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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +9.4%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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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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 metter98
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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 BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Huhzubendah for gifting this bottle. Served in a t'Brugs Beertje wine glass.

Pours very dark and starts with a nice tan head. Good retention and some clingy lacing on the way down. The nose carries a light bight of anise alongside dark fruits. The flavor does a good job mixing the black-licorice character with the more-common dark fruit elements. The anise character presents a nice dryness and spark to the mouthfeel. No real alcohol presence. Quite good.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with a brownish tint with a pretty large head,aroma was like bubblegum and spicey.Taste is chocolaty and spicey with some light fruity notes.Seemed a little thin but the drinkability for me on this one was great.Went very with a stuffed quail dish and a sauce reduction of the beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Huyghe "Delerium Nocturnum"
on tap @ Union Tap House, Philadelphia, PA on 17 FEB 2017
$8 / 10.5 oz.

Notes: Not the first time I've had this beer, and in fact I'm kind of missing the painted bottle that looks kind of like concrete. Green glass underneath if I'm not mistaken. On the other hand, I'm not sure that being on tap improves it or helps it like some other beers. Fairly clear reddish-brown body beneath a short cap of light tan. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of dull spice and herbs over limited caramel and soft bittersweet chocolate. The flavor brings in more herbal notes and some mild dried dark-skinned fruits (raisin, dried fig, prune), but also background banana and red fruit as well as more caramel and light milk chocolate. Also more earthy/herbal spice and a bit of anise and cardamom. A flicker of alcoholic heat is present as well, and along with the moderate bitterness and spice helps to dry it in the finish. Initially effervescent, and then smoother with a medium body. Easy to drink - everything's there but it doesn't jump out at you, but rather remains pretty pulled together into one overall flavor.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

About 10 oz serving in a snifter.

Appearance: Nearly clear dark red mahogany; thin tan head; good lacing.

Smell: malt; dark fruits; a little yeasty

Taste: Fruity and creamy; in combination, more so than any beer I can remember. A tad spicy. Chocolate? Slight sourness in finish, especially after warming.

M - smooth and very creamy; Medium-body.

Excellent complexity and dynamic variation in flavor from start to aftertaste.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, brown sugar, caramelized malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. Then some bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid darker Belgian beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an almost opaque yet still clear very dark brownish amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some ruby + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a slightly mottled very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits (cherry and raisin) over the top of lighter aromas of spices and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet dark malts with moderate flavors of dark fruits (cherry, raisin, and prunes) and candi sugar contributing to the sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of spices as well as the distinctive Belgium yeast characteristics. Hints of alcohol and just a touch of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Enough complexity to keep me interested, especially after the beer warms and opens up. Enjoyable and easy to drink though the alcohol could be a little better hidden in my opinion. Definitely an enjoyable beer and one that I grab every once in a while.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ? (either Eulogy or Monk's, I assume)
(This review is from a recent tasting.)

A cloudy, dark, reddish-brown liquid with a healthy puff of light tan head that receded to a patchy layer and left a bit of soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark sugars, malts, some cocoa hints, and some herbal/earthy hop notes. Taste is sugary, nutty, caramel, bready yeast, bakers' chocolate, hints of dark dried fruits, earth, herbal hops. Medium body, easily drinkable, very nice overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rich, brown body with a small, creamy-looking, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of toasted biscuits, caramel, a bowlful of candy, and a rather juicy fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet toasty, even bready maltiness with a taste of caramel. Dark candi sugar sweetness present. There's even a little bit of chocolate. Again, it has a prevailing fruitiness with flavors of lightly tart cherries and raisins. Hint of spice. Finishes sweet and cakey with a definite warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation that's a bit prickly.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable. Another delightful member of the Delirium Family.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendously turbid tawny with a thin sliver of blood orange along the bottom edge of the glass. The golden brown sugar colored cap filled more than half the glass initially and is now deflating at a snail's pace. I don't necessarily consider clarity to be a positive, so I like this look just fine. It'd be nice if a little lace would appear, but it doesn't look as though it will.

The nose is redolent of caramel malt, musky hops, bruised orchard fruit and cloves. In other words, it's a typical BSDA (if such a thing can be said to exist). It's powerful and inviting even if it isn't quite as complex as I'd hoped.

Delirium Nocturnum is an excellent Belgian ale. The flavor profile is essentially the aroma in liquid form. There's a fair amount of dark malt present that provides flavors of unsweet caramel and well-toasted brown bread. In addition to fallen apples, liquified figs are now saturating my taste buds. The beer isn't quite dark enough for raisins to come into play, nor sweet enough to be date-like.

Clove is still up close and personal without being pushy. A hearty, spicy yeast strain was needed to stand up to the boldness of the other ingredients and I'm happy to see that one was provided. I'd like to see a little more sweetness, but that's just me. All in all, this is a very nice version that is becoming even more delicious as it warms and coheres a bit more tightly.

The body/mouthfeel matches the rest of the beer's attributes quite well. It's neither lush and sticky, nor light and airy, but is somewhere in between. While the number of bubbles is par for the Belgian ale course, they're so fine that the mouthfeel is almost quiescent. There's almost no hint of the 8.5% ABV, other than a mild tongue numbing as I enter the final third of the bottle.

I'm not quite as delirious about Delirium Nocturnum as I was about Delirium Tremens, but that's probably due to the fact that I like BSPAs more than I like BSDAs. This is still fabulous beer and would make a great nightcap. It might even induce dreams of pink elephants, who knows?

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle couldn't decipher the code for BBD the 1,5 & 6 were all marked

Pours ruddy red/chestnut with 4 fingers+ tan head. Head settles down to a healthy film 1/4" deep & just a hint of lacing

S: Slight choclate hints as it warms, caramel & rock candy also there, along with a little more choclate as it warms

T: Choclate, earthy hops & praline up front. Dryness & breadyness follow. Caramel, pepper & a hint of pumpernickle also there. Brown sugar & a slight yeastyness are the main pieces of the finish

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation

Drinks very easy for the abv, not a bad effort, but depth & complexity is missing. An okay dark belgian

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown, deep hazy color with tons of carbonation. Biggest cream colored head I have ever seen! Never did fully fade. Seriously felt like it took an hour to fade. Very lively spicey smell, Dark fruits all over this one, plum, peach, pear. Hints of great spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Huge carbonation even tingled the nose. Huge frothy full and appeazing mouthfeel, with great texture and body. Taste is sweet versus sour in a battle that has no clear cut favorite. Sour apple and peach taste is great. Big hoppiness on this really suprised me. A nice long lingering finish. This was a great Belgian and worth its reputation. Very awesome brew and will definatly seek this one out again.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inviting dark colour with good lacing, big fruity and alcoholic aroma. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a mellow up front sweetness, mild apple like tartness and a mix of medicinal herb, spicy alcohol and slight grain in the dry finish. This is one Belgian that I'll be going back to for sure.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A 750ml bottle split with a friend. I poured the beer into a chalice to reveal a murky, dark brown pour with a nice fluffy off-white head.

S: The smell is full of fruits, chocolate, yeast, and spice.

T: A nice combination above the aforementioned sensations. However, the flavor doesn't come together quite as nicely as I would have expected. A bit flat and muddled with a touch of alcohol.

M: The carbonation is plentiful and the body is medium,.

D: This beer is easy to drink, but considering its disappointing flavor, I didn't exactly want to keep coming back to it. Rather unfortunate considering how much I enjoy Tremens.

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