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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,400 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,400
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 116
Gots: 282 | 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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Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle with a cork dated 2008 pouring into a tulip glass

A- Very dark brown with hints of red and a two finger brown head.

S- Hints roasted malts and caramel, big fruit smell, some cherry. Some hints alcohol and something slightly off, a little funky but not a good funky.

T- Wow, big complexity and the taste is all over the place. I am getting roasted malts and a hint a caramel up front and a tart apple skin and grape skin dry white wine finish. There is some cherry and fig flavors in the middle the give this a very smooth transition between the big flavor differences.

M- Nice medium body, smooth.

D- This is a very different beer that is enjoyable. The smell is a little off putting, but once you take the first sip it is very easy to get over the smell.

Photo of xodin
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a very nice appearance with respectable clarity for a darker brew. It's smell is not very potent, but enjoyable none the less. When it comes to taste, I find this brew to be only slightly less satisfying than its brother, Delirium Tremens; however, it is still plenty delicious. Each drink contains a pleasant mix of fruit notes and malt with a light hint of caramel. At times, the caramel leaves me wanting for little more, but other times it seems just right. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, and highly recommended, but don't forget to try the Tremens as well.

Photo of catrone
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An deep brown beer with a pale brown head that disappears rather quickly.

The smell is of fruits and roasted malt, equally mixed.

The taste is strong and reflects the smell, though unlike other people in this thread, the carbonation was nearly absent (maybe it was a "bad" bottle), nevertheless the final vote for this section is very high.

The aftertaste is quite fruity and only little bitterness remains at the end.

The drinkability is good (even without - unfortunately for me - carbonation!) even though the ABV is quite high.

Definitely a good example of belgian beer.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; dark cherry brown, with a tan head. Looks beautiful at first but the head quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

smell; raisins and fresh figs with a bit of alcohol burn. Overall sweet and gentle but spice from the alcohol keeps everything in check. Really for the style, one could not ask for much more. Yeast dominates as the beer warms.

taste; alcohol bitterness from start to finish but not overwhelming. Sweet fruits upfront that are mellowed out into a buttery yeastyness, reminds me of chocolate with half and half. Finishes with a bit too much alcohol but this beer is easy to drink and I really can't complain much, just could be less dry. Great lingering, yeasty, aftertaste.

mouthfeel; burning carbonation that last a second or two but then turns oily and slick, going down smooth and slow.

drinkability; one is really enough, I think this style in general is meant to be enjoyed like a fine wein and treated as such.

Note; cambozola cheese went quite well with this beer.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snifter. Pours a dark cloudy brown color with a thick two inch light brown heading. Tremendous heading and lacing. Just a little too dirty looking.

Smell is of lightly roasted caramel malts with a slight sour apple aroma.

Taste is very intriguing.Same as the nose light roasted malts with a brief tongue smacking tartness. A very subtle earthy hop balance. A warm booziness is apparent in the end.

Mouth is medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Not as thick as I would have thought for 8.5 ABV.

I am really not a big fan of Belgian Strong ale's but this one caught me by surprise.Very good.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

A - Pours a dark, deep chestnut, almost black. Builds about 3 fingers worth of head that lingers forever. Can barely see carbonation rising from the Tremens glass through the golden brown highlights around the edges.Not much lacing, which kind of surprised me.

S - Smell is... relatively one-dimensional, unfortunately. The only real smell I'm getting is a messy combination between the dark, candied fruits and the warm alcohol. Not complex. Not real heavy.

T - Taste, like the nose, is rather flat and bland. Sweet malts upfront, then the dark fruit and then overwhelming alcohol bitterness. The transitions are not too smooth, either. As it warms it blends a bit more fluidly, but still not very enjoyable.

M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and springy with carbonation. However, not crisp enough to keep the palate from becoming muddy with the fruity alcohol taste.

D - Drinkability is moderate. It goes down easily enough, but the bland flavor and smell keep it from being something I'd want to drink much of in a night. A big let-down especially considering how much I enjoy Tremens.

