Delirium Nocturnum
Brouwerij Huyghe

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #38
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,197
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 12.35%
Reviews:
949
Ratings:
2,933
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Brouwerij Huyghe
 
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml champagne-style bomber with a coating that looks like ceramic. Cute pink elephant with some trippy colours surrounding it lets you know that your ass is going to be dead, soon. No bottled on info. Blue foil seal with cork and crown.

Appearance: Hazy deep ruby red with a tan creamy, patchy lace -- one gentle swirl and it creams up again.

Smell: Medicinal/light solvent, tart apple, faint caramel, raw sugar, alcohol (swirl and give it a good whiff) and earthy / yeast aromas.

Taste: Kinda smooth and very creamy on the palate, light pear texture. Medium-bodied. Medicinal, dominant apple (slightly tart), herbal, yeast ... then the malts settle in on the palate with a smooth chocolate / caramel flavour that turns dry soon after. No predominant hop bitterness. Vague spices. Warming spicy alcohol character hits the head after a few decent sips.

Notes: Welcome to Belgian beers! Lovely combination of malts and complex tartness. A surprise lurks around every taste bud with this beer. Amazing how such a beer can go from sweet to mildly tart to dry.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had delirium tremendous several times, and surprisingly have not had its dark counterpart until now. Here goes:
Pours a brown/mahogany color with a hugely dense off white foamy head. That's the conundrum with some Belgians; the head is beautiful to look at, but, its torture waiting for it to settle somewhat so that you can get in that first sip. After what seemed a lifetime, the head began to dissapates and retained as a thick creamy and sudsy foam and lots of lacing dripping down the side of the glass.
The nose is interesting. Initially there is a orange peel zest. This is followed by dark fruit, chocolate malt and an interesting herbal spiciness that somehow reminds me of potatoes seasoned with garlic. Towards the end I start picking up a distinct pear aroma.
In the mouthfeel, there is initially a piercing carbonation that lightens the body. There is a faint cocoa sweetness in the background that is balanced by a mild hops bitterness. There are dark fruits such as raisins and plums, as well as some pear towards the end. There is even some mild tartness. Furthermore there is a peppery spiciness that is moderate and adds to the complexity. I love it how these flavors really open up as the drink warms and the carbonation settles. By this point the mouthfeel becomes soft, smooth and even creamy.
I really liked this one and perhaps like it better than delirium tremendous. A great example of the style.

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Photo of Rivoire
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not really a big fan of dark beers but I liked the mouthfeel who stays a long time!

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Photo of Brewdacris
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After sampling Delirium Noel for the first time last night, I couldn't get the thought of a delicious Nocturnum out of my head. Although the Noel is an amazing beer in its own regard, the taste kept bringing me back to memories of the Nocturnum. This is my all-time favorite beer and I figured it was high time I reviewed it.

A- An inviting dark red when you look at it under light but otherwise opaque. The color is very fitting for the style and taste. Tan two finger head that dissipates after a few minutes to leave a nice lace on top.

S- The aroma definitely is dominantly apple, a somewhat sour but pleasant smell combined with what appears to be a sugary aroma. Very complex smell with a tingly alcoholic backdrop.

T&M- Absolutely fantastic. One sip reminds me why this is my favorite beer, and it only gets better from there. The Nocturnum feels incredibly silky on the tongue, a perfectly thick-but-not-syrupy consistency that definitely compliments the rollercoaster of flavors. The first thing to hit the buds is apple apple apple. Tart but not too much so, perfectly complimenting the following chocolate/caramel flavoring. This subsides very soon after leaving a dry but pleasant aftertaste. The alcohol reminds you that it's there in the form of a pleasant warm feeling in your stomach as well as a slight spice in the aftertaste. Amazing.

After sampling this beer, I have once again reassured myself that it is indeed my favorite. I couldn't bring myself to rate the Nocturnum as anything less than perfect and I have no reason to as I've never enjoyed anything more. Among the most complex of beers I've encountered but perfect in every aspect. I would be hard-pressed to find a beer that I would hold in as high regard as the Nocturnum. Truly world class among world class brews.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Careful, this one will overflow in a heartbeat. I caught it early so I’m no worse the wear, but the head on this ale is magnificent. It’s big, beautiful, darkly-shaded, slow to go down, and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell – The dark malt aroma is complimented by very ripe, dark fruits. If I had to pick the most prominent, I guess I would say plum and tobacco. However, this aroma is very complex. It is slightly spoiled by a rather strong harshness of alcohol.

Taste – There’s some table sugar that comes out in the taste. Otherwise, it’s pretty much what you get from the nose. Again, the stingy alcohol reminds one more of cheap whiskey than ale.

Mouthfeel – I like the carbonation in this one, and the body is very full.

Drinkability – This one lacks the smoothness of a fine, mature, BSDA. Most all the ingredients seem to be there, they just need an experienced hand in getting them all together.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Total Wine as soon it became availble for 2007... the back label is notched at the 3 and 7, this is a 330ml bottle. Served at cellar temprature in an oversize snifter on 1/18/08.

Appearance- Deep caramel red, this is a nice looking beer on the pour. The deep beige two-finger head is infused with a reddish hue, and it lingers for about three minutes before settling to a thin film.

Smell- Wonderfully spicy and lush, the nose is inundated right from the start. I'm not sure what these aromas are, but they remind me of something I may have cooked with in the past... it smells like a beer I would have liked to have had on hand for this past Thanksgiving... sort of a cross between a saison and winter warmer. There's even an incense quality here, with big perfumes and oils coming through. Unique as hell, I haven't even tasted this yet.

Taste- Huge malts right away... deep and savory. Although this beer has something of interest to connote, it is unfortunately blocked and cross-checked by a bullying alcohol factor. Suggestions of sweet, dark fruit peek through the

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth, slick, and creamy for most of the tasting... then later it becomes gassier and more expansive in the mouth. Overall a bit of an uneven ride, and definitely not a memorable sampling.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of curlybird
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jesstyr
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got to give this one a try after buying a bottle at Publick House in Brookline. Served in a McChouffe chalice.

Pours a hazy brown with reddish hue. Massive brownish head, that measures more than 2 fingers in this chalice - and the big head lingers nicely throughout the drink. Nose was very enjoyable - deep brown sugar, light dark fruit, and a bit of caramel.

Taste was quite enjoyable, full bodied with strong brown sugar and caramel with a deep malty character. Light spiciness that lingers in a very subtle, but enjoyable bitterness. Warms on the way down with a bit of alcohol that carries through. The smoothness makes this quite drinkable.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Jason_cs
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CRJMellor
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, deep ruby and maroon color with a four-fingered off-white head that tries to escape the Delirium tulip. Head fades away slowly leaving a billowy lace on the glass.
Aroma of drak fruits, cough medicine, grain, spic, orange peel and hint of alcohol. Classic Belgian complexity to me.
Flavor of dark, dark fruits - prunes or raisins, coriander, biscuit and some citrus twang.
Mouthfeel is beautifully alive on the tongue. Sweet and full upfront with a nice transition to spicy and dry alcoholic finish.
Drinkability is superior but powerful alcohol and flavor would make hard to session.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into snifter.

Very deep raspberry red, which is nearly opaque. Tan creamy head that settles to a thick fizzy cap. Stringy lacing.

Sweet aromas with cherry, raspberry, and apple. Some grainy malt in the base. The alcohol is well hidden.

Sweet n' tart flavors, starting out with mild pear switching to husky malt and some drying alcohol. A hint phenolic flavors are there. Some hop bitterness is present toward the end. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

A good dark ale. Interesting complex beer inside of an interesting bottle. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 2933 ratings