Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

very good
2,814 Ratings
Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 12-12-2001

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle’s notched 2/11.

A: Pours a chestnut brown into a goblet with a one-finger head that settles down into a lively effervescent covering. Good retention, some spotty lacing.

S: Candied fruits off the bat, sweet spice, pastries.

T: Smooth and sweet but definitely not saccharine—plums and dates but some earthiness rounds the sweetness out nicely. Apple pie and brown sugar. The flavors aren’t explosive but what’s here is very good. Hardly any alcohol is detectable.

M: Fizzy and smooth, well balanced and pleasant on the tongue.

O: Pretty damn good. Benchmark of the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Pours into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with bits of yeast floating around. Heavy cream colored head with solid retention and lacing.

S: Lots of pear notes from the esters, but there's also some caramel, bubblegum, coriander, and banana. Very little alcohol is noticeable, though its presence increases as the beer is allowed to settle.

T: The open has plenty of green apple and pear, with a building tartness near the finish. The middle features a bit of caramel and toffee. Touches of chocolate and booze pop up after about 10 sips, signaling some nice complexity. My bias toward pear flavors prevents me from giving this a higher score, but otherwise, there's nothing wrong with the structure of this, apart from an ever-so-slight lack of balance regarding the aforementioned pear notes. It becomes more tantalizing and impressive as it's allowed to warm up.

M: There's little alcohol palpable on the taste, but there is a warming sensation going down the throat. The finish isn't oppressively chalky, and the carbonation is quite strong. I don't know if its refreshing per se, but it's easy going down for 8.5%.

O: I really enjoy this - though it must be known that it takes a bit of time sitting before it moves from good (at first) to great (which it ultimately is). Still, I'd definitely give it a second chance...even at $10 a bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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2.23/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Look is incredible. Very dark, translucent brown with a hint of red to it. The head is very frothy and tan, like on a cappuccino.
The smell is horrendous! Not much there except for a yeastiness and what smells like maybe metal. Not what I was expecting and in no way pleasant.
I find this beer fairly unpleasant. It's interesting, but the yeast is just excessive. At least, I assume it's a mix of excessive yeast and some citrusy hops that's giving it that rotten apricot flavour. Whatever it is, it's over the top. It's starting to taste a little more like fruit and a little less like fungus as I drink, but not enough to change my mind about it. It's really hard for me to discern anything else in the beer. I'm not sure whether there's not much else to it or if it's because other flavours are just being overwhelmed by my dislike of this particular flavour. This is a little better than the Delirium Tremens, which had that same over-the-top rotted fruit flavour to it. This one at least is a dark ale and has some maltiness that accompanies that kind of flavour a little better than in a pale ale. It's still over-the-top, though. Won't be buying this again. This stuff ain't cheap.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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

The beer is hazy and brown with hints of ruby. The beige head is about a half inch thick and leaves plenty of lacing in its wake. The aroma offers Belgian yeast, sweet malt, caramels, alcohol. Lots of yeast comes through. Sweet caramels soaked in alcohol. A present sweetness exists throughout. Distinctly Belgian, with dark fruits and light spices. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Alcoholic warmth is there, most notably in the finish. Overall, a tasty brew. I would have this again.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown with ruby highlights. Tan creamy head. Very interesting bottle and label.

S: caramels, yeast, dark fruits, oranges, and apples.

T: malty, burnt coffee. Sweet red grapes, sour cherries, complex herbs.

M: nice carbonation, alcohol content hidden well.

O: smooth, creamy. Definitely a sipping beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,814 ratings.
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