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Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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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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Photo of tirons
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 33 cl bottle into a Westmalle goblet. Aroma is understated for such a flavourful beer. Tart, sweet, and then dry. It's a spectacular beer in the tradition of the Trappist offerings such as Westmalle Dubbel and Westvleteren 8, both of which I have tried in native Flanders. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Dmann
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a medium brownish color with a nice off white head that faded after a couple minutes into a slight foam around the edges of the glass. The smell was great with some sour apple scents along with spices and a touch of alchohol. I loved the dry taste of this beer mixed with just the right ammount of malt sweetness and spice to balance it out. The sour apple flavor reappeared in the middle of this beer and finished nice and dry so I could not wait for the next sip. A great beer and definantly worth the price.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a belgian style 750ml corked bottle into my chalace/wine glass. pours a dark amber, brownish color with some brownish rubiness when held up to the light. little bit of an off white head that faded to a ring pretty quickly, but can easily be revived with a quick swirl of the glass. just a little bit of lacing. the second glass i poured, unlike the first was filled with tons of sediment, niether a pro nor a con for me. also, the 2nd glass, the head had much better retention. the smell is hugely complex, lots of dark fruits, plum, dates, prunes, raisons, etc. has a little bit of some roasty chocolate malts, a little bit of a musty smell, maybe from the alcohol. some phenolics from the yeast, but not as much as expected for a usual belgian. the taste is amazing, now i can see why this was voted one of the best beers in the world. at first your hit with the dark fruity taste, followed by a nice taste of apples, finishes with a sour dark fruity taste that leaves you longing for more. finishes a tad dry as well. the fruity sourness, prolly from the candied sugar really makes this for me, delicious. the mouthfeel was medium to light bodied, with some high carbonation off the intial pour, but settles to some low carbonation after awhile. quite drinkable beer, does not taste like it has as much alcohol as it does. however, it definately creeps up on you after you finish. i would definately recommend this to anyone that enjoys good beer. hugely complex beer.

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Photo of KenC
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz to a pint glass (That's all I use)

A- Dark red with a thick tan head. Lots of carbonation. Loved the color when held up to the sunlight.
S- Malt and fruit.
T- Malt sweetness. Alcohol aftertaste.
M/D- Soft mouth feel with carbonation. Very drinkable.

I liked everything about this brew except the alcohol aftertaste.

Serving type: Bottle, dated ?/2010.

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Photo of Monsteruss
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The foam was wheat in color, bubbly and stuck around 4 a while, and smooth. The color was deep amber red/mahogany with a faint brick red highlights. The smell was rich aromatic molassis overtone with some burnt wood and carmel undertones with spicey fruit highlights witha big barley smell. The taste was a rich and complex like a barley wine, a spicey molassis overtone with hints of wheat and hops, not too bitter. Mouthfeel - full-bodied, nice texture. Drinkability - great for slow sippin' to enjoy the complex tastes and aromas.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out dark amber. slight tan colored head, low head. No noticeable lacing. Smell of fig, bread, some graininess. Tastes of grape, fig, earthy, some pepper resemblance in the back of the throat in the finish. Malty, with some fruitiness ( cherries, grape jumped out at me). Moderate carbonation leaves tingling in throat. Some what dry in the finish. Overall a very nice drinkable beer, not too high alcohol, nice aroma, taste, mouthfeel. Highly recommend

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a - dark and clear with a two finger, frothy head. Does a cool bottle clay count for appearance? Probably not, fair enough. Head drops down but a small 1/8" cover remains.

s - standard belgian (good) with some sweet raisin in there. Points for a complete lack of alcohol notes on the first glass while still a little cold.

t - dark, toasted malts play the leading role. A little coffee. Good blend of sweet, sour and bitter without any jumping out ahead. Same on the aftertaste. Every sip leaves me salivating for the next one. Outside of a little mouth numbing you'd have no idea about its 8.5% ABV. The only thing keeping it from a 5 is that maybe, MAYBE it's a little too sweet.

m - medium body with a creamy carbonation. Nice.

d - Very solid. This bomber will be savored tonight. I'll have to thank the buddy that recommended this to me. Tasty with an excellent ABV masking.

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Photo of ahommell
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 Pint 9.4 oz bottle into Delirium Tremens Chalice. Cork said 2012.

A: Deep Mahogany. small creamy head that falls over time into a sticky creamy head that invites one in for another sip.

S: Plums, Nectarines, Prunes. Dark cherry. Raisin finish. Little to no alcohol. Normally bready Belgian Yeast scent is faint.

T: Little to no hops taste, but is very similar to a Hommel Ale if it lacked the hops. Dark fruits. Alcohol mild but present. Cherries hit in full force around the 3/4 taste. Smooth, yet warm alcohol finish.

M: Fantastic carbonation for the beer. It makes this smooth as all get out. The sticky head can be felt on the tongue late into the aftertaste because of all the carbonation. For style, nearly full marks.

O: Must try. To me, this is one of those Belgian Breweries that one should try all the varieties that can be found. It is a true piece of mastercraft.

