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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 2,467
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 137
Gots: 346 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-12-2001

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped This bottle for new years Eve! 3 perfect glasses poured into my Chimay chalice. This bottle took some wrist effort to pop the cork.

Pour down the middle to the 250ml line yields a 1.5 finger head that dissipates quickly into a great thick swirly lacing. Color is a dark brown. Lacing clings here and there

The aroma consists of Sour apple, caramel, bourbon, roasted malt, and wood.

Taste: Candi sugar, caramel and dark malt come out first, followed by a Belgian yeast and sour apple.

Mouthfeell: Carbonation is average, and beer finishes a bit dry/bitter.

A great Belgian strong, dark ale for when things get a bit tedious. Less traditional then Chimay Grande Reserve or others of the style. A really complex and funky ale, I almost prefer this over the more traditional ones its always a surprise. I mean sour apple in a dark ale, sign me up. I think Chimay is a better example of the style, but I'm sure going to have to wrestle with my indecision next time I want a 750ml of A Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Photo of oskoreien
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

It pours a big creamy tan head, with great lacing. Dark brown with red hues. It has a very sour smell, lots of alcohol. The taste is similar, lots of sour apple. I don't find it to be as complex as most other BSDAs. The mouth feel is also a bit on the thinner side. I just think this a very average BSDA, I wouldn't really go out of my way to get it again.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A 750ml bottle split with a friend. I poured the beer into a chalice to reveal a murky, dark brown pour with a nice fluffy off-white head.

S: The smell is full of fruits, chocolate, yeast, and spice.

T: A nice combination above the aforementioned sensations. However, the flavor doesn't come together quite as nicely as I would have expected. A bit flat and muddled with a touch of alcohol.

M: The carbonation is plentiful and the body is medium,.

D: This beer is easy to drink, but considering its disappointing flavor, I didn't exactly want to keep coming back to it. Rather unfortunate considering how much I enjoy Tremens.

Photo of bbeane
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a nice finger thick brown head that mostly disappears leaving a bit of lacing. Beer is almost a black color, but turns a murky brown color when held up to a light. Lots of sediment with light activity

S- Sweet malts, dark fruits... smells a bit tart

T- Starts out with some malty sweetness, but quickly become overly tart

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation

D- Had high expectations and was definetely let down. Won't buy another, and can only hope that the Noel I already bought is better


Photo of cichief
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours deep brown, mahogany, a bit hazy, with a nice brown head.

S- Malty and yeasty, no hops presence.

T- Malty sweet, lots of Belgian spiciness, hints of coffee, and just a little funkiness at the end.

M- Nice and well carbonated. Just a hint of the alcohol, medium bodied.

D- Very nice on a very cold winter night.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured from 11.2oz bottle to tulip.

A: Pours a brown body with a grayish haze. Huge off-white head with great retention that turns very rocky.

S: Smells malty with dark fruit, strong red apples, a small hint of clove, and Belgian yeast.

T: Oh, that's too bad. The taste is no where near as flavorful as the smell makes you believe. The palate is the same as the nose but more dull. Dark fruit with a bit of clove, yeast, and malt. Alcohol and bolder flavor peak at about 60 degrees

M&D: Pretty thin on the mouth and not as carbonated as you'd expect based on the intense head. Drinkability is pretty high considering the alcohol and style.

Overalll: It's not a bad beer, it's just a little dull on the palate. I usually prefer this style over that of Tremens, but I like Tremens much more.

Photo of deruiz10
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Half-finger head fades very quickly and leaves little lacing. Cloudy, brown-red pour has good carbonation with an interesting cascade effect.

S - A very metallic copperiron smell, sweet malts, grut, mildly spicy hops, some yeast.

T - Sweet malt, tart apples, mild hops and yeast. Finish has slight citrus and a little hops.

M - Highly carbonated and slightly syrupy.

D - Fairly crisp and interesting, but perhaps a little overpowering for routine drinking.

