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Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate)Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate)

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 128
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 37
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: aracauna on 07-13-2004

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Photo of tillmac62
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BBE F03/11 Pours dark brown with a hint of garnet. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Rich nose of dark fruit (figs, plum), chocolate and cherries.

Medium body with a creamy texture. Perfect carbonation with just enough effervescence in the middle to cut the creamy texture and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Intensity is reasonable, rather complex and perfectly balanced. The 12% alcohol is completely covered, which few beers accomplish. It begins with a slightly bitter dark chocolate note that gains sweetness. Chocolate yields to dark fruit as the middle approaches with fig and plum slowly taking on a cherry note. As the fruit fades, a very mild bitterness emerges along with a light prune coupled with a hint of oak. As it warms, a slightly tannic aspect is evident. The finish is a slow fade that begins as chocolate and ends as prune.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Corked and Caged 750ml into my pint glass my bottle says Dark Reserve underneath Dark Brut
A: looks to be a dark red color lots of head

S: smells a little like a Flanders red without the bite maybe the yeast strain I'm getting hints of spice underneath but I can't pick them out

T: over the top carbonation is what you notice most prominently I know that's not a flavor but wow. Sweetness hints of spices I want to say some banana Mae I can't identify them

M: super carbonated other than that thin

O: I like it and I'm confused as to why maybe it's the pleasantly bubbly mouthfeel it's sweet and just pleasant really I bit absolutely no chocolate out of this but I'm not sure I had the same beer

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is sweet as sin, but in the Belgian way, with the bitter yeast lurking in the bushes while you frolic with the nymphs in the pond.

This is one of the creamiest beers in the mouth that I've ever had. The bubbles burst somehow as you sip, releasing that sweet liquor with a cloud of glory. Deeply fruity with some dry sherry and raisins, plus apple butter and fig jam. The chocolate business is a marketing misnomer, near as I can tell. It's aged in oak, so there is some vanilla along with a dark, deep roasted malt.

I think is what people have in mind when they exalt Belgian beers. The only explanation is that brewers from another planet paid a visit to an abbey in Belgium sometime in the Middle Ages.

From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego. This should be my 100th beer style, according to BA.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark brown color with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt, wood and dark chocolate aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : spicy, dark chocolate and wood flavors, with alcohol presence in the finish.
Drinkability : a very nice beer in the style Strong Ale (bière de Champagne)

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from my St Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a deep Mahogany colour with a two fingered off white head that reatins well and laces the glass.

S - Plenty of fig, burnt sugar, dark fruit malts. Big aromas

T - Up front some nice chocolatey malts, unlike the aroma. Bits of aniseed, caramel and stewed cherries complement the exquisite flavour. The finish is long and a tiny bit warming.

M - Medium to full body with full carbonation.

O - This beer is exquisite full stop, and is the only dark version of this style that I know of. The benchmark it sets and difficult to beat.

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Photo of impending
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


750ml rested a year into a tulip. Pours a deep walnut cola, dark garnet when back lit, dense tan head, nice lacing.

The aroma is delicious. Heavy with dark fruits that have softened, a crate would have an ooze escaping the bottom. Significant grape bubblegum, chocolate and vanilla. A classic dense heavy bsda. wonderful

Flavor is strong, intense, exactly what the nose promised. Dark fruits now with a bitter sweet. Long lasting dark chocolate minor bitter aftertaste, lingers leisurely. A phenolic overtone stays in the background. Vanilla dark cherries. The alcohol, while obvious, compliments as a flavor ingredient. While the mouthfeel is lively it doesn't seem to be atypically carbonated.
warms wonderfully
Malheur is in command of their art

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

Served side by side with Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve).

The beer is chestnut brown colored with a fizzy, beige head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet, yeasty, fruity. The flavor is pretty tasty, with prominent yeast and spice notes. Earthy with some alcoholic warmth in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed this. Good for splitting several ways at a tasting.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Basically a side by side with the other one, thanks Mike. Beer is black with a tan off white head of small bublbes, lower retention, aggressive carbonation, some lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, estery, very yeasty, a little more spicy than the blonde version.

Beer is light in body and a little earthy / spicy on the palate, the yeast comes through nicely as well. Ultimately I didn't like this one as much as the blonde, if I were to have one again it would be the other Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut, a nice tasting though.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/03/12 notes. Bottle shared by Thorep420, right after the normal Brut Reserve; thanks Mike. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Not as carbonated as the normal version.

s - Smells of very light dark fruits, spices, and light roasted malts. Not bad but a bit bland/faint. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, roasted malts, spices, Belgian yeast, and some earthy notes. Stronger then the nose and more going on, a definite step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit heavier then the normal Brut Reserve.

o - Overall a decent beer but the normal Brut Reserve was much better. This is a bit blander in the nose and a bit heavier for the same ABV. Probably wouldn't seek it out again and would choose the Brut Reserve over this one for sure.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods P Street in DC. Served in a SAVOR wine glass. Compared next to the regular Brut.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a thin off-white/light tan head and not too much retention or lacing. The nose carries a bit of dark fruit and a touch of roasted malt. Nice, but not too much going on.

