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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,394
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 115
Gots: 279 | 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 BeanBone
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark, reddish-brown body capped by two fingers of tannish head. The head is peppered with brownish sediment and features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: A thoroughly Belgian mix of mildly sour, musky, spicy, and dark fruity notes over a caramelized malt body.

Taste: Golden fruit, gentley bitter hops, and cloves over a toasty dark bread and caramel malt backbone. As for the alcohol, it's masked masterfully. The aftertaste is fruity, toasty, and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Not quite a sipper, but still a somewhat slower beer.

Verdict: A thoroughly enjoyable experience through and through, Delirium Nocturnum is a terrific example of the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style. Watch out for the hidden alcohol content tough, it can have you seeing pink elephants in no time flat.

Photo of mattmascari
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- orangish brown with faint red hues good head which mellows quickly to a small rim

S - hints of flower and orange with a strong caramel notes

Taste - great malty character with fine hop finish. notes of orange and caramel while going down with faint floral perfect for a well designed belgium. as it warms the alcohol charater fades a little more masked by aroma.

Mouthfeel - strong mouthfeel letting you know its there with a smooth finish that lingers typical of most belgiums the carbonation doesnt blast flavor through your mouth but finishes nicely at the back of your throat

Drinkability - i will and have had many more certainly goes down as one of my favorites careful though can catch up to you quickly!

Photo of jonziefle
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown color, cloudy with plenty of “chunky” suspended sediment. Two finger light brown head, which diminishes to a half finger. Very little carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Smell: A sweet grape and dark fruit nose. Very red wine like character. Sweet.

Taste: Very boozy on first taste. Once again, a red wine like character. Starts with a nice bite, with a sweet grape/raisin/dark fruit flavor. Darker malts finish, but very much in the background. Sweet, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice bite. Sediment is chunky enough to be felt.

Drinkability: My first Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but a good one. Strong taste of dark fruit and grape, with a fermented red wine character. Boozy on the first taste, but more hidden afterwards. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of kegger22
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky brown with a modest head that quickly reduced to a collar. The aroma was over ripe fruit and a little boozy. The taste was ripe pears but wasn't overwhelmed by excess carbonation that I often find in BSDA's. Sweet with a sour backup. The feel was medium bodied with sufficient carbonation to do the job. Drinkability was good. I liked Nocturnum because it wasn't so carbonated that the tongue could not sense anything else.

Photo of abuliarose
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Top of the keg, poured into the Tremens snifter. It's very cloudy with a strong head and a solid brown color. The fruit and malt smell combo reminds me of spiced fig newtons (they don't make these? They should).

Tastes as spicy as it smells with hints of citrus (lime). It's not as sweet as it smells, though, rather pleasantly bitter with light malt aftertaste. The body feels very light, very smooth. Fig flavors come to the front as it warms, but only transiently per sip. Keen carbonation.

An overall yum. Not as powerful as what I imagine Belgian Strong Darks to taste like, but enjoyable nevertheless.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice, soda like crackling off white dissappears quickly, besides a ring around the edges. Floaties are apparant, which is due to the yeast and possibly hop. Brownish in color.

The smell is of booze soaked cherries, raisen, plum and fig.

Tart up front with a slight off taste. Just not a whole lot there in the flavor dept. Light char malt character around the edges. None of the luxurious fruit that was apparent in the nose.

Medium bodied with a chalky dry finish.
Overall, best fresh on tap. This one has not held up well over time. May have to re-write a new review when this year's batch comes in.

Photo of BenSelf
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours up a dark mahogany, with a head that dissipates quickly. The aroma reminds me of holiday fruitcake and piquant raisins. The taste is dry plums and dark roasted malt. Not at all soft, which is not in any way distasteful. I enjoyed this beer at room temperature. Good carbonation lends an almost "sweet grape" characteristic to the beer. It has maybe a little of that dried dark sugar taste of prunes to it, but not in an unpleasant sense. The aroma and taste are intense, and truly befitting the name. The silky mouthfeel adds a merlot characteristic, making it highly drinkable. Please do yourself a favor, and pick up a 750 mL bottle for a dinner. I promise, it will impress.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 750 bottle that looks like ceramic, but I think is acutally painted glass. The foil over the caged cork is sticky and its kind of a bitch to open.

Appearance: When I pop the cork, theres almost no pop, and I think, "shit, its flat." But I'm so wrong. All the way to the bottom of the bottle you get at least half a glass of thick foamy, creamy, rocky head that never completely fades. The beer itself starts kind of hazy, but clears to a nice dark ruby-brown.

Smell: The spiciness from the yeast is sharp and the most dominant thing I smell. There's also sweetness and dark fruit. Bready. Alcohol.

Taste: I was a little disappointed at first. That sharp spiciness I smelled tastes even sharper, and the alcohol is very prominent. That fades some toward the back end and you taste the fruit and bread. The aftertaste is very nice, smooth, and long lasting.

Mouthfeel: Tons of carbonation makes it very bubbly and tingly. Lots of creamy head in every sip too. Feels great.

