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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,136
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 97
Gots: 161 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 SheepNutz


4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with 3 fingers of fluffy head. There is a large amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell hints at coffee and spice aromas, fairly sweet. The taste also has coffee notes, weird for a Belgian. A little fruity as well, with bits of dates and raisins. Very malty with no hops present. The body is fairly thick and heavy. The drinkability is fairly nice for an 8.5% brew. A decent Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 01:55:19 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of aracauna


3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This had a huge head with a good red brown body. The aroma is lightly sweet with a light citrus character. The flavor is a little bit of a letdown though, without a huge amount of character. In the end, it just seems to be a pretty run of the mill Belgian strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 04:58:58 | More by aracauna
Photo of PZuke


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

The Pink Elephant

First of I have to say that it does have a cool looking bottle. I saw Gordon Eliot go to Belgium and visit the brewery and up into that point in my life I had never had a Belgium beer. So I had to check it out. This beer poured a dark brownish red color into my Delirium glass. It appeared that the Pink Elephants were dancing as the thick tan head rose in the glass. The smell of this beer is from the heavens with smells of plums, raisons and malts. The taste is full of great carbonation, sweat caramel and fruity earth tones. It has a very port like feel to it. In my opinion it is a very good Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 20:38:26 | More by PZuke
Photo of GreenCard


4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dirty-brown, slightly hazy, spongey tan head that slowly compacts to a thinnish cap

Aroma: slightly sour, malty, toasty, a touch of roast

Flavor: a delightfully tart zing pervades the entire taste; also a bready malt component with a bit of dark malt flavor; licorice, speculoos, a touch of hop bitterness in the finish, peppery alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium body, zesty carbonation in the finish, refreshing "tone"

Overall Impression: I'm not sure which one I favor more, Tremens of Nocturnum. They're both fantastic. This one just goes down so easy! The tartness even makes it somewhat refreshing. That's not an easy task for an 8.5% beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 15:03:34 | More by GreenCard
Photo of RoyalT


3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Careful, this one will overflow in a heartbeat. I caught it early so I’m no worse the wear, but the head on this ale is magnificent. It’s big, beautiful, darkly-shaded, slow to go down, and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell – The dark malt aroma is complimented by very ripe, dark fruits. If I had to pick the most prominent, I guess I would say plum and tobacco. However, this aroma is very complex. It is slightly spoiled by a rather strong harshness of alcohol.

Taste – There’s some table sugar that comes out in the taste. Otherwise, it’s pretty much what you get from the nose. Again, the stingy alcohol reminds one more of cheap whiskey than ale.

Mouthfeel – I like the carbonation in this one, and the body is very full.

Drinkability – This one lacks the smoothness of a fine, mature, BSDA. Most all the ingredients seem to be there, they just need an experienced hand in getting them all together.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 07:43:54 | More by RoyalT
Photo of byrd


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

Beer pours with a nice, bubbly head rounded above the rim of the glass and diminishes rather quickly to a rocky top, then to a thick lace. Nice dark mahogany brown that is somewhat cloudy. A bit tough to see through the darkness, yet some bubbles can be seen cascading to the surface from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is sweet maltiness and fruity with some banana and slight hops. There’s a smooth start in which fruity notes are apparent along with some yeast flavor. Cloves and other spices come in towards the end. There’s a fluffy mouthfeel due to the carbonation, and alcohol comes in mid swallow to lend a little bite to the earlier smoothness. Lightly bitter citrus notes make up the aftertaste which lingers for a period.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 16:44:58 | More by byrd
Photo of Hefe


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

Sampled 8/23/03 in a 750ml ceramic coated bottle.

Appearance: Reddish-amber hue, light brown head.

Smell: Spicy, with malt, toffee, and currants thrown in to the mix.

Taste: Firm malt presence and fairly complex. Plum, caramel, tobacco, molasses, raisin, clove, orange peel, and chocolate round out the myriad flavors. There is a nice hoppiness throughout that shows up especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation had a Champagne feel to it, and there was a very definite dry quality this brew, that, while not unpleasant to me, could seem a bit odd.

Drinkability: This struck me as a great all around beer, as an aperatif, digestif, or with food even.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 03:04:39 | More by Hefe
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two finger, light tan head that leaves no lace. Pour this VERY slowly. Cloudy amber color. Malty/alcohol nose. Carbonation is heavy. Full bodied. Starts sweet and malty, finish sweet and malty with the hops lurking in the background. Fizzy mouthfeel. The ABV on the label is 9.0%. Another excellent Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 23:03:49 | More by jdhilt
Photo of mzwolinski