The flavor follows a similar pattern; there really isn't too much going on, but it's well made and the fruit character is nice. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750 ml bottle into Malheur chalice-like tulip. Dark tudor brown in color. Approaching black. Off-white head. Medium retention. The head had some unique champagne like activity happening I assume related to the high carbonation causing a percolation. Aroma seems sweet. Malty. Actually is smells exactly like milk duds. Taste is sweet, also milk duddy. Not as champagne like as expected. High carbonation and tongue cleaning but lower than expected for brut. Not a brut guy but this is actually pretty freaking awesome. 

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Photo of BobZ
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark brown with a nice tan 1/2” head.

Smell: Dark fruit and hints of sweetness.

Taste: Basically a more effervescent version of an excellent Belgian quad. All of the rich quad flavors are present, the dark fruit and the Belgian candy sugar especially. The champagne finish introduces some very light citrus flavor too. The flavors still do develop nicely even though they do not linger on the palate very long do the crisp finish generated by the champagne yeast. The alcohol is completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp on the palate, smooth and packed with flavor.

Overall: Very good beer, only the high price ($36) is negative. Would definitely buy it again for a special occasion.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loud bang on the cork. Large tannish head. Retains in a nice pillowy island of head.

Smell is some sourish malt. Not great.

Impressive taste- crisp, sweetish malt. Malt champagne, I guess.

Bright and sparkly.

Different take on a biere champagne and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of hoser
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently this bottle is two years past it prime January, First, Two Thousand and Nine. Forgot about this baby and should have chocolate on hand as this is supposed to best beer in the world to have chocolate with. Seems like a big boozy quad with out the depth of the great quadruples. Enjoyable will have to revisit this beer when I come across it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a flute, and then also a wine goblet.

In the flute lots of carbonation with a real foamy solid light tan head, lots of retention, almost whipped up topping. Body is a dark brown with red hues.

Nose is a mix of soda like spritzy orange Italian soda, but a huge malt rush and Belgian candi sweetness. There is even some good dark fruit behind this such as fig. Dry and arid.

Taste is crisp, malty, with some chewy fruit, but also a real nice distinct tangy juicy citrus like a kumquat. Dark fruits seemed to be buried from the nose on the palate and not showing up. but there is a nice malt chew to this also. This to me is almost the perfect Dubbel taking away all the powdery, and heavy dark fruit goodness that I don't normally care for.

Overall I think I prefer the Blonde version, but this is a neat mix and real impressive sense of flavors, smells and textures for a beer. Real nice.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this bottle at the Hopduvel Belgium. It's my first champagne beer and I shared with my wife because she wanted to drink something special.

A - A very dark red brown beer with a very nice beige head. The withdrawal of the foam is slow, beautiful to watch. There is a reasonable layer of foam remaining, nearly a finger thick.

S - An inviting aroma of champagne yeast comes towards you as are the scents of pear and apple.

T - What a great taste, sweet and very slightly bitter. They love each other and are nicely balanced resulting in a nice cool beer. A little nutty and fruity like pear, apple. Not really bitter but it fits very nicely with this type of beer. I think because of the yeast type they used. But where did they hide the alcohol? Absolutely brilliantly done!

M - Much carbonation but what a rich flavor! At the end there will be some alcohol heat, but not enough to believe in a 12% ABV beer.

O - A beautiful and quite complex beer with great taste and very drinkable. The 750ml bottle was empty in no time. Even my wife drank it and she doesn't like beer.
A beer you should buy and try. I am going to have this beer standard in my stock.

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Photo of Naugros
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cork let off a nice pop, the gasses cleared and the foam rose to the mouth with a tan tinge to it. This beer was active so I poured carefully and was happy I did so as the head to the top of the thin tulip glass almost immediately. I had barely poured a third of the glass. The beige head stood proudly atop a brown beer with active carbonation and copper highlights at the edges. As the head collapsed awkwardly, I poured in more beer and was rewarded with a stable head about an inch thick. It looked as if it were there to stay as it trailed lace all the way down the glass as I drank.

It looked really nice and smelled really nice too. I sucked in some nice sour, fruity notes riding along with that smell you get from champagne yeast. I've heard some of these use actual champagne yest while others use Brettanomyces. I thought that this must be the former. Dark fruits rose up with each inhale and a sense of raspberries or cherries. I worked hard to find the malts in the nose, but they emerged eventually as cracked, lightly roasted grains.

I was surprised that the alcohol dominated the taste, but quickly found some dark, dry fruit, like unsweetened prunes. Bitterness was the next impression that I got as I tasted for the malts. They seemed roastier than in the nose and bitter chocolate wouldn't be out the question in describing them. There seemed to be a touch of phenols lending acrid spice notes and I couldn't discern any hop signatures, no matter how hard I tried.

The heat of the booze almost masked a light dusting of minerals within the mouth and the fleeting stickiness on the lips. The carbonation was active but not excessive. The body was pretty light and I had to admit that it did seem like a mix of champagne and beer. It was different and could take some getting used to, but I was liking this first venture into one of the newest Belgian styles.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.75cl bottle poured into stemware goblet in Gent, Belgium, at me dear friend's gaff.

