Delirium Nocturnum
Brouwerij Huyghe

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #38
Ranked #4,199
4.05 | pDev: 12.35%
Brouwerij Huyghe
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Reviews: 950 | Ratings: 2,934
Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark and handsome is the pour, the head is commodious, frothy consistency, and the lace clings nicely to the glass. The first snaffle is malt, bubble gummy, fruity, sweet and sniffable. The beer commences with a lightly sweet malt taste, the top is squinny, the finish is moderately carbonated, delicately hopped, long lasting and very dry aftertaste, quite a drinkable beer.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an opaque amber with a big creamy tan head, that last the duration. A tiny bubble lace clings to the side with great ease. The maltiness is great with little aroma. The caramel malt stands out like a sore thumb. The finish is strong but to strong the alcohol content is hiden well by the maltiness that is present. This is one hell of a brew.


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Photo of LarryV
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle. Poured a muddy, opaque brown color with a thick, finely bubbled creamy head. Smell was mellow, but inviting with a faint fruity smell of dates maybe? The head dwindled down to a fine, creamy skim of foam that left a trail down the side of the glass. A bit of spiciness in the taste, but nicely balanced. Tastes of raisins, currants, dates - a lingering finish. I really enjoyed this beer and thought it was rather delicious.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was quite suprised when I tasted this! Kind of like a Belgian milk stout? I smelled and tasted the chocolate immediately. Head completely disappeared, no lace. Somewhat sweet, but not as much as, say, a Mackeson. Very smooth, nice to drink. A dramatic difference from "tremens". Nothing in common, but the bottle and name. Good, but I won't go out of my way for it. Not as good as a great stout or a great dark Belgian Ale (such as Chimay or Rochefort). Certainly worth trying, though.

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Photo of StevieW
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big 750ml bottle. Same pink elephant on the label. This time he's just chillin and lokking at me from a swirl of blue and yellow.

Muddy water colored body. Foamy, fluffy, creamy beige head. Smell was somewhat belgian. Very faint spices. Not alot fruit, roasted plums or anything else to notice. Mostly a neutral yeast smell. Taste is along the same lines, basic, yet good yeasty belgian character. Lacks robust flavors of it's brothers Noel, and Tremens. I may have kept it too long before drinking. Medium to full bodied, and very appealing, just lacks the knockout flavors to make it great.

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Photo of Wildman
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a light tan head that subsided quickly but left cirular lace. An aroma of malt, caramel and spices with a slight hint of the alcohol present. A flavor of malt and spices. The finish is a touch astrigent. I don't find the flavor of this one to live up as well to other belgians I have tried, but it is a good beer.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-Brown in color. Pours out in a loud rush of carbonation that settles to a thick, creamy, tan head. I noticed the alcoholic smell immediately, along with a spicy, fruity, apple-like aroma. It is very rich, and complex in flavor. It has a candi sugar sweetness, and apple-like flavors. It was surprisingly light in body, smooth, and warming, with an abrupt dry finish. This was my first step into the world of Belgian Ales, and it was a rather pleasant one.

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Photo of Morris729
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a thick and foamy off-white head. Very aromatic with scents of tart apple cider, sweet caramel, and spice. Smooth and creamy in the mouth with flavors of candied fruit, sweet malts, and a touch of alcohol that leaves a bit of a dry finish. This is quite a complex beer. Just when you think you have the flavor pinned down, it changes on you.

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Photo of Viking
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper, with a big, fat, bubbly, tan head. Lots of carbonation apparent in the body, which helps keep a nice lace atop the beer. Rich smell of spices and yeast, with an abundance of red grapes (or plums maybe?) and a hint of toffee. Tart grape flavor is strong, with a spice taste, a slight metallic tang, and plenty of alcohol. Toffee flavors become more and more apparent as this brew warms. Oily finish with a slight lingering taste of grapes. Creamy, oily mouthfeel. Overall, one very interesting brew.

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Photo of blkknight02
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a great beer! Pours a dark garnet/ruby... almost black. Strong head retention. Aromas of candied plums and a faint wisp of raisins - not like that of Special B though. Must be from the yeast. Very little hop aroma (as it should be) but enough flavor to cut the sweetness of the malt and sugar. High octane brew at 9% but easily drinkable. Seek this one out!

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Photo of Reverand
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous deep brownish red color with tannish head. Sweet in aroma with a faint hint of sugar. Definitely a beer to take your time with. The alcohol is not as predominant as other beers of this high alcohol. Its body is smooth and creamy with little hop bitterness.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When first poured is all light brown foam in the glass. Takes a minute before any liquid is noticeable. Smells quite sweet and candyish, alcoholy. Clear brownish red color, lightly carbonated. Quite sweet and almost syrupy, but also spicy like nutmeg and cinnamon. Surprisingly light body. The alcohol is not as pronounced as expected. Overall a decent beer but there are better Belgians for less money.

