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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,435 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,435
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 127
Gots: 311 | FT: 1
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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 jizdepski
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i poured this dark belgian ale cool into a room temp pint glass. had about a finger thick tan head that retained well and sat above a ruddy brown ale which was a brilliant ruby hue when held to light. had nice bits of yeast floating around inside, dodging tiny bubbles that come up from the bottom. looks fantastic. smells are not subtle in any way. a small spectrum of spice, alcohol, chocolaty malts and the distinguishable belgian yeast smell are present. tastes amazing. very nicely balanced, has that nice spicy sweet characteristic of belgian darks, but it isnt overwhelmingly powerful, with more sweet than spice. warming alcohol at the end is preceded by ripe fruit flavors, its a little tart, to me like a cherry or apple tartness, figs, with a carmel like sweetness beneath.. mouthfeel is smooth, if not silky. nicely carbonated, not too much so for this style, and it doesn't hinder its drinkability. the alcohol would keep me from drinking too many at once but its a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a dark reddish-brown. This one's really a creamy brew, and while the head is less epic than one might expect with all the action going on, it does leave some nice lacing behind.
The smell is pleasantly alcoholic with some caramelized sugar, a little tart zest underneath, and some yeast.
There's a very nice malt backing to this that adds some caramel notes with maybe a note of chocolate as well, though more milk then the dark / bittersweet of, say, your typical RIS. Some tart green apple flavors, ever-present alcohol and yeast with some gentle, very light spiciness coming out below the bigger flavors.
The one thing that truly makes this interesting is its sugary sweetness. It's not at an overbearing level; it just gives this brew a good, natural sweetness similar in taste to raw cane sugar without the grainy property. I think this kind of sweetness with the alcoholic back plays together very well.
I like the mouthfeel in this one; it's as smooth as anything I've had and has the creamiest texture of any brew I can recall. The body is medium and some really active carbonation adds a crisp bite.
This is a very nice brew and well worth going back for.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly dark brown color with noticeable red highlights, producing a light tan head that quickly subsides to a small ring. A small amount of lacing and a good bit of sediment also present.

Smells of sweet malt with very evident hints of dark fruit and some brown sugar. A fairly sweet scent all around but not overwhelmingly so.

Taste is a little nutty along with notes of fig and plum with a touch of cinnamon in the back. Starts off a bit sweet but soon balanced out by a slightly spicy finish.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Finish is a little dry. The alcohol was well hidden for the most part and the flavors blended together nicely, making this one enjoyable to sip on. I still got the feeling every now and then that maybe this was just a little too sweet for the style but not enough to bother me so this is still a good call in my book.

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

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A-Pours very nice with a dark brown color and a thick head that settles into a thinner lace around the drink.

S-Sugary scents are pretty strong with some plum, and raisin scents. The bottle actually has a better scent than the glass.

Very strong character to this beer when you taste it. This is a beer that you would sip and enjoy.As you drink the beer gets a little tamer but the first sip takes you aback.

Overall a good beer that will be going into my collection.

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

Grabbed an 11,2 oz. bottle to try...

- Nice dark roasty looking brew.. minimal bubbly head.. lots of loose yeast floating about....

- Smell is of prune, fig, alcohol, roasty dark malt, and a spicy hop w/ a good touch of spice and bitterness..

- Flavor much the same... a figgy roasted malt and pleasant hop with a bit of grainy alcohol taste.. quite good and different actually....

- Bit bitter, certainly some chewiness... but ok at best..

- Drinkable yes.. bit of heartburn... flavor is good... overall a nice Belgian.

Photo of benclimbs
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish off black...really nice looking even though the head is a bit weak for a Belgian

Smell is less than impressive, a bit malty with some dark fruit, but nothing too big

Taste is some pecans, a bit of dried figs and some breast characteristics

Feel is good wonderful heaps of carbonation makes the beer go down smooth and dance on the tongue
It also hides the alcohol well, as most good Belgians do

Notes: good beer, I would definitely have it again, but for the style, I prefer trios pistoles or chimay bleu

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

The beer poured a reddish brown with a big tan head. The smell is mostly candy-sweet malt with some molasses characteristic. The taste starts off with some sweetness that gives way to a bit of tartness in the finish with the alcohol coming through at the end. The mouthfeel was thick with a moderate amount of carbonation and some pleasant warming in the palate. This is a pretty drinkable beer with some definite character to it.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into wide snifter.

A- Dark, roasted coffee color. Good head that slowly settles.

S- Super sweetness. Molasses, caramelized sugar. A faint berry fruit essence noted.

T- Rich, complex. Spices on the back end, coriander or cinnamon. Fruit is candied and very tasty. Smooth as velvet.

