Delirium Nocturnum - Brouwerij Huyghe

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Reviews: 864
Hads: 2,566
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 155
Gots: 458 | 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 Quaffer
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Dallas. Not available in Wichita.

Appearance: Deep amber-brown with hints of red. Tons of chunky sediment. Brown head rose up big. Coarse and spider-web like in some areas, dense and fluffy in others. Very light lacing.

Smell: Watery and metallic on the nose. Both citrus and dark fruits were present, and a light spiciness from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, slightly chewy, and velvety with carbonation. Light numbing from the alcohol.

Taste: The first drink shocked the hell out of me with a strong, sharp sourness. It mellowed out after that, but still retained some sourness. Dark cherries, light alcohol, and an old musty, dusty component dominated. Finish dried out somewhat and became very yeasty and lightly malty.

Strange beer. Not bad, but a little too "out there" for me to hit it regulary. (836 characters)

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with a 2001 cork. As long as the cork indicates the year, this is a jackpot, for there are lots left, and this seems to be well mellowed. Pours a clear brown with a big fluffy tan head. The carbonation is on the lower end for a Belgian, which may also be a proof of age. Aroma is complex with a strong fig component, and a mix of vanilla and raisin. Palate is warming, with the alcohol apparent, but blended well with the beer's flavor and aroma. Flavor is very fruity, with raisin and fig evident. A little sticky and full bodied as well. I remember having a bottle a little over a year ago from the same store and it not being nearly as good, so aging helps a plenty... (686 characters)

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

Almost opaque dark brown color. Rocky tannish head with good lace adhesion on the glass. Spare chocolate to the aroma, light rum, yeasty funkiness. Mouthfeel is medium and spritzy with secondary carbonation. Bright flavors of fruit, grape and unripe nectarines, some lemony qualities. A dry cocoa lingers in the background and adds some balance. Finish is astringent with the carbonation showing its best effect. All-in-all, could use some more malt tones to match the mouthfeel better, a good enough brew but not seminal to my tastes. (535 characters)

Photo of RootedFool
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 750 at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Love the familiar, lovable elephant on the bottle.

Pours opaque mahogany until held to the light where it appears heavy, nebulous copper, with a mastadonic, reddish tan head. The head deflates quickly leaving scattered, slippery swaths of lace on the glass.

Alcohol hits my nose first, evacuating my sinuses, followed by spiced dark fruits (raisins, prunes, fried apples, doused in rum), and a finish of caramelized bananas and sweet rolls. A big, meaty nose.

Taste opens with a fermented berry sweetness (blueberry wine), bright and sharp. A mild bitterness edges through the middle, like a brief sprinkle of lemon zest. The finish is all prunes, raisins, musty bitterness -- this is where it gets complex, rich and interesting. The finish is also dry, pleasantly.

Lots of foamy carbonation. A dense mouthfeel ("whipped" comes to mind), a tad sticky but nothing to whine over.

Enjoying this, very much. (986 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany/brown with off-white head and very yeasty smells that are followed by sweet smelling fruits. The fragrance is almost overwhelming. Strong tastes of aged malts and a yeasty hit of sweet fruits and spices. Bits alcohol hit the palate and after a couple sips you can feel it almost overtake you. Very delicious brew that finishes with bits of plums and spice. The alcohol in this brew really warms the stomach and sends you off to a happy land. Or maybe that was just me. Really something to try if you get the chance. This hits almost every part of the palate. (572 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby with a short lived brackish head. Teeny tiny ring of foam on the outside of the chalice.

Smells very strongly of dark fruit. Perhaps a little fig too.

Tatses like Rapscallion Creation lite. Not nearly as pronounced or as deep. Very fruity and a bit sweet. Full of malt sugars. lots of plum and cherry hiding in there. Finishes slightly dry with a delayed warming.

Mouthfeel is moderate with the alcohol well hidden.

