kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mohogany brown under a lasting beige head. Very roasty aroma for a Belgian style, I'm not saying it's good or bad, it's just different! Alcohol and fruit (plum) come in second. Maltiness and spicy yeast aromas follow as it warms. This seems to be a very dry beer flavor wise, I was expecting something a little more malty, which it is up front, but it quickly turns dry and bitter. It does have some spicey yeasty character in flavor as well as some fruitiness and hop in the finish. Maltiness is sort of a background player in this one. Medium body is probably a little lighter due to higher carbonation and warming alcohol, but it's also astringent which seems very unappealing to me. I expected more from this one, but it's still a very good beer. Possibly needs some aging.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
here ye, here ye, let it be heretofor known amongst ye pathetic non-hundred beer clubbers, burgerlicious has risen above your menial alcoholic position in to the glorious promised land of the crown. oh, and delirium nocturnum was a pretty good beer.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark opaque brown with a large tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma is big and fruity, vinous, lot's of grapes, some chocolate. Flavor is strong with chocolate and fruits, and some spiciness shows as well. Medium body.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fairly dark color with some ruby tones. Creamy head that lingers. Spicey aroma, some cloves. Soft mouthfeel, kind of like drinking a banana. The alcohol is slightly apparent. I think I liked the Delirium Tremens better.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby in color. Sweet nose and taste. Slightly thin mouthfeel. Lots of sugars. Mild clove and spice.
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I enjoyed this beer quite a lot. My only other experience with Huyghe Brewery products consists solely of several eagerly consumed 500ml bottles of Delerium Tremens, which (if memory serves) is similar to Delirium Nocturnum but must use a lighter roast malt. Like some of the other reviewers, I find that the bottle and pink elephant logo of the Huyghe Brewery presents a curious and engaging initial impression. I'm going to save this bottle for an upcoming home brewing project. The initial pour from the bottle is quite impressive. There was a huge, light brown bubbly head. The beer itself is rich, deep orange/red, and medium bodied. I found a heavy, malty, sweet molasses aroma with cherry overtones and a hint of alcohol. The flavor starts and finishes sweet. Hop flavor is less prevalent. The beer is a medium-bodied, with a creamy/syrupy texture, soft carbonation and moderate to heavy alcohol finish. Overall this beer is quite good, but I would probably rate the Delirium Tremens slightly higher for my particular taste.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Better than Tremens but still not one that I would buy again. Wonderfull bottle though!
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good ale, always like the bottles. Can't compete with the better Belgian ales, absolutely prefer Tremens.
Ednolb (11) - BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Since I really liek the Delirium Tremens, I muist say that I was a bit disappointed with this beer. Though it looks very good when presented, it's taste is quite dull. It tastes spicy and there's hints of oranges in the aftertaste.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2003 2003 Batch. Huge cappuccino colored head. Thick enough to spoon out of the glass. Funky Belgian smell to it when poured.
Smelled like rotting apples, gym socks, also kind of horsey, like a lambic. Pours out a deep scarlet color, with plenty of fine
bubbles rising from the bottom, like champagne. No lacing to speak of, solid complete head. Very warming as it goes
down.Very aromatic. Spices, dried fruit, apples, woodsy, earthy aromas to it. No discernable hops notes to it. Plenty of
caramel malt taste, and lots of 2 row grain-y tastes to it. High alcohol taste to it. Thin on the palate. Would go great with hot
Italian sausage on the grill, with lots of onions. This is a good beer, but kind of strong tasting for my liking.