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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,210 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,210
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 107
Gots: 198 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

Purchased from Malone's Bar and grill in Harrisburg, PA. Very strong and powerful beer. taste was great and the color was brilliant. Once again another sipping beer. Not one to drink more than 3 of in a day. It went down smooth and there wasnt a bad aftertaste.

01-16-2008 02:08:04 | More by Dodo2step
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

This would be from 06 (marked on the cork). A loud POP starts the beer off. Nocturnum pours with a fluffy light brown head that has some sediment in it, looks like some cinnamon was sprinkled on the foam. Pretty good retention but not the as much lacing as I would like. Has a hazy brownish color thats full of sediment floating around. Not sure why there is so many little floaties but they don't really bother me.

The nose is wonderfully complex. Notes of spices (lots of them), an abundance of dark fruits, alcohol and some yeastiness.

The taste does not let me down. Lots of dark (rum), alcohol filled fruits, yeasty spices, herbal hops and just a touch of sourness.

01-15-2008 01:47:23 | More by irishkyle21
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +13%

From an elegant marble-like white bottle with attractive blue foil and cork, this 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bomber pours a beautiful mahogany brown, ruby-reddish color with a full-five-fingeer gigantic head that simply would not disappear... huge frothiness which almost over-poured the serving glass... really like Delirium Tremens, so had high hopes for Nocturnum, which didn't disappoint... slightly malty, fruity smell wih fig and plum aroma - very appealing, with a dark, brown-sugar, sweet flavor that really burst through... a slight winter-warmer taste with fig flavors pouring through... wonderful flavor, exceptional taste with a great mouthfeel and surprisingly easy drinkability for an 8.5% ABV... Full of cinnamon, butterscotch, and caramel flavors... would never notice the alcohol in this one behind a rich conglomeration of flavors... I could enjoy this brew anyday, a wonderful sample, wish they had it in six-packs, although I wouldn't mind paying $8.99 again for this one... Definitely recommended... just as good as the Tremens, if not better...

01-09-2008 23:54:38 | More by dsa7783
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a clean deep copper, reddish brown notes in the color and a tan head. In the aroma, a sweet white grape. In the taste, mostly white grape, a touch of dark fruit, and a small alcohol presence. A smooth, bigger bodied mouthfeel and a semi-dry fruity aftertaste. Easy to drink, a nice fruity presence and it hides the alcohol well.

01-09-2008 11:39:58 | More by OWSLEY069
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Large corked and caged bottle.

Despite taking this out of the cellar, in ideal temperature, 10% of the bottle just poured out immediately upon decorking.
Nonetheless, it filled a Chimay goblet with a reddish brown beer with multiple golden highlights, and a beautiful, thick, well retaining tan head that is so compact it looks like cream; you can barely discern the bubles.
Aroma is mostly spicy, but also has fruity, caramel and chocolate notes.
Full bodied and creamy, the same notes from the nose hit the palate, with a peppery spiciness, sweetish caramel and some fruitiness, along with a note of bittersweet chocolate.
Very good, although the sweetish malt tastes are a little bit overwhelmed by the pronounced spiciness.

01-09-2008 03:19:39 | More by brdc
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Slynger

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Pours a deep, cloudy, nutty brown color with amber around the edges and a big creamy light brown head that looks like it wants to stick around for a while.
Bold smells of fruit emanate from this one; red apple for one along with spices and a moderate alcohol aroma.
The taste is lightly sweet and fruity, with some slight malty sweetness. There is some earthy pepper spiciness and a lightly sour fruit finish.
This beer is full and bubbly. Lots of carbonation and noticeable alcoholic presence.
My first BSDA and I'm definitely impressed. Sweet fruit up front and sour fruit in the back, how do they pull that off? Very good beer.

