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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Reviews: 872
Hads: 2,608
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 22.53%
Wants: 161
Gots: 482 | 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 Kuaff
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of fx20736
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of delta490
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- a dark cloudy brown, with a big foamy cappuccino head. Nice retention and lacing left on the tulip glass

S- sweet dark fruit (cherries, raisins) and little whiff of spice

T- big malt dominates, with the aromas notes present, but more in the background than the aroma. A nice yeast presence as well

M-pleasant. Not too thin but not too heavy considering its big flavors

O- a delicious, complex, full flavored Belgian Strong Dark Ale

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C ceramic bottle poured into my FW snifter glass – split two ways
Notes taken on 10/26/13

A: Dark cola brown body with a lumpy half finger worth of khaki cream on top. Modest stay power from the head leaving behind some light alcohol veins and dots of stick.

S: The aromas are faint and smell mostly of some dusty minerals. I get a bit of toasted bread, dried fruits, and caramel malts, mixed with a little Belgian yeast character. Hints of that traditional coriander, pepper, and clove spice albeit very soft and pleasantly engaging.

T: Taste is a deliciously complex mix of dark malts, candi sugars, and yeast leading with brown breads and dried fruits like fig, currants, and sour cherries. There is an overall dark toffee sweetness but this beer stays light and never cloying. Some restrained milk chocolate, licorice, and Belgian yeast subtleties of coriander spice, clove, and peppercorns round out the finish. The alcohol barely even presents itself for such high ABV with just a light warming and there is a low perceived amount of bitterness to the beer. The hops and alcohol start to awaken as the beer warms. Smooth and complex balance of flavors.

M: Surprisingly frothy and light on the tongue with a seemingly higher level of prickly carbonation. Moderate heft from the malts but airy with a smooth clean finish.

D: A truly World class brew! A delicious mélange of dark malts and complex yeast character with a great balance and smoothened mouth feel. Highly recommended.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/7/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, pepper, coriander, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big brown bread, pear, apple, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, chocolate, cocoa, coriander, licorice, pepper, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of brown bread, light fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, coriander, pepper, clove, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity and balance of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a from bottle into a tulip glass - dark red/brown, slightly off white delicate bubbles lacing the glass, with fine steady effervescence.

S: raisin, prune, dark fruit, hint of yeast

T: Malty, sweet fruit forward almost like a sweet port/sherry, followed by an astringent, and palate cleansing hop with clean finish

M: excellent mouthfeel, malty without being syrupy, clean finish

O: Come the cold days of fall and winter, this is my go to beer to chase away the cold. Excellent overall.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Gusmotel
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ah. . . The Classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale with the pink elephant. One of my favorites and I don't recall ever having had the opportunity to drink it from the tap.
Appearance: A Dark Reddish Bloody Hue. A small amount of head that dissipated quickly. Mild lacing.
Aroma: Where to begin. To say that this beer is complex is an understatement. Fruity, earthy, yeasty, and alcohol are all apparent. Light hints of spice seem to top it off.
Taste: Even more complicated then the aroma. The beer is thick and creamy on the tongue. Bold fruit flavors settle down into a sweeter candied chocolate taste. Varying flavors and tastes keep you guessing. After swallowing, the aftertaste chases the primary down your throat leaving a slightly sticky dry feeling. It immediately makes you want to take another sip and see what else you can taste. Pin pointing what's going to come across the palate is like a Where's Waldo book.
Overall: Happy to finally get this on draught and it did not disappoint. An ideal Strong Dark from Belgium.

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Photo of janubio
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle. brwon colour, with a big whtie head that does not hold for too long, but leaves a good lace. Smell of chocolate, dried fruits (figs, plums), liquorice, cherries and spices. Surprisingly, the body is not as strong as I was hoping. Taste is the same as smell; dried fruits, chocolate, spices and liquorice. It reminds too of some liquor that Ican't remember now. One that I can repeat, and hoping it will be soon.

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Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, chunky reddish brown with a medium tan head. Nice lacing though. Smells of ripe plums. The taste begins with a hint of toffee, then a big apple juice flavor, then some toasted bread, and a tart, yet dry finish. Rich, pleasing mouthfeel. Overall A very good BSDA.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

HAd to re-rate this. I have been in Korea for a year and the beer selection isn't great but I found this in a bar in Busan. I hadn't had it in a couple years but I was psyched to see a Delirium beer so I ordered it and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I had come to think of it as a great beer that can;t really compare to Delirium Tremens but my tastes have been leaning more towards dark beers lately.

