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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,190
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 104
Gots: 188 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-12-2001)
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Photo of meechum


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured out of a 750ml bottle with a born date punched on the back label of 1/07 into a oversized wine glass (it's the best I had).

A - A dark deep brown with ruby highlights, forming a thick head that leaves impressive lacing down the sides of the glass and a skim over the brew to the last sip

S - Hints of raisins or plums and a deep alcohol smell in there also no hint of hops at all in the nose and very little of the malt

T - A malty/bready taste with a sharp bite of the alcohol and a touch of sharp dryness from the hops flowering out at last to the fruity tastes of raisins, overall very complex

M - Oily and slick with a thickness that coats the entire mouth when sipped carbonation helps to cut the alcohol heat in the drink

D - This is a highly quaffable brew but sessionable I don't think so, the alcohol content and the fact that to me it was a "hot" alcohol as you would find with a liquor make it something that you would want to finish your night out with..not make a night of.

10-25-2007 03:01:24 | More by meechum
Photo of MMAJYK


3.85/5  rDev -4%

A- Very dark brown with nice head of half an inch. Floating yeast all around in the glass.

S- Chocolate and banana nut bread.

T- Thick and rich like pecan pie. Chocolate and hints of spice were prevelant.

M- Mouth was thick and malty. Very nice.

D- Drinkability factor was just low because of the thickness. Could not drink more than a couple of these. Way too rich for a session beer.

10-16-2007 00:14:53 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a big, crazy, foamy biege head of more than three fingers in depth, and it has excellent retention, and leaves sticky webs of excellent lacing. Body is dark brown, with purple highlights. Beautiful to behold. Appearence will be this ale's high point.

Smell - sour horseblanket fills the nose. Then faintly, dark fruit like raisins, plums, and prunes.

Taste - pretty much the same as the smell - there is sour horseblanket dominating the tongue, with the dark fruits rather weakly asserting themselves. There is also, and faintly as well, a hint of malt bread, and a hint of spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, some slight sourness puckering, slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, but not a great one. That, along with its abv limits its sessionability.

10-15-2007 16:51:24 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of joepais


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

bottle poured reddish brown with an off white head that lasts for the druatiion of the beer. Small yeast particules bob up and down with the carbonation. Aromas of dates yeast, and dry fruit The mouthfell is creamy with the nice feeling of cabonation it also finishes a little dry. It tastes like sweet grapes (almost wine ) malt along with a llite taste of hops in the end is quite nice .The pink elephant on the bottle reminds me of the one that they had in front of the detox center in danvers Mass when it was open LOL. a good Belgian strong ale I drink it again

10-08-2007 18:39:05 | More by joepais
Photo of NCSUdo


4.47/5  rDev +11.5%

A: Chocolate brown with a decent head. Slight haze and decent head retention. Good lacing.

S: Malt, chocolate, roasted, sweet. Great sweet chocolate smell. Great nose, very plesent and balanced.

T: Sweet roasted malt. Bitter chocolate. Smooth with slight alcohol. Creamy with slight nutty character. Very well balanced.

M/D: Heavy on the carbonation. Full bodied but silky smooth. Good drinkability. Great beer overall.

10-07-2007 01:34:59 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of jwc215


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

11.2 oz. faux ceramic bottle:

Pours dark brown with a towering light tan head that slowly descends to a thick creamy cover. Plenty of trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of toffee/caramel with dark spiced fruit and a perfumy, yeasty backing.

The taste is of toffee/caramel with a hint of chocolate and licorice. Dark fruit and sharp spices balance out the sweetness. A bready, earthy, slightly grassy/herbal background gives it great depth and adds to complexity/uniqueness. The alcohol is well-hidden, with a late warming effect. There is a spicy sweetness in a semi-dry finish.

Medium-bodied, with an appropriate carbonation level for the style. The finish is a bit longer than the Delirium Tremens, as I recall (and this one is more complex and tasty, IMO), though a little longer last on the palate would have been welcomed. Still in all, it has a nice texture and smooth for abv.

This is an elegant brew. Complex and tasty. Dreamy...appropriately named - a wonderful nightcap. I think I see pink elephants...oh - I'm just looking at the bottle ;) As wonderful as it is the 11.2 oz bottle was enough to end the day with and to send me to a blissful state of sleep. Strongly recommended as a tasty nightcap!

