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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 2,486
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 139
Gots: 365 | FT: 1
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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 kirkpjr
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one a few times and finally bought a single to review.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown with one and a half fingers of khaki head that dissipates fairly slowly. Mahogany and ruby highlights as light hits the bottom of the glass. Little to no lacing.

S: Dark fruits - plum, raisin, and cherries. The fruits are balanced with a light zing from the Belgian yeast. Faint notes of chocolate and caramel.

T: Taste strays a little away from the smell. Definitely sweet, but almost a little tart upfront. Slightly tart apples and plums upfront give way to almost a toasty chocolate taste. Nice solid flavor here.

M: Medium to high carbonation. Medium body.

D: Very good BSD. But with the price tag it's a little tough buying this one over and over. Solid beer, but there are better ones out there.

Photo of RuudJH
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice and funny looking bottle, triple fermentation dark ale.

Looks very dark brown, with a creamy head. No way to see through it. Not too much lacing.

Smells of roasty grains, a bit of coffee too. Caramel/sugar, dark fruits. Of course the yeast, which is typical for this style of beer too.
Taste is similar, with a bitter finish from the residue, and slight alcohol.
Medium body with alcohol, decently smooth.
Easy drinkable too.

I'll be honest and say this is a good, but not exceptional dark ale. It belongs in the main group of excellent ales that gives body to Belgium as a beer nation.

Photo of kbanks13
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into Delirium Tremens tulip

A: Pours a very deep reddish amber color with a dense and rocky tan head. Dissipates to a half finger of head with a decent lacing on the glass.

S: I am smelling some red wine characteristics, slight booze and a very grape oriented aroma. Very sweet but slightly malty and bready.

T: Tart but sweet taste right up front. Cherry and cranberry sort of taste immediately for the first flavors I sense, then some caramel or brown sugar. Lingering aftertaste of the fruits mentioned and the malt makes its presence more distinctly known. The alcohol is capable of being tasted, but it is somewhat muted and not at all harsh.

M: Viscous feel but not as thick as say, a stout. Coats my tongue, but doesn't feel like it's been lacquered. Moderate carbonation kept going by the etching in the glass.

D: Really enjoyable brew, if it weren't for the 8.5% I could drink these all night and be happy. Tastes great and has a good feel too, but the alcohol hits a bit too hard to have several unless with a big meal. I loved this beer, and will gladly buy more. A good start to my tour of Belgian beers.

Photo of scottfrie
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into Delirium Noël glass. 2009.

A: Pours a bubby dark reddish-brown with a lively light brown head that quickly reduced. Head was very fizzy and reminded me of soda.
S: Smells of dark fruits, figs, red grapes, green apples, Belgium yeast and light alcohol. It smells like a darker, not as sweet Delirium Tremens with more medicinal notes.
T: Subtle flavors are on the tart side. Green apples and earthy, spicy yeast dominate with sweet malty undertones.
M: Light flavors, tart taste, dry finish with a smooth thin body and medium carbonation. Alcohol is masked very well.
D: A light and refreshing beer despite its dark appearance. Mouth is very dry and goes well with tart fruity flavors. This one is not as good as Delirium Tremens, but then again DT is one of my favorite beers. Still, not bad, and I would probably buy this again.

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

A-poured into a Delerium Tremens glass, a dark brown with an inch of creamy fluffy head

S-sweet yet slightly sour/tart as well, very earthy and yeasty

T-taste is similar to the smell, overall is a sweet malty beer but has some tangy sourness to it that give it a bit of a kick. Some warming alcohol becomes apparent after a few sips

M-medium carbonation, medium body, dry

D-excellent dark Belgian Ale, could drink it again and again

Photo of Vixie
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass, the cork says this is from 2008.

Pours a deep ruby red color with a nice full tan head.

The smell is quite complex. There's fruit there, mainly raisins and a dried fruit aroma. Puts me in mind of the smell of a bath of dried fruit. Can also detect some molasses and brown sugar.

The taste is a bit more subtle than I expected. Fruity and spicy comes to mind. Has some fruity sweetness at first, then the spice kicks in. Reminds me a bit of a spiced apple cider.

It is a little on the thin side, but the spicy finish makes up for a lot, improving the presence of the beer.

