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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

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1,965 Ratings

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Ratings: 1965
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Slammy


3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased & Drank on 12/30/2012
Cost: $4.39 at my local grocery store
Temperature: ~50 to 55 F on pour, 60 - 65 for the last few sips

A - This deep amber beer was poured into a tulip glass. Held up to the light, garnet tones gleamed through the slightly opaque liquid. The 2.5" head held up firmly. Lacing was noticeable while drinking, though a bit lackluster. Very attractive beer.

S - A strong, sweet malt aroma was the first scent to hit my nose. A hint of milk chocolate followed with that of indeterminate sweet spice. As pleasant as these odors were, they were not as exciting as the look and I was left less than overwhelmed.

T - I had tried this beer years ago and remembered liking it more than I did on this occasion. The aromas of malt and milk chocolate were still there in the taste, especially the malt. The unknown sweet spice tasted of clove, though it was not pronounced. The alcohol was cleverly masked on the first few sips, but became more prevalent as the beer warmed to the point of unpleasantness at the end of tasting. There was a clear, enjoyable taste of bitter melon on the palate during the second half of tasting.

M - There was strong carbonation that hit the tip and edges of my tongue, but quickly faded and was replaced by a smooth, slightly clinging feel. Unfortunately, this led to the taste's rather quick abatement.

O - This is definitely an attractive beer, first and foremost, with a gorgeous color and full head. While I can definitely say I enjoyed it and would drink it again in the future, the aroma and taste disappeared too quickly to make this anything more than slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 05:39:25 | More by Slammy
Photo of Morpheus

Alberta (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm sad that this is my first review, but here goes:

The characteristics (color, smell) of the beer were nice right up to the point of tasting. There was an overwhelming metallic taste. I fear this was an off bottle, nonetheless I was forced to offer the remainder to the Plumbing Gods.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:11:29 | More by Morpheus
Photo of Hex92


3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its been a while since I have picked up one of these. I always see the tremens at the store and this time they had nocturum. In my mind I thought this was a better more flavorful beer. I think this is yet another beer that I used to push the limits for me but now is just decent.
Bottle was dated 2-12 which I hope was the bottling date...if not maybe that explains my impression of it.

A- looks good, not amazing but good.
S- some of the dried fruit flavor of the style but not much else.
T- its good, but not great. So many others in the style that have so much better flavor and mouth feel.

O- kind of dissapointed. I have been revisiting several beers recently that I used to be big fan of and this is yet another that isn't living up to my memory.

I think I will pick up another in a few months to see if this was an old bottle or just another case of a beer that doesn't't live up to my memory.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 04:15:18 | More by Hex92
Photo of DannyHartman

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a 2+ inch light tan head appears atop a slightly hazy mahogany red/brownish brew.... The head fades quickly, and leaves "OK" lacing.... Retention is decent.

I take a whiff, and I get a bunch of sweet Belgian yeast with lots of dark fruit like that of plum, raisin, and fig.... Definitely some cinammon and clove spiciness, as well.... Just the slightest bit of cocoa.

The taste has lots of dark fruit including tart cherry, raisin, and prune.... Some Belgian yeast, a little bread, and noticeable spiciness.... A touch of cocoa on the finish.

I'd say this is a medium-bodied brew with moderate carbonation, but crisp, which brings out the spiciness, and leaves a tart aftertaste.

Overall, this is a well-balanced brew.... Usually, Belgians are.... However, I'm a bit critical of Belgian brews since they're my favorite.... It's not on the the level of "Tremens" by any means.... Definitely different, but not as good overall.... It's not even that good for a Belgian, in general.... On the grand scheme of things, it's still a delicious and easy-drinking beer.... Just not by my own "Belgian" standards.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 22:45:18 | More by DannyHartman
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, brown sugar, caramelized malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. Then some bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid darker Belgian beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 04:36:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got the bottle last year for the wife's birthday, then she got knocked up and it sat in the fridge til tonight. Served in a perfect pour glass.

