Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum
Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 950 | Ratings: 2,928
Photo of markkyronaylin
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look : Pours nearly all head , the head itself is foamy with a yellow tinge , the liquid is a very dark brown. Good head retention.

Smell : Very fruity. Figs , mango , banana , some slight hoppy/chocolatey bitterness there too.

Taste : Sweet with a rich bitter aftertaste. The fruit flavours really prevail , quite bitter , coffee and chocolate tastes. Little spice to it too.

Feel : Very light and smooth , a little carbonation , but there's a bite to it.

Overall : Defintley a unique tasting beer , lot of flavour , very good.

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Photo of Act25
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty close to Tremens, its cousin, unusual fecund Belgian.
A: Champagne-like pour with a thin layer of head retention and lots of lacing splash.
S: Less than its cousin but still some overripe oranges, banana, yeast, and medicine cabinet
T: Starts out strange, sweet and creamy, with those ripe oranges, apricots and banana; then the peppery hops provide a bitter middle, which then blends with the sweet fertile flavors in the finale.
F: Light and bubbly, much like Champagne, with a wine-like acidic bite.
O: meditation beer. savor and have some cheese or pizza.
Tasted at Rattlenhum NYC against imperial stouts. Was the most beer like.

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Photo of MercInc
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another Belgian strong ale. Nice color with very good head retention. Poured in a tulip glass. Malty flavors balanced by hops. Hint of sweetness. Good aromas. I like the bottle graphics too.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear purple color.

Minimal khaki head.

Cinnamon & dark fruit nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

This tastes like straight up pickle juice, & I think it sucks.

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

Nice amber color, very clear. Pours a monster off-white head with decent retention.

Some malty sweet aroma, chocolate, very subtle Belgian yeast character.

Malty with a hint of chocolate again, flavor impacted by high carbonation. A bit muted on the flavor.

Medium body and high carbonation. Very well hidden alcohol - minimal warming.

A very mixed bag beer. Has nice malt presence without being overly sweet, but in some ways is a boring 8.5% ABV beer.

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Photo of izraelc
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm not really a fan of the style. It's not bad but i don't care for it. Has good fruit and malt character. Too much carbonation. Almost like cider. I'll pass on the next one.

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Photo of Swizzz
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Belgian dark ale very enjoyable to drink smells great looks great definitely recommend this one has a nice wheat flavor with a bit of spice sweetness and a spicy wheat sweet smell

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Two and a half fingered head, nice and beautiful reddish Belgian dark ale body. Looks the part for sure.
S- A very nice, toned down smell. Very fruity aroma. Notes of apricot, raisin, and apple. Stone fruity for sure. Some caramelized malt, brown sugar, molasses and honey. An aged, almost earthy undertone is also present.
T- A malty sweet, caramelized flavor is upfront. A stone fruit flavor like cherry and apricot is very present in this ale as well. Fresh apple is also there. Great representation of the style for sure.
F- Full bodied for sure, nice carbonation.
O- I loved this beer. Altogether perfect representation a Belgian strong dark ale. What great Belgian beer. Pretty sure every major city in the US can get this beer. Get it if you can.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly clear dark reddish brown colour with 1-2 fingers of creamy beige head. Aroma malt forward - caramel, raisin, fig/date sweetness. Taste starts with malty sweetness, dark fruits, plum, but some hoppy tartness/tango ness at the back end - little bit of alcohol warming. Finishes with a bit of spicy bitterness - good but not as good as I remember from years back.

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

Nice look and all strong dark Belgian ale aromas. Bread, dried fruits and caramel. Flavor is medium high sweet and very dry, yeasty. Medium dry finish. Spicy. Good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Band new keg. It takes several pours to fill the glass. Deep brown color but bright light passes through the center easily. Clear. I'm served a tiny head but it provides plenty of ring and streaky lacing throughout the tasting.

Deep, rich caramel sweetness with a touch of chocolate to the nose.

Surprisingly thin body with good carbonation. The flavor, though, is rich and sweet. Plenty of alcohol up front. Oddly, the swallow is not warming. There's only a touch of bitterness in the finish. Short sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was pretty good and aged about 6 years, poured into a tulip at cellar temp:

Was very foamy at the start, but like champagne and reminded me of Duvell. As the foamy dissipated it was more like a quad and resembled Blue Chimmay

The smells were sweet and fruity with flavors of chocolate, prunes, figs, grapes, plums, maple, cinnamon, and cherries with a watery mouth feel that is hard to believe it's 8.5abv. There also was quite a bit of sediment at the bottom but I didn't care, I drank that too. Either way it was the best of the Deliriums for sure.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: So dark brown that it looks black even when held up to the light, with only the very bottom where the bowl meets the stem having any brown. Gigantic, foamy off-white head with a lot of staying power.

Smell: Spicy and sweet. A mix of fruit and sweet malt with a touch of alcohol on the nose. Orange peel and a sort of earthiness.

Taste: Continuing the earthiness from the nose, with a sort of metallic flavor. Small amounts of that spicy fruitiness, but covered by the unusual earthy and coppery taste.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness with very high, sparkly carbonation.

