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Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

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872 Reviews

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Reviews: 872
Hads: 2,631
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 22.53%
Wants: 168
Gots: 515 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-12-2001

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Photo of rkhaze
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut with reddish highlights. Nice dense bubbly beige head that got a bit rocky as it disappated. Sweet aromas of malt and carmelized fruit. There was also yeast, spiciness and a hint of chocolate. There was an alcohol presence that made the smells vinuous.
Sweet on the palate. Bready malt, ripe fruit and brown sugar. Noticable tart yeast, spice and some nuttiness. There were a lot of flavors but they were all a bit understated and overpowered by an almost musty aftertaste and a raw, semi-bitter alcohol character. Not horrible but certainly didn't deliver on the promises of the smell.
Thin to medium bodied and highly carbonated. The alcohol aftertaste, in conjunction with the heavy carbonation, hurt the drinkibility.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, capped not corked. Pours into a goblet a dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights. One cm beige head of tightly knit tiny bubbles. Aroma of marshmallows, bananas, cloves, and freshly ground black pepper. Mouthfeel is very carbonated with a peppery bite. Taste is of bubble gum and freshly baked bread, with fruitiness and slight yeasty mustiness. A medicinal alcohol punch becomes apparent as it approaches room temperature. It becomes very vinous and sherry-like toward the finish, which I didn't care for. Overall, my least favorite Delirium, but not at all bad.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The apperance was great on this beer. It was a deep red/brown with a massive head. I did not have the appropriate glassware handy while drinking this so I had to wait about five minutes after I poured to get the beer from underneath the head.

The smell was very sweet with a small amount of alcohol present. A touch of hops permiated my nose also.

The taste was very sweet. It was very balanced between sweet/bitter/and alcoholic. Very balanced however there was a certain taste, like straw that I did not like that much.

The mouthfeel was very full and rich with medium carbonation.

Drinkability is okay beings that it is 8.5% and it tastes like straw.

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Photo of paganbeast
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian Ale is one of my favorites. It has a nice aroma of berries and earth. As with others, it was the packaging that first caught my eye. But the product inside is just as exciting as the design on the bottle. Lots of bubbles that texture the mouth which helps the aroma permeate as you drink, creating a full sensory experience.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was initially attracted to the very cool bottle, and the beer was just as good. Pours a medium brown hue with a white head. Grape kinda aroma, with a full bodied malty flavor with yeasty grapey kind of flavors. I really love this beer. It is definately underrated.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice caramel, wine-like color with a great head that stayed at about 1/4 inch. Sweet smell (a hint of cherry?). Alcohol aroma was also evident, almost a light brandy aroma. Taste was initially sweet and ended ina pleasant, dry alcohol presence. For the abv, a medium mouthfeel was quite nice, with the resultant drinkability being very good, with a smooth quality. A good brew that is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color is dark brown, with a nice bubbly, wispy white head. The smell is candi sugar sweet. The taste is nicely phenolic, with hints of candi sugar sweetness, and a dry finish, and the alcohol is just noticable. Mouthfeel is well-carbed. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Not a bad double from Delirium. Though I come for the Pink Elephants, I stay for a good-if-not-spectacular beer. Quite good, and one I'll have again, especially with its nice, widespread distribution.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whoa! This one totally kicked my ass! It was much better than I had expected. It had many different tastes at once and the tastes changed. It was like some sort of morph beer or something. When it was colder it was kind of "eh", nothing spectacular, but still a damn good beer. As it warmed up, the different tastes of fruits, malts, and a coffee taste reared their heads. This brew was one of the most smoothest brews I have had to date. It was clean, refreshing, and bold. Characteristics that are key in a good brew for me.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper-red, and ludicrously bubbly, off white head.
Green apple, bubble gum, and grape aroma, comes across as very clean but stong
Spicy (both in the alcohol and spice senses), floral and dark fruit (raisin), and a little chocolate in the taste.
Dry with a medium body and very warming, drinkability is good, but like the name alludes to this might put you to sleep.

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Photo of grynder33
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark red brown, had a nice head although nowhere near as exhuberant as Tremens, very light fruit spice malt aroma. Had the taste of fruit and malt, reminded me of blackberries. A little more timid than I thought,sweet fruity, but not enoughof either

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Photo of HardTarget
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tan painted green bottle with best before Dec 2005 notched (sampled Nov 03)
Aroma (4): Nice fruit malt smells. Some ester and yeasty banana with spicy notes, coriander most notable
Appearance (4): Brown with good clarity when backlit with ruby tinge. Nice frothy brown head that lasted but didn’t lace
Flavor (2.5): Something is wrong here. Starts with a rich, full, malt based fruit taste that quickly goes over to a harsh metallic middle that overrides an otherwise pleasant aftertaste. The metallic flaw seemed to fade as it warmed, or maybe it was warming me to the point of not noticing
Mouthfeel (3): medium to full body with some numbing and a dry finish
Overall Impression (3): A notable flaw in an otherwise good beer. The 8.5% alcohol is well hidden and has me talking to the pink elephant on the bottle. Good elephant. Recommended, but only if you can’t get any other Belgian dark beers, or you are a big fan of the style. Not for the macro crowd.