Drinkability: This is good stuff. Kinda different. I just can't get enough of a dark belgian. The flavor just doesnt seem as refined to me, though. On looks and mouthfeel, its about perfect. I'd be lying if I said I didnt enjoy every sip.

Photo of jrc
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up in 25 oz form while on travel to Lower Alabama (pan handle of FL.) Unfortunately I was only able to drink this from a plastic hotel drinking cup.

Nocturnum began its life in my cup as 90% foam, as it came straight from the fridge into my room temperature cup. Not to worry; as it's life continued, I had no problem with the amount of head. I would even say it was completely controllable after the first pouring. The ruby colored appearance when held up to light was admirable but this took some effort to get the brightness just right. This beer has a dark overtone.

My nose can pick up two major aromas from Nocturnum: boozy smells and dark fruit. In this case, the major fruits picked up are cherries and figs. There is a certain sweetness to the smell that reminds me of sugared cherries.

Trying to drink more than a sip at a time is actually fairly difficult, even more so while its still cold. Let this one warm up a bit before even trying it. The major players here are cherries, sour apple, cinnamon, and a slight amount of molasses. Certainly, Nocturnum has a robust complexity worth experiencing, even if somewhat overwhelming.

The viscosity of Nocturnum is fairly creamy and smooth, and the amount of carbonation holds out well over an hour-long drinking session. I have no complaints about being too dry or too cloying, but a background sourness, while candylike, makes it seem like overkill to put down too much of this; I remember too many binge candy eating sessions.

Unfortunately, for its complexity of taste, Nocturnum is a difficult beer to put down a lot of. As others have claimed, Nocturnum is better shared and sipped.

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

i poured this dark belgian ale cool into a room temp pint glass. had about a finger thick tan head that retained well and sat above a ruddy brown ale which was a brilliant ruby hue when held to light. had nice bits of yeast floating around inside, dodging tiny bubbles that come up from the bottom. looks fantastic. smells are not subtle in any way. a small spectrum of spice, alcohol, chocolaty malts and the distinguishable belgian yeast smell are present. tastes amazing. very nicely balanced, has that nice spicy sweet characteristic of belgian darks, but it isnt overwhelmingly powerful, with more sweet than spice. warming alcohol at the end is preceded by ripe fruit flavors, its a little tart, to me like a cherry or apple tartness, figs, with a carmel like sweetness beneath.. mouthfeel is smooth, if not silky. nicely carbonated, not too much so for this style, and it doesn't hinder its drinkability. the alcohol would keep me from drinking too many at once but its a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a dark reddish-brown. This one's really a creamy brew, and while the head is less epic than one might expect with all the action going on, it does leave some nice lacing behind.
The smell is pleasantly alcoholic with some caramelized sugar, a little tart zest underneath, and some yeast.
There's a very nice malt backing to this that adds some caramel notes with maybe a note of chocolate as well, though more milk then the dark / bittersweet of, say, your typical RIS. Some tart green apple flavors, ever-present alcohol and yeast with some gentle, very light spiciness coming out below the bigger flavors.
The one thing that truly makes this interesting is its sugary sweetness. It's not at an overbearing level; it just gives this brew a good, natural sweetness similar in taste to raw cane sugar without the grainy property. I think this kind of sweetness with the alcoholic back plays together very well.
I like the mouthfeel in this one; it's as smooth as anything I've had and has the creamiest texture of any brew I can recall. The body is medium and some really active carbonation adds a crisp bite.
This is a very nice brew and well worth going back for.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark brown color with noticeable red highlights, producing a light tan head that quickly subsides to a small ring. A small amount of lacing and a good bit of sediment also present.

Smells of sweet malt with very evident hints of dark fruit and some brown sugar. A fairly sweet scent all around but not overwhelmingly so.

Taste is a little nutty along with notes of fig and plum with a touch of cinnamon in the back. Starts off a bit sweet but soon balanced out by a slightly spicy finish.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Finish is a little dry. The alcohol was well hidden for the most part and the flavors blended together nicely, making this one enjoyable to sip on. I still got the feeling every now and then that maybe this was just a little too sweet for the style but not enough to bother me so this is still a good call in my book.

Photo of choyhosoi
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A-Pours very nice with a dark brown color and a thick head that settles into a thinner lace around the drink.

S-Sugary scents are pretty strong with some plum, and raisin scents. The bottle actually has a better scent than the glass.

Very strong character to this beer when you taste it. This is a beer that you would sip and enjoy.As you drink the beer gets a little tamer but the first sip takes you aback.

Overall a good beer that will be going into my collection.

Photo of Docer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed an 11,2 oz. bottle to try...

- Nice dark roasty looking brew.. minimal bubbly head.. lots of loose yeast floating about....

- Smell is of prune, fig, alcohol, roasty dark malt, and a spicy hop w/ a good touch of spice and bitterness..

- Flavor much the same... a figgy roasted malt and pleasant hop with a bit of grainy alcohol taste.. quite good and different actually....

- Bit bitter, certainly some chewiness... but ok at best..

- Drinkable yes.. bit of heartburn... flavor is good... overall a nice Belgian.

