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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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867 Reviews

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Reviews: 867
Hads: 2,577
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 160
Gots: 468 | 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 jaredtp
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a really good beer. I enjoyed the taste and the aroma that it had. It has a smooth taste. The taste and smell was not too strong or too light. I enjoyed this beer very much. If tou have never had this beer before you should try it at least once. I know that I will have another one of these beers. (306 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with red highlights and with a huge thick beige head with great retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma with notes of prunes, chocolate, nuts and molasses.
Very nice flavor with notes of chocolate, spices, prunes, figs, grapes, pears and cola. Just a hint of tartness and bitterness. Dry and mildly bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate lively carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv was dangerously masked.
Outstanding beer, tasty and still very easy to drink. Perfectly balancing fruity sweetness with some tartness and bitterness, not a single sharp edge and with enough complexity to make it interesting. And despite its high abv I could have drunk a few bottles. I was expecting a sipper, but you know what, this was actually good.
Not sure why this one tasted so much better than the first I tried a long time ago. (840 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep, dark brownish-red. Thick, foamy head. Fantastic lacing.

S: Faint cola. Plum. Sugars.

T: Dr. pepper'ish. So, I guess prune. Sweet, and Cherry.

M: Highly carbonated. Big body. Crisp.

O: it has been a looong time since I have tried this beer. I like it. Different than I remember. Slightly sweet with hints of raisins and cherries. Tasty. (368 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a retaining one finger head. Dark and malty to the nose with hints of sweetness and coffee. It goes down smooth. Starts sweet and ends malty. The aftertaste leaves a little booziness stuck to the back of your tongue. It's a pretty good beer. Not as great as I would have expected. The taste leaves a little to be desired. Don't get me wrong, it's a solid beer. But it doesn't do enough for me taste wise to warrant an outstanding rating. (461 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an almost opaque yet still clear very dark brownish amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some ruby + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a slightly mottled very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits (cherry and raisin) over the top of lighter aromas of spices and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet dark malts with moderate flavors of dark fruits (cherry, raisin, and prunes) and candi sugar contributing to the sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of spices as well as the distinctive Belgium yeast characteristics. Hints of alcohol and just a touch of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Enough complexity to keep me interested, especially after the beer warms and opens up. Enjoyable and easy to drink though the alcohol could be a little better hidden in my opinion. Definitely an enjoyable beer and one that I grab every once in a while. (1,267 characters)

Photo of ahommell
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 Pint 9.4 oz bottle into Delirium Tremens Chalice. Cork said 2012.

A: Deep Mahogany. small creamy head that falls over time into a sticky creamy head that invites one in for another sip.

S: Plums, Nectarines, Prunes. Dark cherry. Raisin finish. Little to no alcohol. Normally bready Belgian Yeast scent is faint.

T: Little to no hops taste, but is very similar to a Hommel Ale if it lacked the hops. Dark fruits. Alcohol mild but present. Cherries hit in full force around the 3/4 taste. Smooth, yet warm alcohol finish.

M: Fantastic carbonation for the beer. It makes this smooth as all get out. The sticky head can be felt on the tongue late into the aftertaste because of all the carbonation. For style, nearly full marks.

O: Must try. To me, this is one of those Belgian Breweries that one should try all the varieties that can be found. It is a true piece of mastercraft.

Also - The review below me with the 1.9 rating... This is a beer for a seasoned Belgian drinker. It is not a first timer. If you are looking to get into Belgian Quads, Triples, etc. Try Gulden Draak, Piraat, Duvel. All will give you a welcome into the region. Once your "sweet rum tongue" gets used to the flavors exhibited.... the good ones like Rochefort for example... will fill your shelves. (1,296 characters)

Photo of AntonioBeerTona
1.88/5  rDev -52%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you enjoy the taste of bottled of farts from Belgium, then this is the perfect drink for you. I was extremely disappointed with how terrible this drink was. I recently started drinking beers from Germany/Belgium after trying a mixed pack of Stella, Leffe, and Hofbrau. I went to the local Total Wine and Liquor and decided to try a Delirium Nocturnum because of the 97% rating from beer advocate. This was a costly mistake on my part.

The beer smells awful, it almost smells like someones breath after mixing Natty Ice with Popov liquor. It looks great poured out, has a rich red color to it, but it's all a trick. Going down Delirium taste like it smells, and it really does have a European fart taste to it, I swear. Almost as if some one was at the deli the day before loading up on smoked gouda cheese, so they could fart into the vat. It leaves an awful after taste in your throat and on your lips. It makes my throat feel like I was up smoking all night. I did like the bottle it comes in, it has great presentation, which is probably to hide how terrible the beer itself is.

