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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,442
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 129
Gots: 318 | 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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Photo of dcook11
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown amberish color with a two finger head and ample lacing. Smells a sweet malt, strawberries, tartness, and solvent alcohol. Taste is of malt, belgium yeast, some tartness and slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a moderate drinkability.

Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.
A) Dark red with a thin tan head coating the top. Fair amount of carbonation. Very pretty color when held up to the light.
S) Red wine minus the alcohol with a malty background.
T) Malt sweetness upfront followed by a slightly sour, red wine finish. Leaves a lingering biscutty taste in the back of the mouth.
M/D) Very soft mouthfeel with an ever so slight prickling from the carbonation. Very drinkable beer that goes down smoothly, but aat 8.5% abv it's not too sessionable.

A very good beer. The taste is hurt a bit by a little too much sourness, but a solid beer nonetheless.

Photo of deadliest
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark red/brown with a creamy 2 finger tan head.
S: Dark fruits, specifically grape, alcohol. Earthiness and Belgian yeast.
T: Caramelized apple? Maybe. Spicy dark fruit and the Belgian yeast again.
M: Slick, high carbonation, kinda heavy.
D: Alcohol is noticable but not in a bad way. After a little while gets too sweet for me. Quite good, but still prefer Chimay Blue for the style.

Photo of jar2574
2.39/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very dark, brown, red color. Less head than I expected and the head is pale brown. No lacing on the sides as it goes down. Smells slightly of dark cherries, a pleasant smell. But it tastes flat and uninspired. Very little carbonation. The beer is pretty sweet, a little syrupy, and reminds me a little of cherry cough syrup. Flavor is a mixture of dark fruit and malts. The high alcohol content is very well hidden, and that's the best complement I can give it. I remember enjoying Delirium Tremens and so I thought I'd like this one more. Maybe it was just a bad bottle.

Photo of HosP
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with some friends the other evening.

A - Pours nice dark brown color. Golden hints come through around the edge. Nice head sits atop that leaves rather quick.

S - Not to much but malty aroma to this mixed with alcohol smell. Malts smell sweet like candy but become overtaken by the alcohol smell.

T - Taste is much like the nose. Dark fruits up front with sweet malt taste. The alcohol taste brings a bitterness that doesn't mix to well. The warmer it got the more hotter the alcohol taste.

M - Medium body with light carbonation to the mouth feel. Bitterness sticks with you for a bit.

D - Ok drink. Nothing really spectacular. The amount of alcohol taste took away from the flavor of the beer. Surprised of the smoothness though, but doubt I'll pick up another one.

Photo of afinepilsner
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz opaque white coated brown bottle
8.5% abv

Delirium Nocturnum was dark brown in color with some very fine yeast particles floating throughout. It had a large fuffy tan head with good retention, but minimal lacing. The smell was dark malt and fruity. The taste was more dark malt and fruit, and yeast flavors and spices with with some sweetness coming through. It finish was long and semi-dry. It was medium-full in body with medium-high carbonation. The drinkability was good. This is a good Belgian Ale that is worth trying out.

Photo of ronniebruner
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis is a nice European dark beer presented in a colorful bottle. The beer itself is a deep, golden amber with a hint of citrus and fruits, with a light hint of wood. The beer poured smoothly into a pint glass with minimal head, a nice fruity aroma, and just the right amount of zing on the tongue for a beer with this high of alcohol content, which is listed at 8.5%.

Photo of pdeepak
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bomber of the Nocturnum after trying the Tremens as soon as I heard that it was the Tremens' darker sister.

As I popped the cork, the smell that came out was heavenly, a mixture of cinnamon with the classic yeasty smell that goes with a Belgian ale.

Poured into a barleywine snifter for myself and tulips for my drinking partners. The head was about an inch thick and the color of the froth usually found on coffees. It dissipated to half an inch in about 2 minutes. The color of the beer was a deep golden brown, and was barely translucent to a 60 watt light bulb behind it.

The smell from the snifter was a stronger version of the funky scent that I got from the bottle opening. The first taste was heavenly and was reminiscent of drinking molasses. The chewiest Belgian I have tasted and had a slight sweet bite at the end. No boozy character at all.

I need to get more of this stuff!

Photo of russwbeck
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark pour with a creamy two finger head, boasting nice retention and lacing.

S: The smell starts with dark fruits, and ends with alcohol.

T: The taste has dark fruits up font. Some nice candied sugar, followed by the warming alcohol. Extremely well balanced.

MF: Medium bodied with a nice tinge of carbonation.

D: This beer is really drinkable. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of JRoweMDN
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites and a regular in my fridge.

The beer pours with a nice thick head and a great very dark amber color. Head holds for a nice lacing.

The aroma is sweet and malty with just a hint of hops.

