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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,125
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 97
Gots: 159 | 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 ryantupy


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

A - Maple brown pour with a rocky brown head that quickly dissolves, tiny bubbles racing to the top.
S - Apples, Dried Fruit, Spice, Malty sweetness, and even a little smoky.
T - Sweet, sour, apple flavor, dried fruit, malty sweetness, light spice, tart, alcohol, and cherries.
M - Dry smoky finish, crisp sweet mouthfeel.
D - Smooth and tasty this beer was definatly a beer full of complexitys and unique flavor and character.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 17:17:48 | More by ryantupy
Photo of HoustonTX


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

The best looking bottle to date. Painted glass, trippy pink elephants, and golden gryphons. Nice colors, and a name of Delirium Nocturnum, what more to ask for? Now let's crack this beer open and get down to business.

A - Crazy pour, deep brown in color, one of the richest browns I have ever seen. Almost a black tint from afar, but cloudy rich brown in reality.

S - Dark fruits/alcohol pokes through.

T&M - Taste is quite complex. Dark fruit tones really take over the taste. Sour apple tartness is the most prominent one. Small earthy, nutty, and roasty tones come through. Caramel/toffee sits on the palate midway through, which leads to a dry discretly bitter aftertaste.
Full Bodied, deep and rich carbonation, with a well disguised ABV.

D - Well disguised ABV, and easy to drink. High drinkability.

An excellent Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and for the price, one of the best. Definitely check this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 03:15:54 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of becktone


4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours beautifully. This is one of the nicest pours I have seen from a beer in long while. The color is a deep garnet color, or perhaps it can be better described as a crystal clear dark brown with hints of red. The head pours and the carbonation bubbles cascade adding to the presentation of this beer. The head is an off white, tannish/tea stained color and is very creamy. Head retention and lacing are excellent.

To the nose this beer is complex. Dark fruity esters are apparent as well as a strong malt aroma. Overall it smells sweet to the nose. I want to say I am also smelling belgian candi. There are some faint but noticeable spicy aromas in the background of this brew's aroma.

The complexity of this beer is makes itself known when it hits the tongue. The beer is sweet, and hops are not apparent in the taste of this beer. Some of the forefront flavors are a chocolate and roasted flavor, a spicy flavor. There is also a candi flavor in this beer. This beer has such a complex flavor I think that it would take qutie a long time to describe and pick apart all of the individual flavors which are blended together so well in this beer. Alcohol is paritally hidden/disguised but is apparent.

This beer is great on the palate. I only wish that it had a bit more body. For a bigger beer such as this it would be nice to have a bit more body, but I guess that has to be sacrificed when brewing a stronger beer such as this. This is a beer that I will definitely be coming back to. The next time I see it I'll be buying it. Goes down easy and has a low carbonation to compliment the the complex flavor of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 01:27:04 | More by becktone
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A truly spectacular appereance, deep chestnut with reddish purple highlights. A massive head that left thorough lacing. Really attractive. Aroma yeasty, with deeper 'barnyard funk' notes. That, and the taste, ample with hints of dried fruits, darker caramely malts, and plenty of yeast. Somewhat average in both those categories. Fairly light bodied, carbonation well controlled. No hint of alcohol what so ever. A nice Belgian ale. Quite pleasing minus the fact that no taste seems to linger. I experience an unfortunate abrupt dry finish that really cuts the beer short of being anything more than good.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 01:53:28 | More by biegaman
Photo of Wasatch


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

A - Pours a dark ruby red, nice carbonation, very nice head which really does not dissappear, ton's of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, plums, citrus, slight caramel.

T - The taste is sweet/tangy, and fruity. Nice dry finish.

M - Medium body. This is a very well carbonated feel to the palate.

D - Drinkable. This is my first Delirium brew, and it's pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 19:27:20 | More by Wasatch
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say, this one really didn't do much for me. It was OK, but compared to its more common brother (Delirium Tremens), it just doesn't cut it. This is possibly influenced by the DT I had on tap just a few days ago.

Poured a medium brown colour with orangish highlights. Actually very pleasant to look at, especially in artificial lighting. I used a wine glass. Small white head that fades fast, and leaves little lacing, surprisingly.

Aroma is bready or even cake-like. Some rummy elements. Plums and raisins, mild citrus spice. A slight roasted kick.