01-07-2008 02:32:38 | More by Slynger
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Gmann

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1%

Pours a nice ruby brown color with a nice and tight tan head that dissipated into a decent cap. The smell is of slightly roasted malt, brown sugar, and dark fruit esters. The taste is of dark fruit; plums, raisins and perhaps a hint of carob or bakers chocolate. There is some Belgian yeast funk and as well as some wine like characteristics. The feel is moderate and fizzy, finishes pretty balanced, more on the sweet side. A good BSDA that stays within its boundaries. There is no excess alcohol/candi sugar to bomb this brew out like many other BSDAs. Perhaps not the most flavorful BSDA but very drinkable and recommended.

01-06-2008 06:39:52 | More by Gmann
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

330 ml picked up a the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda, mine from my Kasteel tulip.

Nice 3/4" fluffy lite tan had that leaves behind good lacing... Hazy walnut brown... I may be the only one who doesn't like the faux ceramic bottles; no matter how hard you try, I always get big blobs of yeast in the glass.

Lightly spicy with dark dried fruit.. caramel lite cloves and lite raisins and dried sweet sour cherries.

Big carbonation on a lite/medium body... flavor is exactly like the aroma except with a little musky and metallic notes.. not Delirium's best beer for sure.

I don't know why, but I always want my BSDA's to have a touch more body and alot more flavor.

01-05-2008 05:14:53 | More by JohnGalt1
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into my Maudite snifter. Presents with a generous foamy off-white head with decent retention. Generous lacing that left a viscous ring around the rim. Foam eventually dissipated into a consistent skim with ample Belgian ringlets. Brown in color with hints of red (a little lighter than a plum). Absolutely no light penetration when backlit. Scent of Belgian yeast and dark fruit (plum, raisins and a hint of cherry perhaps. Taste similar to nose with a little bit of tartness and pucker at the finish. Mouthfeel was lively on the tongue with a nice body that was not too watery and not too syrupy. Good drinkability; alcohol was extremely well hidden. A solid example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

01-05-2008 02:36:22 | More by Jwale73
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sjohansen

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%

I was lucky enough to get this bottle in a mixed case from a holiday club.

I have not had an opportunity to have anything from the Brouwerij Huyghe yet. To start off, the bottle looks awesome; carved out of stone and filled with fine ale. Pours with a good head that dissipates rather quickly, but gets decent lacing. Red amber in color, thick with lots of sediment.

Crisp apples and oranges in the nose.

Tart slightly sour apple aftertaste. Good carbonation creates a nice fuzzy mouthfeel. Very complex, it feels like someone is playing a game of brickbreaker in my mouth. With everything that is going on, the alcohol is disguised well.

This could be one if the greatest ales I’ve every had.

01-02-2008 00:40:14 | More by sjohansen
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a dark brown that has a lot floating around in it. Nose is just a clump of sugar. And I don't like it. Flavor is yeasty, bitter and funky. Sharp caramel edge on the backside. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it and a typical liquid feel. Overall this is an okay beer. Two years ago I might have been more interested in this beer, but then again, maybe not. With so much other great stuff out there, I don't really see why I should bother with this one here.

01-01-2008 06:11:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

Nice smooth dark caramel color, bright. Decent head on top, lacing was a bit thin.
Aroma of dark chocolate watered down by coffee or tea (seemingly). Some nice yeasts and soft fruit.
Sweet taste, a bit thick. Yeast gives way to the malt. Hops are dormant.
A nice beer. Bottle gives almost No information about the brew. A change in the label design would be appreciated. I didn't know what to expect.

12-29-2007 03:25:51 | More by Mebuzzard
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Vancer

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

2005 on cork.

This one paired well with the dinner roast beef, but all things considered, I was pretty disappointed in it.

I mean, the pour was good, a deep mahogany brown with a foamy tan head perched on top.

Aroma, we’re heading south, just a weak spicy malt. And the quaff? This one seems closer to a American brown ale than a Belgium strong ale. Missing the Belgium yeast taste and any brown sugar cane kick. Just a lightly hopped brown I would say.

Very drinkable, and still decent, just not as flavorful as I expected.

12-06-2007 15:48:44 | More by Vancer
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evanc

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +11%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a nice pilsner.

A - It's somewhere between a dark ruby red and a nice mohagony. Nice tan head stayed around for quite a while - luckily I poured it into my 16 oz glass.

