Review: Delirium Nocturnum (Brouwerij Huyghe)

Here's something I'm surprised I haven't reviewed in the million years I've been writing about beer here at - Brouwerij Huyghe's Delirium Nocturnum Strong Dark Ale. For a good amount of time it was flat out banned in Manitoba because someone thought that someone would get completely wrecked on a bunch of these beers or that it will appeal to children.. umm.. yeah, no. Delirium Tremens and Noctunum are no longer available at Manitoba Liquor Marts as they're too busy only promoting the newest AB InBev seltzer of the week (waiting on the Keith's Seltzer.. any day now..), so of course good beer gets overlooked.. so it was a shock to me that I found this at a random beer vendor in Winnipeg, a beer vendor that was incredibly meh of all things.

Appearance: A tad murky, dark brown with a lot of carbonation in the body and a thick yellowish-beige head on top that diminishes almost immediately, leaving behind a thin layer of bubbles only at the glass.

Aroma: I don't know why but there's a lot of times I have a Belgian dark ale and it has a bit of a wet dog smell at the beginning and it does here as well. The beer is sweet, has notes of dark fruit - fig, raisins, a tad bit of a nuttiness and an abundance of caramel, almost like a dessert beer.

Taste: A tad sharp on the palate yet a bit watery. There's notes of fig, clove, lots of raisin, caramel, as well as a bit of a spice presence to it.. is it nutmeg? Hint of molasses. Not as heavy as I'd think but definitely a slow sipper beer.

Overall Thoughts: It's been nearly six years since I've last had this beer and this seriously brought back memories of back when Belgian ales were plentiful at my local liquor store. I feel like this is what Unibroue Maudite used to taste like back around 2006 because for some reason I have memories of that beer popping out at me.. but Maudite is still a great beer but just not as complex anymore. I rated this 3.5/5 on Untappd back in 2016 but this is definitely worth a 4.5. I wish I could get my hands on this and Tremens on the regular.. 8.5% ABV

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