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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,486 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,486
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
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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 sixerofelixir
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25.4 oz corked pottery crock-looking bottle. Bottled on date (4-08) notched on back label.

Poured a very dark, thin & tan laced-headed brownish black. Lots of protein particles suspended toward the end. Smell is sweet, dark fruits, and rich malts. Taste starts of roasted and smooth, but runs into a bitter wall that leads me to believe that severe alcohol burn awaits.. but it doesn't. Very complex. Finishes bitter and smooth(er). Drinkability is a bit low, as this brew leans a little on the rich side. Decent, but not mind-blowing.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL from the 2008 vintage...just bought two days ago, so it seems it has been sitting on the shelves for a bit. Pours an opaque brown color with a massive cap of tan foam. Retention is awesome and lacing is modest.

Nose is chocolate bread mixed with some minerals and cloves. Smells different than most BSDAs and has a certain mustiness that seems to be prevalent in all the Delirium brews I have had.

Tastes quite a bit different from the smell actually. Dark fruits have a nice effect, blueberries and chocolate covered bananas. The malt is nice as well with some decent roast going on. Bready yeast seems to be the signature profile of the beer as it seems to pervade every sip I take. Has a grabbing grass bitterness on the finish and everything seems to compliment each other well here. I like the brew more than I remember back in the day. Mouthfeel is thin for the style but does not seem to detract much from the overall experience. Good, solid beer that I would be happy to revisit again soon.

Photo of SAxDRC5
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark Brown, not quite opaque. nice dark tan head, doesn't leave much lacing.

S- Smells like apricots and green apples. Quite sweet smelling. maybe a touch of hops

T- Tastes about like it smells. Apples are stronger on the tongue than they were on the nose. Slight notes of fig, apricot and brown sugar. finishes with slight alcohol taste and some grassy hops.

M- Decent, but too carbonated for me.

D- for 8.5% ABV it's insanely drinkable. Drinks like a cider, not at all like a strong ale. If I wasn't paying $10.99 for a 750ml bottle this brew could kill me.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Taste quite complex spreads, almost like a liqueur, tastes bitter and roasted coated with a yeast and malt with a fruity interesting. This fruit speaks through attendance sweet and syrupy halfway between red fruit juices and super concentrated syrup of Liège. The finish offers a bitterness also very interesting for its blend of malt and roasted malt presence.

Photo of DrJay
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330 mL bottle. Really nice coppery brown colour, clear, except that giant chunks of sediment starting coming out of the bottle about 2/3 of the way through a slow, gentle pour. This really detracted from the look of the beer. The bottle had been stationary in my fridge for ~3 months, so I was a bit disappointed about this. Short beige cap, rocky collar, with a bit of lacing. Nice aroma. Alcohol soaked dried fruits, plums, cinnamon, sugary sweet, hint of dark malts and bread. Very sweet, sugary and malty with a lot of fruit character. Lots of plum and raisin character, moderate alcohol flavour and warmth towards the end. Toffee sweetness, bready malts, nice flavour overall. Medium bodied with ample carbonation, nice texture... except for the feel of big hunks of sediment entering my mouth. Not cool. This is a solid beer, but the poor sedimentation is a real problem for me. I can easily overlook a little bit of sediment at the bottom of a bottle, in fact, I expect it for certain styles, but this was ridiculous. I would have blamed it on myself had I not stored this beer for quite a while at low temps and poured it very carefully due to the opaque bottle.

Photo of iD9
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a cognac snifter.

Appearance: Chestnut brown through the body, relatively opaque with redish-amber hues throughout. Head pours thick and slightly off-white. Dies down very quickly. Lacing is underwhelming when swirled but relatively pleasant as the liquid moves down the glass.

Smell: Fruity, smells like cherries... bright, marchino cherries in fact. Slight malty and astringent alcohol tones. Overall a bright, sweet smelling beer. Smell a bit green, like hay?

