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Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of PeterParker
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I know some people like the foil on top, but I had a very hard time getting to the cage through the foil. To each his own. Really cool white bottle though.

Pours dark ruby that lets a miniscule amount of light through. Finger of head with tight bubbles and good lacing.

Belgian yeast, dark fruits, plums and raisins, bit of booze, and has some malty goodness as well.
Sweet and yeasty up front, burnt biscuit mid mouth. Some caramel notes thrown in there. Slightly sour on the back end which wasn’t expected. Biscuit and alcohol aftertaste.

Thick and full. Rich and filling with high bubbly carbonation.

Overall a very good Belgian Dark. Sets itself a part with the slight sourness and has a really nice mouth.

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Photo of RVigz
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish hue and a medium dark head.

Smell: Dried dark fruit with hints of alcohol and grapes or raisins.

Taste: Sort of similar to the smell with plums, grapes and raisins with a sweet alcohol hint and malty yeast with the finish of dried darker fruits.

Mouthfeel: As of all delirium, this beer is extremely drinkable and has the perfect carbonation for an exceptionally smooth beer.

Overall: Delicious grape and plum hints with a dark yeast and sweet alcohol finish.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle taken in The Red Rose, Brugge on 1st Feb 2014.

Time for bed after a day of drinking and this as my nightcap, pink elephants and sweet dreams await me: some heavy snoring too, claims the wife.

The actual beer isn't as wonderful as all the hype would have you believe. It's good, but not that good.

It does pour an interesting dark brown with a red hue in strong light (something The Red Rose is lacking in), the head a beige blanket of foam.

Interesting aromas and taste, sweet malty molasses rule the roost with all the flavours dominated by the strength and depth of them. They have hoofed in some spices to make it different from other brews in this style and it's rich enough body wise too: there just seems to be something unbalanced and wrong somewhere. Maybe the alcohol level is too high for me or it lacks a subtle bitterness most in this type of brew usually have.

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Photo of JimiO
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown / amber... slightly cloudy... looks heavy

Musky on the nose... malty... two dimensions of fruit... scent of both prune and green apple

Very dry... fairly hoppy... other taste characteristics/flavors seemed very subtle... raisons, burnt toffee, coriander, dark apple cider

In the mouth it felt vey light for a Belgian Ale... well carbonated

Fairly disappointed with this one... I like Belgian Ales in general

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Photo of buzzardman
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Sweet, rasiny

Appearance: Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown/black, looks and pours like a Coke.

Flavor: Malt with a light yeast, very slight hints of cherry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body, highly carbed with a dry finish.

Overall: OK beer, nothing really stands out about it, well made but overall kind of bland. $12.49 for 750ml bottle.

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Photo of youknowmyname
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Odor: Smells of caramel, and dark fruits like dates and prunes. Some pear and apple smell as well.

Pour: A deep chestnut brown with a large creamy mocha colored head. Lightly filtered. Long lasting lace.

Taste: Medium body, High carbonation. Can taste the sweet candied fruits right off. Dates, pears, plums, and apple spiced with coriander and brown sugar. Flavor changes to a slight malt taste with a hint of toffee on the finish. Very buttery on the initial drink but carbonation dries out the palate on the finish to leave the aftertaste of the candied fruits and malt. Fantastic!

The Belgians do it again! This is a wonderful beer. Very complex and full of flavor. This is a sipping beer as you want to enjoy it. And you best as it is very highly priced. You can tell that this is a craft beer that the brewer put everything into. I look at this the same way I would look at a meal prepared by a professional chef; bordering on art. I can't say that I will buy this very often, mainly due to the price, but would love to share with some friends.

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

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for $3.50

Appearance – Murky brown colour with a smaller than average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some banana. There is also some grapes/raisins and a yeasty spiciness.

Overall – Another flavourful and very drinkable beer from this brewer. There is some great fresh grape juice flavour going on and the booze is very hidden.

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Photo of Kuaff
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a tulip at cellar temperature. My little bottle did one of those "gradual gushes" that I was able to see rising and prevent overflow.

Pours a somewhat murky ruby-mahogany hue with a two-finger light beige head topping things off. Good foam retention. It's clear enough that I can see a bunch of sediment being rolled in circles by the energetic carbonation. Held up to the light, it's kind of like watching a lava lamp. That's pretty cool. Haven't seen a beer do this before.

It smells to me like ripe bananas, apples, and cherries. Very fruity. Some dried fruit smells like raisins or prunes, too.

Tastes fruity and tart, as the aroma lets on. Think tart cherries. There also might be a touch of roastiness and earthy vanilla in the finish.

The feel is very light, even for a Belgian ale. Maybe a bit TOO light.

This is an interesting one. I'll say that much. Kind of like fruity soda in some ways.

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

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, dark brown...maybe I shoudl describe it as black with brown highlights. Nice 1/2" head quickly faded into foamy residue on top. Good lacing.

Smell 4.25: Gorgeous. Sharp bouquet that hits the nose once one is withing a good six inches of the beer. I detect smoked grains, burnt caramel, noble hops and lovely Belgian yeast along with a cellar mustiness. Truly a wonder.