Re-reviewed 1/6/05
Tan painted BROWN bottle with blue foil, odd notches on the back label (from 1-5, notched 2, from 2-5, notched 3). I think this means Summer of 2003, but not sure if that is brewed on or best buy. Anyway, differs from the last bottle I sampled.
Aroma: Spicy and fruity. Spices go peppery and allspice; fruits are plum and apple cider.
Appearance: Deep brown/black glass with a huge brownish head. Started at about 3 fingers in my chalice but calmed down to a good finger coat now that I’m ready to pull the trigger. Industrial lace.
Flavor: Fruits really shine, dark roasted malts support, and odd metallic edge is still there, not a deal breaker, but I thought it might be a bad bottle the first round. While present, I don't think it is as major of a flaw as I did the first time. Now I know, it’s how that is supposed to taste.
Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, soft and fairly dry.
Overall Impression: I like it more than the first time I reviewed it, but I still think there are better Belgians to hunt. Still a good pink elephant.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nice Belgian that is enjoyable and well presented. The bottle is just great!

The look is a murky dark brown with a very nicely developed and substantial lace. The nose is fully malty and also gives notes of pulpy fruit, rather more of plum and such. The flavor is malty, sweet, and very fruity with some subtle spice hints thrown in for good measure.

The feel is full with a nice lingering fullness in the finish. Limited drinkability due to the fullness and high alcohol content.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep brown, almost black color with 3 fingers of fluffy head. There is a large amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell hints at coffee and spice aromas, fairly sweet. The taste also has coffee notes, weird for a Belgian. A little fruity as well, with bits of dates and raisins. Very malty with no hops present. The body is fairly thick and heavy. The drinkability is fairly nice for an 8.5% brew. A decent Belgian.

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Photo of aracauna
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This had a huge head with a good red brown body. The aroma is lightly sweet with a light citrus character. The flavor is a little bit of a letdown though, without a huge amount of character. In the end, it just seems to be a pretty run of the mill Belgian strong ale.

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Photo of PZuke
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Pink Elephant

First of I have to say that it does have a cool looking bottle. I saw Gordon Eliot go to Belgium and visit the brewery and up into that point in my life I had never had a Belgium beer. So I had to check it out. This beer poured a dark brownish red color into my Delirium glass. It appeared that the Pink Elephants were dancing as the thick tan head rose in the glass. The smell of this beer is from the heavens with smells of plums, raisons and malts. The taste is full of great carbonation, sweat caramel and fruity earth tones. It has a very port like feel to it. In my opinion it is a very good Belgium.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dirty-brown, slightly hazy, spongey tan head that slowly compacts to a thinnish cap

Aroma: slightly sour, malty, toasty, a touch of roast

Flavor: a delightfully tart zing pervades the entire taste; also a bready malt component with a bit of dark malt flavor; licorice, speculoos, a touch of hop bitterness in the finish, peppery alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium body, zesty carbonation in the finish, refreshing "tone"

Overall Impression: I'm not sure which one I favor more, Tremens of Nocturnum. They're both fantastic. This one just goes down so easy! The tartness even makes it somewhat refreshing. That's not an easy task for an 8.5% beer!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Careful, this one will overflow in a heartbeat. I caught it early so I’m no worse the wear, but the head on this ale is magnificent. It’s big, beautiful, darkly-shaded, slow to go down, and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell – The dark malt aroma is complimented by very ripe, dark fruits. If I had to pick the most prominent, I guess I would say plum and tobacco. However, this aroma is very complex. It is slightly spoiled by a rather strong harshness of alcohol.

Taste – There’s some table sugar that comes out in the taste. Otherwise, it’s pretty much what you get from the nose. Again, the stingy alcohol reminds one more of cheap whiskey than ale.

Mouthfeel – I like the carbonation in this one, and the body is very full.

Drinkability – This one lacks the smoothness of a fine, mature, BSDA. Most all the ingredients seem to be there, they just need an experienced hand in getting them all together.

