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with ruby edges. 1 finger of cream colored settles down to form a wide collar.

S - Tart apples/cherries, brown sugar, spiced candy, sharp alcohol vapors.

T - Bartlett pears and pomegranate dominate the mix of fruity malt. Cocoa beans soaked in booze, brown sugar, unknown spices, peppery hop bitterness on the finish. Some vanilla/sarsaparilla type flavors on the aftertaste.

M - Heavy carbonation, light to medium bodied.

This is an interesting BSDA. It's like they threw in the whole kitchen sink, all at one time. Some things seem to meld together, others don't. Try it out for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 23:26:54 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Hopfenpeter


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

The beer pours an attractive red with a tan head. It dissipates fast and leaves little lacing. The beer looks very inviting, just like the bottle design.
Smelling the beer you will find that the citrus floral hops dominate .
Tasting the beer those citrus aromas are up front. In the middle a more malty taste and some caramel notes sweeten things up. At the end everything will be balanced with a kind bittersweet aftertaste.
Very drinkable greatly designed beer. A must try!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:13:44 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of jacobseyb


3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark red to brown color with a tan head that crowned the beer and left little lacing. Smell is generally malty with some spice. Dark fruits and some slight floral notes present as well. Taste is primarily dark fruits and spice with the alcohol bringing up the finish. Feels very crisp and full bodied with some alcohol warming as well. Overall a very enjoyable beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:40:09 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of ChadQuest


3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No head retention, bottle gushed a bit once opened, the little head that formed was thin looking and faded. Color is a deep deep reddish brown.
Toffee malts over laying a spice blanket that is hidden by sweetness and candy. I wish the spice was a bit more prominant, but i guess that's what makes this one dark.
Flavors are dark fruity malts with caramel and chocolate hidden spices.

I remember really liking this when i got into craft beer, it's not bad, but there is nothing to keep my attention, no stars of this show. I guess this is one way of seeing my change of tastes forming.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 03:02:22 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

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

Very dark clear ruby with a thin tan head that soon disappeared.

Smell of ripe fruit, prunes and dark malts. Tastes of candied fruit, dark malts, phenols. Some yeast in the finish.

Medium body. Fairly dry for a Strong Dark. A nice change. Very nice overall. Alcohol is fairly hidden but does cut the drinkability somewhat. Nevertheless fairly smooth and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 03:47:33 | More by scott451
Photo of HattedClassic


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

Appearance: Pours a nice rich and creamy light tan head that lasts quite a while and diminishes very slowly while leaving some lacing. The beer is a nice dark brown but better resembles a dark amber.

Smell: I get a distinct aroma of apple tartness that dominates the smell. The smell reminds me of a crisp Granny Smith or freshly washed orange slices. After warming up a little bit, the fruity parts of the beer start to mingle with the tarty smell. After swirling the beer for a bit, the alcohol smell escapes and compliments the tarty smell well. After some careful smelling, I can finally get some brown sugar.

Taste: Apple dominates the palate with fruity and spicy undertones that don't quite make it past the hops. After letting it warm a little, the brown sugar emerges as a nice complement to the tart. Furthermore, the alcohol comes out a little bit. I get a yeasty aftertaste as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and smooth.

Overall: I have to say that I enjoyed the Nocturnum and would probably enjoy it even more after aging it a little bit to reduce the tartness and making it more fruity rather than tart. I admit that this beer really tested my abilities and I think that I'm going to have to come back to this one down the road to get a better idea. *After returning to it and drinking it in a different glass, the review has been updated.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 05:26:20 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of StoutHunter


3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Delirium Nocturnum for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. I have had a couple different Belgian Strong Dark Ales lately and thought it is about time a try a traditional one to get a feel for what this style is really about. It looks to be bottled in April of 09. Poured from a foiled 330ml ceramic bottle into my goblet.

A- The label is pretty cool, the pink elephant is an attention grabber. It poured a pretty dark ruby red color that was close to being dark brown. It had three fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thick ring that left some spotty lacing.

