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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,202 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,202
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 104
Gots: 194 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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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kosmoraios

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

An extremely interesting ale. I think that some of the other reviewers must have gotten a bad bottle. Pours a beautiful red-brown with ruby glints, off-white head is large and thick. Aroma is immediately of dark, sweet fruits, with a sour citrus tang and an underpinning of yeast in the nose. Taste is delicious, with sweet, dark plum and red grape clashing with sour grapefruit and green apple, underwritten by earthy, nutty yeast flavor. Very smooth and peppery in the mouth, with a bit of phenolic butteryness. Alcohol content becomes a bit more evident as the ale warms. A unique and interesting Belgian dark.

03-21-2005 13:56:23 | More by kosmoraios
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%

Appearence: Pours a dark brownish red with a nice, brown head that leaves rocky bubbling.

Smell: Has a really odd smell to it. Can't put a finger on it. Hay? Grass? Flowers?

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredibly sweet. A powerful grape dryness and sourness clings to your mouth forever. The mixture of flavors creates an odd aftertaste that lingers and lingers. It's really odd tasting. The mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability and Overall: It's an odd beer that's for sure. The flavor is really wild, but not too incredibly enjoyable. I'll give it points for being unique, but that doesn't make it great. Not bad.

03-10-2005 05:18:44 | More by santoslhalper
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GClarkage

California

2.65/5  rDev -33.9%

02/12/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo.

Presentation- 22oz ceramic bottle with dating code at the bottom. Poured into a generic wine glass (was on vacation and didn't bring any glassware).

Appearance- Dark brown coloring, huge foamy dimpled head and outstanding lacing.

Smell- UGH, smells like a fermentation gone wrong. Highly alcohol with drunk prunes and raisins.

Taste- Very metallic, alcohol up the ass. Like brown ale mixed with JD and turpentine. BLECK!

Mouthfeel- Mouthfeel was adequate. Very warm and slighly burning going down. Highly carbonated also.

Drinkability- I HOPE I got a bad bottle here. I love the Noel and the Delirium is very good also. Hmmm, dare I retry this again sometime down the road?

03-04-2005 06:15:23 | More by GClarkage
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swamiswamu

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -19%

What a dissapointment. The pours a think brown with simply too much head. I appreciate a healthy head, but I also like being able to get some beer in the glass. The flavor was very one dimenional. It tasted strongly of brown sugar and that's about it. The mouthfeel was really thin. It was pretty easy to drink, but that's not what I was looking for.

03-02-2005 21:28:20 | More by swamiswamu
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Kookiekwan

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

This beer pours a hazy orange/brown has a thick two finger head excellent retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is of caramel sweet malt with hints of citrus hops. The taste is a rich coffee-like malt flavor with hints of molasses and caramel. This beer is medium bodied and very tasty.

Reflection: This is a must try, but I couldn't make a session out of it.

02-25-2005 21:00:13 | More by Kookiekwan
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Zraly

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +3%

Pours a black cherry color with an off white head. Looks gorgeous in a chalice glass. Wonderful smells of apple juice and alcohol, with a little sweet smoke lurking underneath.

Rich, fruity nose with sugary caramel-like undertones. Burnt sugar. Even a hint of chocolate. Hops are barely noticable. Earthy nuances and a spicey yeast quality. The drinkability is high due to a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that leaves a tingle and a dryness in the finish...a wonderful balance that makes for easy sipping. Warm, flavorful and enjoyable.

A dark Belgian that is all around good for the palate.

01-31-2005 00:32:09 | More by Zraly
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isubsmith

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass, couple fingers worth of head died to a minimal foamy coverage. Dark ruby red/brown color. Plenty of lace.

Nose: Tart/Fruity perhaps with a hint of caramel sweetness. Definate alcohol smell. Slight sort of solventy smell as well.

Taste: Smooth, sweet/tart fruits for starters. Lots of yeast taste. Some spicy end-notes. Definate alcohol presence but not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Big, but typical for a Belgian beer.

Overall, a good beer. There are definately better beers out there, but this is still quite good. I think a few months in the cellar would help this beer mellow a bit.

01-23-2005 02:03:22 | More by isubsmith
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

Smooth, nice dark appearance with beige head. Great to find these on tap, as I did at Underground Bluz in Orlando. A dark conglomeration as Sweet side fruity with sour and malty aftertaste, disguised high alcohol, thin -Medium mouthfeel. Works with food.

01-06-2005 19:20:15 | More by Sammy
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Chestnut color with a full creamy light brown head and active carbonation. Raisin/prune/fig aroma and flavor with a nice spiciness and a touch of alcohol. Light-medium (leans light) bodied due to carbonation levels.

A nice one but does not stand out like the standard Delirium.