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

Ah, the pink elephants. This was the last of the "Delirium" series for me, having had their Tremens on tap innumerable times, and thie Noel in a bottle last Christmas. I'm not sure why I put this one off so long, and the pour made me wonder even more strongly. A lovely dark ruby in color topped by a fairly large light tan head with a smooth, creamy consistency. Ah, the pink elephants. This was the last of the "Delirium" series for me, having had their Tremens on tap innumerable times, and thie Noel in a bottle last Christmas. I'm not sure why I put this one off so long, and the pour made me wonder even more strongly. A lovely dark ruby in color topped by a fairly large light tan head with a smooth, creamy consistency. The aroma starts off strongly dominated by malt, with a slightly toasty overtone and some mild spices (reminded me of cinnamon and coriander) in the background. The malt and spice aromas seemed to drop off as the beer sat, replaced by a fairly strong tart aroma. Odd. Flavor hits big, sweet, and with more toasty malt. Very creamy mouthfeel, with a slightly burnt and bitter finish, followed by a bit of tartness in the aftertaste. A very good Belgian dark, to be sure, but not one which has many especially memorable qualities.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 17:06:07 | More by mzwolinski
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby-mahogany hue, active and talkative light beige head, at least two finger’s worth at the apex, excellent retention (long lasting fluff), minimal lace. The nose is slightly peppery underneath notes of grapes and candy, hints of alcohol and toffee… decent potency, inviting. Admirable palate, distant grapes… hints of toffee, pepper, and alcohol. Its complex but nothing really propels the beer, tasty and damn good but it lacks some of the idiosyncrasies found in other Belgium beers. The finish is bone freaking dry… wow! The carbonation is cleansing, and moderately high. Medium-light body, thinner in spots. The aftertaste is grapes. The alcohol has a noticeable affect on the mind. This is a very good Belgium beer, not great but very much worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 18:33:47 | More by bditty187
Photo of taez555


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle

This beer poured a large thicky foamy tan/brownish white head with a dark but clear ruby brown body.

The nose was very inviting. dark malts, phenol smell, caramel, toffee, plums, alcohol, dark raisins, and some hints of spice.

The taste was a myriad of flavors. Very fine high level of carbonation, almost champagne like. Medium bodied. Tastes of brown sugar, molases, caramel, oak, clove, raisins, prunes, grapes, earth, unsweetened chocolate. A slight citrus taste, almost piney. A very light bitterness. But overly well balanced with a nice alcohol warmth.

It ends with this very dry, almost tart and tannic, raisin, grape fruit flavor acompanied by a slight unsweetened chocolate flavor.

This is such a well balanced beer. I found the finish to be a little odd and almost too tart, but beyond that... just waves of flavor. Easily one of the better belgians out there. In my notes I wrote "great fucking beer!!". I guess I liked it. :-)

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 07:32:52 | More by taez555
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3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very cool bottle! This beer pours a chestnut (brown/red) color with a small head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was sweet with some pepper spice and hints of alcohol. The flavor of this one is my favorite of the Delirium line. It was pretty smooth to drink. The flavor was a mix of fruits, pepper, nuts, and a lot of other things I can't figure out. The abv is slightly apparent in the taste, but it is not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 12:34:29 | More by clvand0
Photo of beerguy101


3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown color, medium head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Intense malt flavor, slight sugar-candy sweetness, touch of bubble gum. Slightly spicy hops, but malts predominate. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 00:42:28 | More by beerguy101
Photo of granger10


3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a mohagany brown color with little head that soon left only lacing on the glass. The aroma was of sweet maltiness mixed with a peppery spice. The taste however seemed to let me down a little. Very raisiny combined with a spice that wasn't peppery but more of an alcoholic spice. Dark vinous fruits mixed in the middle. Finishes with more of that spicy alcohol flavor. The flavors never seem to mesh well in this one. It still is a quality brew just not as good as tremens.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 12:36:36 | More by granger10
Photo of pio


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

what a bottle, it's gorgeous and looks like a scary kind of fun. that elephant is going to chase me isn't it? a wowzer of a light brown and pink head is tall over a dark cranberry colored body. the head has been companion for the whole ride and leaves a considerable amout of lace on the glass, diffrent than what i just read from other reviewers but what the heck. aromas abound and are very impressive. caramel, oranges, apples, cotton candy, molasses and spring air all come to me. now the flavor i'm going to try to nail down but one bottle of this and it's like i'm trying to describe why i like sex, i end up hot again...never enough my friends, never enough. roasted toasted hop feel like a sparkler (i think this beer makes hallucinations). heavy dark complex and sturdy mouthfeel can support all the coffee, fudge, bitter beechnut/hazelnut, ginger, cinnamon, rasin and dried fruit, licorice and like a burnt nectarine tea, it's dark and complex and has an opium flavor (like the insence!) did i mention that this stuff seems to get me high? it's got a revealing warmth to it, yes there's alcohol in it. it's lush and full on all fronts and is just a heavenly experience!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 22:23:51 | More by pio
Photo of hotstuff


2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When this beer was poured it contained medium-large sized bubbles. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. This beer had a strong nose to it and I could definitely taste the alcohol. However, I did not find this beer to be all that interesting to me. Not a beer that I would drink all night that's for sure. It does however have a nice bottle to display in our bar!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 19:12:45 | More by hotstuff
Photo of TheDM