Flavor is very nice and deep with a smooth finish despite the high ABV. Just a hint of fruit in the mouth.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark, rich brown color with about a finger width of head that has almost no retention. Leaves some very light lacing around the edge of the glass. Really nothing special about the appearance at all.

S: The aroma of this beer hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Very fruity, almost smells like sparkling grape juice. There's a hint of malts, but not much else. The aroma is really dominated by the grape smell.

T: Wow. Not at all what I was expecting from the aroma. Slight hint ofmalt at first that gives way to a delicious yeasty flavor before falling into the sweet grapes on the back of the throat. Really sweet, really rich, and really delicious.

M: Sticky, like a good Belgian should be, with lots of small-bubbles carbonation, almost like drinking some kind of soda. The carbonation is almost overpowering, a little overdone in my opinion, but it keeps the beer from feeling heavy at all.

D: All-in-all, this is a very good beer that hides the 8.5% alcohol well. The taste is exceptional, but the aroma and mouthfeel are just a little too much for me. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you like sweeter beer and/or grape juice.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's been four years since I had my first Delirum Tremens, but you know, I've never put my lips to a Nocturnum! I think a 750 ml bottle will be enough to indulge myself in, and what a psychedelic label. On to the beer:

2009 is engraved in the cork upon opening. The beer lands into a globe shaped glass dark brown. When better light shines on the glasss, ruby red hues appear. The head is nearly white, over two fingers thick in foam, with super sticky retention and lace. The nose provides sweet fruity flavors, with dark grapes, pear, jam, and a peppery wave.

Delirium Tremens is sweet like candy. Delirium Nocturnum, on the other hand, is sweet like a dark grape. Damn, it really does taste like grape, and that flavor absorbs into your tongue. Sugary but pleasant, dabs of grapple (grape flavored apple) appear, a hint of nectarine (probably from the yeast)....a gentle additon of peppery spice adds another layer to this delicious beer. The body is very airy, almost like a cloud, and the carbonation gently stimulate the palate. I see that the bottle lists an 8.5% ABV on it, but I can't find much of it; there's a warming effect it gives in the throat, but it doesn't get in the way of the taste. Can you believe it drinks like a beer with two-thirds the alcohol content?

I originally was going to open the bottle for New Years, but I got tired leading up to midnight. I'm very glad to enjoy it tonight, and it won't be the last time I go to the dark side of the pink elephant.

Photo of bamojr
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass which had a huge fluffy head with amazing retention. It smells very malty and one can tell that there is a great deal of yeast in this brew. The taste follows the lead of the smells with a big malty flavor that is very yeasty and bread like. This is a thick beverage that upholds the standard let down from other Belgian brewers. There is a reason why this beer is so highly received and I will defiantly seek this one out again.

Photo of scurvy311
2.38/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Preficed with the fact that I think this was a bad bottle. I had high hopes for this beer. I really like Belgians this one was more than I have been accustomed to.

Appearance - cream and red wine. Very low level of Brussels lace
Taste - odd back of the throat medicinal taste. Not the spicy rich ester, it tasted like the nasty infection medicine I used to take as a kid.
Smell - winey, malty, and estery
Mouthfeel - very thick and heavy on the tounge
Drinkability - high if your on Fear Factor.

I hope I got a bad one.

Photo of jrbuch
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium Goblet.

A: Rudy darkness, to style for a BSDA. The Head fades but remains with a good film. Carbonation from the etching remains throughout.

S: Belgian Candy, floral, strong malt.

T:Floral, strong malts again, and sweet ripe fruit. Good bitterness. Good red grape taste after chewing.

M: Good carbonation, mouthfeel is well rounded as the beer warms up.

D: A very drinkable BSDA. Not too heavy, but not too sessionable.

A go to BDSA when I'm not looking for something to style.

Photo of evlu1441
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a nice dark ruby colour. Not much of a head, and it fades away quickly.

The smell is faint. Apple and banana. Not much else.

Taste is really nice. Sweet pear that gives way to banana. Leaves a pleasant after taste.

It is highly drinkable despite the alcohol. I could definitely drink a few of these in an evening without a problem.

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown with redish tint. Creamy 1 inch head that dissolved very fast

Smell - Malts, yeast, bread and banana. Some spices and sugars, smells pretty bold.

Taste - Very yeasty, floral bite. Sour and strong malts. Not as sweet as i figured it would be. Lots of fruits, grapes, oranges, pear, pineapple and espically banana and apple. Hops and alcohol can be tasted.

Mouthfeel - Pretty sour on mouth and tounge. Palette catches some burn from the hops and alcohol. Its rather thin though and aftertaste doesnt last long

Drinkabilty - Pretty tasty for a strong ale. Easy enough to drink once you get use to the bitternes, which isnt that overpowering. This is closer to a dubbel then i was expecting. The price and 8.5% makes this a 1 or 2 and enough beer.

Photo of larryi86
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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 +5.7%
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
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -14.7%
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.

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,442 ratings.