Photo of wl0307
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 31/05/2009, served lightly chilled in Kasteel's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: pours a black plum-ish brown hue, coming with a very restrained beige foam (retreating to a rim pretty quickly), rather light carbonation, and loads of chunky yeast sediments floating in the liquid.
S: dark candy sugar and caramely malts precede a mixed but light aroma of black grass jelly, black prunes, raisins, mint leaves, licorice, along with all the mixed sour-sweet fruitiness. Esters are mostly in their fruity form, while hops are too delicate for my nostrils to sense their existence. Not bad, but not terribly complex.
T: the foretaste is low in carbonation, suggesting lots of prune-ish flavour (licorice-flavoured Chinese amber prunes as well as black prunes), dried berries, mildly roasted sweet coffee, dried Chinese hawthorn fruits, and black-sugar like dark maltiness, turning mildly dry/chewy as hop bitterness creeps up. The finish continues with the aftertaste, that it's slightly dry, herbal, and befitting in preparing my tongue for every next sip.
M&D: carbonation goes smooth and mild, matching the medium body just well. I can't sense incredibly delicious elements or extraordinary complexity in this glass, maybe due to the relatively mild estery flavour as far as this beer style is concerned, but the overall performance is elevated by the lightly dry aftertaste in particular, making it an easy drinking and thirst-quenching type of dark ale. A well-made one all in all.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At the Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ: poured a dark mahogany into a tulip, with two fingers of beige-colored head. The smell yielded some sweet fruitiness, tartness, spice, and caramel, but was a little dominated by the latter. The flavor however, seemed perfectly balanced; caramel apple, cranberry, brown sugar, sour cherry, malt, and possibly some candi sugar as well, punctuated with a tart lambic-like finish. When combined with the full-bodied mouthfeel, the sensory experience was delightful. I loved this beer, but it might be a little too strong to knock back one after the other.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Terrapin brewery glass

A - Pours a dark amber with 2 fingers of foam, lot of carbonation rising throughout the beer

S - Smells amazing. Figs, dates, plums and other spices.

T - Not as good as it smells. Have a very bitter aftertaste. The carbonation really hits you with each drink also

M - The carbonation and yeast really settle on the tongue and in the back of the throat, with each sip I can feel it all through my mouth, not always pleasant

D - It's a drinkable beer, but not one that could be enjoyed everyday.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- another cool bottle. brew is plum colored with yeast sediment. creamy tan head has some flecks of yeast as well, my fault for storing this bottle on its side. great head retention and some decent lace stick to the tulip glass. foam settles to a thick creamy ring and a barely translucent film.

S- fruity, berry, raisin, plum, apple, pear, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, clove, banana, chocolate, mineral water, and pineapple scented alcohol. overall incredibly estery, fruity, and sweet smelling. spicy notes of cassia and nutmeg also come through as the beer warms.

T- initially met with a pleasant earthy hop bitterness, the flavor quickly transforms from fruity, blackberry, plum, fig, date, raisin, to malty, caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate. some burnt citrus and pine seem to make up the hop flavors, but it's hard to tell with everything else going on. from earthy to tart, then sweet to dry, this beer has an excellent transition of flavors. alcohol is very well hidden in the taste. finishes woodsy and slightly roasted with a mild hop bitterness.

MF- bottle-conditioned fizz is prickly and lively, adding a dimension of lightness to the rich medicinal body. a bit of powdery feel from all the yeast.

D- great beer from an intriguing brewery, almost on par with the tremens. deep and bold flavor keep me sippin away, while strength and heft discourage crackin another bottle. beer this good should be handled one at a time. on to the lighter stuff.

Photo of bound4er
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, dark amber, tan 1/2 finger head that has great retention. Not much in the way of lacing

S - Dates, figs, brown sugar - almost like a Christmas spice cake. This beer smells great.

T - A bit of a a let down - the complexity on the nose doesn't carry over to the palate. Mostly caramel-like malt influences. Finishes crisp with a nice lingering aftertaste. The alcohol is undetectable.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - For a 8.5% beer, this stuff goes down easily. Having two would not be a problem. A nice strong ale.

Photo of froghop
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is cloudy copper with a large tan head, a few floaties hanging out in there swimming around with the many bubbles, and some lacing.

smell of sweet fruit, apple, pear, after a bit darker fruits start to come in along with a touch of caramel, and some cocoa.

taste is tart, sour malt, berry, plum, red grape, caramel, and nuts, ends tart and a tad bitter.

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

This beer pours a delightful cloudy chestneut colour with a frothy off white head.