Taste: Front end is low impact, low flavor but the beer quickly takes on a sweet tone which gets a slight kick at the back. The end tastes a bit herbal, perhaps from light hopping?

Mouthfeel: A sweet, medium bodied beer. It leaves a coating in the mouth that hints at light herbal and floral notes.

Drinkability: Not bad, but it leaves just a hint of a slightly astringent curl on the back of my pallet. Its also a little sweet for me.

Overall a solid beer. A solid beer and a must for those looking to initiate themselves in the world of fine brewing.

Photo of ccrida
4.86/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this so many times, I can't believe I never reviewed it. 2007 vintage 750ml bottle (I've cellared since I bought it at the end of '07) poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, Delirium Nocturnum is ruddy brown with a big light tan head that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is very bright and fruity on the nose, grapes and little spicy.

Taste is rather full as well, big fruit esters complementing the sugary dark malt beautifully. In fact, it doesn't taste dulled at all flavor wise in spite of it's age, just very smooth. Without morphing into a whole other animal, it's all I could ask for in an ~ 3 year old beer, fantastic really, aged or not.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, dried by the ABV and highly digestible.

Drinkability is shamefully high. All that waiting, and I'm fighting myself to not gulp it down. One of the best BSDA's I've ever had, phenomenal.

Photo of alli4051
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a (very cool looking) 750ml glass bottle, that isn't supposed to look like a glass bottle into a nonic.

Pours a deep, clear mahogany with a large, fizzy, tan head that recedes quickly with little lacing. Smell is sour fruits and alcohol. Taste is again dominated by sour fruits with a nice malty, caramel backbone and some alcohol in the finish. A bit lighter than I would have thought but good nonetheless. Good beer, glad I picked this up, would definitely drink again.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Chocolate brown, with a finger of head that dissolves within a minute or two. Some noticeable sediment. Lacing slides down the side of the glass.

S: Smells sour, like green apples. Sweeter, maltier scents are noticeable, but only when searching closely.

T: Strange! The sour apple trend certainly continues, overpowering the other tastes. It's not unpleasant, but it is rather one-sided. The aftertaste is quite dry, lingering nicely. There is a strange flavour between the initial tartness and the drying effect, almost like...soy sauce? This could almost be a cider rather than beer. I would've liked a bit more sweetness, but still quite good.

M: Tart and stimulating. Light carbonation. Dryness is similar to a white wine; reminiscent of a dry Riesling.

D: I must say, I wouldn't drink this very often, but I prefer it to its more famous counterpart, Delirium Tremens. One of the least beery beers I've reviewed.

Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- 11.2oz ceramic bottle poured into a goblet, nearly three filgers of tan head that looks as if i sprinkled cocoa on top (thats a beer first). LOADS of floaties, murky brown coloring. awesome bottle design and artwork.

s- clean edge, that notorious belgian yeast, some spicyness, and some brown sugary sweetness.

t- very nice, spicyness again, light chocolate, brown sugar, ripe figs, very light (to medium) alcohol, finishes slightly dry, not overtly yeasty but complex.

m- creamy, medium body.

d- really nice here, this is the best belgian that i've had in awhile, i would drink this again.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay tulip from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a dark brown color with some nice reddish hues. A nice .25 inch head pops up with a nice light tan color. Recedes quickly and leaves a nice thin ring around the glass.

S - Delicious phenols and yeast aromas followed by some nice clove sweetness with some good spice and sourdough bread backbone.

T - Some mild roasted character to this BSDA. Nice spice profile with some clove, peppercorn and vanilla as well. Very phenolic in taste. Overall very complex flavor with some boozy flavor as it warms that is noticeable but agreeable.

M & D - Very full and complex body. Good beer but not the best BSDA. High ABV.

Photo of jporf911
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle. No freshness date provided. Unlike the Delirium Tremens bottle with its multitude of wildlife, this one simply has one huge pink elephant on the label.