Like I said I have just started drinking beers from Germany/Belgium, I am mostly a Rum drinker myself, I do enjoy Stella, Weihenstephaner, Leffe, and Hofbrau, I just don't understand all the hype behind this brew. It really was awful, it wasn't so bad that I poured it down the sink, but I will definitely stay away from this brew. I chose this over Delirium Noel and will stay away from the Delirium brand of beers from now on. I am now on the last drop from bottle, I was so upset that I paused what I was doing to write this review and warn others. For 5$ a bottle this is just no worth it, it would be worth it for 5 cents a bottle, save your money and try something else out. (1,768 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip. The pour is a bit rushed since this bottle is a gusher, but once I have it under control I get a nice dark reddish-brown beer that's clear as a bell, very effervescent, and sports a big rocky 3 fingers of head that sustains quite well. The nose has lots of sweet bready notes and dark fruits (figs and raisins), but also a somewhat harsh, metallic aroma as well.

The beer is medium-bodied and has a firm feel. High level of carbonation opens up your palate quickly. I get some faint malty notes up front and some fruit notes. The beer has a pronounced grape and wine-like flavor. The beer has a fair amount of dryness to play against the fruit and malt notes.

Interesting beer. It's not sweet and rich like some other beers in this style. It reminds me a bit of Trois Pistoles from Unibroue, only I get no alcohol warmth nor lingering fruity sweetness. A good beer, but not one I'll reach for again. (947 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Super creamy tan and yellow color head. THick and very uniformed thin bubbled with lots of staying power and billowing up off the pour. Body is a a dark mahogany brown, with just a gorgeous ruby red when held up to the light. Quite a bit of clarity in there too and a nice rising middle column of carbonation in center. Just a great looking beer.

Spicy notes of caramel, and sharp clove and nutmeg, with a hot toasty note. Not much sense of malt or even sucrose sensing sweetness either. Just fairly basic and solid. Some faint banana fruit coming in as it warms.

Taste in the palate comes out a little playfully carbonated, not too bad, there's a bit of overly gaseous quality on the finish but the flavors manage to come out. Good amount of fruit but subtle raisin. Big champagne like crispness for the body and a hint of mild sour yeast to match giving a very wine like taste and flavor.

Overall quite a classic and fun beer, haven't had one of these in ages, nice to revisit once again. (1,038 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This holds a sturdy barley like brown coloring with a dense thick foam that set creamily atop until the beer was gone.

The nose was subdued but was at times fragrant. Chocolate malts, barley, dark fruits, cola nut and crabapple were detected.

The flavors are along the lines of the dark fruits with prune, date and raisin. I catch some fig, crabapple, chocolate malt and a bit of barley grain.

The feel is smooth, a little tangy, with little to no alcohol.

Another well crafted beer from Huyghe. (499 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown body with a slight red hue when held to the light. Crowned by a thick, light brown head.

Sweet. Table sugar and light nutmeg. Raisin and hints of cherry. Caramel and distinctive Belgian yeast. A bit of cola. So far, so good.

Here's where it loses me a bit... It's malty and sweet but it has an interesting taste I just can't get past and the best I can come up with to describe it is sour prunes. Dates and figs with a bit of cherry. Plenty of Belgian candies and nutmeg among other spices.

Very smooth and easy to drink. Sweet finish. Light carbonation.