09-23-2007 00:00:51 | More by jwc215
Photo of viperpiper522


3.23/5  rDev -19.5%

A- poured from a belgian style ceramic painted bottle. Thick, Tawny head. Brown wit Red and garnet hues clouded by some yeast. Head fall to 1/4" quickly, but rebuilds with a swirl of the glass. no lacing but some alcohol streaks.

S- Bready and a little boozy out of the bottle. After it sits it has some saaz spice, ripe plum, and dried fruits.

T- big and malty, toasted raisen bread. Strong alcohol but as it sits and carbonation dissapates flavors of milk chocolate, ripe plum and roast are revealed.

M- Strong on the carbonation at first creating some harshness; especially with all that alcohol.As it dissapates it reveals medium bread chew with a coffee roast lingering at the end.

D- Behind the harsh carb. this beer reveal complex flavors if allowed to sit. A once in a while Strong Ale if I'm going for something middle of the road. Maybe a little overpriced.

09-17-2007 18:24:19 | More by viperpiper522
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12%

Pours a dark almost mahogany color with an airy light tan head that fades fairly quickly with little lacing. You can smell the alcohol immediately along with the dark fruits. The body is as airy as the head was and the mouth feel is much lighter than my favorite Strong Dark Ales. The alcoholic characteristic is masking a dark fruit flavor. All in all it's a reasonable drinker.

09-16-2007 20:52:44 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Nipitato


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

A: Deep copper brown hue. Good clarity. Thick moussy head with 1/4 inch stand.

S: Big boozy aroma. Sweet malt scent with significant fruity esters - prunes/raisins. Some sour aromas as well.

T: Sweet malt flavor is the most dominate. Good balancing bitterness at backed. No spiciness. Dark fruit esters really don't come through until beer warms - plums, dark cherries. Malt has some brown sugar character. Overall a very rich flavor.

MF: Surprisingly light. High carbonation enhances mouthfeel.

D: A good beer beer. Surprisingly light and easy drinking despite high alcohol content. I'll be picking up another bottle for two for the winter months.

09-05-2007 17:23:13 | More by Nipitato
Photo of ohoove


4/5  rDev -0.2%

Although I recently started reviewing beers I've been drinking them for a long time and this beer is truly unique. This beer is an absolute orgy to the nose and mouth. Smells resembled that of grape bubble yum, granny smith apples, banana flavored baby food and apricots all rolled into one - excellent! Taste was a small explosion of the above and as the drink warmed it mellowed with the alchohol more present and sweet malts. Texture was smooth , almost silky with little carb, medium weight. Aside from the sediment that slowly floated like stars on a cool New Hampshire evening the overall appearance was pretty average, striking shiny copper. Didn't know what to expect from this style but this particular beer is on top of it's game. Between the ABV and overall sweetness I wouldn't recommend this as a session but maybe something to start the barbeque off with. If this review peaks your curiosity, get up , go out and give this a shot and share it with someone who might appreciate it. Cheers!

08-28-2007 23:29:00 | More by ohoove
Photo of Durge


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

A dark copper-brown color with tons of large floaties perfectly suspended throughout. A thinnish off-white head but solid with decent lacing. Smells like apple sherry, a kind of fermenting apricots and banana mixture, liquor-like. The taste is sweet with heavy fruit but more of a grape feel mixed with what was noted in the aroma. Pretty heavy alcohol but not over the top. Still, between the alcohol dominance and the sweetness, I wouldn't want to drink too much of this at one sitting. Definately a taste treat, give it a try. I would buy it again. Quality stuff for sure.

08-28-2007 06:11:23 | More by Durge
Photo of ChrisA


3.85/5  rDev -4%

I did not like this as much as Delirium Tremens. It was a fine brew, but it did not go down as smooth as their take on the Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Still complex in its flavors and rich in its maltiness. It just seemed to miss for me and was not as pleasant to drink. I found myself wanting to move on to my next beer. Maybe it was just a bad night...

08-08-2007 01:56:05 | More by ChrisA
Photo of crayphish


4/5  rDev -0.2%

The Delerium Nocturnum pours a deep dark murky red. A nice cream colored bubbly head lingers leaving a sticky lace. Smell is hoppy fruit, over a rum like alcohol base. Taste is semi bitter malts. Warm fruits and bread as well. I chose this as my desert beer at dinner, and liked it a lot in that role. The alcohol makes another appearance in the mouth. Very balanced in the end, and a beer I enjoyed immensely.

