Delirium Nocturnum | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Delirium NocturnumDelirium Nocturnum

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange/brown has a thick two finger head excellent retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is of caramel sweet malt with hints of citrus hops. The taste is a rich coffee-like malt flavor with hints of molasses and caramel. This beer is medium bodied and very tasty.

Reflection: This is a must try, but I couldn't make a session out of it.

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Photo of Zraly
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black cherry color with an off white head. Looks gorgeous in a chalice glass. Wonderful smells of apple juice and alcohol, with a little sweet smoke lurking underneath.

Rich, fruity nose with sugary caramel-like undertones. Burnt sugar. Even a hint of chocolate. Hops are barely noticable. Earthy nuances and a spicey yeast quality. The drinkability is high due to a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that leaves a tingle and a dryness in the finish...a wonderful balance that makes for easy sipping. Warm, flavorful and enjoyable.

A dark Belgian that is all around good for the palate.

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Photo of isubsmith
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass, couple fingers worth of head died to a minimal foamy coverage. Dark ruby red/brown color. Plenty of lace.

Nose: Tart/Fruity perhaps with a hint of caramel sweetness. Definate alcohol smell. Slight sort of solventy smell as well.

Taste: Smooth, sweet/tart fruits for starters. Lots of yeast taste. Some spicy end-notes. Definate alcohol presence but not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Big, but typical for a Belgian beer.

Overall, a good beer. There are definately better beers out there, but this is still quite good. I think a few months in the cellar would help this beer mellow a bit.

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

Smooth, nice dark appearance with beige head. Great to find these on tap, as I did at Underground Bluz in Orlando. A dark conglomeration as Sweet side fruity with sour and malty aftertaste, disguised high alcohol, thin -Medium mouthfeel. Works with food.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chestnut color with a full creamy light brown head and active carbonation. Raisin/prune/fig aroma and flavor with a nice spiciness and a touch of alcohol. Light-medium (leans light) bodied due to carbonation levels.

A nice one but does not stand out like the standard Delirium.

Per label: Since 1654

2.003 on cork
Tasted: 12/24/04

($7.19 / 750 ml / 25.6 oz corked and caged white "ceramic" champagne style bottle with royal blue foil)

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Photo of Truh
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Woke from a fitful dream with this one on 12/29/2004. 12-oz. pour in a tulip glass at the Sunset.

½-inch head of heavy cream with a slight mocha tint. Deep, dark cider brown hue that lets in no light. Fig, cardamom, rich malt tones on nose. Cantankerous syrup malt with a chocolatey trailing swirl; touches of blackberry; kind of a vacuous felt lining and wooly side-trail. In a way, this offering hits you over the head

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

The psychedelic Elephant bottle is cool.

Delirium pours decidedly dark brown, nearly opaque.
The head is a steady, spongy tan ... and it SOUNDS great... the constant waves of bursting bubbles were music to my ears.

As for aroma- this was new to me- I'd swear it smelled like a graham cracker! That and earthy notes. Pleasant actually, not too much evidence of hops.

The flavor came on fruity and rich with a slight warming.

Finish was surprisingly refreshing for a beer of this gravity. DN left me with a silky, highly drinkable finish. This fares well among the holiday offering I sampled recently.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick whipped froth with significant staying powers. It sits like a crown on the burnt caramel colored beer.
Aroma of strong froot bomb mixed with alcohol that totally reminds me of some old-timey health tonic. Smells too, of day old pee pants from my toddler.
Nice smoke and dry woody palate players drumming along on this wicked jammy roller coaster. Layers of thick fruit jams stuck to the bottom of the pan; apple butter cooked thick and sticky in a cast iron kettle. The alcohol kicks the dark malts into blackstrap molasses. Overall, it tastes like fruit cake with some dark toasted walnuts and filberts, and maybe some chestnuts. Alcohol all over. A bit rough, a bit sweet.

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Photo of walleye
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this one for the bottle. my daughter like elephants.poured a deep amber with light tan tall frothy head.aroma yeast,dark fruits, raisin.flavor a little sweetness and a hint of orange and some maybe plum. mouth feel watery with a bit of bitterness. a enjoyable beer.

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.99. Had this a couple of years ago at the Viking, but haven't got around to reviewing a bottle of it until now.

Poured a dark, reddish brown, with a big, fluffy tan head. Lots of lace.

Smell is sweet and sour. The sweetness reminds me of caramel, the sourness of tart fruits. There's also a little bit of peppery spiciness.

This tastes pretty damn good! It starts off with a sweet, caramel flavor, but with slightly roasted notes. There's also a tart fruit flavor, not unlike some sour cherries. It's also very yeasty, giving the beer a rather bready taste to it. In the background but still lending substantial kick to the proceedings are some spicy notes. There is also a noticeable alcohol presence that is not shy about it's being there, but is in no way overbearing.

The mouthfeel of this is just how a good Belgian should be. It's substantial, but not too substantial.

This is a pretty good Beer. It's not up there with St. Bernardus Abt. 12 (my personal favorite), but it's still pretty good. Not a bad one to pick up when looking for a decent Belgian.

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

I had this Delirium Nocturnum near the end of the night and I must say it was a perfect way to (almost) end the evening.

The Nocturnum poured a very dark brown with a moderate head. There is noticable lacing as the head dies. The aroma is very sweet with hints of caramel and sugary malts.

The taste is very good, moderately warming with a convergance of fruity flavors and spicy character followed by a yeasty finish. The alcohol is evident but not overpowering.

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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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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
89 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.
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