Very drinkable, but why pay so much for this when you can get a more complex brew locally from Concorde? (556 characters)

Photo of jed
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 33 cl bottle with the distinctive ceramic coating that the other Delirium beers I've tried use. Huge pink elephant on the front of the label, along with a blue foil wrapper. The back of the label has information about the beer along with a "Best best end:" note but no actual consumption date. Some sort of bottling code on the bottom, with 'D' notched.

Appearance: Pours a uniform, dark mahogany color, a little bit cloudy. Slightly less than one finger of tan head with average head retention. As the head disappears, it leaves behind a spare, uneven trail of lacing.

Smell: Strong alcohol solvent is the dominant aroma, paired with a hint of dry, cider-like apple. Pleasant, but not particularly complex.

Taste: Tart apple nose, which immediately gives way to spicy alcohol flavors and raw beet sugars. The sweetness is balanced by pepper and other difficult to catch spices: corriander, dull cloves. No hop presence beyond some faint bitterness. Lingering, licorice-like sweetness that disappears as the beer warms. The aftertaste is warming alcohol and dry, weak spices. Another reviewer called the flavor "one dimensional," which sounds about right to me. It's not bad, but gets a little bit boring, and the finish is weak.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a strong point, very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: The combination of huge, unrestrained alcohol flavors — you'll be seeing those pink elephants — and the one-dimensional flavor hurt drinkability.

A fun beer to try, but not something I would make a regular drink. I haven't seen this one at local shops in the U.S.; for the money, I'd go with Delirium Tremens or another Belgian over the Nocturnum. (1,702 characters)

Photo of Dubblebock
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Delirium Nocturnum. I picked up a bottle to try after tasting and enjoying it's stablemate, the Delirium Tremens. Where the Tremens was a good introduction to the Belgian strong pale ale style, the Nocturnum lies on the strong dark ale side of the spectrum. This sample had the cool painted bottle with the smiling pink elephant on the label, a sign of things to come if one were to try to session this 8.5% ABV brew.

The Nocturnum poured extremely well into a widemouth stem glass. The beer was carbonated to the point that it bubbled out of the bottle when I opened it even though I didn't agitate the bottle. Big, thickly compacted head, a wonder to behold. The color was dark, cloudy copper, rich and inviting. Good nose, hints of fruits and spices, pears and apricots perhaps. No distinct alcohol character to the scent.

The taste was very complex. It started out fruity, the pear and apricot nose was not a ruse. The malts lent a slight sweetness to the whole character of the beer. Slight bitterness on the back of the palate. As the glass warmed, the beer took on a slightly dryer tone, losing some of the initial fruityness and sweetness in exchange for a more bready feel. The yeasts began to assert themselves a little more in the finish.

Very nice mouthfeel, slightly bitter aftertaste. Pretty drinkable in all respects. I really began to polish off the sample after the beer had warmed up a little and evened out.

All in all, an excellent effort. This is just a beautiful beer that hits all of the right buttons. If you're not already pursuing Belgian and Belgian styled domestic beers, I wholeheartedly recommend that you do so. There was a lot of adventure in this little 11.2 oz. bottle. That little pink elephant is smiling for a reason... (1,772 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark clear brown brew with a tan head.

Smell is rich dark almost over ripe fruit. Nice spice smells a clean sweetness comes through. A mild Banana bread smells comes through.

Taste is sweet tart and spicy. Fruit flavors come through with cinnamon and other spices and a nice bitterness. Similar to Banana Bread with Granny Smith Apples. Gets sweeter and fruitier as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Very good Drinkability, but this is the stuff you sip and don't chug! (497 characters)

Photo of benmiliron
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Paid $5.99 for a bottle.

