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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,251
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 109
Gots: 215 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-12-2001)
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Photo of sjohansen
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get this bottle in a mixed case from a holiday club.

I have not had an opportunity to have anything from the Brouwerij Huyghe yet. To start off, the bottle looks awesome; carved out of stone and filled with fine ale. Pours with a good head that dissipates rather quickly, but gets decent lacing. Red amber in color, thick with lots of sediment.

Crisp apples and oranges in the nose.

Tart slightly sour apple aftertaste. Good carbonation creates a nice fuzzy mouthfeel. Very complex, it feels like someone is playing a game of brickbreaker in my mouth. With everything that is going on, the alcohol is disguised well.

This could be one if the greatest ales I’ve every had.

sjohansen, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that has a lot floating around in it. Nose is just a clump of sugar. And I don't like it. Flavor is yeasty, bitter and funky. Sharp caramel edge on the backside. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it and a typical liquid feel. Overall this is an okay beer. Two years ago I might have been more interested in this beer, but then again, maybe not. With so much other great stuff out there, I don't really see why I should bother with this one here.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice smooth dark caramel color, bright. Decent head on top, lacing was a bit thin.
Aroma of dark chocolate watered down by coffee or tea (seemingly). Some nice yeasts and soft fruit.
Sweet taste, a bit thick. Yeast gives way to the malt. Hops are dormant.
A nice beer. Bottle gives almost No information about the brew. A change in the label design would be appreciated. I didn't know what to expect.

Mebuzzard, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 on cork.

This one paired well with the dinner roast beef, but all things considered, I was pretty disappointed in it.

I mean, the pour was good, a deep mahogany brown with a foamy tan head perched on top.

Aroma, we’re heading south, just a weak spicy malt. And the quaff? This one seems closer to a American brown ale than a Belgium strong ale. Missing the Belgium yeast taste and any brown sugar cane kick. Just a lightly hopped brown I would say.

Very drinkable, and still decent, just not as flavorful as I expected.

Vancer, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of evanc
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a nice pilsner.

A - It's somewhere between a dark ruby red and a nice mohagony. Nice tan head stayed around for quite a while - luckily I poured it into my 16 oz glass.

S - As everyone has been saying, this smells super fruity but also has great hoppy undertones to it. Has lots of "debris" throughout the drink - as I have heard most great beers do.

T - This is by far one of the best tasting Ales I've had. Maybe because I'm a sucker for sweeter stuff, though this does have a tart apple taste to it as well (the elephant on the front looks a little bittersweet so, eh...). It goes down very easily. Only problem is that it didn't really have an aftertaste. Each new sip I was learning what it tasted like again.

M - The only reason this wasn't a 5.0 was because of the particles in it that I would sometimes feel around in my mouth, but since it went down so smoothly it deserved nothing short of a 4.

Drinkability - I could definitely drink more than a couple at a time but with the decently high ABV (no Dark Lord, but 8.2%), I don't know if that would be a great idea. Will drink again.

evanc, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Lupe
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy deep brown with ruby-red highlights and a creamy tan head. Leaves behind patchy lace and the head has some staying power.

Fruit and alcoholic aroma - tart apple and dark fruit, as well as cane sugar. Some earthy yeast mixed in as well.

Starts sweet with toffee and caramel before tart apple and dried fruit flavors come in. Light herbal notes and finishes with spicy alcohol and lingering candy sugar.

Medium-bodied - smooth and creamy, but thinner than expected. Great drinkability - alcohol stays in check. Solid Belgian.

Lupe, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Pauly2X
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Delicously dark pouerd a two finger head which stuck around a while.

S- Dried fruits and a faint alchol smell.

T- Caramel, toffee, and dried fruits, a very unique experience.

M- Quite smooth for a 8.5% abv.

D- One is a great treat two tops, but considering the high abv thats not bad at all.

A truly solid belgian experience, at least of what I've had thus far.

Pauly2X, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: dark brown color, persistent foam
Smell: aromas of caramel, mocha, liquorice
Taste and mouthfeel: soft in the mouth, the bitterness becoming more pronounced as the tasting
Drinkability: a beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale correct, but without further

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 3-2-2008.

thierrynantes, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a very dark amber hue with a brown colored head. smell is very yeasty and malty. taste is very yeasty, with malty flavors as well, the alcohol warms the tongue. mouthfeel is full and wonderul, very drinkable beer, wish it was more widely available.

1fastz28, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-7-06

Pours a very cloudy reddish brown, with lots of little chunky floaters. A foamy tan head quickly fades, yielding decent lacing.

Smell is lots of dark fruit, with a strong malted milk ball character. Chocolate and alcohol soaked fruit make a combo that I really dig.

