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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,355 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 111
Gots: 256 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of cvaypai
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to snifter type glass

A - Dark almost red in color, very clean, little to no head.

S - Almost pukey, like plasticy? I can't put my finger on it.

T - Pretty good, strong wheat taste, alcohol more evident than in DT.

M - Very smooth like always for delirium.

D - Could drink a few of these, but not many more, they really catch up on you.

I wouldn't probably grab this again, I would probably just grab DT.

cvaypai, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of meatmallet
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like a glass of cola. Very dark brown/black with a bubbly tan head. Lots of carbonation can be seen streaming from the bottom.

Smell: Kind of thin on the nose. Nothing stands out and there is a slight sourness to it. There is a slight floral smell with rasins and malt.

Taste: The alcohol is a bit noticeable. There is also fig, plums, and a light caramel malt. Is is a bit more sour than I would like in the finish.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: It has a light body with a bit of a dry finish. Carbonation is more noticeable in the glass than in the mouth.

meatmallet, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This beer pours with a large head and chocolate-tan colored head. It's a clear dark mahogany; the downside in the appearance is the very visible chunks of yeast in this beer. The smell is a bit light, but dark fruits and roasted malts. A little bit of alcohol hits the nose too. The taste isn't overwhelming like many of the Delirium beers, but that's a good thing. Initially, it's a relatively complex mix of dark fruits (plums and cherry) and caramel. As this mellows down the bitterness and spices really shine through with a slightly metallic aftertaste. This beer is a bit thin, but it makes it easier to drink. The initial bad aftertaste dissipates as this beer warms, making it better.

Jablonski, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of atis
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear deep copper brown with brown head, no lacing. Aroma is rich sweet malty, nuts, caramel, dried darks fruits and fig. Flavour is malty alcohol with unexpectedly high bittery finish and nutty bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with significant alcohol warmth and medium carbonation.

Overall, I am rather dissapointed, I expected something better for the price. The bottle is nice tough.

atis, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of cpmau11
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a Delirium glass in Brussels Belgium. Similar to the Delirium Tremens, the Nocturnum is on the darker side of life. One of the smoothest Beligian ales. By far one of my favorite beers from Belgium. About 8.5 to 9% alcohol. This is a beer you never want to put down, in fact I challenge anyone to drink this beer over the period of 15 minutes. It will be gone.

cpmau11, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Start off with saying - love the packaging, from the ceramic looking bottle to the pink elephant labelling - the enjoyment starts before the cork is very popped.

Poured very dark brown with tinges of crimson with a think creamy foam. Some very large bubbled evident and lacing throughout.

The alcohol is in the nose, also picking up a complex mixture of fruit.

The taste is rich and full, and wondeful. A lot of things come out during the course of the drinking. I picked up some sour citrus - cheery maybe? The malt is there, the classic belgian yeast, and figs/raisins. There is an alcohol taste but it is not overpowering.

The finish is warming - perfect for a cold winter night.

I finsihed the 750ml bottle last night, so I'd say this is drinkable. I could have had more. This is a great beer.

KTCamm, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of drizzam
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a cool white bottle...I'm assuming this isn't a freshness date, but rather a packaging date of 2/07.

A - Poured into a pint glass...cool burgundy color with massive carbonation and excellent head retention. Also, lots of sediment being kicked around the inside of the glass by all of the carbonation bubbles.

S - A prominent smell of raisins or figs seems to emanate from the glass.

T - The taste seems to mimic the smell...figs with a metallic aftertaste on the swallow. Maybe a little apple or some other fruitiness that I'm having a hard time identifying.

M & D - Smooth and creamy mouthfeel...finishes dry.

