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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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2,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,245
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 109
Gots: 213 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-12-2001)
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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from a corked and caged 750ml 2005 bottle:

Appearance: This beer pours a murky mahogany brown with about an ½” of head with decent lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: The nose is a lot like fermented bananas and fruitcake.

Taste: The taste is a deep malty preserved fruit flavor with overtones of winter spices. It’s an interesting beer overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a bit of fizzyness.

Drinkability: I liked this beer but it didn’t stand out in the crowd. I’d easily have another but I’d prefer so many other Belgian beers.

TheEclecticGent, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tall weizen glass:

Appearance: The brew poured a deep, dark, reddish hue with a cream colored head that stacked up high but whithered away about the same speed it rose,settleing to just a quarter inch wisp floating on top.Very little laceing.Whoops! Must have gotten a bit happy on the pour, because there is alot of yeast floaters inside.

Smell: Has that typical Belgian yeast smell blended with a candied sour apple and even little cranberry scent can be detected.Just a touch of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: The Belgian taste is still amist along with that candied sour apple.No cranberry in the taste, but you can definitely catch a sample of some dark fruits playing a role.The alcohol is little more abrupt on palate than the nose, but not too potent.Carbonation is good.This beer seems to be very quaffable.

Mouthfeel: At first splash, I sence a slick oily substance that slips itself into depths of the unknown.Not cloying at all, very smooth and easy to drink kind of beer.As many floaters that I have in my glass I haven't felt one brush by.So I guess thats a good thing.

Drinkability: This was a very good brew, I could see myself buying a couple bottles to age one year see how it turns out.Worth a try in my book.


cheers2beers, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is dated April 2004. As I am relatively new to Belgian beers, I posted on if I should drink this or let it age. Most folks say drink it now…peer pressure…what can you do?
330 ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A—pours a cloudy raison color with a ½ inch tan head that quickly fizzles away, no lacing is left whatsoever

S—fruity and nutty, a little sweet caramel as well

T—starts sweet and finishes bitter and dry, mild alcohol taste, can taste a touch of caramel, too

M—a little slick and fizzy with medium body

D—wonderfully different IMHO, would love another. The bottle is fun…reminds me of the scene in Dumbo where Dumbo gets drunk (accidentally) and sees “Pink Elephants on Parade”…I have a kid, so I have watched the movie many ,many times. A great beer that everyone should try at least once.

hanco005, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of murrayswine
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured, ironically enough, into my Delirium tulip.

Pours a dark ruby with a plush head and laced sides.
The smell is mocha, caramel, candied sugar, and dark fruits.
The taste is deep withy ruddy dark fruit and chocolate. Good yeast balance masks the alcohol. the mouth has a slight tingle; good carbonation.
All in all, very quaffable.

murrayswine, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of Freshie
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very large head. A little too large. Laces nicely. The aroma is alittle funky, I was not pleased.

The taste is very earthy and has a caramel finish. The alcohol makes itself known in the aftertaste.

It's a very well constructed ale, and as Belgian Strong ales go it is very good, but this style is not usually my favorite. It is very drinkable however.

I think further cellaring and conditioning may bringout a better flavor.

Freshie, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of Graebner
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a gorgeous beer. Pours a dark dark brown, about the colour of maple syrup, barely translucent with a large (3 fingers) head that slowly diminishes over the course of ten minutes or so.

Smells like a fruit basket doused in alcohol and sitting in a smoky room. Hints of citrus and ink.

The taste is unique and intense. Initially a mouthful of alcohol pungence and some bread dough. Hints of bergamot, particularly in the finish, reminding one of Earl Grey tea. Also a bitterness in the back of the mouth, like an unripe persimmon, but not as intense. Not cloying, but the smoky flavor and a dry (persimmon bitter) feeling linger for several minutes after the last sip.

Feels initially quite alcoholic but quickly gives way to warm slightly oily feeling. Nominal carbonation on the front of the tongue but it disappears very rapidly. Feels dry on the finish but the flavor remains for a while.

Not something I'd like to drink all night long, but thats because of its intense flavor and severe ABV.

Graebner, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A; Dark murky brown, half-inch tan head, leaves a nice foamy ring in the glass.

