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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 2,486
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 139
Gots: 365 | 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 jhtipton
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this does not tread lightly. Pours a dark brown and provided about 1 inch of light brown foaming head that quickly dissipated. What a sweet malty fruity smell. Can taste fruits and the alcohol. Almost tastes stronger than the advertised 8.5% ABV. Surprisingly light and effervescent for a strong ale. As far as drink-ability goes, I imagine I could down a couple on an occasion but wouldn't recommend more than three at a sitting. A nice treat before heading off for a brief beer hiatus. Cheers.

Photo of Jesstyr
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got to give this one a try after buying a bottle at Publick House in Brookline. Served in a McChouffe chalice.

Pours a hazy brown with reddish hue. Massive brownish head, that measures more than 2 fingers in this chalice - and the big head lingers nicely throughout the drink. Nose was very enjoyable - deep brown sugar, light dark fruit, and a bit of caramel.

Taste was quite enjoyable, full bodied with strong brown sugar and caramel with a deep malty character. Light spiciness that lingers in a very subtle, but enjoyable bitterness. Warms on the way down with a bit of alcohol that carries through. The smoothness makes this quite drinkable.

Photo of brewcast6
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Malty sweetness, fruity esters- raisin & prune, light spiciness, caramel aroma, light alcohol smell

Appearance: Coppery brown in color, light tan colored head with good retention,

Flavor: complex flavors including a pepper spiciness, sweet malt, slight caramel, lightly bitter

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated but not fizzy, smooth with a mild alcohol warmth, Medium bodied

Overall Impression: Very complex strong belgian ale, the alcohol is well hidden by the complex flavors and it a very warming beer to drink.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep mahogany with a ruby tint. Decent sized, beige creamy head. Decent lacing is left.

S - Dark molasses and sugar breadiness. Dark fruit and banana flavors as well. Also some alcohol and medicinal smell.

T - Bready caramel malts along with some dark sugar. Good amount of dark fruit (cherry, raisin, plum, fig) as well as some banana and apple. This provides a good deal of sweetness. Slight balance with hints of spice, medicinal taste, and alcohol. Those definitely provide a warming feel.

M - Medium to full body with a good deal of creaminess. Good amount of carbonation.

D - I think it would be a bit much to drink more than one, a lot of sweet and warming flavors. Great sipper for a winter night but not one I would have on a regular occurrence.

Notes: Good mix of different flavors, but they fall mostly under similar flavors. A lot of what you would experience with the style, and definitely a Belgian. Good warming and slight sweetness.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this directly after a bottle of Chimay Blue; what a stark contrast... The Chimay is better overall, but this looks better and tastes stronger, both in terms of flavors and alcohol presence.

A - It pours a deep mahogany with a big off-white head. A rich looking brew.

S - The aroma is strongly herbal and phenol, with a banana ester and a definite alcohol presence.

T - It tastes like strong dark ale from Belgium, which is, incidentally, what it is. Strong ester and spice; banana, and clove are the most palpable essences, but by no means the limit of the subtleties. There is also licorice, dark bread, brown sugar, and omnipresent medicinal alcohol flavor. Very complex palate, but slightly overloaded.

M - It is medium-bodied, and pretty mellow given the flavors and style.

D - This is nice stuff, but I generally will take other Belgian options (Chimay, St. Bernardus, etc.) over it. And in most places where they have Delirium, they have one of the aforementioned beers. But I will definitely take this over a Belgian from Quebec.

Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my newly claimed Delirium Tremens glass, and it produces a good two finger thick light tan head. The body is opaque and blackish brown.

In the aroma there are hints of caramel, bubble gum, vanilla, and a powdery dryness.

In the taste it is very metallic, slightly vegetable, and yields a caramel aftertaste.

This feels like it's bursting with CO2, kind of chewy, and a notable alcohol warmth.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into my westy chalice.

A: dark brown hue with good head and great lacing. The one thing I cannot get past are the floaties. Yeast is everywhere, and this beer is still young.

S: Caramel, fig, spice and brown sugar make up most of the nose of this brew. Hops are faintly detected in the rear.

T: Better than the smell. Spice, caramel, with notes of candied pear and apple, with hints of candied fruit and honey. Hops give the beer a slightly dry finish.

M: Full-bodied and full of flavor. This bottle may be past it's prime, but one can easily get past the texture of the floaties.