Drinkability is good if I made a lot more money...$5 for an 11 oz. bottle makes it hard to make this a session brew. I did enjoy this immensely though. I think I'm gonna try a Tremens tomorrow to see how it compares.

drizzam, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet with dark brown/reddish-brown body with a mountainous tan head that dies ever so slowly and leaves lace patches anywhere it wants. Dark fruits, figs, orange and other citric notes, caramel and other sweet malts (maple syrup?) plus a the typical Belgian yeast strain in the nose. A yeasty, breadiness first hit my tongue as well as some caramel and other sweet malts, followed (and balanced) with some fruit tastes from the hops (I swear I picked up cherry along with citric notes such as orange and lemon). The constant carbonation keeps the beer somewhat creamy and fluffy and lets it pass smoothly even with some pricking down by the hops. Finishes dry but clean and the ABV is not noticeable even if the spices/alcohol warm up the mouth a little. A standard for Belgians and a great beer to sip on.

clayrock81, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at American Flatbread this famous Belgian Strong Dark Ale was an appealing garnet color with a two finger head of beige foam. The lacing was outstanding and the retention good. The aroma was complex and pungent, alcohol, dark fruit, wood and rich malt. The flavors were equally loaded, black cherries, caramel malt, Belgian yeast, sweet esters some nuts and citrus rind. The citrusy hops at the end left a bitter note on my tongue that lingered on and on. The oak, rich malts and stronger alcohol gave it an effect similar to a bourbon. The mouthfeel was smooth enough, the body medium/full, the carbonation perfect for the style. Quaffable and dangerous.

thekevlarkid, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of schroederm
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip:

Deep red/brown color with a light brown head that is thick but quick to dissipate. Smells of berry, raisin, and quite a bit of yeast. Very well balanced Belgian, good bitter level to round out its maltiness. Slightly hot. Too much carb, but good body. I could definitely drink much more of it, on par with most Belgian Strongs.

Overall: Great beer, but slightly inferior in taste and value to Duvel.

schroederm, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz bottle poured int Duvel tulip glass. A real windy night here in Indiana, thought I would have some of this to warm up a bit.

A - pours exceptionally well, conforming exactly to the standards of the glass, giving a perfect ammount of head ktl...a penetratingly dark brown forms the body, nearly black; even when I hold it up to a light it still remain predominantly black/brown, except for the edges where it is a dark amber. head retains exceptionally well, talk about belgian lace!

S - there is an upfront tartness that has a smell something like granny smith apples, the malts give it a light molasses/brown sugar aroma in the background. there is a bit of caramel as well somewhere in between those two, however, it is quite simple an overall aroma in reality.

T - the initial taste is of dark ripe fruits, as with most belgian darks. this one continues to have some chocolate like bitterness hitting the back of my tongue. there is some suggestion of spice and alcohol during the finish, but other than that there is nothing to make me slow down when drinking this. there is a noticeable sweetness for the after taste that is combined with an indistinct bitterness. nothing amazing to report here in my opinion. I was very disappointed with this beer.

MF&D - the feel was nothing like it should have been, for what I have come to understand belgian strong darks. this was watery, lacking carbonation, and very slick going down. I could drink more than one of these but I would really not want to, I found this really unappealing. it wasn't even watery-bad in the way guiness draught is: I dont want to chug this. the beer could have at lease picked up points for making me want to binge.

erz316, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz ceramic looking bottle

A-Deep mahogany cola color with red highlights when held to the light. Light tan slick creamy head that continues to be fed from the carbonation below. Significant sediment and floaters.

S-Earthy with some dark fruits and an underlying sweetness. Not as robust as I would have thought.

T-Sweet malts and fruits turn sharply tart mid palate, then a swooping dryness settles over the finish. Vaporish alcohol pervades.

M-Highly carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. A bit out of balance for my tastes.

D-This is just OK, a bit of a disappointment frankly, as I expected much better than middle road from this. They have been in business since 1654 according to the bottle so I assume they have some fans. I however, am not one.

caddybuyer, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of sevopie
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark mahogany with a tan to brown head.

