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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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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 33
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: smcolw on 05-24-2009)
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Reviews by markaberrant:
Photo of markaberrant
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before Jan 1, 2009

A - very dark reddy/brown, clear (except for the sediment that accidentally ended up in my glass), lots of carbonation, dense and creamy light tan head, excellent retention, some lacing

S - lots of spices, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruit, pretty complex, but not overly strong

T - a big ol' blast of dark fruit, raisins, dates, even a bit of currant, hint of licorice, alcohol adds depth and complexity to flavours, spice is more reserved in the flavour, it lingers moreseo in the long aftertaste

M - high carbonation is surprisingly smooth, light body, alcohol warmth not overly noticable despite the obvious booziness throughout,

D - well integrated flavours, exceptionally smooth despite the big alcohol, dry finish, light body and high carbonation

A pretty nice dark strong, smooth as a baby's bottom. Excellent in fact, but comes up short of my 3 favourites (Rochefort 10, St Bernardus Abt 12, and Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van de Kaiser). The flavours and aromas are great, but could be a little stronger.

I was picking up something different in the flavour that I couldn't quite place, but I went to their website and I see this beer is oak aged. This makes a lot of sense, as I now remember this same character in the De Struise Pannepot.

The one thing that really threw me for a loop was the ton of sediment at the bottom. I thought this was a champagne beer?

markaberrant, Dec 06, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A steal of the century deal at Whole Foods in Austin, TX. $15.99 for a bottle that would normally cost $30.00!

Paired with a selection of small dessert treats from the excellent bakery/choclatier at this particular Whole Foods. This may be one of the perfect desert beers.

Bottle is labeled with a best by June 08 date.

Appearance: Dark Brown but translucent body that glows a mahogony red when held to the light. Carbonation is steady and aggressive. Head is champagne like and bubbly.

Nutty aroma with dark fruit yeast esters of plums, raisons, dates, and figs. Chocolate is minimal at best, surprising, but appreciated. This can pair with chocolate without being overkill. It also complimented a pistacio cake and an almond fruit tort with cream well.

The body is light and bubbly, sweet but ion no way cloying, utterly balanced, and totally drinkable. There is not hint of a higher than average ABV.

Flavors of dark fruits, chocolate malts, and caramel are found. Finish is nutty and spicy.

I just loved this beer and am jealous of anyone who can take advantage of the ridiculously low price at Whole Foods, Austin.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, heavy bottle, caged and corked, best before date on the rear label. (30/06/08) Pours very dark chocolate, dark tan creamy head, that leaves medium, splattered lacing. Chocolate, licorice, toasted marshmallow on the nose. Active carbonation, produces some prickles on the tongue and palate. Bitter, dark chocolate carries the load here. Big and bold Belgian with plenty of interest and complexity. Dark grains, more chocolate, licorice, anise and drying hops in the mid section and rear. Nice stuff, dark Belgian lovers, go get some.

Billolick, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So it's my 35th birthday, time for something worthy...and definitely pricey...

It's a Champagne bottle alright, it fits right in sitting in my 'cellar', next to the New Years' leftover bottle of the good stuff from Reims. I even avoid spraying the first few ounces all over the backsplash when twisting out the cork, as is my custom...

This beer pours a slightly cloudy ruddy brown hue, with a few fingers of fine, light beige head, that dissipates quickly, leaving curtain-like lace around the glass. It smells of dark Belgian chocolate, light dark fruit, and a bit of floral hops. The taste is sweet medium chocolate malt, raisins, prunes, a bit of yeast to remind me of strong dark Belgian ales, and earthy, drying hops. The carbonation is quite big up front, in the effervescent manner of sparkling adult beverages, but tails off quickly. The body weight is that of dark ale, so there's a bit of a perception disconnect there, and it finishes brut, I mean dry, with a little left over fruitiness. The table-wine alcohol level is very well integrated, it's barely noticeable.

A very tasty tipple, that morphed quite visibly from a sparking wine-esque drink to a decent strong Belgian ale as it warmed. This went very well with some of my girl's delectable raspberry/rhubarb pie. Summer at its finest, folks.

biboergosum, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Mar02x
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Mar02x, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of SomethingClever
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
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

SomethingClever, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty belgium, with black chocalate apearance. Some roast, sugary, bittersweet. Wood, black cherry notes,odd nuts and cocoa. Complex flavour but medium mouthfeel. For end of meal/dessert. Hugh carbonation and noticeable high alcohol. Different, worth having once.

Sammy, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of zaphodchak
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

zaphodchak, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of elricorico
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First glass resulted in an oversized head, so second glass was poured even more carefully. Still three fingers of tan foam sit on top of a deep ruddy brown body. Might have given another half mark if it wouldn't be so hard to pour.

The smell is somewhat vinuous and fruity. Alcohol notable, with a mix of fruity and herbal aromas. Dark grapes and something apple-like. Nice.

More fruit in the taste. Again the dark grape flavour and a semi sweet apple impression. Finish is quite dry and vinuous. Some herbal hops in there as well. Alcohol heat notable, but not very much, especially considering the strength.

Some body to this beer, with lively carbonation. A bit sharper on the tongue than I would like, but still not bad.

Too drinkable for the strength. An easy beer to lose track of, the bottle was gone far too fast.

elricorico, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of chuckj76
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

chuckj76, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forgot to write down the vintage, but the bottle looked quite old as the ripped label was showing lots of signs of aging. Aroma is heavy with chocolate malts and Belgian yeasty notes. Hints of dark fruit as well. Crimson hued brown/black color with a frothy tan head. Very concentrated chocolate malt flavors in the fore followed by a hint of raisin and cherry sweetness and leading into a slightly dry and funky finish. The chocolate and dark fruit flavors linger nicely in the aftertaste.

