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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Ratings: 2,393
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 115
Gots: 277 | FT: 2
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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 jonworth
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured in a mug.

Suffice it to say that if you're in the mood for a good Belgian strong dark ale, then look no further. This one has it all -- complex sweet and fruity flavor, uber-creamy head (pour slowly), rich burnt sienna hue. *Highly alcoholic.* The high alcohol content and the richness of this libation may bring on a little heartburn (chasing with Tums recommended). But I will buy this one again...

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

Presenation: 750 ml bomber style faux ceramic colored bottle, champagne corked. No dating on the bottle itself but the cork was dated 2005, poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

Appearance: pours a deep dark ruby reddish brown color, completely opaque even when held up to light. The head formed a creamy off-white color and retained nicely.

Aroma: Tart apples along with some raw sugar, the apple aromas linger nicely.

Taste: Caramel malts and some tart apples (similar to the aroma) up front. Towards the middle the malts become more assertive and also more bitter. The finish is bitter, along with a faint spiciness. There's some alcohol warming in the finish as well. Very complex and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, fairly easy to notice the relatively high ABV though. The carbonation balances very nicely.

Overall: One of the world's greatest beers, the taste seems to change with every sip. Sweet and spicy one moment, tart and dry the next. If you haven't had this one yet you should do so immediately.

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

pours a deep chestnut brown with an offwhite 2 finger deep layer of foamy suds.

the aroma is deeply malted. there's a touch of fruit brandy which warns of the strength. also notes of molasses and bourbon.

on the palate the beer is light and crisp, there's a touch of elegant hops and a slight wave of heat which tingles the nostrils. the palate is clean, yet lightly sweet tasting with heavy caramelized sugar flavors. the finish is refreshing and dry, with more brandied fruit character evaporating off the palate.

mouthfeel is polite. Theres some texture there, and great levels of carbonation. For it's strength, it really retains its balance and remains refreshing, going down a little too quickly.

quite delicious beer, reminiscent in aroma and flavor of many german dopplebocks, though much lighter on the palate. beautifully clean, strong and dark.

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

Pours a dark, dark brown with a crazy thick tan head. The head stays for the session, and while it slowly dissipates it leaves a good deal of lace on the glass.

The aroma is right away fruit - grapes maybe plums. As it warms a little I can detect a small amount of spice.

Taste is quite complex, there is alot going on there, but it's hard to pick out any one thing. I get some fruit, some roast. A little bit of bitterness, but just a little. Body seems medium, very smooth and a little creamy.

Nothing in the aftertaste at all, and the alcohol is completely hidden. I could definitely get into trouble if I had more of these, you certainly don't realize that you're drinking an 8.5% ABV beer.

This is going to be one that I will definitely drink again. It is very pleasant overall, I would open another if I had one right now. And as a bonus, the bottle is way cool also...

Photo of birchstick
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This poured very nicely out of the 750ml bottle. It smelled very sweet, with apples and cherries. It tasted very sweet as well, however it tasted almost candy/syrupyish, making it hard for me to drink all of it. Aside from its drinkability, it was a pretty good beer.

Photo of Gehrig
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great appearance, with two fingers of white froth resting atop a reddish-brown body with ample lacing, excellent. Good smell, not great, with fruits, caramel, and hints of hops emerging. The taste is better--orange peel, cherry, apple and allusions to banana mix very well with spice and some caramel. The carbonation is quite good, neatly gelling the flavors. Highly drinkable, fitting for a very good beverage.

Very impressive, and in my mind the equal of Noel and close to the truly outstanding Tremens.

Photo of pheggeseth
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark cloudy reddish amber, huge tan head that quickly subsides

S: hazelnut, tart fruit, alcohol in the back

T: creamy front, a tart middle, with a caramel end, very nice

M: smooth, almost too much carbonation, slightly watery at the end

D: a little boozy when it's cold, but better when it warms up, crisp finish, tart character is compelling

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

Purchased from Total Wine as soon it became availble for 2007... the back label is notched at the 3 and 7, this is a 330ml bottle. Served at cellar temprature in an oversize snifter on 1/18/08.

Appearance- Deep caramel red, this is a nice looking beer on the pour. The deep beige two-finger head is infused with a reddish hue, and it lingers for about three minutes before settling to a thin film.

Smell- Wonderfully spicy and lush, the nose is inundated right from the start. I'm not sure what these aromas are, but they remind me of something I may have cooked with in the past... it smells like a beer I would have liked to have had on hand for this past Thanksgiving... sort of a cross between a saison and winter warmer. There's even an incense quality here, with big perfumes and oils coming through. Unique as hell, I haven't even tasted this yet.

