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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 127
Gots: 310 | 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 cvstrickland
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle with a light-proof coating gets an extra appearance half-point for being innovative and cool-looking, despite the fact it adds godknowswhat to the cost of this slightly costy beer, but it's a very handsome package, no doubt, with pink elephants and royal blue foil...fancy...

...poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter with pink elephants all over it, looks like a recipe for some serious double trouble pink elephant-fu. A rich red chestnut two-finger pour is crowned with a larger measure of softly rocky beige foam that retains well and leaves fat rings of lacing.

Smell is mellow and softly fruity, with notes of plum and soft golden apples.

Taste is succulent, sweet, soothing, and juicy. Layer upon layer of sweet brown caramel, licorice, and overripe fruit are met with a crisp note of tart lemonade and green grass, with a lively carbonation that helps keep things from getting syrupy sweet. A spicy yeast note adds a little zip.

Superb drinkability.

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

I havn't seen any pink elephants yet after drinking. I always enjoy a good Belgian dark ale. Had this one chilled in my Chimay goblet. Poured a deep reddish brown with a firm head. Smell was full of dried fruit, yeast, and a little spice. Taste was deliciously complex with dark cherries, banana, dates, and a hint of chocolate. Alcohol was definitely present and left a heavy feeling with every sip that made me full after just one. A good sipping beer for after dinner and awesome bottle art.

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

A - Poured a dark brown color with a huge light brown head that leaves some lacing

S - Is of yeast and spicy dark fruits slight hint of alcohol

T - The taste is a little sweet the dark fruits come out nicely I get some apple flavor and its nice that the alcohol doesn't come out in the taste as well

M - This is a medium bodied beer with a lot of very active carbonation to it

D - I really liked this beer my biggest complaint about the style is that the alcohol ruins the taste half the time but not with this beer it has a wonderful taste this beer is worth finding to try

Photo of jdubjacket
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours an orangeish/brown with an ivory head. Leaves some moderate lacing. Smells sweet, fruity, with some spices. Taste is malty and spicy. A lot of yeast in this brew. The setbacks with this beer lie with the mouthfeel. The beer is overly carbonated and makes it nearly undrinkable. The carbonation gave me some pretty awful indigestion. Overall, this beer tastes good... but the carbonation really takes away from this one.

Photo of Damian
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a corked and caged 1 PINT, 9,4 FL. OZ./750 ml bottle purchased at Crazy Bruce's Liquors, West Hartford, CT
Cork was marked 2.007
Thanks to my sister Vanessa for treating me to this one

Poured a deep mahogany with ruby highlights. The creamy, bubbly, two-finger, light brown head faded to a clingy, long-lasting cap of froth. Terrific retention. Short-lived blankets of lacing trickled down the glass with every sip, leaving some spotty, lasting drops.

The aroma was distinctly Belgian, yet somewhat subdued. Yeasty, powdery and dry with notes of dark fruits and spices. Slightly boozy.

The taste was rather harsh. Hot and boozy up front. Malty, fruity and spicy in the center, with notes of prunes, oak, raisins and clove. The lingering finish was hot and biting as well. Dry and somewhat bitter. Oaky and semi-acrid. As the beer sat, the overall flavor turned sweeter and smoother and the flavors seemed to come out a bit more. Dark Belgian candi sugar was noticeable in the center. The finished however remained hot and bitter.

The mouthfeel was stinging. Highly over carbonated. Prickly and sharp on the palate with a thin, almost watery body. The liquid was so frothy in my mouth that I could hardly get past the bubbles to taste the beer. Toward the end of my glass, the carbonation settled down a bit and the liquid turned a bit smoother and creamier.

This beer was a real disappointment. The flavors were quite suppressed and the carbonation was far too intense. Furthermore, the beer tasted much hotter than a typical 8.5% ABV brew should.

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

3" head with great retention and thick lace. Red wood, mahogany color with good clarity. The aroma is full of dark, sweet fruit...caramel apple, some spice, hint of sour and a faint yeastiness. Malty up front followed by toffee and dark fruit (fig) on the tongue. There is a sour flash followed by a somewhat spicy finish. Alcohol is well masked. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very nice drinkability. Very good beer.

Photo of dhd1491
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Clear brown-red with tan head. High carbonation. Muted aroma. Taste is sweet and malty with a metallic bite that is not that enjoyable. There are interesting flavors that make up for it, though, and after a while the off-taste didn't bother me much. Cloves and caramel are strong flavors, with just a bit of agreeable buttery mouthfeel. Easy drinking for a higher ABV. Clean, slightly oily aftertaste.

