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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,122
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 97
Gots: 158 | 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 DaveFL1976


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

The bottle un-capped with a somewhat violent Pppffftt!!!

As in, why haven't I been realeased from this bottle yet?

So I set it free. It poured into my Westvleteren glass and showed lots of foam, ala lots-o-carbonation. The head started out fluffy and foamy. That was 10 minutes ago. It's still 1/8'' thick. I'm not going to wait any longer.

The smell is rather subtle. Sweet, spicy, cinnamon, alcohol, and maybe some other complexities I'm missing.

The taste immediately lets you know it's Belgian. It's not the intense carbonation, but that sweet. fruit-tart sensation you get on the back of your tongue. A complex caramel-spicyness is in the taste, with just the slightest bit of alcohol warmth. No discernable hops.

In my opinion, this bugger is overly carbonated, and then some. I'm swooshing my finger around in the beer to release some of the CO2. Once that is done, the flavors come out stronger, and the beer becomes much smoother. Warm, inviting and sweet.
This is a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 01:03:53 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of BlackJeremiah


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The cork nearly popped itself; I barely touched it. Significant gunsmoke. Cork is dated 2006.

A: Dark brown/purple with massive foamy, frothy, cream-colored head. Huge, web-like lacing. The head on this is fast to arrive and slow to leave.

S: Candied sugars, dark, soft fruit (plum, black grape, currant), fresh tobacco leaves, yeasty notes. Appetizing, definitely dark-smelling.

T: The nose tells you what you get. The sugars are more prominent in the flavors, making the plum notes taste a bit more like raisins, but not overly so. Currant and black grape flavors are on mute, yeast and tobacco dialed up a bit. Kind of disparate; I wanted the flavors to meld a bit better.

M: Silky, slick, velvety body, with a surprisingly light touch on the palate and buds.

D: One of my go-to dark Belgians, and the first one I ever sampled; however, it seems to have lost a bit of its luster as I've tried others in the style that I feel surpass it. Still darn good, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 21:02:25 | More by BlackJeremiah
Photo of ReDave


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

I remember the first time i saw this Delirium and it's partner [daytime??] Man i thought this is too weird, advertising alcohol withdrawal... I was sort-of scarred/embarrassed to even ask about it. Since then I've read about this family brewer, and when i found it at Cost Plus in Fresno {!!} i decided to give it a go.

First thing MAN what a huge head! Not even half the glass full of liquid, [and I'm a careful pourer] after fifteen minutes i added some more, then slowly watched this volcano like effect of foam coming out the top, but never spilling over the edge. Slightly tannish cream colored. Huge thick lace down the side.

Dark dark brown with some amber around the edges.

Interesting earthy sweetish, malty aroma.

Rather drinkable flavor, [not hoppy of course] but some interesting complex favors... sweet very full mouth-feel. some roasted malt, some spiciness, some burning at the back of the throat, [the alcohol? or some spice like hops?]

This won't be a regular, but i do appreciate the ale, and have to say it's a very pleasant drink.

Way cool bottle cork 1pint 9,4 oz [love that crazy European notation]

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 02:12:32 | More by ReDave
Photo of bjohnson


4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clean looking dark cranberry with a frothy one and a half cream colored head. Good retention. Nice lacing.
S: Cranberry tart with a bit of apples and pears. A bit of spice comes through also with a good dark fruit background. Abv is slightly noticeable.
T/M: A good body of fruit--mostly apples, pears, and grapes and gobs of dark fruit. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a creamyness to it. Gets a bit drowned out by the tingly carbonation. Big body on this offering. Thick and sticky. Good yeasty aftertaste laced with dark fruit. Abv gives off a slight burn and warms the chest, but otherwise not apparent.
D: Wonderful Belgian--I've had this on tap an it's a ton better than in the bottle. Smooth but thick. A very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 00:18:16 | More by bjohnson
Photo of uberabr


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good overall appearance, dark brown with a warm red hue that reminds me of some of my favorite brown ales. A tad murky. Tall head with large, even bubbles that mostly fade within a few minutes, not much lace.

Yeast is visible throughout- i like.

Smells wonderful. Deep, overwhelming and sweet. Complex but blends the flavors nicely; It's one coherent, calming fragrance that all belongs. I'm getting a real sweet, sugary banana-nut aroma with a floral, rosy burn. Fruity (pear and cherries) with a slight hoppy-ness.

