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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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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 32
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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 brdc
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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 popery
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a bit disappointing after trying the most of the rest of Malheur's lineup. It's very chocolatey and too sweet for me. That's not to say that it's bad or lacking in complexity. I just preferred the dryness of their normal Brut. The flavor has a lot of interesting fruitiness with plums and brandied cherries. The mouthfeel was a touch sticky and the alcohol is felt more strongly than in Malheur's other beers.

It was paired with a chocolate fondant cake, made with the beer, with creme anglaise at the Monk's Kettle New Year's Eve dinner. The pairing was quite nice and my rating is more from my initial assessment of the beer by itself. This is a good one to drink with rich chocolate cake.

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.


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 IBUnit63
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/ brown, with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty malt, licorice, and alcohol. In the taste, roasty malt, licorice, and alcohol burn and a small hop. An alcohol and small hop bite, with a light to medium mouthfeel. A dry alcohol and roasty malt aftertaste. Nice alcohol presence, quite interesting, kind of like Sambucca flavor. Quite complex and interesting.

Photo of stumac
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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!

Photo of IronDjinn
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Onslow
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 30/06/2008, sampled on that date. Clear brown with a plum hue and coppery edges. A fluffy, yellowish brown head appeared after the pour and settled into a thin cap that left sticky foam coating the glass. Fruity aroma, lots of plum and earthy raisin, with bready and toasty malt notes. Mild dry cocoa and alcohol appeared as it warmed. Very sweet, fruity up front leading to bready malt towards the end. Alcohol was present throughout and lingering somewhat, but it stayed restrained and balanced. Mild chocolate and milky character throughout. Carbonation was very high, a little too high for me. Medium bodied with a decent texture and alcohol warmth. A pretty good drinker with a light chocolate flavour, suited for after dinner to complement dessert or on its own.

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 mwilbur
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of charlzm
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of dnichols
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rajendra82
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up for a ridiculously cheap sale price of $10 at Green's, this 750 ml. Champagne style bottle was impressive even before opening. The loud pop while pulling out the cork was quite a bit like opening a Champagne, but the Burgundy colored liquid with a large foamy head looked nothing like it. It was an impressive looking beer nonetheless. I'd almost call is a cross between St. Bernardus Abt. 12 and Duvel. The smell was quite a fruit barrage, led mainly by red apples, and followed by cherry and strawberry. The taste was quite a bit like a Quadrupel but without a lot of the intense alcohol. The fruits detected by the nose were here with some raisins thrown in. Earthy and spicy hop presence was detectable. Amazingly easy to drink for such a big beer with a creamy and dry texture that just glided down with each sip. Felt quite a bit lighter in the mouth than it really was, which i think was quite an intentional effect. Much better than the Brut Reserve in my opinion, as this one tries not to imitate something else, and is a better drink as a result.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of atsprings
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with an abundant frothy head that sprung up with even with an extremely careful pour. Aroma is dried fruits and burnt caramel and molasses. The taste is a very complex blend of dried fruits, caramel and some bakers cocoa. The beer is certainly heavy, but the Champagne carbonation does a nice job of smoothing things out. This one, while smooth and refreshing, is certainly a sipper that benefits from warming.

Photo of Bobikel
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - After a very healthy cork pop, this deep brown ale with blood red highlights, formed a big fluffy head. Retention was very good as the receding foam left nothing but smallish whisps of lace on my goblet.

Smell - Deep alchohol infused apricots, which is a little weird coming from a dark ale, a peppery/yeasty sharpness, and husky grains come across from several deep whiffs.

Taste - A little bit of alchohol, and dark grains smooths arcross the tongue, quite watered down in taste despite the 12% alchohol and dark color. Hints of over ripe cherries, and apricots again find their way across the palate, but again in subdued abundance. A little sweet as hops are maybe just a little musty/earthen across the sides of the liquid.

Mouthfeel - As one would expect from any "Champegne Beer" the mouth explodes with carbonic creaminess, and a sharp prickly carbonation. After that initial shock, the thinness really comes through and you feel more like you're drinking a bud than a monster belgian. Is that a bad thing, not neccesarily.

Drinkability - Very easy to lose yourself with larger than needed gulps, the lighter flavor, and thinner mouthfeel make this strong dark Belgian a danger to anyone who dosn't know of the ABV.

Photo of elricorico
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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 drperm
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At over $25 a bottle, it won’t be frequenting my cellar or my shelf, which is too bad. This is an excellent Biere Brut. Incredibly complex nose, with sherry, vanilla, and fine wood all showing up. Oak dry taste with some coffee notes. Balanced bitterness with alcohol zest and oak.

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

I had a 750 ml bottle labeled as Dark Brut, but this is probably the same. It pours a dark brown color with a creamy off-white head.

Smell is a bit tart and has some cork in it. A nice fruitiness, dark fruits that combine with the caramellic maltiness and chocolate. The beer is light roasted and has some gumball notes. The champagne yeast adds a smell that is hard to describe, champagne-like, or grapes.

Taste is light roasted with chocolate, caramel and a very light pilsener maltiness. The beer is low bitter. The yeast creates a Belgian profile with dark fruits, exotic fruits and a peppery finish. The champagne yeast gives some grape skin notes. I found the beer to be too thin for a 12% beer. The alcohol was very well hidden.
For the price and packaging a rather bland and uninspiring beer.

Photo of mmcave
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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