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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,183 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,183
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 103
Gots: 183 | 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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phisig137

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

33 cL bottle pours a deep mahogany color, with a 2 finger head. Poor retention leaves behind a thick blanket of foam, and minimal lace.

Aroma is massively yeasty, with notes of fresh bread, biscuits, spicy phenols, and a bit of musty malt. Hops are buried somewhere deep in there. This transitions into a delicious flavor, dominated by malt. Spicy yeast backs the caramel malt, and is followed by a dry hoppy finish. Lingering flavor on your tongue begs for another sip. Mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Drinkability is good.

Not bad at all. Not the best belgian strong dark out there, but a fairly quaffable one. It does lack some complexity and is rather uninteresting, but it's worth a try if you haven't had it.

03-12-2007 22:49:33 | More by phisig137
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. This beer pours a fairly dark brown color with ruby highlights. The head was about a finger or so thick when poured. Good head retention and pretty good lacing. Malty and yeasty aromas are present along with some darker fruit. Malty and nutty flavors are present upfront followed by some dark fruit. Not a very complex taste per se, but a good taste! Has a smooth, sort of creamy and meduim bodied mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Easy to drink. A good solid beer. I'd probabley drink this one again.

Eric

03-10-2007 23:10:32 | More by neenerzig
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -15.7%

Pours a dark ruby color with a small head that holds quite well. Not much lace to speak of.

Lots of sourness on the nose--kind of vinous as well. There are elements of fruit like a plum or dark cherry. Some almond like aspects are also noticed both on the nose and the palate. A little overcarbonated in mouthfeel and the alcohol heat is fairly subtle but it is noticed more and more as you work your way through this and it does affect the drinkability to a negative degree but it is good on a cold evening. I prefer the Tremens by this brewery and there are much better Belgian strong dark ales out there.

03-06-2007 22:53:49 | More by rousee
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

I poured my glass from the ever popular 750ml "ceramic" bottle. Upon my pour, this beautiful Belgian was a dark brown, almost mahogany color, also a touch of caramel. This was a preview of things to come. Mine poured with a three finger head, which was a little rocky. The aroma was a mix of fruits, with citrus being the most prevalent. The taste proved this to be accurate. Their was the hint of fruits, however, this taste was accompanied by a maltiness and the caramel I spoke of before. I suppose I just missed this when smelling. Mouthfeel was good, nothing out of the ordinary, but you could feel a little citrus tingle. Very minor hang with this beer, which was nice, little to no aftertaste. Drinkability was outstanding and at 8.5% alcohol, that is a bad combination. I prefered this just a bit more that the Tremens and will be purchasing some more very soon.

02-23-2007 03:38:17 | More by Infamous7100
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MrHurmateeowish

Maine

4.58/5  rDev +14.2%

750ml brown bottle made to look ceramic. Translucent dark copper-red-brown body with chunks of yeast floating in int and a couple inches of light tan head. Scent is complex, including citrus, yeast, chocolate, caramel, and nut, among other things. If the aroma were stronger, it would be perfect IMO. Tastes initially fruity and yeasty, with roasty caramel and chocolate on the finish. Slight nutty and woody qualities round out the flavor. Light-to medium bodied, very refreshing with a fair bit of carbonation. Alcohol is hardly noticeable in either the flavor or mouthfeel. Wow. This beer is superb, damn near perfect. Probably my new favorite beer.

02-20-2007 01:07:48 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%

Appearance
My favorite thing about this beer. A slow gentle pour produced a huge 5 finger whipped tan head. Initially finely and vigorously carbonated, while the carbonation level quickly settled down the head didnt. The body was a translucent brown, with amber-ruby highlights. Somewhat finely yet thickly laced.

Aroma
Sweet and slightly sour with aromas of candi sugar, caramel, and a sour belgian yeast funk. Mildly earthy and woody hop presence in the aroma.

Taste
Golden corn surupy sweetness with its hints of caramel. Somewhat bready with hints of filberts and fruit that i can only describe as tutti-frutti. Pleasing hint of lemony hops or coriander, or maybe both, and just the slightest touch of cinnamon. Finishes with a mild earthy and slightly woody hop touch.

Mouthfeel
Light to medium bodied dark ale. Slightly sour brett bite present, but not substantial enough to balance the sweetness in this brew. Even with all the sugar it was somewhat refreshing and crisp, perhaps the very mild tea like astringency helped.

Drinkability
Imagine that drinking this one all night would produce a nasty hangover with all the sugars in there. Not at all sessionable for my tastes. Might serve as a good introduction to brett tang for brett novices. Glad i tried it, wont be back anytime soon.

02-12-2007 15:36:15 | More by demcorhip
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instrumentality

California

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%

I actually wrote this review back on 5/20/06. Its transference to this site is the result of a massive cleaning I've been doing in my apartment that has turned up several beer reviews, among other treasures.

