Delirium Black Barrel Aged
Brouwerij Huyghe

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Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #27
Ranked #4,994
4.18 | pDev: 6.46%
Aug 04, 2022
Oct 12, 2018
Delirium Black Barrel AgedDelirium Black Barrel Aged
Notes: Delirium Nocturnum aged for 10 months in Bourbon barrels.
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a hazed copper color with a huge puffy head of tan colored foam. The head has a superb level of retention, with it very slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is super heavy of slightly sour cherry smell mixed with a lightly toasted malt smell. Along with these aromas comes a rather sizable raisin, fig, and plum smell as well as notes of a yeasty aroma. Other sweet smells of caramel and molasses mix in with the other and with some aromas of a woody and oaky smell are present as well and with some bourbon like smells producing a quite inviting smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice dark fruit forward flavor with lots of cherry, raisin, plum, fig, and blueberry. These fruit flavors are matched by a crisp and lightly roasted malt flavor as well as some brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses. At the same time there is a rather decent presence of a yeast and spice flavor, with the spice being mostly of a coriander nature, but with clove and a black pepper like taste also present. As the taste progresses further, some light herb joins in, while some of the brown sugar and molasses fade. All the while the bourbon and the wood get stronger and with a very light orange peel flavor at the end, one is left with a very pleasant fruit flavorful, but not overly sweet, bourbon tinted and spiced taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light for a 12 % abv beer with a carbonation level that is quite high. For the style and the mix of fruit, malt, spice, and booze, the feel is fantastic and makes this a very enjoyable and, in some ways, a far too easy sipper.
Overall – A rather fantastic brew. The Belgium strong dark ale character shines through well and is nicely accented by the bourbon. A very tasty brew and one that I hope stays in the Delirium repertoire.
Aug 04, 2022
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Reviewed by faraday326 from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Extremely nice in all dimensions but quite pricey. More in the "experience" category like an expensive wine might be. I _love_ Delirium, in general, so I was happy to spend for the one-time experience.
Jul 18, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by BeerBeast from Florida

Jun 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
(750 ml corked bottle... shared between two enormous cocktail coupes)

Simply remarkable-ish... the bourbon character is vanilla and coconut-laden and married so well with the base Nocturnum dark sugar flavors... it pours with a predictably dense, yet fleeting, effervescent sud cap... dark fruits and desserty aromatics on the nose... for 11.5%, it has very little heat or pointed spice tickling the tongue, but its potency is felt after a few sips... honestly, its so light and smooth that I could see maybe drinking a whole bottle myself, wow... thanks for the share, bro (1887)
Jun 03, 2022
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Rated by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Jun 01, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

May 10, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Really good Belgian ale. The murky brown with purple hues color is a bit odd. Whit head is thin and dissipates quickly. Barrel aging is done just right to impart woody oak and bourbon goodness but without overwhelming the palate, thereby enhancing the background flavors of yeast and subtle notes of dark fruit and raisins. Barrel imparts cherry wood and vanilla. Creamy texture. Overall quite nice.
Apr 16, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Stopping just short of ‘spectacular’ - this is an excellent barrel aged Belgian.
Barrel and Ghent on the nose.
Pours a rich mahogany, lot of carbonation.
Tan head dissolved rather quickly, leaves a ‘just OK’ lacing.
Taste is mouth wateringly fruity and the character of the barrel is fully present without upsetting the yeasty base. Nicely boozey.
Finish is long and balanced, drew a right fine burp.
Overall, a beautiful 11.5% ABV special sipper.
To me, it falls short of, say, Allagash Curieux, but I’m happy to have this elixir pass over my tongue.
Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Mar 16, 2022
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Rated by jeffdr123 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On tap at the Belgian Monk in Punta Gorda. Not much on the nose, but lots of layers of flavor. The bourbon Is there. Rich, malty, boozy
Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 28, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 28, 2022
Rated: 4.61 by WynnO from Florida

Jan 26, 2022
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a dark brown body with decent head and lace patches. The aroma struck me as not only like dark fruits but mainly like prunes. Smooth, clean, has a sweetness that seems to derive from figs and raisins, possibly black cherries, but also has that touch of Belgian yeast one expects and a slightly woody and boozy aroma in the finish.
Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by DanO1066 from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Draught 8oz snifter at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore: I like Belgian dark ales, and have grown to appreciate barrel-aging in various other styles - but not so much this combo. Good looking dark copper body topped with a fluffy white head that quickly succumbs to that ABV. Smells of vanilla & alcohol. Tastes of vanilla, oak, and malt. A definite alcohol burn on the way down. Even at half the price, I don't think I'll be coming back.
Jan 15, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by mmilyko from Nevada

Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by arzt from Germany

Sep 03, 2021
Rated: 4.65 by rawbraves from Colorado

Aug 30, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by Mikexw from New York

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Celebrating my 36th anniversary with this beer!

Gorgeous beer! Very dark amber color with excellent fluffy beige head and beautiful curtain lacing. Smell and taste of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Dark sweet cherries, pepper, toffee and cinnamon. Nicely warm and boozy. Velvety smooth. Worthy of the anniversary!
Jun 09, 2021
Rated: 4.39 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Apr 26, 2021
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Very dark, opaque amber. Head formation is incredibly aggressive even with a cautious pour, filling the glass almost completely with off-white foam that gradually dissipates over about a minute. The foaming is so aggressive that it's difficult to even fill the glass halfway.

Smell: Bourbon and oak dominate, followed by mild dried fruit.

