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

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 32
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: smcolw on 05-24-2009

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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

Dark caramel that becomes dark russet with bright tangerine highlights when backlit. The sandstone colored head is light and airy, with less character than expected. Persistence is a positive, but then that's to be expected with biere de champagne carbonation. A lovely array of lace sticks to the glass and hangs on for a bit.

This beer smells like a BSDA. Forgetting the unique brewing process for a moment, that's essentially what it is. Medium-dark fruit is complemented by a Belgian yeast spiciness. I'm not sure where chocolate comes into play, since that word doesn't appear on the label.

There are some breweries that hit me just right. Brouwerij De Lantsheer is definitely one of them. Malheur Dark Brut (Dark Reserve) is my third beer from these guys and is the third humdinger. This Belgian strong dark ale drinks and feels much lighter than the ABV would suggest... probably because of the methode de champenoise by which it was brewed.

The high alcohol content gives the beer a certain firmness and seriousness of purpose. On the other hand, it's buried exceedingly well, with no hotness whatsoever. Belly warming, we got. Good thing I'm not driving anywhere for the rest of the day.

The flavor profile goes something like this: gingerbread and molasses cookies drizzled with melted caramels, fig paste, raisins and plenty of clove. The beer is actually less sweet and more bitter than most BSDAs, which only increases drinkability and causes me to keep tipping up the glass more frequently than is wise.

My first impression was that the mouthfeel was too light. However, keeping style in mind, it's right where it should be. The beer expands on contact and fills the mouth with a silky creaminess that was no doubt envisioned by whoever invented the classic methode de champenoise (that's great fun to say with a French accent).

This 750 ml bottle of Malheur Dark Brut cost $25.99. At that price, needless to say, I'll never buy it again. Still, it wasn't a waste of money because I'm getting a great deal of enjoyment out of the experience. If you love the BSDA style (and recently won the lottery), give this one a serious look.

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Kaboom goes the cork! Pours a cloudy, dark brown body with a fizzy, medium-sized off-white head.

Smell: Earthy, yeast-drenched aroma with notes of chocolate, dark malts, and lemon.

Taste: Chocolatey taste with a subdued sweetness buts up against a sour, lemony taste. Faint, berrylike fruitiness. Earthy, spicy yeast character. There's a little tartness in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Spritzy carbonation. Warming alcohol presence.

Drinkability: An interesting mix of flavors, but, in all honesty, I preferred the Brut Reserve.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a corked and caged 750ml w/ a best by date of 6/30/08,

A - Hazy, reddish brown w/ everlasting tan head that settles leaving a smattering of lace.

S -Candy, rum-like sweetness with spicy scents. Noticeable alcohol aromas combine w/ nutty accents.

M - Sweet + slick, smooth but the feel of a 12% comes out at times which is totally natural. A round smooth finish with gentle spice notes.

T - A nutty, cand-like taste w/ roasted nuttiness and toffee w/ faint hints of spice. Pleasing bitterness in the taste w/ dark chocolate flavors. Light finish w/ herbal sweetness and gentle ginger tinges.

D - A smooth and highly drinkable dark belgian. A nice candy sweetness is lightened by the effervescence and prevents the beer from tasting like a big ale. I appreciated the Bier Brut and will definitely try a Dark Brut again.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged-corked (champagne cork) foil-wrapped bottle, poured into fluted glass:

Pours hazed brown with a fluffy white head that towers to the point of overtaking and causing some spillage. Lacing stick. Body nothing particularly great, but nice head (if not a bit much) and some nice, though broken, lacing.

The smell is of sourish fruitiness, dark bread, some cocoa. "Interesting".

The taste is of bitter chocolate, herbal/grassy notes, some sour, some sweet, some bitter. Warming alcohol sharpness.

Effervescent.

An "interesting" beer. Personally, I like the other "brut" from this brewery more, though not by much. This one is dark-ish with grassy notes. Sourish. I don't know that it's worth the near thirty bucks spent, except for its uniqueness. Alcohol does show. But, it has a nice taste to it. The "mixed feelings" I have about it have to remain at that, because I think it is interesting, but to have once per price tag. If subsituting as a beer-lover's "champagne", personally, I would go with the other "brut" from this brewery. There is more cocoa, that might appeal to some in this, but it is at the expense of the citric qualities that is replaced by a grassiness that just doesn't meld together as well with this one. Also, the little difference in abv shows the more with this one. Very good, but...more liked for uniqueness than actual pleasure. It does have a unique way of blending an earthiness to a chocolate-ish brew. Bottom line - nice, very nice, to "try" but wouldn't spend the cash in repeating.

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.

Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sizable light beige head that recedes quickly but leaves decent lace on the glass. Deep brown, but bright light can still shine through.

Sweet aroma of brandy with a touch bitterness from the darker malts. Somewhat earthy.

Very sweet flavor with a touch of hop at the swallow. Described as the "Perfect Match to Belgian Chocolate", which may be true. But this is a brew that should be sipped. It is very rich, but with a good level of carbonation. Strong Sherry-like flavors. This doesn't taste like a typical Belgian; there isn't the Belgian yeast flavoring I'd expect. Despite the alcohol level, this is a deceptive beer. Certainly it would be hard to drink this regularly.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very careful pour produces a seven finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that just keeps on growing; it overflows the top of my glass quite a bit. The beer is a dark brown color, but shows a clear, concentrated red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is quite inviting as I am inspecting the beer visually; richly caramelized bread notes, toasty grain and dark fruit aromas are all noticeable. A closer inspection of the nose reveals additional aromatics of green apples, raisins, a green-spicy-herbal note, cocoa, and warming alcohol (enough so I can feel it at times in my nose). This is interesting as it has the fruit character of a dry Belgian Tripel, but has some dusty, dark malt aromatics thrown in. The aroma just doesn't have a depth to it that I would like though it is nice.

The beer has sat for some time in my glass with lots of time to lose the voluminous carbonation. At this point it tastes quite creamy and a bit sweeter than I was expecting. The beer was served at 50°F (10°C), so a bit warm for the amount of carbonation, but it is quite open in its flavor profile. Sweet flavors of chocolate flavored caramel, rum soaked raisins, The beer finishes with an appetizing, fermentation derived, spiciness and a dark malt bitterness; flavors reminiscent of white pepper, ginger, clove, bitter chocolate and a touch of espresso all add to a slightly astringent, biting finish. At times the alcohol is quite noticeable in the finish, really even hot, which is not unexpected in a beer with such a, relatively, light body and of this strength. I like that this beer is so light for a beer of this strength. If it wasn't for the alcohol, this would be dangerously drinkable.

This really needs to be a bit more tame on the alcohol front to be really good, sure you could chill the hell out of the beer and that would reduce the alcohol, but you would lose so much of the fruit, malt and spice character then.

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with slight amber hues when held to a light source and a 2.5 frothy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Chocolate malt aroma with some peppery spice subtle roastiness, sweet alcohol and estery dark fruit notes. Hints of raisin, plum and fig.

Nicely carbonated with a sweet effervescent body/flavor. Estery belgian yeast provides a lot of dark fruit flavor, namely dark cherry, plum, grape and raisin. Slight roasty chcolate malt and minimal hop bitterness. ABV is very well masked. Dry finish.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.