Color is dark yet cloudy brown. The aroma hits strong with plum and maybe a tiny bit of citrus. The flavor is the same but intense. Lots of flavor up front that lingers on the tongue. The body seems just a tiny bit thin but still good. At 8.5% a few of these WOULD make you have some crazy dreams.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 03:41:55 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of beergoot


4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, mahogany red body, a tad hazy, with a thick, off-white head; lots of dynamic carbonation roiling around in the body; looks like lots of yeast globules bouncing around. Alcohol infused with dark grains and smells of fig and prunes; some chocolate and hints of various spices. An interesting combination of fruitiness (e.g., cherries), roasted and chocolate malts, hop bitterness, and gentle alcohol warmth for the taste; chocolate and bitterness lingering through the finish. Medium body, smooth, clean.

A very tasty strong beer. Wonderfully complex and subtly balanced throughout, especially in ensuring the relatively high ABV is kept in check (taste-wise). An adventure in every bottle...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:41:18 | More by beergoot
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Nikki's Liquors in North Providence, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a slightly hazy molasses body with a generous 3" head that reduces slowly and leaves heavy lacing.

S- Candied sugar, sweet plums. I also get some cranberry and dark fruits. This is all sitting on a metallic aroma.

T- Cranberry, tart cherries, molasses. Ends with a lightly toasted malt, hoppy bitterness. This one is sure complex. Wine-like.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation.

For one of my first strong Belgians, I feel as if I would need to get used to this style. Overall it was enjoyable, but couldn't get past the strong metallic aroma. Complex and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 20:01:37 | More by gcamparone
Photo of DrewV

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish-brown hazy liquid with a solid 2-finger mocha head. Very nice looking.

S: Sweet, candy-like aroma, plenty of malt body with rum-raisin overtones. Almost wine-like, without the bitterness.

T: Top-shelf Belgian flavors here. Overripe fruit, candied fig sweetness. Some alcohol warmth and bite are noticeable at the finish. A faint aftertaste sticks around, but nothing major.

M: Creamy, bubbly, well-carbonated.

O: A top-shelf brew here. Well balanced and tasty. Not quite Gulden Draak, but then nothing else is. Overall this a solid A-.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:23:20 | More by DrewV
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: gave it a good down-the-center pour, and got a deep brown beer with a fat head of fine tan foam

S: some dark fruits, chocolate-smelling malts (like dry cocoa)

T: interesting amalgam of chocolatey and dark fruit flavors; subdued bitterness, but not overly sweet either - well-balanced; tastes of expected Belgian-y yeasts

M: surprisingly thin - expected a little more body/syrupiness; high carbonation (maybe from my pour?) added to the lightness - not a bad thing in-and-of itself, but also not quite what I expected from a BSDA

O: I just tried the Delirum Tremens, and it came up a slightly lesser Duvel. This beer bears immediate comparison to Gulden Draak, and again, for me at least, it falls slightly short - on its own merits, a must try - but as a BSDA, maybe a little too light on the palate and flavor profile. I expect a heartier ale in a dark Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:31:08 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of ezterry

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice dark brown color with two fingers of head that lasts as a nice layer

S:nice slightly fruity smell with plenty of malt

T: complex mix of a malt and chocolate from roast malts with the fruit flavor and heavy carbonation. Very little typical hop flavor but may be just the complexity

M: fairly thick but good for style particularly given the carbonation

O: a good beer, complex but balanced array of flavors. Worth a taste

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 22:43:07 | More by ezterry
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle (BB 04/2014) This poured a compact thick soapy tan head, this has very good retention and sticks around for a long while, lacing and film are excellent. Colour is a dark deep chestnut brown.

Aroma has plenty of thick, sticky malts. Toffee, stewed fruit, coffee, a light grassiness all feature. A light citrus and plumy character. Really interesting.

Taste starts lightly, with a big hit of fruity character, sweetness, cherries and alcoholic raspberries, then allows more dry malt, and a bit of spicy acidity. Yeast makes a bit contribution to this. The aftertaste is warming, dry and slightly nutty.

Mouthfeel is quite big, rich texture, but relatively highly carbonated. It is lively on the tongue, with a healthy bite to it from the carbonation. It is drinkable and refreshing. Not exactly smooth, but lively. Finish is dry and warm.

An interesting beer here. Very fruity and malty in the profile, with a raisin-like dryness. It shows a very good complexity, and is nicely balanced. Hops are overall light, yeast is present but not too assertive. Worth trying, it is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 21:13:14 | More by mick303
Photo of mscudder


3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml poured into a snifter.

A - A deep brown with a thin off-white head.

S - Biscuits, caramel and some juicy fruits.

