Delirium Nocturnum
Brouwerij Huyghe

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #36
Ranked #4,805
4.05 | pDev: 12.35%
Brouwerij Huyghe
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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!

Monday at 04:33 PM
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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

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.

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

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.

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
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Deep brown with a large tan head that sticks around and leaves a good amount of lacing behind.
S - Sweet dark fruit notes and Belgian yeast along with sweet malt.
T - Belgian yeast and dark fruit notes throughout - dates and cherries especially. A slight amount of caramel, but not as much as I was expecting. Slightly bitter near the end.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation
O - A nice Belgian strong dark ale, but not nearly as good as many other examples of the category - however, still very enjoyable.

Apr 25, 2020
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4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a beer that I really like and while it is great in a bottle, it is a completely different and more enjoyable beverage when served on tap (for this I recommend the Monestarium for the draft). It is a light brown-red colored beverage with great effervescence, subtle aroma from the tickling the nose with an almost Trappist aroma announcing this is a beverage to be enjoyed. It has nicely balanced hops and malt, proving a nice malt flavor that is neither sweet or bitter.

Apr 21, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drink a lot of the Belgian Trappist ales (baaad, I know) so I thought I would give this one a try. I have to say that it is pretty darn good. I like Chimay and Orval, and such, and this one fits in pretty well with those. If I had to choose one, I would take the Chimay but I will definitely buy this one again.

Apr 19, 2020
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bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 25 oz cement bottle. Pours a nice dark ruby color with a pillowy 3 finger head. Scents of Belgian candy, orange peel, pear, and sweet cherries. Taste is very smooth. Medium bodied with some cherries and plums. Not cloying. Extremely drinkability and very strong but the alcohol is well hidden. A very good beer.

Mar 17, 2020
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altstadt from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear dark red-brown color. Pours a tan head which dropped down to a heavy skiff across the top, leaving patchy lacing on the glass. Moderate flux of fine bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smells of dark roasted malt, yeast, and something I couldn't identify. Mildly sweet. Swirling the glass kicked up a mild barnyard funk, some spice, and boosted the previous scents.

Dark malt flavors, but without the caramel I expected. Light sweet. Mild bitters. There is something funky underneath that brings out a bit of an alcohol flavor. The aftertaste is the funky alcohol and a mild bitter. Later on it picks up a bit of overripe banana.

Quickly foams up, but goes past a cream to a coarse foam. Something is boosting the alcohol to provide a bit of heat - 8.5% ABV is not something I normally notice. Medium body.

Starts off with a much cleaner and thinner taste than I expected. More character came out as it warmed up a bit in my glass.

Dec 26, 2019
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LampertLand from Canada

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Delirium 'Nocturnum' @ 8.5% , served from the Noel 4pack , 1 x 330 ml bottle , 1 tulip
A-pour is amber from the bottle to glass with a large tan head leaving a fine spotty lace along the supplied tulip
S-Belgium , yeast
T-strong , slight dry bitter finish
MF-ok carbonation , full bodied
Ov-my second pink elephant
prost LampertLand

Dec 22, 2019
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Viaduck from California

3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Body is a dark shade if burnt orange in color with a generous light tan head. Pretty aroma, caramel, malt, alcohol, raisins & dark fruit. Mildly sweet , slightly salty. Flavor pretty much follows what Is implied by its aroma. No yeast or bread flavors detected. Alcohol flavor & stomach heat is more than expected for what is listed on the label. Average viscosity & carbonation. I’m slightly disappointed, I would prefer more caramel & roasted malt flavor.

Dec 21, 2019
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OlaB from Norway

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark-brown color with a huge top of beige head that dissolves slowly.
Aroma is dark malts, plums, raisins, dates,caramel, mollasses chocolate and burned sugar.
The taste is sweet and malty with notes of dark and dried fruits, caramel and some slight chocolate tones. The finish is slightly dry, and leaves a long and strong aftertaste. The flavours are strong and complex.
Soft and oily mouthfeel with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
This one was really delicious.

