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Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve)Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve)

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 51
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2002

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 94
Photo of doktorhops
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woe betide the shores of misfortune, for there I am lost, a catalyst among the chaos... today I learnt a new word in French “Malheur” which means “misfortune”, and today I also get to try a new beer style Bière Brut, which is a beer that has Champagne-like qualities... this is a good day indeed. Bière Brut is an interesting style in that it undergoes the Champagne method or ‘méthode champenoise’ which involves a tedious process of remuage (turning a top-down bottle in a rack once a day for 8-10 weeks) and dégorgement (removing the lees at the end of this process for a clearer, crisper wine). I suspect this will be an awesome brew.

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a cloudy pale orange body with yeast particles floating in the glass and a white sea foam 1 inch head that soon reduces to a centimetre. A nice looking brew, though I imagine it should be clear of yeast given the “méthode” used. 8/10.

S: Funky/musty/dusty/crusty yeast all over the aroma, followed by over-ripe sweet red delicious apples and hints of (surprisingly enough) dry Champagne. What sets this apart from Duvel (a different style I know but similar enough to be considered first cousins) is that over-ripe sweet red apple note - it’s intoxicating here. 9/10.

T: Yep, definitely tasting red delicious apples, and sugar... lots and lots of sugar... which actually takes on a sultana raisin/botrytis wine character mid palate. Yeast plays less of a role in the flavour but is still noticeable and musty. Finish is medium dry with a touch of astringency. A few sips later your tongue acclimates to the sugar and it doesn’t seem super sweet anymore. The big surprise is the alcohol, which really sneaks up on you (same as a bottle of Champagne). 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a sharp/excitable carbonation. 8/10.

D: I have a great fondness for red apples (particularly Fuji apples) but I have a distaste for sultanas - I’m not a fan of any dried fruit TBH - I like my fruit fresh and intact of all its liquids... plus sultanas are way too sweet, yuck! So for me this Bière Brut was the best of times... it was the blurst of times [you stupid monkey!*]. Not sure if this bottle is truly representative of the style having a best before date of 02/12/2012 - if anything it has probably aged quite well... still: Sultanas. 8/10.

Food match: Cheese/walnuts/platter/crackers: Mission accomplished.

*Thousand monkeys working on a thousand typewriters reference.

Photo of stevoj
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pungent aroma, yeasty, hazy straw color with silky white head. Bitterness comes through on first taste, lingering on palate and in throat. Smooth, with a spike of alcohol warmth. Complex, yet tasty.....

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, earth, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty with nice earth and funk characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We pull the foil, cage, and cork off a 750mL bottle, pouring into flutes. The pour is deafeningly audible, layering down a brew of cloudy golden straw and a two finger head of fizzy, chunky white foam that continues the symphony. This retains well, leaving thick ridges of lacing all around our glasses. Aside from that haze no sediment is found, and carbonation is intensely active, as expected. The aroma gives intense cloying sweetness of red apples, pear, and figgy syrups, Belgian pale and chalked wheaty maltiness, steely metallics, pencil graphite, sweet cotton candy sugars, tart champagne yeastiness, white wine grape sours, warmed salt water taffy, white vinegar, rosey florals, dried brown grassiness, wool, and light buttery diacetyls. The flavoring blends together cloying white sugar sweetness, singed caramel and pale maltiness, dusty tweed blazers, big white wine and champagne grapey sweetness, harsh vodka and brandy booziness, nail polish remover chemical bite, drying walnut skins, paper towels, envelope adhesives, foamy plastics, sea salty fishiness, fig and plum jam, flambéed apples, allspice, and medicinal phenols. The body is rather full, and carbonation is active. The beer is surprisingly thick and syrupy, giving nice and hearty slurp and smack, with slightly slower and subdued cream and froth. Finishing pop is supreme. The mouth is coated in its entirety, but this disappears quickly with a minty ethanolic burn that both dries and cleanses the palate. The abv is appropriate for the style, but the nature of this beast makes you want to take your time with her.

Overall, this was a beer saved for and enjoyed for a celebration!! In brief, today we both received our first residency interview invitations at the same place, thus allowing us to stay together throughout the remainder of our training. Highly exciting stuff. The most surprising thing about this beer was its feel. It is shockingly heavy on the feel, but gives you a wonderful drying cleanliness before each sip is gone. As far as the taste goes, for something labeled “Brut”, the driest possible form of champagne, this is a brightly and cloyingly sweet drink. The residual sugars are high, along with that big booziness, suggesting a big, big grain bill during the brewing process. For this first foray into the style we are pleased, but not wooed. This was a nice introduction, but I believe we would prefer something a bit tamer, dryer, and more refined stylistically.

Photo of Gamsy
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer is supposed to beer a mix between a champagne wine and regular beer, but except for the yeast flavor and the bottle type, i really didn't taste the link with a 'champagne'. It is a decent blond beer, with a very strong carbonation where the yeast flavor and smell (champagne yeast) is very dominant.

Photo of svanet01
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

As is the style - highly carbonated, had to wait a bit for it to settle. But well worth the wait. The dry hopped flavor is really on show, bringing out a character not unlike a double IPA. Definitely recommended if you have not tried this style.