Taste is quite fermented, like apple cider. Sour fruit, with the same malted milk ball as the smell. Surprisingly un-Belgian, with a good deal of chocolate and coffee complexity, if you look for it.

Mouthfeel is good, strong carbonation keeps the strong flavors at bay.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness would become tiring. The alcohol is nicely masked, though.

Overall, not really what I expected. Lots of fruitiness, but also alot of stout flavors. Definitely worth a try.

BMoney575, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is my 500th review (cue trumpets)

well, it's dark. and foamy...the foam is increasing, actually. i had to eat some of the foam, which tasted like candied raisins. highly carbonated and a very nice dark ruby color

smells superfruity. not even just the dark, dried kind, but totally fruity

man, does it taste superfruity, as well. i'm not sure i like that. fusel-y. too. the followup is maltier, with a more down-to-earth feel. the fruitiness grows on me some, but it's a course drink

bruachan, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of meechum
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750ml bottle with a born date punched on the back label of 1/07 into a oversized wine glass (it's the best I had).

A - A dark deep brown with ruby highlights, forming a thick head that leaves impressive lacing down the sides of the glass and a skim over the brew to the last sip

S - Hints of raisins or plums and a deep alcohol smell in there also no hint of hops at all in the nose and very little of the malt

T - A malty/bready taste with a sharp bite of the alcohol and a touch of sharp dryness from the hops flowering out at last to the fruity tastes of raisins, overall very complex

M - Oily and slick with a thickness that coats the entire mouth when sipped carbonation helps to cut the alcohol heat in the drink

D - This is a highly quaffable brew but sessionable I don't think so, the alcohol content and the fact that to me it was a "hot" alcohol as you would find with a liquor make it something that you would want to finish your night out with..not make a night of.

meechum, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark brown with nice head of half an inch. Floating yeast all around in the glass.

S- Chocolate and banana nut bread.

T- Thick and rich like pecan pie. Chocolate and hints of spice were prevelant.

M- Mouth was thick and malty. Very nice.

D- Drinkability factor was just low because of the thickness. Could not drink more than a couple of these. Way too rich for a session beer.

MMAJYK, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a big, crazy, foamy biege head of more than three fingers in depth, and it has excellent retention, and leaves sticky webs of excellent lacing. Body is dark brown, with purple highlights. Beautiful to behold. Appearence will be this ale's high point.

Smell - sour horseblanket fills the nose. Then faintly, dark fruit like raisins, plums, and prunes.

Taste - pretty much the same as the smell - there is sour horseblanket dominating the tongue, with the dark fruits rather weakly asserting themselves. There is also, and faintly as well, a hint of malt bread, and a hint of spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, some slight sourness puckering, slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, but not a great one. That, along with its abv limits its sessionability.

ultralarry2006, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of joepais
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured reddish brown with an off white head that lasts for the druatiion of the beer. Small yeast particules bob up and down with the carbonation. Aromas of dates yeast, and dry fruit The mouthfell is creamy with the nice feeling of cabonation it also finishes a little dry. It tastes like sweet grapes (almost wine ) malt along with a llite taste of hops in the end is quite nice .The pink elephant on the bottle reminds me of the one that they had in front of the detox center in danvers Mass when it was open LOL. a good Belgian strong ale I drink it again

joepais, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Chocolate brown with a decent head. Slight haze and decent head retention. Good lacing.

S: Malt, chocolate, roasted, sweet. Great sweet chocolate smell. Great nose, very plesent and balanced.

T: Sweet roasted malt. Bitter chocolate. Smooth with slight alcohol. Creamy with slight nutty character. Very well balanced.

M/D: Heavy on the carbonation. Full bodied but silky smooth. Good drinkability. Great beer overall.

NCSUdo, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. faux ceramic bottle:

Pours dark brown with a towering light tan head that slowly descends to a thick creamy cover. Plenty of trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of toffee/caramel with dark spiced fruit and a perfumy, yeasty backing.

The taste is of toffee/caramel with a hint of chocolate and licorice. Dark fruit and sharp spices balance out the sweetness. A bready, earthy, slightly grassy/herbal background gives it great depth and adds to complexity/uniqueness. The alcohol is well-hidden, with a late warming effect. There is a spicy sweetness in a semi-dry finish.

Medium-bodied, with an appropriate carbonation level for the style. The finish is a bit longer than the Delirium Tremens, as I recall (and this one is more complex and tasty, IMO), though a little longer last on the palate would have been welcomed. Still in all, it has a nice texture and smooth for abv.