The taste expands on the aroma. Pleasant caramel maltyness that complements the alcohol nicely. Floral and fruity. Mouthfeel is above average but not spectacular, clean and watery. This one's a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 08:51:24 | More by uberabr
Photo of Phatz


4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown plum color with an off white head and respectable lacing.

Smell: Big aroma floods the nose with brown sugar dates plum and notable booze. It is sweet and vinous and the fruity alcohol is very inviting.

Taste: Dark fruits plum dates sugar tobacco whiskey roasted malts and bread; balancing fruity yeasty tartness with spices make up an exceptional flavor that is complex rich and zesty.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. This is what a Belgian Strong Dark Ale should be. The carbonation works with the spices and the alcohol and all the bold flavors of the beer to keep the cheeks full with a medium weight.

Drinkability: A strong bold ale like this is a sipping beer for sure but it drinks quite easily.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 06:36:52 | More by Phatz
Photo of jabocu


3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy brown with orange highlights. No head at all. Had a very thin cap right at first, but gone after a couple seconds, no lacings or anything. Aroma is rum soaked raisins, a little earthy and nutty, and caramel and molasses. Bready Yeast is there in the background. Flavor is very tart almost like an old flanders with a deep warming sensation. Some sour cherry and light carmel hit the front. But falls in the abyss of sourness that stays to the finish. Medium carbonation, and medium body.

Edit and afterthought.... after reading some other reviews...I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle, because the tartness in mine was overpowering vs. the sweetness everyone is describing.... oh well.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 22:04:58 | More by jabocu
Photo of deuschbag


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dated 02.06

750 ml. corked and caged bottle pored into my piraat snifter. this pores a beautiful murky dark brown/amber color. huge tan head that lastes forever.

the aroma is of cherries, pineapple, bubble gum, chocolate and a slight hint of alcohol.

this has a nice big chocolate and cherry taste. more so as it gets room temperature. also a little bubble gummy which then leads to a nice light bitter aftertaste. very nice taste.

starts off light bodied and then leads to a semi thick medium mouthfeel

this is a damn fine belgian ale. a nice way to end the night for me. good night and cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 09:34:41 | More by deuschbag
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep auburn color with a quarter inch layer of head that lingers almost indefinitely. Only little spots of lacing form on the sides.

S - Raisins and slight alcohol. Not much to this smell. It's not offensive by any standards, but it isn't enticing at all either.

T - A bit of raisins and nutty flavors (hazelnut) over a lighter caramel malt. The aftertaste has a bit of plums and currants with a mild chemical bitterness. The aftertaste reminds me of the aftertaste of a fruit brandy (maybe a blackberry brandy) without the burn. The flavor is pretty good.

M - It is medium bodied, smooth and refreshing.

D - Stellar here. It is dangerously easy to finish the fifth. It is enjoyable to drink, but not enough so that I will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 02:34:41 | More by mrasskicktastic
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2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Delirium Nocturnum

A = Poured dark brown with a massive foam head. Foam dissapated into nothing after 1-2 minutes.

S = Smelt of wet mould. Ugh. Very over-powering.

T = Initial nutty taste that gives way to a dry bitterness. There is a slight sweetness that seems to be similar to that of prunes. Very slight though.

M = Moderately carbonated. Good.

D = Not very drinkable due to the wet mould smell.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 14:01:11 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of ThirdCoast


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 11.2 floz bottle with a pink elephant on the bottle.

A: Murky brown-purple color depending on the angle held to the light.

S: Hits of a barley wine smell, sweet fruits.

T: Sweet start, fruits, caramel, then to a tart middle, then finishes dry.

M: Creamy, then a slight sting as it sits.

D: I would order this many times over, easy to drink and enjoy.

Note: Pink elephants are cool.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 23:19:58 | More by ThirdCoast
Photo of bashiba


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

Poured a nice dark cloudy brown with a thick creamy tan head. Great Retention.

Smell had an earthy mustyness to it with a bit of woodyness and a slight hint of raisons.

Has a smooth slightly bitter brown flavor - not at all sweet like many of this style. Very musty, spicy and earthy. Has some clove and wood flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and full.

Easy to drink and good, with a slightly different take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 02:14:28 | More by bashiba
Photo of jglazer75


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

I really enjoyed this beer. A fine Belgian Dark. It is a style that I'm not normally attracted to, but this has caused me to re-evaluate what I should expect from the style. The carbonation dulls the malt and spices enough to keep it from being too heavy of a beer.

