Delirium Nocturnum
Brouwerij Huyghe

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #35
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,474
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 12.35%
Reviews:
988
Ratings:
3,019
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Year-round
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SCORE
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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
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nastone01

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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
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blazerkor from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a brief off-white/yellow tinged head. Nice lacing. Initial impression is molasses, dark fruits, bready/yeasty malts, and spices. Mouthfeel is clean and medium; alcohol is evident but not intrusive. Finish is clean and sweet, but not cloyingly so. Overall, a little on the sweet side for me but enjoyable nonetheless.

May 19, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Das Beer Garden. Murky brown with a creamy khaki head. Smells of warming spices, alcohol, some sugar. Tastes of spices, alcohol, dark fruit. Yeast character dries it out making it a little astringent, or maybe that's the spice. Earthy finish. Medium heavy and warmingly alcoholic. Slick and almost creamy texture. Good.

May 14, 2021
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BergBeer from Hawaii

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle in a shaker pint

Look: Muddy brown with a thick khaki head. Took forever for the news to go down.

Smell: Dark cherries, whole wheat bread, clove, baking spices, and molasses. Very complex.

Taste: Like a Christmas Stollen with extra dark cherries in it. Sweet and fruity with baking spices laced throughout.

Feel: Big bodied and thick on the palate. Drinks bigger then the 8.5 percent. No bitterness. Big sweetness. Soft carbonation.

Overall: A good Belgian that could use some tweaking to make it more balanced and nuanced. Delirium tremens is so balanced and nuanced that this seems like a soupy mess in comparison. Worth picking up though to see the style.

May 13, 2021
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz foil-covered bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy dark caramel brown pour with massive off-white head. Lasts forever... great lacing. Really good looking beer.

S: Toasted grains and sugars. Toffee, caramel, and malts.

T.F: Bready malts and toasted grains. Brown sugar and toffee... mixed with baked raisin, yeast, and a bit of spice. Not overly sweet which is a good thing. Some esters.. medium bodied and well carbonated. Hides the ABV... a bit of sweetness and spice to finish.

O: A nice change of pace, but not one of my favorites in the 'Delerium' lineup. One I'm glad to enjoy occasionally and a classic for the style.

Apr 30, 2021
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this at my local Harris Teeter Grocery Store Pub in Raleigh NC.
Poured from a tap into a Snifter.
Looks dark amber with a nice foamy tannish head that lasted throughout the beer and a nice of lacing.
Smells lightly bready, estery, figs, almonds, alcohol and yeasty.
Taste follows the nose nicely with pepper, raisins, bready and malty.
Mouth feel is medium for the style with a nice smooth finish.
Overall a very nice Belgian Dark that I would definitely order again.
Cheers!

Apr 24, 2021
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2019
NO idea how I don't have a review for this, must have been lost in a server crash or something
Pours an off-white fizzy frothy 1 finger head with moderate retention, fair messy lacing, dark mahogany brown color

Nose brings loads of sweet malts and candi sugar, dark Belgian candi sugar, molasses, toffee, lots of dark fruity esters, both malt and yeast derived, fig, date a little raisin, perfumey smooth alcohol, a touch bready

Taste more of the same, dark-sweet malts, rich malty flavors with more sweetness, plenty of dark Belgian candi sugar, toffee, molasses, etc, smooth perfumey alcohol, more dark fruits, fig especially, some raisin, date, a bit of raisin, bready malts with some toasted bread crust as well, semi sweet sticky finish, a little waxy port-like oxidation notes (in a good way)

Mouth is fuller bod, a bit syrupy, med-higher frothy carb, just a touch of warming alcohol, sticky

Overall solid beer, a staple for the style, and one I've had many times.

Mar 14, 2021
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - normal pour into chalice producing a burnt umber colored brew sporting a beautiful 1.5 inch parchment head. Moderate to high carbonation. Amazing lacing. Gorgeous brew.

S - Malt, bread, raisin, chocolate, Smokey oak, hint of vanilla.

T - Deep and complex. Though not an official Trappist, the similarities are undeniable. To say this brew is a nod to the Trappist style would be an understatement of epic proportions. Malt, bread, and raisin all come through with a coffee bitterness on the finish.

M - Some linger, but mostly clean. Thin and enjoyable. Easy drinker for 8%.

D - Undeniably, this is a world class beer. I was always on the fence about Delirium mainly due to my exposure to tremens. However, since enjoying the Noel seasonal, coupled with this amazing offering, I am no longer. Fantastic brew.