This is an elegant brew. Complex and tasty. Dreamy...appropriately named - a wonderful nightcap. I think I see pink elephants...oh - I'm just looking at the bottle ;) As wonderful as it is the 11.2 oz bottle was enough to end the day with and to send me to a blissful state of sleep. Strongly recommended as a tasty nightcap!

jwc215, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of viperpiper522
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- poured from a belgian style ceramic painted bottle. Thick, Tawny head. Brown wit Red and garnet hues clouded by some yeast. Head fall to 1/4" quickly, but rebuilds with a swirl of the glass. no lacing but some alcohol streaks.

S- Bready and a little boozy out of the bottle. After it sits it has some saaz spice, ripe plum, and dried fruits.

T- big and malty, toasted raisen bread. Strong alcohol but as it sits and carbonation dissapates flavors of milk chocolate, ripe plum and roast are revealed.

M- Strong on the carbonation at first creating some harshness; especially with all that alcohol.As it dissapates it reveals medium bread chew with a coffee roast lingering at the end.

D- Behind the harsh carb. this beer reveal complex flavors if allowed to sit. A once in a while Strong Ale if I'm going for something middle of the road. Maybe a little overpriced.

viperpiper522, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark almost mahogany color with an airy light tan head that fades fairly quickly with little lacing. You can smell the alcohol immediately along with the dark fruits. The body is as airy as the head was and the mouth feel is much lighter than my favorite Strong Dark Ales. The alcoholic characteristic is masking a dark fruit flavor. All in all it's a reasonable drinker.

jjayjaye, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper brown hue. Good clarity. Thick moussy head with 1/4 inch stand.

S: Big boozy aroma. Sweet malt scent with significant fruity esters - prunes/raisins. Some sour aromas as well.

T: Sweet malt flavor is the most dominate. Good balancing bitterness at backed. No spiciness. Dark fruit esters really don't come through until beer warms - plums, dark cherries. Malt has some brown sugar character. Overall a very rich flavor.

MF: Surprisingly light. High carbonation enhances mouthfeel.

D: A good beer beer. Surprisingly light and easy drinking despite high alcohol content. I'll be picking up another bottle for two for the winter months.

Nipitato, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of ohoove
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although I recently started reviewing beers I've been drinking them for a long time and this beer is truly unique. This beer is an absolute orgy to the nose and mouth. Smells resembled that of grape bubble yum, granny smith apples, banana flavored baby food and apricots all rolled into one - excellent! Taste was a small explosion of the above and as the drink warmed it mellowed with the alchohol more present and sweet malts. Texture was smooth , almost silky with little carb, medium weight. Aside from the sediment that slowly floated like stars on a cool New Hampshire evening the overall appearance was pretty average, striking shiny copper. Didn't know what to expect from this style but this particular beer is on top of it's game. Between the ABV and overall sweetness I wouldn't recommend this as a session but maybe something to start the barbeque off with. If this review peaks your curiosity, get up , go out and give this a shot and share it with someone who might appreciate it. Cheers!

ohoove, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dark copper-brown color with tons of large floaties perfectly suspended throughout. A thinnish off-white head but solid with decent lacing. Smells like apple sherry, a kind of fermenting apricots and banana mixture, liquor-like. The taste is sweet with heavy fruit but more of a grape feel mixed with what was noted in the aroma. Pretty heavy alcohol but not over the top. Still, between the alcohol dominance and the sweetness, I wouldn't want to drink too much of this at one sitting. Definately a taste treat, give it a try. I would buy it again. Quality stuff for sure.

Durge, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of ChrisA
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I did not like this as much as Delirium Tremens. It was a fine brew, but it did not go down as smooth as their take on the Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Still complex in its flavors and rich in its maltiness. It just seemed to miss for me and was not as pleasant to drink. I found myself wanting to move on to my next beer. Maybe it was just a bad night...

ChrisA, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of crayphish
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Delerium Nocturnum pours a deep dark murky red. A nice cream colored bubbly head lingers leaving a sticky lace. Smell is hoppy fruit, over a rum like alcohol base. Taste is semi bitter malts. Warm fruits and bread as well. I chose this as my desert beer at dinner, and liked it a lot in that role. The alcohol makes another appearance in the mouth. Very balanced in the end, and a beer I enjoyed immensely.

crayphish, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm. Tasty Belgian. Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a bubbly medium size head that dies out fast. Some lacing. Great aroma, medium astringency and dark fruit. The taste is very good. Some hint of alcohol but not unpleasant, dark fruits (plum), some sweetness and an astringency that is just right, not overdone. A great sipping beer. Mouthfeel is rich. Drinkability is fairly good for a high alcohol beer. The sweetness will get you over the long run. Two would be tops for one session. This is a very nice Strong Ale.

JayQue, Jul 28, 2007
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,251 ratings.