Appearance- Pours a dark ruby-brown that appears translucently red when held up to the light. The tan head is not quite as large as the behemoth head on Delirium Tremens, but it is nevertheless substantial, easily taking up almost half of the glass at a slow pouring pace. Thick, creamy lace adheres to the sides of the glass on the way down.

Smell- The aroma is mysteriously inviting with sweet notes of caramel malt and tart apple with more elusive hints of dark fruit and an alcohol undertone.

Taste- Delirium Nocturnum starts off with a tart bite of apple, adds a little note of spice, runs its caramel malt over the tongue, and washes down a chocolaty aftertaste. Dark fruit and alcohol are noticeable but not strong. It leaves a lingering aftertaste of yeast, yet the hoppy bitterness I expected is conspicuously weak in the overall taste-- not unpleasantly so, however, as this is typical of Belgian Dark Ales in general.

Mouthfeel- More medium-bodied than the lighter Delirium Tremens. It starts off wet, goes slightly dry with the taste of fruity alcohol esters, then finishes wet again.

Drinkability- Simply put, delicious. Delirium Nocturnum hides its alcohol under a complex array of flavors the build to a captivating crescendo on the tongue and leave a pleasant warmness in the throat and belly. Given the choice between the two, I would take Delirium Nocturnum for a session.

Photo of basica
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown pour with a one-finger thick milky stout-like head that gradually reduces to a coffee like lacing. Sediments were noticeable amidst the dark brown liquid. (4)

S - Caramel malts were clear with obvious hints of alcohol and a mild revalation of dark fruity notes (3.5)

T - Light tangy brown sugary notes upfront with some dark fruitiness, spices and a bready, yeasty malt backing; generally not as sweet as expected and finishes with notes of raisins and a light lingering sourness (4)

M - Medium-bodied and with a fair amount of carbonation; slightly sticky yet slightly watery at but goes down creamy smooth (4)

D - Pretty drinkable due to the smoothness and stealthy 8 ABV but not as enjoyable as most premium Belgian dark styles due to its tangy nature as well as minimal dark fruity presence (4)

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

330 ml mock "stoneware" glass bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.5%. Chestnut coloured beer with a big and lasting tan head. Lovely aroma of various fruits and spices, hints of farmhouse kitchen and red wine vinegar. The flavour is malty with moderate notes of dried fruits and spices. Nice one.

Photo of seanyfo
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a delirium tremens chalice.

A- Dark ruby copper body with excellent clarity, 2 finger tan head producing excellent retention fading to a crown considering ABV and fantastic lacing.

S- Sweet toffee caramel malt strong in the nose, munich doppelbock like.

T- Bready maltiness is replicated on the tongue. Finish is semi dry with alcohol giving a bit of a bitter balance but certainly not a hot alcohol.

M- Moederate carbonation, medium to full body.

D- A rich complex style and this is an excellent example. Dangerously smooth.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark brownish amber in color with a thick beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose has aromas of dark fruits and spices along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The complexity in the taste improves as the beer warms up, which is relatively sweet and has flavors of dark fruits and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink.

Photo of Radome
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, deep brown color. Head is thick and off-white; made up of tiny, tight bubbles that leave a thick coating on the sides of the glass.

S - Fruity and sweet with a sharp aroma that I associate with grain, not hops.

T - Unusual flavor unlike what I was expecting from the appearance. Malt was in the background. Up front I got some hops flavor, but mostly a sharp medicinal note that I interpret as spices.

M - Fairly thin body. A bit of astringency, again probably spices.

D - This was a little disappointing. As it warms the spices and grain gain a little more complexity, but the malt background I was expecting never showed up. Overall it seemed out of balance without the malt.