Per label: Since 1654

2.003 on cork
Tasted: 12/24/04

($7.19 / 750 ml / 25.6 oz corked and caged white "ceramic" champagne style bottle with royal blue foil)

01-03-2005 17:55:26 | More by RBorsato
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Truh

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -14%

Woke from a fitful dream with this one on 12/29/2004. 12-oz. pour in a tulip glass at the Sunset.

½-inch head of heavy cream with a slight mocha tint. Deep, dark cider brown hue that lets in no light. Fig, cardamom, rich malt tones on nose. Cantankerous syrup malt with a chocolatey trailing swirl; touches of blackberry; kind of a vacuous felt lining and wooly side-trail. In a way, this offering hits you over the head

01-01-2005 23:08:46 | More by Truh
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brewQ

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

The psychedelic Elephant bottle is cool.

Delirium pours decidedly dark brown, nearly opaque.
The head is a steady, spongy tan ... and it SOUNDS great... the constant waves of bursting bubbles were music to my ears.

As for aroma- this was new to me- I'd swear it smelled like a graham cracker! That and earthy notes. Pleasant actually, not too much evidence of hops.

The flavor came on fruity and rich with a slight warming.

Finish was surprisingly refreshing for a beer of this gravity. DN left me with a silky, highly drinkable finish. This fares well among the holiday offering I sampled recently.

12-27-2004 00:23:49 | More by brewQ
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gbontrag

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

Thick whipped froth with significant staying powers. It sits like a crown on the burnt caramel colored beer.
Aroma of strong froot bomb mixed with alcohol that totally reminds me of some old-timey health tonic. Smells too, of day old pee pants from my toddler.
Nice smoke and dry woody palate players drumming along on this wicked jammy roller coaster. Layers of thick fruit jams stuck to the bottom of the pan; apple butter cooked thick and sticky in a cast iron kettle. The alcohol kicks the dark malts into blackstrap molasses. Overall, it tastes like fruit cake with some dark toasted walnuts and filberts, and maybe some chestnuts. Alcohol all over. A bit rough, a bit sweet.

12-20-2004 06:32:33 | More by gbontrag
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walleye

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%

bought this one for the bottle. my daughter like elephants.poured a deep amber with light tan tall frothy head.aroma yeast,dark fruits, raisin.flavor a little sweetness and a hint of orange and some maybe plum. mouth feel watery with a bit of bitterness. a enjoyable beer.

12-17-2004 05:18:36 | More by walleye
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woemad

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

330ml bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.99. Had this a couple of years ago at the Viking, but haven't got around to reviewing a bottle of it until now.

Poured a dark, reddish brown, with a big, fluffy tan head. Lots of lace.

Smell is sweet and sour. The sweetness reminds me of caramel, the sourness of tart fruits. There's also a little bit of peppery spiciness.

This tastes pretty damn good! It starts off with a sweet, caramel flavor, but with slightly roasted notes. There's also a tart fruit flavor, not unlike some sour cherries. It's also very yeasty, giving the beer a rather bready taste to it. In the background but still lending substantial kick to the proceedings are some spicy notes. There is also a noticeable alcohol presence that is not shy about it's being there, but is in no way overbearing.

The mouthfeel of this is just how a good Belgian should be. It's substantial, but not too substantial.

This is a pretty good Beer. It's not up there with St. Bernardus Abt. 12 (my personal favorite), but it's still pretty good. Not a bad one to pick up when looking for a decent Belgian.

12-08-2004 08:43:25 | More by woemad
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kindestcut

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

I had this Delirium Nocturnum near the end of the night and I must say it was a perfect way to (almost) end the evening.

The Nocturnum poured a very dark brown with a moderate head. There is noticable lacing as the head dies. The aroma is very sweet with hints of caramel and sugary malts.

The taste is very good, moderately warming with a convergance of fruity flavors and spicy character followed by a yeasty finish. The alcohol is evident but not overpowering.

12-06-2004 14:05:34 | More by kindestcut
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yeagerbm

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +13%

This is a fantastic looking beer with dark reddish brown color and a very impressive fluffy light brown head which holds very well and leaves heavy lacing. The aroma is also great with notes of chocolate malt and yeasty fruit. The flavors are delivered with a nice medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of dark fruit and mocha like malt dominate. Overall one of the better belgian ales that I have had and definately one of the best looking beers that I have seen when poured into the proper glass. This is one is a must try for fans of Belgian beers.

12-03-2004 01:22:33 | More by yeagerbm
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +8%

From the 33cl bottle.

Pours an opaque brown with a huge fluffy tan head. Lots of fine lacing. Smells of fruit and caramel. Spiced apples. Nutty. Notes of sherry. Vinuous nose.

Taste is lightly sour up front, with a wonderful roasted/burnt malt flavor rising to the surface. Hints of sherry and light flavors of bitter chocolate. Spicy, like pepper and nutmeg, maybe hints of ginger. all these flavors intertwine nicely. Mouth is rich and chewy. Mmmmm...beer. This is really nice. Tried both this and the Delirium Tremens tonight but this one takes the cake. Gotta get some more.