Also - The review below me with the 1.9 rating... This is a beer for a seasoned Belgian drinker. It is not a first timer. If you are looking to get into Belgian Quads, Triples, etc. Try Gulden Draak, Piraat, Duvel. All will give you a welcome into the region. Once your "sweet rum tongue" gets used to the flavors exhibited.... the good ones like Rochefort for example... will fill your shelves.

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Photo of TDRudy
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark amber color with an red-ivory head. One of the prettier belgians I've had in a while.

Strong aroma of black cherries, tart apples, hints of caramel and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is like the burst of an unripe bosc pear, tingling but smooth.

Flavor is tart medicinal, fading to apple and cherry with an herbal hint, fading into a smooth malt.

All in all substantially superior to it's more popular cousin (Tremens), and definitely entered among my favorite beers.

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Photo of ryantupy
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Maple brown pour with a rocky brown head that quickly dissolves, tiny bubbles racing to the top.
S - Apples, Dried Fruit, Spice, Malty sweetness, and even a little smoky.
T - Sweet, sour, apple flavor, dried fruit, malty sweetness, light spice, tart, alcohol, and cherries.
M - Dry smoky finish, crisp sweet mouthfeel.
D - Smooth and tasty this beer was definatly a beer full of complexitys and unique flavor and character.

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Photo of pdeepak
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bomber of the Nocturnum after trying the Tremens as soon as I heard that it was the Tremens' darker sister.

As I popped the cork, the smell that came out was heavenly, a mixture of cinnamon with the classic yeasty smell that goes with a Belgian ale.

Poured into a barleywine snifter for myself and tulips for my drinking partners. The head was about an inch thick and the color of the froth usually found on coffees. It dissipated to half an inch in about 2 minutes. The color of the beer was a deep golden brown, and was barely translucent to a 60 watt light bulb behind it.

The smell from the snifter was a stronger version of the funky scent that I got from the bottle opening. The first taste was heavenly and was reminiscent of drinking molasses. The chewiest Belgian I have tasted and had a slight sweet bite at the end. No boozy character at all.

I need to get more of this stuff!

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Photo of generallee
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to patra for this wonderful birth day gift.
Nocturnum pours a dark brown with a ruby hue and a thick white head that slowly thins out. The aroma is wonderful and full of ripe fruit, candy and melon. The flavor is full of sweet fruits. Dried apricot, plum, orange marmalade and pineapple. There are sweet bready malts as well that mix with the fruit flavors to give this beer a fruit cake quality that has been laced with warming alcohol. This is a delightful Belgian ale with a full body, average carbonation and a sweet finish.

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Photo of taigor
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured dark amber/brown color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet malts, caramel, fruits and some nuttiness.

T - Just like smell very sweet and malty upfront followed by fruits, caramel with hints of alcohol content towards the finish.

M - Medium body with high carbonation.

D - Very good and pleasant beer. Makes a great winter ale.

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Photo of Whadawookie
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fantastic. I poured into a chalice and obtained a 1/4" of creamy head that sticks to the glass like molasses. Smelled pretty good, sweet malts with a bit of the tart apple that will dominate the flavor. Speaking of flavor, this beer is full of it and the flavors all blend excellently together. The dominant taste immediately is sharp and bitter, but that quickly subdues into a warm, yet tart fruity flavor. Apple or pear? These flavors very slowly reside and leaving a soft, creamy residue on the tongue.

Fantastic Belgian Strong. I have committed myself to this 750ml bottle tonight so that'll be the end of reviewing presently as I voyage to the land of the pink elephants.


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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle made to look ceramic. Translucent dark copper-red-brown body with chunks of yeast floating in int and a couple inches of light tan head. Scent is complex, including citrus, yeast, chocolate, caramel, and nut, among other things. If the aroma were stronger, it would be perfect IMO. Tastes initially fruity and yeasty, with roasty caramel and chocolate on the finish. Slight nutty and woody qualities round out the flavor. Light-to medium bodied, very refreshing with a fair bit of carbonation. Alcohol is hardly noticeable in either the flavor or mouthfeel. Wow. This beer is superb, damn near perfect. Probably my new favorite beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an elegant marble-like white bottle with attractive blue foil and cork, this 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bomber pours a beautiful mahogany brown, ruby-reddish color with a full-five-fingeer gigantic head that simply would not disappear... huge frothiness which almost over-poured the serving glass... really like Delirium Tremens, so had high hopes for Nocturnum, which didn't disappoint... slightly malty, fruity smell wih fig and plum aroma - very appealing, with a dark, brown-sugar, sweet flavor that really burst through... a slight winter-warmer taste with fig flavors pouring through... wonderful flavor, exceptional taste with a great mouthfeel and surprisingly easy drinkability for an 8.5% ABV... Full of cinnamon, butterscotch, and caramel flavors... would never notice the alcohol in this one behind a rich conglomeration of flavors... I could enjoy this brew anyday, a wonderful sample, wish they had it in six-packs, although I wouldn't mind paying $8.99 again for this one... Definitely recommended... just as good as the Tremens, if not better...