08-05-2007 04:44:39 | More by crayphish
Photo of JayQue


4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

Mmmm. Tasty Belgian. Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a bubbly medium size head that dies out fast. Some lacing. Great aroma, medium astringency and dark fruit. The taste is very good. Some hint of alcohol but not unpleasant, dark fruits (plum), some sweetness and an astringency that is just right, not overdone. A great sipping beer. Mouthfeel is rich. Drinkability is fairly good for a high alcohol beer. The sweetness will get you over the long run. Two would be tops for one session. This is a very nice Strong Ale.

07-28-2007 01:24:04 | More by JayQue
Photo of jslot38


3.93/5  rDev -2%

Ever since having Tremens I've been waiting for this one. 11.2 oz bottle to Clabaugh's beautiful Rochefort chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogony, much darker then I expected. Touches of cherry wood, a lovely coloured body. Head is a bit fizzy, barely covers the top with a few bubbles. Colour is egg shell white with touches of tan.

Smell: What stands out the most is that barnyard yeasty smell, with some apples lingering around. Not as strong as some other belgian strongs, but still nicely done.

Taste: Unfortunately this medley of tastes really lacks one defining characteristic. Still, there is a solid mixture of malts and yeasty flavours. The medley includes apples, coriander (way back there), some nuts and certainly some horse blanket. The alcohol sweetness doesn't really kick in until the end. A noble job at implementing the 8.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Up front carbonation is great, and certainly one of my favorite characteristics of belgian strongs. This is a drinkable beer, and taken slowely I could drink two of these 11oz bottles. An admirable beer.

07-15-2007 00:36:20 | More by jslot38
Photo of robrobrob

New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured this into the only glass on hand, an imperial pint glass. It came out deep garnet red with a bubbly, sodapop head, but none of the retention mentioned in other reviews. Smell was vaguely cidery with alcoholic hints to it. It tasted alcoholic up front with notes of apple and raisins and almost a mulling spiciness. Traces of yeast and malt were detectable in the aftertaste. It was soft in the mouth depsite the bubbly carbonation and went down fairly well. I was definitely glad to try this brew from Huyghe.

07-09-2007 03:16:28 | More by robrobrob
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured a full goblet from a 750 ml bottle. This sucker popped with some force when I opened it. It took very little effort on my part to coax the cork out of it.

I got a beautiful creamy tan head over top of a deep ruby ale. Really looks dark brown until you hold it up to some light. The resulting ruby color is fantastic. This is really something to behold in the glass...after 5 minutes the head did not faded a bit! It remained for the entire glass and left pretty lacing along the way.

The aroma is of ripe dark fruit and some spice. Taste is a pleasant mix of alcohol, plump raisins and spice, followed by a slight bitter finish. This is complex and sophisticated, and yet simple to enjoy it for what it is. A fine family-crafted ale with a lot of history.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and surprisingly light on the tongue. Carbonation is high but not so noticeable.

As for drinkability, I will finish this 750 no problem. I was going to share this one, but I'm suddenly glad no one else showed up for brew day :-)

06-03-2007 20:21:36 | More by ZimZamZoom
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United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Thickly hazed dawny red squirrel-brown. The big, solid head has a cafe au lait look to it with fair retention.

Smell: Dried strawberries, orange zest, rum raisins, brown sugar, balanced with spicy hops and sharp alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and spicy, with a very, very nice nut brown flavor. Hazelnutty and peanutty and roasty notes blossom after a sweet, rummy brown sugar beginning. Candied apples, orange zest, raisins, grape juice, and sherry come to mind. The sugary malts are offset by a profound spiciness from the alcohol and sharp hops. Finish is clean, warming, and tangy with a suggestion of cocoa and a lingering smack of hops and yeast. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium-bodied, nicely chewable but a tad syrupy.

Drinkability: The alcohol is definitely noticeable in this, but then that's part of what makes it good. Not a session beer by any means, but very nice and a pleasure to drink. Really, really nice with Emmental.

06-01-2007 08:32:26 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of supercolter


2.8/5  rDev -30.2%

Apperance is very good, nice billowing tan head. The color is nice and dark. Very excited to drink this beer.
Smell is a bit above average. Some raisins, sweet malt and alcohol is about all I can pick up.
Taste is not so grand. Maybe its because the bottle is 2005- but usually 8.5% abv is enough to cellar. Oh well.
Mouthfeel is pretty good can't chew it but its thick enough.
Drinkability is not impressive- even taking into account the style and abv.