T - Juicy fruit overrided only by a wealth of sugar and a touch of chocolate. Cherry is perhaps the most pronounced fruit in the brew. Complex, yet just a bit off balance for my taste.

M - Medium body with carbonation that is a bit excessive.

O - This beer drinks well and goes well after a meal, although the sweetness is intense and the body is a bit heavy on carbonation for my tastes. If I am to spend $4+ on a 330ml bottle, I will look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 07:52:03 | More by mscudder
Photo of BMMillsy


3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a big white fluffy head and smells of fig and raisins. Medium-light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Alcohol taste is slightly noticeable, but otherwise tastes like it smells: figs, raisins, a bit of yeast. Good, but I think there are better choices in this style, especially for the price. The flavor is not as bold as I had hoped, and it almost seems a little watered down. Still, my favorite of the Deliriums.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 19:29:39 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of RobertTheRogue


3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, very lively off-white head.

Initial pour was too cold. Mild aroma, nothing jumps out at me. Bread, yeast, spices, some dark fruits maybe. However, as it warms up, it rounds out and opens up. The aroma loses it's metallic-ness and becomes much more about dark fruits and spices and smells like a typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Slightly boozy taste with some tangy fruits, bread, not incredibly complex, basic but appealing.

Carbonated and warm mouthfeel.

I was excited about trying this beer, since I had always seen it in stores without really knowing what it was, and I have only recently gotten into Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Overall, it is a very good beer, but not as good as I was expecting. This beer definitely needs to be enjoyed on the warmer side. My first pour was way too cold, and it wasn't until it had sat out of the bottle for about 30 minutes that it really came into its own. Decent, but there are definitely much better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 01:37:59 | More by RobertTheRogue
Photo of bnes09


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber brown color. Ivory head with excellent retention and some stickage on the glass.

Wonderful dark fruit aroma, mostly figs and dates. Sweet smelling and inviting.

Flavor showcases a number of different fruits. Tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut followed by sweeter dates. Hint of brown sugar sweetness as well. Hops are subtle with a fresh leafy dryness and just enough to balance. Alcohol sits in the back and mellow yeast character comes to life in the finish.

Smooth texture, medium bodied and a snappy carbonation.

Great brew! Complex, balanced and showcases great Belgian qualities.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 18:42:31 | More by bnes09
Photo of mooseo


3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Dark brown with ruby hues. A thin light tan head sticks around.

S - Dark fruits, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, clove.

T - Dark fruit with roasted bready malts. Belgian yeast, licorice, clove and black cherry blend together nicely. Earthy hops add a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, mild carbonation.

O - This beer was definitely a pleasant surprise. Great example of the style and an easy drinker. Alcohol is almost undetectable. Very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:57:07 | More by mooseo
Photo of SolipsismalCat


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red brown with giant tan, creamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Dark candy and fruit.

T: Moderate to high sweetness and light bitterness. Matches the nose - dark candy and fruit. Spice is also apparent.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and slightly warm going down.

O: This a really good Belgian strong dark ale. Looks really nice in the snifter, and smells delicious. The taste does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 23:32:08 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of jboles074


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Heavy head that depleted slowly. Dark amber tint only allowed for small amounts of ligh to pass through. The smell was very fruity, mostly raisin. The drink is very thin and not a lot of flavor at first but as it sets in the caramel and raisin hints can be clearly tased.
Very good beer and would definitly reccomend to someone looking for a light airie beer with a lot of character.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 04:54:42 | More by jboles074
Photo of IPA35


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brew, dark amber, reddish. The head fizzed away quickly because the glass was not properly prepared. Hazy with big yeast chuncks.

Big Belgian yeast notes, sugar, fruity with dark fruits and spice. Maybe a hint of herbal hops in the background. As someone else noted, a slight metallic note. Alcohol.

Nice flavours, a bit lighter than one of my favourites the Gouden Carolus Classic but definitley of the same style. Fruitiness; those classic dark fruits flavours that you get with this style (some cherry tartness and some sort of cross between dried fruits like figs, raisins and plums), tart apples and a bready maltiness. Not very hoppy but there is some alcohol in the taste to balance the sweetness.

The body is medium to thin, there is plenty of carbonation.

