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 yeagerbm
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic looking beer with dark reddish brown color and a very impressive fluffy light brown head which holds very well and leaves heavy lacing. The aroma is also great with notes of chocolate malt and yeasty fruit. The flavors are delivered with a nice medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of dark fruit and mocha like malt dominate. Overall one of the better belgian ales that I have had and definately one of the best looking beers that I have seen when poured into the proper glass. This is one is a must try for fans of Belgian beers.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 33cl bottle.

Pours an opaque brown with a huge fluffy tan head. Lots of fine lacing. Smells of fruit and caramel. Spiced apples. Nutty. Notes of sherry. Vinuous nose.

Taste is lightly sour up front, with a wonderful roasted/burnt malt flavor rising to the surface. Hints of sherry and light flavors of bitter chocolate. Spicy, like pepper and nutmeg, maybe hints of ginger. all these flavors intertwine nicely. Mouth is rich and chewy. This is really nice. Tried both this and the Delirium Tremens tonight but this one takes the cake. Gotta get some more.

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Photo of dgallina
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep ruby brown. Forms a nice tan head initially, but quickly subsides into pools of surface lace and light lacing on the sides of the glass. Predominantly sweet & candy-like nose with spicy alcohol underpinnings. Flavor starts with candied fruits, develops into a restrained toasted malt middle, and finishes extremely dry. Body is creamy and nicely carbonated, if perhaps a little bit too light for the style.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a small bottle, no freshness dating to be found. Pours a dark, rudy cloudy brown, topped by a frothy tan head with excellent retention. Leaves some lacing ,but not alot. Nose is of sweet musty spoiled fruit. Big flavors abound here, mostly dark candy sugar, raisins, figs, chocolate, farmy, musty stuff. Rich, flavorful and warming. A style that can take some getting used to, but this is a pleasant, drinkable, if not spectacular take.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very dry malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It has a slight musty aroma along with some yeast fruitiness. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that boasts of many crystal malts; very complex. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and with some yeast fruitiness. It is a bit warm on the way down; very dry. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine Belgian dark. It has good flavor and is extremely smooth; a good drinker.

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

An old fave, puzzling that I haven't written a review before now. Pours with a massive, long-lasting off-white foamy head atop a hazy chestnut body. Aroma is dark caramel malts with a touch of yeasty sourness and a few spices thrown in.

Taste is initially rich, medium-dark, sweet malt with a lot of yeast, giving it quite a bready taste. A wash of multiple spices follow: cinnamon, allspice, maybe even a little pepper. Elements of dark macerated fruit (raisins? cherries?). Tastes like an old cellar.

Flavors shift a bit as it warms. Not a lot of obvious hops but definitely more sweet cherries and apple flavors, less malt. Alcohol is well masked but more evident in the aroma -- and you can feel it before the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel is not heavy but not a pushover, either. Carbonation maintains a bite and the aftertaste is dry and clean. Rates just a hair below its lighter cousin (Tremens), but not by much.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle. Cork dated 2004. Pours a hazed deep chocolate brown with a fluffy beige. Aromas of sweet plummy malt, tree bark, meadow and musty yeast. Sweet, malty, yeasty, grapey in its fruitiness, with a medium body and mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated. Light astringency in the finish. Alcohol punch noticable. It tastes a little thinner than what I remembered. Nonetheless, it's a very good beer that's easy to enjoy.

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Photo of FormatKid
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer picked up in Bacchus in Chattanooga. The packaging is a 330ml faux ceramic with a pink elephant on the label and blue foil on the crown.

This beer pours out a rusty shade of brown. It is hazy and not translucent at all. Really fizzy head rolls up impressively but recedes rather quickly to a thin crowning cap of foam on top.

The nose on this beer is lovely. Brown sugar, plums, rye bread, grapes and a vinous aroma.

This beer has a huge grapey, vinous character to it in flavor, very suprising. In fact that grapiness almost eclipses any other flavors when it is cold. As it warms up more of the malt comes through and lends some more complexity. A little bit of a toasty rye bread presence is noticeable and a dry, spicy hop-smattered finish.

Not a bad beer at all, I was expecting more because of how much I enjoyed the Pale from the same brewery. It just doesn’t make it’s mark when compared to some other beers I’ve had of the style.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl. oz. bottle that looks and feels ceramic although its just a coating over the green glass bottle.