S - As everyone has been saying, this smells super fruity but also has great hoppy undertones to it. Has lots of "debris" throughout the drink - as I have heard most great beers do.

T - This is by far one of the best tasting Ales I've had. Maybe because I'm a sucker for sweeter stuff, though this does have a tart apple taste to it as well (the elephant on the front looks a little bittersweet so, eh...). It goes down very easily. Only problem is that it didn't really have an aftertaste. Each new sip I was learning what it tasted like again.

M - The only reason this wasn't a 5.0 was because of the particles in it that I would sometimes feel around in my mouth, but since it went down so smoothly it deserved nothing short of a 4.

Drinkability - I could definitely drink more than a couple at a time but with the decently high ABV (no Dark Lord, but 8.2%), I don't know if that would be a great idea. Will drink again.

12-05-2007 18:14:02 | More by evanc
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Lupe

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

Hazy deep brown with ruby-red highlights and a creamy tan head. Leaves behind patchy lace and the head has some staying power.

Fruit and alcoholic aroma - tart apple and dark fruit, as well as cane sugar. Some earthy yeast mixed in as well.

Starts sweet with toffee and caramel before tart apple and dried fruit flavors come in. Light herbal notes and finishes with spicy alcohol and lingering candy sugar.

Medium-bodied - smooth and creamy, but thinner than expected. Great drinkability - alcohol stays in check. Solid Belgian.

12-05-2007 00:37:03 | More by Lupe
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

A- Delicously dark pouerd a two finger head which stuck around a while.

S- Dried fruits and a faint alchol smell.

T- Caramel, toffee, and dried fruits, a very unique experience.

M- Quite smooth for a 8.5% abv.

D- One is a great treat two tops, but considering the high abv thats not bad at all.

A truly solid belgian experience, at least of what I've had thus far.

11-27-2007 23:56:20 | More by Pauly2X
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thierrynantes

France

3.08/5  rDev -23.2%

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: dark brown color, persistent foam
Smell: aromas of caramel, mocha, liquorice
Taste and mouthfeel: soft in the mouth, the bitterness becoming more pronounced as the tasting
Drinkability: a beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale correct, but without further

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 3-2-2008.

11-25-2007 08:38:37 | More by thierrynantes
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1fastz28

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1%

pours a very dark amber hue with a brown colored head. smell is very yeasty and malty. taste is very yeasty, with malty flavors as well, the alcohol warms the tongue. mouthfeel is full and wonderul, very drinkable beer, wish it was more widely available.

11-22-2007 22:15:36 | More by 1fastz28
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BMoney575

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

Sampled on 11-7-06

Pours a very cloudy reddish brown, with lots of little chunky floaters. A foamy tan head quickly fades, yielding decent lacing.

Smell is lots of dark fruit, with a strong malted milk ball character. Chocolate and alcohol soaked fruit make a combo that I really dig.

Taste is quite fermented, like apple cider. Sour fruit, with the same malted milk ball as the smell. Surprisingly un-Belgian, with a good deal of chocolate and coffee complexity, if you look for it.

Mouthfeel is good, strong carbonation keeps the strong flavors at bay.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness would become tiring. The alcohol is nicely masked, though.

Overall, not really what I expected. Lots of fruitiness, but also alot of stout flavors. Definitely worth a try.

11-08-2007 01:05:57 | More by BMoney575
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -19.5%

this is my 500th review (cue trumpets)

well, it's dark. and foamy...the foam is increasing, actually. i had to eat some of the foam, which tasted like candied raisins. highly carbonated and a very nice dark ruby color

smells superfruity. not even just the dark, dried kind, but totally fruity

man, does it taste superfruity, as well. i'm not sure i like that. fusel-y. too. the followup is maltier, with a more down-to-earth feel. the fruitiness grows on me some, but it's a course drink

10-26-2007 02:44:48 | More by bruachan
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meechum

Georgia

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
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MMAJYK

Georgia

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
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

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
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joepais

Maine

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
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

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
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,210 ratings.