Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium | website

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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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice.
The head was a huge rocky white to off white foamy glaze overcoating a dark brown color. Gracefully, the head dissipates to leave some light stringy and foamy lacing.
The smell starts off with some molasses, toast, honey, raisins and light Belgian spices.
The taste is sweet with an ample amount of spices of clove, nutmeg and pepper. Light Belgian sugars slide in for the taking of the aftertaste and yielding into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a sly carbonation yielding to enough dark sweetened malts laying down in a sticky sort of way on my tongue.
Overall, a very nicely done Belgian Strong Dark ale coming from Belgium why wouldn't I have this again, of course I would.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: The head is giant, foamy, and tan in color, and crowns a dark brown body with garnet highlights.

Smell: A HUGE bouquet of spiced molasses, candied dates, prunes, and wild honey, with a unique malty base that somehow combines toast with raw bread dough.

Taste: The spices clear the sinuses right up, showcasing cloves, nutmeg, coriander, and white pepper. A dab of orange marmalade adds a bit of tang, sweetened by chocolate malt and smoked caramel. The candy box character is made more mature by earthy hops which featuring a damp mushroom taste, almost like a rich truffle.

Mouthfeel: The medium-high body is lightened by lots of carbonation, but not so much that any element of the complex taste is masked, even with a dry, crisp finish.

Overall: A truly unique taste explosion with comforting qualities for all big beer lovers. There's plenty of dark fruit and chocolate, but also a strong presence of bright spice.

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Photo of hopulin_thriller
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haven't had a Belgian beer in awhile and this looked like a good jumping back in point. On tap at Papago.

Dark brown hue that is pretty clear. Almost no head at all. No lace and alms it no carbonation.

Nose is full of yeasty, spice notes and some dark dried fruits. A little alcohol on there as well.

Taste is very much like the nose. Raisins, booze, breads malts. Nice and complex.

Doesn't taste as strong as it is. But as soon as I got off my barstool I knew it was a heavyweight.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Cork states "2013" on it.

3.25 A: Opaque medium brown color. One and a half fingers of beige soda pop head that falls quickly and leaves just a few wisps of lacing.

3.75 S: Endless dark fruits - plum, fig, currant, apple. Brown sugar, earth, caramel. A hint of cocoa powder.

3.75 T: Yummy. Tobacco, raisin, brown sugar, earth. Fruits as mentioned above. Really mellow yet complex like good Belgian brews tend to be.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly spritzy.

3.75 D: Pretty good beer with some age on it. I think I prefer it fresh though.

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Photo of khmel
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a a beautiful BSDA. Dark brown with ruby highlights and mostly opaque. Pours with a high, off-white head with medium retention. The nose is deliciously sweet with notes of molasses, strawberries and dark bread. The taste follows the nose with a bit of hopiness in the finish. Body is medium and smooth. A very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: The body is dark copper with some hues of red when lights passes through it. The head is really generous, with a beige 3 finger height. Carbonation looks nice.
S: Mostly simple malts and a bit of caramel.
T: Sugary, caramel-y, toffee and balanced with a bitterness coming both from malts and from dark fruits.
M: It's very smooth and easy to drink but alcohol has a much bigger presence than it should.
O: Great beer, great brewery. Excited to have more beer from Brouwerij Huyghe! Probably my favorite BSDA.

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Photo of Premo88
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into Orval goblet

L: brown amber, clear but dark and hard to see through except around the edges ... almost burgundy, fantastic color; HUGE head, foam pouring almost right out of the bottle in true Belgian fashion, almost a full inch tall and a nice tan color that is painting the inner wall of the glass as it subsides to a thick collar and full skin; the bubble factory at the bottom of the glass is intense ... might be sending up more bubbles than a good pils ... what a show!

S: dark fruit ... very sweet and fruity, sweet desert wine, figs, cherries ... also has that yeasty pop like a pizza crust; fruitcake

T: musty dark fruit ... oh, man, and the aftertaste really smooths out and takes on a toffee-like English ale taste; has a bit of alcohol burn/taste, port wine; the musty/dusty flavor is very earthy and at first seems stale but then all the fruit flavor jumps in; it's not overly sweet ... seems like it's going that way but stays very restrained, possibly the alcohol flavor/burn blocking the finishing sweetness

F: fantastic Belgian style with loads of carbonation to fill it out but still weighty enough to give it some balancing softness

O: great beer ... not sure it's better than the other easy-to-find Belgian imports in its category, and it's not cheap, but it's good enough to put in a rotation of the better strong darks/quads. a little less sweet than some of the others, but the dark fruit flavor mixed with some earthiness works very well.

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Photo of gnumber9
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

white ceramic bottle with foiled covered cork. other bottles did not have the foil... pours brown, a bit cloudy with a quick fluffy head, could this be real beer? i have to say, perhaps... i am not the well tuned taster, but it has a slight oxidized taste. could be that it's older in the store due to price. seems true to the top yeast flavor, the spice fills a large alpine spectrum and has a bicarbonate kick er the carbonation provides for excellent belching. has a medicinal feel and the drinkability is superb. i like it, but will look elsewhere at this price point.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured from the distinct ceramic looking bomber branded with pink elephant into a tulip, pours a dark copper with a two finger head, dissipates quickly leaving some lacing around the glass

Smell: Earthy, some spices, and a bit of booze, nothing too special

Taste: Cream and malt on the nose, fades into a tangy dried fruit taste, finishes dry with a nice tartness, you barely taste the alcohol at all, despite the ABV

Feel: a light mouthfeel with a generous helping of carbonation, for some this may be off-putting, but I find it refreshing in an odd way.