Smell - Somewhat thin on the nose, but I smell some brown sugar and raisins/figs prominently.

Taste - Figs/apples jump out at you, with a slightly sour note, and brown sugar and cinnamon are there as well. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Kind of a dry astringent almost champagne-like mouthfeel to it, caused by a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability - The sour of the fruits fits well, but starts to become more prominent as the beer warms. Overall, its a solid beer, but not the best I've ever had.

sevopie, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy dark copper with lots of tan head. It smelled like earthy sour yeast and lemon hops, with grassy and dried apricot and salty flavors, along with a bit of fresh wheat and cocoa powder. It tasted like dry-roasted barley, and a mix of hops including lemon, grapefruit, and orange peel, as well as sour wild yeast, creamy milk chocolate, and a bit of metallic taste. It was oily with lots of carbonation, and had a sour but malty aftertaste. Overall this was a fairly complex beer, but had a clean taste that's pretty enjoyable. It had good body and hid the alcohol well. It didn't blow me away, and it wasn't super refined, but it was pretty good.

Pencible, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 6/5/2006 (11.2oz bottle):

Pours a dark brown reddish colored body, with a medium sized head, tan brownish in color. Has a strong aroma of flowers, and some dark fruit. A taste of flowers, smooth, sweet almost nutty aftertaste. Similar to other triples.

jujubeast6000, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of phantomwyse
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pour yields a red cedar body that deposits a well carbonated soda-like two-finger head that vanishes quickly. Slip and slide lacing, disappears from the glass.

S: Pear, apple, peach, soft malts and a slight citric backlash.

T: Apple, raisin, peach, astringent alcohol -- much like light rum. Weird plastic aftertaste.

M: Thinner than desired. Carbonation abounds, but also has a decent slickness to it.

D: Good tasting beer, but not the best. Worth it if you get the chance just to have it, but be wary of the price.

phantomwyse, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a snifter. Attractive ruby red when held to a candle. The bar was dark, so I couldn't really see the true color of the beer. Head settled, but was easily mustered with a bit of movement.

S - Very vinous. Sweet raisins and spice.

T - Wow, quite red wine-like to my palate. If not for the carbonation I might think I was drinking a big cabernet. Big and grape-jammy, with a small hint of spice and smoke.

F - As is typical with Belgians, light and airy, belying its strength.

D - It's a slow sipper, to be sure. Beyond the 8.5% ABV, the flavors are just too big for any kind of extended drinking. This is a great beer, but other Belgian Strong Darks seem to me more approachable in this regard.

Patrick999, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml single at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins for approximately $9.

A: Dark brown, somewhat red, almost a purple hint when looked at right. Pretty clear, poured to not disturb the dregs. Sand colored about half an inch thick on the first pour, two inches on the second, clingy clumps of lacing.

S: Sour green apples, a spicy, yeasty strong scent as well, somewhat like bubblegum, candy sugar is in there too. Not a whole lot going on really.

T: Initially tart and sweet, some definite bread and roasted malt characteristics, brown sugar, spicy, for the ABV there is a definite alcohol presence in this beer. Pretty tasty but really not a whole lot going on.

M: Very very carbonated, thin, and dry finish. Somewhat of an alcohol burn. This is overly carbonated, and doesn't sit well in my mouth.

D: Minus the shortcomings, it does go down quite easily. Not a bad beer, but overly carbonated, with not too terribly much going on really knocks points off for me.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of bataround
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, hazy, opaque reddish-brown producing a tight, thick, creamy light brown head that left behind thick sheens of lacing. Smelled predominantly of caramel malts, dark fruit and alcohol. The taste was also dominated by malts and alcohol with a taste of raisins and dark cherries with a very sour finish. Felt full-bodied. OK drinkability for the style, but a little over-the-top sour to have more than one.

bataround, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from morel's in beijing

330ml bottle. importer's label has date of april 2008, with "best by" of 3 yrs later. poured into tulip.

