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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,096 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,096
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 96
Gots: 148 | 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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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-12-2001)
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4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was excellent! I enjoyed it very much and I wil drink it again.

Appearance- dark red almost black, good head retention

Smell- sweet apple aroma

Taste- dark fruit, spice

Mouthfeel- medium body

Drinkability- Excellent! will be drinking this again

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 19:52:09 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of wheatman106

New York

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

A: Rich red color, poured a 1.5 finger head, and had moderate head retention.

S: Smelled sweet with a noticeable apple aroma.

T: Opens yeasty with fruit accents. Fruit notes build to middle and continue through the finish. The finish is of medium length with strong carbonation throughout.

M: Light to medium; again, the carbonation is pronounced.

D: Medium to high. I really enjoyed this beer and although I shared the big 25.4oz bottle with capra12 and Jimmy, I could definitely enjoy one all to myself.

Looking forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 02:36:07 | More by wheatman106
Photo of CHADMC3


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep hazy, brown, resembling chestnuts with a frothy tan head which slowly dissipates to just a thin film that hangs around throughout the beer with matching thin lacing.

Aroma consists of dark fruits, yeasts, brown sugar, figs and sweet dates.

The flavor offers immediate dark fruits, similar to the aroma, but also dark cherries and caramel malt. There are also bread like aspects and a slight kick of spice, perhaps peppery.

Big carbonation, medium to light in body, and nice smooth alcohol warmth that does not overwhelm.

Good brew, this is one of my favorite styles, and this is a delicious sampling. Great flavor complexities, and easy to drink. Very appealing overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 00:41:19 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

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

Pours a cloudy dark chestnut brown with a puffy cream coloured head.

The aroma was roasted and burnt malted barley, sweet sugary dark dried fruits like figs and prunes, rasins

Taste: Complex with a few different layers. Chocolate and toasted brown bread. Figs, cherries, prunes, almonds and walnuts. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft carbonation

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 10:08:49 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of MunchkinDrinker


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

50th Review!!

A - Very very dark opaque red. with a huge rocky tan head. Laces readily, and head bubbles back up with a swirl.

S - Medicinal tart like apple. Some alcohol burn, but not in a bad way. Latent sweetness behind the apple.

T/M - Wow this is smooth. Spiciness hits first, followed by a sour tart, but altogether mellow and wonderfully creamy. Malt sweetness rides through until a slight apple tang hits on the very very end. Alcohol is unnoticable.

D - Definately a sipper, but very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:01:56 | More by MunchkinDrinker
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a goblet a dark copper colour with a few centimetres of fluffy beige head that slowly falls away.
S - Dark fruit, caramel & bready maltiness. Alcohol esters.
T - Dark fruit also in the tastes, but not as dominant as in the smell. Quite bready with some caramel sweetness. A large amount of phenolic spice.
M - Medium body and carbonation level.
D - Definately a good beer. I don't think I'd drink 2 in a row though.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 08:54:16 | More by brendan13
Photo of JMD


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich deep copper color with redish tones. Nice pillowy head that dissipates quickly. No significant lacing as I drink it.

S: Ripe fruit, plums and dark cherries. Carmel and light toasted malt. Sweat bread and faint presence of alcohol.

T: Sweet up front with fruit flavors, candied plums and raisens. Brown sugar and molasses. Alcohol is definitely present, finishes dry like a wine.

M: Active carbonation and suprisingly dry.

D: All and all this is a quality brew. Not my favorite interpretation of the style, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 00:55:35 | More by JMD
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick reddish dark amber, somewhere between opaque and translucent; a cloudy look, full of foreboding, topped with a dark beige shaving cream like head which lasts through a minute of admiration. A gentle swirl produces nice lace.

Nose is a wonderfully pungent and sweet fragrance strongly of dark cherries, plums, lesser bouquets of bread, and a surrounding subdued scent of earth and herbs. My nose registers almost no alcohol warmth. Best thing about this brew. Nice.

