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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,366 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,366
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 111
Gots: 260 | 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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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
Photo of midnite2sixman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a trappist style goblet this pours a rich mahogany color with a generous amount of caramel head.

This one smells a lot like it tastes, a good thing, because it is subtly nuanced with nuts, figs, raisins and a nice malt flavor.

This is extremely smooth on the palate and leaves behind a pleasant aftertaste.

Drink this beer!

midnite2sixman, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber colored with small, fizzy head that quicky dissipates to very small lacing

S: Not picking up anything on the nose.

T: Hoppy, bitter, spicy, little fig sweetness, straw flavoring

M: Mild to medium fizzy carbonation, not anything creamy or smooth, here.

D: Not liking the hopiness combined with the carbonation....just not the type of beer that I like. Wouldn't get this again.

cindiwindi1025, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite style now. It's perfect beer. This is on the tops of my lists

appearance: deep brown copper color

smell: mild hops, slight coffee

taste: beautiful, mild bitterness, rich flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth.

CampusCrew, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of brewone
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours with a generous tan head. Seems to last quite some time.

The aroma of the beer has a dank, musty smell to it with some caramel notes and a malt back ground.

The taste is very toffee and caramelly and kind of sweet. The malt is very smooth and sits in the background with some phenols kicking in in the middle.

Lots of carbonation. Too much for this style in my opinion, but it works. The body is medium light with a carbonic bite from the CO2. Seems like the beer would have a bigger mouthfeel, but its very light.

Very drinkable beer. Little alcohol flavor makes it dangerous. Would definitely like to see this beer in the fridge more often.

brewone, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay glass.

A: Blows the cork out as soon as the cage is removed, but surprises with a tame head. Appears brown with orange highlights, hazy, with a tan head that retains and laces.

S: As the beer warms up, a sweet molasses combined with baked bread aroma is detected, along with grapes, figs, and raisins.

T: At first a metallic flavor is present, but after letting it breathe and warm up, this goes away. There is also a bitter, twangy aftertaste at first, which also disappears when the beer warms. this beer is at its best when it approaches room temperature, as its full complexity comes through. Grapy malt, baked bread with figs and currants, raisins, and molasses can all be detected. A bit sherry-like.

M: syrupy and thick, a bit chewy, medium carbonation.

D: once it warms this is very drinkable and enjoyable, albeit somewhat heavy.

joeysmokedporter, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A prolific fluffy tan head sits atop a dark brown brew. Some sediment floats around as the head slowly fades and leaves a thin layer of lacing around the snifter. Smells a bit astringent at first, but quickly some grapes, dark chocolates, grain and yeasts make themselves noticed. Tastes spicy and cholocalty with raisins and taffy floating around on the palate with some more graininess and yeast thrown in for good measure. There's subtle notes of hops in the background with a slight alcohol heat at the very end. Mouth-feel is full bodied with a good amount of carbonation present. The only thing holding this back from perfection is the fact that the aromas and taste could be just a bit bolder. But hey, I'm not bitching, because this is an excellent brew.

stephens101, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has three fingers of head with a lot of sediment in the body. The body's color is dark brown with some carbonation. There is quite a bit of lace too. It smells sweet and very sugary like candy sugar and malt. It has a harsh alcohol taste mixed in with the sweetness and there is not much for bitterness. It sort of reminds me of a dark weizen. It has a metallic aftertaste. This beer has a full body.

MTNboy, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured crazy. about two inches of beer and five inches of head. it took a couple of minutes to settle enough to drink it. very flavorful, excellent aroma of some spices. full tingle in the mouth almost chewy feeling. good aftertaste with a hint of alcohol.

very good dark belgian ale. suckem up and movem out!

giblet

giblet, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of HenrySwank
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle.

A-dark amber, very thick head, took several minutes to settle enough to drink. Very good lacing

S- smells good, taste does not match smell, nice caramel tones

T- medicine / alcohol, musty, somewhat bitter, gets better as it warms, or as I get used to it? Finishes of with distinct taste but can't describe....will figure out sooner or later. :)

MF- full bodied, somewhat sticky, not unpleasant

D- may only have one if I am craving it for some reason...stranger things do happen.

HenrySwank, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I attended a beer and cheese tasting of Delirium last summer and met the brewmaster, phenominal experience. Paired beautifully with a cherry compote and cave aged goat cheese, actually brought out the mustiness of the goat cheese and the tartness of the compote, try it sometime.
Pours out a deep-brown-black color, highly carbonated creamy tan head that lasts forever, fantastic appearence.
Smells of musty yeastyness, overipe bruised fruits, figs, apples, caramelized malts, cherries.
Taste of musty grapes,apples,cherries,malty caramels, wheaty barley bread, absolutley a mouthfull of complexity.
Mouthfeel is filling, rich, flavorfull,explosive, yet finished and biting. The mouthfull of musty bready yeasty breads is cut by a tart lambic-cherry tartness.Something along the lines of Three Philosophers, the original version if you will. A Wonderfully inviting drink.

czfreeman, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of craytonic
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC

Appearance: Large head

Smell: Malt, fruit, bananas, caramel, toasted bread

Taste:. Same as the smell. Also figs, golden raisins, and prunes

Mouthfeel: Nice body and carbonation

Drinkability: One a year or so would be perfect

craytonic, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

a - huge khaki head above a dark reddish brown beer. Points for a the white bottle, nice overall presentation.

s - sweet alcohol smell with tart fruit and yeast

t - tart, spicy, and medicinal with a strong alcohol presence. Little bitterness to really round off the experience

m - light body with tons of carbonation

d - I appreciate what this beer is, but it's just not for me. The medicinal/metallic flavor and spices along with the bitterness just makes for an odd combination that isn't very drinkable for me.

thirtysixbelow, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at Wine Seller, Herndon, VA.

A - Dark walnut color with a terrific, khaki-colored cap that practically overflows. Settles slowly with moderate lace but never vanishes.

S - Vanilla, molasses, leather.

T - It has a nice caramel thing going on followed by a pleasant sour, smoked almond-like flavor along with mocha. Very nice - delicious!

M - One of the creamiest, most sophisticated ales I've enjoyed to date. The carbonation is perfect. I don't see how the mouthfeel could be better.

D - Perfect for the autumn weather but the 8.5 ABV isn't for weaklings; certainly drinkable and I'll be sure to enjoy this time and again. Yum.

pinotboy007, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of caminiti
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in the growler from Halftime in Poughkeepsie, promissed it would be one of the best beers ever, and they were wrong. I havent appreciated the style in many years, but if I did, this would be among the better beers I have reviewed. Pungent and lacy with a great head, it took a while just to settle down to drinkability after being poured into my traveling pint glass from the small growler.
Makes me curious, why do these places only fill their own growlers?

caminiti, Oct 19, 2008
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,366 ratings.