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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,485
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 139
Gots: 364 | 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 Fatduck
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this last night because it was cold as hell and, Id been out all day. I wanted something to warm me up. I couldn't have made a better choice.

Poured a deep dark mahogany with a bubbly fast fading head. Smells very fruity, tastes like apples and pears maybe something darker. Creamy and bubbly at the same time, this is a good beer for a neg 5 windy day.

Photo of Tilley4
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip..

A very dark cloudy reddish color with an extremely vigorous head... Loads of carbonation in this...

Aroma of dark fruit, booze, that Belgian yeast, and some brown sugar... Decent...

Tastes very much like it smells... Lots of sweet dark fruit like raisins and figs with some brown sugar... Boozy..

This is sort of middle of the road for the style for me... Not bad, but nothing sets it apart either...

Photo of dolemite77
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rating a bottle, but this is skewed upward when I had it on tap a few weeks ago at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Both are similar, but the bottle has a bit more of of a funky metallic taste that this beer seems to have. The true bottle rating would be lower than this... overall the beer pours a nice ruby red, with a fluffy tan head. Dark, ripe fruit aroma, and some yeast and alcohol is noticeable as well. Flavor is raisiny and rich... Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated in the bottle form. It's a good beer either way, but on tap is much better... truly a good example of the differences in the flavor of tap and bottle.

Photo of Vendetta
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
May 18, 2008

Nice looking bottle... Mahogany colored brew. Very complex taste, lots of different flavors that change as the beer warms. But it isn't all that great. I've had better of this style, but most people are huge fans of this brew. Worth a taste but not one of my favorites.

Photo of HappyBivouac
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coming into this not knowing what to expect. Poured from the 750ml bottle.

a- Pours a really pretty cloudy red color with a massive 3 finger fluffy beige head that stick around. This is really beautiful.

s- sour fruits- cherries pears grapes. the sourness here is really pleasing and blends well with a slight caramel and nut smell. a little bit of mustiness in it too.

t- whoa! incredibly tart fruit right up front and throughout. this is a very interesting flavor. nuts round out the flavor and a slight cherry/rhubarb? lingering in with bread dough in the finish. Leaves the palate feeling very pleased and also quite dry. I was not expecting any of this in this beer. If anything the tartness is extremely dominant and I might like it just the little bit more if the nutty malt flavor were a bit fuller to balance. Still this is such a unique and exceptional taste all in all.

m- the really nice head gives that perfect thick fluffy sensation to start off. medium bodied with carbonation showing just enough presence but taking a backseat for sure. pretty watery as it clears out of the mouth.

d- I am really in love with this flavor. I will definitely pick up smaller singles of this at a later date, but I am wondering if it wouldn't make more sense just to get another big bottle, given how much of it I would drink on a friday or saturday evening. Just hearty enough to satisfy thoroughly.

As an aside note, with no bearing on the review score: As someone who is studying in the design field, I love the presentation on this. It's very whimsical and pretty at the same time, and it is most likely what caused me to buy this. I was not disappointed with what was kept inside the pretty looking bottle, either. Oops, sorry I wrote too much.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a trappist style goblet this pours a rich mahogany color with a generous amount of caramel head.

This one smells a lot like it tastes, a good thing, because it is subtly nuanced with nuts, figs, raisins and a nice malt flavor.

This is extremely smooth on the palate and leaves behind a pleasant aftertaste.

Drink this beer!

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber colored with small, fizzy head that quicky dissipates to very small lacing

S: Not picking up anything on the nose.

T: Hoppy, bitter, spicy, little fig sweetness, straw flavoring

M: Mild to medium fizzy carbonation, not anything creamy or smooth, here.

D: Not liking the hopiness combined with the carbonation....just not the type of beer that I like. Wouldn't get this again.

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

My favorite style now. It's perfect beer. This is on the tops of my lists

appearance: deep brown copper color

smell: mild hops, slight coffee

taste: beautiful, mild bitterness, rich flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth.

Photo of brewone
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours with a generous tan head. Seems to last quite some time.

The aroma of the beer has a dank, musty smell to it with some caramel notes and a malt back ground.

The taste is very toffee and caramelly and kind of sweet. The malt is very smooth and sits in the background with some phenols kicking in in the middle.