S- I pick up a good amount of brown sugar and a little molasses, I can also pick the Belgian yeast. It is slightly metallic and earthy along with some muskiness and a little booze. This brew has a weird smell that isn't too pleasing.

T- Thankfully the taste is far different from the aroma. There is some dark roasted malts that impart a nice mildl roasted flavor and are sweet but not too sweet. The main player here are the dark fruits and the Belgian yeast. The dark fruits are dominated by raisins with a little bit of plum thrown in there and the yeast imparts a lot of those typical spices you get from Belgian yeast. There was good balance here and everything came together nicely. There was hardly an presence of alcohol in this brew.

M- Medium bodied, creamy and slightly over carbonated.

Overall this was a good Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I liked most everything about this beer, except the aroma, it just seemed off to me and the muskiness did not help that one bit. Other then that everything else was pretty nice, I liked the dominating raisin flavor in this beer it really went nice with the Belgian yeast. I would drink this beer again but for the price I won't be going out of my way to get it. If you like the style give it a try, just try and not let the aroma turn you off. I would like to see what the other two delirium's are like.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:47:11 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of JamesS


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic thick dark murky brown with wonderful head and great lacing throughout. Great huge malt scents with a wonderful cherry aroma bursting through. Wonderful flavors, with a great thick, rich, and dark maltiness, a wonderful fruitiness (cherry mostly), and a nice hit of spiciness at the end. Goes down thick and smooth, but with quite a bit of alcohol heat to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 13:53:05 | More by JamesS
Photo of NickRivers


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

A&S - Dark ruby brown with a soapy, one-finger, tan head. Reeks of alcohol, the malt is there but nothing else comes though the smokey alcohol. Some of that good ol' Belgian sugar and some caramelized fruit.

T&M - Surprisingly medium/heavy body, very crisp, sweet and chewy which can only be pulled off if the beer is extremely well balanced. Again mostly alcohol, nice sweet warm feeling, burns the throat on the way down. Lots of smoked malts with some chocolate in the back. Some of that fruit as well.

O - A great beer, slightly off outstanding.

Picked up a 22oz. at WorldMarket for I believe $9.99, not a bad price for a strong craft beer. Its a very good sipper, very malty and very sticky, very smokey if you can get through all the alcohol. I could probably do this for a fine dinner but thats just me. I can't really say much but find it. Its not a beer to drop what your doing and go hunt for, however if its on a shelf at your local brew store, buy it, its that beer that you "Just haven't gotten around to trying." Also look for a couple of their other brews i hear they're just as good or better. Stay thirsty my friends

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 08:28:57 | More by NickRivers
Photo of Spadoof


4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from: 101 Bottles (Kent, Ohio)
Origin: 1 Pint 9.4 FL. OZ. Bottle
Bottled on: March, 2010
Tasted on: 04/7/11
Glassware: Ray's Place Pilsner Glass.
Serving Temperature: Approx 45 F

Notes: Pilsner Glass is the only glassware I had on me. I served it slightly colder than normal to see how the flavors evolved as the beer warms.

Appearance: Pours creamy, off-white a 1 & 1/2 head that sticks around for awhile and leaves a mild lacing on the sides of my glass. The body of the beer is a dark red/brown hue and is transparent. Beautiful!

Smell: Belgium sugars and yeast. Mild citrus and floral notes. As I allow the beer to warm up a few degrees, I get light orange rind smell.

Taste: Sticks pretty well to the nose. Floral, citrusy, sugary goodness!

Mouthfeel: Medium Body, a little light on the carbonation.

Concluding thoughts: Very enjoyable. I would definitely pick this up again. I look forward to try more of Huyghe's other beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 04:17:21 | More by Spadoof
Photo of BMoldy

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep blackish-brown with a tremendous cocoa-colored head that absolutely refuses to budge and leaves beautiful lacing when it does. Very yeasty aroma with some floral notes. Tastes pretty sweet with a nice toasted malt backbone. Hop presence is relatively minimal but keeps the sweetness in line. Fruit and citrus notes complement the sweetness and give this beer an added dimension. The mouthfeel is a little heavy but the carbonation is strong enough to mitigate this and help everything go down smoothly.