Photo of arboristfish
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a clear brown, almost like a dark amber color. The head is very fizzy, an dis slightly tan. The aroma smells malty, maybe baking bread. The flavor is sweet, and has a warm feeling to it. The warmth could be from the alcohol but may also be a characteristic of a malt. I havent been able to find the ingredients list for this beer. Mouthfeel is medium, not light like a trippel but not heavy like a brown ale. Its actually a pretty drinkable beer! Reminds me of if you were to mix a dubbel with out all the candi sugar with a brown ale.

Photo of BucBasil
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a tulip glass at Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

A: Black on frist glance, a bit of red coming through in the light. 2 finger tan head with great retention.

S: Slight aroma of dark fruits, especially raisins. That's about all. Not a very complex aroma, but not a bad one either. Brown sugar comes in later as it warms.

T: Not as rich as I was hoping, and in fact a touch watery. Malt and slight fruity yeast notes coming through but nothing specific. Not bad but pretty disappointing at first. As the beer warmed a bit, the flavor opened up a bit, finishing with hints of berry.

Much better in the bottle.

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

This is one of the beers that I always see at the packie but always pass on. But never again! This ceramic white, Inidan style pint/champagne style bottle has been popped, poured and now...being consumed.

The appearance of the bottle is a 5, no doubt. But appearance of the beer is pretty ace as well. A dark, cherry, ruby red with floating sediments (which I don't care for) . A real nice off white head that slowly disappears; will recover it's form quickly if given a solid swirl.

The fragrance is very nice and in my opinion, the selling point. It's tart with a strong fruity smell. Something else as well. But I'm feeling stupid at the moment so I'll leave it at that.

Taste is nice as well. I was thinking it'd be a bit more strong, but it's quite smooth. Like the smell, it's dark, strong fruits. There is a sour and spicy taste...possibly slightly acidic/medicine-y

Medium body that's creamy and smooth. It also has a small bite. Also has a nice warming feel. Solid feeling and surprisingly boozy beer.

The drinkability is good. Overall it's a solid beer, no real negative aspects for me. It's definitely a beer I'll be buying again. And with it's awesome bottle, I may buy it as a stocking stuffer.

Photo of Steelcitybeerman
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served from a bottle and poured into a 16oz wide mouth tulip glass bearing the beer's logo on it. The color was dark on the brownish side. Right away it formed about a 2 inch tanish colored head.

The bottle was cool with the pink elephant on it. The ABV on this beer was 8.5 which was surprising considering how drinkable the beer was. I tasted a little bit of yeastiness, and a semi sweet finish. I liked this beer, and it was one that has been on my list to try for sometime. Negative to this beer- is the cost... at the bar in which I tried it it was $8 for one single bottle.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. Definately worth trying.

Photo of mwilbur
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter. Cork stamped with 2009.
A: Bottle opens with loud pop. Pours a nice dark brown (hint of light around the edges with backlighting) with 1/2 tan head. Decent retention and lacing.
S: Bananas, clove, warm spice, dark dried fruit, caramel malt, and fresh yeast. Very nice.
T: Follows aroma, but not quite as deep, complex, or full. Bananas, yeast, clove, an interesting note of barnyard funk (wasn't expecting that one), dark dried fruit, and a faint hint of sour apple.
M: Fairly light feel. Smooth and sweet. Coats palate decently.
D: ABV is well hidden. A solid brew with good drinkability. Perhaps a good intro to this style, however there are numerous better belgian strong dark ales out there.

Photo of Naugros
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark garnet with an off-white, slightly pinkish head. It starts off pretty thick but declines into a thin layer in less than a minute.

The smell is fruity (dark cherries) with a wet hay funk from the yeast.

It's drier than it smells. The cherries continue and there are some caramel malts bringing other dark fruits as well. The alcohol dries it all out in a wine-like mini-burn giving off some astringency. It finishes very dry on the tongue. This is not at all refreshing and leaves wanting to drink something else to slake your thirst.

Photo of NODAK
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma surprises me with how tame it is for this style, however, I do pick up on some dark fruit, sugar, spice and a bit of yeastiness.

Pours a very dark brown in my glass with a 1/2 inch fluffy head.