This one goes down smooth and easy, but not as flavorful as other examples of this style I have tried. My standard for this style is LeTerrible by Unibroue, and this one is lacking the fullness and complexity of that. Not a bad beer, but I do prefer Delirium Tremens over the Nocturnum.

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

A: Pours a deep cherry red with about 1 finger's worth of head that slowly dissipates to a fine lacing which really stays around for a while.

S: A hint of molasses along with fruitiness and some degree of breadiness.

T: A lot of fruitiness is tastable up front, with a lot of breadiness and yeast is also tastable. There is a faint caramel and even fainter coffee taste as well.

M: A medium amount of carbonation which tickles the tongue for a while. Overall very nice fee which goes down nicely.

D: Very drinkable despite what I think is a little too much carbonation for this beer. Not in a bad way, but with the flavors this beer has, it's a little too much I think. I'll definitely be finishing the 750ml bottle though.

Photo of washburnkid
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark black and brown body with a sizable tan froth of head up top. Retention is minimal and no lacing. Aromas are sugary sweetness battling it out with a sour twang. Flavors
are equal parts bubble gum and candy yeast with a sour cherry note. Very sour, like picked off the tree and plopped into mouth kind of sour. Mouthfeel is pretty light but the carbonation is fitting. This was a good beer, all around.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big coffee ice-cream colored head drops to a pillow over a nearly black dark ruby beer. Chunks of sediment are suspended in solution, just beyond the murky darkness, briefly revealing themselves before retreating.

I am surprised by the slight aroma, even after letting it warm in a Delirium Tremens tulip glass. What is evident is wheat bread with a background of cherries.

Nocturnum has the familiar fruit flavors of the style, with tobacco and cherries being the highlight. While quite enjoyable, this lacks the depth and layers I seek from the style.

A full body with vigorous carbonation and a bit chewy.

Huyghe has a fine beer here, but as is typical of their offerings, the sediment holds it back, and more so since I want to sip and savor this one. I must say having a floater come to rest on ones lips is a definite turn off.

Photo of noslenwerd
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance like a snowglobe filled with thick brown liquid and chunky snow flakes. So much yeast.

Smell is semi sour, apples, and sweet molasses

Tastes somewhat like liquid apple pie. A lot of apple sweetness, brown sugar, some figs going on. Very warming and tastes better the more you drink it.

Sticky type mouthfeel, syrupy, but fitting for the beer. Average amount of carbonation.

This was my gateway beer into belgians about 5 years ago, so it holds a special place for me.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In bottles at Hal and Al's. Served in a standard pint glass. Too cold and a frosted glass to boot. I let this warm in my hands as much as I could.

A- Big, very fluffy, sand colored cake of a head. Its got intense retention. There are little specks in the head, my guess is that its from the sediment, but it makes it look pretty cool. The beer is dark brown, not fully clouded.

S- Pretty boozey at times for a beer thats not all that high in ABV. Plenty of dried and candied fruits, cherries, figs, chocolate and cinnamon and spice.

T- The chocolate is a character that I have not really encountered in a beer of this style. It is pretty nice though. It makes the beer taste a bit like chocolate covered cherries and other dark fruits. Again, the alcohol is represented more than the ABV would suggest.

M- Full body. Semi dry and a bit hot from time to time.

D- A strong and rich beer. I enjoyed this, and it was nice to see it at a near by bar, but I dont think I will be having it again.

Photo of cdbooth219
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a deep brown with hints of ruby red with a 3 finger tan head that dissipates slowly, with almost no lacing

S: Sweet malts, apples,dark fruits, plums, figs, cherries and raisins, and alcohol. Also, some cinnamon and other spices are present

T: Caramel and toffee maltiness, as well as breadiness and yeastiness. A lot of the dark fruit flavors lurk in the background, especially plums, figs, and cherries, as well as a bit of apple. Also some spicy cinnamon like flavor is there, and finishes dry with a little hoppy bitterness. There is some alcohol presence as well.

M: Mouthfeel is heavy, with a bit of alcohol bite at the end, and quite a bit of carbonation as well

D: Not too difficult to drink, but maybe 2 bottles and I would definitely be done with this beer

Overall, this is a very good belgian strong dark, and a unique one as well. I definitely enjoyed this one, and really wanna try delirium tremens as well.

Photo of pants678
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Gulden Draak glass, the body is a ruby brown with a thick and frothy beige head.