Taste is rye bread or spiced banana bread, with some lemon-rind flavours kicking in. You can really taste the bittering hops, and I don't think they blend quite right into the overall flavour.

Carbonation is a little high for me, especially for the strength of the beer. Body is a little on the light or watery side. Aftertaste is unpleasantly dull, with some chemically bitter flavour I can't identify.

I'll probably try this again, but I'll mainly stick with DT.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 20:03:25 | More by crwills
Photo of Drew966


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

Delirum Nocturnum pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head from a 330 ml brown bottle that has been coated with a grey opaque coating (I wish hoppy beers would follow suit, little or no chance of light damage this way). Aroma is grapey. Taste is strong and different. Definitely some vinous qualites, funky aftertaste. Not my thing, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 20:33:05 | More by Drew966
Photo of jmz62565


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

This pours a deep dark mahogony with a giant foamy head. The head, as with most Belgians, leaves very nice lacing. The smell is weaker than I expected with a only a small hint of candy sugar present. The taste is sweet with candy sugar, dark fruit, and malt. A decent tasting beer,although it is alittle thin. The m/f is light with a decent mixing of flavors and the alcohol is well hidden. A good beer all around and one that I shall try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 05:35:48 | More by jmz62565
Photo of JohnY


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

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Big foamy white head that dissapated quickly leaving almost no lace. Dark Brown in color. Sour Dough Yeast on the nose. The beer had a malty sweetness with a bit of spice on the end. Slight caramel with a bitter chocolate finish. Definately could taste the abv (9%) which gave it quite a zip. Complex and bubbly (like champagne) on the tongue. Overall a good belgian beer, but not the best. It screamed for something sweet, so I ate some ice cream with it, it seemed to get better!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 10:59:23 | More by JohnY
Photo of haz77


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

A - Pours a very dark brown-red with an inch of tan head, which quickly dissipates. Looks to have low-medium carbonation.

S - Spice, alcohol, dark fruits, nuts.

T - Surprising amount of carbonation which dominates, at first. Malts, dark fruits and chocolate come through. Finishes dry and slightly sweet.

M - Highly carbonated and light in body.

D - Quite nice, but lacked depth. Not something I would rush to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 15:40:42 | More by haz77
Photo of semihobo


2.38/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ML bottle. Looks neat. Dated "L: 3 5," but neither one goes 1-12 so I don't see how it could be the month? I hope this wasn't on the shelf forever but I got it from a place with great turnover and it's Huyghe's fault for not making the date marking more sensible.

Poured with okay head, poor retention in two different glasses. Dark, looks liks cola, including the bubbles. A fine dark brown. Foam on the side of the chalice, usually nice with BSDAs, is mediocre at best. Bonus .5 for the cool bottle pattern and the elephant.

Smells super sweet with some alcohol. Spiced, generic maltiness, cloves, cinnamon. Bread and figs. Cloves, cloying overall, not too complex. Sourness as it warms.

Tastes of vanilla, clove, and sugar. Some kind of rawness, and the alcohol is palatable. A slight hoppiness that is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rough bubbles, heavily carbonated, and the aftertaste is a little nasty. Not creamy at all.

I don't see a reason to drink this within the style, aside from the bottle art. Compared to Trois Pistoles and Ommegang, it comes up looking industrial and rough, with none of the delicacies possessed by the other two. Still a nice brew, but for the style, it is decidedly below average.

EDIT: After later reading positive reviews, I should try another bottle. Maybe mine was no good? Maybe they don't make it like they used to? Still, gotta tell it like I see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 03:18:16 | More by semihobo
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

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

Pours a murky brown with a respectable tan head that never completely fades. Some evident lacing.

Fragrant aroma of ripe pears and some alcohol.

The taste is all over on this one. Starts out caramel and ripe pears, then becomes sour and finally dry. Deliciously complex.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Very drinkable as a night cap or sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 02:26:18 | More by Citadel82
Photo of gnoff


3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle at The Bishops Arms (söder) Stockholm in November 2005.

Dark brown color, not very clear.
Fairly small white head, not lasting.
Rather thin scent and flavor, low bitterness.
Should have had a bigger bite to it for a 9% beer.