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At the Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ: poured a dark mahogany into a tulip, with two fingers of beige-colored head. The smell yielded some sweet fruitiness, tartness, spice, and caramel, but was a little dominated by the latter. The flavor however, seemed perfectly balanced; caramel apple, cranberry, brown sugar, sour cherry, malt, and possibly some candi sugar as well, punctuated with a tart lambic-like finish. When combined with the full-bodied mouthfeel, the sensory experience was delightful. I loved this beer, but it might be a little too strong to knock back one after the other.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's been four years since I had my first Delirum Tremens, but you know, I've never put my lips to a Nocturnum! I think a 750 ml bottle will be enough to indulge myself in, and what a psychedelic label. On to the beer:

2009 is engraved in the cork upon opening. The beer lands into a globe shaped glass dark brown. When better light shines on the glasss, ruby red hues appear. The head is nearly white, over two fingers thick in foam, with super sticky retention and lace. The nose provides sweet fruity flavors, with dark grapes, pear, jam, and a peppery wave.

Delirium Tremens is sweet like candy. Delirium Nocturnum, on the other hand, is sweet like a dark grape. Damn, it really does taste like grape, and that flavor absorbs into your tongue. Sugary but pleasant, dabs of grapple (grape flavored apple) appear, a hint of nectarine (probably from the yeast)....a gentle additon of peppery spice adds another layer to this delicious beer. The body is very airy, almost like a cloud, and the carbonation gently stimulate the palate. I see that the bottle lists an 8.5% ABV on it, but I can't find much of it; there's a warming effect it gives in the throat, but it doesn't get in the way of the taste. Can you believe it drinks like a beer with two-thirds the alcohol content?

I originally was going to open the bottle for New Years, but I got tired leading up to midnight. I'm very glad to enjoy it tonight, and it won't be the last time I go to the dark side of the pink elephant.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic looking beer with dark reddish brown color and a very impressive fluffy light brown head which holds very well and leaves heavy lacing. The aroma is also great with notes of chocolate malt and yeasty fruit. The flavors are delivered with a nice medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of dark fruit and mocha like malt dominate. Overall one of the better belgian ales that I have had and definately one of the best looking beers that I have seen when poured into the proper glass. This is one is a must try for fans of Belgian beers.

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Photo of Hefe
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled 8/23/03 in a 750ml ceramic coated bottle.

Appearance: Reddish-amber hue, light brown head.

Smell: Spicy, with malt, toffee, and currants thrown in to the mix.

Taste: Firm malt presence and fairly complex. Plum, caramel, tobacco, molasses, raisin, clove, orange peel, and chocolate round out the myriad flavors. There is a nice hoppiness throughout that shows up especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation had a Champagne feel to it, and there was a very definite dry quality this brew, that, while not unpleasant to me, could seem a bit odd.

Drinkability: This struck me as a great all around beer, as an aperatif, digestif, or with food even.

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Photo of JamesS
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic thick dark murky brown with wonderful head and great lacing throughout. Great huge malt scents with a wonderful cherry aroma bursting through. Wonderful flavors, with a great thick, rich, and dark maltiness, a wonderful fruitiness (cherry mostly), and a nice hit of spiciness at the end. Goes down thick and smooth, but with quite a bit of alcohol heat to it.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is dark and mysterious, and gives a big thick head in a Duvel glass (as close as I could come to a Delerium glass). One of the most complex beers I've tasted - the nose gives a slightly sour impression like you'd get from a belgian brown ale. Taste is all over the map: sour, fruity and spiced. Definitely a beer for a special occasion.

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent dark copper-red-brown body with chunks of yeast floating in in it, and a couple inches of light tan head. Scent is complex, including citrus, yeast, chocolate, caramel, and nut, among other things. If the aroma were stronger, it would be perfect IMO. Tastes initially fruity and yeasty, with roasty caramel and chocolate on the finish. Slight nutty and woody qualities round out the flavor. Light-to medium bodied, very refreshing with a fair bit of carbonation. Alcohol is hardly noticeable in either the flavor or mouthfeel.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

From the corked, caged 750 ml bottle stamped 20:54/L21-13267. Sampled on August 17, 2014.

Dark chocolate brown pour that builds up to a bountiful tan or light brown head.

An intriguing aroma that screams dark fruit such as plum, prunes, and apples along with the dark Belgian malts, more laid-back Belgian candied sugar ester, and virtually no booze.

Medium body that has a little chewy bite to it.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a bevy of overripe dark fruits, sweet roasted malts, and a low to modest hop bitterness that fills it out at the end. So I say à bientôt (see you later) and I'm off to enjoy this one with dinner.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two finger, light tan head that leaves no lace. Pour this VERY slowly. Cloudy amber color. Malty/alcohol nose. Carbonation is heavy. Full bodied. Starts sweet and malty, finish sweet and malty with the hops lurking in the background. Fizzy mouthfeel. The ABV on the label is 9.0%. Another excellent Belgium.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,763 ratings.
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