Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

very good
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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 PeprSprYoFace
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a bottle of this at my local beer store. Comes in a cool ceramic bottle like the tremins.

Appearance is a dark red/purple color with a head that dissapeared very fast to nothing. No lacing at all.

Smells of slight hoppyness and Belgian candy sugar. Some dark fruit notes.

Tastes like it smells with a little more hoppyness then probably should be in this style. Most in this style are sweet and smooth but this I'd slightly sweet and kind of bitter.

Mouthfeel is too carbonated for this style. At least my bottle feels this way.

Drinkability is not very high since I don't feel this beer follows its style very much and I don't feel like I could drink very many of these.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When this beer was poured it contained medium-large sized bubbles. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. This beer had a strong nose to it and I could definitely taste the alcohol. However, I did not find this beer to be all that interesting to me. Not a beer that I would drink all night that's for sure. It does however have a nice bottle to display in our bar!

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty crappy. looked OK, dark murky brown. But too sugary and sweet and the alcohol shoes too much, no elegance whatsoever, i found it a bit trashy. But i've come to expect it from this brewery.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No head retention, bottle gushed a bit once opened, the little head that formed was thin looking and faded. Color is a deep deep reddish brown.
Toffee malts over laying a spice blanket that is hidden by sweetness and candy. I wish the spice was a bit more prominant, but i guess that's what makes this one dark.
Flavors are dark fruity malts with caramel and chocolate hidden spices.

I remember really liking this when i got into craft beer, it's not bad, but there is nothing to keep my attention, no stars of this show. I guess this is one way of seeing my change of tastes forming.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with ruby edges. 1 finger of cream colored settles down to form a wide collar.

S - Tart apples/cherries, brown sugar, spiced candy, sharp alcohol vapors.

T - Bartlett pears and pomegranate dominate the mix of fruity malt. Cocoa beans soaked in booze, brown sugar, unknown spices, peppery hop bitterness on the finish. Some vanilla/sarsaparilla type flavors on the aftertaste.

M - Heavy carbonation, light to medium bodied.

This is an interesting BSDA. It's like they threw in the whole kitchen sink, all at one time. Some things seem to meld together, others don't. Try it out for yourself.

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Photo of kwalters
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My expectations for this brew were quite high, probably without merit. As you can see, my ratings are all over the board.

The 11.2 oz. bottle poured beautifully. The most beautiful head I've ever seen formed at least an inch tall with nice puffy cloud-like lumps. The beer itself was a very nice rusty brown color. Easily the most beautiful beer I've ever poured. So far so good.

After taking whiff, I was anxious for a taste. Nocturnum really lacks any real personality in its' flavor. Everything was very subdued. No raisin, no rum, no spice. Just a bit of sweet maltiness and a mild case of the "typical" Belgian flavor. I was hoping for something on par with Unibroue's Trois Pistoles. It's not a terrible brew, but for being rather exspensive it bores me.

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Photo of Damian
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a corked and caged 1 PINT, 9,4 FL. OZ./750 ml bottle purchased at Crazy Bruce's Liquors, West Hartford, CT
Cork was marked 2.007
Thanks to my sister Vanessa for treating me to this one

Poured a deep mahogany with ruby highlights. The creamy, bubbly, two-finger, light brown head faded to a clingy, long-lasting cap of froth. Terrific retention. Short-lived blankets of lacing trickled down the glass with every sip, leaving some spotty, lasting drops.

The aroma was distinctly Belgian, yet somewhat subdued. Yeasty, powdery and dry with notes of dark fruits and spices. Slightly boozy.

The taste was rather harsh. Hot and boozy up front. Malty, fruity and spicy in the center, with notes of prunes, oak, raisins and clove. The lingering finish was hot and biting as well. Dry and somewhat bitter. Oaky and semi-acrid. As the beer sat, the overall flavor turned sweeter and smoother and the flavors seemed to come out a bit more. Dark Belgian candi sugar was noticeable in the center. The finished however remained hot and bitter.

