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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,301 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,301
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 113
Gots: 232 | 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 joeysmokedporter
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay glass.

A: Blows the cork out as soon as the cage is removed, but surprises with a tame head. Appears brown with orange highlights, hazy, with a tan head that retains and laces.

S: As the beer warms up, a sweet molasses combined with baked bread aroma is detected, along with grapes, figs, and raisins.

T: At first a metallic flavor is present, but after letting it breathe and warm up, this goes away. There is also a bitter, twangy aftertaste at first, which also disappears when the beer warms. this beer is at its best when it approaches room temperature, as its full complexity comes through. Grapy malt, baked bread with figs and currants, raisins, and molasses can all be detected. A bit sherry-like.

M: syrupy and thick, a bit chewy, medium carbonation.

D: once it warms this is very drinkable and enjoyable, albeit somewhat heavy.

joeysmokedporter, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A prolific fluffy tan head sits atop a dark brown brew. Some sediment floats around as the head slowly fades and leaves a thin layer of lacing around the snifter. Smells a bit astringent at first, but quickly some grapes, dark chocolates, grain and yeasts make themselves noticed. Tastes spicy and cholocalty with raisins and taffy floating around on the palate with some more graininess and yeast thrown in for good measure. There's subtle notes of hops in the background with a slight alcohol heat at the very end. Mouth-feel is full bodied with a good amount of carbonation present. The only thing holding this back from perfection is the fact that the aromas and taste could be just a bit bolder. But hey, I'm not bitching, because this is an excellent brew.

stephens101, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has three fingers of head with a lot of sediment in the body. The body's color is dark brown with some carbonation. There is quite a bit of lace too. It smells sweet and very sugary like candy sugar and malt. It has a harsh alcohol taste mixed in with the sweetness and there is not much for bitterness. It sort of reminds me of a dark weizen. It has a metallic aftertaste. This beer has a full body.

MTNboy, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured crazy. about two inches of beer and five inches of head. it took a couple of minutes to settle enough to drink it. very flavorful, excellent aroma of some spices. full tingle in the mouth almost chewy feeling. good aftertaste with a hint of alcohol.

very good dark belgian ale. suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of HenrySwank
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle.

A-dark amber, very thick head, took several minutes to settle enough to drink. Very good lacing

S- smells good, taste does not match smell, nice caramel tones

T- medicine / alcohol, musty, somewhat bitter, gets better as it warms, or as I get used to it? Finishes of with distinct taste but can't describe....will figure out sooner or later. :)

MF- full bodied, somewhat sticky, not unpleasant

D- may only have one if I am craving it for some reason...stranger things do happen.

HenrySwank, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I attended a beer and cheese tasting of Delirium last summer and met the brewmaster, phenominal experience. Paired beautifully with a cherry compote and cave aged goat cheese, actually brought out the mustiness of the goat cheese and the tartness of the compote, try it sometime.
Pours out a deep-brown-black color, highly carbonated creamy tan head that lasts forever, fantastic appearence.
Smells of musty yeastyness, overipe bruised fruits, figs, apples, caramelized malts, cherries.
Taste of musty grapes,apples,cherries,malty caramels, wheaty barley bread, absolutley a mouthfull of complexity.
Mouthfeel is filling, rich, flavorfull,explosive, yet finished and biting. The mouthfull of musty bready yeasty breads is cut by a tart lambic-cherry tartness.Something along the lines of Three Philosophers, the original version if you will. A Wonderfully inviting drink.

czfreeman, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of craytonic
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC

Appearance: Large head

Smell: Malt, fruit, bananas, caramel, toasted bread

Taste:. Same as the smell. Also figs, golden raisins, and prunes

Mouthfeel: Nice body and carbonation

Drinkability: One a year or so would be perfect

craytonic, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

a - huge khaki head above a dark reddish brown beer. Points for a the white bottle, nice overall presentation.

s - sweet alcohol smell with tart fruit and yeast

t - tart, spicy, and medicinal with a strong alcohol presence. Little bitterness to really round off the experience

m - light body with tons of carbonation

d - I appreciate what this beer is, but it's just not for me. The medicinal/metallic flavor and spices along with the bitterness just makes for an odd combination that isn't very drinkable for me.

thirtysixbelow, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at Wine Seller, Herndon, VA.