Lots of carbonation. Too much for this style in my opinion, but it works. The body is medium light with a carbonic bite from the CO2. Seems like the beer would have a bigger mouthfeel, but its very light.

Very drinkable beer. Little alcohol flavor makes it dangerous. Would definitely like to see this beer in the fridge more often.

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

Served from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay glass.

A: Blows the cork out as soon as the cage is removed, but surprises with a tame head. Appears brown with orange highlights, hazy, with a tan head that retains and laces.

S: As the beer warms up, a sweet molasses combined with baked bread aroma is detected, along with grapes, figs, and raisins.

T: At first a metallic flavor is present, but after letting it breathe and warm up, this goes away. There is also a bitter, twangy aftertaste at first, which also disappears when the beer warms. this beer is at its best when it approaches room temperature, as its full complexity comes through. Grapy malt, baked bread with figs and currants, raisins, and molasses can all be detected. A bit sherry-like.

M: syrupy and thick, a bit chewy, medium carbonation.

D: once it warms this is very drinkable and enjoyable, albeit somewhat heavy.

Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A prolific fluffy tan head sits atop a dark brown brew. Some sediment floats around as the head slowly fades and leaves a thin layer of lacing around the snifter. Smells a bit astringent at first, but quickly some grapes, dark chocolates, grain and yeasts make themselves noticed. Tastes spicy and cholocalty with raisins and taffy floating around on the palate with some more graininess and yeast thrown in for good measure. There's subtle notes of hops in the background with a slight alcohol heat at the very end. Mouth-feel is full bodied with a good amount of carbonation present. The only thing holding this back from perfection is the fact that the aromas and taste could be just a bit bolder. But hey, I'm not bitching, because this is an excellent brew.

Photo of MTNboy
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has three fingers of head with a lot of sediment in the body. The body's color is dark brown with some carbonation. There is quite a bit of lace too. It smells sweet and very sugary like candy sugar and malt. It has a harsh alcohol taste mixed in with the sweetness and there is not much for bitterness. It sort of reminds me of a dark weizen. It has a metallic aftertaste. This beer has a full body.

Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured crazy. about two inches of beer and five inches of head. it took a couple of minutes to settle enough to drink it. very flavorful, excellent aroma of some spices. full tingle in the mouth almost chewy feeling. good aftertaste with a hint of alcohol.

very good dark belgian ale. suckem up and movem out!


Photo of HenrySwank
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle.

A-dark amber, very thick head, took several minutes to settle enough to drink. Very good lacing

S- smells good, taste does not match smell, nice caramel tones

T- medicine / alcohol, musty, somewhat bitter, gets better as it warms, or as I get used to it? Finishes of with distinct taste but can't describe....will figure out sooner or later. :)

MF- full bodied, somewhat sticky, not unpleasant

D- may only have one if I am craving it for some reason...stranger things do happen.

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

I attended a beer and cheese tasting of Delirium last summer and met the brewmaster, phenominal experience. Paired beautifully with a cherry compote and cave aged goat cheese, actually brought out the mustiness of the goat cheese and the tartness of the compote, try it sometime.
Pours out a deep-brown-black color, highly carbonated creamy tan head that lasts forever, fantastic appearence.
Smells of musty yeastyness, overipe bruised fruits, figs, apples, caramelized malts, cherries.
Taste of musty grapes,apples,cherries,malty caramels, wheaty barley bread, absolutley a mouthfull of complexity.
Mouthfeel is filling, rich, flavorfull,explosive, yet finished and biting. The mouthfull of musty bready yeasty breads is cut by a tart lambic-cherry tartness.Something along the lines of Three Philosophers, the original version if you will. A Wonderfully inviting drink.

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

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC

Appearance: Large head

Smell: Malt, fruit, bananas, caramel, toasted bread

Taste:. Same as the smell. Also figs, golden raisins, and prunes

Mouthfeel: Nice body and carbonation

Drinkability: One a year or so would be perfect

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

a - huge khaki head above a dark reddish brown beer. Points for a the white bottle, nice overall presentation.

s - sweet alcohol smell with tart fruit and yeast

t - tart, spicy, and medicinal with a strong alcohol presence. Little bitterness to really round off the experience

m - light body with tons of carbonation

d - I appreciate what this beer is, but it's just not for me. The medicinal/metallic flavor and spices along with the bitterness just makes for an odd combination that isn't very drinkable for me.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at Wine Seller, Herndon, VA.

