Delirium Nocturnum
Brouwerij Huyghe

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From:
Brouwerij Huyghe
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #66
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,854
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 12.44%
Reviews:
997
Ratings:
2,054
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 28, 2022
Added:
Dec 12, 2001
Wants:
  209
Gots:
  736
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Reviewed by TheHammer from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Poured with but a single finger of head that retained retained moderately and didn't lace at all. The body is an opaque cloudy brown, with maybe the barest notes of red when held to the light.

Smell: Molasses, plum, raisin, cherry and I swear I am picking up a bit of banana here. There is also a slight undisguised alcohol note, warning of it's higher ABV. Potency is good and didn't really need to warm up very much to come out, but it really brought out the plum and cherry out.

Taste: Sweet caramel and toffee to start with hints of plum and an almost fruitcake like note, that turn into an explosion of fruit as plum, cherry, fig and a hint of raw sugar ending with a bitter alcohol snap that just works. Think rum chocolate, or Irish coffee only more neutral, that just works.

Mouthfeel: Points get deducted for the lack of head, especially in a style know for higher carbonation, which is odd because the body has this easy going foam vibe that really bolsters the big fruit note of the beer. The transitioning is exceptional, as it is a slow climb before a cleansing alcohol end that helps to reign in the mixed malt, sugar and fruit aftertaste which I could see getting out of hand and becoming too clingy after a few of these.

Drinkability: This stuff is dangerous as it drinks like mildly sweet wine. It's pleasing to the palette, and the only thing that really restrains you from consumption is it being on the heavier side of medium body and that you know this is a higher ABV beer, but not to the point you are thinking it is turpentine.

Final Thoughts: I really should give Tremens another shot. My review of that beer was clearly a bad bottle that I had way back in the day. This stuff was exquisite, and certainly a rival to great Trappist offerings of this style. This is the perfect beer to watch the leaves of fall come down. Thumbs up.
Oct 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by ajdemma from New York

Oct 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Spiritale

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
TheBricenator described it very well. not viscous, brown and delicious.
I have become wary of Belgian ales after golden monkey turned into banana soap flavored ales, but this one is nice.
Sep 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Cm55

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Can
L-dark nearly opaque mahogany with 1-2F tan head that fades but leaves attractive lacing
S-raisins and currants with just faint hint of alcohol
T-a round flavor, multifaceted yet complementary, that highlights a complex grain bill. Largely follows the nose
F-medium to heavy body, still refreshing, no stickiness or significant heat from the abv
O-an outstanding beer that avoids being overly tailored to its niche.
Sep 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by PvtSnowball from Florida

Sep 03, 2022
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Rated by cakebutt

4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
dark rich and smooth. creamy sweet and bitter. would get again.
Aug 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by Sphagnicola from Belgium

Aug 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by redfox405 from Virginia

Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Aug 08, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Brown on the pour and dark ruby-red when held to light with a spritzy beige head that quickly builds to a lid, slowly and noisily settling and leaving a nice coating behind
Aroma: Dried dark fruit, piloncillo, yeast phenolics, freshly baked brown bread, toffee, and dark Belgian Candi sugar
Taste: Starts out with a multi-layered sweetness that involves the Candi sugar, piloncillo, and sweet dark fruit. Prunes, dates, figs, and raisins all present and coupled with a toffee undertone that sets the stage for a fruity and yeasty finish
Mouthfeel: Full, pretty smooth, medium-high carbonation, and soft on the finish with no detectable alcohol
Overall: This is a delicious beer. Dark Strong Ales are my favorite of the Belgian styles and I couldn’t believe I’d never had this one before so of course, had to, for science. As expected, a great example of everything a good one brings – dried dark fruit, bready malt, plenty of yeast, toffee, and dark Candi sugar – and it all comes together fantastically to create this gem. A delight to drink and highly recommended
Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.88 by Dave2234 from Minnesota

Jul 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Jun 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Calabash from Pennsylvania

Jun 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.14 by cabsandking from Ohio

May 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by samEBC from Belgium

May 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Mar 30, 2022
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Reviewed by MidwestGravelGrowler