Photo of aepb1
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Darker brown with a light tan head that dissipates leaving a nice crown

S- Sweet fruity and a strong a,lcohol smell in there too

T- Blueberries! There's also a heat from the alcohol also yeasty and toffee

M- Light/medium almost sticky body

D- Nice on a cool winter's day as it's quite warming... a little "slowing" on the hot summer day I had it on however

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

(11.2 oz bottle) Poured a light hazy gold with modest carbonation. Virtually no lacing. Very mild floral flavor with nice hop and malt balance. No taste of the alcohol. A very pleasant finish. One of the more mild Belgian beers I've had. This would have broad appeal. I would look for again to purchase or recommend.

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

A: A murky brown color with a slight hint of burgundy. Little head that left no lacing.

S: A nice smell of sweet grains, figs maybe and some other fruits.

T: Nice taste. Pretty sweet beer, the fruit taste really comes across. Slight amount of hops near the end.

M: Decently chewy for an ale. More thickness than I expected but not much.

D: It's a quality beer so it is definitely drinkable. Not my preferred style, but I wouldnt mind drinking another.

Photo of Eisen
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Once again, had in China.

Great with "chocolate Brownie" However, I definitally drank this beer but it was most definattlally and light colour: very strange.

Regandless, beter than Duvel.
Drank out of a wiskey glass at bar; rant not included because of cultural apretiation. And thick head regardless of glass. although thined out to little lase. Taste was great; that may be all that need to be said but if not maore this may be ended on internet. The taste was rich and very belgium esc. complex. Not nessesarally yeasty but very much so malty and quazi yeast and great.

Photo of Longhorn22
2.49/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - At first I thought that I had gotten a bottle past its expiration date, but I checked, and it was still good. It pours with a small head and it dissipated oddly quickly. The color is a dark purple with small whitish floaties. The reason I thought that it was bad was because it had floating stuff in it. But reading some of the other reviews shows that it was intentional. I was not appetizer by the look.

S - the smell was j

Photo of deapokid
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ladies & gentleman, we've got a gusher!

It literally took 10 minutes to get this beer to calm down, which was pretty frustrating, but of no fault of the brewer.

Pours out a foamy brown with purple sediment speckled about like chocolate chips in Cookie Crisp cereal. The liquid is a reddish purple, resembling a dark and pulpy fruit juice with glowing (almost neon) grape coloration. This is one of the most visually unique beers I've ever had the honor of drinking.

Bouquet is a battle between dark berry and strong alcoholic notes. It initially reminds me of Sangria or a sweet wine but with extra sugar added, which provides a candied characteristic.

Flavor wise, blueberries are the major player, accompanied by a wine-like acidity. Also included are fig, dates and a big, warming alcoholic burn. It's a very Wintery ale that will lull you to sleep (like its namesake so pleasantly notes). Rather unique; it successfully melds heavy fruit flavoring with more complex characteristics.

The mouth moves from sweet to dry rather quickly. It would have benefitted from a hint of sourness, but it still manages to be an original effort that will be worth a spin every once in a while.

Photo of ryanonline
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will begin this review by saying corked, caged and foiled = triumvirate of annoyance. (I am assuming triumvirate means what I think it means as looking words up is for punkasses)

Even worse, its a synthetic cork!!! WTF is the foil for?

Pours very thick and dark with a tan head that runs away frightfully. OK lacing.

Smell is stank and dank. A little sour, but still has a date and raisin like sweetness to it. Not detecting much else. Maybe some booze.

Taste is more of the same with a slight toffee finish. Also a fairly strong yeast presence.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin, watery yet sticky, and highly carbonated.

I'm a teenagers bit confused on the drinkability. It seems OK but is kind of blandish and a little foamy.

This may be an old bottle. I got it at ABC in their clearance section. I still think the foil is just shit icing on the annoying cake.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a 33cl Delirium glass.

Pours a nice dark ruby/brown with a very small light brown head and some thin lacing. Nose is really rich and crisp with malty and yeasty notes.

Taste is very nice, sweet and malty. Very full mouthfeel and a light caramel finish. No idea that its so boozy by the taste, very good beer.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,486 ratings.