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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,466 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,466
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 137
Gots: 346 | FT: 2
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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 prsguitarsr4me
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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 -6.7%
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 +4.5%
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%
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 -9.5%
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%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass. I accidentally poured the whole bottle leaving me with numerous large "floaties" in my glass. Gross.

Appearance: Small white head with a dark brown-black body. No lacing.

Smell/Taste: Much like the Chimay Grande Reserve that I just reviewed previously, accept it has a greater smell/taste of alcohol.

Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Creamy, hazy chestnit-brown brew with a foamy tan head that fails to leave lace.
Warm, spicy nose of cinnamon and cloves, caramel malt, dark apple cider, cola. The mouthfeel is tart and active with fine bubbles, active and alive...conveying a quite wonderfully complex spicy flavor that fulfills the promise of the nose: apples cooked in cinnamon; caramel; cloves; lingering hops make an appearance in the long finish. This is an excellent classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale that evades heaviness with its backbone of crisp tartness.

Photo of surfnebr
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker brown, light brown head (less pronounced in size)

S - Maltier than the Tremens, sweet, roasted apple

T - Malt is present, subtle hops in the finish, sweeter and more roasted taste than tremens.

M - Bigger body, smooth, less carbonation

Photo of Bugsey
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad it was a big bottle because my opinion sure evolved from first sip to final sip.

The first taste was rather tight, tart, metallic, and unfortunately, disappointing. But as it warmed up, the flavor mellowed and the tartness became more musky and more smooth. The roasted malts are spicy but with creamy carmel and dates. Carbonation is rather high; alcohol is very warming.

This is a fine belgian strong dark ale. Higly drinkable, and very memorable. I definitely wanted more an hour later.

Less complex and dynamic than the Chimay Blue.

Photo of adamette
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an off white 330 ml bottle with minimal speckles, just like the one pictured above.

A Generous, impressive, medium to dark brown head over a deep brown body, thick, only a trace amount of light gets through.

S Malt, hops, some alcohol.

T Rounded, complex, matly with some hops.

M Full for sure. This is a "busy" beer with a heaviness to it.

D Good due to its great taste but not great due to the weight of it and the high ABV

Notes: I shouldn't compare this and tremens but I cannot resist. I had the tremens for the first time not long ago. I think that right now I prefer the tremens but both are excellent choices.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle of Delirium Nocturnum is on the menu. This heady beer pours into the glass a dark brown color with amber highlights and off-white foam. The aroma is very appetizing: apple, dark fruit, bubble gum, maltiness, spices with some Belgian yeast mixed in. Creamy and medium-bodied on the palate. The flavor is slightly sweet, with musky maltiness, and earthy spices. There is a distinct tartness that envelopes the entire flavor profile. Alcohol noticeable in the finish and dry at the end. A good Belgian dark ale. Definitely worth a try, especially for lovers of the Belgian style.

Photo of IronCitySteve
1.64/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A: A dark brown/amber color. No lacing and a small white head the quickly disappears.

S: Maybe it is me, but I could not smell much. Which is not typical for this style. Could pick up some sweet fruit smells and some sugar.

T: Like the smell, not much going on. Some sweet apple tastes, but nothing to overwhelming.

M: Lots of carbonation. Too much carbonation. Very thin on the mouth and tongue.

D: Probably would not seek this beer out. Bland and boring!

Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, blood red coloring and sweet apple aroma are very interesting for a brew. A light, fizzy body with apple tart sweetness and sourness with some candy sweets as well. An alcoholic taste underlies the entire experience but doesn't disturb the tartness of the beer. A very interesting, almost psychedelic brew that is an enjoyable as it is trippy.

Photo of scottyshades
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, rich dark color with an off-white head that appears to be quite fluffy. The nose is VERY unique and appeals to me; fruits, malts, bubble gum, and various spicy and sweet notes. Good carbonation and malts.hops balance this beer very well.

Photo of NCBeernut
2.4/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep shades of mahogany capped by a khaki colored foam that slowly bubbles away leaving a thin topping.

Smells of Belgian yeasts and tons of freshly cut pineapple. Also a slight "funk."

Taste: Metallic. Oxidation? This bottle was sealed nicely, as it opened with a nice pop. Does not seem like a handling/storage error. At 8.5% in an opaque bottle, skunking should not be a problem either. This is really bad; I can't even taste anything good.

Mouthfeel: overcarbonated and way too bubbly. Drink a coke and that is kind of what it is like except maybe even more carbonation.

Second drain pour ever.