Taste is a blast of fruit flavor in the front of the sip, dark cherries, plums, currants, carried into the palate on a beautiful wave of bready sweetness, spice, and herbs. It finishes dry with a lasting taste that morphs to include warm bourbon notes and pleasingly mild bitterness. This rounds it out into a wonderful sip of flavor.

Mouthfeel was the poorest feature of this brew. While it didn't detract from enjoyment in a serious way, often the viscosity was cloying as the beer warmed. This was unfortunate because I found I enjoyed this beer's taste more as its temp. warmed to higher than I normally enjoy strong Belgians.

I find this beer delicious, but less drinkable than some others of this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 15:08:38 | More by cavedave
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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: from the champegne style bottle
pours a dark amber with deep red light showing through

S: rich fruity aroma with very dry almost wine aroma

T: righ fruity flavors (not overpowering) flavors of dry grape and some citrus with bready bitter aftertaste

M: thick and smooth with light carbonation

D: not bad, i've had weaker beers that were way stronger

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 23:48:17 | More by lonestar1836
Photo of Jeffo


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

Into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a smaller medium looking tan head that slowly pops away to a thin film. Color is burnt umber with some ruby hues. Minimal carbonation evident. A thin film remains until the end but leaves no lacing.

SMELL: A bold nose of sweet caramel malt and brown sugar. Dark fruits noticeable as well, raisins and grapes mostly, with some sweet dried fruits. Hints of spicy clove in the back as well and some Belgian yeast rounds it off. Nice nose for sure.

TASTE: Caramel malt and toffee up front. Dark fruits, raisins and grapes mostly, much like the nose indicated. This soon gives way so some spicy cloves and Belgian yeast, with a hint of spicy alcohol at the finish. The spicy and slightly alcoholic aftertaste is decently strong but somewhat short lived. Pretty good profile.

PALATE: Medium-thicker body with medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with no bite at all and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Solid here too, but needs to be a little more creamy to really put it over the top.

OVERALL: One of the better strong dark ales out there. A nice taste profile and a terrific nose on this one. A more impressive look and a slightly creamier palate would put this at or near the top, but non-the-less, this one is definitely worth seeking out. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 11:14:00 | More by Jeffo
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - served in the appropriate Delirium chalice. As dark as a stout with a thin head.

Smell - fruit and bread.

Taste - like an ale mixed with Sprite. Heavily carbonated, which concealed a lot of the flavors of this beer. Served a little too cold for this style.

Mouthfeel - light

Drinkability - Good. If you enjoy Tremens, try Nocturnum. It's a good example of the Strong Ale style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 12:56:14 | More by smanders
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Brown color with no head and no lace here. I see a lot of stuff floating in the body of the beer???

smell - Sweet dark fruits here.

taste - Sweet, dark fruits, raisin, spices. Lot of stuff going on.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - A sipping beer for me, not because the ABV is high, but its sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 00:02:02 | More by auxiliary
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4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= pours black with amber highlights and a nice brownish three finger head. Looks great. Awesome lacing and retention.
S= a little boozy with good dark fruit and some chocolate malt. Bubblegum comes through as well.
T= a little bubblegum in it very smooth and mild. A little chocolate and bannana yeastyness as well great
M= smooth and delicious. Somewhat coating and mild.
D= great very solid brew ill seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 02:16:18 | More by jjanega08
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Sweet raisins and some strawberry as well. Actually this smells almost like a grape soda to me.

Appearance - Poured a dark red but not much carbonation supporting the thin tan head.

Taste - Fruity sweetness up front that gave way to a surprisingly lack of flavor. Some spice and fruit mixed with a little alcohol that ends on a dry finish. Good but not satisfying. As the beer warms the alcohol takes over.

Mouthfeel - Not bad but medium bodied.