Appearance: dark reddish-brown and mildly cloudy, but not muddy; big head; good lacing. Looked like a Belgian Dark with pretty head and lacing.

Smell: sweet and caramel like, with a sharpness contributed by the alcohol, but rendered dull by the malt.

Taste: caramel and spices with a short, sharp alcohol bite; it tastes exactly like it smells.

Mouthfeel: carbonation, which settles down quickly but never gets heavy

Drinkability: like mentioned above, I would drink this again. It's a little much for me to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 17:14:55 | More by jglazer75
Photo of martymoat


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a medium brown, with a thick tan head that completely disappears after pour, small ring of head around the edge of the glass.

S: sweet and fruity over top of a good strong malt smell, can hardly smell any alcohol coming off the beer surprising for a ale that is well over 8 %

T: strong malt taste upfront followed by a mix of the fruitiness and small hint of the alcohol behind it all

M: medium body falls well in mouth, carbonation is slightly high and seems to take away from from some of the flavors of this ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 22:41:25 | More by martymoat
Photo of HarleyQuilter


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours great, more tan head than expected, but not overwhelming. The fruit smells hit first, and stay til midway, almost to the end. There's a slight smokey taste at the end, but not everyone here tastes it. There is a strange frothy, foamy mouthfeel midway, before the smoke, after the fruit. Color is cool 'eye-candy' dark amber with a leftover lacey ring following the top.

Nocturnum, overall is some of the best we've had as far as the Belgian Strong dark. We'll be adding this one to the cellar stock.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 04:24:43 | More by HarleyQuilter
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber-hued tan colored head that consists of fairly large bubbles. The beer itself is quite dark and sits an ever-so-lightly purple tinged, black color, but shows some nice, clear ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice concentrated fruit character up front with nice notes of figs and raisins being prominent. The aroma really is quite sweet and fruity, the sweetness is not that of sugar, but that of concentrated dried fruit. Some spicy notes of clove, something that is a bit like cinnamon (though not quite), and even a spicy cardamom type note round out the aroma; each of these is quite a subtle backdrop to the dominant fruit notes.

The taste is sweet up front, but not nearly as much as the aroma might suggest. The sweetness couples with a tartness, both of which help to amplify a concentrated fruitiness. Again, notes of figs and raisins are prominent, but these are joined by notes of prunes and even some tart plum. The beer finishes with a faint roasted note, that shows up more as a burnt acidity, a bit of a spicy note (reminiscent of tongue tingling ginger, and white pepper) and a touch of higher alcohol notes. This beer is quite drinkable, despite its sweetness, the beer is quite light as it slips down your throat. It does have enough sweetness to linger a bit on the palate. Certainly an enjoyable tipple, one which I have not had for some time.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 02:48:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delirium Nocturnum in a false ceramic, 11.2 oz. glass bottle. Some sort of dating system was employed on the back label, but at 8.5% ABV I wasn't worried about this one.

I poured this one into a tulip style glass slowly, and a two inch, tan and tight bubbled head rose to the top of the glass. The head left the finest lacing around and down the sides of the glass. The beer was an excellent red tinged brown. The nose was massive amounts of banana with the slightest of lingering alcohol tones at the tail. The beer was full bodied, sipping pleasure with surprising, banana and apple toned sweetness to the finish and well hidden alcohol. This is one that is truly improved by a celler temperature serve and would be hindered by an overly cold serve.

A very good beer, I just question the price of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 04:52:13 | More by edmundfitzoil
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was carbonated as hell so pour this one slower than you think you need to. IT poured a gorgeous color with a nice billowing beige head. The aroma is sweet as fuck. Mostly smell slike dark fruits. Kinda harsh at times. The taste was similar to other dark belgians but this one had an upleasant cought syrup sweetness to it. I suppose this could be the alcohol. The mouthfeel wass medium and smooth. The harshness of the taste though keeps this from being that drinakble. Half a 750ml was enough for me. IT kinda got boring afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 21:02:34 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a cloudy brown color with a 2-finger tan head. It left very nice lacing.

S - It smelled very nutty. There were also floral notes to it.

T - The taste was very malty. The was a good caramel flavor to it. It also had a buttery sweetness.

M - It was very soft and velvety. It is a heavy-bodied beer.

