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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

136 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 48
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV visit their website
Belgium

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2002)
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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Rang in the 2009 New Year with this beer. Poured from the bottle into a Deus flute:

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a very large and fizzy white head.

Smell: Light but sharp (acidic) / sour nose.

Taste: A Pilsner like lack of flavor. The only thing that I taste is the acidity on the finish. There is something in there but the sharp (and not a good sharp) finish is destroying my ability to get a taste of any other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, very highly carbonated.

Drinkability: I am seriously disappointed with this beer. I have had Biere Brut before and especially like the Deus, but this being less than OK was unexpected. Normally I like sour notes and love beers with them. Didn't expect the Malheur to be a sour beer but would have welcomed it.

TheEclecticGent, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

kojevergas, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of JDV
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a rich maroon opaque color with a nice sized fizzy head atop. Smell is dark caramel, and raisons. Taste is the same with burnt, tart and sweet raisons and dark caramel with an incredibly fizzy, bubbly and foamy mouthfeel that I tend to not like. Champaign like mouthfeel, in fact. Certainly isn't bad, but the mouthfeel really inhibits the enjoyability for me.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3/5  rDev -25.9%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
3/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

laituegonflable, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Gamsy
3.01/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Gamsy, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of dedrinker
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw color with a thin head. Sweet maly aroma that was oddly close to a macro lager smell. Light, sweet, sugary malt flavor not unlike plain sugar cookies. Very fine, sharp carbonation. Medium/light body with a sweet, almost adjunct like finish. Cost me $45 for a 750ml at a bar. I was in a good mood - just got a raise at work, otherwise this is totally not worth it.

dedrinker, May 01, 2007
Photo of azorie
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

azorie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

mwilbur, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

ygtbsm94, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of nick76
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma leads me to think this one is going to be yeasty maybe even slight fruity but with a dry character. The appearance is hazy golden with a large head and lots of lace. The taste is dry and slightly yeasty but no real fruit to speak of. The palate is thin. Overall it's a very drinkable beer with a large price tag. I think it's not worth the price but I think it's worth a try if you can get some.

nick76, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Dactrius
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Dactrius, May 07, 2013
Photo of danieelol
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

danieelol, Dec 04, 2012
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.

rastaman, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

safaricook, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of mircovettori
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

mircovettori, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

tom10101, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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

THECPJ, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Ninjaworm
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thank you AKSmokedPorter!

Apperance: Lots of suspended haze with a straw golden color. A bubbulous head gives way to amazing lacing rings.

Smell: Yesty with a sour finish.

Taste: Mild fruit with alcohol body following a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Odd, sweet taste that is followed by a sour tang in the end.

Drinkability: Nice to try but not something I would seek out.

This beers reminds me of a Gueze. Not what I was expecting when the label said Brut Reserve.

Ninjaworm, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of tdrshayden
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color, very effervesent. Huge white head that stuck to my glass.
dry, floral, yeasty aroma. Lots of citrus aromas. Superb soft mouthfeel. The dry bitterness hits immediatly and lingers far into the finish. Alcohol was very well hidden, but warming all the way through. A very unique beer.

tdrshayden, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on Christmas Eve 2006, this bottle has been cellared for about three years. Served in a champagne glass at between fridge an cellar temperature.

Appearance- Pours a crisp, straw yellow with terrific effervescence. The head expands to more than an inch, and there's a party going on in the glass. Very festive and appetizing before our first course today.

Smell- Thick, full malt notes and Belgian candy sugar flood the nose... as the beer opens up, spicy coriander becomes obvious.

Taste- Heavy on the palate relative to its appearance... but then again this biere brut weighs in at 11%. Some of the traditional Belgian characteristics like the local hops and malt are amplified in every regard... especially the alcohol presence. This became somewhat of a chore as the beer came to temperature.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Much like a fine champagne, the crisp mouthfeel becomes more gentle after the initial swell. All of the flavors distribute nicely to various parts of the tongue, presenting a balanced show of hops, spice, and gigantic malty sugars. Again, my only real problem with this beer is the strength... as an aperitif, it wore me out a bit early this evening.

yelterdow, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

CharlesDarwin, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of vacax
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

vacax, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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. 

KickbacksSteve, Mar 01, 2012
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Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.