Delirium Nocturnum – Brouwerij Huyghe (Belgium)

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Delirium Nocturnum – Brouwerij Huyghe, 8.5% ABV, 330ml., (Melle, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Cream-fizzy sweet red apple roast barley malt dark fruity
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 4x330ml. + 1 glassware, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, more than the Tremens

Visual: Pours dirty mocha brown with a very large lasting ultra foamy head, 3mm layer of retention, half sticky lacing, lots of active streams.

Nose: unfiltered red apple juice, thick sweet barley malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming tangy-sour, fizzy-bubbly

Mid-palate: more fizzy-tingly, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) woody red apple juice, soft tangy-barnyard sour, light cola/brown sugar roasted barley malt

Finish: burpy, stealth hops, dark fruit/plum tangy with alcohol zing.

Summary: Same fizzy-bubbly texture as the Noel and Tremens with the flavour being somewhere in between.

Delirium Tremens – Brouwerij Huyghe (Belgium) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [B-, again],  I gave it a (3.3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Delirium Tremens – Brouwerij Huyghe, 8.7% ABV, 330ml., (Melle, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Fizzy-bubbly sweet alcoholic red apple chamomile Belgian candi barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 4x330ml. + 1 glassware, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah, better tripels out there

(initially tasted June 2012): Tasting notes: pours pale golden yellow with a  decent foamy head, microish CO2. Bright chamomile on the nose. Drinks creamy-fizzy, alcohol mixed with chamomile, honey, lemon, heaviness in the form of alcohol and sweetness(8/10), finishes alcoholic and mildly hoppy bitter (4/10). Medium complexity, medium-high depth, good transitions, good carry, okay drinkability. Too aggressive alcohol and sweetness make it hard for me to love.

January 29, 2016 tasting notes:

Visual: Pours translucent pale orange with a huge creamy head, 3mm layer of fine retention, half sticky lacing, suspended large bits of sediment, steady singular streams.

Nose: Belgian candi barley malt, alcohol detection. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple, honey barley malt, alcohol zing

Finish: yeasty, tongue numbness, sweet candi malt, light burpy, chamomile malt exhale.

Summary: Solid, but definitely inferior to the Delirium Noël I just had; this has less body in the mids and less carry in the finish.

Delirium Christmas / Delirium Noël – Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: [B, downgraded from A],  I gave it a (3.7 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Delirium Christmas / Delirium Noël – Brouwerij Huyghe, 10% ABV, 330ml., (Melle, Belgium)

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Start-to-finish clean toffee barley malt grape/berry subtle hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 4x330ml. + 1 glassware, November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours opaque brownish red with a massive lasting ultra creamy head, 2mm retention, a bit of lacing, fast singular streams.

Nose: yeasty honey, apple, banana wheaty candi barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, micro tingly-creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, micro-fizzy, (MAIN) toffee barley malt, caramel, grape/berry

Finish: alcohol zingy, soft bitter hops, alcohol detection, malty residual bubbly clean finish.

Summary: Supremely drinkable with expertly hidden 10% ABV; it’s incredible how smooth they made it. Great beer from start to finish.


(12/26/2016 re-tasting): Not as smooth as I remember; Quite alcohol forward and slightly too sour aggressive. Smoothness is noteworthy but the flavour isn’t particularly memorable. Score downgraded from [A to B]