Unfortunatly the head fizzed away and when that happens I am always afraid that I have harmed the beer in smell and flavour as well... Anyway this is a very decent Belgian dark ale, not the best but I would not mind drinking this again as today's hot summer evening was not very ideal for such a beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 20:36:12 | More by IPA35
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sam's Quik Shop.

Pour is light, slightly translucent brown. Light white head floats on top. The smell is the normal light Belgian Delirium yeast, but theres a nice addition of roasted malt. Not alot going on in the taste. Like Delirium Tremens, only with a bit of roasted malt that kind of detracts from the light balance of Delirium Tremens. Slight metallic flavor pervades.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 17:25:16 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of Darkmagus82


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into delirium tremens snifter

Appearance – Pours a beautiful deep dark garnet color. Upon pouring there is a large thicker bodied off tan head that fades over moderate time. Once faded the head leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is big of dark fruit, a brown sugar, brown bread and a good dose of spice. The fruit aromas a wonderful mix of cherry, prune, and fig with the spice aroma biggest of coriander and cinnamon. Mixed with these aromas are a hearty presence of alcohol, giving it a more “warming” aroma.

Taste – The taste begins heavy in dark fruit flavors (raisin and prune) with a roasted bread taste. The dark fruit is quite persistent, but the bready flavor seems to fade some as the taste goes on. Yeast and some spice then soon hit the tongue as well as some alcohol flavor. The alcohol flavor intensifies more and more as the taste advances getting rather potent at the end. While strong, it is somewhat smooth and complimenting to the fruit and spicy flavors and leaves a warming somewhat ‘spiced liqour” flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the above average side in thickness with a carbonation level that is very average. The thicker body is quite nice for the darker flavors with the carbonation level providing just the right amount of tingling sensation for the spicy flavors. These mixed with the boozy flavors wonderfully to warm the mouth through and through

Overall – This is a wonderful brew with a boozy and dark fruit flavor without being overly sweet. A wonderful Belgian strong dark.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:39:46 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of divineaudio


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle split with my gf into a wine glass.
label is marked 1/12, not sure if that's a bottled on date or a best before date.

a - pours a deep garnet color with a pinky or so of coarse, tan foam on top. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing behind in the glass.

s - raisin, candi sugar, cola, clove.

t - more of the nose. bready, sweet, and spicy. notes of clove, cola, dark fruits. faint earthy bitterness with a spicy finish. complex but not delicate.

m - medium in body with medium carbonation. coarse co2 profile enhances the spiciness. faint alcohol warming.

o - seems to represent the style well but not particularly enjoyable for me. i wouldn't turn it down, but i doubt i'd seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 20:54:35 | More by divineaudio
Photo of Intrinsic


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't say that I've had many Belgian strong dark ales, but this seems to be right on the money. It looks amazing, with a head that keeps growing and growing and carbonation that never seems to stop. I'm not a huge fan of the colour though - more of a dirty brown than anything.
It smells like black licorice and Belgian yeast - very nice. Taste is good, but a little disappointing considering the lead-up. Some black licorice, sour cherry, yeast, and others I can't put my finger on. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, medium-bodied, very fizzy. Overall, not bad, but I guess it just isn't my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 23:58:41 | More by Intrinsic
Photo of mtlasley


3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've yet to try any of the Delirium beers and I finally caved when I needed to fill a spot in my mixed six.

The pour produces an opaque brown but comes together in the glass to produce a murky brown out of light and a deep red when held up. A large three finger head develops but dissipates in a good amount of time.

"Metallic" scent upfront followed with a warming alcohol aroma. There's a very fain bread character here but it's overpowered by raisins, figs and a general "sweetness"

As it hits the tongue I sense raisin, figs and a faint hint of cherries. Very nice. I'm let down from here though. A bit of a yeast character starts to exhibit bread flavors in the middle but it's cut short quickly by the metallic alcoholic aftertaste.

Lighter carbonation inside the medium body helps it feel a slight heavier. The thickness here isn't assisting with the metallic taste though.

Honestly, I'm a bit let down. While there are some wonderful raisin, fig and cherry flavors, they're cut short by the metallic taste from the alcohol. In some beers that flavor can enhance even but here it just detracts from the experience. I also would have liked a bit more "Belgian" in my Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Some of my favorite yeast flavors weren't here and this just seemed like a cleaned up version of the style. It's alright but it's not that great.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:54:14 | More by mtlasley
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
90 out of 100 based on 1,965 ratings.