Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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88
very good

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Reviews: 864
Hads: 2,566
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 155
Gots: 457 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 ThaneMcC
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (522 characters)

Photo of Gusmotel
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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. (809 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

RJT (632 characters)

Photo of BingCrosby7
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (1,837 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (294 characters)

Photo of ssmack
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of PhantasIPA
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of MikeB20
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

gifted 11.2 oz bottle

a: the pour into a small St. Bernardus chalice reveals a lively carbonation that produces a finger-width layer of off-white carbonation, the beer itself a grade b amber in color with some ruby hues showing through, retains a nice layer and ring

s: the dark belgian malt nose features complex sugars and sweet raisins, plum, candied red apple and cherry, glimpses of sweet clementine and yeasty spice, - malt sugars, wood, and fruit combine to recreate the sensation of a bourbon cocktail - just a touch of alcohol, even some tropical juices sneak their way in, hops papery and grassy, a complex and striking nose once warmed

m: carbonation pushes into the high range, lively on the tongue but not abrasive, body light-moderate

t: the palate reveals a blend of raisin, plum and complex toasted sugars, sweet and fruity dark malts, a pale malt underpinning things the sugars a bit and keeps things crisp, hop flavors of dry, aged grass impart a mild bitterness to the drying finish, lingering flavors of dark fruit skins

o: a great dark ale, probably the first route of exposure to the style for many, that is often ignored because of its ubiquity - but that’s definitely worth a retry (1,212 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Frugal McDougals in Nashville, TN, poured into Tulip.

Appearance: Dark amber color, one finger slightly off white head.

Aroma: Signature Belgian yeast smell, very fruity and citrusy with way more of a dark

Taste: Dark SWEET Fruits. Initial taste is very sweet followed by a sort of dark citrus, slightly bitter (yet smooth) aftertaste. This is a good beer. Basically, it tastes like you would imagine a Dark Tremens to taste like. What Chimay Blue is to a Rochefort 10, is a Tremens to a Nocturnum. It's basically your typical belgian golden ale with a dark twist. The alcohol is disguised by the dark fruits and sweetness of the beer, which I could say of most Belgian Strong Ales (Tremens, Duvel, La Chouffe, Draak, etc..). For an 8.5%, dangerously sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry. Very sweet.

Overall: I may prefer a Tremens more as of now, which may be due to having it on tap at Delirium Café in Brussels, but every time I have a Nocturnum I like it more. It may be growing on me and become a regular purchase. A very smooth, refreshing, dangerously sweet beer. (1,103 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown color. About a finger of head. Creamy lacing that crept down the glass while I drank this brew. Above average carbonation throughout.

Smell: Leafy greens, figs, yeast, slight dark fruits, pears, apricots, and some faint tobacco. The smell was not overpowering but overall very pleasant.

Taste: grapes, dark fruits, slight tangerines, plums, and exotic yeast. A very balanced taste which is dangerously drinkable. Aftertaste is a medium dry alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Complex mix of sweetness, smoothness, and dryness.

Overall: A very good dark belgian ale. There are others that I would recommend before this one, especially considering the price tag, but this is a very good brew. (708 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (520 characters)

Photo of Groomsy
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. bottle poured into a chalice... and then a tulip. Because it's a big bottle. The cork has "2.010" on it... I'm guessing this is 2010 vintage?

Dark brown body with crimson and garnet hues in the light, topped by a thick tan head of a finger width. Not a lot of lacing left behind, but the body of this beer is beautiful. Constant carbonation jets from the bottom of the glass.

The nose is quite boozy but still has plenty of richness. Particularly, some dried spices come to mind, as well as dark fruit (figs, plums, raisins) and some overall caramel/toffee notes. This beer is seductive in both appearance and smell. I've had one Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Unibroe Maudite) that had a similar nose, but this is much more full and... dare I say... nocturnal? than others. A bit mild, though.

DN's taste is robust, smooth, and refreshing all at once. It is a mood beer for sure. Ripe with dark fruit, toffee, caramel, and fusel alcohols (not displeasing), this beer is absolutely for dark winter nights (like in KY right now...) and has plenty of warmth on the finish. There are some tart green apple notes that highlight the middle of the palate. Excellent stuff.

The mouthfeel is fairly heavy - but the zesty, effervescent carbonation provides a kind of palate cleansing not found in many beers of this style. Lingering flavors of bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, and toffee on the palate remind you that this is a big beer, not for beginners.

Maybe this isn't the best example of the style, but it remains a classic for good reason, I think. This is a big beer and is to be taken slowly. Definitely worth putting in the cellar or trying fresh. (1,654 characters)

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

My first Delirium! 2012 batch.

Pours out a deep amber with ruby highlights throughout and 2 fingers of an off-white head.

The aroma is packed with dark fruits like figs, plums and raisins, some nice cherry notes, fruity esters coming from the Belgian yeast, toffee and caramel and coriander and orange peel with some light spiciness.

The taste is also very dark fruit forward with a lot of cherry in there as well. The coriander and orange peel are more prominent in the taste and there are some nice toffee and caramel notes to round it all out. Definitely a sweeter beer, but not cloying in any way.

The body is medium-heavy (although lighter for the style) and there is a nice creamy mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. There is no alcohol in the taste or smell, but a slight warming as it goes down.

This is a solid example of the style, but nothing that will blow anyone away. Worth checking out for sure! (930 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear chestnut with 2 fingers head, settling to a thin skim across the top

S: Caramels and sweet toffees with a solid funky yeastiness. Smells like fruit leather with a boozy run ester.

T: Belgium yeast balanced with maltiness, sudtle mineral notes and dry fruity.

M: Thin to Medium bodied with low carbonation

O: Easy to drink back, with a solid Belgium yeast presences with fruity notes and malt sweetness. A good beer, but not a great beer on account of the mild flavours and smell. (495 characters)

Photo of viverlee
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bougie thing to quaff this bougie beer from my bougie pink elephant. But I do love the glass, and the beer, it ain’t bad either, even if it is a mood brew.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 8.5%

LOOK: Dark mirror. The only light in the house that’s on is the one in the dining room, that and my laptop. There’s a nice reflection from my most-stolen-in-America tulip, with credit to this dark, dark brew. Beachy thin head with a light caramel tinge. Subtle carbonation.

NOSE: Roasted raisins, molasses, sugar cookies, apple cider vinegar.

MOUTH: A recent trip to Napa clued me in to a wine secret. That some of the better wines are better enjoyed after opening up in a decanter – for up to 24 hours. I’ve done the hour-before-guests come thing, but a day, that seemed overkill. Until I tried it. It’s the same principle for some of the better Belgians, including this one. Honey, malted chocolates, plums, dried cranberries. There’s more here, obviously, but that’s not the point. Somewhere the sweet yeasts are hiding, maybe with the tucked-away ABV, and notwithstanding the complex flavor profile and top-class warming mouth, I need a touch more tartness for balance.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 94

Hayward Abbey Rating: 92 (1,263 characters)

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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