Taste- Huge malts right away... deep and savory. Although this beer has something of interest to connote, it is unfortunately blocked and cross-checked by a bullying alcohol factor. Suggestions of sweet, dark fruit peek through the

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth, slick, and creamy for most of the tasting... then later it becomes gassier and more expansive in the mouth. Overall a bit of an uneven ride, and definitely not a memorable sampling.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Malone's Bar and grill in Harrisburg, PA. Very strong and powerful beer. taste was great and the color was brilliant. Once again another sipping beer. Not one to drink more than 3 of in a day. It went down smooth and there wasnt a bad aftertaste.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This would be from 06 (marked on the cork). A loud POP starts the beer off. Nocturnum pours with a fluffy light brown head that has some sediment in it, looks like some cinnamon was sprinkled on the foam. Pretty good retention but not the as much lacing as I would like. Has a hazy brownish color thats full of sediment floating around. Not sure why there is so many little floaties but they don't really bother me.

The nose is wonderfully complex. Notes of spices (lots of them), an abundance of dark fruits, alcohol and some yeastiness.

The taste does not let me down. Lots of dark (rum), alcohol filled fruits, yeasty spices, herbal hops and just a touch of sourness.

Photo of dsa7783
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an elegant marble-like white bottle with attractive blue foil and cork, this 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bomber pours a beautiful mahogany brown, ruby-reddish color with a full-five-fingeer gigantic head that simply would not disappear... huge frothiness which almost over-poured the serving glass... really like Delirium Tremens, so had high hopes for Nocturnum, which didn't disappoint... slightly malty, fruity smell wih fig and plum aroma - very appealing, with a dark, brown-sugar, sweet flavor that really burst through... a slight winter-warmer taste with fig flavors pouring through... wonderful flavor, exceptional taste with a great mouthfeel and surprisingly easy drinkability for an 8.5% ABV... Full of cinnamon, butterscotch, and caramel flavors... would never notice the alcohol in this one behind a rich conglomeration of flavors... I could enjoy this brew anyday, a wonderful sample, wish they had it in six-packs, although I wouldn't mind paying $8.99 again for this one... Definitely recommended... just as good as the Tremens, if not better...

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep copper, reddish brown notes in the color and a tan head. In the aroma, a sweet white grape. In the taste, mostly white grape, a touch of dark fruit, and a small alcohol presence. A smooth, bigger bodied mouthfeel and a semi-dry fruity aftertaste. Easy to drink, a nice fruity presence and it hides the alcohol well.

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

Large corked and caged bottle.

Despite taking this out of the cellar, in ideal temperature, 10% of the bottle just poured out immediately upon decorking.
Nonetheless, it filled a Chimay goblet with a reddish brown beer with multiple golden highlights, and a beautiful, thick, well retaining tan head that is so compact it looks like cream; you can barely discern the bubles.
Aroma is mostly spicy, but also has fruity, caramel and chocolate notes.
Full bodied and creamy, the same notes from the nose hit the palate, with a peppery spiciness, sweetish caramel and some fruitiness, along with a note of bittersweet chocolate.
Very good, although the sweetish malt tastes are a little bit overwhelmed by the pronounced spiciness.

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

Pours a deep, cloudy, nutty brown color with amber around the edges and a big creamy light brown head that looks like it wants to stick around for a while.
Bold smells of fruit emanate from this one; red apple for one along with spices and a moderate alcohol aroma.
The taste is lightly sweet and fruity, with some slight malty sweetness. There is some earthy pepper spiciness and a lightly sour fruit finish.
This beer is full and bubbly. Lots of carbonation and noticeable alcoholic presence.
My first BSDA and I'm definitely impressed. Sweet fruit up front and sour fruit in the back, how do they pull that off? Very good beer.

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

Pours a nice ruby brown color with a nice and tight tan head that dissipated into a decent cap. The smell is of slightly roasted malt, brown sugar, and dark fruit esters. The taste is of dark fruit; plums, raisins and perhaps a hint of carob or bakers chocolate. There is some Belgian yeast funk and as well as some wine like characteristics. The feel is moderate and fizzy, finishes pretty balanced, more on the sweet side. A good BSDA that stays within its boundaries. There is no excess alcohol/candi sugar to bomb this brew out like many other BSDAs. Perhaps not the most flavorful BSDA but very drinkable and recommended.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml picked up a the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda, mine from my Kasteel tulip.

Nice 3/4" fluffy lite tan had that leaves behind good lacing... Hazy walnut brown... I may be the only one who doesn't like the faux ceramic bottles; no matter how hard you try, I always get big blobs of yeast in the glass.

Lightly spicy with dark dried fruit.. caramel lite cloves and lite raisins and dried sweet sour cherries.

Big carbonation on a lite/medium body... flavor is exactly like the aroma except with a little musky and metallic notes.. not Delirium's best beer for sure.