When I first wrote this, I had already tried Delirium Tremens and didn't particularly care for it. Recently, however, I've acquired a taste for it, which leads me to believe that I should give this brew another shot as well. However, I want to be able to compare and contrast my initial impressions with the ones I've developed over time, so I will proceed with the review.

A: Deep mahogany, almost brown, with a thick head that settles quickly. Opaque but uniform throughout (as opposed to "cloudy")

S: Coffee and malt.

T: Hints of coffee mixed with malt and actual barley flavors, mild sweetness, and clove.

M: Astringent, acidic. Aftertaste of malt and a tannic, dry wine.

This, apparently, is the "middle" beer between Delirum's lighter Tremens and darker Noel. I generally prefer darker beers, but I prefer the Tremens to this. I have difficulty describing exactly what I dislike about this beer...the best word I can use to describe it is not spoiled, per se, but "overripe."

Again, I'll have to try it again now that my tastes have evolved a bit.

02-10-2007 23:32:27 | More by instrumentality
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meadhead

Montana

4/5  rDev -0.2%

A solidly crafted Belgian dark ale:
slightly
Sweet
Caramel malt
-Fruity Tart Yeast
- mildly dry hop finish

Pours a rich reddish-brown
(depending on your lighting)-
with a nice thick,
light tan head

Has a typical tart acidic "belgian yeast" smell

A nice carbonation helps to hide
the relatively high ABV
but it still comes through
just a little too much {at first} for me-
-as the flavors are somewhat moderate
and do not dominate your palette

Nonetheless, the drinkability is good and this
goes down very easy;

Tasty and strong
with a GREAT balance of
caramel sweet malt -fruity tart yeast -dry grass hop
- and carbonation
for a dark ale.

recommended

02-08-2007 02:07:01 | More by meadhead
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Byeast

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: deep mahogany/ ruby , mostly opaque , with a medium sized head of tan foam.

Smell: darker fruity aromas , dark malts , plum , grape , and slight yeast.

Taste: A rich creamy blend of mildly sweet malt and dark fruity flavors , more grape and a bit of tart cherry , bit of apple , also pear, some nutty character , faint chocolate, yeast and a hint of spice and phenols with a lightly bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and kinda creamy.

Drinkability: A very drinkable Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Quite complex with pleasant fruitiness and great feel in the mouth. A solid choice.

02-06-2007 03:48:20 | More by Byeast
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a dark brown with some tan hues. Little light gets through. Nice dense mocha colored head rises three fingers high and slowly recedes and holds at 1/4". Lacing completely covers the glass with each sip and then falls apart like snow melting.
Smells of fresh baked bread and spicy mustard and green tea leaves.
Very interesting flavor profile. Burnt toast mixed with green apples. Grannysmith. Cherries and white grape juice. Perfectly balanced, not to sweet or bitter.
Mouthfeel has that Belgium carbonation that I'm not quite used to yet. Other than that nothing really stands out in the mouthfeel.
This is a great nightcap beer that really fits it's namesake. I'll see another bottle of this in my snifter in the future.

02-04-2007 02:10:38 | More by wcudwight
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%

Found a small 330 bottle of this on sale at a local store, so presumably it's aged out a bit.

Pour left behind the characteristic huge Belgian head...this beer is clearly unfiltered, as amongst the beautiful dark colouration is a large amount of chunky yeast bits...if I would have realised that the yeast was present in the bottle I probably would have poured it out a bit more carefully and tried to remove the dregs. Ah well.

The yeast is definitely present in the nose as well as a sugary sweet tone, and the slightest hint of light fruits...pears.

Taste is very smooth and sweet with the pear from the nose combining with malts, grape-style white wine notes, and an alcohol bite on the finish. Definite yeast aspects, bready bites, phenols. A more light fruit dominated flavour than the colouration led me to expect, but solid. Tart up front as well.

Mouthfeel, interesting...tart bitter on the tip of the tongue, and a gentle tingle on the back from the hops. Full. Drinkability, not hard to drink, but nothing exceptional for the style.

The bottom line: not what I was expecting, but enjoyable nonetheless. Will definitely have again.

01-31-2007 00:04:27 | More by CortexBomb
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rodrot

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured a nice dark reddish brown color with a massive head that took a while to subside. Aroma was of roasted malts, spices and a little bit of a winey aromas in the nose. Taste was of caramelly malts, clovy yeast and a slight spicy hoppiness in the finish. A sour/winey note was also noted as the beer warmed to room temperature. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Drinkability was good. Alcohol was barely evident making this beer far too easy to drink. An excellent deal from a local grocery store at $5.49 for a 750ml bottle.

