Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

BA SCORE
89
very good
913 Reviews
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
Reviews:
913
Ratings:
2,800
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.91%
 
 
Wants:
190
Gots:
641
For Trade:
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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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Photo of Gregg03
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

This is an extremely well-crafted beer. It scores well in all categories. My only issue with this beer is purely personal preference on flavor. To me, the flavor is somewhere around a lighter porter with apricot flavoring. So, if you like that flavor, it's a great beer. If you don't like that flavor, it's still a great beer for tasting and craft purposes.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Payed $11 for a 750ml and expected a beer with ridiculous flavor. The beer to me was not as great as it was build up to be. Sure this was a great buy, but not worth the price to me. Still worth trying it if you haven't yet.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

From the corked, caged 750 ml bottle stamped 20:54/L21-13267. Sampled on August 17, 2014.

Dark chocolate brown pour that builds up to a bountiful tan or light brown head.

An intriguing aroma that screams dark fruit such as plum, prunes, and apples along with the dark Belgian malts, more laid-back Belgian candied sugar ester, and virtually no booze.

Medium body that has a little chewy bite to it.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a bevy of overripe dark fruits, sweet roasted malts, and a low to modest hop bitterness that fills it out at the end. So I say à bientôt (see you later) and I'm off to enjoy this one with dinner.

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Photo of firefightn24
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at a local Spec's after seeing it online a few times. I thought this was a pretty good beer overall, but after a while the herbal and spice flavorings made me like it less and less. However, I would drink it again as it was something different and still good.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown with big off white head of foam.

The smell is bready, spicy(cloves), somewhat pungent.

Bread is big in the flavour, has some cloves, kind of fruity that gives me a hint of tartness. Super carbonated.

Overall, I like it but the flavours are a bit on the mild side. I think this is a bottle from 2010.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellared 3 years

Pours brown in color with a slight burgundy hue. Head is half a finger tan and has great retention.

Smell is great, loads if bready malt forward along with some really nice Belgian esters of bananas and plums. Lots of Belgian spicy and yeast aroma in the end.

Taste follows nose with bready malt forward. Spicy phenols of clove and other various spices. Finishes with some yeasty dryness and a fair amount of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is well balanced. Moderate carbonation medium bodied Dry finish .

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An absolute favorite ale from Huyghe brewery. Pours a dense dark brown with a big foamed tan head that dies down to a nice layer with excellent lacing. Nose of dark fruits---plum and raisins, light Belgian yeast and Belgian candy malt. Taste is excellent. Plum and raisins sizzle into the flavor profile with this highly carbonated Belgian delicacy, cola and cherry tastes to the side. Aftertaste of cherries and cola. If one ever has a chance I would suggest trying it on tap----an absolutely fantastic Belgian ale.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a really good beer. I enjoyed the taste and the aroma that it had. It has a smooth taste. The taste and smell was not too strong or too light. I enjoyed this beer very much. If tou have never had this beer before you should try it at least once. I know that I will have another one of these beers.

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

Dark brown color with red highlights and with a huge thick beige head with great retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma with notes of prunes, chocolate, nuts and molasses.
Very nice flavor with notes of chocolate, spices, prunes, figs, grapes, pears and cola. Just a hint of tartness and bitterness. Dry and mildly bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate lively carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv was dangerously masked.
Outstanding beer, tasty and still very easy to drink. Perfectly balancing fruity sweetness with some tartness and bitterness, not a single sharp edge and with enough complexity to make it interesting. And despite its high abv I could have drunk a few bottles. I was expecting a sipper, but you know what, this was actually good.
Not sure why this one tasted so much better than the first I tried a long time ago.

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Photo of jellikit
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep, dark brownish-red. Thick, foamy head. Fantastic lacing.

S: Faint cola. Plum. Sugars.

T: Dr. pepper'ish. So, I guess prune. Sweet, and Cherry.

M: Highly carbonated. Big body. Crisp.

O: it has been a looong time since I have tried this beer. I like it. Different than I remember. Slightly sweet with hints of raisins and cherries. Tasty.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a retaining one finger head. Dark and malty to the nose with hints of sweetness and coffee. It goes down smooth. Starts sweet and ends malty. The aftertaste leaves a little booziness stuck to the back of your tongue. It's a pretty good beer. Not as great as I would have expected. The taste leaves a little to be desired. Don't get me wrong, it's a solid beer. But it doesn't do enough for me taste wise to warrant an outstanding rating.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an almost opaque yet still clear very dark brownish amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some ruby + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a slightly mottled very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits (cherry and raisin) over the top of lighter aromas of spices and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet dark malts with moderate flavors of dark fruits (cherry, raisin, and prunes) and candi sugar contributing to the sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of spices as well as the distinctive Belgium yeast characteristics. Hints of alcohol and just a touch of bitterness in the finish which does not linger.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Enough complexity to keep me interested, especially after the beer warms and opens up. Enjoyable and easy to drink though the alcohol could be a little better hidden in my opinion. Definitely an enjoyable beer and one that I grab every once in a while.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,800 ratings.
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