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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,300
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 112
Gots: 230 | 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 dstc
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a big, full off-white head. Great head retention and lacing that is slow to fall.

Smells a little thin and metallic but improves the warmer it gets.

Again, tastes slightly metallic but that fades as it begins to warm. It then becomes a very pleasant to drink brew.

Medium bodied mouthfeel, smooth.

A very nice beer, better a bit warmer.

dstc, May 31, 2008
Photo of beerbrains
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a ceramic bottle into a stem glass (the piece I usually choose for tasting). The beer pours a very nice dark red-brown with a thick frothy head. A choppy version of the head lasted until the glass was empty, seemingly eternal.

The smell is sweet and bold with hints of malt, dried fruits and alcohol.

The flavor following the nose is the same: sweet with flavors dried fruits, caramel, and alcohol tinge.

By the end of the glass the flavors seemed subdued, not missing or watery, just not as prevalent.

The beer did a great job of scrubbing away any flavors or residual fats of the food, leaving me ready for the next bite.

This beer accompanied a thick slice of prime rib with a pepper crust and a few slices of fresh sun-dried tomato bread. Not the best pairing for this meal. The sweetness of the beer would have paired much better with a baked sweet potato topped with butter and brown sugar on the side.

beerbrains, May 26, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - Deep brown with good clarity and a moderate beige head.

S - Sweet and malty with notes of licorice and caramel.

T - Sweet (but not too sweet), malty and roasty. A slight bitterness and an increasing presence of alcohol. This is very well balanced.

M - High carbonation at first but mellows as you go (pretty typical of bottle conditioned Belgians).

D - I typically like lighter Belgians but this is a very enjoyable beer.

GJ40, May 24, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. ceramic bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a chalice.

A: Deep brown pour. Nice strong tinted head, holds nicely. Some good lacing.

S: Caramel, dark fruits, bit of yeasty spice and esters. It's all there.

T/M: Great balance with all the flavors. More of the caramel, not overly sweet. Some juicy dark fruits with a touch of alcohol, but not too much. Some spicy. Carbonation is quite high, keeping things clean and alive. Medium bodied.

D: Not terribly complex but just done right. A bit expensive but worth a try.

pwoods, May 20, 2008
Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a rich chocolate brown with brilliant garnet highlights. one finger of light tan head tops it off, and lasts for a couple minutes. light lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts, with dark fruits prevailing. fruit notes include apple, apricot, raisen, and a hint of vanilla and banana. a lightly bready base works well with the fruits and malts.

taste is malty up front, with the same fruit notes as the aroma. caramel malts, with a hint of chocolate malts offset the fruit nicely. finishes with residual dark fruit. wonderfully proportioned.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lightly tart texture and soft CO2. finishes semi-dry with a slick mouthfeel.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth and mellow belgian, with well masked alcohol (8.5% APV) and a solid profile. a wonderful palate of flavors here. cheers!

botham, May 20, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Green's in Atlanta. Pours from a 750ml into an oversized wine glass.

A: Poured a dark brown with dark red hues, lots of carbonation streaming to the top where it meets a nice off white head. Looks like a root beer.

S: Kinda lacking. I can smell some malt, sweet spices, pear and alcohol.

T: A touch of malt. Fruits kinda shine here (apples, pear), spices and alcohol. Nice balance as it finishes with a bittness but it doesn't seem to be coming from hops though.

M: Medium carbonation and the brew really tickles your throat and back of the neck. Finishes clean.

D: Probably shouldn't have opened a 750 for myself because this beer is a littl heavy and the alcohol starts to weigh. Good beer though and worth having in the cellar.

everetends, May 18, 2008
Photo of Roeters
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red to a brown in color with a thin light brown to off white head.

S: Sweet fruity with just a touch of a spicy aroma

T: Sweet/fruity followed by a slight taste of alcohol, finishing with a slightly tart/bitter tast (not hops)

M: Great balanced taste throughout the mouth

D: Great for one or three but not much more then that, the alcohol will start getting t you after that.

Lastly anything with a pink elephant on it has to be great!

Roeters, May 14, 2008
Photo of drperm
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville

Appearance: Dark ruby red, with a thick head. Enticing if a bit intimidating.

Aroma: Sour cherry, brown sugar, faint mild hops.

Taste: A carnival ride: sour water, raisins, cherry pits, white pepper, pears, a bitter hop finish.