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Photo of byrd
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours with a nice, bubbly head rounded above the rim of the glass and diminishes rather quickly to a rocky top, then to a thick lace. Nice dark mahogany brown that is somewhat cloudy. A bit tough to see through the darkness, yet some bubbles can be seen cascading to the surface from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is sweet maltiness and fruity with some banana and slight hops. There’s a smooth start in which fruity notes are apparent along with some yeast flavor. Cloves and other spices come in towards the end. There’s a fluffy mouthfeel due to the carbonation, and alcohol comes in mid swallow to lend a little bite to the earlier smoothness. Lightly bitter citrus notes make up the aftertaste which lingers for a period.

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Photo of Hefe
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled 8/23/03 in a 750ml ceramic coated bottle.

Appearance: Reddish-amber hue, light brown head.

Smell: Spicy, with malt, toffee, and currants thrown in to the mix.

Taste: Firm malt presence and fairly complex. Plum, caramel, tobacco, molasses, raisin, clove, orange peel, and chocolate round out the myriad flavors. There is a nice hoppiness throughout that shows up especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation had a Champagne feel to it, and there was a very definite dry quality this brew, that, while not unpleasant to me, could seem a bit odd.

Drinkability: This struck me as a great all around beer, as an aperatif, digestif, or with food even.

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

Pours with a two finger, light tan head that leaves no lace. Pour this VERY slowly. Cloudy amber color. Malty/alcohol nose. Carbonation is heavy. Full bodied. Starts sweet and malty, finish sweet and malty with the hops lurking in the background. Fizzy mouthfeel. The ABV on the label is 9.0%. Another excellent Belgium.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the pink elephants. This was the last of the "Delirium" series for me, having had their Tremens on tap innumerable times, and thie Noel in a bottle last Christmas. I'm not sure why I put this one off so long, and the pour made me wonder even more strongly. A lovely dark ruby in color topped by a fairly large light tan head with a smooth, creamy consistency. Ah, the pink elephants. This was the last of the "Delirium" series for me, having had their Tremens on tap innumerable times, and thie Noel in a bottle last Christmas. I'm not sure why I put this one off so long, and the pour made me wonder even more strongly. A lovely dark ruby in color topped by a fairly large light tan head with a smooth, creamy consistency. The aroma starts off strongly dominated by malt, with a slightly toasty overtone and some mild spices (reminded me of cinnamon and coriander) in the background. The malt and spice aromas seemed to drop off as the beer sat, replaced by a fairly strong tart aroma. Odd. Flavor hits big, sweet, and with more toasty malt. Very creamy mouthfeel, with a slightly burnt and bitter finish, followed by a bit of tartness in the aftertaste. A very good Belgian dark, to be sure, but not one which has many especially memorable qualities.

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Photo of bditty187
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby-mahogany hue, active and talkative light beige head, at least two finger’s worth at the apex, excellent retention (long lasting fluff), minimal lace. The nose is slightly peppery underneath notes of grapes and candy, hints of alcohol and toffee… decent potency, inviting. Admirable palate, distant grapes… hints of toffee, pepper, and alcohol. Its complex but nothing really propels the beer, tasty and damn good but it lacks some of the idiosyncrasies found in other Belgium beers. The finish is bone freaking dry… wow! The carbonation is cleansing, and moderately high. Medium-light body, thinner in spots. The aftertaste is grapes. The alcohol has a noticeable affect on the mind. This is a very good Belgium beer, not great but very much worth trying.

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Photo of taez555
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle

This beer poured a large thicky foamy tan/brownish white head with a dark but clear ruby brown body.

The nose was very inviting. dark malts, phenol smell, caramel, toffee, plums, alcohol, dark raisins, and some hints of spice.

The taste was a myriad of flavors. Very fine high level of carbonation, almost champagne like. Medium bodied. Tastes of brown sugar, molases, caramel, oak, clove, raisins, prunes, grapes, earth, unsweetened chocolate. A slight citrus taste, almost piney. A very light bitterness. But overly well balanced with a nice alcohol warmth.

It ends with this very dry, almost tart and tannic, raisin, grape fruit flavor acompanied by a slight unsweetened chocolate flavor.

This is such a well balanced beer. I found the finish to be a little odd and almost too tart, but beyond that... just waves of flavor. Easily one of the better belgians out there. In my notes I wrote "great fucking beer!!". I guess I liked it. :-)

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Photo of clvand0
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very cool bottle! This beer pours a chestnut (brown/red) color with a small head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was sweet with some pepper spice and hints of alcohol. The flavor of this one is my favorite of the Delirium line. It was pretty smooth to drink. The flavor was a mix of fruits, pepper, nuts, and a lot of other things I can't figure out. The abv is slightly apparent in the taste, but it is not bad at all.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown color, medium head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Intense malt flavor, slight sugar-candy sweetness, touch of bubble gum. Slightly spicy hops, but malts predominate. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty.

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