A - Dark walnut color with a terrific, khaki-colored cap that practically overflows. Settles slowly with moderate lace but never vanishes.

S - Vanilla, molasses, leather.

T - It has a nice caramel thing going on followed by a pleasant sour, smoked almond-like flavor along with mocha. Very nice - delicious!

M - One of the creamiest, most sophisticated ales I've enjoyed to date. The carbonation is perfect. I don't see how the mouthfeel could be better.

D - Perfect for the autumn weather but the 8.5 ABV isn't for weaklings; certainly drinkable and I'll be sure to enjoy this time and again. Yum.

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

Purchased in the growler from Halftime in Poughkeepsie, promissed it would be one of the best beers ever, and they were wrong. I havent appreciated the style in many years, but if I did, this would be among the better beers I have reviewed. Pungent and lacy with a great head, it took a while just to settle down to drinkability after being poured into my traveling pint glass from the small growler.
Makes me curious, why do these places only fill their own growlers?

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. I love Belgian Ales, and this is one of the better ones for sure. Its a nice dark brown, with a creamy head. Smells sweet, and tastes that way too - fruity with nice carbonation, too. I could drink another one easily (if I hadn't had so much to drink already). Alcohol is blended well and the flavor of the beer is very pleasant and refreshing.

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

Nocturnum is a really great counterpart to D. Tremens. I'd highly suggest drinking one right before the other. Nocturnum is well carbonated and displays flavor and aroma all of what it should: a dark belgian. It pours very nicely with a thin head. Taste has sweetness and a big of spice to it. There is a hint of ginger ale. A bit of floral taste in the sweetness. Moderate mouth which is slightly spicy, nutty, and sweet. A noticeable presence of dark cherry in the flavor and a bit in the aroma too. Some black currant or tart flavors as well. I dont like it as much as I do Tremens, but its still very good.

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

This company gets an award for unique packaging. This bottle is unique and completely opaque with a gray clay color and a pink elephant on the label. I believe this bottle is a couple years old by the time I bought it.

This beer pours very dark brown with decent head. The lace stays around forever. Lots of chunkies in this beer.

Nose is sweet dark fruit and malt.

Taste is plum, sweet and spice.

This beer is very easy to drink for a full bodied beer; truly a great tasting beer with very balanced flavors.

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

Delrium Nocturnum, 8.5%ABV, had from bottle @ E St. 9/18/08
reviewed as BA definition = "Belgian Dark Ale"
A 4.0 Dark Malty brown, with a great head
S 4.5 Slightly sweet & floral hop notes, strong smell & nose
T 4.0 Loved it, but it is one a sweeter end for a Belgian Ale, good balance for the sweetness
MF 4.0 Smooth & creamy
D - 4.5 I would drink this all day if I was looking if I was in a Belgian Dark Ale mood

Photo of BWH3
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep ruby hued brown with a massive tan bubbly head. This one slowly fades back to a thin layer before lacing out.

Smell: Medicine like solvent quality to initial nose. Some fruit esters underneath. The malt is faint caramel which is unusual for style which usually relies on malt for complexity. Bitterness of grain and hops is roasted/charred earth smell.

Taste: Again unusual for this style. A medicinal flavor w/ prune from malt, tart pear from the yeast, and herbal/earthy bitterness of the hops. A small amount of dark chocolate and caramel is detectable. Spicy phenols in the dry finish. Not the norm for the style but not entirely in a good way.

M: Effervescent, great head retention. Creaminess to the head. Medium-heavy bodied.

D: This beer does the cosmetic things very well. The scent and flavor are unique and challenging. Worth more than just one drink.

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

Picked up a 24.9 oz bottle at Key Foods in Astoria. Pours a murky brown into my glass with a tall tan head.

Ah, it's weird like any good Belgian. More so than your average Belgian too, I get a slight peppermint note in the finish. Otherwise there's a very earthy yeast character up front with molasses and dates to follow. The body is very drinkable and this is a beer to try if you like dark Belgians. It almost reminds me of strange weizenbock. Anyways, good beer here.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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