Taste is pretty light for a beer of this style, as is the mouthfeel. However, carbonation is pretty spritzy. The taste initially comes across as mildly sweet...some caramelized sugar and dark fruit, perhaps. There's a good deal of yeastiness behind that, plus a bit of pepper....leading to a finish that's really pretty dry. Very, very little hops here...and not much in the way of sweetness sticking around, either. It just seems a bit held back for style. I will say that the booze is hidden pretty well.

It's not bad, but it doesn't "wow" me at all. Taste is somewhat lower for this reason. However, it is a very drinkable brew...goes down very easily.

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

A - Poured into a 16oz tulip. Dark amber to ruby red color. Nice creamy looking head.

S - Yeast, alcohol, slight fruit notes.

T - Sweet slightly sour malts. Breadiness with a hint of fruit. Alcohol persists on the tongue.

M - Medium to light, slight silkiness.

D - Decent for such a high ABV.

This one will definitely warm your head after a little while, as expected of course. Not my favorite, but overall a good beer.

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

Pours dark brown in color with a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that lasted a long time and had sediment in the actual head, as well as a ton of sediment floating in the brew; decent lacing that slid down the glass fast and surprisingly only left spotty foam on the sides as well as leaving sediment in the creamy ring on top of the beer.

Smells very sweet and malty up front, with dark fruits, caramel, wet bread, toffee, yeast, brown sugar and some light alcohol; this nose has a rum-like aroma in addition to the typical Belgian yeast odor.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon, wet bread, yeast, brown sugar, toffee, light roasted grains, sour apple, pepper or other light spices and alcohol; the alcohol is faint, but present throughout and plays off well with the complex sweetness of this beer. The classic yeast aftertaste lingers with that metallic finish hanging around after each sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost watery with little to no carbonation and a slight bitter pucker in the finish.

Good drinkability as this is a smooth easy flowing beer that is tart and tasty in a good way. This was an enjoyable beer, but not one I could drink all night; another one a done type of beer.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours oxblood-pink with a stiff tan head of big bubbles. Cinnamon raisin bread and fermenting apple nose. Date and gingerbread malts plus a bit of wine barrel and burnt sugar with allspice and orange peel hops. Sour cherry tang and a minty dry finish. Medium, chewy but surprisingly light and crisp. No burn.

A bit thin and fizzy for the style, but also very drinkable for it's ABV. Almost like it was made to drink more than sip or eat with.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I missed this beer (as in they ran out) at the 2010 Empire Brewfest in Syracuse and have been excitedly waited to try this. In celebration of my gf's 21st B-day, she chose it as her first purchase.

The beer looked good in comparison to the other Belgians I've had, I was a tad put off by the amount of yeast that was present in every pour. It poured a dark brown and has a light tan head, not much lacing or carbonation (surprisingly). Also the bottle is interesting and fun, got to take that into consideration too...

The beer smells of Belgian funk. Nice and rich with a bold yeast-malt-fruit smell. Typical Belgian in a lot of respects, but different from smelling a Triple or Lambic.

Something about the beer didn't hit me like the others I've had. It just didn't have the "umph" that I was looking for and instead had a funky bitter strangeness. This consensus was agreed by all who partook. I'm just not sure why, but I felt like I never really fell into this beer like a Chimay or Duvel. Ether way I enjoyed the beer, just not as much as others

The lack of carbonation and strange aftertaste led me to the slightly above average rating. I just wasn't feeling the beer. I was almost grossed out by the tremendous yeast accumulation (which is typically a pleasant surprise). I felt like my mouth has seen better beers, but is still not consuming a bad beer in general

I enjoyed drinking this beer, but I'm not convinced; in other words, I enjoy the effort, but the fruit was not ripe for the picking. Warmed up to the recommended temperature it still wasn't bringing that boldness that I have come to expect and appreciate.

Photo of megahurts4
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium Nocturnum

Appearance: Dark brown, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: Caramel apple, raisin, roasted malts, and a very subtle hint of coffee.

Taste: Apples, caramel, raisin, hops, malts, and perhaps a very slight coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly thick.

This would make a great dessert beer. It is mildly sweet and medium thick. The initial smell reminds me of caramel apples. Nocturnum is very complex and does a good job of hiding the higher alcohol content.

Photo of taigor
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured dark amber/brown color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet malts, caramel, fruits and some nuttiness.