4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is another highly carbonated brew. Upon pouring it it immediately started to overflow my glass causing be to sip the foam fast! The head was filled with medium to large light brown bubbles. Its aroma was very pleasant and strong smelling. Its body is a almost non-transparent brown color. The head died quickly before I could take my first sip. There was almost no lacing on the side of the glass. A thick sweet taste filled with ..., god I wish I was better with tastes and smells. I can’t place it. I can taste the alcohol content in it. It is very strong. The palate is fine, but middle of the road. I am still looking for a brew to drink tonight!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 09:04:11 | More by TheDM
Photo of goz


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

Pour is a dark opaque brown with a large tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma is big and fruity, vinous, lot's of grapes, some chocolate. Flavor is strong with chocolate and fruits, and some spiciness shows as well. Medium body, a little thinner feeling than the Tremens was.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 08:50:04 | More by goz
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

Appears a deep ruby brown very dark tone to it with a moccha colored head sitting on top, and there is basically no lace present on the edges of my glass. Aroma consists of a sharp sweetness with tingling hints of faint fruit notes all topped with the characteristic alcoholic nose of a Belgium dark strong ale. So far this beer is basically Tremens with some slightly burnt specialty malts, but the flavor just doesn't put it alltogether to me there is something lacking in this beer. Also the alcohol comes through in the flavor pretty strongly, a nice kick to the brew with the bite of alchol it delivers to the palate. Mouthfeel is medium with full heavy carbonation just a little too thin in body, but I would imagine in the bottle conditioning this beer would be fuller from the yeast. Drinkability well high abv is a strike against it, not overly complex, but this is not something I could drink regularly as a go to. It just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2003 08:23:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed the Tremens so well that I decided to try the dark. If packaging counted towards appearance I'd give it an extra half point for the beautiful painted bottle and colorful foil label. Poured dark browm with a small tan head which didn't lace the glass at all. None the less, a great tasting and very smooth ale. Exceptionally drinkable giving it's high alcohol content. Just as good as the Tremens in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 15:45:48 | More by BierReise
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appropriately noctural (let's call it just after sunset) color scheme--hazy dark amber with crimson at the fringe. An impressive, bubbly head that lasts as long as any I've poured and is fed by an impressive eruption of carbonation. Fine lace clings to remind you of the progress you have made--as if the alcohol content alone couldn't do that. Smell is somewhat medicinal (presumably the alcohol) with spice present as well. Creamy mouthful of malty sweetness starts the drink and then gives way to green apple tartness which fades back to malt that gradually and subtly dries. Wait a bit and alcohol warmth becomes the most notable feature. More drinkable than I expected such a strong beer to be; goes down very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 19:58:02 | More by BitteBier
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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A few weeks ago, I drove from Atlanta to Chattanooga to obtain some > 6% abv beers - a few trappists, some Stone Brewing Co. beers, and basically whatever else I could find and possible afford. I went up there with a $50 limit to my purchases, and came back with $150 worth of beer. What can I say, I am weak. Nevertheless, the 5 hour trip netted a few choice brews. This is one of them.

Poured a cloudy ruby brown color with just a hint of lace on the sides of the glass. Yeasty and fruity on the nose, with just a hint of alcohol carried with the fruit. The taste is malty with a plum-like finish punctuated by a bit of earthiness. The mouthfeel starts strong, but the finish is weak. The fruity esters are all that remain. Very tasty, but I don't think I'll be driving 5 hours for this beer alone.

I noticed that as this beer warmed, the fruit esters diminished, as did the yeast notes. I was left with a potent malty beverage with only hints of the fruitiness and yeast overtones that the slightly colder glass brought forth.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 15:01:05 | More by jlervine
Photo of BeerAngel


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark but clear garnet color with a light tan large bubbled head. The aromas of light sweet fruit and raisons, light yeast, and alcohol smell delicious! The taste is a lightly sweetened fruit and raisons again with very light hopping and a warming alcohol. It is a bit to light bodied, as the thin mouthfeel doesn’t stick around quite long enough. It has a delicious flavor but as I’ve stated, it is simply too thin. I liked this brew, but all the pieces are not there. Op uw gezonheid!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 18:10:22 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of fattyre


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy brown/red with a large tan to brown head. The mouthfeel while not thin is a bit less viscous than I expected. The smell is oaky maltiness with an herbal quality. The taste is smooth maltiness with a mild peppery alcohol and a mild herbal hoppiness. Overall a deceptively high alcohol beer that shows just a hint of its power in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 18:50:36 | More by fattyre
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dangerous and fruity with the high alcohol level. It was very smooth and actuaklly a bit thin from the bottled version but still sweet and delicious. Hints of apple or other fruit in the aftertaste as this is a sipping beer to be enjoyed slowly. Let it warm as the changes become more apparent when this is allowed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2003 14:05:43 | More by bierman2000
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,136 ratings.