Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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89
very good
2,825 Ratings
Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
delirium.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,825
Reviews:
919
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.91%
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
652
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mishi_d
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Exeter
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had delirium tremendous several times, and surprisingly have not had its dark counterpart until now. Here goes:
Pours a brown/mahogany color with a hugely dense off white foamy head. That's the conundrum with some Belgians; the head is beautiful to look at, but, its torture waiting for it to settle somewhat so that you can get in that first sip. After what seemed a lifetime, the head began to dissapates and retained as a thick creamy and sudsy foam and lots of lacing dripping down the side of the glass.
The nose is interesting. Initially there is a orange peel zest. This is followed by dark fruit, chocolate malt and an interesting herbal spiciness that somehow reminds me of potatoes seasoned with garlic. Towards the end I start picking up a distinct pear aroma.
In the mouthfeel, there is initially a piercing carbonation that lightens the body. There is a faint cocoa sweetness in the background that is balanced by a mild hops bitterness. There are dark fruits such as raisins and plums, as well as some pear towards the end. There is even some mild tartness. Furthermore there is a peppery spiciness that is moderate and adds to the complexity. I love it how these flavors really open up as the drink warms and the carbonation settles. By this point the mouthfeel becomes soft, smooth and even creamy.
I really liked this one and perhaps like it better than delirium tremendous. A great example of the style.

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Photo of JBDE16
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown, with a dark ruby red hue in the light. With a light tan head.

Aromas and flavors of ripe dark fruits, sweet malts..
Lots of carbonation, with a very Belgian character.
Nice light mouthfeel.
Simply put, a well crafted beer from the tiny town of Melle
You would never ever ever guess this was a 8.5% ABV!

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Photo of mltobin
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Antyk
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZachT
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBRLBRB
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Brouwerij Huyghe "Delirium 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 cuvtcuv
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deebo
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

3.60 euro for a chalice at Little Delirium.
A-2 Fingers of rocky beige head. Dark brown with garnet highlights-fairly transparent.
S-Fruity with sweet malts. Subdued aromas of raisin, sweet fruits, anise.
T-Big belgian. Lots of malt (sweet, slightly toasted) some bubblegum yeast with a bit of booziness. Raisins, smooths out as it warms.
M-Decent body. Average for a big beer. Very dry finish.
O-I'm getting that old fashioned feeling again. This beer beer has some nice flavors. It's a bit boozy but great overall.

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Photo of AleSan
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sour_Lord
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of joeasalasg
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmcquirk
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of claricealess
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Nice Dark Brown color, poured a huge Head, roasted and chocolate malts. Caramel! Backend is a bit warm and bitter

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vrtx64
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The ale pours with a three finger head, lots of lacing, and a dark nutty brown color. Smells of dark malts, caramel and nuttiness (with a hint of fruit). The beer features the beginnings of fruity-appleness; next is the nutty, dark roasted malts blending in....and then a slightly tart and bitter finish, accompanied and finished by a massive zip of dry carbonation that finishes like a champagne. Quite enjoyable. The tartness and nutty bitterness linger until you take the next sip--which you want to take right away because of the satisfying dry finish that makes you want to say "ahhhhhh." Distinctly potable. #18 out of 60 beers I reviewed.

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Photo of AJmon13
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,825 ratings.
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