S: Tarty, raisiny, alcoholic, a bit spicy and a hint of licorice.

T: Also tart, with raisin/fruit and hints of chocloate and coffee in the finish.

M: Fairly rich and somewhat thick, decent carbonation.

D: Not enough sweet and sour balance in the malt flavors. I liked it but its not the kind of brew you would drink many of in a row.

bennetj17, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of Mitchel
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delirium Nocturnum pours a dark, slightly cloudy brown. The head is just slightly off white and holds for a long time. The lacing on this one is good. It smells like fruit, lightly toasted grains and alcohol.

This beer goes down creamy, smooth and tastes like apples. It is fruity and a little tart. It finishes relatively dry and a little bready. The carbonation in this one is just right and the malt is excellent.

This is a fine example of a Belgian strong dark ale. It is very well balanced. Although it can be a bit pricy, it is a nice treat every now and then.

Mitchel, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of lpayette
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a ruby amber with a tannish head that doesn't hold.

Smells strongly of sweet malts, some well hidden alcohol.

Tastes of caramel, apples, almost a coffee flavor, with a pinch of hops. Some indiscernible fruitness besides the apple mixed in as well. Finally there are some medicinal notes as well. Overall the taste is pretty complicated.

Surprisingly smooth in nature.

While the taste was quite complicated I found that it wasn't the best combination of tastes... from the smell I expected this to taste a lot better. In the end however, all these tastes were fighting a battle over my palate and I couldn't really enjoy this beer like I though I was going to.

lpayette, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i love belgian beer. and i rather liked this one. can't really say much more than that...

appearance: nice and dark purple and brown. nice head, and decent lacing.

smell: plums and booze. lovely... lovely.

taste: the smell gives it away. if you're lookin for something different in a belgian, well you missed here. if you're lookin for a good belgian, then you came to the right place. dark fruity overtones, with a hint of alcohol in the finish.

mouthfeel: almost too carbonated, crisp, yet malty. not quite robust, not exactly light either. smooth, clean finish.

drinkability: pretty average. one bomber would do. 2 and you may find yourself a little too spun.

overall i recommend this one. it has been added to my "in the mood for a belgian" list.

bitterdestroyer, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poursed a dark sienna color and left a small head that disappated quickly, the smell of this beer is dried fruit (plum,apricots, and raisin). As I tasted this beer the malty character came to the front, sweet with a small amount of bitterness that finished smooth with a fruit dose on the palate.

Franchise, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of Dmann
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a medium brownish color with a nice off white head that faded after a couple minutes into a slight foam around the edges of the glass. The smell was great with some sour apple scents along with spices and a touch of alchohol. I loved the dry taste of this beer mixed with just the right ammount of malt sweetness and spice to balance it out. The sour apple flavor reappeared in the middle of this beer and finished nice and dry so I could not wait for the next sip. A great beer and definantly worth the price.

Dmann, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of Matthew
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 2004 bottle that I drank. The beer poured out of the bottle a very dark brownish color with a big whitish fluffy head.
Aromas consisted of grapes, plums, figs and a sweet alcohol aroma but the aromas werent as pronounced as I expected.
Nice taste consisting of many of the same aromas that I experienced. There was a tartness to the taste but I found this particular beer although tastey far less flavorful that most belgian strong dark ales. Like I said not bad but much more bland than most.
Has a nice thick and creamy mouthfeel and is very drinkable at 8.5abv. I'd pick this up again but have had better belgian strong dark ales.

Matthew, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours to a dark ruby brown color with a nice effervescent tan head. The fine bubbles eventually fizzle out and form a ring around the glass with a thin patchy film covering the liquid. The lacing is none too impressive.

The aroma contains a very solvent-like aroma. Smells like a cleaning product. I was worried I didn't fully rinse out my newly cleaned tulip, but I took a whiff directly from the bottle, as well as a little taste, and concluded the off-flavor definitely isn't coming from the glassware.

The taste is only slightly better. Not as solvent-like, but still doesn't particularly seem right. Has a dirty, nutty malt flavor to it along with some sweet candi sugar.