Palate: Perfect, really.

Overall: Not quite as good as Tremens in my book, but still very solid! Great with chocolate.

drperm, May 10, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #14.

Pours a medium-dark brown, with ruby hues when held to the light. A good two fingers of creamy beige head retain a solid lace and leave some stick, too.

Smell is quite fruity (apple and some dark fruits) and yeasty, and has lots of candi sugar sweetness, too. Also somewhat bready with a bit of spice.

Taste has a base of candi sugar and caramel/brown sugar sweetness, it's bready and has some yeast and dark fruit flavors. Flavors are weak and a bit thin, though. The smell was so much richer and had much greater depth. Not really super flavorful or very complex.

Mouthfeel is a hefty medium body but feels a little thin. This is a pretty good beer, but it's just not very robust or interesting.

number1bum, May 10, 2008
Photo of joekfsu
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.6 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby with massive head, off-white that is quickly diminishing. Aroma of malt, yeast, and dark fruits. Initial taste of bread and malt, switching to dark fruits, ending with a balance of all the flavors and aromas with a hint of spice on the tongue. Medium body, moderate carbonation, some lacing, and hints of alcohol noted as it warmed up. Drinkable and better than most Belgians in my opinion.

joekfsu, May 09, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 candy 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.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish/brown color. A large pillowing head forms and leaves good lace down the glass.
S: Malty, fruity, and peppery. The usually suspects are there, but it seems a bit reserved to me.
T: Follows the nose. Malty and fruity. Very tart, sweet and dry. A bit more malt comes through as the beer warms, but the flavors seem to be a bit muted and reserved again.
M/D: Clean and crisp in the mouth. Over carbonated and to light of a body for my tastes. This is not hard to drink. Smooth and easy going.

A good Belgium beer to try. It is probably not something I will get again though.

champ103, May 06, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to patra for this wonderful birth day gift.
Nocturnum pours a dark brown with a ruby hue and a thick white head that slowly thins out. The aroma is wonderful and full of ripe fruit, candy and melon. The flavor is full of sweet fruits. Dried apricot, plum, orange marmalade and pineapple. There are sweet bready malts as well that mix with the fruit flavors to give this beer a fruit cake quality that has been laced with warming alcohol. This is a delightful Belgian ale with a full body, average carbonation and a sweet finish.

generallee, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber red color, almost brown. Excellent head even without an aggressive pour. Good retention and moderate lacing. Looks like a very inviting brew.

S - Somewhat spicy with a hint of some fruity alcohol. Not a strong aroma by any means but still very inviting.

T - Excellent. Tart fruit flavor (Maybe apple?) with a nice spicy backing.

M/D - Excellent carbonation and very smooth going down. An all around excellent brew.

ckeegan04, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark wood color with a nice tan head that rises up and has yet to show any sign of going down soon. The beer has a very sweet, malty aroma to it. The taste is also very malty with lots of dark fruits, berries, bread and wood. Very rich...very amazing. One of the great beers in my favorite style of Belgian beers.

Douglas14, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark cloudy brown with about an inch of tan head that leaves a little lace clinging to the glass.

Smelled of malts and raisins and something sweet... Maple?

The malts and maple(?) hit the mouth immediatley, followed by the raisins. Not a bad taste at all.

Leaves the mouth a little dry, but otherwise feels great on the palate.

I certainly could have drank another, but it wasn't an overwhelming urge or anything.

Also, just as an aside; I really dug on the packaging of this one.

donteatpoop, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of MaltFrazier
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark, musky brew, yet not opaque, visibly highly carbonated when poured into beer mug. Thick Head, like my afro in the 70's.

Smell: a fruitacious aroma, rich and malty as well.

Taste: A cornucopia of spices, highly complex with fruits, mostly apple on my tongue. I feel like these spices are a bit strong and sugary, and the taste a little dry, however very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy...how much sugar is here in this beer? Rich and creamy.

Drinkability: Not the best dark beligian, but a nice, unique sugary flavor I can savor. No more than a few for me tonight, however no more in sight. When you're looking for a creamy, desert like sugary and fruity strong beer, this is the one. Go Knicks.

MaltFrazier, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Deep clear garnet, with a nice big foamy tan head, decent retention eventually settling into a thin lace cover over 3/4 of the surface.

