Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
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4.88/5 rDev +20.2%
Wow. I wish I could locate more of this style.
Beautiful pour, with a nice lacy head that dissipated some what quickly, though the effervescence lasted.
Nose is very promising; I got bread, apples, a slight peach note and is that butter?
Mouth feel is fantastic; reminds me of Champagne, which I happen to adore, though slightly more like a Moussante, with soft effervescence and subtle stickiness.
I couldn't drink this fast enough. Flavor was apple-driven, with a nice breadiness, a little spice and minor Pilz notes. I detected soft butter, nuts, a little banana and coriander. This is exceptionally well-crafted and I'm just sorry I didn't buy at least 6 bottles.
03-06-2009 21:16:06 | More by beeronesse
4.78/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours a clouded straw with a big white head. Lots of lacing on the way down. Flavor is very champagne like and smooth. But there is also that level of Belgian ale that is oh-so-obvious. Lots of sugar. Good bit of what seems like hops. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it and it feels pretty soft on the mouth. Definitely drinkable, but more so a sipper. I have been keen on finding another good biere de champagne after trying Deus, and this is the first one that has made it worth the money. I kind of feel like this is Duvel on speed. That consistent and steady ride that doesn't really take you anywhere mind blowing, but it's still pretty damn good.
01-01-2008 01:53:05 | More by RblWthACoz
4.78/5 rDev +17.7%
Daaamn.... this is good. Pardon the drunken language throughout this note-taking exercise. Cloudy dirty blond in color, which is a bit surprising. I had this in 2000 or 2001 and it was much clearer. In general, this is much more "natural" than I remember it being -- cloudy, funky, a bit raw, and a lot of herbal ommlette going on. A very crazed sort of beer with a spicy hop character.
Starts with honey, pepper, pear, and some alcohol sweetness. The hops and phenolic spice cut the sweeter flavors hard. Finishes with a spicy bitterness.
I remember liking this beer; now, I'm infatuated...maybe it's just the booze talking, but I'm in a state of pure adulation.
02-18-2005 01:03:10 | More by marburg
4.63/5 rDev +14%
Best before date 06/30/08. Bought this bottle a little over a year ago. Aged to perfection!!!
Hazey, thick looking hay but with some awesome champagne like bubbling. Great retention of the two finger head to start. Plus the light suspended sediment reminds me of a wheat beer. Though, at the same time, I may have held on to this beer a little too long. Great looking beer. Dry pilsner malt aroma plus the yeasty notes of kiwi, pineapple, and unripened peaches. Bubbley effervescant and dry palate brings out the exotic fruits well. Add to that some faint, minty hops and some granny smith apples. Very tastey, unnoticeable abv. unless you take an overzealous gulp. Great beer to toast in the NEW YEAR!!!
01-01-2009 19:26:55 | More by scruffwhor
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
4.6/5 rDev +13.3%
Appearance: Clear orange to yellow with a thin white head. The head has great retention though and makes for a nice looking beer.
Smell: There is a fluffy aroma on this beer with some spicy corriander scents and very dry whitet grape.
Taste: This beer is wonderfully complex on the palate. I taste all kinds of flavors coming out of it. There are sweet, candy like sugars supported by a nice malty flavor. The malty flavor is not big and chewy but subtle and light. There is also a perfume-like character to the beer that suggests a blend of spices. Perhaps lavender, corriander, and clove along with some dry hop bitterness holding its own in the middle of this flavor marathon. And then there is the great blend of fruit flavors that round out this well done brew. Pear, cherry, green apple, along with some black pepper and clean yeasty flavors. There is a nice finish that shows off the malts again. Very well carbonated in the direction af a champagne (though not quite there).
Mouthfeel: Wonderfully soft and clean from the great carbonation and wonderful maltiness. This beer goes down very smoothly and makes you want more.
Drinkability: This is an all around excellent beer. I really have no complaints about this beer except for it is not in my fridge at this moment. I'll have to do something about that. This is a lovely beer that I encourage everyone to try.
03-31-2005 05:02:13 | More by BrewMaster
4.6/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Malheur glass which looks like a wine glass.
A: Mildly opaque and yellowish, with nice tracing and decent lacing.
S: Sweet malts with fruity suggestion. Beery/alcoholic undertones.
T: Sweet, delicate, and deep. There seem to be several layers of flavours. Malts swirl in a ridiculously delicious combination. The carbonation lightens the flavour. Truly wonderful -- one of the best beers I've ever tasted. Dry aftertaste with a hint of hops.
M: The carbonation and champagne-styling makes this ultra-pleasant. Light, malty, and entrancing.
D: Hefty at 11%, but expertly concealed. Bière de Champagne is delicious and this is my recommended brand. An experience never to be missed.