D: For how much shit this beer had floating in it, this beer is damn tasty. It has everything a beer of this style has to offer. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of ManVersusBeer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. A big bottle I received from my bro for my birthday. Thanks.

Poured it into a big wine glass and watched the off-white head settle right on top of the chocolate brown beer. Gives off a nice orange hue also.

Smells wine-like and spicy. There is also sweet and toast with some prune. A good bread nose.

Funky, funky, I like it. The spicy raisin flavor shines through. It is bread, malt, and yeast particles just floating around and it stings the tongue with a fruity sour acidity. A pleasant tartness.

The carbonation is heavy and activates the taste buds, bringing out the smooth citric fruitiness. Mellows out as it warms, for sure. It goes down very easy, mild, and just a bit honeyed.
Delirium does it well. Pink elephants are always a good time.

Photo of AlexF
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Classic Belgian dark ale. Thin but somewhat persistent beige head, dark mahogany colour. As with the Delirium Tremens I've had in the past, INSANE amount of yeasts floating. Can't say it's pretty, but it's interesting nonetheless.

S- Woah. This one might be a bit cold, but it doesnt smell much. Definately butterscotch. Banana bread. The warmer it gets, the breadier it gets! Seems sugary. Alright, can't wait for more, I need to taste!

T- Meh. Bready is the word. Hiding very well its ABV, this beverage is also NOT the sugary one I expected. Yeasty. The more it warms up, the better it is. Delirium Nocturnum is a type of beer that should be opened at cellared temp and enjoyed slowly until it gets warm. Not awesome, but of interest.

Photo of PartyBear
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as a very dark ruby red with a small creamy off-white head that is patch in places and lots of fine carbonation. The aroma had lots of strong dark fruits, black currents, and red winey grapes, which is partnered with a clear smell of alcohol. The taste is very fruity like the aroma, lots of dark sugary fruit, figs, grapes, blackberries. There is a hint of a malty support but the flavours are dominated by an almost acidic black current fruitiness. The mouthfeel is oily, and very carbonic. A bit too sweet for my liking. If you like big dark Belgian ales with tons of dark fruit character, you will love this.

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

330ml bottle poured in its own glass @ "Pinguin zem Bier-Huus": A very nice Beer house in Basel.

A: First of all: Classic bottle art with the pink elephant and a nice purple aluminum foil on the neck. Cloudy brown color. One finger head
S: Earthy Belgian yeasts, toffee and malt. Fruity and sweet smell.
T: As suggested by the smell: Belgian yeasts, toffee and toasted malt with some notes of dark fruits. Sweet start. Also balanced (hoppy) bitterness.
M: Balanced bitter-sweetness. Nice malt and hops mouthfeel. Good carbonation
D: High. Despite the high ABV, you cannot feel too much the alcohol. Lovely Belgian beer. Recommended.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delerium Nocturnum. 11.2oz bottle. 2009 vintage.

Faux ceramic coating over a brown bottle. There's a purple sticker with a pink elephant on it and a trippy blue and yellow swirl behind it. I really like the purple aluminum foil on the neck with a silver "Delerium" and the hot pink elephant -- the picture doesn't quite do it justice.

Pours chocolate brown with a one finger, smooth khaki head and lots of little bubbles.

Tart apple smell. Some caramel. Earthy/yeast aromas and alcohol.

Medium bodied medicinal/herbal flavors, slight pear and tart apple, Initial hop bitterness gives way to smooth chocolate and caramel malts that quickly turn dry. There's a very complex combination of flavors going on that I just can't place -- but it's tasty to say the least.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Smooth and creamy on the palate, with some bite from the carbonation. It's not as filling as I had expected and hence I could have a few of these. The head has an interesting texture: Very smooth and creamy and light.

Notes: Overall a solid Belgian beer with a ton of complexity and character. I need to drink a few more of these to pin down the flavors. I'll keep you posted with updates.

Photo of DoppleJock
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml. bottle poured into Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

Snowstorm raging outside. Might as well come home from work and get toasty with some strong ales...

A: Poured a cloudy, dark reddish-brown. Two-finger caramel head. Great carbonation....wait, now there's wayyy too much carbonation. Fizzing is clearly audible for some time.

S: Semi-sweet malts with some dark fruits. And....? Nope, that's it.

T: Tastes the same as it smells. A little coffeeish, too. Not as peppery as I'd expected. Taste of alcohol is almost non-existent. (My cheeks, however, are burning red after only a few sips, so I guess it really is 8.5% ABV).