I tend to prefer Nocturnum to Tremens, if only because I find Tremens to be a little too in your face with the yeast, while this is slightly more well-rounded (I might even say cohesive). Like Tremens, it's kind of in it's own category but I still think its a novel spin on the Belgian dark ale. Definitely worth a try for any fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 17:46:16 | More by BMoldy
Photo of wolvie2


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so full of tastes - fruity and delightful but strong. It gets its message across and the aftertaste leaves you wanting to get more. Easy to drink on its own without food, and much better on draft than in a bottle. A go to beer when you just want something delicious, easy to drink, and not too filling.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 06:45:17 | More by wolvie2
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Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip mar23 2011

A hazy muddy reddish brown, very fast falling dark tan head zero lace

S fruity brown sugar with a hint of booze, some yeast and spice

T perhaps some cinnamon apple and molasses on top of all I smell, more going on here then I expected fairly tasty stuff

M fairly full bodied yet the carbonation fluffs it up a bit making it feel a little lighter, flavors linger and just a little heat from the booze

O looks average but good in all other areas, easy to drink considering the 8.5%

good price and rather tasty, I'll grab one of these from time to time, try it if you get the chance

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:14:19 | More by wordemupg
Photo of BeerCon5


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

Pours a deep amber-red color with about one finger of eggshell white head.

The scent is of sweet fruits, alcohol, and sugar.

The taste is of apple, pear, sweet sugar, some caramel malt, very notable alcohol presence.

Medium body, smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was a very good beer, awesome flavor and very easy to drink. I would definitely try to get this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 18:02:46 | More by BeerCon5
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Bottle to snifter.

Pours dark ruby with 1 to 2 fingers of tan foamy head.

Smells interesting, slightly metallic and earthy with a hint of alcohol at the end.

Tastes slightly spicy with a bit of strawberry/red berry fruit and mellows out across the tongue.

Very easy to drink the individual bottle, but I think the spicy notes may make this difficult to session (IMO)

Definitely worth coming back to, again .. and again but perhaps only one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 22:30:55 | More by Duckmancgy
Photo of tbern007


3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head! Dark brown with ruby. Very nice coloration. Good lace.
S - earthy, iron-like, yeast, a bit fruity.
T - fruit but not sweet, apple tart but not too tart, malty, medicinal, iron-like, yeasty. Lot of taste.
M & D - dark in color, light feel. Very flavorful but not heavy. Lightly creamy. Smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 20:06:46 | More by tbern007
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North Carolina

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

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a nice dark brown with an average sized creamy head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. The aroma was heavy of roasted malts, a sweet doughy yeast with notes of molasses , raisons, dark chocolate and coffee. It tasted sweet at first and finished sweet yet mild with hints of raisons, brown sugar and a mild coffee note. Mouthfeel was very creamy in texture an medium in body with a flat carbonation. Overall and awesome tasting brew!!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 17:27:45 | More by KajII
Photo of bb0bbby


4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my top 10 for sure

A: Good head, begging your nose to smell. Ruby color that leaves a slight lace

S: So many smells, so little time...kinda sour applish bouquet with a background of hops as it warms and you realize the strength of alcohol.

T: Complex darker chocolate with apple flavors and spicy plum aftertones.

M: Full with little carbonation - almost perfect

D: I could drink this every day for the rest of my life...

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:54:22 | More by bb0bbby
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3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russet-orange highlights around the edges of a dark brown brew. Head jumps up two inches and is a toasted-tan color. Decent lacing. Nose is pretty strong given the tight foam. Dark fruit maltiness is the main entree, with a peppery Belgian yeast note.