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 750 ml bottle into a large chalice
a-pours a very dark mahogany color with a thick head very little lacing
s-a melody of cloves, medicine and alchohol
t-a mix of various herbs, heavy on the cloves, followed by a faint sweet flavor
M&D- a medium bodied sipper
overall-a wonderfully complex beer that is fun to drink

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a nice thick and bubbly head that's about three fingers thick, a light tan color with a little lacing. The head remains thick and fully covers the body, and the lacing is more apparent as it warms up. The body is a dark amber color and is filled with carbonation and is very clear. It has a lightly floral aroma to it along with some dark fruits, spices, and alcohol. It has a very spicy taste mixed in with some prunes and is a bit sweet over all; there is also a mild tartness to it. It has a medium body and is smooth on both the flavor and drinkability; I only tasted the alcohol in its aftertaste and it was a mild alcohol flavor too. This is a really good ale, and yes, I will be buying more of it... and soon too!

Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color into my tall glass with a large white head and what seems to be ample carbonation.

Aroma is very rich and malty with only a hint of raisin and spice peeking through in the nose. A bit sweet as well.

The taste is again rich and malty. There are hints of raisin and dark fruits upfront. Seems smooth and chewy as well. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is mainly dry with a hint of raisin at the back of the throat. Not much else going on here.

Drinkability is superb here. Reminds me of an Unibroue offering because of the fact that it's easy to drink and the alcohol is well-hidden. Deceptive. I don't see anything that would make it stand out much more but if you're a fan of this style, do check it out.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a very dark brown - almost black - with a huge three-finger head that eventually diminishes into a decent layer of bubbles on top. Lacing is good but could be better.

Smells like a very good Belgian. A lot of fruit, some earthiness, and a faint alcohol aroma, but it's very pleasing.

Tastes good. Very fruity - figs and the like - with some earthy flavors. Slightly metallic until it warms up, but it goes away quickly. No alcohol until the last few sips.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is a bit too much, but the thickness almost makes up for it. Could be a little smoother.

This is a drinkable beer. Nothing spectacular as far as Belgians go, but it's very solid.

Overall this isn't as fruity as other Belgian Strongs that I've had, but in my opinion that's a good thing. Give it a shot if you haven't already.

Photo of stumac
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is "the beer" that got me turned on to "alternative" beers.

pours a nice, dark brown color with a big, ivory head. the nose is rich malts, hints of maple syrup. on the palate are nice roasty malts, very subtle hops to keep it well balanced. medium to full bodied. very gravy

Photo of gab351
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a Delirium nocturnum snifter at Academie de la Biere in Paris on August 8 2008

Appearance: Very dark mocha brown with 2 fingers head after pour going down quickly to 1/2 finger

Smell: Very strong malt with a slight woodyness. Subtle hop tones and the alcohol sticks out to me a bit

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth like a good stout. Definite coffee notes with what seems like some caramel too. Good amount of carbonation but maybe not too good for this type of brew, but I like my beer to be pretty fizzy.

Overall: Very drinkable for sure. Even though the smell of the alcohol came through, I couldn't taste it one bit, dangerous being 8.5% but nice. Not a summer beer by my terms, but nice for a cool day sipper. Very tasty brew!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge fluffy head, pretty much inevitable despite a careful, patient pour. Glowing burnt ruby/brown with a lot of bubbling racing to become part of the never-dying head. Rocky, foamy head leaves a ton of lace in its wake, but it never entirely disappears and remains sturdy for a long time.

Aroma is baking chocolate, cocoa powder, lots of earth, mineral, weak dessert spice, mild yeast dirtiness. Kind of faint and unimpressive, but not at all bad.

Husky hazelnut is foremost in the flavor, with a liberal layer of graham cracker and bittersweet dark chocolate. This nutty malt sweetness in the foreground is given support thanks to the yeast's peculiar flair. Lightly bitter in the finish, with dark fruits and a little woodiness coming into play with warming. Excellent balance, giving many impressions of sweet things but a completely balanced beer that never gets out of hand on that side. The lightest touch of alcohol warmth seals the deal.

Texture is bouncy and airy, despite a lot of carbonation. Bubble size seems very small which might be giving it a less attacking, aggressive feel. Quite nice.

For the style and ABV, just about as drinkable as it gets. And completely delicious. Another excellent example of Belgium's commitment to greatness.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rich, brown body with a small, creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of toasted biscuits, caramel, a bowlful of candy, and a rather juicy fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet toasty, even bready maltiness with a taste of caramel. Dark candi sugar sweetness present. There's even a little bit of chocolate. Again, it has a prevailing fruitiness with flavors of lightly tart cherries and raisins. Hint of spice. Finishes sweet and cakey with a definite warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation that's a bit prickly.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable. Another delightful member of the Delirium Family.

Photo of MinorThreat
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 12oz bottle

A-Deep brown with a ridiculous head and really good lacing

S-Roasted grain and caramel a bit of Belgian yeast

T-Molasses, raisins, a bit of chocolate. Decently complex

M-Super carbonated, yet still soft. Pretty nice

D-Nice beer, good flavors and body could drink easily. Will revisit, just not brag that I have some in my beer fridge.

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,466 ratings.