The mouthfeel was stinging. Highly over carbonated. Prickly and sharp on the palate with a thin, almost watery body. The liquid was so frothy in my mouth that I could hardly get past the bubbles to taste the beer. Toward the end of my glass, the carbonation settled down a bit and the liquid turned a bit smoother and creamier.

This beer was a real disappointment. The flavors were quite suppressed and the carbonation was far too intense. Furthermore, the beer tasted much hotter than a typical 8.5% ABV brew should.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle of this with a dinner one night and thankfully I did. The combo of food and this beer helped get me passed some of the flavors this beer had that I wasn't a fan of.

The beer pours out as a nice reddish brown color with an off white head that leaves just a ring around the glass. The smell has some heavy booze aromas and a pretty good amount of dark fermented fruits and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer at first had a very strong metallic flavor, made me think I bit my lip and I was bleeding or something. That taste started to fade as the beer warmed up but wasn't as bad either as long as I was eating. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side but had a good amount of carbonation. Overall I would like to try this again, just has to be at the right time.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pour yields a red cedar body that deposits a well carbonated soda-like two-finger head that vanishes quickly. Slip and slide lacing, disappears from the glass.

S: Pear, apple, peach, soft malts and a slight citric backlash.

T: Apple, raisin, peach, astringent alcohol -- much like light rum. Weird plastic aftertaste.

M: Thinner than desired. Carbonation abounds, but also has a decent slickness to it.

D: Good tasting beer, but not the best. Worth it if you get the chance just to have it, but be wary of the price.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured on tap into a goblet at the Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains NY.

A - Dark brown with SLight ruby hues. Minimaltan head with decent lace work.

S - Slight bitterscotch smell with hints of ripe fruit and alcohol.

T - Complex taste. Sweet rasin taste the finished almost like a dessert wine.

MF&D - Medium bodied and sweet on the palate. Definitely not my cup of tea.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 into tulip. Poured a dark brown with a big head that dissipated pretty quickly. The aroma was of spices and some malty sweetness. The flavor just didn't come up to what I have experienced with other brews of this genre. To me it drank as a starter beer for someone interested in exploring Belgians. I've had dubbels with more intensity - and certainly every "strong ale" had more punch. I guess just not for me. As I age my palate may be requiring more intensity and has some trouble with subtlety.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml. bottle poured into Delirium Tremens tulip glass.

Snowstorm raging outside. Might as well come home from work and get toasty with some strong ales...

A: Poured a cloudy, dark reddish-brown. Two-finger caramel head. Great carbonation....wait, now there's wayyy too much carbonation. Fizzing is clearly audible for some time.

S: Semi-sweet malts with some dark fruits. And....? Nope, that's it.

T: Tastes the same as it smells. A little coffeeish, too. Not as peppery as I'd expected. Taste of alcohol is almost non-existent. (My cheeks, however, are burning red after only a few sips, so I guess it really is 8.5% ABV).

M: A little on the thin side. Not very robust.

D: I had only tried this once before (a long time ago), and was excited to finally have a second-take. Maybe I was expecting too much but I felt really let down after trying this again.

What it lacks in its complexity it makes up for in its price-tag....wish it was the other way around.

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Photo of Crosling
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark Brown. Strong, alcoholic aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark malts, dark fruits, strawberries and bourbon. Potent, poorly hidden alcohol, strong bourbon taste among other things like chocolate, coffee, herbs and dark fruits. Huyghe is one of Belgium's worst.

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Photo of HenrySwank
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle.

A-dark amber, very thick head, took several minutes to settle enough to drink. Very good lacing

S- smells good, taste does not match smell, nice caramel tones

T- medicine / alcohol, musty, somewhat bitter, gets better as it warms, or as I get used to it? Finishes of with distinct taste but can't describe....will figure out sooner or later. :)

MF- full bodied, somewhat sticky, not unpleasant

D- may only have one if I am craving it for some reason...stranger things do happen.

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Photo of peabody
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark reddish amber with two fingers of off-white suds that quickly leave lacing around the rim of the chalice.
Smell is malty and fruity but with a dirty aroma. Like this one is not quite done.
Taste is not very good at all. Man, I was expecting lots more from this. I don't taste anything here just a bubbly watery mess.
Then it takes a minute or two to feel the alcohol in the back of the throat. This might be a bad bottle.