Pours cola black with a coffee colored head that sticks around. A really pretty beer.

Smells fruity with some chocolate notes.

Tastes like dark fruits with just the right amount of sweetness but there is a slight boozy flavor that isn't over powering at all.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and almost creamy. very nice

Overall- A really nice dark Belgian ale. Not the least bit surprising given the brewery.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a reddish chestnut brown. The nose offers up an array of bright fruit notes typical of the style. The taste is not surprisingly fairly boozy with fruity and candy notes dominating. It's surprisingly easy drinking and light-bodied for its ABV.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pour is clear dark brown with a tall, really tall beige, compact head. Dissipation is slow and leaves lacings galore.

S: Dark malt, somewhat sweet. Lots of fruits; red apples, pears and cherries. Yeast!

T: Sweet, dark malts, a bit medical. Cocoa and some coffee. Cherry kernel bitterness. Yeasty. Rich in fruits; red apples, pears and ripe oranges.

M: Aftertaste is rather short and mostly sweet. Body is full, while the low carbonation makes this a very smooth experinece. The alcohol is quite obvious.

O: A nice beer, kind of typical for the style.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delirium Nocturnum has a thin, egg shell, root beer like head, a clear, light reddish-brown appearance with numerous visible brown chunks suspended throughout. The aroma is of a milk chocolate candy bar and mild brandy wine. The taste is of figs, Three Musketeers bars (milk chocolate and nougat), wood, barley malt, and sugar. There are other flavor notes, but I can’t place them. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and very carbonated, and Delirium Nocturnum finishes semi-dry, rich, sweet, and fairly drinkable. This beer is not the least bit cloying and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall, I find it interesting and enjoyable.


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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with a sand-colored/khaki-colored head, about a finger thick with good retention. A simply beautiful brew. Just the right amount of translucence -- not entirely clear, but not murky or dirty.

S: Some fruity notes -- namely dried stone fruits like apricot. Perhaps a bit of citrus. Light hops and caramely malt. Agitation provokes the alcohol. A little bit of cocoa in the finish, but it is very subtle. I think the alcohol masks the potential, though.

T: Cocoa is the first taste I picked up on the palate. The hops and the fruit slide in after the initial malty cocoa phase. The aftertaste is a bit yeasty with only an afterthought of the fruit. The fruit is definitely more in the smell than in the flavor. Lingering spice in the prolonged aftertaste.

M: This is a bit more carbonated that I would like, but the mouthfeel is still pretty nice. It bubbles up on the palate immediately.

O: This is a fine beer, but I'm not convinced that this is as good as it has been talked up to be. Definitely worth the money and definitely worth the try. Good beer.

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Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Looks a bit like dark pond water. The yeast flakes are so enormous, that it really looks like a pond. Initially lots of head but quickly dissipates to nothing. Dark cola in color with nearly zero rising carbonation.
S: intense, nostril opening, fruity, sweet whiskey, but it really most resembles a tootsie roll.
T: a more intense dubbel, but not as heavy. relatively tart.
M: Low carbonation
O: Pretty good. Flavor certainly shifts as it warms up. But overall, pretty nice.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle that's definitely brown but has an egg shell off white covering over it with small purplish specs on the off white cover. Bottle is foiled in purple. Label is like other Delirium brews. Very circusy/psychedelic style art to it. Lots of crazy colors going on with the purple and eggshell off white. Light blue and golden yellow swirls behind a pink elephant lol. It's a remarkable looking bottle. Poured into a Belgian style balloon glass(a fat stemmed tulip)

A - deep ruby red color with a tan colored head that has decent size going on the pour. Settles to a ring of lace that's not that bad until finally fading away to just a swirl of nearly nothing. Moderate stick to the walls of this balloon glass.

S - dark fruit all over. Plum and raisins with small hints of lighter fruit such as soft apple. Belgian style yeast aroma is solid and enjoyable. Aroma has some caramel sweetness and an earthy character in the backdrop.

T - bit hit of dark fruit with a little more apple than the nose suggests. Dark fruit is brilliant. Something that's somewhat like chocolate paired with a weird caramel presence. Belgian yeast remains and really steels the show. Alcohol flavor is there more so in the finish with a unique Belgian Spice throughout the flavor.

M - medium bodied and an almost creamy feel. A lot thicker in the mouth than I'd have given it credit for going in. Smooth in the mouth and enjoyable.