Overall: This seems like a beginners foray into belgian ales, considering I had the Chimay Gran Reserve a couple nights ago, this falls flat in regards to overall taste and quality. Not at all saying this is a bad beer, but for veterans, this may not be the Belgian you're looking for, but if you're just starting to try the style, this would be a great starting point.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 into tulip. Poured a dark brown with a big head that dissipated pretty quickly. The aroma was of spices and some malty sweetness. The flavor just didn't come up to what I have experienced with other brews of this genre. To me it drank as a starter beer for someone interested in exploring Belgians. I've had dubbels with more intensity - and certainly every "strong ale" had more punch. I guess just not for me. As I age my palate may be requiring more intensity and has some trouble with subtlety.

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Photo of jaa1222
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, I am a huge fan of Delirium beers. I don't traditionally like dark beers like this, but this really gives Delirium Tremens a run for its money.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick solid head that stands for awhile then slowly falls. Smells rich and fruity with a hint of spices that may or not be there. The flavors are very complex and difficult to nail woth notes of dried fruits. The smell betrays the taste buds and keeps the beer from being as could as it could be. Good beer but i prefer the delirium tremens.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As its written on it, it's a strong dark triple distilled beer with an intense flavor and a sparkly feel. You get a coffee smell and after taste which hides also a bit of a sourness.

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

Nice beer, little over carbonated but excellent taste. Couldn´t chat with the pink elephant, maybe you need a few. Pours deep brown almost black with a nice white foam head with excellent retention.

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Photo of Salsashark3d
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Not sure why this is rated so high. As soon as i opened the bottle i couldn't get the head to calm its shit. finally started pouring it. looks super dark which you would think would be a good sign. taste isnt all that great unless you like copper. and it doesnt feel smooth at all. too bubbly and feels more like drinking a soft drink. i disapprove...

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Photo of Mlkluther
1.85/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I did an online search and it appears that for some people thus beer tastes like copper and blood. I happen to be one of those people. Bloody awful. I couldn't even get through it all.

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Photo of Grayson
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a large, sticky head. Carbonation came up in particular spots at the brim, forming three small circles, which looked kind of cool, I suppose.
S: First note was brown sugar, with a little malt. Very nice.
T: A very good combination of dark, small fruity notes, malt, and deep bready notes. I like this a lot.
MF: Doesn't seem to linger at all on the palate.
O: One of my favorites now. As someone else pointed out, it's a great deep blend without a single sharp note.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark reddish brown color with off-white head. Dark fruits, spice, anise, and caramel on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very complex, very good.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never had this one before. Dark cola with HUGE head. Lots of cling. Smell sucks, as it is cellarish and musty. Probably too cold. Taste is very nice. Big malt, lots of belgian yeast. Mouth is medium to heavy, way huge carb and good balance. Not a session beer, but nice to try.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

This pours a dark translucent colour with about a finger width of tannish head that stuck around. The nose came forward with some dark fruit and sweet molasses and maybe a bit of maple around the edges. I was really looking forward to diving into this. Unfortunately was a bit underwhelmed with the flavour. Some of the same notes came forward on the tongue, but there was a grassiness that overpowered those notes. I thought maybe I had the beer a bit too cold and let it warm up before taking some further sips. This did bring forward some of those flavours but only slightly. It was still a good beer but was expecting a little bit more of a flavour profile based on the nose.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark and murky brown; sticky, creamy, tan 2 inch head; cream lace on glass; good retention; tight bubbly surface remained on the beer throughout consumption. Smelled like prunes, candied prunes, brown yeasty bread, burnt sugar malt. Tasted like burnt sugar, burnt molasses, spiced burnt malt, yeast, brown sugar, pretzel bread, and brown spice bread; the aftertaste was sweet with an ever slight hop taste, but almost not noticeable. Just noticeable when the beer warmed a bit. The higher alcohol was well-hidden, but it came through just a little. The mouthfeel was full bodied but light a sense; carbonation was on the medium side. It wasn't dry, in fact it was wet; quaffable, definitely! This was a very delicious brew!

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Photo of titvs
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L13_14_184. AROMA: complex malty aromas with caramel and bready notes, mixed with faint esters and a background floral aroma. spicy alcohols present. no discernible noble hop aromas. APPEARANCE: deep amber color and translucid. medium ivory head with below average retention. some lacing. TASTE: mild flavours of toast and dried grapes. the alcohols are present with an almost solventy character, with spicy notes. low bitterness with a medium-dry finish. PALATE: medium-light body with average carbonation. OVERALL: a dark belgian strong ale that showed promise on the aromas but didnt deliver on the flavours. needs more complexity.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

A: Dark brown. A lot of foam. Medium retention.
S: Coriander. Backed by slightly toasted aroma.
T: Coriander. Moderate caramel. Medium malty flavor. Moderate bitterness. Dry.
M: Medium body. High carbonation.
O: Pleasant flavors. But I think it might be a bit old because it was sweeter last time I drank.

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Photo of souvenirs
4/5  rDev +1.3%

This was lovely. A friend shared it with me and we drank it straight from the bottle, so this isn't a proper review, but I really enjoyed it. Fizzy and fairly light tasting, although my friend found it too boozy.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Dark brown pour with a two-finger off-white and foamy head. Aroma of bread and dark fruit. Taste has sweet bready malt and light clove flavors upfront. Medium body also has some hints of plum, raisin, alcohol and yeast.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,738 ratings.
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