The smell is dark fruit aromas with strong malty flavours and some chocolate in the background

The taste is of sweet malts and some fruity esters in the background - very decent and lives up to the taste

Mouthfeel is full bodied and refreshing with no aftertaste or coating left sehr gut

Photo of Jmoore50
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a dark amber brown with lighter edges. It has a half finger head that is very crisp, meaning usually some forced carbonation. No lacing and no head remains after three or four sips.

The smell is of sweet caramelized sugars and dark fruits. Prunes was the first to mind, maybe green grapes? Also a bit of caramel malts.

The tastes kind of clash throughout the entire tasting. There is a bit of hot ABV in the beginning, as well as the dark fruits. Prunes again, that sweetness is unmistakable. Some nice carapils or carahell type malts, though that might be a bit generic. Caramelized malts or dark fruits is strong. The taste just does not blend very well, over carbonated as well. Bit of an alcohol taste in the end.

The mouthfeel is overly carbonated, this would be much better with a creamier carbonation than this crisp bite. Really attacks the tastebuds and drives home the sweetness.

Drinkability is fairly good, I drank it and was pleased. I did not any more or any less.

Worth a try.

Photo of jdklks
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

appearance is average for a belgian strong. the body is a dark mahogany, with nearly transparent light brown edges and an off white-tan head with light brown highlights. the smell is of roasted malts and dark (though not sweet) fruits (grilled green apples come to mind). perhaps some brown sugar and caramel, though the latter may be stretching it a little. of course, belgian yeast is very apparent. overall though, its rather dull.

the taste is dry and almost salty. up front there are some hints of fruit sweetness, though this is quickly taken hold of by the sugary middle that explodes with too-much carbonation and gives way to a super-dry, roasty finish and aftertaste. nothing special here. as bland as the smell suggested.

this beer is carbonated like a wild ale, though it doesn't have half of the appeal that that style boasts, and thus it can rightly be said that it is "over-carbonated" in a major way. the airiness of the mouthfeel does nothing to compliment the beers merits (if there indeed are any). the drinkability is okay because it is drink-ABLE (i.e., not a drain pour, by any means), but i wouldn't want another.

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

Served from a bottle into my chimay goblet.

A- Pours a light brown 1 1/2 fingers of head. Medium dark brown in color. Started foaming out of the bottle as soon as I opened it.
It continues to bubble like champagne for the duration of the drinking.

S- Smells great. Dark fruit, dates maybe. I can't discern much else.

T- Maybe dates, a little warmth from the alcohol.

M- For the amount of carbonation present upon opening, almost like pouring a coke, I am surprised to find that it is not overly bubbly. Great texture.

D- Great drinkability. I wouldn't have a problem putting a few of these down, even with the 8.5% ABV.

A bit pricey, but definitely worth trying.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark mahogany with a tight tan head. Leaves loads of lacing on the glass.

Smells of dark fruits and sweetness. Has some earthy notes about it and some spice to it.

Tastes of a toasted malt presence with some dark fruit and spice on the end. Has the fig presence I expect from BSDAs and a good clove spice on the end. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very full.

Photo of kelticblood
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber appearance with tons of chunks floating around. Was alot darker than I expected when pouring it out which made me say "oh shit this is going to kick my ass". 8.5 ABV isn't that strong, but I have not eaten in awhile, so let's see. Poured a decent head that quickly dissolved into nothing.
The smell was quite unique and I really couldn't place it other than to say it smelled fruity. It changed as it got some air to the usual raisin/prune heavy malt aroma. The smell is complex and worthy of a 4.5.
The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and goes down smooth even for a high ABV. Full bodied high malt with equal bitterness on the finish. Very dry and malty leaves you gasping for water. Leaves a strong chemical-like finish
The taste is compared to almost exactly how it smells. Very sweet and complex with all sorts of stuff going on. Heavy brew not for beginners. I would drink this again if available, but would not seek it out.

Photo of philbe311
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An absolute beauty... Two fingers worth of big fluffy slightly rocky light tan colored head... Moderately good retention gives way to a thin veil of splotchy lace with a small dollop of solid foam in the center of the glass... A deep dark mix of burgundy, violet, and brown in terms of color... Loads of sediment float throughout... Some small sporadic carbonation bubbles can be noted throughout...