Photo of Dope
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

States best before "DL 109/112 B102B03". Whatever that means.

A: Pours a super cloudy gold with a lots of sediment. Enormous frothy white head. Head fades slowly, leaving a nice island behind. Spotty little thin chunks of lacing.

S: Grassy notes. Light, crackery malt. Some tart grape skin.

T: Again, grassy up front with lemons. Sharp, cracker-like malt. Has light tart components, again like a green grape skin. Not sour, just a little tart and sharp. A little honey in there. Kind of a dry, yeasty finish with a little pear, almost typical of a regular champagne. No real sign of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, quite airy with good carbonation (of course).

O: Not a bad biere de champagne. It's surprisingly light with hidden alcohol, especially given 12% ABV. Not nearly as good as the Enlightenment Brut I had recently though, I doubt I'd get this one again. This one is a little drier and more like a typical champagne, I will say.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

Served side by side with Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate).

The beer is hazy and straw yellow hued with a half inch of lasting white head. The aroma brings yeast, lemons, bready malts, grass. Smells good. Nice flavor as well. Easy drinking, especially considering the 12% abv. Bold yeast flavors with a touch of hops. Additional notes of citrus and a light, bready sweetness. The finish is dry, with warming alcohol notes. Overall, this a tasty beer. I would have it again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's do this, top 5 Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut, Thanks Thorpe. Beer served in a cervoise from Town hall because it was handy. Beer is yellow, really cloudy, nice big white head, low retention, some lacing.

Aroma is estery and yeasty, dominate, strong, smells good.

Beer is light in body, airy on the palate, sweet up front with a little bit of a dry finish to the whole thing. I like the yeast on the palate, probably the best Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut I've ever had, I might even have it again.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/03/12 notes. Bottled shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a bright yellow with a ton of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Very carbonated but guess that's to be expected.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, citrus, wheat, some earthy notes. Pretty nice.

t - Tasted of Belgian yeast, spices, citrus hops, lemon, lightly sour, floral hops, and earthy notes. Like the taste a little better then the nose.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Can't believe this one is 12% ABV; definitely drinks much easier then that.

o - Overall a very nice, crisp beer. I thought it was more like 7%% so was surprised to see such a high ABV. Worth checking out and woul revisit it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods P Street in DC. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a fairly-clear straw-golden color with a nice white head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose brings some pear, melon, and green grapes. Plenty of light fruit and a bit of spice. The flavor continues down the same path, with the fruit in the front. A bit of booze on the back end. Light body with high carbonation and a crisp, clean finish. Quite good.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Malhuer chalice. White frothy head, medium retention. Suddsy lacing. Lots of small bubbles climbing to the surface. Straw gold in color. High clarity. Aroma sweet/malty, slight butter. There is a champagne like taste to the beer of course but less so than expected. High carbonation, pretty nice. 

Photo of impending
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazed middl'n tone golden yellow, massively towering dense white head forever to recede, superb lacing.

Aroma is sweet yeasty spicy fruity goodness, apricots and small citrus.

Very sweet flavor with a nice balancing alcohol tummy burn on the first sip. A dryness kicks in at the beginning of the aftertaste but doesn't stay the length. A somewhat nondescript echo of the total flavor remains. Minor bitter. Medium bodied crisp and lively mouthfeel. As with the 10 & 12 this is not a shy brew, the flavor is loud and alcohol is a flavor component.
cheers
jd

Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a Julio's event.

A - Poured a nice clear deep straw hue with a one finger head that slumps to leave nice side lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Smell is a bit sweet for me, a fair amount of honey and lots of lemons.

T - More of those big, bright lemons and honey sweetness. Thats pretty much all I get with this beer is lemons and honey and booze.

M - Mouthfeel on this was rather nice. Smooth, creamy, not cloy. The ABV is definately there, but doesnt jump out at you.

O - Overall I felt this was a good beer, just not worth the steap price tag (over $25). This would be a tough buy for me to make. Better beers to spend your money on (outside of this style).

Photo of ummswimmin
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second Bier Brut that I have ever had. Each time it has been a very different experience. The previous time it was Deus, but I wasn't doing reviews at that time.

If you haven't had a Biere Brut, then I recommend the experience. This beer and Deus were both very enjoyable examples.

The look is an interesting mix of beer coloring and champagne looks. It smells really good. You get plum, banana, and other belgian esthers. Malheur tastes very good as well.

My wife and I opened this to toast for the first night of Chanukah. Malheur was a great decision for the occasion.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Deus Flute glass.

A - Pours a cloudy lemon cloudy colour with a large White head that reains very well and laces.

S - Not much champagne like aromas but more the yeast and spicy citrus associated with Belgian Blonde style beers.

T - Up front some nice grape like flavours of sweet citrus and apple. The finish is long and bitter, that is reminiscent of a Tripel.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - This is not as nice as the Deus because it doesn't have enough champagne like carachteristics. However its a very unusual beer and well worth a shot.

Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a champagne flute. Minor pop off the cork while opening, not much power released.