Saturated with dark fruit and yeast, figs, prunes mixed in the strong malt aroma.

Taste is thick with caramel/toffee and underlined by a tart grape and dried cherries. At times it is champagne sweet on the edges of my tongue which can be overwhelming but is mellowed out by mild spices and hops. Sure, I can taste the alcohol, but sometimes I want to know I'm drinking a beer.

At times I feel like this beer is over carbonated, I have to let it sit to dull down a sharp texture. I couldn't do more than the 750ml.

Photo of JBogan
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice looking dark ruby with a thick tan head which remains forever and leaves sticky lacing in my Delirium glass. A beautiful beer, I wish they all looked like this.

The nose is mainly dark fruit along with some sweet candy. There is the slightest hint of alcohol as well.

The taste is full of dark fruits, raisins and plums. There is a sweetness in the aftertaste. It all blends together well yet isn't what I would call exceptional.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, along with a nice bite at the finish. It seems to get smoother as the beer warms.

I found this to be a nice beer to sip and savor. It's probably not one I'd have on a regular basis, but for a once in a while nightcap it serves it's purpose well.

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

A dark reddish brown pour with with a chunky two finger lasting head , spotty lacing left , lively carbonation , lots of yeast chunks yum . Aroma is of burnt caramel , brown sugar , rasins, dates and grass. Flavor is lightly sweet at the start with some yeasty fruit type esters, leather, rasins light dark chocolate , grass,some tangy wheat and banana with a hint of alcohol at the tail end , full body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel ,light bitterness, short wheaty like finish . Drinkable and a fun try but no where near worth the price of admission .

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown to black with an off-white head and the faintest scarlet tinge in the light. Lace isn't too keen on sticking to the glass.

Cinnamon spice is prominent on the nose followed by Belgian yeast, lightly phenolic apples and plum fruits are noticeable as well.

Very bready taste with some dark malts and a rather dry aftertaste that also slightly dries the tongue out as well. Some grass and a resiny character is noticeable and the bitterness builds to a prominent level that just balances out the malt sweetness and then slowly fades away. There is a rather low amount of residual sugars and a slightly tart quality that is balanced very well by some noble hops.

It drinks very smooth while being medium carbonated and is somewhere between light to medium bodied (closer to medium). Alcohol is hidden with barely any heat on the swallow.

For a Belgian strong dark ale this beer works very well and its drink ability is top notch.

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

Poured into a chalice. Dark brown body with a reddish tint. A big head forms at first, but quickly reduces to a thin layer of tan bubbles and brown flecks. Holding the glass up to a light reveals lots of yeast quickly moving around the body.

Smells of red grape juice, subtle spice and bready malts. Possibly picking up some other dark fruits as well. Smells good, but not a lot going on.

Grapes, cherries and caramel malts wash over the tongue with the first sip. Bready malts with a chewy body make up the base flavor, which is then sprinkled with darker fruits. Definitely tastes like a dark Belgian ale. The grape character, with a touch of alcohol seems to be the dominant flavor on top of the malts. Tastes pretty good, but nothing really stands out.

Mouthfeel is a bit foamy, with lots of small, tingly, carbonation. Body is a bit thicker than the average ale.

Drinkability is pretty good. One bottle would be enough for me, but enjoyable. The foaminess makes it feel a bit heavy in the stomach, but the flavor is good, so a glass is about right.

Overall, this is a tasty Belgian. Nothing to write home about, but it does fit the style pretty well. The beer touches on all the aspects I like to see in a dark Belgian ale, but falls a little short in excelling in each of them. However, if you haven't tried Nocturnum its worth picking up a bottle. Still an enjoyable drink.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium Nocturnum pours very dark with thick creamy head that lingers throughout while you drink. You can definetly see some sediment in this beer, even with the darkness of the beer. Smells a bit sweet to me. Taste is also a bit sweet at first, but a slight bitterness and burn with the aftertaste. You can definetly taste the alcohol in this beer. I recommend this beer, I haven't really had anything like it before.

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

330ml ceramic painted bottle, at Beer Bistro in downtown Toronto. I suppose this one is called 'Nocturnum' because it's supposedly the darker of the two?

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark ruby amber colour, with a towering dynamo of puffy, thinly foamy beige head, which leaves some random swaths of fading cloudburst lace around the chalice as it gently recedes.

