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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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90
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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 50
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: 140 | Reviews: 92
Reviews by smakawhat:
Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Love it.

Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of BeerZack
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

3.5/3.5/4/4/5

Photo of berkey
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a flute. Best before 088/110 printed on label.

Opens with the expected Champagne pop and a delayed gush. Forms a great frothy white head with good renention. Leaves beautiful lacing as it goes. The style requisite active carbonation is easily visible in the hazy light blonde body.

Aroma is oaky and slightly musty. Yeasty aromas and some underlying soft orange and other citrus along with a somewhat dry character follow.

Flavor is sweeter and slightly fruitier than the aroma but still a little musty. Yeast and oak still very present. It's clear the methode champanois has mellowed and slighty dried the base beer (Malheur 10). What isn't clear is if the process did the ale any favors in the taste department. The warm and fruity fruity character that makes Malheur 10 good has been softened a little too much in my opinion.

As you could probably guess, the mouthfeel is where this beer shines. Great prickly natural carbonation makes this a fun beer to drink. Light bodied and very drinkable for the high ABV.

Overall an interesting beer but not enjoyable enough to justify the price. Next time I'll stick with the much more enjoyable Dark Brut as the base beer they use in that one (Malheur 12) survives the bottle conditioning much better.

Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. green champagne bottle cork/caged and a Best before end: 01/01/2009. Poured into a Chimay chalice a bright yellow-gold with a pure white finger and a half of head. Excellent carbonation with heaps of microscopic bubble keeping the head aloft. Beautiful lively ale, very inviting.

Very sweet and spicy to the nose with notes of over-ripend light fruits and coriander being dominant.

The taste starts off sweet with honeysuckle, pear, candi-sugar and the likes, then turning to a grain like maltiness which then turns to a spicy, somewhat dry finish. Very nice complex flavor that demands more after each sip. Although a bit on the sweet side, there is a decent balance with the spice and the higher alcohol kicking in with a light pepper to the finish. Very well done and the alcohol is well masked for how high it is. Tasty.

Light-medium in body with a smooth to light crispiness in the end which equals a nice mouthfeel and definite good drinkability...I look forward to drinking this one again.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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 vacax
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy dirty gold, gobs of carbonation in the beer which manifests itself in a giant white head. Lots of lacing and retention in the foam, with large beads leaving my glass almost looking like a bubble bath with hills of foam and clusters of bubbles strewn across the side of the glass. The aroma has spicy esters that mingle with alcohol causing a bit of tingle in the nose. A bit vinous ala champagne plus maybe clove and apple skins. The flavor at first has pears or cider, fruity yet tart, big spicy yeast notes and alcohol on the midpalate then a very dry and bready finish. The Belgian yeast lends most of the flavor to this beer, so tart and spicy fruits are the name of the game. Body is moderate with lots of creamy carbonation, the bubbles bleed out fairly quickly, I like it better as the bubbles calm down, though it seems to almost go flat. This is fairly tasty once my palate acclimatizes to the tart yeast character and I can appreciate the spice and fruit subtleties.

Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly foggy orange color, the head is mountainous, frothy, long lasting and fine sheets of lace cover the glass. Nose malt, fruit sweet, to me the aroma of over ripe plums, tart, not bad mind you, just something unexpected. Front is malt sweet, the top is middling, and the finish is potently acidic, beneficently hopped, with a “Sweet and Sour” long lasting aftertaste, quite complex. Also the large ABV, gives a nice "tummy" warming feeling, a very interesting beer. Normally something that I don't think would be high on my list, but I do have a few bottles aging away, so let's see what I think next year and the year after.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A free gift from the lovelly BierBoom shop in Brugge.

Poured into four flutes along with the really expensive Dues (Brut des Flanders) also poured to have a straight comparison. This beer won hands down in all aspects, by far the best Champagne beer I've had to date.

The beer had a slight mist to it and was a very pale yellow in colour, the pure white head left some good lacing on the glass.

The aroma had a pleasant bitter citrus feel.

The taste was a mix of peaches and citrus fruits, it had a sweet top and a bitter finish, smooth yet highly carbonated, very champagne in its overal feel in the mouth.

Because of the sparkling champagne likeness the alcohol didn't show at all, very easy to drink.

Impressed!

Photo of ThaCreep
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dry nose highlighted by a pleasant smell of alcohol and soft subtle fragrance of apples, Malheur Brut offers a firsthand both sweet but spicy that quickly becomes bitter and warm without taking a sweet appearance.

The mouth is effervescent and fruity taste apples there but also the sour grapes. The finish is dry, bitter and persistent language but it has a gross aftertaste that is reminiscent of the bitterness of the skins of green grapes. A little less warm than other woe, it is very balanced and boasts a low detectable level of alcohol and a facility for wine tasting totally supplanting the champagne. Very good approach to Malheur 10, from which it came, without supplanting it.

Post Scriptum: Malheur Brut's ABV is 11° and not 12°

Photo of mwilbur
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle with foil and cage top into flute glass.
A: Pours a light lemon yellow with tons of carbonation producing a thick bubbly white head (about half beer, half head in the glass).
S: Strong alcohol (with an ABV of 11% this makes sense). Some mild crisp hops in the background.
T: Lemon citrus hops and alcohol...wish the ABV was better hidden. Some black pepper around the edges.
M: Light body and very effervescent from the carbonation...definitely champagne-like.
D: The high ABV (again, not well hidden) and tons of carbonation limit the drinkability on this one.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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 KickbacksSteve
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
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 atigerlife
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 1/1/08 poured into a Malheur glass.

Pours a HUGE 2+ finger billowy/fluffy white head taht lasts forever. Tons of carbonation seen rising. Light golden color. Very pretty and interesting to look at.

Aroma is fruity, light hops, sweet malts. Some green apple.

Taste is sweet malts [a little too sweet], green apple, light hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and lightly cleansing. Medium body.

Overall, a very nice beer. Good for "special" occasions. Champagne-like. Very drinkable and has an undetectable abv [which is dangerous]. Very versatile with food. Highly recommend this one.

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Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.