O - I love the bottling and labeling of Delirium brews and this ale backs all that Belgian brilliance up. A must try for any Belgian ale fanatic. Ill drink this any time. There are better Belgian strong dark ales, but this is a fine Belgian dark ale and has a freaking pink elephant on an egg shell bottle and purple foil. This is Belgian at some of its best. Delirium beers are something no beer lover should miss

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Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£3.89):
Dark ruby to brown with a thumb sized, bubbly tan head on top that also has touches of brown. Retention is very good considering it's 8.5%.

Light hops with a tonne of grape and some lighter fruits including apples and berries. There is some peach too and a bubbly, lively aroma with some sweetness, caramel and sugar.

Again hoppy and again a lively beer with some light fruits consisting mainly of grapes with some peach and apple in the mix too. The beer is a lot lighter than I had imagined before trying it and it was pretty sweet too with some caramel malts and cherries towards the end.

Smooth beer with moderate carbonation and good drinkability on top of a lively body that is about medium. There is some nice sweet fruits and a dry & tarty finish,

Very nice with a great, smooth feel that went down easy considering the high alcohol content and had some very pleasant fruit touches. Not quite as good Delirium Tremens but a very good beer none the less and one that I'm likely to pick up again at some point.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Style/abv: strong dark ale/8.5%

Smell: caramel, orange zest, and chocolate

Taste: bitter chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, dried apricots, and a touch of caramel and cane sugar

Pairs very well with Dutch apple and berry pies; it also goes very well with baby back ribs and mashed potatoes

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Photo of ssmack
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beautiful dark reddish brown colour with ruby highlights. 3 inches of head consisting of large bubbles that gradually lowers. Not a lot of lacing.

There is a strong cherry and bread aroma. The smell of plastic appears as the ale warms.

The taste follows the smell. Cherry fruitness and the taste of maple wood. Lots herbs in there. Perhaps tarragon. Some yeast in the taste too.

Smooth feel but slightly watery for a Belgian strong ale. Very dry and tarty.

Overall an interesting, complex dry Belgian dark ales.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured from a bottle into a glass and had a full 3 inch head for about 5 minutes. It eventually settled to a 1/2 inch head that leaves moderate lacing against the glass.

The smell is interesting and complicated. I smell sweet, pungent fruit up front (raisins or plums) which mixes quickly with roasted, dark barley like a stout. Those two aromas are followed quickly by slightly bitter spices - like pumpkins spice and hops mixed together.

Taste is just as unique and very similar to the smell. The taste is a little more balanced and sweeter than the smell. The alcohol is well hidden and not overwhelming at all.

The mouthfeel is very soft which makes the brew easy to drink. Bubbles are present in the glass but the carbonation is kept to a minimum which makes the beer very smooth.

Overall this beer is very smooth, unique and powerful at 8.5% ABV. A MUST TRY for any beer drinker. With balance and originality like this beer has, the brewer is onto something and deserves credit and attention.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Red-brown with some considerable haze. Head is easy; less than a half-inch. Loose lacing in straggles.

Perfumey apple, grape, and plum. Some pear, some raisin. Yeasty and lightly roasted. Exceptional nose.

Not as perfumey, but still florally fruity. Lots of plum and nutty yeast and grape notes. Supple maltiness offers some light roast amidst the halfway sweetness. Notes of apple and tanginess. Not full-on. Has a lot of yeasty esters. Almost has a lightly tart berry finish.

Soft and delicate mouthfeel. Feels milky. Carbonation feels low. Just interesting enough.

Love this beer. I need to drink this more often.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with a few lighter highlights when held to the light with a creamy two finger tan head. Just a little lacing.

S: Earthy, grassy yeast is in the forefront with a little caramelized sugar. Some banana and spice. No hop aroma.

T: Just like Tremens, this tastes a lot like it smells. Initially the earthy yeasty flavors dominate your tongue but it has a slightly caramel-like flavor in the finish, which I really like. Raisins and rum as well, they are easy to taste as the beer warms in the glass. A hint of alcohol in the finish as well.

M: Fairly high carbonation, moderate mouthfeel. Flavors linger a touch but it's mostly just the sweetness.

O: A nice easy drinking beer with subtle complexity. The mix of flavors is nice and I've found that caramel sugary finish to be quite pleasing. This would be my preference in the Delirium lineup. Simple yet complex and easy to drink.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
89 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.