The pink elephant on the bottle and the glass makes the experience of course, but the beer could be a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 11:02:24 | More by gnoff
Photo of sevineyes


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

Poured from a brown bottle seemingly painted an opaque off-white. Lable features a pink elephant.

A: Poured with two fingers of head that simply stayed and didn't diminish for a long time. When it did go down it left full sheeting on the glass and still had decent retention until the very end. The head is dense and frothy, light tan in color. The beer itself is a burnt copper color. Dark, but allowing light to pass through.

S: Vinous. Almost like red-wine tannins. Fresh rasins. Prunes. Even so, a sweetness carries through that's distinctly beer through the other fruit-sweet and wine-sweet elements. Very estery. Alcohol. Some of the sours remind me of dried cranberries. Overripe banannas. Licorice.

T: Very fruity. Initially hit with rasins and red plum flesh.Baked dates.Some mild tartness. Fills the mouth with flavor. Robust. Ends with some pepper and anise. Hard to tell how much of that is the alcohol because there is some warming in the finish as well. Really reminds me of wine in the finish. Aftertaste is lightly dry with hints of bitterness.

M: Thick and coating. Really creamy throughout. A very smooth drinking beer. Although it's well carbonated, the carbonation is seemingly not present except for a few hits on the tongue here and there. Leaves the mouth feeling like one has just had cream.

Overall: The wine-like characteristics of this Belgian are strong, but not so much that they distract from the estery characteristics. I'd hesitate to call it a fruit wine because I don't feel I'm versed enough in untraditional wines to make that parallel. Having said that, I don't find the flavor so complex that it mires one in the flavor at the expense of the other attributes. I enjoyed looking, smelling and feeling it as much as I did drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 02:06:16 | More by sevineyes
Photo of JohnfromDublin


3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted this bottle on 25.04.2006, best by Jan 09.
Poured a very nice looking mahogany (tinged red) hazy body with alight tan head (used a Duvel tulip).
Smelled of sweet malts.
Tasted medicinal with burnt toffee, maybe with a tinge of liquorice.
Decent enough mouthfeel, but not a beer that I would return to. Actually struggled to finish this one. Maybe it's just me (or my tastebuds), but I was very disappointed with this beer. I like it even less than D. Tremens; maybe it would improve if aged.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 08:44:32 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of Suds


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a dark brown with a depth of crimson and a bit of haze. Modest head. The aroma here is very intriguing…I get a lot of dark fruits: berries, black cherries, raisins. It’s almost reminiscent of a fruity wine. There’s also a bit of spice and yeast, with a sugary, molasses and malt quality. Not bad. The taste is equally interesting. Slight sourness, with a compelling fruitiness. At one moment it’s fleetingly sweet, then refreshingly tart. The alcohol comes out after a few sips, but isn’t present at the start of the glass. It certainly picks up a warming quality as you enjoy it. Finish is more or less dry. Medium body here, with very low carbonation. I wouldn’t call this one outstanding; nothing really grabbed me and said “this is terrific.” What this beer is, however, is interesting and fun. Lots of different flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 19:30:46 | More by Suds
Photo of Oxymoron


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Who has a pink elephant as a pet? Pours a cloudy darker brown color with reddish hues when held to the light. A very good foam and retention lasting through the whole tasting.

The smell is sweet with malty hints of sugary goodness. More of a malt note then a sugar/syrup. There is a touch of Belgium yeast aroma but a lighter note then most Belgian beers I've wafted at. A good fruity note that is well represented with some plums and raisin to finish.

The taste is similar but not as prominent as the nose. The malt has some good caramel and toffee notes with a touch of toasted blend at then end. Not per say bready but a light touch of roasted malts as well. The finish has a good spiciness but not much on the hops or floral notes.

The beer really lacks in body. There is a wispy feel, that isn't quite water but still lacking overall. Carbonation is great. Overall this was a good beer but the body creates a void. Maybe the Elephants were getting into my beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 21:10:21 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

tasted at classic wines beer tasting in east lansing, michigan.

i was poured a burnt amber sample with a thick white head.
the aroma was malty, had a hint of sour.
the flaor was malty, minerally, coriander.
in my note i gave this beer an over all of 2, which suprized me i'm a hudge fan of there other beers that are available in my area. this was the first time i had this one and will sample again and post that as a second rewiew.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 15:34:26 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of Blakaeris


4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep chestnut brown with plenty of swirling yeasty chunks. Head is huge and frothy, leaves only slight lacing as it dissipates.

