Delirium Nocturnum from Brewery Huyghe

Delirium Nocturnum: A dream worth having.

I’m excited about this post! Why? Because, Delirium Nocturnum is giving me an opportunity to talk about three things that I find interesting: history, language meaning, and beer! Yes, I am a nerd, and I don’t care!

First, let’s talk about the name Delirium Nocturnum. It’s obviously Latin, at least my one semester of Latin in high school made it obvious to me. I looked it up, and the literal translation is delirium night. I’m assuming that in English it would actually be night of delirium. That sounds kind of cool! (Don’t drink and drive, kids!)

Next, let’s talk briefly about Brewery Huyghe. Beer has been brewed there since 1654. I’m not sure if that makes it the oldest commercial brewery in the world or not, but it makes it pretty freakin’ old! It was purchased in 1906 by Leon Huyghe, and has been rolling along and expanding when necessary ever since. I would love to visit someday! I guess I’ll need to brush up on my French.

Delirium Nocturnum

Now, about the beer.

Delirium Nocturnum a dark, muddy brown that doesn’t allow a lot of light to pass through. A 2 & 1/2-finger, craggy foam head springs up quickly and reduces slowly leaving a medium film that laces the glass pretty well. It’s not a bad-looking beer.

The aroma is very wine-like. There is a big note of sour apples and grapes right up front. A lot of bright berries come after the sour notes and provide a nice freshness to the nose. The alcohol is present, but it blends well with the other aromas.

With the first sip, this beer is very effervescent. It almost give a sensation of burning in your throat. A note of dank and dry wine dominates. There is strong oak and peat balanced a bit with some not to sweet caramel. There is quite a strong funk present. The alcohol is buried for the most part, but it really jumps out with bigger swallows. The finish and aftertaste are quite funky and a bit musty.

I think Delirium Nocturnum is solid. I give it 4.3 out of 5. It’s not one I would drink every day, but I’d try it again.

Give it a shot of you see it!


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