A - Dark walnut color with a terrific, khaki-colored cap that practically overflows. Settles slowly with moderate lace but never vanishes.

S - Vanilla, molasses, leather.

T - It has a nice caramel thing going on followed by a pleasant sour, smoked almond-like flavor along with mocha. Very nice - delicious!

M - One of the creamiest, most sophisticated ales I've enjoyed to date. The carbonation is perfect. I don't see how the mouthfeel could be better.

D - Perfect for the autumn weather but the 8.5 ABV isn't for weaklings; certainly drinkable and I'll be sure to enjoy this time and again. Yum.

pinotboy007, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of caminiti
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in the growler from Halftime in Poughkeepsie, promissed it would be one of the best beers ever, and they were wrong. I havent appreciated the style in many years, but if I did, this would be among the better beers I have reviewed. Pungent and lacy with a great head, it took a while just to settle down to drinkability after being poured into my traveling pint glass from the small growler.
Makes me curious, why do these places only fill their own growlers?

caminiti, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. I love Belgian Ales, and this is one of the better ones for sure. Its a nice dark brown, with a creamy head. Smells sweet, and tastes that way too - fruity with nice carbonation, too. I could drink another one easily (if I hadn't had so much to drink already). Alcohol is blended well and the flavor of the beer is very pleasant and refreshing.

prsguitarsr4me, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of BirdFlu
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nocturnum is a really great counterpart to D. Tremens. I'd highly suggest drinking one right before the other. Nocturnum is well carbonated and displays flavor and aroma all of what it should: a dark belgian. It pours very nicely with a thin head. Taste has sweetness and a big of spice to it. There is a hint of ginger ale. A bit of floral taste in the sweetness. Moderate mouth which is slightly spicy, nutty, and sweet. A noticeable presence of dark cherry in the flavor and a bit in the aroma too. Some black currant or tart flavors as well. I dont like it as much as I do Tremens, but its still very good.

BirdFlu, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of daledeee
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This company gets an award for unique packaging. This bottle is unique and completely opaque with a gray clay color and a pink elephant on the label. I believe this bottle is a couple years old by the time I bought it.

This beer pours very dark brown with decent head. The lace stays around forever. Lots of chunkies in this beer.

Nose is sweet dark fruit and malt.

Taste is plum, sweet and spice.

This beer is very easy to drink for a full bodied beer; truly a great tasting beer with very balanced flavors.

daledeee, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of unclejimbay
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delrium Nocturnum, 8.5%ABV, had from bottle @ E St. 9/18/08
reviewed as BA definition = "Belgian Dark Ale"
A 4.0 Dark Malty brown, with a great head
S 4.5 Slightly sweet & floral hop notes, strong smell & nose
T 4.0 Loved it, but it is one a sweeter end for a Belgian Ale, good balance for the sweetness
MF 4.0 Smooth & creamy
D - 4.5 I would drink this all day if I was looking if I was in a Belgian Dark Ale mood

unclejimbay, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of BWH3
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep ruby hued brown with a massive tan bubbly head. This one slowly fades back to a thin layer before lacing out.

Smell: Medicine like solvent quality to initial nose. Some fruit esters underneath. The malt is faint caramel which is unusual for style which usually relies on malt for complexity. Bitterness of grain and hops is roasted/charred earth smell.

Taste: Again unusual for this style. A medicinal flavor w/ prune from malt, tart pear from the yeast, and herbal/earthy bitterness of the hops. A small amount of dark chocolate and caramel is detectable. Spicy phenols in the dry finish. Not the norm for the style but not entirely in a good way.

M: Effervescent, great head retention. Creaminess to the head. Medium-heavy bodied.

D: This beer does the cosmetic things very well. The scent and flavor are unique and challenging. Worth more than just one drink.

BWH3, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 24.9 oz bottle at Key Foods in Astoria. Pours a murky brown into my glass with a tall tan head.

