Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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4.01/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
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Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 12-12-2001

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#3,954
Reviews:
934
Ratings:
2,877
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into duvel tulip.

Pours a dark brown color with a huge, foamy 3 1/2 finger head that has a light brown hue to it. Appears to have higher carbonation. Gobs and gobs of lacing.

Slightly toasted caramel and notes of dark fruits. Definite belgian yeast character with a noticeable spiciness in addition to brown sugar and more dark fruits. Faint aroma of bubblegum and banana.

Signature belgian spiciness up front followed by notes of caramel and burnt brown sugar. A sweetness is there with an element of the dark fruits found in the aroma.

Medium body and higher carbonation. Fairly drinkable for 8.5% although there is a tad bit of warming alcohol.

Enjoyable, but not my favorite dark belgian. I would give this beer a higher rating if there were more malt induced flavors as opposed to the heavy influence of the yeast. Still a good beer.

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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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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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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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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,877 ratings