Originally posted December 28th, 2015.
Belgians brew some of the best-tasting beers in the world. I love them very much. I have yet to any Delirium beers, which are brewed by the Huyghe Brewery in Melle/Ghent Belgium. This is a family brewery that has been brewing beer since 1654. Delirium Nocturnum, 8.5% ABV is a highly popular strong dark Belgian Ale and usually has pink elephants on the blue label. What the mean behind the pink elephant is not known by me, but maybe you start to see the pink elephant all over the place after too much of this beer. Nocturnum pours a dark brown color with a two and a half beige, light brown color that big and stays for a little while before settling into great-looking lacing around the edges of the goblet. The aroma is of figs, raisins with nice candied sugars and hints of alcohol. Taste is strong but none too overwhelming with nice raisin slight fig with a light subtle sweetness, but as this ale warms the alcohol becomes more dominant. I think that Nocturnum pairs well a meat dish such as a prime rib, lamb, veal or steak. The mouthfeel is full yet rich with a nice faint creamy texture. Nocturnum has a little bit of an alcoholic finish with bits of fig and hits of a sweetness that will lead to an after taste of more figs, raisins, and faint toffee. The after taste sticks around for a moment. I really enjoyed Delirium Nocturnum. I give this ale A+. You should try this one! I still think Chimay Blue is the best of the strong dark Belgian ale style, but this Delirium Nocturnum is right up there. Cheers! Happy New Year! Please enjoy responsibly!