05-21-2007 05:43:43 | More by supercolter
Photo of MiScusi


4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

Cork labeled with 2.007 stamp

A- Dark and murky root beer brown, a plentiful frothy head develops made of tiny, fine bubbles.

S- Belgian dark ale smell. A tad sweet in the nose, but more of a malty & alcoholish smell, along with a little yeasty earthiness.

T- very malty, and a bit sweeter when it warms almost to room temp. No alcohol burn present.

M- smooth, but light.

D- Easily drinkable especially at closer to room temperature. Goes down pretty smooth.

05-21-2007 01:13:47 | More by MiScusi
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3.38/5  rDev -15.7%

Poured a deep, hazy, opaque reddish-brown producing a tight, thick, creamy light brown head that left behind thick sheens of lacing. Smelled predominantly of caramel malts, dark fruit and alcohol. The taste was also dominated by malts and alcohol with a taste of raisins and dark cherries with a very sour finish. Felt full-bodied. OK drinkability for the style, but a little over-the-top sour to have more than one.

Not bad at all. But there are better options out there for this style.

05-13-2007 02:11:46 | More by eberkman
Photo of coalcracker


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color with neverending and thick head that clings tenaciously to the glass.
Smell: Mild with floral tones
Taste: Malty up front with notes of raisin and coffee; enough hope balance to balance out the malt. Alcohol is present but fairly well-hidden
Mouthfeel: dry with a little burn of alcohol
Drinkability: A good Belgian Strong, perhaps not quite at the top of the class, but quite worthy.

05-05-2007 22:57:38 | More by coalcracker
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3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

Interest in this brewer's creations began with my introduction to Delerium Tremens a few years back. Brouwerij Huyghe is a fine brewery and my experience with the corked and caged bottled version of this strong dark Belgian wasn't a disappointment, but it wasn't extraordinary either. I blame this on the fact that you can't tell the age of the beer until you remove the cork. In this instance, it couldn't have been more than four months old since it was stamped 2007. As such, this was a young brew which unfortunately wasn't mature enough to drink. Once the cork was removed, I understood what the notched January 2007 meant on the back of the bottle. The brewery should change the label to indicate the date is a "born on" date. Anyway, no turning back now that the cork is out. Another danger sign was the cork itself which came out bone dry and again spoke to the maturity of the brew. The color was a reddish brown and it was suprisingly and aggresively carbonated. The head consequently had balls and managed to hang on most of the way. As I drank more from the glass, the head became creamy almost buttery in color. The aroma was mild with hints of fruity, citrusy esters with notes of percolated coffee grinds and alcohol. The taste was carbonated and mild, with alcohol in the finish. Chewy and dry with coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel was dry and yet slightly yeasty up front. Not a viscous texture. This is a drinkable but somewhat uninspired brew, yet I will give it a whirl again after letting my next bottle age. Not as interesting as it's comrade Tremens, but still worth the price.

04-15-2007 16:09:07 | More by jim102864
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

A beautiful dark cherry wood color. Ruby hues. Cloudy with chunks of yeast(?) slowly convening at the bottom of the glass. Pours with a strong two finger head of a burnt tan color and fluffy character. Fades fairly quickly to a cap with reasonably sticky lacing.

Chocolate and alcohol, two of my favorites, do the first damage on the nose. Strong, dark vinous quality. Some sweeter fruits find a place, maybe some apple. Strong malt character too. Some medicinal notes float on top. Maybe a ghost of a grassy note. Strong and very appealing overall.

Strong malt alcohol mixes with a dark bread like character on the first sip. Hot and creamy all the way through. Definite dark berry and vinous flavors. Sweet, but reasonably balanced by the spice early. Gets a little too hot as it warms. Medium bodied with very little carbonation bite. And the finish is, surprise, surprise, hot.

Tasty overall, but that alcohol character starts to dominate after about half a bottle. Still pretty good though.

04-11-2007 03:40:01 | More by skillerified
Photo of oelergud


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Deep, ruby-maple brown opaque body only letting light through at the edge. Low carbonation. Beautiful creamy tan head freckled by medium bubbles. Low retention and lace.
Dark suryp molasses scent, caramel and brown sugar. A hint of port wine alcohol notes mingled with gently rolling nutskin hops.
Caramel and nutskin up front, buttery toffee. Abit of acidic notes that take away from the overall enjoyment. Aftertaste is well balance with a decent hop presence.
Full body and good coating.
Good drinkability.


03-31-2007 20:04:25 | More by oelergud
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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