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Photo of putnam
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A raging swell of foam rises from this pour. Sandy, ash-brown color to the head and pure brown beneath. Baked pumpkin seeds, cumin, asafetida, maple syrup and button mushrooms appear on the nose. Flavors of same, together with spicy currants, lemon peel and whole wheat flour. Pale sweetness combines with a crisp, yeasty tang and roast to make the experience whole and balanced. Not as complex, earthy or wild as this brewery's other dubbel, Duinen, but that might be a good thing...
(Wait a minute, This is a DSA not a dubbel, right? Point remains)

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep reddish amber with a small tan head. My sinuses were kicking in so as far as scent goes I can't tell you, but my wife said it had the aroma of Nyqual. A very malty fruit taste that seemed to come and go with each sip. Nice feel of bubbles as you drink it and the alcohol was very much in evidence maybe more than any beer i have drank......CHEERS

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Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had seen this frequently at the bier-store and had been intrigued by it...finally figured "wtf" and plopped down the coin for a 25.4oz bottle. Pours an opaque brown color, with a very thin, very fine head. Decent lacing is left in the goblet. I quite enjoyed the aroma - warming alcohol combined with a medley of dark, ripe fruit. Has good body, and a mild "foamy" quality to the smoothness on the tongue. Very interesting flavor mix....some malty sweetness, combined with dark fruit flavors like currants and raisins, with just a smidge of a hoppy fruitiness at the end to keep things honest. Very pleasant offering, though I'd probably go with an Ommegang at about half the cost for a good Belgian kick in the future.

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty crappy. looked OK, dark murky brown. But too sugary and sweet and the alcohol shoes too much, no elegance whatsoever, i found it a bit trashy. But i've come to expect it from this brewery.

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Photo of marc77
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The rocky, heterogenously sized bubbly beige head sits atop a dark garnet hued brew w/ excellent clarity if decanted off the sediment. The aroma is comprised of dominant citrusy fruitness both of a tart, lime - like character and a sweet orange peel note. As the brew breathes, peppery spice and lightly raisiny, slightly chocolately Special B malt aromas emerge. Surprisingly mellow aromawise. In flavor, sweetness is of a dark fruit character, with date - like sweetness dominating. Hints of caramel from the dark candi sugar along with a light cidery note are present as well. Biscuit malt and a touch of butter surface as the beer breathes, and then become the dominate malt foundation. Esters are subdued, w/ trace bubblegum present. As the CO2 dissapates, the body is revealed to be a touch thin. The initially prickly mouthfeel subsides into a relatively smooth one that doesn't deter from sipping. Finishes a touch sugary, but otherwise clean and dry. Nocturnum is surprisingly tame, and lacks some of the quirky intensities that other Dark Strongs have. That being said, there aren't any flaws, the sweetness is well controlled and the drinkability is thus excellent. This bottle was farily young-- the cork was imprinted "2001."

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Photo of jreitman
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice tan head. Fruit and nutty aromas carry over into the flavor profile. Hints of licorice and other unidentifiable spices show themselves as the beer warms. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having earlier tried the Delirium Tremens, and with this having an abv of 8.5%, I expected the alcohol to be a strong flavor element. I was quite surprised that this was actually quite mellow (in a relative sort of way). Very smooth, with a typically Belgian sweetness. Pleasant spice and fruit notes, suggesting coriander, but I could not really put my finger on some of the fruit flavors. Shared some with a couple of friends who were at the house, one favors Red Dog and the other grew up in Canada and favors Canadian beers. Both liked the Nocturnum.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inviting dark colour with good lacing, big fruity and alcoholic aroma. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a mellow up front sweetness, mild apple like tartness and a mix of medicinal herb, spicy alcohol and slight grain in the dry finish. This is one Belgian that I'll be going back to for sure.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml champagne-style bomber with a coating that looks like ceramic. Cute pink elephant with some trippy colours surrounding it lets you know that your ass is going to be dead, soon. No bottled on info. Blue foil seal with cork and crown.

Appearance: Hazy deep ruby red with a tan creamy, patchy lace -- one gentle swirl and it creams up again.

Smell: Medicinal/light solvent, tart apple, faint caramel, raw sugar, alcohol (swirl and give it a good whiff) and earthy / yeast aromas.

Taste: Kinda smooth and very creamy on the palate, light pear texture. Medium-bodied. Medicinal, dominant apple (slightly tart), herbal, yeast ... then the malts settle in on the palate with a smooth chocolate / caramel flavour that turns dry soon after. No predominant hop bitterness. Vague spices. Warming spicy alcohol character hits the head after a few decent sips.

Notes: Welcome to Belgian beers! Lovely combination of malts and complex tartness. A surprise lurks around every taste bud with this beer. Amazing how such a beer can go from sweet to mildly tart to dry.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While a touch strong, even though I greatly enjoy Belgians, this is still one great beer. The aroma leaves a touch to be desired, but it is still one to be tried. More than two of these and you will more than likely be seeing pink elephants too!

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Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting beer, to say the least.
Pours a nice looking brownish amber, with a sizable gray-tan head.
Smell of grapes, berries and yeast.
Big grape blast up front. Immediately drys out....I mean, BONE dry. Turns yeasty, grassy, earthy and bitter. Ghostly fruits linger on the perimeter. As it warms, the grape taste dominates more and more. It still stays pretty dry.
Highly carbonated...makes it seem even dryer. Light to medium bodied.
This is sort of a weird brew, and it took me a while to figure out what was going on with it. Complex and interesting.
And pretty decent, but I prefer Huyghe (delirium's) other stuff.

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Photo of Andy
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured with way too much yeast (even when carefully poured). grape - malt aroma. Flavor is painfully bitter mixed with belgian yeast flavor. Dumped it after only a few sips. unpalatable.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is dark and mysterious, and gives a big thick head in a Duvel glass (as close as I could come to a Delerium glass). One of the most complex beers I've tasted - the nose gives a slightly sour impression like you'd get from a belgian brown ale. Taste is all over the map: sour, fruity and spiced. Definitely a beer for a special occasion.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 2934 ratings