Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Delirium Nocturnum

Today I'm continuing Daily Beer Review's Belgian Week with a bottle of Delirium Nocturnum, brewed by The Huyghe Brewery in Melle/Ghent, Belgium. So I've had this beer before in my life, but I don't really remember it. I do know that its sister Delirium Tremens is a knockout brew though.

My 330 mL bottle has some sort of speckled enamel paint on it--that'll keep the light out! The label depicts a pink elephant in a maddening swirl of blue and gold. The cap and bottle neck are further dressed with some dark purple foil. Unique, standout presentation, no doubt. The few dates on the back, 3/11 is notched and 07/14 is stamped, not sure what they mean, but I'll guess bottling and drink by dates.

A lot going on in the aroma. Cocoa and fig newton sweetness layered in Belgian yeast. Some apple and pear fruitiness also rafts on a river of sweet honey. LOLz! Wow. What a creamy, awesome beer! Tart apples and fruity delicious pears meet richer caramel and fig flavors. Yeasty with lots of complexities.

Dark cherries mix with some light rum flavors. Yep, the 8.5% alcohol accentuates the beer and offers some warmth as well. The carbonation is fine and really adds to the experience of the beer. Nice body, too. Overall, a little on the sweet side, but tart fruitiness and alcohol do keep that in check. A warm finish and pleasant aftertaste leave you wanting for more. Absolutely Awesome!


Mike said...

I'm a huge fan of the Delirium beers in general. I just had their Christmas one and I'd put in my top five of Christmas beers.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Haven't had the Christmas one in a while but I certainly like the brewery.

Stan Schubridge said...

Delirium Tremens is a knockout beer. I can only expect the same from its brother.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Excellent beer and brewery. I first had this b/c of its name in NYC in the mid 90's. WOW!

Carl said...

We've just tried this for the first time - I thought the cooler the weather the better for this one. Although I wouldn't refuse it even at the summer's peak!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Carl.

It's always summer in Miami. Seasonals have no real meaning here unless I crank the AC.