T - Just like smell very sweet and malty upfront followed by fruits, caramel with hints of alcohol content towards the finish.

M - Medium body with high carbonation.

D - Very good and pleasant beer. Makes a great winter ale.

Photo of vincicle
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour of this beer was a very excitable frothy head that settled down with time to a nice medium layer with medium lacing. A dark brown/red beer with a caramel colored head. The nose is nothing special until it warms up and has a rosy malt smell with hints of cherry and molasses. The taste is wonderfully smooth and hides the alcohol expertly until the last few sips. The overall mouthfeel is very pleasant and this is a beer that you can find yourself drinking too much of with good company. Overall a very enjoyable beer that mirrors it's worldwide commercial popularity.

Photo of StoutKing0104
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear amber with a reddish hue when held up to loght, accompanied by a finger of quickly disappating cream colored head that leaves no lacing behind.

S - Very interesting blend of aromas. Strong sweet scent of candied sugars, dark fruits, and a hint of citrus.

T - Same as it smells, dark fruits hit the pallet such as cherries, plums, and grapes, with candies sugar and a sour bite toward the end from yeast that is masked well enough.

F - Quite heavily carbonated, almost champagne like. It tingles the pallet and blends very well with the sweet flavors of the brew. Can flow a bit harsh over the pallet wih all the carbonation but still delicious.

D - A wonderful medley of flavors and textures make this a wonderful beer to drink, I'd put it on your list of things to do.

Photo of Dunkle
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, but is not even close to opaque when held up to a light. Small tan head with little lacing.
S: Whoa! This smells sweet. Sugar and fruit in the nose.
T: Tastes sweet as well. The fruity flavor rests well on the palate; however, this is too far on the sweet end for me. Not well-balanced. Did they even add hops to this?
M: Medium-bodied and fine carbonation level. Smooth.
D: I could not have more than one glass of this since it's so sweet. Too much for me.

Photo of lushelocution
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: The appearance is interesting, to say the least. Warm, red-brown hue, moderately transparent. Pours with a foamy, beige head and a little lacing. Some floating yeast sediment, that, I won't lie, turned me off at first.

S: Smells sweet, but not wine sweet - more of an earthy sweet aroma. Fairly strong scent, much stronger and pleasing when the beer is a bit on the warm side.

T: I've drank this beer pretty often, and it is always hard for me to describe the taste. It's sweet, but has a slight bitterness that compliments it. Immediate tastes are of chocolate, dried dark berries - aftertastes are subtly spicy and sweet and smooth like honey, or molasses. I would describe the beer as a sweet beer overall... and it has a taste that might only please a select amount of people, simply because it is so distinct and specific.

M: Extremely smooth, rich, medium-bodied. Has a slight bite when drinking cold - velvet smooth when warm.

D: Very easy and pleasing to drink! One of my favorite beers. Although, I will say, it is a fairly dense drink... I usually can't drink more than a couple in one sitting.

Photo of RickS95
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown with a nice thick head. You can hear the bubbles from a good distance away. Head retention is ok, but shorter than I expected.

It has a strange smell for a beer. It's got some wine-like qualities leading me to believe there's some grape, but granny smith apples comes to mind. Kind of smells like hard candy.

There's a maltiness to it and you can't get away from the granny smith apple flavor. There's also some sort of berry flavor, though it could be the grapes I thought I smelled.

It gives a nice tingle in the mouth. While not quite as bubbly as its brother (Tremens), it has a crispness. Obviously, there's a sweetness to it, but it's also very tart. In the swallow, once you get past the tart, there is a slight bit of warming from the alcohol.

For as strong as the beer is, there is only a bit of warmth in the swallow from the alcohol. It's medium-bodied and keeps your taste buds on their toes with lots of different feelings. When all is said and done, it tastes good and is easy to drink.

Photo of impending
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany with garnet highlights, unexceptional head.

Bready with grape skins, the dark fruits are minor as are the phenols. The nose is moderately complex yet muted.

Creamy and lively mouthfeel with cabernet characteristics. Taste doesn't quite have the complexity of the nose. Starts nice but has very little to distinguish as a middle and trails off with phenols and moderate alcohol.

Not bad but nothing special . . . but . . . improves tremendously when it warms.

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,400 ratings.