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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,125
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 97
Gots: 159 | 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 clvand0


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
Photo of BierReise


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
Photo of BitteBier


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
Photo of jlervine


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
Photo of bierman2000


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
Photo of kbub6f

New York

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

Bought locally (Central Market N refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

What an interesting big, tan head. It's just as flat-topped as flat-topped can be. Perfectly even, even as it settles. Not much lacing. The beer is a slighlty cloudy dark ruby/brown with lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is sweet candy, spice, fruit. It's very strong smelling. Very nice. The front is very sweet, with spice, grapes, bananas. The middle is dark caramel and earthy, with alcohol peeking through. The finish is dry, with a sour alcoholish taste. Also, bubblegum, pepper, hints of chocolate. Overall I really like this beer. The only thing wrong with it for me is that the alcohol is not all that well hidden, and leaves a sourish aftertaste. I should drink this with an after-dinner platter of fruit, cheese and chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 07:52:27 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Delirium


4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, hazy, and mysterious. The name Nocturnum comes to life in the smell of dampening pavement on a cool rainy night. Very earthy, like dew on dry lawn clippings and composting weeds. Tastes just like it smells. More complex than it is clean.

One of my favorites to drink alone for a most memorable solitary indulgence.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2003 18:59:42 | More by Delirium
Photo of Bunnyhop


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, brown-red Belgian Ale with a large tan-brown, dissipating head. It smells like sweet fruit, plum in particular. The taste is smooth, plum and raisin, with a peppery finish. The body is firm in my mouth. I really like Belgian style beers, and this one is no exception.

The white opaque bottle this beer is in stands out enough, but the pink elephant on the label really brings attention to it, let alone the name "Delirum Nocturnum"...here's to a "Crazy Evening".

(source: PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 15:34:11 | More by Bunnyhop
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330 mL green glass bottle with a white coating (paint?), capped.

Appearance: This beer poured to give a nice light coffee-brown colored liquid with rich, tan foam. There was a bit of haze in the beer.

Smell: Very good aromas of malt and fruit (grapes, apples) and yeast, and some carbonation that tickles the nose.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt with a hint of fruit and a whiff of alcohol. Medium light body.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palate, the sweet malt is balance with a touch of floral hoppy flavor. Clean and slightly warming.

Drinkability: Good. A potent, warming beer. Very nice to relax with at the end of the day.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2003 21:02:19 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of avylover


4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

maybe this got shaken up? Head is huge!! Tiny bubbles make up a massive frothy head. This beer pours a cloudy dary amber, almost ruby.. Smells strong of sour fruit, mainly apples. You can smell yeast in this one!! Very fruity taste with a mild alcohol kick. Some butterscoth detected in the aftertaste, some spicy flavors. Goes down with a metallic kick. This beer lets you know what you're getting into right away. Overall nice dark belgian ale

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 18:45:49 | More by avylover
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely, though brief, white head, deep, dark violet color. A sweet bouquet greets you in the nose, full of spices and fruit. Which ones? The kind that moon men pick on Venus, that's what kind! Very vinous, with berries, cherries, melons, grapes, and more. A remarkable flavor profile. If a cantelope mated with a bing cherry, it might approximate this flavor. Highly hopped, marvelously carbonated, great malt spine on it. And full, full, full of flavor! Bold, confident, assertive, it knows what it is, and don't care what no one thinks. One of the best of the best, I unashamedly assert.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 19:36:53 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of francisweizen


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

Poured off of the tap at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. This was a dark ruby port colour with a small tan head of foam. The foam lasted the length of the glass and left some nice lace on the glass as well. The aromas were all candy sugar, yeast, and roasted malts. The taste was very malty, sugary, and candy-like with a biscuity/bready like flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is excellent.

note: this was served a bit too cold, but when warmed up it's a real charmer!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2003 06:26:45 | More by francisweizen
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz. (750ml) of 8.5% Delirium Nocturnum.

The Cork is dated 2002, and once the foil and cage were removed it was easily extracted with a little manual tweak at first, once slightly dislodged the beers inherent vivacity did the rest to overcome the initial inertia, and positively pushed the cork out with a very reassuring “pop” with some light gun smoke.

The release of the Cork fills the air around my desk with a pungent dark fruity aroma, highly compelling which draws me to the beer before I even start to type about how it looks.

It pours a deep brown chestnut wood color. This, in conjunction with my glass, reflected the light like a polished conker. Slightly turbid appearance, some yeast carry-over, I know it pours clear usually from past experience but this time it has some yeast – oh well, it will keep me ‘regular’ I suppose. LOL.

The head was irrepressible when poured and expanded like a fart in a vacuum. It filled the available space immediately, I had experience of this before and I had a couple of glasses ready. “Be Prepared” was the Scouts Motto – I was. The brown head was voluminous and looked like a Styrofoam plug atop the beer for some time; it slowly died to a broken covering eventually. The head itself has an incredibly spicy hoppy taste- try it!

Initial mouthfeel is very solid and radiates warmth. For a beer served chilled it appears to defy all of the Laws of Heat Transfer that I deal with everyday. Hops, spicy hops and more hops. Bitter lingering finish with herbs and spices.

This is supposed to be a darker version of Delirium Tremens; well I like DT as well.

Huyghe make the best and worst of beers in my opinion. The Delirium range contains most of their better offerings and for the price, it is always worth having a bottle or two of this stuff in your fridge, cool store, cellar, mouth, or stomach.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 00:06:45 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Mitchster


1.35/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Highly carbonated brew nearly blows off the cap, and forms a rocky meringue tan peak of medium sized bubbles atop a very clear ruby-dark amber liquid. Aroma is that of Jack Daniel's whiskey, wine, and bavarian wheat yeast. The mixture of aromas is not too pleasant. One can tell this has a lot of kick without reading the bottle which tells you its 8.5% abv. Taste starts out with a cloying, sugary sweetness and is quickly disturbed by a very strong metallic bite, as if drinking Newcastle Brown Ale whilst sucking on pennies and quarters. Ends with phenols and dank, musty cardboard, leaving an unpleasant coating on the tongue. This is where you say "Ugh." Certainly not an enjoyable brew. I had much higher expectations considering the ratings here, and hey, it's Belgian:) My worst homebrew wasn't even this bad. Poured 1/2 the beer down the sink. Definitely would not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 19:51:50 | More by Mitchster
Photo of maxpower


3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep dark reddish-brown in color, decent off white small bubbly head. Fruity aroma kind of wine like. Fruity sweetness flavors of apples and grapes, light hops in the finish, still very sweet, light-medium body, this one smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 13:15:01 | More by maxpower
Photo of Gusler


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

Deep dark and handsome is the pour, the head is commodious, frothy consistency, and the lace clings nicely to the glass. The first snaffle is malt, bubble gummy, fruity, sweet and sniffable. The beer commences with a lightly sweet malt taste, the top is squinny, the finish is moderately carbonated, delicately hopped, long lasting and very dry aftertaste, quite a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 17:05:11 | More by Gusler
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,125 ratings.