The sweet malt flavor reminds me of Chimay Grande Reserve. Not as sweet or thick as the Chimay, though. Not as complex or enjoyable, either, I'm afraid.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sour dominated with cool, spicy aromas. Yeasty. Dark fruit like prunes, with mild cherry.

Pours a very dark reddish brown color, almost opaquely black. Good head, poor retention.

Sour with tart fruit. Deep, dark sweet fruit. Very fruity.
Spicy yeast and more than just hints of alcohol.
Soft malt underbelly with delicate floral flavors.
More fruit, now fairly exotic.
Roasted sugar / honey sweetness.
Tart edge comes back to make my jaw pucker.
Powdery yeast and alcohol warmth.
Vinous and continually fruity.
Finish is quite tart and fairly dry.

The Verdict:
Tart and yeasty, this beer flows more funky than balanced.

Photo of baos
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle into big fluted glass.

A: Looks really good. $ fingers of lovely tan head that settle to a nice half head atop a dark cherry-wood body.

S: Molasses. Dried fruits like raisins and apricots, and alcohol. Almost smells like a cherry liqueur.

T: Blackberry cobbler with a bit of vodka splashed atop it.

M: Very nice feel to this one. Full bodied and not too foamy.

D: Pretty strong so about one bottle is all I can muster. I had a big bottle of the noel and it knocked Sir Buttchinneth on his chuckerteed ass.

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

A- Served in a Delirium chalice, nice head with a rich dark brown/red color. Good head too.

S- Fruit smells with raises and dates. Very sweet smelling. Smells delicious.

T- Malty with a slight bitterness. Not as sweet as the smell. I'm tasting a nice roasted apple taste as well. It is a nice beer.

M- Nice on the tongue, not too fizzy so you don't end up with a mouthful of foam.

D- Good, easy to drink. I haven't had this in bottle so it would be interesting to taste side by side bottle and tap. Perhaps later on this week.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a bottle of this at my local beer store. Comes in a cool ceramic bottle like the tremins.

Appearance is a dark red/purple color with a head that dissapeared very fast to nothing. No lacing at all.

Smells of slight hoppyness and Belgian candy sugar. Some dark fruit notes.

Tastes like it smells with a little more hoppyness then probably should be in this style. Most in this style are sweet and smooth but this I'd slightly sweet and kind of bitter.

Mouthfeel is too carbonated for this style. At least my bottle feels this way.

Drinkability is not very high since I don't feel this beer follows its style very much and I don't feel like I could drink very many of these.

Photo of soupyman10
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a chalice. Pours a pretty brown color with a nice looking head on top and some light lacing. Nose is excellent, tons of cookies, chocolate, and a huge mess of dried fruit in there as well. Yeast too. Flavor's similar, buttery chocolate dominates, and then lots of nice spiciness. Body is creamy and full with fairly low carbonation. Overall, really tasty. Might even top the Tremens for me.

12 oz/$5 (happy hour)/Bohemian Caverns

Photo of dstc
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a big, full off-white head. Great head retention and lacing that is slow to fall.

Smells a little thin and metallic but improves the warmer it gets.

Again, tastes slightly metallic but that fades as it begins to warm. It then becomes a very pleasant to drink brew.

Medium bodied mouthfeel, smooth.

A very nice beer, better a bit warmer.

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

Poured from a ceramic bottle into a stem glass (the piece I usually choose for tasting). The beer pours a very nice dark red-brown with a thick frothy head. A choppy version of the head lasted until the glass was empty, seemingly eternal.

The smell is sweet and bold with hints of malt, dried fruits and alcohol.

The flavor following the nose is the same: sweet with flavors dried fruits, caramel, and alcohol tinge.

By the end of the glass the flavors seemed subdued, not missing or watery, just not as prevalent.

The beer did a great job of scrubbing away any flavors or residual fats of the food, leaving me ready for the next bite.

This beer accompanied a thick slice of prime rib with a pepper crust and a few slices of fresh sun-dried tomato bread. Not the best pairing for this meal. The sweetness of the beer would have paired much better with a baked sweet potato topped with butter and brown sugar on the side.

Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - Deep brown with good clarity and a moderate beige head.

S - Sweet and malty with notes of licorice and caramel.

T - Sweet (but not too sweet), malty and roasty. A slight bitterness and an increasing presence of alcohol. This is very well balanced.

M - High carbonation at first but mellows as you go (pretty typical of bottle conditioned Belgians).

D - I typically like lighter Belgians but this is a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. ceramic bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a chalice.

A: Deep brown pour. Nice strong tinted head, holds nicely. Some good lacing.

S: Caramel, dark fruits, bit of yeasty spice and esters. It's all there.

T/M: Great balance with all the flavors. More of the caramel, not overly sweet. Some juicy dark fruits with a touch of alcohol, but not too much. Some spicy. Carbonation is quite high, keeping things clean and alive. Medium bodied.