Taste 4.25: Front is somewhat dry, with the taste of dark caramel and -around the edges of the palate-- a certain smokiness. Middle is where a wave of treacly sweet malt seeps in and then disappears. Then -remarkably and almost instantaneously-- a wave of dryness along with a taste of noble hops sweeps in and cleanses the palate. Finish is in the back of the palate and features a mildly sweet dose of malt that quickly fades into dryness and tastes of raisins, smoke and grains. Aftertaste is short at first, but then the taste of smoked grains pops up on the tongue for a remarkable and long aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 4.0: The smoothness of this beer is wonderful as is the medium-high level of carbonation.

Overall 4.25: Just a fantastic, multileveled, sensory experience. Smooth, complex and ultimately both warming and satisfying, this is a beer for sipping and savoring. One of the best Belgian Darks I have ever had the pleasure to taste. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Raisin brown. Leather brown. Dirty khaki head. Dissipates quickly. A top cover of thin bubbly foam percolates like a volcano. Faint lacing.

S-Cherry. Malty. Grape skins. Cherry-almond. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Cider. Molasses. Vanilla liqueur.

T-Chocolate covered cherry candy. Malty. Bready. Syrupy. Molasses. Almonds. Nutmeg. Craisins. White sugar. Liquid baking vanilla. Spiced oak bourbon whiskey. Like liquid fruitcake.

M-Spritz-y. Soda bubble qualities. Lovely carbonation gives a warming finish. Crisp and thin body. Thickens. Gets very sticky. Slightly watery syrup in feel when warmed. Oily better way to put it.

O-A slow sipper. Tasty. A must try. Would only buy here and there, it is an acquired taste. A bit sour. Too many raisin, cherry aftertastes going on that feel like said fruits were dipped in spiked molasses. Very sweet. I really like the look, so bold and dark with ruby highlights. A head isn't needed. Sips like liqueur. And the fuzzy, bubbly sensation on tongue and down the chest is amazing. Warming.

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

A-mahogany brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-bready malt, chocolate, toffee, spices, yeasty, dark fruit

T-raisins, plums, chocolate, toffee, brown bread, spices, yeast, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-enjoyed the mix of flavors, especially the yeast and spices, great sipping

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Photo of fx20736
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single 330ml bottle from Wegman's on 11/17/13.

Poured into a goblet, served between cellar and room temp.

Appearance:Coca Cola Brown with a gushing head of light brown sugar foam. Nice lacing.

Aroma of rich malt, nutty yeast, a touch of molasses. yummy.

mouthfeel: medium average.

taste: figs, brown sugar

notes: may not be as complex as Delirium Noel but it is tasty with a great aroma.

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Photo of delta490
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- a dark cloudy brown, with a big foamy cappuccino head. Nice retention and lacing left on the tulip glass

S- sweet dark fruit (cherries, raisins) and little whiff of spice

T- big malt dominates, with the aromas notes present, but more in the background than the aroma. A nice yeast presence as well

M-pleasant. Not too thin but not too heavy considering its big flavors

O- a delicious, complex, full flavored Belgian Strong Dark Ale

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C ceramic bottle poured into my FW snifter glass – split two ways
Notes taken on 10/26/13

A: Dark cola brown body with a lumpy half finger worth of khaki cream on top. Modest stay power from the head leaving behind some light alcohol veins and dots of stick.

S: The aromas are faint and smell mostly of some dusty minerals. I get a bit of toasted bread, dried fruits, and caramel malts, mixed with a little Belgian yeast character. Hints of that traditional coriander, pepper, and clove spice albeit very soft and pleasantly engaging.

T: Taste is a deliciously complex mix of dark malts, candi sugars, and yeast leading with brown breads and dried fruits like fig, currants, and sour cherries. There is an overall dark toffee sweetness but this beer stays light and never cloying. Some restrained milk chocolate, licorice, and Belgian yeast subtleties of coriander spice, clove, and peppercorns round out the finish. The alcohol barely even presents itself for such high ABV with just a light warming and there is a low perceived amount of bitterness to the beer. The hops and alcohol start to awaken as the beer warms. Smooth and complex balance of flavors.

M: Surprisingly frothy and light on the tongue with a seemingly higher level of prickly carbonation. Moderate heft from the malts but airy with a smooth clean finish.

D: A truly World class brew! A delicious mélange of dark malts and complex yeast character with a great balance and smoothened mouth feel. Highly recommended.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/7/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, pepper, coriander, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big brown bread, pear, apple, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, chocolate, cocoa, coriander, licorice, pepper, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of brown bread, light fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, coriander, pepper, clove, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity and balance of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a from bottle into a tulip glass - dark red/brown, slightly off white delicate bubbles lacing the glass, with fine steady effervescence.