I don't know why, but I always want my BSDA's to have a touch more body and alot more flavor.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Maudite snifter. Presents with a generous foamy off-white head with decent retention. Generous lacing that left a viscous ring around the rim. Foam eventually dissipated into a consistent skim with ample Belgian ringlets. Brown in color with hints of red (a little lighter than a plum). Absolutely no light penetration when backlit. Scent of Belgian yeast and dark fruit (plum, raisins and a hint of cherry perhaps. Taste similar to nose with a little bit of tartness and pucker at the finish. Mouthfeel was lively on the tongue with a nice body that was not too watery and not too syrupy. Good drinkability; alcohol was extremely well hidden. A solid example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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

I was lucky enough to get this bottle in a mixed case from a holiday club.

I have not had an opportunity to have anything from the Brouwerij Huyghe yet. To start off, the bottle looks awesome; carved out of stone and filled with fine ale. Pours with a good head that dissipates rather quickly, but gets decent lacing. Red amber in color, thick with lots of sediment.

Crisp apples and oranges in the nose.

Tart slightly sour apple aftertaste. Good carbonation creates a nice fuzzy mouthfeel. Very complex, it feels like someone is playing a game of brickbreaker in my mouth. With everything that is going on, the alcohol is disguised well.

This could be one if the greatest ales I’ve every had.

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

Pours a dark brown that has a lot floating around in it. Nose is just a clump of sugar. And I don't like it. Flavor is yeasty, bitter and funky. Sharp caramel edge on the backside. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it and a typical liquid feel. Overall this is an okay beer. Two years ago I might have been more interested in this beer, but then again, maybe not. With so much other great stuff out there, I don't really see why I should bother with this one here.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice smooth dark caramel color, bright. Decent head on top, lacing was a bit thin.
Aroma of dark chocolate watered down by coffee or tea (seemingly). Some nice yeasts and soft fruit.
Sweet taste, a bit thick. Yeast gives way to the malt. Hops are dormant.
A nice beer. Bottle gives almost No information about the brew. A change in the label design would be appreciated. I didn't know what to expect.

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

2005 on cork.

This one paired well with the dinner roast beef, but all things considered, I was pretty disappointed in it.

I mean, the pour was good, a deep mahogany brown with a foamy tan head perched on top.

Aroma, we’re heading south, just a weak spicy malt. And the quaff? This one seems closer to a American brown ale than a Belgium strong ale. Missing the Belgium yeast taste and any brown sugar cane kick. Just a lightly hopped brown I would say.

Very drinkable, and still decent, just not as flavorful as I expected.

Photo of evanc
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a nice pilsner.

A - It's somewhere between a dark ruby red and a nice mohagony. Nice tan head stayed around for quite a while - luckily I poured it into my 16 oz glass.

S - As everyone has been saying, this smells super fruity but also has great hoppy undertones to it. Has lots of "debris" throughout the drink - as I have heard most great beers do.

T - This is by far one of the best tasting Ales I've had. Maybe because I'm a sucker for sweeter stuff, though this does have a tart apple taste to it as well (the elephant on the front looks a little bittersweet so, eh...). It goes down very easily. Only problem is that it didn't really have an aftertaste. Each new sip I was learning what it tasted like again.

M - The only reason this wasn't a 5.0 was because of the particles in it that I would sometimes feel around in my mouth, but since it went down so smoothly it deserved nothing short of a 4.

Drinkability - I could definitely drink more than a couple at a time but with the decently high ABV (no Dark Lord, but 8.2%), I don't know if that would be a great idea. Will drink again.

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

Hazy deep brown with ruby-red highlights and a creamy tan head. Leaves behind patchy lace and the head has some staying power.

Fruit and alcoholic aroma - tart apple and dark fruit, as well as cane sugar. Some earthy yeast mixed in as well.

Starts sweet with toffee and caramel before tart apple and dried fruit flavors come in. Light herbal notes and finishes with spicy alcohol and lingering candy sugar.

Medium-bodied - smooth and creamy, but thinner than expected. Great drinkability - alcohol stays in check. Solid Belgian.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Delicously dark pouerd a two finger head which stuck around a while.

S- Dried fruits and a faint alchol smell.

T- Caramel, toffee, and dried fruits, a very unique experience.

M- Quite smooth for a 8.5% abv.

D- One is a great treat two tops, but considering the high abv thats not bad at all.

A truly solid belgian experience, at least of what I've had thus far.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: dark brown color, persistent foam
Smell: aromas of caramel, mocha, liquorice
Taste and mouthfeel: soft in the mouth, the bitterness becoming more pronounced as the tasting
Drinkability: a beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale correct, but without further

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 3-2-2008.

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,393 ratings.