Pours a solid brown, making the rounded bottom of the glass look like a brown bowling ball. Nice head quickly settles down to near nothingness. Smells fruity and of alcohol. Tastes like apples and chocolate with a very smooth mouthfeel. Very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of koolkat
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice deep red almost brown, which is a good suprise I was expecting a much lighter belgian for this beer. Guess I should have figured nocturnum=night=dark but I just didnt think that far ahead. The beer is rather carbonated the cork popped out with ease and could have gone a fair distance. The carbonation gives a very interesting mouthfeel. It almost tingles your tongue and has a nice bite to the sips. The flavor profile is nice and malty without being thick. The beer is lacking in the phenolic nastiness that exists in many belgian style beers. There is no mediciny taste at all. All in all a rather nice beer, ive yet to be disappointed by the pink elephants.

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Photo of necoadam
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Town & Country in W. Springfield MA

Pours out a dark brown/garnet with some head but goes away into lacing around the glass. Smell consisted of dark fruits, a little bit sugary at times, and some toffee notes in the background. Taste was pretty good. Malty, fruity, a little on the sweet side and finishes with some grapes and toffee like flavors. Alcohol is not really noticeable, warms the throat really. Medium body and not overcarbonated which let the flavors really come through. Not bad at all, worth a try for sure, but I rather pick up some Unibroue instead for the price.

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Photo of noclue
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 330ml bottle served in tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep ruby color. Good off-white head that lasts long and leaves soapy lacing. Good clarity.

Smell: sugary sweet and vinous fruit aromas are almost overwhelming (that's a good thing).

Taste: Tart. Medicinal. Phenolic. Fruity. Spicey.Grainy. Strong hops.

Mouthfeel. Slightly watery. Mildy carbonated, dry finish.

Drinkability/Overall: Not as brutal as Tremens, quite easy to drink. Not my favorite belgain, but still a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of danadeny
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge off white head, on top of a brown body. It has a faint roasted malt smell. It has a spicy bite, and the alcohol is present all the way through as well as a little bitterness mixed in with the roasted malt flavor. In the after taste there is some chocolate and coffee. Nocturnum is inline with the other delirium offerings, this happens to be the dark version. Solid beer, worth a try.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a very dark copper red with a good three finger head that slowly dissapated and left a thick choppy beige foam on top of the beer. I also thought the bottle made to look like stoneware was a nice touch, in fact it's the reason my wife picked this one out for me, thanks Jen.

The smell was very complex, heavy in malt and fruit. Figs come to mind along with apple and dare I say dates. Hidden in the back of the nose was a slight hop spice.

The drink started with an alcohol warmth mixed with a slight malt sweetness. The middle was a kick of fruit, apples and dates. The finish was more alcohol warmth mixed with a hop spice. The flavor was slightly thin from what this beer looked like and smelled like.

All and all a very drinkable and refreshing beer. I'm very glad I got this one. It's the first one I've had where the cool package is backed up with a great beer. Don't pass this one up it's worth the time.

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Photo of Hunter
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle, made to look like crockwear. Nice little spin on presentation. Pours a thick brown head atop a dark russet beer. Little lacing, but head revives well on agitation.

Aroma is wonderfully complex. Simultaneously received notes of cherry, chocolate, raisin, pepper, alcohol and beefsteak. Alcohol starts to take over as the beer warms. Deep and flavorful before even taking a sip.

Taste was bound to be a disappointment after a nose like that. Beer begins with carbonation and alcohol, and little else comes through. The aftertaste is cloying, alcoholic, and bitter. Mouthfeel manages to be thin and sticky at the same time. As the beer warms the flavor improves a bit - I gave it an extra .5 in the flavor cateogy as a result.