Soapy uniform champagne like head with rock hard white staying power and some good retention. Body is cloudy and an opaque like hefeweizen like lemon yellow, with some fast rising champagne like carbonation racing to the top. Impressive, sexy, love it.

Bouquet on this is a good mix of champagne like crispness, Belgian style smells, and Pilsner style like feel. Little bit of sweetness candy hanging in the background. Slightly grassy also. Real enjoyable but this smells more like "beer" than champagne or a Belgian style ale of sorts.

Taste is a mixture of what brings forth on the nose. Dry bakery cracker sweetness and dough bread. Some Belgian like candy and sweetness follows through as well, but mostly a good mix of Belgian style sweetness but dominant champagne brutness and what feels like pilsner crispness and hop style.

Overall, one fantastic drink to be had and would enjoy to have again.

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into 20cl fest stemware at Beer Passion Weekend in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: 2.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Clear yellow colour.

Sm: Malt and lemon esters. That's it. A light scent.

T: Fairly full barley, overdone bad malt, and slight lemon citrus esters on the climax. Simple and poorly built/balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Non-complementary of the flavours on the body.

Dr: Fairly easy drinking. Fair quality and rather refreshing. High price.

Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to give this a shot with a few friends at a pub in Antwerp. A bit expensive but a rare opportunity. My first of the style. From notes.

A - Poured into a champagne flute. Blonde colour with a three finger white head. Bright. Tons of carbonation. Good lacing and retention. Carbonation made pouring difficult and everyone overfilled at least once.

S - Kinda fruity, really yeasty, and dusty.

T - Kinda like a Tripel. Fruity and yeasty with a little spice.

M - Very refreshing and effervescent. Medium body with a dry finish.

O/D - No alcohol to be noticed. Nice beer for sure. I was suprised by the drinkability on this. It was quite tasty.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an exceptional beer. Smooth. The champagning really shines through.

Shared this with a person really into wine. She could tell it has been aged and was picking out more flavors than my untrained palate can.

I would simply say that it has a lot of typical Belgian yeast tastes. Creamy due to the champagning. And then a little bit of bitterness before the Belgian yeast esters come back at the end of the sip.

Great beer.

Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: golden yellow with 2 finger white head

Smell: slight fruitiness, apples, bananas

Taste: sweet, fruity,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, clean

Drinkability: overall an interesting concept of trying to make a beer into a champagne.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Photo of Glory
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah !!
I got a bottle of Malheur brut as a gift from mister Malheur him self after visiting the brewery for a whole day. It was a gift I brought back to Montreal after having it in my backpack for a whole month...
Its my birthday today and instead of having champagne...why not a Malheur Brut !

Poured in a magnum Riedel Cabernet glass the beer gives out a bright yellow color with tons of sediments traped in the liquid and a rich capucino like foam that sticks forever
Smells like a great Belgian tripple. Alot of malt aromas with a sweet side like honey. It smells a bit like nuts as well something like almonds or cashews

The mouthfeel is quite creamy, very rich on the malt side with a touch of lemond zests. Little bitterness et smooth carbonation
Drinkability is great goes very well with my plate of scallops

Cheers Lads

WS

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color and poured with a two finger high dense white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thick layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some flavors of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste because of the high amount of carbonation, which make.

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this bottle as a celebration for buying my new awesome house!

Over flowing head lots of bubbles yeast chunked golden wheat color.

Belgian nose, light malts, effervescent, little boozy, dry malts, slightly yeasty.

Taste has a light sweetness, plenty of Belgian malts, very drinkable though, with an overall light demeanor but plenty of Belgian malt flavor, light fruits, and a very slight spicy feel. Finish comes dry with lots of bubbles that clear the palate and some light Belgian sweet malts.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied with more bubbles than a drunk Frenchman.

Drinkability is very good with some light malts and sweetness, lots of bubbles to clear the palate, and for being 12% drinks like half that.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour, slight haze and an odd, isolated line of slow bubbling. White head was good when poured, sunk to a filmy crown now with some nice fluffy areas on top. Not really "pro" looking, but its oddness has heart. Also, lace is pretty nice, which I'd expect from the ABV.

Smell is quite funky and tart - almost rank but stops short of being too intense. Yeah, lots of acidity on there with nice fruit - peach and pear, plus a hint of cheese rind and your typical funk soul brother. Lucerne as well? Subtle but nice aroma.

Taste is... different. And I don't like it, much. It's hugely sweet, massive amounts of brown sugar with a hint of molasses on there and just a big boozey oomph! A fair amount of stale beer character as well, wet cardboard and a phenolic character like acetone on the back. Sweet, overpowering. Not very pleasant, and just nothing subtle about it at all.

Very sizzly mouthfeel. I feel the body might be lacking surprisingly, so the carbonation comes through very harshly. Doesn't really revive the flagging palate.

This beer has some character, but it's the wrong character. A bit spicy-hot, and needs more cleansing notes on the back. It feels dirty; palate is heavy, mouthfeel is sharp. Just not very nicely balanced.

Having said that, some of the characters here seem typical of poorly aged beer. While I think that a 12% bottle should hold up pretty well, I have to be a bit more generous with my scores than I would otherwise have been.

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Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.