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Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. bottle poured into a chalice... and then a tulip. Because it's a big bottle. The cork has "2.010" on it... I'm guessing this is 2010 vintage?

Dark brown body with crimson and garnet hues in the light, topped by a thick tan head of a finger width. Not a lot of lacing left behind, but the body of this beer is beautiful. Constant carbonation jets from the bottom of the glass.

The nose is quite boozy but still has plenty of richness. Particularly, some dried spices come to mind, as well as dark fruit (figs, plums, raisins) and some overall caramel/toffee notes. This beer is seductive in both appearance and smell. I've had one Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Unibroe Maudite) that had a similar nose, but this is much more full and... dare I say... nocturnal? than others. A bit mild, though.

DN's taste is robust, smooth, and refreshing all at once. It is a mood beer for sure. Ripe with dark fruit, toffee, caramel, and fusel alcohols (not displeasing), this beer is absolutely for dark winter nights (like in KY right now...) and has plenty of warmth on the finish. There are some tart green apple notes that highlight the middle of the palate. Excellent stuff.

The mouthfeel is fairly heavy - but the zesty, effervescent carbonation provides a kind of palate cleansing not found in many beers of this style. Lingering flavors of bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, and toffee on the palate remind you that this is a big beer, not for beginners.

Maybe this isn't the best example of the style, but it remains a classic for good reason, I think. This is a big beer and is to be taken slowly. Definitely worth putting in the cellar or trying fresh.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

My first Delirium! 2012 batch.

Pours out a deep amber with ruby highlights throughout and 2 fingers of an off-white head.

The aroma is packed with dark fruits like figs, plums and raisins, some nice cherry notes, fruity esters coming from the Belgian yeast, toffee and caramel and coriander and orange peel with some light spiciness.

The taste is also very dark fruit forward with a lot of cherry in there as well. The coriander and orange peel are more prominent in the taste and there are some nice toffee and caramel notes to round it all out. Definitely a sweeter beer, but not cloying in any way.

The body is medium-heavy (although lighter for the style) and there is a nice creamy mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. There is no alcohol in the taste or smell, but a slight warming as it goes down.

This is a solid example of the style, but nothing that will blow anyone away. Worth checking out for sure!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear chestnut with 2 fingers head, settling to a thin skim across the top

S: Caramels and sweet toffees with a solid funky yeastiness. Smells like fruit leather with a boozy run ester.

T: Belgium yeast balanced with maltiness, sudtle mineral notes and dry fruity.

M: Thin to Medium bodied with low carbonation

O: Easy to drink back, with a solid Belgium yeast presences with fruity notes and malt sweetness. A good beer, but not a great beer on account of the mild flavours and smell.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bougie thing to quaff this bougie beer from my bougie pink elephant. But I do love the glass, and the beer, it ain’t bad either, even if it is a mood brew.

STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 8.5%

LOOK: Dark mirror. The only light in the house that’s on is the one in the dining room, that and my laptop. There’s a nice reflection from my most-stolen-in-America tulip, with credit to this dark, dark brew. Beachy thin head with a light caramel tinge. Subtle carbonation.

NOSE: Roasted raisins, molasses, sugar cookies, apple cider vinegar.

MOUTH: A recent trip to Napa clued me in to a wine secret. That some of the better wines are better enjoyed after opening up in a decanter – for up to 24 hours. I’ve done the hour-before-guests come thing, but a day, that seemed overkill. Until I tried it. It’s the same principle for some of the better Belgians, including this one. Honey, malted chocolates, plums, dried cranberries. There’s more here, obviously, but that’s not the point. Somewhere the sweet yeasts are hiding, maybe with the tucked-away ABV, and notwithstanding the complex flavor profile and top-class warming mouth, I need a touch more tartness for balance.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 94

Hayward Abbey Rating: 92

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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