I've had stronger beers than this that do a much better job subduing the alcohol and allowing other flavors to shine through. This might compliment red meat and cheese dishes well, but taken on it's own it's a little much.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 07AUG2004

Light brown, almost cola like, with plenty of white yeast sediment. Small head.
Had a alcohol, somewhat butterscotch smell.
Tasted sweet, quite malty, caramel, almost like a barleywine.
I wonder how old this bottle was...My guess is at least a few years. This Beer was still good, but the taste I got from it doesn't seem to concur with everyone else.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an auburn color (looks like an Australian Muscat) with a cream colored head; lots of lacing

Smell: Apples, dried fruit and a bit of caramel

Taste: The apple and caramel malts hit you first, followed by some bitter tart flavors that dominate the middle; after the swallow, the peppery yeast adds another dimension while the alcohol adds a boozy character

Mouthfeel: The carbonation hits you right away - a bit too much for my preference; but the body is full; slight warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: A fine sipping strong Belgian; surprisingly, over time, the sour flavors really take over

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy this brewery. Poured a dark amber color with a bubbly head that rose fast. Smells of malts and spices, little hops aroma. It goes down smooth even though it has a 8.5%abv. I do enjoy this beer alot and would recommend to anyone who like Belgian strong ales.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is not like any other beer I've had before. My first Belgian. Poured orange/amber/ruby with a foamy head that quickly disappeared. Smelled of spices, sweetness, malts, and maybe some alcohol but I'm not sure. Tastes almost like apple cider with some kick to me. It does have some malts but kind of a sweet aftertaste. This seems like a beer with an identity crisis. Does it want to be sweet? hoppy? malty? what? Not bad but just not sure about this one. Maybe as I try other Belgians my taste buds will sharpen. Definitely worth a try just to get another style.

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

Dark tea colour with dirty white head sets this beer up to be approached with sipping on the mind. The nose is not huge but has alcohol notes and old esters. The taste is graveyard dirt and iron which gives this beer a nice brown ale taste much like Nostradamus or Rochefort. I like this beer though it isn't at the same level as other dark heavy Belgian classics. Well worth buying though.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly cloudy, dark brown in color, moderate head. Looks very fizzy in the glass.

S: The first thing I notice is a strong smell of alcohol. There are some nice spicy/fruity aromas carried along with the ETOH.

T: Malty, a bit spicy. Low hop flavor (expected, so ok). Sorry, but this one isn't impressing me.

M: Carbonation feels a bit too high for the style. Warming alcohol feels like more than the stated ABV%. Medium bodied with no real aftertaste.

D&N: An ok beer. If it were a bit less fizzy I might like it more, but the pink elephant can't save this one.

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

330ml white coating on a brown bottle. Very noticible, you've probably seen it. Weird drawings on the label. Pours a dark brown with just a little red. small head with good staying power and good lacing on the glass. First its malty and almost sweet. A lot of flavors going on but not really any bitterness or hopiness. You can definitely taste that this is a stronger beer, 8.5%. As you swallow the flavor changes and leaves this odd taste, a very complex beer.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Dallas. Not available in Wichita.

Appearance: Deep amber-brown with hints of red. Tons of chunky sediment. Brown head rose up big. Coarse and spider-web like in some areas, dense and fluffy in others. Very light lacing.

Smell: Watery and metallic on the nose. Both citrus and dark fruits were present, and a light spiciness from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, slightly chewy, and velvety with carbonation. Light numbing from the alcohol.

Taste: The first drink shocked the hell out of me with a strong, sharp sourness. It mellowed out after that, but still retained some sourness. Dark cherries, light alcohol, and an old musty, dusty component dominated. Finish dried out somewhat and became very yeasty and lightly malty.

Strange beer. Not bad, but a little too "out there" for me to hit it regulary.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with a 2001 cork. As long as the cork indicates the year, this is a jackpot, for there are lots left, and this seems to be well mellowed. Pours a clear brown with a big fluffy tan head. The carbonation is on the lower end for a Belgian, which may also be a proof of age. Aroma is complex with a strong fig component, and a mix of vanilla and raisin. Palate is warming, with the alcohol apparent, but blended well with the beer's flavor and aroma. Flavor is very fruity, with raisin and fig evident. A little sticky and full bodied as well. I remember having a bottle a little over a year ago from the same store and it not being nearly as good, so aging helps a plenty...

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

Almost opaque dark brown color. Rocky tannish head with good lace adhesion on the glass. Spare chocolate to the aroma, light rum, yeasty funkiness. Mouthfeel is medium and spritzy with secondary carbonation. Bright flavors of fruit, grape and unripe nectarines, some lemony qualities. A dry cocoa lingers in the background and adds some balance. Finish is astringent with the carbonation showing its best effect. All-in-all, could use some more malt tones to match the mouthfeel better, a good enough brew but not seminal to my tastes.

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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,791 ratings.
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