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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

gifted 11.2 oz bottle

a: the pour into a small St. Bernardus chalice reveals a lively carbonation that produces a finger-width layer of off-white carbonation, the beer itself a grade b amber in color with some ruby hues showing through, retains a nice layer and ring

s: the dark belgian malt nose features complex sugars and sweet raisins, plum, candied red apple and cherry, glimpses of sweet clementine and yeasty spice, - malt sugars, wood, and fruit combine to recreate the sensation of a bourbon cocktail - just a touch of alcohol, even some tropical juices sneak their way in, hops papery and grassy, a complex and striking nose once warmed

m: carbonation pushes into the high range, lively on the tongue but not abrasive, body light-moderate

t: the palate reveals a blend of raisin, plum and complex toasted sugars, sweet and fruity dark malts, a pale malt underpinning things the sugars a bit and keeps things crisp, hop flavors of dry, aged grass impart a mild bitterness to the drying finish, lingering flavors of dark fruit skins

o: a great dark ale, probably the first route of exposure to the style for many, that is often ignored because of its ubiquity - but that’s definitely worth a retry

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Bottle purchased from Frugal McDougals in Nashville, TN, poured into Tulip.

Appearance: Dark amber color, one finger slightly off white head.

Aroma: Signature Belgian yeast smell, very fruity and citrusy with way more of a dark

Taste: Dark SWEET Fruits. Initial taste is very sweet followed by a sort of dark citrus, slightly bitter (yet smooth) aftertaste. This is a good beer. Basically, it tastes like you would imagine a Dark Tremens to taste like. What Chimay Blue is to a Rochefort 10, is a Tremens to a Nocturnum. It's basically your typical belgian golden ale with a dark twist. The alcohol is disguised by the dark fruits and sweetness of the beer, which I could say of most Belgian Strong Ales (Tremens, Duvel, La Chouffe, Draak, etc..). For an 8.5%, dangerously sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry. Very sweet.

Overall: I may prefer a Tremens more as of now, which may be due to having it on tap at Delirium Café in Brussels, but every time I have a Nocturnum I like it more. It may be growing on me and become a regular purchase. A very smooth, refreshing, dangerously sweet beer.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,855 ratings
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