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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

112 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 32
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smcolw on 05-24-2009)
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Photo of Romulux
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

drabmuh, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

mdfb79, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -15%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

ygtbsm94, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
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 BobZ
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

BobZ, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

zaphodchak, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of chuckj76
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

chuckj76, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of hoser
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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
Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

drummermattie02, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mircovettori
4/5  rDev -2.9%

mircovettori, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of brystmar
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

brystmar, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -15%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of dmandlo
5/5  rDev +21.4%

dmandlo, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Mar02x
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
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 Naugros
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Naugros, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  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.

kojevergas, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of stephens101
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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.

stephens101, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.38/5  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.

JAXSON, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -1.7%
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
Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.