Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
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4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.
This beer has been subject to a similar process to Champagne production. The yeast sediment settles in the neck of the bottle while in the cellars ... there it is frozen and removed by a technique known as "degorgement." It's then bottled traditionally, "bouteille Champenoise."
Dark, honey blond color with thin wisp lace. A bit cloudy, where I expected a lot of clarity. Funky, musty, cheesy hop character with a dose of raw herbal in your face. Prickly carbonation. Huge sweetness. Notes of honey, candy, caramel, pear, apple and a distinct and very notable vanilla bean flavor. Some sharp lemon mingles with the carbonation. Confectionery sweetness comes to mind. Dirty yeast underneath with some herbal phenols on the top of the mouth.
What a wonderfully different approach to beer! I'm sure this will be recognized as a new style someday.
10-12-2003 22:12:23 | More by Todd
3.98/5 rDev -2%
Appearance: The head was not much to talk about but was present, a bit on the hazy side donning a yellowish beige hue.
Smell: Musty cheese hop aroma with a nutty earthy yeast and vague fruitiness in the back.
Taste: Fruity palate of apple skin, pears and lemon zest. Powdery yeast and a dry malt character form from middle to end with a warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel: More smoothness that actual sting crispness, again smooth with an unwavering light body.
Drinkability & Notes: A bit champagne like but with the beer qualities there is no confusion. This is beyond Duvel and the like, not better just more complex.
01-06-2003 10:27:43 | More by Jason
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
Large bottle, caged and corked, pours medium apricot, quite cloudy, under a nice looking off white head. Retention looks decent and the fades to a tiny bubble nice looking film and also plenty of intricate and sticky lace. Floral and fruity nose, with traces of yeast and lemony spice. Full flavor Belgian, the expected coriander, citrus, pepper, gin, and yeast show up in all their glory. Pleasingly dry, with tart and crisp hopping. Loads of lime, tonic, gin, pepper all follow through the center and towards the finish. Large and bold, go get some of this classy, and thoroughly enjoyable rejoice offering, Belgian lovers rejoice.
06-17-2008 02:23:16 | More by Billolick
4.18/5 rDev +3%
Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta for only $9.99, and had on New Year's Eve.
Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a huge and frothy white head that I have to let settle in two glasses before I can empty the bottle. The head sticks around for the life of the beer and lacing is solid.
Smells like a fruity saison more than anything - although it's not quite as spicy as most saisons. Fruits are sour apple with citrus aromas.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Sour apple and sharp citrus flavors are backed up by sweet malts. There's a surprisingly bitter ending. Alcohol is there, but mainly as a warming sensation.
Mouthfeel is good. It's lighter than I'd anticipated for the high ABV with active carbonation. Very refreshing.
Drinkability is very good. The high ABV is noticeable, but it's certainly not as intense as it could be for such a light-bodied beer.
Overall I was impressed and will hopefully try a few more of this style. I'm happy with paying 10 dollars for this, but the ~$25 price tag I've heard others speak of seems a bit steep.
01-02-2009 22:12:16 | More by glid02
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -13.8%
Nothing really champagne like at all as others suggest. Still very big and powerful. Heavy mouthfeel, with some detergent flavour with some peppery alcohol, like many tripels. In fact this reminded me of a blend between Westmalle Tripel, Chimay White and Orval. Complex and rich, yet i don't really think they pulled this one off as well as they could have, still a nice one though.
01-06-2003 17:45:13 | More by rastaman
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
My girlfriend's birthday, and she likes Belgian ales and the bubbly. Seems like a no-brainer to pop the cork on this beer-world Champagne analogue.
This beer pours a very hazy light straw colour, with a copious amount of thin foamy white head, which leaves sparse lace around the glass. It smells of candy sugar, light white grain, faint yeast, and alcohol. The taste is boozy white cracker grain, sweet musty citrus fruit, and an herbal tinge - the resemblance to a Belgian strong pale ale is fairly strong. The carbonation is quite heavy at first, but mellows quickly. The body is on the light side, with some mild buttery creaminess, and the alcohol creates a palate-lifting airiness. It finishes dry, some warm fruitiness closing things out.