Jredner, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a nice thick foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet barley malt is very enticing. Taste is a nice balance between some sweet barley malt with notes of caramel. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done but unfortunately this is lacking character and I couldn't justify paying that kind of rpice for that experience more then once.

Phyl21ca, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

smakawhat, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

largadeer, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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

metter98, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes in an 750 ml green champagne magnum, caged and corked, with gold foil around the cap and neck. Pours out a deep black tone, still a solid opaque dark brown when held to direct light, only the faintest of garnet nimbus along the fringes. Capped by a tall consistent spongy beige head with solid retention.

Dry dark chocolate up front in the nose, accompanied by sweet cherries and red grapes, some sugar, something of a faint biscuit malt, but the motif is predominantly sweet.

I can't believe this is 12% abv. Light, effervescent mouthfeel, polite yet intense flavour profile. Oh, wait a minute, there's the abv% kicking in, like a ninja under the radar... Sweet and dry all the way, cocoa and hooch-soaked raisins, the finish builds to a dry robust cocoa finale that quietly fades out. Yet makes you want to go back for more.

The mouthfeel is perhaps light and effervescent at first, but turns out to be on the fuller side of medium-bodied, and a bit slick and oily in the end.

This is gorgeous stuff, but needs to shared, a bottle alone to oneself is quite overwhelming, the abv% really sneaks up on you, and this is sweet chocolatey semi-vinous stuff, that gets a bit overwhelming as well after a while. A perfect way to cap off a dinner party I think.

IronDjinn, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into flute. Bottle labeled best by 30/06/08.
A: Pours a dark, cloudy blood orange with large amount of carbonation. Thick light tan head produced that lingers moderately.
S: Yeast, dark fruit, alcoholic esters, and caramel malt notes.
T: Doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Raisin, bready yeast, and hint of malt. Carbonation and alcohol tend to overpower a bit too much (yes, this is the style).
M: Nice champagne-like carbonation on the tongue. Light and refreshing.
D: Definitely drinkable--light and refreshing with a decently complex taste. A good beer, an interesting style, and I'm glad I tried it. It is a fairly spendy beer...there are much better beers at a quarter to half the price you'll pay for this one. That said, I recommend trying it at least once.

mwilbur, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of eric5bellies
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

eric5bellies, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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. 

KickbacksSteve, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Rastacouere
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

26oz: Dark chocolate brown, superb beige head is eternally lasting, foamy, full of subtle lacing. Enormous chocolate malt aroma, predictably tart, yet somehow, they managed to find a fit between this and saison-like haystack scents. I found the balance to be remarkable for such an experiment, delicate herbal and flowery undertones together add tremendous depth. Rich bitter/tart chocolate, actually this may be tarter than it appears, yet I didn’t find any annoyance in the marriage with the roastiness. No trace of alcohol in the aroma, remarkable feature by itself, but in such a complex blend, you don’t get to spend much time thinking about that. Add to this a killer expanding in bubbles incredibly smooth foamy mouthfeel and you know where your 25$ went. I still think I prefer the regular Brut, but then again, I tend to prefer blonde Belgians to darker ones. I can recognize a killer recipe though and this one gave me a hard time to find places to give less than perfect scores! Astonishingly unique. A sipper that you couldn’t drink too much of while being an incarnation of greatness! de Landtsheer can brew people, my rating may be a mess, but take that for granted. Cheers to my pal muzzlehatch for this.

Rastacouere, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark, opaque amber toned chestnut with a small, tan head with plenty of CO2 rising to the top. Scattered streaks of foam are scattered around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, black grapes, toffee, toasted nuts, and fresh dough.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with fruit, sweet caramel grain, with some earthy, mineral, truffle-like flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, fizzy, mineraly, with bitterness towards the end.

weeare138, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750. With a moderate pop it goes into a Reidel Extreme Champagne flute. Why not?

A hearty dark bourbon/molasses body with significant carbonation and frothy maple sugar head. Big and bubbly with sparse lacing.

Very perfumy at first...sort of like decorative soaps at first but waves off towards more of a mild floral hop character. Yeasty and bready with heavy electricity and slight sour tone - almost like a sparkling chardonnay. Definitely unique.

Austere like champagne but with a slight sour taste at the back of the palate - again, similar to a dry chardonnay - and a light albeit malt-heavy feel up front. Even has some Old Ale characteristics - maybe a Dubbel connection would be more appropriate...a Dubbel with cocoa, dry caramel and mild coffee notes. No cinnamon, but perhaps a little gingerbread.

Palate is tight from the austere sourness that blends with carbonation to keep this crisp...very dry indeed. Warmth helps reveal the Dubbel or even Old Ale characteristics and more complexity on the hearty, grain-forward finish.

Post-palate there's some heft to this, even though the mouthfeel is rather light. This is definitely something good for a glass or two on occassion but a full bottle should be shared!

IBUnit63, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

im very glad i got to try this expensive bottle for free!

the brew pours up a dark brown color with a huge bubbly tan head. the nose has dark malts and crisp hops. the taste is super rich with flavor! sweet malts, sugar, dark fruits! full bodied and super smoothe. very refined beer. i would definately bathe some hot hookers in this beer!

stumac, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of hoser
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

hoser, Jan 03, 2012
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Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.