11-28-2004 00:43:16 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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dgallina

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a slightly cloudy deep ruby brown. Forms a nice tan head initially, but quickly subsides into pools of surface lace and light lacing on the sides of the glass. Predominantly sweet & candy-like nose with spicy alcohol underpinnings. Flavor starts with candied fruits, develops into a restrained toasted malt middle, and finishes extremely dry. Body is creamy and nicely carbonated, if perhaps a little bit too light for the style.

11-10-2004 23:59:01 | More by dgallina
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

Sampled a small bottle, no freshness dating to be found. Pours a dark, rudy cloudy brown, topped by a frothy tan head with excellent retention. Leaves some lacing ,but not alot. Nose is of sweet musty spoiled fruit. Big flavors abound here, mostly dark candy sugar, raisins, figs, chocolate, farmy, musty stuff. Rich, flavorful and warming. A style that can take some getting used to, but this is a pleasant, drinkable, if not spectacular take.

10-28-2004 23:49:46 | More by Billolick
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WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

The beer pours a very dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very dry malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It has a slight musty aroma along with some yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that boasts of many crystal malts; very complex. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and with some yeast fruitiness. It is a bit warm on the way down; very dry. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine Belgian dark. It has good flavor and is extremely smooth; a good drinker.

10-25-2004 22:20:59 | More by WesWes
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

An old fave, puzzling that I haven't written a review before now. Pours with a massive, long-lasting off-white foamy head atop a hazy chestnut body. Aroma is dark caramel malts with a touch of yeasty sourness and a few spices thrown in.

Taste is initially rich, medium-dark, sweet malt with a lot of yeast, giving it quite a bready taste. A wash of multiple spices follow: cinnamon, allspice, maybe even a little pepper. Elements of dark macerated fruit (raisins? cherries?). Tastes like an old cellar.

Flavors shift a bit as it warms. Not a lot of obvious hops but definitely more sweet cherries and apple flavors, less malt. Alcohol is well masked but more evident in the aroma -- and you can feel it before the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel is not heavy but not a pushover, either. Carbonation maintains a bite and the aftertaste is dry and clean. Rates just a hair below its lighter cousin (Tremens), but not by much.

10-23-2004 01:59:42 | More by assurbanipaul
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%

75 cl bottle. Cork dated 2004. Pours a hazed deep chocolate brown with a fluffy beige. Aromas of sweet plummy malt, tree bark, meadow and musty yeast. Sweet, malty, yeasty, grapey in its fruitiness, with a medium body and mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated. Light astringency in the finish. Alcohol punch noticable. It tastes a little thinner than what I remembered. Nonetheless, it's a very good beer that's easy to enjoy.

10-09-2004 23:45:09 | More by crookedhalo
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FormatKid

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

Another beer picked up in Bacchus in Chattanooga. The packaging is a 330ml faux ceramic with a pink elephant on the label and blue foil on the crown.

This beer pours out a rusty shade of brown. It is hazy and not translucent at all. Really fizzy head rolls up impressively but recedes rather quickly to a thin crowning cap of foam on top.

The nose on this beer is lovely. Brown sugar, plums, rye bread, grapes and a vinous aroma.

This beer has a huge grapey, vinous character to it in flavor, very suprising. In fact that grapiness almost eclipses any other flavors when it is cold. As it warms up more of the malt comes through and lends some more complexity. A little bit of a toasty rye bread presence is noticeable and a dry, spicy hop-smattered finish.

Not a bad beer at all, I was expecting more because of how much I enjoyed the Pale from the same brewery. It just doesn’t make it’s mark when compared to some other beers I’ve had of the style.

09-18-2004 02:20:36 | More by FormatKid
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

11.2 fl. oz. bottle that looks and feels ceramic although its just a coating over the green glass bottle.

Pours a solid brown, making the rounded bottom of the glass look like a brown bowling ball. Nice head quickly settles down to near nothingness. Smells fruity and of alcohol. Tastes like apples and chocolate with a very smooth mouthfeel. Very tasty and easy to drink.

09-15-2004 04:03:19 | More by fdrich29
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koolkat

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

The beer pours a nice deep red almost brown, which is a good suprise I was expecting a much lighter belgian for this beer. Guess I should have figured nocturnum=night=dark but I just didnt think that far ahead. The beer is rather carbonated the cork popped out with ease and could have gone a fair distance. The carbonation gives a very interesting mouthfeel. It almost tingles your tongue and has a nice bite to the sips. The flavor profile is nice and malty without being thick. The beer is lacking in the phenolic nastiness that exists in many belgian style beers. There is no mediciny taste at all. All in all a rather nice beer, ive yet to be disappointed by the pink elephants.

09-05-2004 00:22:34 | More by koolkat
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,202 ratings.