A very tasty, solid, and warmly effervescent quaff, highly suitable for all your celebratory needs.
09-30-2009 04:07:29 | More by biboergosum
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Brought a bottle back from Belgium where it wasn't crazy expensive. In a nutshell, this beer was like a Belgian sugar cookie in a glass. There's a strong, but not too rich bready sweet cookie flavor with hints of cinnamon, sugar candy, and a hint of lime. This is very, very drinkable while being pleasantly complex. If this beer weren't $25+ I'd definitely drink more.
05-31-2009 23:33:13 | More by tempest
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Cloudy pale golden with extreme mousse-like head and streaming bubbles.
Smells of sweet spicy grain, like a mild Saison or spicy Pils.
Sweet heavy pilsner-like malt flavor with some candy sugar and spicy herbal hops that don't quite beat the lingering sweetness.
Awesome champagne-like mouthfeel with sweet and slightly bitter finish. This is good stuff, great aroma, but definately a special occasion bottle- mostly due to the extreme price.
07-30-2007 15:52:23 | More by BeerZack
3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. Pour from a 750mL.Aroma finds itself as touching in slightly sickly malt and coarse cigarette ash. Cloudy deep yellow pour, with white rim. Flavor a rich, tawny creamed malt carrying the nicely belgian yeast notes, with high rich phenols but none of the harshness of chemical notes. Gently percolating in attenuated beauty. Aroma suffers but flavor and body are crisply done.
07-21-2007 20:57:55 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
A: Pours a light clear lemon color with a big white fluffy head.
S: Nice lemon bread aroma and spiciness with some coriander to start.
T: For flavor some light lemonbread, fresh fruit (pears, apples), and a nice light fading lemon finish. Very crisp finish with sour lemons.
M: Champagne like carbonation provides a light mouthful with some fizziness and a slight alcohol detection.
D: very drinkable, smooth, and pleasant on the tongue. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 11%. Overall a very refined Belgian that drinks like a champagne.
05-13-2008 23:39:47 | More by beerthulhu
3/5 rDev -26.1%
Bottle: Poured a hazy deep golden ale with a small bubbly head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt notes with some weird ester or maybe it's the yeast but something is surely different. Taste is sweeter and lighter then expected with some sweet malt and light yeasty bready finish. Body was full with some low filtration and some great carbonation. Alcohol is not apparent which is quite surprising considering the 11% contained in this beer. I am glad I tried this but considering the price tag it is unlikely I will try this again.
02-21-2008 21:15:20 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev -1.5%
750ml bottle into 25oz wine glass. First review of the style. Best before date of June 30th, '08.
Cloudy goldenrod hue with a thick three finger while head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Rings of foamy lacing. Each new pour creates a tall fluffy head that seems to last forever.
Orange peel along with a light slightly sour citrus aroma. Light spiciness. A good bit of buttery diacetyl is in the foreground.
An interesting toasty flavor which almost imparts a bit of smokiness. More light fruit - orange, peach, apple (a fizzy fruit cocktail). A bit of sharp herb is in there as well. Full bodied with high carbonation.
Not a bad introduction to the style. If this is past the "best by" date, then I wonder what it's like before it. I'd like to try the dark version of this one w/ chocolate. Recommended.
03-15-2009 04:24:15 | More by BeerSox
4.6/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
08-24-2011 02:45:09 | More by smakawhat
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
Inflatablechair brought this pricey treat to dinner a long while back.. enjoyed in flutes and reviewed from notes.
3 finger head.. good retention.. hazy golden.
A mild herby mint strikes me out of the gates.. big malts with plenty of spice.. citrus.. malts are very present but are a bit one dimensional with crackers and lite toast.
Nice hoppiness .. grassy and floral .. grainy pale malts combine with lite clove phenols.. honey essence with some background green apple skin..
Carbonation blows the body out of the water, yet it is incredibly drinkable.. classy brew for sure. Huge thanks Sam.. This is a bottle that I never would have traded for, yet probably sprung for at a restaurant or beer bar.. Nice to try it at home.
01-13-2010 09:36:08 | More by JohnGalt1
Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.