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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 Brian700
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with a 2 finger light tan head that settles to a creamy layer that sticks around for a while.

The smell is of molasses and a little alcohol. I also pick up on the smell of raisins. Its really a good aroma.

The taste is very fruity (darker variety fruits like prunes, raisins,). It has some sweetness that brings out some flavor of molasses that mixes well with the fruit. I can pick up on the alcohol in the finish.

The mouthfeel is great. I can swish this one around with no problem. Medium/high carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely leaving you with some fruit to savor.

I think this is a very drinkable beer and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I hope I am able to get some more of these in the future.

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Photo of scooter231
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, Delirium beer... all are wonderfully tasty in their own way. The Nocturnum pours a beautiful dark brown, chocolately color, almost opaque. Lots of head at first that dies down relatively quickly, with about a quarter inch that sticks around. The appearance, along with the fact that the cork practically screamed, "get me out of here so you can taste!" makes this a very appealing looking beer.

Smell reminds me of candy, mainly a caramel type scent. Sweet. Taste is lovely- more caramel, and definitely some coffee notes in there. Also hints of orange citrusness, and some very subtle chocolatey flavors.

Mouthfeel is very bubbly, medium-bodied, very refreshing. Quite drinkable. Overall, a very tasty concoction.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, mostly opaque brown color, with a large initial (and quite airy) head. Nose is oddly weak, just a slight fruitiness and caramel maltiness. Taste is very fruity, full of flavors of caramalized grape, sweet and luscious, with a strong dose of dark molasses-like malt. Phenols and pepper alcohol notes offset the sweetness more than hop bitterness, which is present but way in the background. Finishes with a herbal dryness. Full-bodied with a smooth texture.

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

Ever have a hard time opening a corked beer bottle? Well, so far with the Delirium brews I've yet to have a problem. The corks seem to want to leap out of these critters.
This bottle of Nocturnum is no exception.
It also has tasty contents.
Very tasty.
Lots of dark fruit flavors with a good bubblyness on the palate. The sweetness might get to be a bit too much after awhile.
Between Tremens and this it's a matter of what you are in the mood for.
Spiffy stuff!

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

Pours clear yellow gold from .750 L. bottle that survived the crash test. The head of fine bubbles builds like champagne and fall to a collar supported by a fountain of fine beads. Delicate lace deccorates my tulip glass.

Aroma of oranges sweet malt and more faintly coriander and pepper. The spices, mostly orange (some ligh clove) cover a honey sweet malt and yeast.

Mildly alcoholic with a creamy medium body. Mouthfeel highly altered by fountain of CO2. Clean dry finish with a brief crisp after taste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An extremely interesting ale. I think that some of the other reviewers must have gotten a bad bottle. Pours a beautiful red-brown with ruby glints, off-white head is large and thick. Aroma is immediately of dark, sweet fruits, with a sour citrus tang and an underpinning of yeast in the nose. Taste is delicious, with sweet, dark plum and red grape clashing with sour grapefruit and green apple, underwritten by earthy, nutty yeast flavor. Very smooth and peppery in the mouth, with a bit of phenolic butteryness. Alcohol content becomes a bit more evident as the ale warms. A unique and interesting Belgian dark.

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

Appearence: Pours a dark brownish red with a nice, brown head that leaves rocky bubbling.

Smell: Has a really odd smell to it. Can't put a finger on it. Hay? Grass? Flowers?

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredibly sweet. A powerful grape dryness and sourness clings to your mouth forever. The mixture of flavors creates an odd aftertaste that lingers and lingers. It's really odd tasting. The mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability and Overall: It's an odd beer that's for sure. The flavor is really wild, but not too incredibly enjoyable. I'll give it points for being unique, but that doesn't make it great. Not bad.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.67/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

02/12/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo.

Presentation- 22oz ceramic bottle with dating code at the bottom. Poured into a generic wine glass (was on vacation and didn't bring any glassware).

Appearance- Dark brown coloring, huge foamy dimpled head and outstanding lacing.

Smell- UGH, smells like a fermentation gone wrong. Highly alcohol with drunk prunes and raisins.

Taste- Very metallic, alcohol up the ass. Like brown ale mixed with JD and turpentine. BLECK!

Mouthfeel- Mouthfeel was adequate. Very warm and slighly burning going down. Highly carbonated also.

Drinkability- I HOPE I got a bad bottle here. I love the Noel and the Delirium is very good also. Hmmm, dare I retry this again sometime down the road?

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Photo of swamiswamu
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a dissapointment. The pours a think brown with simply too much head. I appreciate a healthy head, but I also like being able to get some beer in the glass. The flavor was very one dimenional. It tasted strongly of brown sugar and that's about it. The mouthfeel was really thin. It was pretty easy to drink, but that's not what I was looking for.

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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. Mmmmm...beer. 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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Delirium Nocturnum from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.95 out of 5 based on 2,764 ratings.
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