Drinkability - Not amazingly so.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 16:20:00 | More by jwhawkins81
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3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 11.2oz classic Delirium bottle with nice foiled top; there might be a best-by date here, but the format is kind of hard to decipher

Appearance: Beautiful dark garnet beer with dark tan thick cap which fades to a very thick sticky film with decent retention as well. The beer was pretty bright until right at the end when I poured a bit too much and got the kind of typical weird wispy Delirium yeast in the glass.

Smell: Mixed tart fruit aromas up front (the only one I can pick out for sure is green apple) backed by sweet dark malt, a hint of vague spice, and a pleasant fruity booziness.

Taste: Nice balance between juicy dark fruits and apple and sweet caramel/dark toffee malts; the only thing throwing this off is that there's a little bit of a metallic twang on the finish that's kind of annoying.

Mouthfeel: Rich and boozy

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Overall not a bad brew at all; it does seem a bit average for the style however, and I can think of several others I might choose over this if given the choice. I'm still in the minority in the fact that my favorite Delirium brew is their Christmas offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 04:07:15 | More by BedetheVenerable
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New Jersey

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

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass.

S-gives off a sweet malty aroma that settles into a dark fruity smell, reminds me of dried fruit or berry.

A-pours with a nice thick cream colored head that dissapates rather quickly the beer itself has a reddish hue opaque yet free of haze.

T-I have to admit this is hard for me not to be bias with this being my favorite style.
Rich toasty malt flavor. A little spicy well balanced with that dried fruitiness that is also strong in the aroma.

M-well carbonated with a warmth tha is common to the style. Astringent with a medium dry finish. Vinious to say the least.

D-who has the recipe. This stuff is good for any occasion, with a meal or alone it would be a tough one to turn down.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 15:30:36 | More by Teeter
Photo of MitchW


4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle.

A - Dark, reddish brown. Somewhat hazy with lots of solid matter. Thick head (large bubbles) that takes a while to subside to heavy lacing.

S - Iconic malty, sweet, Belgian smell.

T - Dark biscuity flavor. Somewhat sweet, but not nauseatingly so. You really can't tell from the flavor that it's 8%.

M - Despite the thick flavor, this beer doesn't linger in the mouth.

D - Obviously the style isn't supposed to be consumed in rapid succession. Still, Nocturnum drinks very easily.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 03:56:38 | More by MitchW
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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holeman & Finch.

Pours a deep, reddish amber with an big off-white head that shows excellent lacing and retention.

The aroma is very sweet with tons of dark fruit, mainly figs and raisin, and plenty of candi sugar on top of the generous caramel malt presence. There are some spices thrown in for good measure.

The taste very much follows the aroma and is based on top of the big caramel sweetness. There is probably a tad less sweetness in the taste and a bit more musty spiciness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate, soft carbonation.

This is a solid, if not spectacular, take on the style that's very drinkable for the ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 18:07:34 | More by gford217
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Triple Karmeliet Tulip. 4/08 notched on label.

A - Almost opaque brown in color with ruby hints and ample carbonation with two fingers of lumpy, tan head but quickly descending.

S - Strong spicy, malty, and yeasty aroma bursting fourth from the glass with dark fruit aromas - raisin and plum - with a tiny citrus sharpness to it. Bananas started coming out later.

T - Malty sweetness comes out right away with some yeast and dark fruit flavors. Spicey too.

M - Crisp and light. Lighter body despite the color. Ample carbonation with a bit of a bite to it but the alcohol hides well.