M- Very good considering the alcohol content. Goes down very well.

D- One 750 will put all but the heavyweights down for the count. Best shared with two people. Great, great beer, though. Save this for a special occasion, although at $7 a 750ml, you have a great deal on your hands; the price is comparable to a lot of 6-packs.

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from a bottle in a chalice in Brusels.

The beer pours redish brown with a big fluffy tan head.

The aroms is a fruity caramal medley.

Tastes of chocolate and berries with a nice easy finish. I could drink more of this than your normal heavey beer. I actually like this better than the tremens.

Photo of cbutova
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours Dark Brown with a light tan head, good lacing throughout the whole glass and a head that retains throughout the experience. Smells like fruits, malts and sort of metallic/alcohol. Tastes of sweet fruits, malts, cant really get much flavor because of high carbonation. Mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy and coats the palette. Will probably not drink again because of metallics/carbonation/not taking much flavor away. Had better belgians.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 33cl plastic coated faux stone ceramic look bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

Pours with 2 fingers of crisp effervescent milk coffee colored head that stays firm for a good 5 minutes. The body is dark with deep plum like hues.

The nose takes in malt aromas with blends of roasted fruits and grains plus mild degrees of red apple

In the mouth the beer is smooth and creamy with a fresh malt taste tied in with a curious and slightly playful pear and apple fruit element. Taste pushes forward with soft spice and medicinal notes as it moves towards a dry, warming alcohol finish.

A good beer and in my opinion a lot more mature and complex than the standard Delirium Tremens offering.

Photo of scootny
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful and inviting brew. Majestic head of substantial structure with forever retention and copious lacing. Vigorous carbonation and a deep ruddy chestnut hue.

Smell is caramel malt and Belgian yeast. Dark fruits and and layer upon layer of malt based sweetness. A sweet bakery. Mild hops in there somewhere.

Taste is more of the same with a smooth mocha and cocoa tinged palate. Mutilayered fruits and malts. An alcoholic sharpness that quickly fades and and leaves you wondering if it was there. It comes back in the finish and lingers fading slowly into a dark breadiness. A clean hoppy crispness as well that leaves a satisfying dryness in the mouth. Feel is effervescent. Quite effervescent at first but smooths out as it sits in the glass and warms up. Still thickish and full on the tongue.

An easy sipper that you can take deep into the night. A standout BSDA.

Photo of Monsteruss
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The foam was wheat in color, bubbly and stuck around 4 a while, and smooth. The color was deep amber red/mahogany with a faint brick red highlights. The smell was rich aromatic molassis overtone with some burnt wood and carmel undertones with spicey fruit highlights witha big barley smell. The taste was a rich and complex like a barley wine, a spicey molassis overtone with hints of wheat and hops, not too bitter. Mouthfeel - full-bodied, nice texture. Drinkability - great for slow sippin' to enjoy the complex tastes and aromas.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Dark brown with slight ruby color. Very minimal head with slight lacing.

Smell - Slightly sweet and spicy nose.

Taste - Hearty yeasty and malty taste with a nice amount of sweetness and spice. Surprisingly mild taste.

Mouthfeel - Nice amount of carbonation and a medium body feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable for a higher ABV brew. Not sure I'd do a session with this one, especially in the summer. But a very nice hearty fall or winter brew.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was excellent! I enjoyed it very much and I wil drink it again.

Appearance- dark red almost black, good head retention

Smell- sweet apple aroma

Taste- dark fruit, spice

Mouthfeel- medium body

Drinkability- Excellent! will be drinking this again

Photo of wheatman106
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich red color, poured a 1.5 finger head, and had moderate head retention.

S: Smelled sweet with a noticeable apple aroma.

T: Opens yeasty with fruit accents. Fruit notes build to middle and continue through the finish. The finish is of medium length with strong carbonation throughout.

M: Light to medium; again, the carbonation is pronounced.

D: Medium to high. I really enjoyed this beer and although I shared the big 25.4oz bottle with capra12 and Jimmy, I could definitely enjoy one all to myself.

Looking forward to having it again.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep hazy, brown, resembling chestnuts with a frothy tan head which slowly dissipates to just a thin film that hangs around throughout the beer with matching thin lacing.

Aroma consists of dark fruits, yeasts, brown sugar, figs and sweet dates.

The flavor offers immediate dark fruits, similar to the aroma, but also dark cherries and caramel malt. There are also bread like aspects and a slight kick of spice, perhaps peppery.

Big carbonation, medium to light in body, and nice smooth alcohol warmth that does not overwhelm.

Good brew, this is one of my favorite styles, and this is a delicious sampling. Great flavor complexities, and easy to drink. Very appealing overall.

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

Pours a cloudy dark chestnut brown with a puffy cream coloured head.