06-18-2010 22:52:42 | More by AgentMunky
United Kingdom (England)
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
01-18-2010 22:52:56 | More by BlackHaddock
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
Michael Jackson Commemorative Edition, Sampled October 2007
Well despite the careful pour, my serving this at 50°F has caused this to overflow the top of my tulip glass. I couple quick slurps of apple tasting foam and I hope I am safe now. The beer is crowned by a seven-finger thick, light tan colored froth that is quite tightly beaded, though not quite creamy in texture. The beer starts out with overly active, madly boiling streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, bright gold color, which makes it quite easy to watch the streaming carbonation. The head produces an excitingly varied, never disappearing, pillowy surface as it slowly recedes, all the while leaving a thin layer of lacing patterns on the sides of the glass. Aromas of apple, lemon zest, lightly herbal notes, a peppery hop note, honey-like malt notes, a backbone of toasty grain notes (think soda crackers, fresh crushed pale malt, and perhaps a touch of biscuits).
Despite the Brut moniker, this is sweet flavored with notes of honey malt and a touch of green apple. The carbonation has died down enough at this point that it is a touch creamy feeling, though it still has a nice prickle of carbonation as it slides cross the tongue. The beer finishes with a light, yet sharp flavor of hops; lemon grass, touches of basil, a nice non-descript herbal note and a light bitterness. These notes never overcome the soft malt sweetness, but do tend to linger on in the long finish along with it. This has a very smooth finish to it & I definitely like how it sits on the palate. The beer certainly hides its alcohol well too as only a touch of warming alcohol character is noticeable. As the beer rests in my glass a bit, flavors of marshmallow, kiwi, pear, and green raisins become more noticeable.
As with most champagnoise style beers, there is a lot of sediment in the second pour of this beer (I guess wine grapes just don't have the same level of proteins that barley does, as I am sure this was bottled brilliantly clear and sediment free). The aroma of this beer just gets better and better, I don't think that there is anything in particular in the nose that wasn't there before, yet it still manages to pick up a level of complexity, yet still remain so smooth; I really just want to take a draught of the aroma. The flavor picks up some complexity, what I would describe as more bready, and flavor with the additional sediment, though I am having a hard time differentiating between the two pours. This is just dangerously drinkable; flavorful yet smooth; engaging, yet quaffable. Certainly a beer to be enjoyed. Even my second pour of this beer produces a still ridiculous, seven finger thick head. I really like the how the flavors of fruit, malt and Saaz hop interplay & meld into the smooth, yet still seemingly crisp, body and palate of this beer. In the end it is the fruit character that really stands out for me; the interplay of apple, pear & ripe, white wine grape notes just create such a crisp, inviting character to this beer.
Truly a beer that needs to be drunk in quantity to really enjoy; I would have written this off as a really good beer, but not great, if I had not had multiple glasses of this brew. I really can't ask any more of either the appearance (especially if I had poured it out all at once) or the palate of this beer; it really is just spot on for this brew.
10-20-2007 02:20:44 | More by Gueuzedude
4.53/5 rDev +11.6%
BB 15-04-06. Perfect presentation with a good and lasting head, clear pale golden beer and bubbles that just keep on pearling up. Very good nose also giving lots of hops and malts and overal very enjoyable. As is taste being dry and bitter with slight maltnote. Yes this is a wonderfull brew to celebrate a good occasion with. Lovely beer that has unbelievable amount of CO2 and makes mouthfeel as a real champagne. Easy drinkable and highly enjoyable.
08-28-2005 06:00:40 | More by paterlodie
4.53/5 rDev +11.6%
Hugely hazy pastel lemon with Champagnesque carbonation. The polished ivory crown is large, whipped frothy and looks like it'll last well into next week. Equally as appealing is a circumferential sheet of barely broken lace. This is an impressive looking bottle (with the full, cap-and-cage, gold foil treatment) and is one of the most impressive looking beers that I've ever seen.
The nose is a dead ringer for a non-barnyard funky farmhouse ale. It's absolutely bursting with sweetened lemon and with a spicy-herbal-grassiness that has to be due to Saaz hops or something similar. I keep wanting to put my nose over the glass, but it's time to move on...
... to what turns out to be amazing beer. Like any well-crafted, high-ABV saison (sorry, but that's what it tastes like), Biere Brut is both powerful and delicate at the same time. The contrast between those two makes it incredibly interesting and decidedly delicious.
It tastes like nothing darker than pilsner malt and pale malt was used. The flavor profile is all top notes, but it's still as deep as a summer day is long. In case you're wondering why the bottle costs $24.99, my understanding is that the 'methode de champenoise', and whatever else it takes to brew this beauty, is extremely labor-intensive. Whether it's worth that much coin is another question.
Brut Reserve is much more hoppy-bitter than expected and is a better beer for it. Other than lemon, we have musky pear skins, an apple blossom perfuminess, ground clove and cardamom. I don't know if Belgian ale yeast was used, but it sure does taste like it.