01-14-2007 20:27:04 | More by rodrot
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weasbri

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

I've been saving this one for a special occasion, and New Year's Eve is as good as any. Instead of bubbly champagne, bubbly beer.
This one is dark and opaque, with a substantial head that hangs around all the way down the glass.
Smells sort of winey, but more robust, perhaps some wet leaves lurking.
Taste is a bit of tartness, with some plum or prune. Something else is there that I can't quite put my finger on. There's also a slightest bit of an alcoholic warming effect as it goes down, but not so overpowering that I couldn't drink the magnum myself.
A great way to ring in the New Year.

01-01-2007 04:02:28 | More by weasbri
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dbalsock

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

Appearance: Brown with dark red and purple tints. The light tan/orange head showed fantastic concave action and the retention was amazing.

Smell: I could pick out some prunes, gradpe soda, brown sugar, horse radish and citrus... weird combination but it kinda worked.

Taste: Blue cheese... that's all I could taste for awhile, but then the alcohol showed up and a wineish light grape taste came into play. After awhile prunes, cocoa and caramel and were dancing around my palate with a nice dose of heavy hops.

Mouthfeel: Rahter light with a bitter bite and a cheesy richness. The alcohol is quite present but adds to the beer.

Drinkability: I'm going through a large bottle on my own and probably won't drink that much in one sitting again. I'd love a glass of this now or again, however.

12-31-2006 05:49:08 | More by dbalsock
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DragYourBone

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +3%

A brewer that has been on my 'try' list. A four pack was given as a present by a very noble gentleman with exquisite taste.

Poured a chilled Nocturnum from a 11.2 fl. oz. bottle into a goblet.
Beautiful pour...many small floating chunks within a dark brown opaque ale greeted me.Hello there.
The lightness of the bottle (pink elelphant and speckled grey background) made the richness of the brew even more apparent.
Small sprigs of carbonation rose to the light grey-brown cushioned plateau head. The head itself was dusted with brown flecks that made me think of cinnamon.
My mouth was watering at this point.
After 5 minutes (I had to feed those darn kids), the head collapsed to a thin 1/4 inch film.
The scent of that sweet Belgian ale came through in a crisp, clean (almost sharp)..simple way. Allspice, Corriander, Cinnamon, and lemon zests popped in me head.
It did not seem too complex. Simple yet very satisfying.
At first swallow, the draught with it's portion of foam had a nice fullness with definite 'tongue smackness'. Flavor was rich, but not overly so. Very palatable, so much so that the alcohol (8.5 % ABV) was hidden very well.
The last tip of the goblet brought the ale, nuggets and trail of foam to a satisfying end.
With the foam residue at the bottom of the goblet, I had to have one more...

Overall, a simple satisfying Belgian Ale. Not too complicated, just plain tasty.
Well done.

12-30-2006 01:34:33 | More by DragYourBone
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

Slightly hazed mahogany pout with a sudsy cap of beige that has decent retention and leaves crusty streaks of lace.

Aroma is booze-soaked raisins, molasses, and fruit with a notion of earth or wood. Not overy complex nose, but pleasant.

Flavor is similar. Sweet and sometimes tart raisin bread drizzled with molasses followed by brown sugar and black bread. There a drying undertone of musty yeast and wet concrete. Finish has a nice dose of earthy, herbal hops. Lacks depth.

Body is about medium, with a spritzy, well carbonated texture and a slippery, smooth mouthfeel. A very easy-going example that could pass as a dubbel.

12-24-2006 22:24:37 | More by AlexJ
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roblowther

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +11%

Just bought a bottle at the end of '06 to find a delightful surprise - the cork indicates a bottling in '04. Gotta love pre-aging. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a beautiful smooth and VERY dense head. Almost on par with a nitro-gassed pint. Smells of raisins, cinnamon, and bubblegum? Taste is a thing of beauty. Fruity yeast up front (those raisins and a bit of orange) followed very quickly by a wonderful, sweet, carmelly malt. Aftertaste mellows into the more esoteric flavor components, oaky with a sharp slightly coppery (although pleasant) finish with some alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is very carbonated, which I love but is not everyone's cup of tea (so to speak), oily and a little chewy at the end. Definitely lets you know you've drank something substantial. For me, about as good as it gets, really. Very drinkable, this one. I could easily overdo this 8.5% boy if not careful.

12-15-2006 23:56:59 | More by roblowther
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. A very pretty beer: dark red/brown with a thick coffee-colored head. Good retention. Aroma was dark fruit, a little malt. Sweet taste, cherries, apples. Very pleasant. Taste deepened as the beer warmed. Smooth, very drinkable.

12-12-2006 12:57:26 | More by lordofthewiens
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

First tried this 2 yrs ago, but I thought I'd try it again with a 'refined' palate, based on experience of hundreds of beers to date. No difference felt, so I guess I haven't grown.