The aroma was roasted and burnt malted barley, sweet sugary dark dried fruits like figs and prunes, rasins

Taste: Complex with a few different layers. Chocolate and toasted brown bread. Figs, cherries, prunes, almonds and walnuts. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft carbonation

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

50th Review!!

A - Very very dark opaque red. with a huge rocky tan head. Laces readily, and head bubbles back up with a swirl.

S - Medicinal tart like apple. Some alcohol burn, but not in a bad way. Latent sweetness behind the apple.

T/M - Wow this is smooth. Spiciness hits first, followed by a sour tart, but altogether mellow and wonderfully creamy. Malt sweetness rides through until a slight apple tang hits on the very very end. Alcohol is unnoticable.

D - Definately a sipper, but very delicious.

Photo of brendan13
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a goblet a dark copper colour with a few centimetres of fluffy beige head that slowly falls away.
S - Dark fruit, caramel & bready maltiness. Alcohol esters.
T - Dark fruit also in the tastes, but not as dominant as in the smell. Quite bready with some caramel sweetness. A large amount of phenolic spice.
M - Medium body and carbonation level.
D - Definately a good beer. I don't think I'd drink 2 in a row though.

Photo of JMD
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich deep copper color with redish tones. Nice pillowy head that dissipates quickly. No significant lacing as I drink it.

S: Ripe fruit, plums and dark cherries. Carmel and light toasted malt. Sweat bread and faint presence of alcohol.

T: Sweet up front with fruit flavors, candied plums and raisens. Brown sugar and molasses. Alcohol is definitely present, finishes dry like a wine.

M: Active carbonation and suprisingly dry.

D: All and all this is a quality brew. Not my favorite interpretation of the style, but still enjoyable.

Photo of cavedave
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick reddish dark amber, somewhere between opaque and translucent; a cloudy look, full of foreboding, topped with a dark beige shaving cream like head which lasts through a minute of admiration. A gentle swirl produces nice lace.

Nose is a wonderfully pungent and sweet fragrance strongly of dark cherries, plums, lesser bouquets of bread, and a surrounding subdued scent of earth and herbs. My nose registers almost no alcohol warmth. Best thing about this brew. Nice.

Taste is a blast of fruit flavor in the front of the sip, dark cherries, plums, currants, carried into the palate on a beautiful wave of bready sweetness, spice, and herbs. It finishes dry with a lasting taste that morphs to include warm bourbon notes and pleasingly mild bitterness. This rounds it out into a wonderful sip of flavor.

Mouthfeel was the poorest feature of this brew. While it didn't detract from enjoyment in a serious way, often the viscosity was cloying as the beer warmed. This was unfortunate because I found I enjoyed this beer's taste more as its temp. warmed to higher than I normally enjoy strong Belgians.

I find this beer delicious, but less drinkable than some others of this style.

Photo of lonestar1836
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: from the champegne style bottle
pours a dark amber with deep red light showing through

S: rich fruity aroma with very dry almost wine aroma

T: righ fruity flavors (not overpowering) flavors of dry grape and some citrus with bready bitter aftertaste

M: thick and smooth with light carbonation

D: not bad, i've had weaker beers that were way stronger

Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

Into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a smaller medium looking tan head that slowly pops away to a thin film. Color is burnt umber with some ruby hues. Minimal carbonation evident. A thin film remains until the end but leaves no lacing.

SMELL: A bold nose of sweet caramel malt and brown sugar. Dark fruits noticeable as well, raisins and grapes mostly, with some sweet dried fruits. Hints of spicy clove in the back as well and some Belgian yeast rounds it off. Nice nose for sure.

TASTE: Caramel malt and toffee up front. Dark fruits, raisins and grapes mostly, much like the nose indicated. This soon gives way so some spicy cloves and Belgian yeast, with a hint of spicy alcohol at the finish. The spicy and slightly alcoholic aftertaste is decently strong but somewhat short lived. Pretty good profile.

PALATE: Medium-thicker body with medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with no bite at all and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Solid here too, but needs to be a little more creamy to really put it over the top.

OVERALL: One of the better strong dark ales out there. A nice taste profile and a terrific nose on this one. A more impressive look and a slightly creamier palate would put this at or near the top, but non-the-less, this one is definitely worth seeking out. Recommended.

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

Appearance - served in the appropriate Delirium chalice. As dark as a stout with a thin head.

Smell - fruit and bread.

Taste - like an ale mixed with Sprite. Heavily carbonated, which concealed a lot of the flavors of this beer. Served a little too cold for this style.

Mouthfeel - light

Drinkability - Good. If you enjoy Tremens, try Nocturnum. It's a good example of the Strong Ale style.

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,435 ratings.