D: Not terribly complex but just done right. A bit expensive but worth a try.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a rich chocolate brown with brilliant garnet highlights. one finger of light tan head tops it off, and lasts for a couple minutes. light lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts, with dark fruits prevailing. fruit notes include apple, apricot, raisen, and a hint of vanilla and banana. a lightly bready base works well with the fruits and malts.

taste is malty up front, with the same fruit notes as the aroma. caramel malts, with a hint of chocolate malts offset the fruit nicely. finishes with residual dark fruit. wonderfully proportioned.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lightly tart texture and soft CO2. finishes semi-dry with a slick mouthfeel.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth and mellow belgian, with well masked alcohol (8.5% APV) and a solid profile. a wonderful palate of flavors here. cheers!

Photo of everetends
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Green's in Atlanta. Pours from a 750ml into an oversized wine glass.

A: Poured a dark brown with dark red hues, lots of carbonation streaming to the top where it meets a nice off white head. Looks like a root beer.

S: Kinda lacking. I can smell some malt, sweet spices, pear and alcohol.

T: A touch of malt. Fruits kinda shine here (apples, pear), spices and alcohol. Nice balance as it finishes with a bittness but it doesn't seem to be coming from hops though.

M: Medium carbonation and the brew really tickles your throat and back of the neck. Finishes clean.

D: Probably shouldn't have opened a 750 for myself because this beer is a littl heavy and the alcohol starts to weigh. Good beer though and worth having in the cellar.

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

A: Dark red to a brown in color with a thin light brown to off white head.

S: Sweet fruity with just a touch of a spicy aroma

T: Sweet/fruity followed by a slight taste of alcohol, finishing with a slightly tart/bitter tast (not hops)

M: Great balanced taste throughout the mouth

D: Great for one or three but not much more then that, the alcohol will start getting t you after that.

Lastly anything with a pink elephant on it has to be great!

Photo of drperm
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk, Asheville

Appearance: Dark ruby red, with a thick head. Enticing if a bit intimidating.

Aroma: Sour cherry, brown sugar, faint mild hops.

Taste: A carnival ride: sour water, raisins, cherry pits, white pepper, pears, a bitter hop finish.

Palate: Perfect, really.

Overall: Not quite as good as Tremens in my book, but still very solid! Great with chocolate.

Photo of number1bum
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #14.

Pours a medium-dark brown, with ruby hues when held to the light. A good two fingers of creamy beige head retain a solid lace and leave some stick, too.

Smell is quite fruity (apple and some dark fruits) and yeasty, and has lots of candi sugar sweetness, too. Also somewhat bready with a bit of spice.

Taste has a base of candi sugar and caramel/brown sugar sweetness, it's bready and has some yeast and dark fruit flavors. Flavors are weak and a bit thin, though. The smell was so much richer and had much greater depth. Not really super flavorful or very complex.

Mouthfeel is a hefty medium body but feels a little thin. This is a pretty good beer, but it's just not very robust or interesting.

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

25.6 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby with massive head, off-white that is quickly diminishing. Aroma of malt, yeast, and dark fruits. Initial taste of bread and malt, switching to dark fruits, ending with a balance of all the flavors and aromas with a hint of spice on the tongue. Medium body, moderate carbonation, some lacing, and hints of alcohol noted as it warmed up. Drinkable and better than most Belgians in my opinion.

Photo of jayrod20
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some candi sugar and plenty of malt. Taste is also a well enough balanced mix of candy sugar, caramel and big malt with some limited yeast characteristics. Body is a bit too watery for the style but the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish/brown color. A large pillowing head forms and leaves good lace down the glass.
S: Malty, fruity, and peppery. The usually suspects are there, but it seems a bit reserved to me.
T: Follows the nose. Malty and fruity. Very tart, sweet and dry. A bit more malt comes through as the beer warms, but the flavors seem to be a bit muted and reserved again.
M/D: Clean and crisp in the mouth. Over carbonated and to light of a body for my tastes. This is not hard to drink. Smooth and easy going.

A good Belgium beer to try. It is probably not something I will get again though.

Photo of generallee
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to patra for this wonderful birth day gift.
Nocturnum pours a dark brown with a ruby hue and a thick white head that slowly thins out. The aroma is wonderful and full of ripe fruit, candy and melon. The flavor is full of sweet fruits. Dried apricot, plum, orange marmalade and pineapple. There are sweet bready malts as well that mix with the fruit flavors to give this beer a fruit cake quality that has been laced with warming alcohol. This is a delightful Belgian ale with a full body, average carbonation and a sweet finish.

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,437 ratings.