A: Three fingers of lovely cream, good thickness, and excellent retention for the ABV. Dark ruby colour. Very appealing.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, some nuts.

T: Chocolate, crystal hops, carbonation but not too much. Very complex. Toffee. Well layered and very well balanced. Some fringe nuts. Wonderful. Some vanilla. Well hopped.

Mf: Just coarse enough to bring out the flavours, and quite wet. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Pairs well with chocolate. Very drinkable. Conceals its ABV quite well. I don't know the price point as it was a gift from a friend, but I suspect it's quite expensive.

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Photo of stephens101
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wisps of carbonation smoke float out of the bottle after a big pop of the cork. Pours a hazy brown and topped with a smallish, but lingering tan head. No lace to speak of on the first glass, but jagged fingers of lace existed upon a second pour.*

Subtle but complex aromas of dark chocolate, ripe cherries, sour fruits, currants, figs, beer bread and burnt sugar. Taste is not as complex as the smell, and almost underwhelming with more dark chocolate notes, unripened dark fruits (plums, grapes) grain and yeast.

Creamy and medium to heavy mouth-feel initially, but becomes a bit thinner, with a pseudo-champagne-like feel after a while. Alcohol heat is amazingly subtle and not even noticeable until the very end.

Not for sure this one completely works for me, but glad I tried it either way.

* It is also important to note that the froth in the bottle had actually overflowed, spilled out a little in the fridge, and left a semi-hard, honeycomb like nice-sized chunk of lace around the rim while I was drinking my first glass.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate.

Bottle opens with a huge, resounding POP! I love the "mushroom" corks they use on these. Westy 12 like in appearance, thin, creamy, cobwebby head, and a darkbrown with reddish edges. I'm immediately comparing this to some great Belgian quadruppels, specifically Rochefort 10, Westy 12, maybe St. Bernardus 12. It has the kind of blueberry-like element of the Rochefort, the beautiful malt and dark fruits of all three. The feel is a touch thin. Not boozy, very lively, spritzy, deep, and elegant. Extremely underrated given the huge appeal this should have for anyone who likes the big belgian quads.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark burgundy topped by a small quarter inch head that retains solidly. Dark fruits are dominant on the nose. Raisins, currants, anise, dark candi sugar. A bit herbal too, bringing to mind sage. Champagne like on the palate, highly carbonated with dark fruit and caramelized malt flavors. Figs, raisins, black licorice, a light herbal bite in the finish. Finishes dry, tannic, lightly roasted. Light bodied, fairly drinkable for what it is. Pretty nice stuff.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark brown in color and poured with a thin beige head that faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of malty sweetness and notes of chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of malty sweetness and chocolaty flavors as well as some hints of dark fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a bit creamy with a very high amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The high amount of carbonation seems to hide some of the alcohol content, making this beer a bit easier to drink.

Note: Reserve 2003

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolute stellar beer! All of the complexities of Belgian Dark Strongs with a touch of sour up front and a sweeter/powdered sugar ending.

The pour brings a deep mohogany and lavender-ish pour. Somewhat rusty in it's hazy appearance, the ale has an effervescent appearance and lead to a billowing light tan head, great retainage, and lacing. Beers just don't have a much better appearance.

Tart aromas of ripe berries, cherries, and grapes fill the nose with a estery/spicy mix. Light pepper and zesty tropical fruit rinds give a balance to the fruity-sweet nose. Sweetened with a hint of honey and we have a powerfully aromatic beer with more delicate scents here and there.

Flavors are the most remakable aspect of the beer. An early tart flavor of cherries, under-rippened berries, and red grapes give an almost wine-like flavor to the beer. But the tartness and vinous character slowly fades into a cotton candy/powdered sugar/confecionate sweetness that is both appetizing and fullfilling. Low in hops, the beer achieves balance in its shear complexity in flavor and mild spicy phenolic character.

Where richness and weight could be expected, this Dark Ale's effervescent lifts off of the palate to bring life and airiness to the beer drinking experience. As the carbonation fades, the cotton candy aspect makes the beer evaporate in the mouth with a confectionate sweet but lightness that is magical. The brunt of alcohol warmth is not worth mentioning- the beer is effortless to drink.

This beer should be an opidome of the style- it's effortless nature at such complexity is astounding. The balance is formitably malty-sweet yet complex. Simply a joy to drink.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a big tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of some sweet malt with dark fruits

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malt then the dark fruit flavors come through

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This is one of those beers to have to celebrate a bachelor party with on a yacht but protect your flat screen from lamps after your wife finds out how much you paid for the bottle but seriously its a good beer thats worth picking up for new years or something

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Photo of crossovert
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked, caged, and foiled bottle.

The cork exits with a huge pop. It pours into the champagne flute a deep reddish brown with a creamy tan head that absolutely does not recede.

It has a light champagne scent over some coca and a basic Belgian dark ale scent.

It is decadent. It has a nice alcohol bite and some roastiness. The main flavor is dark chocolate with some ripe dark fruits. It is sweet but not overly.

It is velvety smooth, the mouthfeel is utterly perfect.

An amazing unique experience, try it.

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Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.