Taste: The same bourbon and oak, with some smoky vanilla from the casks, and a hit of booze. Hops are difficult to find and bitterness is virtually nonexistent.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with mild carbonation despite the gigantic head.

Overall: A nice, refined beer for sipping.
Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2020 vintage, i was expecting this to actually be dark beer but its not, a deep caramel color is all, frothy creamy thick lasting head from the tap, a format i was stoked to encounter this in. some haze to it, long legs on the edges of the snifter as i swirl it, foam top head like beaten egg whites. it smells boozy to me, sweet, slightly nutty, some maple and honey notes, more oak than whiskey, which is fine with me, vanilla and raisin arise too, some light oxidation in a favorable way, not quite as heavy on the grain side to me as anticipated and certainly nothing even approaching black, i had it wrong about what this even was as a base beer i guess, but as soon as i taste it i no longer care, its delicious. rich caramel everywhere, brown sugar and dried fruits, red apple, very autumnal to me especially with a little barrel char and corn sweetness from the bourbon barrels coming in. the alcohol is pervasive but not over the top, slows me down just enough, and uniquely i think its cool that their base beer, particularly their yeast profile, is still fully recognizable despite the barrel and the ageing, it seems particularly well suited to this sort of treatment. this is really tasty, but perhaps somewhat less complex and different than i was thinking, the barrel part is subtle and respectful of the base beer, and the age seems to have allowed it to homogenize a bit, its not faded, but its not as layered as the very best of this sort of thing either. the quality is there of course, the texture is sensational, and its dangerously smooth and sort of addicting, but it doesnt really strike out in a new direction like i thought it might. this seems like something for holiday time, big and wintery, i feel lucky to have found it on tap!
Apr 16, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Apr 11, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
10 oz pour at Homebrewstuff. Ruddy Brown pour with a few bubbles around the collar. Normal Belgiany yeasty notes coupled with some dark malts. Barrels offer a hint of booziness to the already potent base beer. Raisons, prunes, chocolate, woody. Full mouth feel, sticky, mouth coating. Smooth and enjoyable.
Mar 30, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by smithj4 from New York

Mar 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From the corked bottle in a snifter. This surprise of a brew pours a
medium dark mahogany brown with a very nice head of off white foam
that settles to a thick ring, thick clumping layer, and sports some
exceptional fine beaded lacing. Nose of sweet bourbon, dark fruit
notes of cranberry, cherry, and blackberry, oak. light vanilla, earthy
malt touches, and subtle herbal notes. Flavors hit the note with a
solid presentation of bourbon, light vanilla, mellow oak, light
Belgian spice of nutmeg, white pepper, allspice, dark fruits
of blackberry, blueberry, cherry, subtle leather, spicy clove,
dark bread, and light brown sugar notes. Excellent mouth
feel; medium body, smooth, lightly warming, nice light and
soft carbonation, and a lightly dry finish.

Overall.... the taste is vast and changes with warmth....the notes
could go on longer....but I'm busy.....enjoying this brew.

Skip the Nay-Sayers; this is exceptional craft from a fantastic
brewery. Is is pricey----yes, but the trip is worth the fare.

The Little Lady's special Birthday brew.....grin!

Mar 07, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by Sinister from New York

Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by BdM from Netherlands

Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by Boone757 from Virginia

Feb 19, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A - Dark burgundy colored pour with nice clarity and a massive layer of creamy of white colored head.

S - Plum and sweet dark Belgian candy sugar.

T - Light bourbon, candy sugar, and plum.

M - Big medium body.

O - Glad to have tried this, Brouwerij Huyghe needs to stick to their traditional guns and brewing great beers minus the barrel.
Feb 13, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Feb 13, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Highly complex, delicate, yet smooth, the makers of Delirium beers have put themselves on the Trappist stage with their bourbon barrel-aged Belgian darker, stronger ale.

Playing off of their Delirium Nocturnum, this version of Black pours a rather ominous maroon, mahogany and crimson. Carrying a medium haze and a billowing tarnish froth, a highly complex scent of hard candy, caramel, nuttiness, toast, dark fruit, vinous fruits and whisky spice start to flood the olfactories with decadence at once. Sweet on the tongue, its the steely caramels wrapped in hard candy, honey and vanilla that set a sweet and early tone.

The bounty of varying flavors start to bounce off of the middle palate while the militant carbonation starts to break up the malts. A strong and fruity contingency rolls through plum, blackberry, date, fig, apricot, raisin and grape in a strong and sweet red wine ilk. Balanced by the natural spices of peppercorn, allspice, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg, the beer sees an even-keel demeanor heading into finish. Mild bitterness plays on the finish and highlights the beer's barrel-aging attributes with dry toast, weathered oak, bourbon spice and toasted coconut.

Full bodied but malty-dry on the finish, the beer trails into a lively effervescent session that lifts from the palate effortlessly for a beer of such complexity, strength and charm. A culmination of alcohol influence leaves a brandy like warmth simmering into a medium-long, savory aftertaste.
Jan 27, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 07, 2020
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
De Belgiuminabox. Leyendo C9 Ch13 y jugando a God of War 2 HD. Con queso Pok + picos. Perfil a madera y bourbon agradable y bastante marcado sin llegar a molestar, dejando ver algo de belga por detras. Está buena pero se sube a la cabeza sin aportar lo suficiente sensorialmente como para justificarlo
Oct 25, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by tux_alin from Romania

May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap. Poured out a dark, amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, oak, vanilla and toffee. Tasted sweet and malty with bourbon and oak notes.
Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 4.54 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Feb 16, 2020
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