Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
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3.75/5 rDev -9%
Presentation: Sampled at the 2006 - 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party - held at Pizza Port Carlsbad.
Simply listed under the Bottled Beer List section of the Beer List at #46 Malheur Black Chocolate.
Appearance: Black looks which exhibited a very dark brown with a deep ruby flashing clarity when held to the Carlsbad sunlight. Head was a fast rising one, tan colored and deep with a lovely expanded foam look that dropped to a creamy ring with some lacing.
Nose: Didnt get much here. Nutty with some dark fruits, no chocolate though, that I thought strange given the name. Low on strength with a disappointing cross-section, towards the end I had whiffs of cocoa which helped rescue this one.
Taste: The alcohol is here, it was the first thing I noticed, especially as I decided to kick off the proceedings at Pizza Port with this one, a 12% brew at 1pm a great way to start the day. Soft cocoa and high carbonation lends a mixed feel. The dark fruits in the middle are nice enough, and the trace-heating blended nicely with cocoa malts and a taste of dried blood in the finish. Nonetheless, it didnt feel as complex as I expected, in fact it was rather simple at times. Nice enough though.
Mouthfeel: Middling body that had low levels of finely dissolved carbonation. Far from watery, but there was somewhat of a tired champagne feel to this. Just above medium at best
Drinkability: I had a thats it?! puzzled moment once or twice whilst drinking this. True, I did get through half the glass easily enough, but only to find myself a little bored and rather under whelmed by this one.
Overall: One of the first brews I had at the Festival from a bottle freshly opened in front of me. Strange one this though, maybe Im the party pooper here but I didnt really care for this one at all or understand all the fanfare that surrounds it. Its a quality brew but a tad bland for a 12% brew and the chocolate aspect felt muddy. Over-rated? There I said it.
04-02-2006 07:06:36 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
01-19-2006 03:47:04 | More by Jredner
3.53/5 rDev -14.3%
The colour is dark red-brown; the large foam forms a semi-compact head.
The smell is wine-y with notes of alcohol, mixed fruits (dry cherries) and flowers.
The taste is fruity with notes of alcohol, strong matured wine, cherries and some earthy notes, a burned touch and some butter. The taste is notable short; with a dry flavour of strawberry jam.
The carbonation is very strong with large bubbles making it very fresh.
Not as dry (brut) as one could expect and I didnt find it worth the price (round $15 for 75 cl)
12-18-2005 15:30:35 | More by bark
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Milk chocolate brown with a full pillowy light brown head. Raisin and roasted chestnut aroma with a slight touch of cocoa. Champagne yeast flavor stands out over a light cocoa character; alcohol burn very noticeable. Medium bodied with lots of airiness underneath due to the champagne yeast.
Hmmm - not quite as good as the Standard Malheur Brut from what I remember... a bit too strong in alcohol to have very often and very pricey to boot.
Per Rare Beer Club notes; pH 4.2. 12% ABV. 10% ABW.
apparent extract (g/100g) 1 - 1.5 g. / real extract (g/100g) 5 - 6 g
OG: 22° PLATO. IBU: 33 36 BU. Color: 75 85 EBC
(25.45 oz green champagne style bottle, corked, caged, and wrapped with a gold foil top)
11-22-2005 17:45:17 | More by RBorsato
4/5 rDev -2.9%
BB 15-12-2006. Good presance withyellowish head and a darkbrown/black beer. Nose is very fruity giving mostly stawberry, cherry and vanill. Next to that good maltyness and roast. Taste is sweet, hoppy, roasty, lots of alcohol, chocolate and malts altogether litle bombastic. Very carbonated makes it litle fresher but sweetness is also very present in mouthfeel. Good beer but IMO not the best of the malheurrange, this mostly cause of the IMO overdone sweetness of the brew. The bubles& alcohol rise to your head though!
09-19-2005 20:07:31 | More by paterlodie
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
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
12-16-2004 16:42:13 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
Shared a bottle of this with my wife at the Kulminator in Belgium after we were informed they'd run out of Deus.
Served in a basket and poured into the correct malheur, saucer type, champagne style glasses.
This beer poured a dark body with a beautiful pillowy tan head.
The nose was a soft and subtle mixture of dark malts and choclate with a strong woody note.
Big bubbled champagne carbonation attacks you with this beer. Soft and subtle dark malts mixed with a tart subtle fruit touch. Some mild phenols and traces of alcohol A mild bitterness and even a little chalkyness are present throughout. Natural oak and wood tones sit up front and are present against chocolate and cocoa flavors.
Really quite an interesting brut style beer. Because of the chocolate and dark malts it actually seems like more of a cross between a belgian dubbel and a champagne than say Deus which tastes SO MUCH like champagne.
A beer perfect for a special occasion or celebration.
11-30-2004 00:00:00 | More by taez555
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
4.63/5 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
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
Sampled from a bottle presented at the final night of tasting at the Toronado Barleywine Festival.
Beer pours into the glass with a dark brown red with a tall fluffy head.
Aroma is of black pepper mixed with deep earthiness of mushrooms and nuts and coffee.
Flavor is dry and tart with a spice that is melded into a bone dry finish with a small metal twinge to the final touch.
Interesting beer.. not as crisp as the regular Malheur Brut, but with a little more character.
07-24-2004 08:19:57 | More by drewbage
3.63/5 rDev -11.9%
The dark reddish brown body is topped by an appropriate light tan head. The aroma has a good bit of fruitiness and a little spice, but the chocolate, while there, really isnt there enough to justify the American name for this beer. This one seemed a little lacking compared to beers that came before and after it at the tasting.
07-13-2004 06:01:10 | More by aracauna
Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.