Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

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Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 12-12-2001

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Ratings: 2,875 |  Reviews: 934
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, nice dark appearance with beige head. Great to find these on tap, as I did at Underground Bluz in Orlando. A dark conglomeration as Sweet side fruity with sour and malty aftertaste, disguised high alcohol, thin -Medium mouthfeel. Works with food.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head on a clear amber and brown body. Decent lacing. Aroma is mostly sour dark fruit with some spice and Belgian yeast. Flavor is more of the same with sour but drinkable dark fruit, touch of cocoa and nice malt backbone. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark brownish amber in color with a thick beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose has aromas of dark fruits and spices along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The complexity in the taste improves as the beer warms up, which is relatively sweet and has flavors of dark fruits and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml ceramic painted bottle, at Beer Bistro in downtown Toronto. I suppose this one is called 'Nocturnum' because it's supposedly the darker of the two?

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark ruby amber colour, with a towering dynamo of puffy, thinly foamy beige head, which leaves some random swaths of fading cloudburst lace around the chalice as it gently recedes.

It smells of sweet, musty caramel, candy sugar, an apple-dominated orchard fruitiness, soft hints of yeast, a bit of dry, indistinct earthy hops, and a tame boozy astringency. The taste is more dusty caramel/toffee malt, stale raisins, stripped molasses, plum pits, brown sugar, earthy, somewhat floral hops, and more bristling alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, and fairly fizzy in its disposition, the body a bare medium weight, adequately solid, and maybe a tad thin for the style. It finishes off-dry, just as the drying effect of the hops and alcohol face a rather weakened Christmas bread sweetness.

Like a semi-sweet dessert and nightcap, all rolled into one tidy little pink-elephant-toned package. Not quite up to the spec of the better offerings of its Belgian compatriots, but agreeable enough on its own, once you get past the bottle effervescence. Entry-level BSDA, I suppose.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second sampling: Brings light wine / vineous flavors, but mostly dark fruits (dates, figs, and black berries). Though sweet, the alcohols keep things clean, crisp and dry.

Compared to the flavor of most good dubbels, but the strength of a trippel or a quad. Good sugary flavor, similar to brown sugar, figs, and grapes. Never becomes wine like or cider like. Strong malt aromas-all barley and candy. Underlying sweetness of honey and pepery spices. Full bodies, just shy of syrupy or sticky. Finsihes sweet without cloying. has all of the sweet alcohol flavors and heat. No phenols...suprisingly smooth and easily drank.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Brainblasta goblet in the Porterhouse, Dublin. Reviewed from notes.

A: Four finger head of nice cream, thickness, and retention. Dark amber colour.

Sm: Esters, berry fruit, malt, barley. Quite appealing.

T: Very complex balance of berries/fruity esters. They linger through the finish delightfully. No alcohol is noticeable (despite its 8.5% ABV). Brilliantly built. The berry perfection lies in its subtlety. If Westy 12 is a masterful treatment of dark fruit, this is a masterful treatment of light berries.

Mf: Perfect coarseness and dryness for the style.

Dr: Brilliant. Not cheap, but certainly worth it, just maybe not in Ireland! You'd never know it was 8.5%. A fruit beer with cajones. Definitely give this one a pour, lads. You won't be disappointed.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy brown color with a 2-finger tan head. It left very nice lacing.

S - It smelled very nutty. There were also floral notes to it.

T - The taste was very malty. The was a good caramel flavor to it. It also had a buttery sweetness.

M - It was very soft and velvety. It is a heavy-bodied beer.

D - It is an outstanding taste beer. However, it is heavy and quite potent.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/7/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, pepper, coriander, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big brown bread, pear, apple, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, chocolate, cocoa, coriander, licorice, pepper, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of brown bread, light fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, coriander, pepper, clove, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity and balance of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an auburn color (looks like an Australian Muscat) with a cream colored head; lots of lacing

Smell: Apples, dried fruit and a bit of caramel

Taste: The apple and caramel malts hit you first, followed by some bitter tart flavors that dominate the middle; after the swallow, the peppery yeast adds another dimension while the alcohol adds a boozy character

Mouthfeel: The carbonation hits you right away - a bit too much for my preference; but the body is full; slight warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: A fine sipping strong Belgian; surprisingly, over time, the sour flavors really take over

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some candi sugar and plenty of malt. Taste is also a well enough balanced mix of candi sugar, caramel and big malt with some limited yeast characteristics. Body is a bit too watery for the style but the alcohol is well hidden.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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