S = Alcohol hits me up front which I do not particularly like, but from there I get sweet fruits, apples, raisins, some light barnyard smells, hay, a musty barn, finally clear yeast esters.

T = Sweet malts up front with spiciness from the yeast, granny apples, overripe pears, raisins, then mid-palate start getting some esters and moves into a medium long bitter, sour finish.

M = A little too carbonated for my taste, medium-heavy body, good mouthcoating.

D = This is an enjoyable beer, it is easy drinking for being as strong as it is.

Traquairlover, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of cjohnson
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich, dark orange almost red color with a nice two-finger-width head that unfortunately doesn't stick around very long (and is why this had a 4.5 instead of 5.0 on appearance).

Smells of hop-bitterness and fruity sweetness at the same time. Fruit smells are more along the lines of dried fruits like prunes. There's also a little bit of a molasses smell going on.

Tastes like dark fruits and molasses. There's a little bit of an alcoholic bite to it, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be given as strong as it is, and as other Belgian darks tend to be.

Feels very light in the mouth due to all the carbonation which makes this probably more drinkable than it should be.

cjohnson, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of albern
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptional Belgian dark ale. It pours a cloudy, deep tan, frothy head, and ample carbonation. The beer has the smell of caramel, brown sugar, Belgian candied sugars, and a tad bit of alcohol. The only knock on this beer is that there is just too much warming alcohol notes for a beer of 8.5%. This is a full bodied, yeasty, well carbonated beer with plenty of robust malts, candied sugars, chocolate hints, and dark sugar notes. What most impressed me with this beer is the beautiful and creamy mouthfeel. This is like milk chocolate on the tongue. The after taste is a bit too throaty for my tastes. The beer is plenty cloudy, carbonated, and robust. There are also plenty of yeasty bits floating around if you want to pour the sediment into the glass at the end. This is a wonderful beer well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

albern, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark brown with lots of floating action.

S: Beyond sweet, did they throw sugar cubes in this one?

T: Yeasty bitterness and pungent caramel edge on the 2nd aftertaste.

M: Copious carbonation...too busy for me

D: I'm going to stick with Delirum T's but may go back to it if i see on tap some place.

Brianmerrilyn, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of happygnome
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: pours a nice murky brown color with strange ruby/purple hues around the edge of the glass, the eigth inch of head is very pillowy and dissapears fairly quickly leaving a lot of lacing around the edge of the glass as well as in the center of the beer
s: dark fruits, prunes, dates and bannanas very nice complex aroma towards the finish of the aroma the alcohol notes are present but not overwhelming
t: dark prunes and dates, maybe hints of bannanas as well. earthy hop bitterness only present enough so that this isnt too sweet. a very complex taste
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, wow this is truly a very good brew that i enjoyed from start to finish

happygnome, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark brown with red highlights,thick frothy head holds nicely leaving behind some spotty lacing

S- sweet fruits,Lucky Charms strawberry marshmallows,suttle yeast aromas

T- dark fruits are sweet upfront with a white grape tartness not far behind. midway there are small traces of alcohol hidden among spices and a dry yeasty finish

M- medium to light in body,with a creamy nutty soul that will drive the tastebuds wild

D- high ABV along with such a rich and complex body keeps the drinkability at a minimum,overall a delicious and impressive Belgian Dark

orangemoustache, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured on tap into a goblet at the Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains NY.

A - Dark brown with SLight ruby hues. Minimaltan head with decent lace work.

S - Slight bitterscotch smell with hints of ripe fruit and alcohol.

T - Complex taste. Sweet rasin taste the finished almost like a dessert wine.

MF&D - Medium bodied and sweet on the palate. Definitely not my cup of tea.

nasty15108, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of hyland24
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tap into a goblet at the Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains, NY.

It poured a dark amber with redish hues when held up to the light. Minimal head with web like lacing throughout.

The smell was strong and fruity almost similar to a wine. Heavy raisin and apricot smells. Strong whiff of alcohol that disappeared fairly quickly.

The taste was strong and sweet very much like a fruity wine. It had heavy raisin and apricot flavors. It finished very sweet almost equivalent to a port.

The mouthfeel was sticky, leaving a sweet coating covering the inside of the mouth which dissipated to a warm alcohol feel. Too strong to pound and not particularly my style of beer but a decent beer nonetheless. Worth trying but I feel it is an aquired taste, which I have not yet acquired.

hyland24, Mar 22, 2008
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,300 ratings.