Smell is delicious. Strong alcohol and dark fruit notes are predominate. Dark malt, peppery spices, and yeasty funk round the aroma out.

Taste is sweet dark malt up front that blends to dark fruit, chocolate, and peppery spices that zing on the tongue. Surprisingly fizzy with a decent alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very soft.

This is a really good brew, but not as good as the competition.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 22:29:07 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep burgundy colour with a brown tinge... Creamy brown head poured very big and foamy and faded quickly to a thin layer...

Aroma - Very spicy vinuous fruits, sweet caramel malts, light hop bitterness, light aniseed notes, noticable alcohol, treacle...

Taste – Spicy aniseed, fruity (raisins, prunes), strong hop bitterness, very light biscuity malts, little to no sweetness, strong alcohol notes, some rubbery notes...

Feel - Very sharp and dry... light / medium body... Probably couldn't drink too many in one sitting...

Overall - An OK beer... maybe slightly harsh... Worth a try but i think the Delirium Tremens is much better...

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 13:06:47 | More by mdagnew
Photo of HugoGrim


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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. I enjoyed this with some hors d'oeuvres including soft French cheese and crackers while cooking a Flemish meal.

Dark chocolate brownish/black body with a white caramel head.

Aroma is of sweet and tangy fruits, apples, a wisp of chocolate. Alcohol is only slightly evident.

Flavor is deep and caramely. Dark fruits build the majority of the flavor... plum, figs, and tart apples. Also sports a tinge of smokiness. Hints of leather and wood.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 02:26:09 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of budgood1


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the 750ml bottle a dark and somewhat cloudy brown colour...with a massive tannish head that sticks all over the place...leaving lots of lace. sweet candied chocolate and toffee on the nose...nice smelling beer. lots of dark belgian maltiness in the taste...choco and toffee...yeasty, some brown sugar notes mixed in with chocolate covered cherries and a sugary fruit cake concoction. hints of alcohol, too. there are some musty overtones as well...a bit phenolic...really nothing in the flavour profile really overwhelms me with joy. the mouthfeel is subdued and there is none of the overactive carbonation going on...it is relatively slick and a bit oily. strange that the head is overactive but the mouthfeel is lacking any carbonation. body is medium to slightly above medium....finishes sticky sweet with an alcoholic warmth plus a lingering bitterness and i think i can attribute to the hops.

lots of belgian malty goodness...but no malty belgian greatness.

definitely worth trying once. twice if you like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 01:15:56 | More by budgood1
Photo of Crosling


3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark Brown. Strong, alcoholic aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark malts, dark fruits, strawberries and bourbon. Potent, poorly hidden alcohol, strong bourbon taste among other things like chocolate, coffee, herbs and dark fruits. Huyghe is one of Belgium's worst.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 03:36:41 | More by Crosling
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice amber brown with a tan and frothy head which rose quickly and fell moderately to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with an bready and biscuity malt aroma which contained a Belgian yeast spice component and a bit of alcohol to boot. The aroma contained a bit of an apple component along with some dark fruits.

The flavor was malty with a bready and biscuity flavor which was quite toasty. The flavor was fruity and contained some dark fruits, raisins and dates most notable. Molasses and graham flavors were also present and complemented by a low level Belgian yeast spice.

The finish was dry with more of the apple that was present in the aroma shining through at the end coupled with the bready malty flavors. The body was medium and the carbonation level was high. The alcohol was definitely a factor in the aroma and a bit in the flavor, but really showed it's ugly side in the warming after consumption which was almost detrimental to the drinkability. This used to be a favorite, now better beers can be had for the same $ or less.

11.2 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 23:22:17 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of surfadelic23


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

Bought a big bottle of this the other day... This bad boy poured out of the bottle a very dark brownish color with a big whitish fluffy head.
There are nice scent of fruityness and sweet alcohol aroms too.
This one tastes so nice with all sorts of fruit flavors followed up by a much smoother alcohol flavor than expected(especially since this is 8.5 abv). This brew is such a good one. Are there better Belgians out there? Yes, but when looking at four or five choices, this is one that I will not hesitate to buy again as it is consistenly very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 16:45:51 | More by surfadelic23
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,125 ratings.