The appearance is good, dark brown and clear with a brief tan head. The aroma is anise and chocolate, not unlike Ommegang. The flavor is also dominated by dark fruits and anise, mabe a little like a rum cake. Similar to Corsendonk or Ommegang.

Nice, but my least favorite from the brewery.

12-10-2006 19:16:47 | More by TurdFurgison
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machiavelli

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Appearance: a smoky mahogany-colored hue with a slightly reddish head

Smell: somewhat fruity, raspberry? marionberry?

Taste: Starts subtly, but by the end inner tastes explode...hints of strawberry and cherry(?) blended with hops

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly heavy, but not syrupy, just a few bubbles at the outset

Drinkability: This is one to be enjoyed slowly, more flavor pops out as the beer warms. A nice companion when reading or enjoying an evening of philosophical conversation with friends.

12-07-2006 05:39:25 | More by machiavelli
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

11.2 oz bottle into snifter.

Very deep raspberry red, which is nearly opaque. Tan creamy head that settles to a thick fizzy cap. Stringy lacing.

Sweet aromas with cherry, raspberry, and apple. Some grainy malt in the base. The alcohol is well hidden.

Sweet n' tart flavors, starting out with mild pear switching to husky malt and some drying alcohol. A hint phenolic flavors are there. Some hop bitterness is present toward the end. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

A good dark ale. Interesting complex beer inside of an interesting bottle. Recommended.

12-06-2006 04:39:04 | More by BeerSox
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ellisdee97

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

A: Ruby red hue, thick bubbly beige head, nice cylinder within of carb bubbles. Root beer like lacing.

S: Strong smell of warm alcohol with fruit notes. Dry yeast and hops fill the nose. Peppery spiced alcohol to finish.

T: Spicy alcohol with a strong dry hop. Notes of passion fruit. Champange taste as it warms. Chocolate malt and nut undertones.

M: Very carbonated much like champange and slightly gritty up front. Finishes dry with a spicy hop bite.

D: For myself this beer took some work to knock back, though my fiance loved it. Once you get past the bubbly champange like carbonation and let it warm to room temp this beer is quite enjoyable.

11-30-2006 21:40:58 | More by ellisdee97
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Tremendously turbid tawny with a thin sliver of blood orange along the bottom edge of the glass. The golden brown sugar colored cap filled more than half the glass initially and is now deflating at a snail's pace. I don't necessarily consider clarity to be a positive, so I like this look just fine. It'd be nice if a little lace would appear, but it doesn't look as though it will.

The nose is redolent of caramel malt, musky hops, bruised orchard fruit and cloves. In other words, it's a typical BSDA (if such a thing can be said to exist). It's powerful and inviting even if it isn't quite as complex as I'd hoped.

Delirium Nocturnum is an excellent Belgian ale. The flavor profile is essentially the aroma in liquid form. There's a fair amount of dark malt present that provides flavors of unsweet caramel and well-toasted brown bread. In addition to fallen apples, liquified figs are now saturating my taste buds. The beer isn't quite dark enough for raisins to come into play, nor sweet enough to be date-like.

Clove is still up close and personal without being pushy. A hearty, spicy yeast strain was needed to stand up to the boldness of the other ingredients and I'm happy to see that one was provided. I'd like to see a little more sweetness, but that's just me. All in all, this is a very nice version that is becoming even more delicious as it warms and coheres a bit more tightly.

The body/mouthfeel matches the rest of the beer's attributes quite well. It's neither lush and sticky, nor light and airy, but is somewhere in between. While the number of bubbles is par for the Belgian ale course, they're so fine that the mouthfeel is almost quiescent. There's almost no hint of the 8.5% ABV, other than a mild tongue numbing as I enter the final third of the bottle.

I'm not quite as delirious about Delirium Nocturnum as I was about Delirium Tremens, but that's probably due to the fact that I like BSPAs more than I like BSDAs. This is still fabulous beer and would make a great nightcap. It might even induce dreams of pink elephants, who knows?

11-25-2006 16:10:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Bottle: Poured a dark color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some candi sugar and plenty of malt. Taste is also a well enough balanced mix of candi sugar, caramel and big malt with some limited yeast characteristics. Body is a bit too watery for the style but the alcohol is well hidden.

11-20-2006 14:57:56 | More by Phyl21ca
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nortmand

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +16%

Brownish red pour, with a huge, long lasting and lace bearing head.

Sweet berries, tomato and candi sugars dominate the nose. Some horsey astringency there as well.

Astringently sweet up front, turns into a sweet, thick dark candi sugar molasses crazy thing. Leaves a distinct bittersweet chocolate flavor on the back of the tongue.

Medium bodied and very bright obtrusive carbonation. Just an all around great beer, and one I would like to be able to afford to come back to often.

11-12-2006 00:31:52 | More by nortmand
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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