M: A little on the thin side. Not very robust.

D: I had only tried this once before (a long time ago), and was excited to finally have a second-take. Maybe I was expecting too much but I felt really let down after trying this again.

What it lacks in its complexity it makes up for in its price-tag....wish it was the other way around.

Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I took this right out the fridge and started drinking. Bad idea. Initially this beer was rating as average in all categories but as it warmed things changed for the better. That's a lesson I've learned tonight. One thing though, there is something slightly watery about the taste.

As the beer warmed, a sticky and sugary (like sugar cane syrup) aroma emerged. Then, within that were the dark fruits (dried dates, raisins, dried fig) and sublte notes of spice (mace, allspice, ginger). Banana, apple, and pear linger in the background.

The flavor is complex but slightly watery. Carmel-like with those dark dried fruits. When I belch, I taste melon. The alcohol is present but not apparent. It shows up in a warming feeling in the finish that emanates from the stomach, rising up to the throat and rendering a warming, expanding sensation. I'm also getting bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee in the malty character of this ale. That gosh darned watery-ness is keeping this beer from being great.

Lotsa tiny bubbles in the carbonation - mildly prickly on the tongue. The texture is of medium body but that slightly watery character has a way of keeping the mouthfeel from proceeding to the next level.

Overall, this is a good, solid beer BUT the competiton in this style of beer is tight. St. Bernardus Abt 12, Ommegang, and Chimay blue will be considerations before the Delerium Noctournum. This is a good ale but, once again, the tight competition in this style will keep this one from seeing the light of day and my patronage.

Photo of andrewm190
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fours strait across the board. I tip my hat to the brewer. The beer reveals many different tastes, very distinct from on another, but all fruit based. Personally, it's a little overwhelming and too fruit dominate for my palate, but you have to respect the craftsmanship that went into this product. To appreciate it, be warned that a simple swig reveals nothing; you're required to let the beer camp out on the palate for a least a few ticks before enjoying more.

Photo of AccidentalKate
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep hazy brown, akin to a cola, but more opaque. A full head developed with tan coloring. Belgian lacing was there but less than I expected.

Aroma: The malt aroma is strong, but just underneath that is a oak aroma with hints of apple. Typical of Belgian Darks, this aroma is far more complex than that of lagers (or other even other ales). I Love, love, love the smell of this.

Taste: Big on the yeasty malt here, full bodied and strong (although that's redundant, isn't it?), with coffee and prunes all swirling around underneath. Then the alcohol hits, giving a nice hot and spicy hit to the the nose.Finish arrives a bit dry, and with a sour apple flavor that makes a brief appearance.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly weak for a Belgian Dark Ale. The complexity of the aroma and taste are not done justice by the average amount of carbonation. The alcohol hit was nice, and is common in Belgian Darks. But there's no zip here, nothing to make it stand out. It comes across rather surprisingly...ordinary.

Drinkability: This is another great beer taken down a notch by the mouthfeel. Should you search this beer out? Yes, but only just.

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

Starts out with an amber pour, leaving a scent of bread and applejacks - both in the bottle and in the glass. A full-bodied yet smooth, almost fruit-laced taste, followed by an inviting aftertaste reminiscent of apples, biscuits...and cheese. A quaffable beverage for sure, and a bit more interesting than your regular, run-of-the-brew beer. A Belgian beer definitely worth trying.

Photo of joshstevens87
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark amber/brown with a reddish twinge with a smaller tan white head which leaves some lacing
S-dark fruit and a slight grapewith a slight alcohol kick barely in the background
T-dark fruits and a slight wine influence (the alcohol and grape lingering in the background)very refreshing thought the alcohol isn't as well hidden as other belgian beers around this strength though still delicious and refreshing
M-medium heavy body with a high carbonation amking it very crisp and refreshing
D-Like many belgians its very refreshing even in spite of its high abv but really isn't much of a standout but can easily be drunk all night

Photo of jsh420
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cork says 2006

pours murky amber brown with plenty of floaty yeast - 2 finger head that has good retention and leaves lacing all over the glass

smells very fruity apples pears sweet malts

taste is fruity apples and pears spicey somewhat earthy hops and bready malts

mouthfeel is oh so smooth but still with plenty of carbonation to give this beer some life

drinkability is good - the last few years mellowed this beer out so much- however i do prefer to taste some booze in the a strong dark

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.

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