D - Good but not great in the drinkability department, it has a nice flavor and an outstanding aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 14:14:11 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This dark Belgian ale pours a dark mocha color looking almost cola-like. The aroma is very sweet, and the head is not substantial and only makes a brief stay leaving little to no lacing behind. The carbonation seemed to higher than other variations in this style, but that's not a complaint, it was a nice detraction from the usual. The ale has a pronounced chocolate-cherry aftertaste and leaves the palate dry. The body is thinner than it looks, not watery, but thin. This sweet Belgian ale was great for a warm spring evening and was very easy to drink. With an ABV of 8.5% you so have to be a little conscious not to let your sippin' move too fast, otherwise it makes standing up a challenge. Great beer and a great compliment to the pound cake my wife served with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 18:36:09 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Humongous tan head that won't fade. Dark copper pour with ruby tints. Loads of yeast chunks (and I haven't even pours the whole bottle yet!) including some stuck in the head.
Aroma is Belgian bready yeast, loads of spices, candy sugar sweetness, tang apples and some light roasted malt. Sort of lacking for a Belgian strong.
Flavour is dominated by an almost sour tang, followed by a cidery taste often present in home-brews brewed too warm/too much simple sugar. Some toffee malt and lots of alcohol. Carbonic acidity from high carbonation present.
Too much carbonation!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 10:46:47 | More by CrazyDavros
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 11.2 oz bottle to my tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark deep amber color with a large bubbly tan head.

Smell: Fruity and bready goodness with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet caramel and more bready goodness. Really nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and creamy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and tasty brew, but don't see myself having too many of these due to the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 01:05:56 | More by nsmartell
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer was a little worse than i anticipated. Love the bottle not pressure under the cork though.

A- Dark slightly reddish. Blackish red. Thick offwhite head that lasdted the whole was down.

S- funky smell and of course dried dark fruits like dates and plums or something. I didnt like the smell.

T- again with this funky flavor that i didnt care for. Fruits didnt taste that great. kinda disapointed but i still enjoyed the beer.

M- slightly bitter after feel. Taste kinda lingers.

D- easy at first but gets slightly harder to drink alot.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 13:52:14 | More by SpencerSauce
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into DT snifters.

A - dark reddish brown, and very clear, all things considered. Poured with a thick tan head, which has slowly receded, but remains present.

S - definitely a boozy aroma there. Also spiced grapes, or possibly raisins. Almost like a porto type smell, of a boozy, grape aroma.

T - very grapy, tastes much more like a red wine than a beer. Initially this is very unusual and nice, but as it fails to fade into other flavors and remains a strong, heavy, grape, it is a bit weird. Very, very unusual. Once you search for them, some caramel and roast flavors are present, as are hints of spice. They are far beneath the layer of grape, though. The finish is roasted malt: caramel and slightly chocolaty, but the orver-arching flavor is strongly grape.

M - light, crisp and juicy.

D - it isn't bad, but honestly if I wanted a bottle of wine, or of port, I think I would buy one of those instead. This falls of the mark, for me, so I'm not sure if I would drink it again. It is fairly good in its own way, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 02:40:09 | More by WalrusJockey
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3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Dark, very dark brown with red highlights where the light hits it. Thick carmel head that hangs around for quite a while.

The nose is complex: caramel (very rich), toffee, raisins, chocolate, blackberries, ripe black cherries, apples, peat moss, and a not-unpleasant mustiness. Nice.

The taste is more of the same, but with a slight coppery touch to the finish. The sweetness of the fruit flavors counterbalances the kind of sour/bitter earthy notes nicely. However, it's the the caramel and raisins that predominant on the palate. This beer is delicious. Mouthfeel is medium-thick.

The drinkability is the weakest aspect. Even though I liked the taste at first, it kind of gets old about halfway through and really becomes a chore to drink.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I have very little experience with Belgian ales, and I've honestly have had some traumatizing experiences with Dubbels and Tripels. I wrongly assumed that these two styles were representative of Belgian ales as a whole, so I had very low expectations for this brew. However, I'm pleased to say that this beer has been kind of an eye-opening experience to me. I feel like I just got schooled by this beer, and that's a very good feeling. I am excited to learn more about Belgians now. I still would like to learn to appreciate Dubbels and Tripels, but that lesson is for another brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 00:22:56 | More by sarahspat
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,096 ratings.