While I encountered some flavors I didn't personally care for, I have a hard time faulting the entirety of this brew since there is a fair amount here to like. Worth trying, but if I want a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, I'll reach for a McChouffe. (867 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ceramic looking bottle 11.2 oz. Poured into Duvel tulip.
Boy beer ("what kind of pathetic drunk do you think I am...slurp, slurp").
Rich malt, semi- sweet with tastefully done yeasty spiciness with hints of pepper.
Huge tan head caps a rather reddish slightly cloudy body. Not quite glowing, but attractive enough.
Definitely a smaller beer than than others in style. Smaller and lighter body and a notch down on richness and intensity. Sort of a BDSA-light. Still get a shot of warmth in the gut though. Clear alcohol flavor, rich malt character with no roast or toast, just sweetness. Boy the very big carbonation really lightens the beer and softness the intensity. Plenty of dryness on the finish. But it is quite thin. Some soft fruit flavors.
Good. (755 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the nifty faux ceramic bottle into a goblet. Color is a murky root beer brown with some reddish tint. Fairly aggressive khaki head that leaves a nice spidery lacing on the glass. Aroma is a well-integrated blend of dark fruits (raisins, dates, cherries), toffee, corn flakes, molasses, clove, hot alcohol. Smells rich and spicy, sweet and only subtly roasted. Semi-chewy or moderately thick body, coats the mouth and leaves a lingering sweetness along with an almost soapy residue. Palate recalls same elements as the nose along with medicinal orange, tobacco, chocolates from one of those mixed boxes (maraschino cherry in particular), wood, floral soap, sesame, light roast or green coffee bean. Wonderfully sweet, nutty, and dessert-like yet the alcohol burn intensifies as the sips accumulate. As good as its lighter and better known stablemate. If I was going to nitpick I'd say that the alcohol is a tad hot and spicy, but my evaluation of this characteristic is partly mood-dependent ... Sometimes the Belgian booze hits that spot square on. (1,060 characters)

Photo of PeterParker
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I know some people like the foil on top, but I had a very hard time getting to the cage through the foil. To each his own. Really cool white bottle though.

Pours dark ruby that lets a miniscule amount of light through. Finger of head with tight bubbles and good lacing.

Belgian yeast, dark fruits, plums and raisins, bit of booze, and has some malty goodness as well.
Sweet and yeasty up front, burnt biscuit mid mouth. Some caramel notes thrown in there. Slightly sour on the back end which wasn’t expected. Biscuit and alcohol aftertaste.

Thick and full. Rich and filling with high bubbly carbonation.

Overall a very good Belgian Dark. Sets itself a part with the slight sourness and has a really nice mouth. (717 characters)

Photo of RVigz
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish hue and a medium dark head.

Smell: Dried dark fruit with hints of alcohol and grapes or raisins.

Taste: Sort of similar to the smell with plums, grapes and raisins with a sweet alcohol hint and malty yeast with the finish of dried darker fruits.

Mouthfeel: As of all delirium, this beer is extremely drinkable and has the perfect carbonation for an exceptionally smooth beer.

Overall: Delicious grape and plum hints with a dark yeast and sweet alcohol finish. (499 characters)

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

33cl Bottle taken in The Red Rose, Brugge on 1st Feb 2014.

Time for bed after a day of drinking and this as my nightcap, pink elephants and sweet dreams await me: some heavy snoring too, claims the wife.

The actual beer isn't as wonderful as all the hype would have you believe. It's good, but not that good.

It does pour an interesting dark brown with a red hue in strong light (something The Red Rose is lacking in), the head a beige blanket of foam.

Interesting aromas and taste, sweet malty molasses rule the roost with all the flavours dominated by the strength and depth of them. They have hoofed in some spices to make it different from other brews in this style and it's rich enough body wise too: there just seems to be something unbalanced and wrong somewhere. Maybe the alcohol level is too high for me or it lacks a subtle bitterness most in this type of brew usually have. (890 characters)

Photo of JimiO
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown / amber... slightly cloudy... looks heavy

Musky on the nose... malty... two dimensions of fruit... scent of both prune and green apple

Very dry... fairly hoppy... other taste characteristics/flavors seemed very subtle... raisons, burnt toffee, coriander, dark apple cider

In the mouth it felt vey light for a Belgian Ale... well carbonated

Fairly disappointed with this one... I like Belgian Ales in general (422 characters)

Photo of buzzardman
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Sweet, rasiny

Appearance: Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown/black, looks and pours like a Coke.

Flavor: Malt with a light yeast, very slight hints of cherry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body, highly carbed with a dry finish.

Overall: OK beer, nothing really stands out about it, well made but overall kind of bland. $12.49 for 750ml bottle. (362 characters)

Photo of youknowmyname
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odor: Smells of caramel, and dark fruits like dates and prunes. Some pear and apple smell as well.

Pour: A deep chestnut brown with a large creamy mocha colored head. Lightly filtered. Long lasting lace.

Taste: Medium body, High carbonation. Can taste the sweet candied fruits right off. Dates, pears, plums, and apple spiced with coriander and brown sugar. Flavor changes to a slight malt taste with a hint of toffee on the finish. Very buttery on the initial drink but carbonation dries out the palate on the finish to leave the aftertaste of the candied fruits and malt. Fantastic!

