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Review of Delirium Nocturnum

03 May
Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Delirium Nocturnum produced by the Brouwerij Huyghe Brewery in Melle, Belgium.

I’ve only had this beer once before and, honestly, I can’t even begin to tell you what I thought about it.  For that reason I decided to give it another go and do a proper review.

From the website, delirium.be, we find this bit of information on the Nocturnum.

Initially, a very good mouthfeel of alcohol and softness. This is followed by an increasing bitterness, partially from the hop, but also from the roasted malt and chocolate malt. Towards the end a nice balance between bitterness, sour and sweet.

Time for a pour and a drink.

This brew comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 8.5%.

From an easy pour it appeared a nice, cloudy, burgundy/brown color with a somewhat smooth, creamy, tan head.  The size was adequate and the retention time seemed so-so, however the lacing was a bit underscored.

The nose brought forth hints of dark fruit.  Figs and raisins.  Some toasted bread crusts combined with that wonderful Belgian Yeast.  I also started to detect what I thought was a hint or two of ripe red apples.  Some sweet caramel malt and spices of clove really helped tie everything together for a very pleasant fragrance.  Kind of earthy on the nose as well as it opened up.   

The taste began with a minute alcohol punch.  It was quickly followed and hidden by the cloves intermingled with dark fruits of raisins and figs.  Again, a slight ripe apple flavor.  Very bready, yeasty and creamy through the middle.  The caramel sweetness was sturdy and some chocolate malt made an appearance, but never really became a dominating factor I didn’t think.  Oh well.  The hop presence and bitterness seemed light and almost insignificant.  As the brew warmed, the cloves and creamy yeast really started to shine at the back end.  Very nice I thought. 

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, mostly smooth, creamy, chewy and dry.  The carbonation was good and a very nice dose of warmth was felt from the alcohol.  Plenty of goodness was left on the palate long after each sip.

Overall, I think this is a very solid beer.  The aroma and flavor were very nice to say the least.  Plenty was going on to keep me interested for the duration.  In my opinion it’s an excellent example of the style.  The drinkability was quite good as well.  I think it could be enjoyed at anytime of the day and at anytime during the year, however it might be best sampled as a late night sipper.  Just my opinion.  I’d definitely give the Delirium Nocturnum a try if you have yet to do so.  I think that you will be satisfied by it.  Especially if you enjoy the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style.  Don’t be afraid to leave a comment if you have already had it.  I would love to hear your opinions.

Thanks for reading everyone.  As always, it most appreciated.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.9 out of 5
Grade:  B+  

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