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

Pours a reddish off black...really nice looking even though the head is a bit weak for a Belgian

Smell is less than impressive, a bit malty with some dark fruit, but nothing too big

Taste is some pecans, a bit of dried figs and some breast characteristics

Feel is good wonderful heaps of carbonation makes the beer go down smooth and dance on the tongue
It also hides the alcohol well, as most good Belgians do

Notes: good beer, I would definitely have it again, but for the style, I prefer trios pistoles or chimay bleu

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

The beer poured a reddish brown with a big tan head. The smell is mostly candy-sweet malt with some molasses characteristic. The taste starts off with some sweetness that gives way to a bit of tartness in the finish with the alcohol coming through at the end. The mouthfeel was thick with a moderate amount of carbonation and some pleasant warming in the palate. This is a pretty drinkable beer with some definite character to it.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into wide snifter.

A- Dark, roasted coffee color. Good head that slowly settles.

S- Super sweetness. Molasses, caramelized sugar. A faint berry fruit essence noted.

T- Rich, complex. Spices on the back end, coriander or cinnamon. Fruit is candied and very tasty. Smooth as velvet.

M- Very good considering the alcohol content. Goes down very well.

D- One 750 will put all but the heavyweights down for the count. Best shared with two people. Great, great beer, though. Save this for a special occasion, although at $7 a 750ml, you have a great deal on your hands; the price is comparable to a lot of 6-packs.

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from a bottle in a chalice in Brusels.

The beer pours redish brown with a big fluffy tan head.

The aroms is a fruity caramal medley.

Tastes of chocolate and berries with a nice easy finish. I could drink more of this than your normal heavey beer. I actually like this better than the tremens.

Photo of cbutova
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours Dark Brown with a light tan head, good lacing throughout the whole glass and a head that retains throughout the experience. Smells like fruits, malts and sort of metallic/alcohol. Tastes of sweet fruits, malts, cant really get much flavor because of high carbonation. Mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy and coats the palette. Will probably not drink again because of metallics/carbonation/not taking much flavor away. Had better belgians.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 33cl plastic coated faux stone ceramic look bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

Pours with 2 fingers of crisp effervescent milk coffee colored head that stays firm for a good 5 minutes. The body is dark with deep plum like hues.

The nose takes in malt aromas with blends of roasted fruits and grains plus mild degrees of red apple

In the mouth the beer is smooth and creamy with a fresh malt taste tied in with a curious and slightly playful pear and apple fruit element. Taste pushes forward with soft spice and medicinal notes as it moves towards a dry, warming alcohol finish.

A good beer and in my opinion a lot more mature and complex than the standard Delirium Tremens offering.

Photo of scootny
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful and inviting brew. Majestic head of substantial structure with forever retention and copious lacing. Vigorous carbonation and a deep ruddy chestnut hue.

Smell is caramel malt and Belgian yeast. Dark fruits and and layer upon layer of malt based sweetness. A sweet bakery. Mild hops in there somewhere.

Taste is more of the same with a smooth mocha and cocoa tinged palate. Mutilayered fruits and malts. An alcoholic sharpness that quickly fades and and leaves you wondering if it was there. It comes back in the finish and lingers fading slowly into a dark breadiness. A clean hoppy crispness as well that leaves a satisfying dryness in the mouth. Feel is effervescent. Quite effervescent at first but smooths out as it sits in the glass and warms up. Still thickish and full on the tongue.

An easy sipper that you can take deep into the night. A standout BSDA.

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

The foam was wheat in color, bubbly and stuck around 4 a while, and smooth. The color was deep amber red/mahogany with a faint brick red highlights. The smell was rich aromatic molassis overtone with some burnt wood and carmel undertones with spicey fruit highlights witha big barley smell. The taste was a rich and complex like a barley wine, a spicey molassis overtone with hints of wheat and hops, not too bitter. Mouthfeel - full-bodied, nice texture. Drinkability - great for slow sippin' to enjoy the complex tastes and aromas.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Dark brown with slight ruby color. Very minimal head with slight lacing.

Smell - Slightly sweet and spicy nose.

Taste - Hearty yeasty and malty taste with a nice amount of sweetness and spice. Surprisingly mild taste.

Mouthfeel - Nice amount of carbonation and a medium body feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable for a higher ABV brew. Not sure I'd do a session with this one, especially in the summer. But a very nice hearty fall or winter brew.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was excellent! I enjoyed it very much and I wil drink it again.

Appearance- dark red almost black, good head retention

Smell- sweet apple aroma

Taste- dark fruit, spice

Mouthfeel- medium body

Drinkability- Excellent! will be drinking this again

Photo of wheatman106
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich red color, poured a 1.5 finger head, and had moderate head retention.

S: Smelled sweet with a noticeable apple aroma.

T: Opens yeasty with fruit accents. Fruit notes build to middle and continue through the finish. The finish is of medium length with strong carbonation throughout.

M: Light to medium; again, the carbonation is pronounced.

D: Medium to high. I really enjoyed this beer and although I shared the big 25.4oz bottle with capra12 and Jimmy, I could definitely enjoy one all to myself.

Looking forward to having it again.

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,394 ratings.