Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
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4.97/5 rDev +20.6%
Large corked bottle, poured into a tulip. A flute did not seem right for the dark version, somehow.
This has been aged for one year given reports of excessive heat, and it worked quite well.
Dark brown with reddish highlights, a thick, foamy and long lasting tan head adorns its top. Very good looking, and leaves nice lacing on its way down.
The aroma shows you how unique and interesting this beer is, with chocolate, dark fruits, yeastiness, some funkiness, bread, caramel, spices and a touch of bourbon or something similar.
Medium body yet refreshing, this unusual beer has a mostly sweet taste predominantly caramel and chocolate, but the underlying heat, less obvious than in other reviews keeps it under check. More malty notes, dark fruits, yet finishes relatively dry and spicy.
Highly drinkable for the ABV, this is one amazing beer. Would gladly buy a full case if it was not for the price. Superb.
02-26-2009 01:01:38 | More by brdc
4.83/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
10-09-2011 07:05:38 | More by Mar02x
4.72/5 rDev +14.6%
Brown, dark, nut. Beige head, abundant and persistent, even if not totally compact.
The smell is tending to vinous, red grape. It is a fall season smell. Musk, grass, mushrooms, wood.
The taste is full of raisin, cocoa, earthy and woody, with dried plum. Astringency in the finish.
Raisin, cocoa, dusty in the aftertaste, and again final astringency.
04-28-2005 21:58:08 | More by stcules
4.71/5 rDev +14.3%
Was given this bottle early in December 2007. Refrigerated until consumed on 05/11/08.
Cork popped energetically on this impressive-looking bottle. The beer is dark caramel colored and very carbonated; I had to wait between pours for the head to die down in order to top off the glasses.
Aroma is sweet and inviting, redolent of spices and yeasty bread.
Flavor was a wonderful combination of caramel maltiness and a tart, almost sour tang. Some oak notes and a touch of chocolate. Carbonation was beautifully executed, giving the brew life on the palate.
No hint of the ABV in the flavor.
Masterfully executed beer.
05-13-2008 05:46:38 | More by charlzm
4.65/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
12-31-2012 15:30:44 | More by eric5bellies
4.65/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
03-01-2012 00:53:17 | More by KickbacksSteve
4.65/5 rDev +12.9%
Saved this bad boy for a special occasion. Girlfriend and I shaed this bottle to celebrate our first house purchase together along with a scary movie. This beer did not dissapoint.
Pours a dak cola brown to light black hue beneath a light brown that swells to three fingers even after a soft pour into my champagne glass. Very unique, champagne-like look to this dark brew. The aroma is sweet breads, light chocolate, roasted, yeasty fruit, and a little smoke. Very complex, and pleasant aroma. The taste has some light brown and chocolate mixed with strong pumpernickle bread. Just some greay carbonation from start to finish. Great sipping beer with a sparse warmth that is a little off putting. But decptivly delicious and elegant. The great bubbles tickling the palate add to the dark Belgian Dubbel and chanpagne quality to this sipping beer.
09-10-2009 06:36:38 | More by scruffwhor
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
Cola brown brew with an active, billowing tan froth. Cherry liqueor and a certain plant-like freshness are backnotes to coccoa powder and a musty yeast quality. Some chocolate, some oak in the flavor. Lively and mildly bitter, this is a very natural-feeling beer with floral, plant, and natural sweeteners presenting themselves. This has a dry finish, and the alcohol is well-hidden. This looks like it should be an overly sweet alcohol bomb whose depth is entirely based on esters. Not the case. This a dry, complex ale that's remarkably drinkable.
11-04-2004 17:09:20 | More by marburg
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
04-27-2008 15:27:10 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
I shared a gold foiled, caged and capped 750 ml bottle with imacoug. We poured the bottle into chalices.
A: It poured a dark brown hazy body with a rich and creamy robust chocolaty tan head. The head was sticky and tretained well before receding to a ring around the collar and supporting a layered, long legged lacing.
S: It had a sweet malty base with a mountain of spices (nutmeg, allspice and white pepper) as well as bing cherries, toasted almonds and dark yeasty breads.
T: It was an unexpected flavor...somewhere between a fine Belgium Dubbel and a Quadrupel with a heath dose of carbonation. I got the tart and sweet fruits, nutty flavors from the charred oak barrels, as well as hints of chocolate and a zesty, zippy dance across the tongue. There was a lot going on in this beer and it deserves a place in the cellar. I'd like to age it a bit to see how well the flavors blend and balance with time.
M: It was smooth and crisp, sharp on the tongue for a medium bodied brew. The sweet front was balanced with a spicy back. The alcohol was well hidden and it was aggressively carbonated without being overly bubbly. Nice clean and refreshing finish.
D: This beer grew on me as I moved down the glass. It needs to breath before it can be fully enjoyed. It deserves to be savored and is an unlikely candidate for a long session. However, I want more and more and more.
05-09-2008 22:34:20 | More by dnichols
4.53/5 rDev +10%
This beer and its review is in honor of the late Michael Jackson. I was unable to properly toast him with others at a bar, but at 9:00 p.m. Oct. 30th in Chicago I stopped in the middle of work and with a few others raised a glass to the Great MJ. Its also worth noting I wrote this while watching old episodes of The Beer Hunter on VHS tapes, the Belgian episode none the less..
Corked and caged 1 pint 9.45 fl, bottle states best before 03-06 2008.
I Chilled and poured this into a flute like glass. The head is immense, about three fingers tall with hints of something reminiscent of black berry red and it is going literally no were. Body is dark rusty brown with hints of burn amber and undertones of rudy red. Retention is very good and lacing is apparent.
Aroma is of complex alcohols, a slight bit tight at first, but opens up soon. At the start I get that similar sort of dry toast crispness as with champaign or similarly fermented beverages. As it worms up darker fruits become apparent black current, maybe black berry, a touch of pomegranate with hints of toffee.
Taste is crisp at first and then rounds out as the intense carbonation mellows out and the fruit esters become more apparent. Bitterness is hard to really get a grip on, but it is well balanced and finishes dry with slightly peppery notes maybe even mild peppers.
The alcoholic strength of this is so sneaky, its present in the taste and in the smell, but only in the most pleasant and subtle ways. It is dangerously easy to consume this rather fast, it caught me fast. I assume it has something to do with the intense amount of carbonation.
The mouth feel is very Champaign like reminds me of a big brut rose'. In hind sight it sort of reminds me of a creamy kir royal. Great beer truly unique, intoxicating and delicious.
10-09-2007 17:48:25 | More by mmcave
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
09-20-2010 05:13:37 | More by BEERchitect
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-08-2011 19:48:42 | More by smakawhat
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
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 didnt 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 dont 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 couldnt 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.
11-09-2004 01:27:22 | More by Rastacouere
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
first burn sp*** ... pours with a island destroying tsunami tidal wave effervescent head, stained my carpet with the huge run-off ... lots of head and nice lacing ... what a beer for such a shitty night, this beer turned the tide ... no abv even thought about ... delicious stuff!! ...fuck it, i quit!
07-20-2008 21:27:10 | More by Onslow
4.45/5 rDev +8%
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.
08-23-2008 04:24:40 | More by IronDjinn
Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.