Mar 09, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours a deep amber color with a one-finger foamy light khaki head that has good retention before reducing to a ring

S- slightly nutty on the nose with aromas of caramel, figs, dates, Belgian candi sugar, molasses, clove, basement must and peppery yeast

T- peppery and spicy yeast at the intro is immediately followed by notes of raisins, figs and prunes. Mid-palate gives a hint of caramel, brown sugar and dark bread. The finish gives more spicy yeast with notes of clove, cracked pepper and light phenols

M- medium body with lively carbonation produces a big foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a classic Belgian Dark that checks all of the boxes

Mar 07, 2021
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml can, I drank the living shit out of this in Brussels last year, I doubt it’ll be as good out of the can, but here’s to hoping.

Pours nearly two fingers of tan head into my snifter. Retention is ok, maybe a little below average, but it leaves a nice rim around the glass. Initial lacing looks very nice. Body is basically black, but turns mahogany when held to the light. Looks decent so far.

Nose is very sweet. Lots of esters, with a huge amount of stone fruit - dates, plum, and fig. Intensity is almost to fruit cake level, almost too intense, but it is extremely authentic and not at all extract like. I wouldn’t mind letting some other acceptable flavors shine through like the malt or some spice, because this is very one sided. Still, a gigantic nose that smells really great, all things considered.

Flavor is a little more well-rounded. That fruit cake characteristic isn’t really there, instead it is replaced by even clearer stone fruit flavors. Drier notes of fig, dates, and plum all come through really well. A little bit of alcohol that balances things nicely. Again, wouldn’t mind a few more details here, but this is fantastic either way.

Carbonation is on the higher side. Despite all of the flavor, the body is actually relatively light. A little bit of sweetness, but dry for the most part, especially considering how sweet the nose was. Bitterness is not evident. Alcohol is not offensive at all. Wonderful.

Drinkability is dangerously good. This is tasty, light bodied, and the alcohol is not an issue at all.

Appearance turned out pretty good. The head wasn’t anything special, but the lacing was quite thick once it took hold.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. I’m docking a few points because it could be a little more complex, but it’s by no means boring, and it packs a huge flavor. It does what it needs to do, and does it well.

Mar 01, 2021
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nick_perry from North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy mahogany color with a 1-finger white head. Malt forward. Bubblegum and banana esters are present, but not as overpowering as the “regular” Delirium in my opinion. They’re balanced out better by darker fruit, candied sugar, and funky yeast notes, as well as some clove accents in the bouquet. Well carbonated. Somewhat astringent finish. I feel like the alcohol is more noticeable than in the “regular” Delirium, even though I believe it’s the same at 8.5%. Classic example of a Belgian dark ale.

Feb 06, 2021
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Can reads 'L0191'; consumed on 1/22/21

Pours a foggy, cranberry-brown body with deep maroon hues, and is topped with over two fingers of thick, fluffy, beige foam; good head retention leaves a creamy half-finger of cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and a consistent, webby lacing spread evenly around the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens softly with toffee hard candies into fruity yeast and a building, background char; banana bread middle gives way to an increasing char into the back end, softening with hints of sweet clove on the close.

Taste features an almost creamy vanilin backing notes of slight banana and yeasty esters upfront as charry clove evolces into the mid-palate; sweet clove and a touch of herbal spice on the back end leaves impressions of black bread crust into a finish of burnt banana bread.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body along with a full, fluffy, rounded carbonation dispersing to an even, creamy texture with a building, slightly gritty char over the mid-palate; a back end marrying pillowy grit and casual creamy characteristics eases into a semi-bitter finish.

A classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale approach: wavy, subtle, and driven by the confluence of fruity yeast and robust malts; a deepening char does become overzealous and edges toward overall imbalance, but a consistency at the base of this ale sees it through to a pleasant overall impression.

Jan 23, 2021
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laquebrada from California

4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .5L can to 2 x Belgian snifter glasses.
Tan head, small bubbles, good head retention, very dark copper color.
Wonderful ester aroma, candi sugar.
Malt forward, complex flavor, but not cloying sweetness, very drinkable, but a sipper.
Just enough conditioning to accentuate the body, and make it melt in the mouth.
Long warming finish.
Overall, a classic, and a keeper. And now that it comes in .5L can, big enough to share.

Jan 18, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid across the board.... ABV is not evident and the taste is ... Smooth to drink and nice in the belly this a thumbs up in my book for sure ... Find and enjoy!

Jan 10, 2021
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Mugman8 from New York

3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought pint cans on the Red, Blue and Nocturnum at Total Wine. Not wowed by any of them, especially the Nocturnum and the Red. This one had no head, no lace and kind of a blah yeasty, sweet taste. High ABV. So many other better Belgians!