There are few 11.0% ABV beers that bury their alcohol this completely. A hint on the finish and an esophageal warming on the way down are the only indications on the power lurking beneath the hood. In Champagne parlance, I'm not sure that it's quite dry enough to be considered brut. It's pretty close, though. Especially on the crisp, quenching finish.
The mouthfeel is as out-of-this-world as all the rest. It's incredibly expansive and has a whipped creaminess that has to be experienced to be believed. There's no doubt that a proper amount of carbonation is vitally important in beer of this style. Good thing these guys nailed it.
My first Brouwerij De Landsheer beer is a beauty. Biere Brut (Brut Reserve) is everything that I had hoped it would be and more. The price tag will probably keep me from buying it again, but I'm ecstatic that I threw caution to the wind and brought a bottle home. Tres magnifique!
02-22-2008 22:31:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
Thanks goes out to armock for this brew.
Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus creamy/foamy white head, with tons of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty with some yeast, spices, nice notes of grapes, pineapple. The taste is very nice, malts/yeast, spices, grapes/pineapple. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a nice one. Thanks Anthony.
12-17-2008 23:03:28 | More by Wasatch
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
Thanks AragornUnplugged for this one. Large corked and caged bottle.
Poured into a Champagne flute.
The presentation is flawless; clear, light golden with millions of tiny bubbles continuously flowing to the top, making a dense, fluffy white head that is quite large, and nearly overflows, holding very well, leaving lacing on its way down. No Champagne looks this good.
The fruity aroma is also quite amazing, apples, lemons, grainy notes, fresh light hoppiness and earthiness.
The mouthfeel is creamy, and the carbonation just in the perfect amounts adds a lot to the enjoyment.
Not quite "brut", starting with a fruity, slightly sweet note, apples, pears, honey, earth, sharp hoppiness that is not exactly bitter, and it finishes mostly but not completely dry. Alcohol is nowhere to be noticed. Truly a beer that needs to be drunk in quantity to really enjoy; I would have written this off as a really good beer, but not great, if I had not had multiple glasses of this brew. I really can't ask any more of either the appearance (especially if I had poured it out all at once) or the palate of this beer; it really is just spot on for this brew.
Amazingly and unexpectedly, this one improves as it warms up, even though it is supposed to be drank colder than the average beer.
It is not Deus (barely), but it is one amazing beer. A lower price tag, and I would have this every week. Quite an experience.
01-01-2009 01:19:47 | More by brdc
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
Had this one in the midst of many different beers and cheap sparkling american wines for to ring in the New Year. First of all, this bottle is amazing to look at. Very classy. The beer itself was poured into flutes and looked amazing as well--slightly hazy straw color with two fingers of white head that lasted the whole way down and left lots of lacing. Lots of bubbles in this one that stream up to support the elegant foam cap.
Smell and taste are an array of different belgian flavors. Its a little sweet, but with a dry finish. There is some spice in there and some floral hop notes. Very good. One of my friends (with whom i had split a bottle of Deus before) said that he got some of the minty/medicinal flavors that we both got from Deus, but much more subdued, in balance, and enjoyable.
I could drink this all night long if it was $5 a bottle, but it is not. Didn't really notice the alcohol at all in this one. The price puts it out of the range of a beer that i would have the pleasure of drinking regularly, but it was very nice to try it. Get a bottle and celebrate with some friends.
01-01-2008 21:10:08 | More by wheelinshirt
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
I was most fortunate to purchase a few bottles of this while in Brussels for about 10 Euros, and I think that is a steal after trying my first. It is a hazy golden color and a big fluffy, white head. The aroma is part fruity and part delicate, earthy hops. I think it is very complex. Some of the tastes I noticed were peach, apricot and vanilla. It finishes with a spicy hop finish. The beer is light and refreshing despite a hefty ABV. I had no trouble finishing the whole 750 mL bottle in by myself as I did not want to share my new found treasure.
03-11-2004 15:56:37 | More by ark57
4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
Head very creamy and compact, cream, milk, strawberry in the flavour, even citrus fruits (lime, orange, bergamotto?). Peach. The colour is orange, full and intense. Taste: licorice, wood (tobacco?), pepper (more than in the smell). The bitter is strong in the aftertaste, very persistent. After 10-15 minutes in the smell appears hints of sour black cherry and strawberry, and pepper, more strong. This beer is very complex, but it is very well balanced, even with the alcool, not very low. Aftertaste bitter of hop, very pleasant. The taste, and mostly the flavour changes a lot at the rise of the temperature, growing again the complexity of this very interesting beer. Then rise again spices... A beer absolutely to taste! (even if it is a little expensive... how you can do if the drinkability is high?)
05-28-2003 11:31:06 | More by stcules
Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.