S: raisin, prune, dark fruit, hint of yeast

T: Malty, sweet fruit forward almost like a sweet port/sherry, followed by an astringent, and palate cleansing hop with clean finish

M: excellent mouthfeel, malty without being syrupy, clean finish

O: Come the cold days of fall and winter, this is my go to beer to chase away the cold. Excellent overall.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Gusmotel
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ah. . . The Classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale with the pink elephant. One of my favorites and I don't recall ever having had the opportunity to drink it from the tap.
Appearance: A Dark Reddish Bloody Hue. A small amount of head that dissipated quickly. Mild lacing.
Aroma: Where to begin. To say that this beer is complex is an understatement. Fruity, earthy, yeasty, and alcohol are all apparent. Light hints of spice seem to top it off.
Taste: Even more complicated then the aroma. The beer is thick and creamy on the tongue. Bold fruit flavors settle down into a sweeter candied chocolate taste. Varying flavors and tastes keep you guessing. After swallowing, the aftertaste chases the primary down your throat leaving a slightly sticky dry feeling. It immediately makes you want to take another sip and see what else you can taste. Pin pointing what's going to come across the palate is like a Where's Waldo book.
Overall: Happy to finally get this on draught and it did not disappoint. An ideal Strong Dark from Belgium.

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Photo of janubio
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle. brwon colour, with a big whtie head that does not hold for too long, but leaves a good lace. Smell of chocolate, dried fruits (figs, plums), liquorice, cherries and spices. Surprisingly, the body is not as strong as I was hoping. Taste is the same as smell; dried fruits, chocolate, spices and liquorice. It reminds too of some liquor that Ican't remember now. One that I can repeat, and hoping it will be soon.

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Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, chunky reddish brown with a medium tan head. Nice lacing though. Smells of ripe plums. The taste begins with a hint of toffee, then a big apple juice flavor, then some toasted bread, and a tart, yet dry finish. Rich, pleasing mouthfeel. Overall A very good BSDA.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

HAd to re-rate this. I have been in Korea for a year and the beer selection isn't great but I found this in a bar in Busan. I hadn't had it in a couple years but I was psyched to see a Delirium beer so I ordered it and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I had come to think of it as a great beer that can;t really compare to Delirium Tremens but my tastes have been leaning more towards dark beers lately.

Pours cola black with a coffee colored head that sticks around. A really pretty beer.

Smells fruity with some chocolate notes.

Tastes like dark fruits with just the right amount of sweetness but there is a slight boozy flavor that isn't over powering at all.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and almost creamy. very nice

Overall- A really nice dark Belgian ale. Not the least bit surprising given the brewery.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a reddish chestnut brown. The nose offers up an array of bright fruit notes typical of the style. The taste is not surprisingly fairly boozy with fruity and candy notes dominating. It's surprisingly easy drinking and light-bodied for its ABV.

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

A: Pour is clear dark brown with a tall, really tall beige, compact head. Dissipation is slow and leaves lacings galore.

S: Dark malt, somewhat sweet. Lots of fruits; red apples, pears and cherries. Yeast!

T: Sweet, dark malts, a bit medical. Cocoa and some coffee. Cherry kernel bitterness. Yeasty. Rich in fruits; red apples, pears and ripe oranges.

M: Aftertaste is rather short and mostly sweet. Body is full, while the low carbonation makes this a very smooth experinece. The alcohol is quite obvious.

O: A nice beer, kind of typical for the style.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delirium Nocturnum has a thin, egg shell, root beer like head, a clear, light reddish-brown appearance with numerous visible brown chunks suspended throughout. The aroma is of a milk chocolate candy bar and mild brandy wine. The taste is of figs, Three Musketeers bars (milk chocolate and nougat), wood, barley malt, and sugar. There are other flavor notes, but I can’t place them. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and very carbonated, and Delirium Nocturnum finishes semi-dry, rich, sweet, and fairly drinkable. This beer is not the least bit cloying and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall, I find it interesting and enjoyable.


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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with a sand-colored/khaki-colored head, about a finger thick with good retention. A simply beautiful brew. Just the right amount of translucence -- not entirely clear, but not murky or dirty.

S: Some fruity notes -- namely dried stone fruits like apricot. Perhaps a bit of citrus. Light hops and caramely malt. Agitation provokes the alcohol. A little bit of cocoa in the finish, but it is very subtle. I think the alcohol masks the potential, though.

T: Cocoa is the first taste I picked up on the palate. The hops and the fruit slide in after the initial malty cocoa phase. The aftertaste is a bit yeasty with only an afterthought of the fruit. The fruit is definitely more in the smell than in the flavor. Lingering spice in the prolonged aftertaste.

M: This is a bit more carbonated that I would like, but the mouthfeel is still pretty nice. It bubbles up on the palate immediately.

O: This is a fine beer, but I'm not convinced that this is as good as it has been talked up to be. Definitely worth the money and definitely worth the try. Good beer.

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Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Looks a bit like dark pond water. The yeast flakes are so enormous, that it really looks like a pond. Initially lots of head but quickly dissipates to nothing. Dark cola in color with nearly zero rising carbonation.
S: intense, nostril opening, fruity, sweet whiskey, but it really most resembles a tootsie roll.
T: a more intense dubbel, but not as heavy. relatively tart.
M: Low carbonation
O: Pretty good. Flavor certainly shifts as it warms up. But overall, pretty nice.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
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