Overall: Everything about this beer is great except for the actual tasting experience. I can't explain how this flavor got in, but it overpowers just about everything in the beer except the alcohol.

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Photo of jfagella
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a fan of this one. This was one of my first real craft beers and I have to say I think I peaked off the start. Definitely stronger than what I was expecting, but thats probably just because of my lack of experience. Overall though it was a very well polished beer, strong yet smooth at the same time. Alcohol was well hidden.

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Photo of Warmonster
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good, beer, a lot smoother and easier to drink than I thought it would be, especially being considered a "dark ale". It is expensive but its very good! But any company who has been brewing beer for over 500 years should be good!

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Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with some sediment present, big dense three finger tan foam head that takes a while to settle, leaves gobs of lace.

Aroma is nice sweet malts, candi sugars, brown sugar, dark fruits, plums, raisins and figs. Some nuttiness and earthy spice to round this one out, almost like a dry dirt smell but not in a bad way.

Taste is is like the nose nice sweetness of the malt and sugars up front, lightens as it moves to dark fruity notes and finishes earthy and dry. Strange starts full and finishes lighter medium. Pretty darn tasty, I have had this one before not sure why I didn't review back then but looked good at the store yesterday thought I would treat myself.

Mouthfeel is strange starts all sugary and full but moves to a lighter medium in the finish. Carbonation is on the lower side for a Belgian brew, which I enjoy.

Overall I like this beer kind of strange I haven't reviewed it before as I have had it a few times. Maybe not he best Belgian Strong Dark but enjoyable just as I remember it.

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Photo of Spechopper1007
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Belgian strong ale and its a nice one. It pours a thick light tan head. The color is dark amber. The aroma is complex mixture of sweet and fruity with a strange funk. The taste is as complex as the smell its coffee/caramel, zesty/sweet fruits and faint hops. Overall a very complex brew and I am grateful to have found it.

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Photo of Zet
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A lively brew with a big steady head of foam and a dark brown colour. Smell of dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates) and caramel. Nice rich taste which is moderately sweet in the mouth with dark fruits, malt and toffee and mildly bitter and dry in the finish with a light roasty and nutty profile. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Nice.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark burgundy colored pour with a very thick, creamy, frothy head and lots of active, steady carbonation.

S - Sweet Belgian candy sugar/malt, spice, clove, dark fruit, raisins, and prunes.

T - Earthy sweet malt, clove, spice, raisins, figs, and a mild earthy bitterness on the backside.

M - Big medium body with a wet finish.

O - A tried a true Classic.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: drops brilliant deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights blanketed by 3" of light tan foam with a fine bead and good retention marking the glass with thick Belgian lace

S: smells of dark dried fruit, fruit, light fruit cake, spice, hints of anise, faint tobacco, and some rich caramel

T: flavors start with dark dried fruit, raisin, fig, banana, traces of anise, faint root beer, a hint of tobacco, alcohol, caramel, and dark sugars leading to a moderately high bitter, drying finish

F: medium to medium light body and above average very soft and creamy carbonation.

O: big, full flavored beer provides a nice mix of malt and yeast flavors balanced by hop bitterness.

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Photo of AAG
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle in Bruges, Belgium. Beautiful, creamy head; ruby read; taste transitions from sweet to tart to dry. Complex, rich, and tasty. Medicinal, alcohol, earthy aromas. Great beer! Got to love Belgians!

Addition: Creamy head tastes like candy.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer looks like a dark brown, and has an off-white head. Smell is fruity and malty. Taste consists of brown sugar, malt, caramel in the mouthful. Alcohol is very well hidden, is very fizzy, and carbonation keeps this beer feeling light and refreshing overall.

A very tasty Belgian Ale-- I prefer this to it's related golden ale variety, Delirium Tremens.

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Photo of thwinger
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark brown ale with ample caramel colored foam flecked with brown particulate. Malty sweetness of caramel/toffee scent dominates, but has subtle notes of hops. Malty-hoppiness flavor with subtle caramel and spice taste and a bitter finish. Crisp yet creamy mouthfeel goes down smooth. Decent beer on the right occasion, but not my everyday beer.

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Photo of EMH73
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark brown with some red hues, a one inch tan head that dissipated fairly quickly, little lacing and a fair amount of floaties. Smells and tastes of dark fruits, bread, chocolate, spices and some caramel. Medium to heavy bodied, well carbonated, smooth mouth feel with a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Great head retention, a bit of lace. Mocha colored head. Beer itself is a mahogany/chesnut brown, opaque.
S: Somewhat restrained, although what I do get is nice. Sweet molasses, dark fruit, maybe even honey and spice. Toffee, caramel, think dark sugar.
T: Great flavors here. Lots of phenol spice. Dough and yeast are prominent as well, toasted granola grain quality. Low bitterness. Good balance of sweetness and dryness.
F: Pretty smooth, very easy drinking. Carbonation feels a bit higher than average, pretty crisp which I feel balances out some of the sweet flavors. Very silky mouthfeel overall though
O: Really enjoy, strikes a balance with me between robustness of flavor and ease of drinking. Seems like something you can have a few of, all the while really enjoy doing so. Would drink again

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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,928 ratings