Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

very good
2,825 Ratings
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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Added by Mitchster on 12-12-2001

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Photo of Chivvyshirt
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rex_4539
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark brown color, 5-6 finger brown head, nice lacing.

S: Raisins, alcohol.

T: Classic Belgian ale taste. Decent.

F: Light bodied, yet heavy.

O: Not anything great but drinkable.

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Photo of mikr
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Commandophile
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thunderb01t
1.91/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JohnTurano
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Oopssorryy
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

It poured a hazy dark brown, with a massive light tan head forming with little effort needed. Retention was fantastic, and with slight agitation the head reforms quite well. The nose is permeated with a scent of alcohol, no doubt a by product of it's 8.5 ABV. Other notes I can ascertain are sourdough bread, and lots of dried fruits, like raisins and dates.

The beer starts off with a lot of bread flavors, slightly yeasty, with a little bit of funk to it. It's slightly bitter at the start, but this is quickly balanced with the finish. Upon swallowing you instantly are hit with a mild boozyness that cuts the bitterness down, and lightness up the mouth feel a tad. This is quickly followed up with the fruit flavors the smell hinted at, which impart a nice subtle sweetness. The finish sees a return of the boozy and bitter qualities along with an interesting spiciness. The mouth feel is an oddity for me, as it starts out somewhat thick, but thanks to the boozy hit in the middle of the beer, the mouth feel lighten ups to a more medium range.

It's a beer I would revisit, but not often. More of a special occasion beer, for those cold winter nights with friends and family.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

33cl bottle

Appearance: reddish brown, 2 to 3 finger head that stays for a while.

Aroma: light dark fruits like figs and raisins, some caramel and slightly spicy. It's not so yeasty as other belgians I've tried.

Taste: very much like the aromas, it tastes of dark fruits, booze, although lighter than a Chimay Blue for example.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, carbonation is strong and the booziness higher than other belgians of this style. Despite all of this, it seemed a bit watery.

Overall: nice beer to try and enjoy. Not world class stuff IMO.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours clear but very dark reddish brown, gets cloudy as the yeast sediment is disturbed. Head is two inches and pillowy, a yellowish light tan. Retains very well, eventually dissipates to some lacing and suds.

Smells of tart apple and cherry brett influence over a molasses and candi sugar malt with a slightly woody undertone. Hints of allspice.

Tastes of tart bretty yeast, dry toast and candi sugar malt, mild oak and walnut finish.

Body on the fuller side with fluffy carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Slight booze warmth going down.

I've had this beer a million times over the years, the first time long before I ever started reviewing on here, and yet somehow never reviewed it until now. Very good above average Belgian ale with lots to like. The flavor isn't quite as nuanced as some other beers in this class, but it's very well put together and pleasing. Body and aroma are fine. Definitely a sipper. One of the better Belgian beers out there and worth trying if you haven't yet. There's a reason it is so popular and readily available.

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Photo of Brad3312
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The flavor was perfect, taste was rich and smooth, the smell is unique. Wish I had one right now.

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Photo of Mousel
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of LocusSolus
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: Deep burnt sienna/mahogany kindy murky/hazy with ample foamy head. The head is a pale cream color, has a moderate dissipation and leaves a pretty good surface remnants.

Aromatics: Plenty of stone fruit: plums/dates, cherry, peach, nectarine. There are times it smells like these fruits have been sitting in a brown sugar solution -hints of dark sugars intermingle.

Taste: There is a prominent flavour of roasted cherry and raisin with a touch of caramelized sweetness. The finish is tinged with alcohol and is full of dark cacao bitter.

Feel: I'd say its a solid middleweight, with great carbonation retention which gives each sip a crisp snap but keeps a relatively smooth finish with that little bit of alcohol vapor at the very end.

Overall: A nice smooth sipping beer for me. It is extremely complex for me - there are times that the flavours are really robust- sip, light swish, hold, then swallow. And others that are hard to describe. I loved the dark toasty fruitiness of it. But its strengths really need to be complimented with the correct mood, ambiance, and food.

Pairing: With flavours this bold you need to be selective with your pair. Though I usually wouldn't recommend a fat (like cheese or pastry) with something that still has plenty of carbonation activity - in this case I think it would be ok. Gougères (french cheese pastry) would be a good snacking combo, also given its robust nature I'd I'd try a Philly steak and cheese sandwich with a lightly thickened au jus for dipping - use plenty of onions and spices and emmentaler cheese. (if you can find it Emmentaler Switzerland Premier Cru is amazing). For mood, a nice evening family gathering, as we get closer to the Thanksgivings here in North America - I can see this being super enjoyable during parties at Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving, and Halloween.

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Photo of tirons
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 33 cl bottle into a Westmalle goblet. Aroma is understated for such a flavourful beer. Tart, sweet, and then dry. It's a spectacular beer in the tradition of the Trappist offerings such as Westmalle Dubbel and Westvleteren 8, both of which I have tried in native Flanders. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Brant
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HipCzech
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 0.33L bottle poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Deep, tawny brown - becoming cloudy towards the bottom of the bottle. Frothy head of tan foam, lashes of lace, and a nice cap of foam and bubbles lingers.

Smell: Ripe dark fruit, sugar candies, brandy fumes, faint medicinal herbs and earthy hops.

Taste: Malt and fruity yeast build layers of sweet and sour: caramel, dark fruit, sour apples and spice. Finishes dry and slightly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy smooth; well carbonated with soft bubbles.

Overall: Nicely complex Belgian with layers of boozy and dark fruit notes.

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

Photo of Treycotton
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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