D - It is an outstanding taste beer. However, it is heavy and quite potent.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 04:24:47 | More by zeff80
Photo of cafemondegar


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this beer home from the shop and my wife offered to pour it in a mug for the both of us while I stepped out for a minute. When I returned, I was looking at this huge head and a beer that smelt absolutely fantastic - better than any beer I had had before. And it had a taste to match the smell. We're regular beer drinkers but this beer gave us a buzz in the first couple of sips. That may be attributed to the 8.5% alcohol by volume that's significantly higher than other beers. If you like nut brown ales, this beer is the grandmaster of them all. Definitely worth a try. As for me, I can totally see myself buying this beer and bringing it home often.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 03:58:02 | More by cafemondegar
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Poured a cloudy red bronze colour with an off-white foamy head the went away pretty quickly, but returns with a little agitation. Taste is fairly typical for the style; damp basement, stewed fruit, plenty of dark malts. Nice. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this style. Taste is nearly identical to the smell. There is, however, a bit of a metallic taste present here, which I find quite odd. It isn't very strong, in fact, it becomes less noticeable as you drink throught the beer, but it is mildly unpleasant, but not terribly so. This is is lovely representation of the style. One I'd likely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 22:59:07 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of cbl2

New York

2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

8/25/2005 $7.39 750 mL 8.50% I don't understand the code, but 2 & 4 are notched (cork labled 2004).


Pours from an interesting ceramic bottle a murky brown with coarse carbonation that leads to an inch of rapidly settling brown head.


Smells of ripe fruit (cherries, peaches, and plums) as well as sweaty gym socks.


Extremely coarse and carbonated, this is bursting with ripe fruit, but the flavors are detracted by the over carbonation. This is rather unpleasant, and getting through the bottle will be difficult.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2006 16:54:43 | More by cbl2
Photo of ryantupy


4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Maple brown pour with a rocky brown head that quickly dissolves, tiny bubbles racing to the top.
S - Apples, Dried Fruit, Spice, Malty sweetness, and even a little smoky.
T - Sweet, sour, apple flavor, dried fruit, malty sweetness, light spice, tart, alcohol, and cherries.
M - Dry smoky finish, crisp sweet mouthfeel.
D - Smooth and tasty this beer was definatly a beer full of complexitys and unique flavor and character.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 17:17:48 | More by ryantupy
Photo of HoustonTX


3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best looking bottle to date. Painted glass, trippy pink elephants, and golden gryphons. Nice colors, and a name of Delirium Nocturnum, what more to ask for? Now let's crack this beer open and get down to business.

A - Crazy pour, deep brown in color, one of the richest browns I have ever seen. Almost a black tint from afar, but cloudy rich brown in reality.

S - Dark fruits/alcohol pokes through.

T&M - Taste is quite complex. Dark fruit tones really take over the taste. Sour apple tartness is the most prominent one. Small earthy, nutty, and roasty tones come through. Caramel/toffee sits on the palate midway through, which leads to a dry discretly bitter aftertaste.
Full Bodied, deep and rich carbonation, with a well disguised ABV.

D - Well disguised ABV, and easy to drink. High drinkability.

An excellent Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and for the price, one of the best. Definitely check this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 03:15:54 | More by HoustonTX
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4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours beautifully. This is one of the nicest pours I have seen from a beer in long while. The color is a deep garnet color, or perhaps it can be better described as a crystal clear dark brown with hints of red. The head pours and the carbonation bubbles cascade adding to the presentation of this beer. The head is an off white, tannish/tea stained color and is very creamy. Head retention and lacing are excellent.

To the nose this beer is complex. Dark fruity esters are apparent as well as a strong malt aroma. Overall it smells sweet to the nose. I want to say I am also smelling belgian candi. There are some faint but noticeable spicy aromas in the background of this brew's aroma.

The complexity of this beer is makes itself known when it hits the tongue. The beer is sweet, and hops are not apparent in the taste of this beer. Some of the forefront flavors are a chocolate and roasted flavor, a spicy flavor. There is also a candi flavor in this beer. This beer has such a complex flavor I think that it would take qutie a long time to describe and pick apart all of the individual flavors which are blended together so well in this beer. Alcohol is paritally hidden/disguised but is apparent.

This beer is great on the palate. I only wish that it had a bit more body. For a bigger beer such as this it would be nice to have a bit more body, but I guess that has to be sacrificed when brewing a stronger beer such as this. This is a beer that I will definitely be coming back to. The next time I see it I'll be buying it. Goes down easy and has a low carbonation to compliment the the complex flavor of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 01:27:04 | More by becktone
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,122 ratings.