Ah, it's weird like any good Belgian. More so than your average Belgian too, I get a slight peppermint note in the finish. Otherwise there's a very earthy yeast character up front with molasses and dates to follow. The body is very drinkable and this is a beer to try if you like dark Belgians. It almost reminds me of strange weizenbock. Anyways, good beer here.

tempest, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. I accidentally poured the whole bottle leaving me with numerous large "floaties" in my glass. Gross.

Appearance: Small white head with a dark brown-black body. No lacing.

Smell/Taste: Much like the Chimay Grande Reserve that I just reviewed previously, accept it has a greater smell/taste of alcohol.

BierFan, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Creamy, hazy chestnit-brown brew with a foamy tan head that fails to leave lace.
Warm, spicy nose of cinnamon and cloves, caramel malt, dark apple cider, cola. The mouthfeel is tart and active with fine bubbles, active and alive...conveying a quite wonderfully complex spicy flavor that fulfills the promise of the nose: apples cooked in cinnamon; caramel; cloves; lingering hops make an appearance in the long finish. This is an excellent classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale that evades heaviness with its backbone of crisp tartness.

kenito799, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of surfnebr
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker brown, light brown head (less pronounced in size)

S - Maltier than the Tremens, sweet, roasted apple

T - Malt is present, subtle hops in the finish, sweeter and more roasted taste than tremens.

M - Bigger body, smooth, less carbonation

surfnebr, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Bugsey
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad it was a big bottle because my opinion sure evolved from first sip to final sip.

The first taste was rather tight, tart, metallic, and unfortunately, disappointing. But as it warmed up, the flavor mellowed and the tartness became more musky and more smooth. The roasted malts are spicy but with creamy carmel and dates. Carbonation is rather high; alcohol is very warming.

This is a fine belgian strong dark ale. Higly drinkable, and very memorable. I definitely wanted more an hour later.

Less complex and dynamic than the Chimay Blue.

Bugsey, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an off white 330 ml bottle with minimal speckles, just like the one pictured above.

A Generous, impressive, medium to dark brown head over a deep brown body, thick, only a trace amount of light gets through.

S Malt, hops, some alcohol.

T Rounded, complex, matly with some hops.

M Full for sure. This is a "busy" beer with a heaviness to it.

D Good due to its great taste but not great due to the weight of it and the high ABV

Notes: I shouldn't compare this and tremens but I cannot resist. I had the tremens for the first time not long ago. I think that right now I prefer the tremens but both are excellent choices.

adamette, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle of Delirium Nocturnum is on the menu. This heady beer pours into the glass a dark brown color with amber highlights and off-white foam. The aroma is very appetizing: apple, dark fruit, bubble gum, maltiness, spices with some Belgian yeast mixed in. Creamy and medium-bodied on the palate. The flavor is slightly sweet, with musky maltiness, and earthy spices. There is a distinct tartness that envelopes the entire flavor profile. Alcohol noticeable in the finish and dry at the end. A good Belgian dark ale. Definitely worth a try, especially for lovers of the Belgian style.

BeardedBoffin, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
1.6/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A: A dark brown/amber color. No lacing and a small white head the quickly disappears.

S: Maybe it is me, but I could not smell much. Which is not typical for this style. Could pick up some sweet fruit smells and some sugar.

T: Like the smell, not much going on. Some sweet apple tastes, but nothing to overwhelming.

M: Lots of carbonation. Too much carbonation. Very thin on the mouth and tongue.

D: Probably would not seek this beer out. Bland and boring!

IronCitySteve, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, blood red coloring and sweet apple aroma are very interesting for a brew. A light, fizzy body with apple tart sweetness and sourness with some candy sweets as well. An alcoholic taste underlies the entire experience but doesn't disturb the tartness of the beer. A very interesting, almost psychedelic brew that is an enjoyable as it is trippy.

JRed, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, rich dark color with an off-white head that appears to be quite fluffy. The nose is VERY unique and appeals to me; fruits, malts, bubble gum, and various spicy and sweet notes. Good carbonation and malts.hops balance this beer very well.

scottyshades, Aug 28, 2008
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,301 ratings.