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Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
delirium.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 12-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,412
Reviews:
921
Ratings:
2,840
pDev:
12.72%
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4.22
 
 
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Photo of benloho
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer. However, I was taken by surprise by the sudden foaminess and it is a bit of a gusher so watch out.

Look: cloudy brown with a very thick fluffy mocca head

Aroma: dark bread, raisons, a little bit of alcohol

Taste: The flavor is dark bread, yeast, dark fruits, plum, raisins, sweet, and it is a bit tart.

Feel: medium

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

*2013 bottle, reviewed in 2017*

Nut brown but fairly clear ale, topped with a modest tan head with OK retention.

Slight touch of oxidation on the nose; dark fruit bread, aspirin, wheat, raisins, wood.

While the nose hints at a Dubbel style Belgian ale, the palate is immediately hit with a strong prune-date-fig-raisin tone, showing up almost immediately, reaching a peak in the middle, and lingering until the end. Fruit bread and wheat continue to make an impression, along with some brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Red and white grapes, crackers, and perhaps a touch of banana. A touch of dry spice from the yeast.

A touch fizzy on the palate; surprising amount of sting. Definitely cuts down on the enjoyment for this style. Long finish; more heat than an 8.5% ABV brew deserves.

For a true Belgian SDA/Quad, this one isn't a classic. It's certainly not poor. I also wonder if perhaps this one does not hold up to aging quite as well as others in the style (I generally try to review all beers fresh if at all possible, and then age them only if appropriate). Worth visiting, but nowhere near as commanding and impressive as Tremens.

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Photo of JDoHo
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AGust82
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adam36
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OzmanBey
1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

an overhyped beer that does not live up to its rep, very light, not much flavor.

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Photo of OriginalWayOut
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jstarr2517
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmaslakov
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shortbox81
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jortonsbeer
3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: amber brown
Smell: sweet alcohol, some spices
Taste: poured and had a huge head. After getting through that foam, tastes like a dark heavy beer
Feel: dry alcohol
Overall: heavy dark beer, should have shared the bottle with a friend.

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gambyt20
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ned57
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pmcclure
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is among the most pleasant beers I've come across to sip and savor slowly. The foreground is occupied by dark, roasted malt flavor but it balances well with some background sweetness and strong booziness.

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4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Momma Rambo at Longhorn's Liquor! A very old bottle in the very back of a very deep cooler that they could neither recall when they last purchased any Nocturnum nor had a price for it in their system. That was, oh, nearly three years ago now. I will say that they charged me the same price as Delirium Tremens (cheaper than Noël), though I personally don't factor price into these reviews, it was just cool of them.

Hazy dark brownish-red color with flakes of yeast and stuff floating about, on top a dense yellowed parchment colored head that lasts a good while but not forever along with some speckled lace around the glass.
Roasted plums and apple raisin muffins on the nose with more of them in the mouth with a lot of chocolate, milk chocolate-dipped plums specifically, and spice cake. Very deep and complex malts and fruits all over but less profound than the aforementioned flavors.
Less fluffy or effervescent than an average dubbel or quad but more smooth and chewy.

Incredible, really. If I had to guess its age I would say somewhere between five and eight years old, kept in a cold, unlit liquor store cooler for half of it and a cool, completely dark closet for the other, time had treated it very, very well.

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

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a dark brownish red color with a level white to slight off white colored half fingered head. There was some light lacing. The smell had some light caramel, mocha and chocolate backed up gently by some black liqorice and coriander. The taste took the previously mentioned flavors and softened them to a sweet spiciness I’ve yet to encounter in pretty much any beer. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy on the body, so yes, it does come across to me as a sipper. The carbonation finishes slightly smooth and creamy. Overall, in my opinion, this was a wonderful Belgian Strong ale to be had again.

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Photo of Houborg1
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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