The flavor is not quite as sweet as the nose, a net positive. Pretty fruity, with rum raisin and plum. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a solid malt backbone that is leavened quite a bit by the active yeast. Too thin and light to be among the best of style.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 04:18:26 | More by BretSikkink
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

About 10 oz serving in a snifter.

Appearance: Nearly clear dark red mahogany; thin tan head; good lacing.

Smell: malt; dark fruits; a little yeasty

Taste: Fruity and creamy; in combination, more so than any beer I can remember. A tad spicy. Chocolate? Slight sourness in finish, especially after warming.

M - smooth and very creamy; Medium-body.

Excellent complexity and dynamic variation in flavor from start to aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 03:03:20 | More by chinchill
Photo of Tristor


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Thick, slightly darkened head. Liquid is uniformly dark brown throughout. When looking through the glass against the light, orange and amber comes back on the edges, no light is visible through the center of the liquid.


When smelling the glass before the first sip, I get a sharp citrus scent, reminiscent of grapefruit. Under that there is a heavy smell of hops. The nose off the first sip is heavy of hops with some scent of molasses and malt.


Dark, roasted, malty taste, with good balance. There's a hint of cream and citrus, followed by a crisp aftertaste following the first swallow. Subsequent sips bring the citrus more to the front.


Overall smooth as it rolls across the tongue, but with some roughness due to the heavier carbonation.

Overall, I'd say Delirium Nocturnum is an enjoyable dark strong ale with the characteristic profile one would expect from the style. After writing the first part of this review I sampled some Orange Pim's biscuits with this beer, and the blending of the chocolate with orange marmalade went very well with the overall dark almost earthy taste and texture of the beer with its citrus overtones.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 22:37:21 | More by Tristor
Photo of zeledonia


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

On-tap at the Blue Nile in Minneapolis.

A: Pours a very deep reddish brown with a 1/2-finger whitish head that leaves some lacing around the edges. Clear and reddish with light behind it.

S: Strong on the malt and yeast, with solid rich fruits (think stone fruits like plums and apricots) and some spice.

T: Less malty and sweet than the nose would suggest, and more hops and spice. A lot of complex flavors coming in gentle little waves. Spice, fruits, some earthy tones.

M: Medium-bodied, nicely coating as it should be, with good carbonation to balance and give lightness. I get none of the alcohol.

D: Very drinkable. Quite tasty, with a pleasant mouthfeel and the alcohol very much hidden. A lovely, complex strong dark ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 15:05:04 | More by zeledonia
Photo of warnerry


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

Pours a deep brown with three fingers of head.

Smells consists of lots of raisins and other dark dried fruits, with a decent amount of malt coming through. Maybe not a scent that is for everyone, but I'm enjoying it.

Taste is a lot of fruit, but not at all sweet. Deep raisin, plum and some vinous notes, with a nice array of malts coming through as well.

Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation to brighten it up.

Doesn't stand out as one of the best Belgian strong dark ales out there, but a well made beer that I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:17:25 | More by warnerry
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Appearance: nut brown, reddish, cloudy, off white head

Smell: Delightfully complicated due to the triple fermentation. Strawberry jam, banana, chocolate, hazelnut, a hint of coffee.

Taste: All the aromas mentioned above are there, but a little more subdued. Strawberry and milk chocolate are more dominant and the creamy body makes it like an effervescent chocolate strawberry ice cream sunday.

Finish: Clean with a very mild bitterness and a little more of the nut and coffee present.

A very drinkable beer. It's on my go to list.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 04:00:54 | More by JamesSchutz
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter glass. Color is a dark ruby with good carbonation and a tight off white head. Aroma is a sweet toasted caramel scent. Taste is malty and fizzy. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a very fizzy feel. Finish is malty with a mild fruity yeast flavor and a dried fruit sweetness. After taste is clean and dry with the fruit slowly fading. This is a fabulous brew, mildly complex with good Belgian flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 17:19:41 | More by CuriousMonk
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,123 ratings.