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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,487 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,487
Reviews: 870
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 139
Gots: 368 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a huge fizzy head that fades fast but leaves thick, creamy rings of lace.

The aroma has loads of candy sugar, toffee, and a touch of chocolate with dark fruit, green apple tartness, and spice.

Very spicy, herbal, medicinal notes, tart apples and and underlying sweet candied fruit, molasis, and toffee. Earthy elements througout.

Smooth, well carbonated, and medium bodied.

Complex, interesting, and tasty sipper.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Whadawookie
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fantastic. I poured into a chalice and obtained a 1/4" of creamy head that sticks to the glass like molasses. Smelled pretty good, sweet malts with a bit of the tart apple that will dominate the flavor. Speaking of flavor, this beer is full of it and the flavors all blend excellently together. The dominant taste immediately is sharp and bitter, but that quickly subdues into a warm, yet tart fruity flavor. Apple or pear? These flavors very slowly reside and leaving a soft, creamy residue on the tongue.

Fantastic Belgian Strong. I have committed myself to this 750ml bottle tonight so that'll be the end of reviewing presently as I voyage to the land of the pink elephants.


Photo of NaNach
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Dark redish amber color nothing too special

S Fruity, sweet, slightly acidic

T Candyish taste, some apple flavors, very sweet, slightly acidic or perhaps basic, maybe a little too sweet with its sweet finish

M Nice amount of carbonation, a little bit hostile

O Solid brew but overall i found it to be a little too sweet for my taste.

2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap @ Mayflower in Paris

A - Dark brown. Thick head.

S - Boring smell of sugar w/ maybe a hint of barley

T - Moderately sweet. Not as heavy as I expected, considering the color. Hints of dried fruit distinguish it from the Tremens.

M - Unfortunately, the one I got was kinda flat. Creamy mouthfeel, but thin for a beer marketed as "Nocturnum."

O - Overall, not a bad beer, but I was underwhelmed.

Photo of obywan59
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a thick, very substantial looking, light tan head that leaves thick sticky lacing as it recedes.

Fruity. Smells of tart green apples and alcohol with an occasional burst of aroma that approaches maple syrup.

Sweet at first, but then tart green apples dominate the taste with medicinals as well. Metallics early on. Big earthy spice.

Full bodied and highly carbonated. Fizzy--almost frothy. I think if it wasn't so carbonated, it might actually be considered medium-bodied. Peppery with very warming alcohol in the throat.

This beer goes down very easily at first, but the ABV soon makes it a sipper. Definately worth another try.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - deep purple, tall tan head dissipated fairly quickly with minimal random lacing
S - wine like aroma of sour grapes and alcohol, strong phenolic, and candy sweetness
T - sugary candy sweetness, tart grape juice, baked apples, lingering cough medicine phenolic, all big and interesting flavours
M - medium body, lightly carbonated if not slightly flat, syrupy but does thin out slightly but keeps you warm for sure
O - this is light a high octane liquid candy, very sweet and decadent with a soul warming quality

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

poured from a corked bottle into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

a: very dark brown in color with a subtle haze to it. thick off white head settles into a thin lacing.

s: sweet, malty aroma with notes of dried fruits. belgian yeast is there and adds a interesting spice/herbal character to the nose.

t: sweet malt flavors again with pronounced flavors of dried fruit (prunes). no hop character (as it should be). Belgian yeast adds a complex aspect to the flavor profile, making it a tad spicy without being overpowering.

m: smooth mouthfeel

i remember having this years ago and being very impressed. i have now tried it again and assumed i wouldn't have been quite as impressed now that i have tried such a vast variety of Belgian ales. i am glad to say that this beer truly stands up to the test of time and is just as rich and flavorful as it always has been. good stuff to have on occasion!

Photo of adam42381
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of ferrari29
4.41/5  rDev +10%
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

Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of bobhits
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.

Photo of xylophonica
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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

Photo of Krakistophales
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of spicelab
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of annawees
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.61/5  rDev -10%
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

Photo of Reaper16
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.

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