Dec 14, 2019
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a real good example of this style, but my taste is biased by 35 days of no alcohol, and this is how I end that. I had heart surgery September 23 (it's October 25) and I had nothing for a few days before that. But I should have been clear to drink a tad a few days ago, but I waited until now. Naturally, this tastes like heaven - the reason to live.

It pours a translucentish dark brown with nice head and bubbles. The aroma is a skunky malty, yeasty mess. The taste is also bug and full. Very malty and yeast as it should be. The aftertaste is sweet and sticky.

This brew is a big success. Thanks to my neighbors for bringing this over when I got out of the hospital. It turns out this particular Delirium was new to me, and delightful.

Oct 26, 2019
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thesherrybomber from California

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass.

Color is dark ruby, slightly hazy; cream colored head that sticks around

Nose sweet, vinous, reminiscent of fruits like cherries and perhaps cranberries

Palate is tart, fruity, spiced

Slight alcohol warmth on the finish

Oct 24, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Very deep chestnut, clear, 5mm very fine tan head holding well.
S- Pungent stewed fruits leap out first and I struggle to get anything further.
T- Pungent, dark stewed fruits, deep into a facet of woody-ness, some malty richness in the tail. It's full-on 8.5% but not OTT.
M- Very much suited for colder months. deep and intense. The 8.5% is absolutely clear to see. Somehow it doesn't come over as rich (ie on the sweet spectrum) at all. Very well carbonated in the mouth.
O- Is there a point at which a beer it too high an ABV% for it's own good; I've pondered this before? For me this one is pushing that line. I'm enjoying trying it but am not sure if I'd buy it again, there's a point at which impact becomes a blunt instrument.
330ml bottle BB: 20/11/2021. Bought from Harvey Nicholls dept store, London £4.50

Sep 30, 2019
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Solo007 from New York

4.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into my old reliable tulip glass (sniffer).

It's hard to go against a Belgian beer - they're extremely well-made: You can taste the time, effort and quality of the ingredients that was put into making such excellent beers. If there tends to be any criticism in Belgium beers is that: On the whole: Belgium beers might be too full bodied and too rich: And that they may tend to be a bit on the strong side (high alcohol content). But I like a well made, strong beer and the beers from the Huygne Brewery do not disappoint. The Delirium Nocturnum has a thick strong head with a controlled nose of hops of barley (mild roasted malt), with a nice fruit of nectarine, peach, plum, apricot and blue / blackberries (something earthy like banana or fig). The feel / mouth is not as solid as many a Belgiums tend to be -rather is somewhat strongly balance - significant, but not at all heavy. Finish is fulfilling, not heavy, very drinkable, very satisfying. Ideally -suited for Americans that may not be used to drinking Belgiums. Very even-keeled beer: One of the most balanced Belgium ales of any class I've ever consumed: Can be pricey: At $7.50 for 11.2 oz bottle, here in Brooklyn, to me: that's a bit nuts: But it's so good, you may want to splurge.

Sep 07, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Pours a cloudy brown color with a thick layer of beige head. Smells of roasted malt with some spice. Medium feel with high carbonation. Tastes of sweet bready malts with some spice and a bitter finish. Very nice!

Sep 07, 2019
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vainosuomi from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown, creamy light brown head
Smell: Plum, brown sugar
Taste: Lots of sweet dark fruit, banana yeast, a bit of hoppy bitterness.
Feel: Crisp carbonation, medium to heavy body, warm alcohol

Aug 20, 2019
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misteil from Ireland

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Jul 03, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Apr 10, 2019
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MercInc from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Mar 13, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Mar 04, 2019
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mpyle from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Jan 20, 2019
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izraelc from New York

3.32/5  rDev -18%
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.

Jan 20, 2019
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Swizzz from Florida

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Dec 08, 2018
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Dec 01, 2018
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