S - Slightly sweet... Dark fruits... Prunes... Berries... Molasses... Dark raisins... Red graps... Brown sugar... The various scents blend very well to form a very intriguing scent...

T - The taste is not as sweet as the nose would lead one to believe... The dark fruit tastes dominate the palette, but in a slightly more bitter unripe manner... Cherry is a new addition that was picked up by the nose... Loads of bready malts and crust... A very minor hint of butterscotch... The slight warmth of the 8.5% ABV rises towards the end and remains as part of the aftertaste...

M - Slightly more than medium bodied... Loads of pringly carbonation... Slightly sticky... Very refined and sophisticated... Again the alcohol warmth can be noted towards the end of each sip...

D - A wonderful Belgian Strong Dark Ale... A wonderful example of what is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles... Solid in all facets... A beer that everyone should try at least once and a beer that I will gladly welcome in my fridge over and over again...

Note - Arguably one of the best bottles in all of beerdom... A beige ceramic bottle contrast nicely with the blue label which displays a youthful elephant, wonderful colors, and a unique font...

Photo of coldmeat23
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
750ml corked & caged bottle
The cork says 2008 (Bottling??)

This pours a very dark amber color with serious ruby highlights. A massive head (over four-fingers) of craggy, tan colored, foam sits on top. Retention is fairly good. Lacing is fairly light and spotty, but also pretty sticky.

Fairly fruit-forward nose. Touches of maltiness and raw and toasted nuts. Very good notes of butterey caramels. Mild hints of candi sugar sweetness.

Very bready & toasty with hints of caramel and a light touch of butteriness. Very nice level of lightly warming spices. Good presence of fruits, but none really stand out.

Full bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Very smooth, almost silky, with a medium level of creaminess.
Lighter in feel than most other BSDA's.

The 8.5%abv is nowhere to be found, but I'm sure that it's nothing to mess with either. Easy drinking, but be careful.

Photo of TheFlern
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours a dark almost black amber. Relatively little head and poor lacing compared to other BSDAs.

Smell: Pretty fruity, perhaps apple, with lots of spice. Alcohol follows the rest. Malt is also present with some good aromas.

Taste: Pretty balanced with spice and fruitiness up front. Not as strong as other BSDAs.

Mouthfeel: Could use more carbonation but overall very smooth and good feeling.

Drinkability: Its got such a high ABV that you wouldn't want more than about 22oz of this in a night.

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark opaque brown with a ruby tinge. Very large tan head which is almost annoyingly persistent. Very nice.

Smell: malty, slightly grainy and a little fruity. There's also a little toastiness/nuttiness present.

Taste: pretty good. Starts off with some estery fruit flavor alongside the sweet malt which fades away a bit, leaving just a nice malt flavor. The sweetness is almost that of a molasses. There's also just a little bit of an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a well-integrated carbonation. It's creamy, though not as creamy as I like a strong Belgian to be.

Drinkability: quite good. While there is a little alcohol bite, it's not enough to really clue the drinker in to its 8.5% heft. This could almost be a session beer due to its smoothness.

Photo of BeanBone
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark, reddish-brown body capped by two fingers of tannish head. The head is peppered with brownish sediment and features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: A thoroughly Belgian mix of mildly sour, musky, spicy, and dark fruity notes over a caramelized malt body.

Taste: Golden fruit, gentley bitter hops, and cloves over a toasty dark bread and caramel malt backbone. As for the alcohol, it's masked masterfully. The aftertaste is fruity, toasty, and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Not quite a sipper, but still a somewhat slower beer.

Verdict: A thoroughly enjoyable experience through and through, Delirium Nocturnum is a terrific example of the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style. Watch out for the hidden alcohol content tough, it can have you seeing pink elephants in no time flat.

Photo of mattmascari
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- orangish brown with faint red hues good head which mellows quickly to a small rim

S - hints of flower and orange with a strong caramel notes

Taste - great malty character with fine hop finish. notes of orange and caramel while going down with faint floral perfect for a well designed belgium. as it warms the alcohol charater fades a little more masked by aroma.

Mouthfeel - strong mouthfeel letting you know its there with a smooth finish that lingers typical of most belgiums the carbonation doesnt blast flavor through your mouth but finishes nicely at the back of your throat

Drinkability - i will and have had many more certainly goes down as one of my favorites careful though can catch up to you quickly!

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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