It smells of sweet, musty caramel, candy sugar, an apple-dominated orchard fruitiness, soft hints of yeast, a bit of dry, indistinct earthy hops, and a tame boozy astringency. The taste is more dusty caramel/toffee malt, stale raisins, stripped molasses, plum pits, brown sugar, earthy, somewhat floral hops, and more bristling alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, and fairly fizzy in its disposition, the body a bare medium weight, adequately solid, and maybe a tad thin for the style. It finishes off-dry, just as the drying effect of the hops and alcohol face a rather weakened Christmas bread sweetness.

Like a semi-sweet dessert and nightcap, all rolled into one tidy little pink-elephant-toned package. Not quite up to the spec of the better offerings of its Belgian compatriots, but agreeable enough on its own, once you get past the bottle effervescence. Entry-level BSDA, I suppose.

Photo of Prostman81
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taste and smell of this beer were OK. I was maybe disappointed that the aroma wasn't more than what I was expecting. Taste was simply so-so. Had a lot of raisin/date flavor with maybe a little clove which kind of left me with a wine-y type perception. Had one glass of this and then moved onto something else. Overall, I'm not a big fan of this particular style, so I'm not questioning the brewer's talent in crafting this beer, however this just didn't wow me. I really wanted to like this one too.

Photo of berserker256
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red and rich brown when held to the light. Dense tan head. Smells of dark cherry and raisins and plums and maybe burnt chocolate. A little alcohol smell as well. Well carbonated with some alcohol warmth. Kind of sweet and tart cherry flavor with a sour aftertaste. There's kind of a cough syrup element to this beer... Kind of Robitussinesque. Bittersweet burps. A touch syrupy. I guess I was expecting a beer more like Delirum Tremens or La Fin Du Monde. I like those styles better than this one.

Photo of minterro
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black colored beer with hints of red when the light hits it at certain angles. no carbonation bubbles rising to the top. midium thinkness of a tan head that leaves behind some lacing but it drops slowing back into the beer. After some time spots in the head form it looks quite odd.

S: coffee tones and some hints of chocolate. some sour splashed in

T: very shocking and sour taste that at first caught me off guard. like champagne taste idk its weird to me, it might be the style but it was totally unexpectived. finished a bit stronger but not bitter.
after some time some of the beer's original sourness goes away i think i just needs to warm. really quite complex taste.

M: light-mid body, more carbonation then i thought but still not alot of carbonation.

D: really easy to drink and i actually think it better when you don't hold it in your mouth very long.

overall: pretty good. its good to try new beers and im glad i bought it. saying that not a huge fan of the taste and it was pretty expensive 9$ for one pint. on a side note i really liked the bottle it is one of the coolest designs i have seen and thats why it caught my eye at first.

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish/dark brown in color, minimal head

Smell: cherry, raisin, apple, and booze

Taste: cardamom, apple, raisin, alcohol, and dark fruit. This tastes very sangria like.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet, light bodied

Drinkability: A good beer that is slightly complex for the style. This tastes similar but not exactly like sangria. A sipper, I will want this again.

Photo of Richardberg
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into a goblet. Lovely mahogany, glinting with reddish brown hues; amber in strong light. Almost but not completely opaque. Slightly tan cream on top isn't massive but retains & laces indefinitely.

S - syrupy malts, plum, raisin, yeast

T - starts & finishes with sweet caramel malts, as I expected, but has some surprising fruity tartness in the middle that keeps things interesting. hints of yeasty spice remain present (if subdued) in the background.

M - medium body, quite creamy for an ale, slightly sticky, finishes somewhat dry considering the predominance of fruit flavors

D - good solid beer. I'm ambivalent about the overall construction (& maybe the style it's going for) -- aside from where I've noted above, the overall character is pretty monotone. Alky is not especially well hidden, especially compared to what American counterparts are doing with stronger variations on Belgian themes.

Photo of Popkas
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A velvety looking mahogany with think cream/caramel head with very good retention. Good looking beer.

S: Smell is of dark fruit and raisins with a sweet malt character to it.

T: Sweet dark fruits - plums, raisins a little cherry along with a light medicinal/metallic taste.

M: Fills the mouth with a combination of a medium to full body with a good amount of fizz.

D: Not as smooth as I had hoped for, but a nice beer nonetheless.

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