The Belgians do it again! This is a wonderful beer. Very complex and full of flavor. This is a sipping beer as you want to enjoy it. And you best as it is very highly priced. You can tell that this is a craft beer that the brewer put everything into. I look at this the same way I would look at a meal prepared by a professional chef; bordering on art. I can't say that I will buy this very often, mainly due to the price, but would love to share with some friends. (1,058 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for $3.50

Appearance – Murky brown colour with a smaller than average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some banana. There is also some grapes/raisins and a yeasty spiciness.

Overall – Another flavourful and very drinkable beer from this brewer. There is some great fresh grape juice flavour going on and the booze is very hidden. (637 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a tulip at cellar temperature. My little bottle did one of those "gradual gushes" that I was able to see rising and prevent overflow.

Pours a somewhat murky ruby-mahogany hue with a two-finger light beige head topping things off. Good foam retention. It's clear enough that I can see a bunch of sediment being rolled in circles by the energetic carbonation. Held up to the light, it's kind of like watching a lava lamp. That's pretty cool. Haven't seen a beer do this before.

It smells to me like ripe bananas, apples, and cherries. Very fruity. Some dried fruit smells like raisins or prunes, too.

Tastes fruity and tart, as the aroma lets on. Think tart cherries. There also might be a touch of roastiness and earthy vanilla in the finish.

The feel is very light, even for a Belgian ale. Maybe a bit TOO light.

This is an interesting one. I'll say that much. Kind of like fruity soda in some ways. (918 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, dark brown...maybe I shoudl describe it as black with brown highlights. Nice 1/2" head quickly faded into foamy residue on top. Good lacing.

Smell 4.25: Gorgeous. Sharp bouquet that hits the nose once one is withing a good six inches of the beer. I detect smoked grains, burnt caramel, noble hops and lovely Belgian yeast along with a cellar mustiness. Truly a wonder.

Taste 4.25: Front is somewhat dry, with the taste of dark caramel and -around the edges of the palate-- a certain smokiness. Middle is where a wave of treacly sweet malt seeps in and then disappears. Then -remarkably and almost instantaneously-- a wave of dryness along with a taste of noble hops sweeps in and cleanses the palate. Finish is in the back of the palate and features a mildly sweet dose of malt that quickly fades into dryness and tastes of raisins, smoke and grains. Aftertaste is short at first, but then the taste of smoked grains pops up on the tongue for a remarkable and long aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 4.0: The smoothness of this beer is wonderful as is the medium-high level of carbonation.

Overall 4.25: Just a fantastic, multileveled, sensory experience. Smooth, complex and ultimately both warming and satisfying, this is a beer for sipping and savoring. One of the best Belgian Darks I have ever had the pleasure to taste. Highly Recommended. (1,412 characters)

Photo of shacawgo24
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Raisin brown. Leather brown. Dirty khaki head. Dissipates quickly. A top cover of thin bubbly foam percolates like a volcano. Faint lacing.

S-Cherry. Malty. Grape skins. Cherry-almond. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Cider. Molasses. Vanilla liqueur.

T-Chocolate covered cherry candy. Malty. Bready. Syrupy. Molasses. Almonds. Nutmeg. Craisins. White sugar. Liquid baking vanilla. Spiced oak bourbon whiskey. Like liquid fruitcake.

M-Spritz-y. Soda bubble qualities. Lovely carbonation gives a warming finish. Crisp and thin body. Thickens. Gets very sticky. Slightly watery syrup in feel when warmed. Oily better way to put it.

O-A slow sipper. Tasty. A must try. Would only buy here and there, it is an acquired taste. A bit sour. Too many raisin, cherry aftertastes going on that feel like said fruits were dipped in spiked molasses. Very sweet. I really like the look, so bold and dark with ruby highlights. A head isn't needed. Sips like liqueur. And the fuzzy, bubbly sensation on tongue and down the chest is amazing. Warming. (1,026 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-mahogany brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-bready malt, chocolate, toffee, spices, yeasty, dark fruit

T-raisins, plums, chocolate, toffee, brown bread, spices, yeast, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-enjoyed the mix of flavors, especially the yeast and spices, great sipping (333 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single 330ml bottle from Wegman's on 11/17/13.

Poured into a goblet, served between cellar and room temp.

Appearance:Coca Cola Brown with a gushing head of light brown sugar foam. Nice lacing.

Aroma of rich malt, nutty yeast, a touch of molasses. yummy.

mouthfeel: medium average.

taste: figs, brown sugar

notes: may not be as complex as Delirium Noel but it is tasty with a great aroma. (403 characters)

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.