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Photo of JimiTheBastard
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown / amber... slightly cloudy... looks heavy

Musky on the nose... malty... two dimensions of fruit... scent of both prune and green apple

Very dry... fairly hoppy... other taste characteristics/flavors seemed very subtle... raisons, burnt toffee, coriander, dark apple cider

In the mouth it felt vey light for a Belgian Ale... well carbonated

Fairly disappointed with this one... I like Belgian Ales in general

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Photo of Vendetta
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
May 18, 2008

Nice looking bottle... Mahogany colored brew. Very complex taste, lots of different flavors that change as the beer warms. But it isn't all that great. I've had better of this style, but most people are huge fans of this brew. Worth a taste but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: dark brown color, persistent foam
Smell: aromas of caramel, mocha, liquorice
Taste and mouthfeel: soft in the mouth, the bitterness becoming more pronounced as the tasting
Drinkability: a beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale correct, but without further

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 3-2-2008.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

tasted at classic wines beer tasting in east lansing, michigan.

i was poured a burnt amber sample with a thick white head.
the aroma was malty, had a hint of sour.
the flaor was malty, minerally, coriander.
in my note i gave this beer an over all of 2, which suprized me i'm a hudge fan of there other beers that are available in my area. this was the first time i had this one and will sample again and post that as a second rewiew.

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Photo of Freshie
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very large head. A little too large. Laces nicely. The aroma is alittle funky, I was not pleased.

The taste is very earthy and has a caramel finish. The alcohol makes itself known in the aftertaste.

It's a very well constructed ale, and as Belgian Strong ales go it is very good, but this style is not usually my favorite. It is very drinkable however.

I think further cellaring and conditioning may bringout a better flavor.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like a glass of cola. Very dark brown/black with a bubbly tan head. Lots of carbonation can be seen streaming from the bottom.

Smell: Kind of thin on the nose. Nothing stands out and there is a slight sourness to it. There is a slight floral smell with rasins and malt.

Taste: The alcohol is a bit noticeable. There is also fig, plums, and a light caramel malt. Is is a bit more sour than I would like in the finish.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: It has a light body with a bit of a dry finish. Carbonation is more noticeable in the glass than in the mouth.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has three fingers of head with a lot of sediment in the body. The body's color is dark brown with some carbonation. There is quite a bit of lace too. It smells sweet and very sugary like candy sugar and malt. It has a harsh alcohol taste mixed in with the sweetness and there is not much for bitterness. It sort of reminds me of a dark weizen. It has a metallic aftertaste. This beer has a full body.

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Photo of bataround
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, hazy, opaque reddish-brown producing a tight, thick, creamy light brown head that left behind thick sheens of lacing. Smelled predominantly of caramel malts, dark fruit and alcohol. The taste was also dominated by malts and alcohol with a taste of raisins and dark cherries with a very sour finish. Felt full-bodied. OK drinkability for the style, but a little over-the-top sour to have more than one.

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Photo of clvand0
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very cool bottle! This beer pours a chestnut (brown/red) color with a small head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was sweet with some pepper spice and hints of alcohol. The flavor of this one is my favorite of the Delirium line. It was pretty smooth to drink. The flavor was a mix of fruits, pepper, nuts, and a lot of other things I can't figure out. The abv is slightly apparent in the taste, but it is not bad at all.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz ceramic looking bottle

A-Deep mahogany cola color with red highlights when held to the light. Light tan slick creamy head that continues to be fed from the carbonation below. Significant sediment and floaters.

S-Earthy with some dark fruits and an underlying sweetness. Not as robust as I would have thought.

T-Sweet malts and fruits turn sharply tart mid palate, then a swooping dryness settles over the finish. Vaporish alcohol pervades.

M-Highly carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. A bit out of balance for my tastes.

D-This is just OK, a bit of a disappointment frankly, as I expected much better than middle road from this. They have been in business since 1654 according to the bottle so I assume they have some fans. I however, am not one.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,792 ratings.
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