dark cola, w/ reddish tint, almost opaque except under light, but far from the darkest creation i've seen for this category. big head gradually fades to wispy layer. some yeast sediment dispersed throughout if you look for it (not easily noticeable due to beer's darkness). a couple rings of lace.

aroma has "generic" dark fruitiness (maybe plums?), hint of cola, and even fainter hint of coffee. okay, but a bit subdued. also some relatively neutral phenols.

palate is fruity as well, like concentrated syrupy apple juice, or maybe cherries. plus a caramel, cola-like sweetness. earthy hops have moderate bitterness that finishes with a slightly phenolic aftertaste.

smooth, but with a hint of being slightly watery. moderate carbonation does help to give some body however. very slight astringent and acidic notes in the finish.

tai4ji2x, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Fatduck
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this last night because it was cold as hell and, Id been out all day. I wanted something to warm me up. I couldn't have made a better choice.

Poured a deep dark mahogany with a bubbly fast fading head. Smells very fruity, tastes like apples and pears maybe something darker. Creamy and bubbly at the same time, this is a good beer for a neg 5 windy day.

Fatduck, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip..

A very dark cloudy reddish color with an extremely vigorous head... Loads of carbonation in this...

Aroma of dark fruit, booze, that Belgian yeast, and some brown sugar... Decent...

Tastes very much like it smells... Lots of sweet dark fruit like raisins and figs with some brown sugar... Boozy..

This is sort of middle of the road for the style for me... Not bad, but nothing sets it apart either...

Tilley4, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of dolemite77
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rating a bottle, but this is skewed upward when I had it on tap a few weeks ago at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Both are similar, but the bottle has a bit more of of a funky metallic taste that this beer seems to have. The true bottle rating would be lower than this... overall the beer pours a nice ruby red, with a fluffy tan head. Dark, ripe fruit aroma, and some yeast and alcohol is noticeable as well. Flavor is raisiny and rich... Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated in the bottle form. It's a good beer either way, but on tap is much better... truly a good example of the differences in the flavor of tap and bottle.

dolemite77, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
May 18, 2008

Nice looking bottle... Mahogany colored brew. Very complex taste, lots of different flavors that change as the beer warms. But it isn't all that great. I've had better of this style, but most people are huge fans of this brew. Worth a taste but not one of my favorites.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of HappyBivouac
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coming into this not knowing what to expect. Poured from the 750ml bottle.

a- Pours a really pretty cloudy red color with a massive 3 finger fluffy beige head that stick around. This is really beautiful.

s- sour fruits- cherries pears grapes. the sourness here is really pleasing and blends well with a slight caramel and nut smell. a little bit of mustiness in it too.

t- whoa! incredibly tart fruit right up front and throughout. this is a very interesting flavor. nuts round out the flavor and a slight cherry/rhubarb? lingering in with bread dough in the finish. Leaves the palate feeling very pleased and also quite dry. I was not expecting any of this in this beer. If anything the tartness is extremely dominant and I might like it just the little bit more if the nutty malt flavor were a bit fuller to balance. Still this is such a unique and exceptional taste all in all.

m- the really nice head gives that perfect thick fluffy sensation to start off. medium bodied with carbonation showing just enough presence but taking a backseat for sure. pretty watery as it clears out of the mouth.

d- I am really in love with this flavor. I will definitely pick up smaller singles of this at a later date, but I am wondering if it wouldn't make more sense just to get another big bottle, given how much of it I would drink on a friday or saturday evening. Just hearty enough to satisfy thoroughly.

As an aside note, with no bearing on the review score: As someone who is studying in the design field, I love the presentation on this. It's very whimsical and pretty at the same time, and it is most likely what caused me to buy this. I was not disappointed with what was kept inside the pretty looking bottle, either. Oops, sorry I wrote too much.

HappyBivouac, Dec 06, 2008
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,355 ratings.