Very sour beer. A bit of smoke and malt, but mostly sourness. Not a terrible brew if you're into that kind of thing, but I'm not. Shame it couldn't be like it's brother Tremens. Painted bottle looks nice, maybe this was just a bad bottle? (266 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with a brownish tint with a pretty large head,aroma was like bubblegum and spicey.Taste is chocolaty and spicey with some light fruity notes.Seemed a little thin but the drinkability for me on this one was great.Went very with a stuffed quail dish and a sauce reduction of the beer. (299 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, deep ruby and maroon color with a four-fingered off-white head that tries to escape the Delirium tulip. Head fades away slowly leaving a billowy lace on the glass.
Aroma of drak fruits, cough medicine, grain, spic, orange peel and hint of alcohol. Classic Belgian complexity to me.
Flavor of dark, dark fruits - prunes or raisins, coriander, biscuit and some citrus twang.
Mouthfeel is beautifully alive on the tongue. Sweet and full upfront with a nice transition to spicy and dry alcoholic finish.
Drinkability is superior but powerful alcohol and flavor would make hard to session. (602 characters)

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a nice 750 ml bomber on a Sunday night before my dinner guests arrived and I must say, I was not disappointed. The appearance was as close to perfection as it gets. Dark red/brown with a stupendous tan head that just would not back down. Even when it did, it left a beautiful lacing that is second to none. The smell was to me quite alcohol like and filled with fruits and grains. The taste was like the smell. Upfront it was yeasty and bready with a nice dose of dark fruits although I have to say, not quite as nice as an abt 12 of any sort. Also a mild hoppiness could be found, yet it played second fiddle to the fruits and sweet malts. Mouthfeel was good, although a bit too carbonated for my taste. But the body itself was creamy and satisfying. Drinkability must have been excellent, because I drank the whole darn bomber myself, hehe. If you are a fan of dark ales, give this a go. (896 characters)

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the prettiest beers I have ever seen: A deep ruby red color with lots of carbonation, a creamy, foamy, rocky head, light brown head and some nice sticky lace. The head diminished, but settled down to a fine creamy layer that lasted throughout. The aroma was pleasant: malty, fruity esters, bubblegum, spices and some grassy background. The mouthfeel was decent and improved as the beer warmed: creamy, effervescent with a spicy dry finish.
The taste left me wondering if I had the right beer. Light sweetness with a spicy middle and a dry biting finish. Sounds ok? Not really. It is surprisingly one-dimensional: The flavor seems to have some interesting characteristics but it does not appear to pull it off. (717 characters)

Photo of kwalters
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My expectations for this brew were quite high, probably without merit. As you can see, my ratings are all over the board.

The 11.2 oz. bottle poured beautifully. The most beautiful head I've ever seen formed at least an inch tall with nice puffy cloud-like lumps. The beer itself was a very nice rusty brown color. Easily the most beautiful beer I've ever poured. So far so good.

After taking whiff, I was anxious for a taste. Nocturnum really lacks any real personality in its' flavor. Everything was very subdued. No raisin, no rum, no spice. Just a bit of sweet maltiness and a mild case of the "typical" Belgian flavor. I was hoping for something on par with Unibroue's Trois Pistoles. It's not a terrible brew, but for being rather exspensive it bores me. (766 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz opaque bottle purchased today at Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a tulip glass, large brownish head with resiliency, which leaves heavy lace. Gorgeous translucent maroon color when held up to a light, with an aroma dominated by raisins. Taste is okay, but not quite as malty as I would hope, and dominated by the raisin flavor, which in my opinion has become overpowering of all other constituents of this brew. That flavor domination also affects the mouthfeel and drinkability of this Belgian, which is acceptable, but pales in comparison to some others in its class. (585 characters)

Photo of euskera
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting it as I write this. Warm, dark caramel brown. Nice carbonation, small but tenacious head. Smell is malty sweet, a little raisiny as well. Taste is a bit tangy, almost citrusy at times, with a hint of orange zest in there. Mouthfeel is pleasant to say the least, and it is quite drinkable. I like Tremens quite a bit, and its sibiling is just as enjoyable. Recommended (375 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of paganbeast
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of jtw5877
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
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. (526 characters)

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.