The mouthfeel is dry and has a bit of a metallic finish. Not too drinkable at all. I think I possibly got a spoiled bottle. I will try another from the batch and probably more from future batches, but I don't particularly want to seek out another source for it.

neonbrown82, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich amber with hints of ruby when held to the light.

Smell: Some musty notes, but not much in the way of aroma on this one.

Taste: Wow, big dark fruit flavors, mostly raisins, accompanied by the big musty taste and a nice, well-balanced malty finish. Almost too complex for me to describe. The alcohol makes it's presence known at the end, but is nicely complemented by the flavors of the brew.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a bit much for a second or two, but it fades out nicely into a smooth, malty foam. Medium-bodied brew that finished clean.

Drinkability: The fact that the alcohol makes itself evident keeps me sipping, but otherwise a very drinkable brew. I shared this bottle with a friend, but I could have taken the whole bottle solo.

Very nice, complex, interesting brew. I had seen this one countless times and I finally gave in and tried it. The complexity and the ways that it changes from beginning to end make it a very interesting, tasty brew that I would highly recommend.

jamesdergen, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Huge head that's refusing to decline. It started to bubble over the glass, or seemed like it was going to, with all the carbonation pushing the head up from the middle of the glass. Once the carbonation settles the head looks a bit thicker, an off-white slight tan color, crazy lacing, thick and clumpy. Color's a beautiful dark amber.

Smell: Vinous grape and apple skin with some alcohol at first. Then some candi sugar, slight vinegar, and hints of some darker fruits, cherries, dark berries. Maybe even some melon faintly also. Almost puckering in the nose, if that makes any sense, which I like.

Taste: Initial twang of almost a lambic (or a geuze rather?) at first, which wasn't expected. Vinous characteristics and dark fruit come through first, with a vinegary burst of alcohol, then some dark fruits linger on the tongue upon the finish. Also the faintest bit of hops too on the tongue?

Mouthfeel: A little too much carbonation's felt at first, but it's really odd because upon the swallow it's not creamy necessarily, but the spritzy nature balances well with the fuller body of the beer. Hard to explain, but a bit different and I dig it.

Drinkability: I think this is my choice over Delirium Tremens (as the Noel I haven't had) for the pink elephant Belgian brews. Considering the hype surrounding Delirium Nocturnum, its expectations have been met as far as I'm concerned. Surely a great example of the style.

asabreed, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of klewis
2.6/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle, 2005 vintage

A: Pours a dark mahoghany with a tan three-finger head.

S: Strong aromas of raisins, vanilla, and port with hints of chocolate. Very nice.

T: Poured it cold, tasted nothing. So I waited for it to warm, but to no avail. There is some kind of taste, but it is too subtle and fleeting to be able to identify. There isn't a bad taste, but rather nothing at all but perhaps a slight oxidized taste and a hint of Belgian yeast. Very disapointing after the wonderful smell.

M: Medium bodied and overly carbonated. Feels like sandpaper on the tongue.

D: After the great experience I had with Delerium Tremens, I was really looking foward to this one. Oh well. I'm hoping I got a bad bottle, so maybe I'll try this one again.

klewis, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours out of a big 750ml into my Maudite glass.It creates a foamy tan head on a deep brown beer with a touch of gold when held up to the light.

The lacing is terrific, the carbonation fine. The smell is a roasted toasted version of the Tremens strong pale ale model. Bananas prunes and plums and some sweet maltiness.

The first taste is dark bakers chocolate bar. The middle alternates between a fruity raisin quality and a brandy sort of cask-aged flavor, but quickly the full body of this beer takes over. The hydrogen peroxide -esque carbonation fills your whole mouth and at the end you are left with a a dry aftertaste of what can best be described as the flavor of chocolate covered espresso beans.

This beer is like being with your girlfriend at a nightclub. You take her beauty for granted because it is so subtle, and look at other women; but then she slaps your face and smiles, saying look at me-she commands your attention. will not be shared or ignored. Thats the way this beer is.

andjusticeforale, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color that looks like it is pretty cloudy…or there are a WHOLE BUNCH of bubbles rising. There was a thick creamy three inch head of light tan bubbles after a reserved pour. The head started getting “holes” in it, and looked like it was only going to be with me for a couple minutes. Not really any lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: There is a very dry earthy aroma noticeable at first along with some reserved spices. There is some plum and raisin notes noticeable as the head falls a bit. As it warms a bit, you can pick out some chocolate and roast in the background. This beer really benefits from warming up a bit. As it warms, the spices are taking on an entirely new contribution, and the chocolate is also making a much more assertive character.