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a reddish-brown-amber with a generous head. An iconic strong ale, doesn't taste as nocturnal as it looks. Nice carbonation, sweet, malty but not overly so.
Mar 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Rhetion from Florida

Feb 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.82 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 31, 2022
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark amber color with a generous head and lacing
Aroma has generous fruity hints
The taste follows the nose with a fruity flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A well done Belgian Strong Ale
Jan 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by irishevans from California

Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Not as dark as a stout or porter, nonetheless this is dark. It's more the color of a cola soda than anything else. It's bright and not entirely opaque. The brew began this trip into a clear Imperial pint mug by leaving a pint plus .9 fluid ounce can. Initially, there was plenty of foamy biege head, but it receded quickly, then became enduring. It smells both malty and of the typical Belgian yeast. The taste is more malty sweet than any other. There's an earthiness to the overall taste than yeast or hops, although both can be detected. The sweet malt aspect isn't at all cloying or overdone. It also isn't particularly generous with the glass lacing. The mouthfeel is light and flowing, without any stickiness. This disguises the 8.5% ABV quite nicely. It ends up being a pleasurable malt heavy drink.
Jan 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can. Khaki head. Lace. Dark brown color.

Bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast and spice. Cocoa and caramel. Plums and molasses. Red apple skins.

Medium bodied. Classic Belgian Strong dark.
Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Nice dark colour
S: light on the scents,. but do detect a little molasses and a hint of candy
T: Fresh bottle,. a little sweetness and ABV kick,. a little fruitcake with a chaser
F: Thinner than it appears to the eye
O: Would try again but the ABV hits hard at the end,. so I would order selectively
Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.89 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Tenebris

Dec 09, 2021
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2019 vintage, enjoyed on 10/27/2021.
Oct 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Oct 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by altrio

Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml can. Stamped on can bottom is 'L0218'.
Amber brown colored body, especially when back lit. Brief one finger off white head. Lacing spots tend to slide back down into the body.
Aroma is spiced raisins, with a bit of molasses. Sweet dates.
Taste is lightly roasted malts, with flavors of molasses and caramel, and spice. Sweet raisin and dates. Trails off quickly in the aftertaste with malted, spiced raisins. As it warms the beer shows more Belgian yeast (dry).
Thinner than medium mouth feel. Shows its ABV% but more as a warming rather than a burn. Okay carbonation.
Not a barleywine and not a tripel but quite satisfying as a brew that is beer tasting with yeast, malt, and dark fruit. Satisfies that itch (Belgian dark) that comes up from time to time.
Aug 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by cd34 from Illinois

Aug 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.11 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Jul 31, 2021
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Reviewed by nastone01

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Solid but tastes a lot less dark than it looks which is unexpected but not bad - it has more of a "refreshing" taste than I would expect based off similar beers. Not very much sweetness on the backend...a bit more of a bitter/coffee taste. Not my favorite, but I probably would/will purchase again.
Jul 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by KT3418 from Colorado

Jul 03, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Rich, fruity and spicy scents dominate what I'm smelling. There's also a malty quality making it something like a fruitcake.

It tastes malty and like spiced raisins at the same time it's clean and alcoholic.

It's thin and has medium carbonation. The finish is long and fruity with warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and whatnot.

Overall it's delicious. I've had a few Belgian darks before and this one is not bad at all. I give it a 4.6 out of 6.
Jul 01, 2021
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
500mL can, L0191 08:48 date stamp. Served in a Tripel Karmeleit glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color. Thin tan head with fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Yeast, maybe a bit of molasses, some dark fruits. Not that strong in aroma to my surprise.

Taste: Dark fruits, a tiny bit of tartness/sour note, molasses, and some old noble hop bitterness. I'm actually not getting a lot of sweetness which surprises me.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, good carbonation, a bit spicy/warming at the finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Given how much I enjoy their other beers, I'm not finding this one as enjoyable. I'm wondering if this can is older than expected, or maybe this particular Belgian ale is just not to my taste. The tart/sour note clashes a bit with the rest of the beer. Oh well, can't like them all. I may try again when I know the can or pour is very fresh and see if it's just this particular beer I don't like or if something didn't age well.
May 28, 2021
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