Jan 02, 2021
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a clear, rich, dark brown color with an inch-and-a-half of tan head that had very good retention and light-to-moderate lacing.

Sweet, caramel-ey malts had the front of the nose, with some nice yeast spice adding highlights.

Very similar on the tongue, with the yeast being bolder and spicier.

The body was light-medium, had very good carb throughout, and a sweet-ish finish that dried out quickly.

Drinkabilty was very good, smooth, interesting, and enjoyable.

Overall, a very enjoyable brew. certainly worth trying if you see it.

Dec 30, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

50cL can
thanks to Ken for giving me a can to try - somehow after all these years, I’ve never had this one (?)
L: brown with red hues; foamy tan head
S: molasses, brown sugar, bread crust, dark candi sugar, plum, raisin, spice
T: rich and malty; dark grain, dark candi, spiced fruit cake, plum cake, raisin, pumpernickel bread, yeast, booze
F: silky smooth, lively carbonation, alcohol is warming, sweet yet balanced finish
O: excellent, just as expected. I find it interesting to see breweries like this canning their beer. It makes sense to me.

Nov 26, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle coded L21 18045 poured into a tulip glass at just above fridge temp 8.5% ABV. The beer pours medium brown in color with abundant light brown head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a ring of lacing around the glass. The aroma is mild with toasted malt and some earthy hop notes. The taste is semisweet burnt sugar caramel with more earthy hop flavor, some molasses, all before a moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just above average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good. The hop flavor and bitterness were a small shock, but this is a really nice beer. Less sweet and less fruity than most Belgian darks.

Note: I get a little fruit as it approaches room temperature

Nov 25, 2020
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DanO1066 from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught 8oz snifter at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Based on the overall rating & reviews I was expecting more. Speaking of which, more to follow...

Oct 19, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

exquisitely good, a gold standard in the style, and now available in cans, which is awesome. i feel like these guys were one of the first belgian classics to end up in a can, but this is the first time i am seeing the dark one in this format. essentially a dubbel to me, medium brown toned with some shine and great clarity, malt driven but still belgian yeasty, and just complex and nuanced as they come, a gorgeous sipper, but a pretty easy drinking brew for what it is too, i couldnt get enough! the head is high on this, tinted khaki color, foamy and expansive in my big red wine glass. it smells insane, thats my favorite part of this, chestnut and raisin and maple from the grain, port wine, potpourri, rose, and anise from the yeast, really cool esters to this, quintessentially belgian, but also unique to itself, really what makes this beer for me. the flavor is the same as the nose but not quite as penetrating and striking, its impressive that this is so malt driven without being very sweet, and there is only a little prickly of alcohol on the tongue too, pretty mellow there for what it is. slightly peppery yeast character is a nice counterpoint to a little brown sugar thing from the grain, and the effervescent texture keeps this from ever feeling heavy. the objective quality here is off the charts, and this is famous for good reason. one of the better fairly available belgian darks in the game!

Sep 21, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Burnished copper with a light, sandy, brown sugar head. It gives the foam equivalent of a haughty warrior puffing out his chest and clanging his buckler, coarse and blustery and completely in the way of what I actually want to see: the beer. Give it a few minutes to drop the ostentatious showmanship and when the posturing foam fizzles down, it becomes dignified.

Bouquet:
A distant memory of sweet cherries, a dash of orange zest and a secretive blip of Belgian candi hidden behind them.

Feel:
Slender and slippery with a brief bloom of carbonation. Has a warming, tart funk finish that’s subtle enough to be appreciable. As it transitions from cold to chilled, its character amplifies.

Taste:
Roasted plantains, Belgian yeast, and thin smudge of cherry jam wrapped up in a soft slice of German dark wheat bread. Has a sticky-sweet finale, garnished by deeply roasted malts and the barest pinch of baking spices.

Jul 31, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber ruby red with a dense creamy light tan khaki colored foam head. Smells like rich malts, dark fruit, black cherry, fig, plum, black grape, dark berries, red fruit jam, dried fruit, some phenolic clove spice, mild bubblegum, banana, apricot, rich caramel, dark toffee, fruity molasses, hint of chocolate, toasty bready malts, touch of funk, with floral earthy hops. Tastes rich and fruity with dark fruits, black cherry, fig, plum, black grape, dark berries, red fruit jam, dried fruit, apricot, banana, bubblegum, phenolic black peppery clove spice, rich caramel, dark toffee, fruity molasses, hint of chocolate, toasty bready malts, a touch of funk, with floral earthy grassy hops. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a nice Belgian strong dark ale.

May 09, 2020
Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 3019 ratings