Taste: The beer is surprisingly lighter in flavor than the aroma would suggest. There are some assertive malty notes along with many esters. Lots of fruit like plums, apples (red and green) are noticeable pretty much the entire profile, along with some nicely subtle spicy notes. The finish is a bit toward the dry side, and makes it seem like there is a bit of candy sugar in here. There is only a slight warming noticeable in the back of the throat after drinking. I don’t notice the hops in this one.

Opinion: I think that this is a pretty good beer. It has an interesting balance of malt and spice. It also warms up very well. I tend to like the darker, richer beers better in this style, but this one has plenty of depth to the flavor. I would prefer a bit more rounding of the darker malts to bring this beer to life.

SkeeterHawk, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. Painted glass bottle, faux porcelain looking bottle, received from the very generous Px2Grafx in Beer and Gear BIF.

Appearance: Now there's a good looking beer, about 1" of head, cloudy maroon body, visible carbonation. The head fades to a bumpy, uneven surface slowly.

Smell: Tart, funky belgian yeast, citrus, plums, alcohol, raisins, spices.

Taste: Balanced between sweet and dry, funky yeast. Alcohol and raisin, dark fruitiness and some citrus. Tart all the way through, which finishes hiding the hops finish.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, fitting well with the style.

Drinkability: A very good beer, but lacks the complexity and the polished nature of the very good belgians.

TastyTaste, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a very fluffy 2" head. Some mild lacing develops. Aroma is a simple, yet a pleasant combination of caramel and yeast. The flavor is of caramel, plums, raisins, pumpernickel bread, yeast and alcohol.

Medium / heavy in body. Mouthfeel was lightly crisp at the start, and mostly smooth during the finish. The flavors ride the tongue long into the aftertaste.

Nicely drinkable - a perfect nightcap brew.

Gavage, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of frazbri
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. Deep, somewhat murky brown body, topped by a large rocky tan-cream color head. Fruity aroma of raisins and chocolate. Dates and apples are the predominant flavor, very minimal bitterness. Medium body and spritzy carbonation, and dry finish.

This is a pretty solid ale, but is a little sweeter than I prefer. If you like belgian ales, its worth a try.

frazbri, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750 poured into a chalice. The cork has 2005 stamped on the side.

Deep reddish brown with a light tan hea that keeps reching for the sky. It pushes a little over the rim, but slowly falls in upon itself under its own weight. Beautiful lace.

Dark fruits, sugars, a little booze and some chalky yeast in the nose.

Raisins, candy sugars, toasty malts, some booze. The alcohol isn't unpleasant, but it does seem to take something away from the other flavors. Not very balanced. The mouth is thinner than hoped for and could use some help.

Not a bad beer, but in this price range you can do better.

ypsifly, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out dark amber. slight tan colored head, low head. No noticeable lacing. Smell of fig, bread, some graininess. Tastes of grape, fig, earthy, some pepper resemblance in the back of the throat in the finish. Malty, with some fruitiness ( cherries, grape jumped out at me). Moderate carbonation leaves tingling in throat. Some what dry in the finish. Overall a very nice drinkable beer, not too high alcohol, nice aroma, taste, mouthfeel. Highly recommend

amatuerbeerguy, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of thechaacster
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours cola brown, with a big, big, creamy, tan head. Complex aroma of red wine grapes, dark bread, and significant alcohol. The taste is hard to compare to anything else. The grape taste is dominant, reminding me of grape juice but with a medicinal cough syrup quality that was weird at first sip but grew on me quickly. The malts become dominant, with a nice dark caramel character. The alcohol is strong, and will quickly warm your throat. Like its paler sibling, this is a big, unique beer that takes some getting used to, but it's very rewarding and incredibly complex. Buy it if you find it.

thechaacster, Sep 15, 2005
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 2,245 ratings.