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

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

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90
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131 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%


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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TheEclecticGent

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 15:31:59 | More by TheEclecticGent
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kojevergas

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 19:52:12 | More by kojevergas
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JDV

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 20:46:22 | More by JDV
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 21:15:20 | More by Phyl21ca
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laituegonflable

Australia

3/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:53:08 | More by laituegonflable
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Gamsy

Germany

3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 14:58:27 | More by Gamsy
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 04:37:49 | More by dedrinker
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 04:24:43 | More by mwilbur
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nick76

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 06:54:53 | More by nick76
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 17:45:13 | More by rastaman
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Ninjaworm

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 00:01:45 | More by Ninjaworm
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 15:32:07 | More by THECPJ
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yelterdow

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 14:20:07 | More by yelterdow
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tdrshayden

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 18:57:37 | More by tdrshayden
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 20:57:55 | More by CharlesDarwin
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vacax

California

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 22:25:34 | More by vacax
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mentor

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a layer of white head that hangs throughout the drink. Liquid is light straw colored. Smells of cheap candle wax. pear, wheat field. Aromas are mild overall. A bit of aromatic herbal like you'd find in a saison. Coriander, pineapple, tropical.

Tastes wet with strong fruit and mild phenols. Mild peppery edge. Fruit is tropical, oranges, apples. Drying biscuit malt. Md-light body, yet still hangs on the tongue. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 04:54:35 | More by mentor
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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. 

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 00:55:53 | More by KickbacksSteve
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DogFood11

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Champagne styled bottle with the Michael Jackson commemorative selection 2006. Poured into a tulip it is a very loose, mountainous, rocky white head. Tons of carbonation very similair to a champagne (imagine that). Slight chill hazed golden body.

Plenty of wheat and grain in the taste quite dry. On the hotter side for my palate. Spiced and peppery towards the finish and lingering aftertaste is everlasting and warm. Loads of depth and character. To be perfectly honest this is so unique I can't draw any comparisons. Its not over the top crazy, but more or less on its own island. Spritzy carbonation is always there and as it warms there is a bit of a wine, vinous, edge to it.

Notes: Pretty good. I will have to venture into this style now that this has opened my mind. My biggest turn off was the grainy, wheat frontside. Biggest upside was its amazing depth and out of the box type brewing.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 06:21:35 | More by DogFood11
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before end of 01/01/2009:

750 ml foil-wrapped cage-corked bottle, poured into a fluted glass.

Pours clouded with a light golden body and a fluffy white head that thins and stays, leaving plenty of lacing. Head and lacing saves the day here, as the body is not much to look at, though not a "turn off", particularly.

The smell is of lemon peel, some breadiness. Pleasant, different, aroma.

The taste is herbal/floral/lemony with grainy notes and yeast. More "beer" than "champagne" taste, for sure. There is a dry yeastiness to it. It finishes dry.

Well-carbonated, but not really effervescent.

Alcohol is reasonably well-covered for abv, though it does show some. A beer-drinkers replacement for champagne. Interesting style. I do prefer this to the Deus, which I thought less complex/more yeasty. A unique beer for a special occassion.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 21:26:35 | More by jwc215
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berkey

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 00:10:19 | More by berkey
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david18

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never heard of this style before but I really like the beer. It's a lot like a blond ale in color but I guess a lot stronger. The alcohol is very well hidden and the flavor is quite good and unique. A little sour but generally a great pale flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 23:48:30 | More by david18
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 22:20:23 | More by tbeckett
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 04:07:29 | More by biboergosum
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but quite dark golden colour, with an initially frothy and fuzzy head of pure white foam. It crests and foams for quite a while, but then collapses, leaving some sudsy lacing. Body looks extremely heavy, but there's almost no bead whatsoever, which I count as a minor minus for a Bière de Champagne. Overall, it is a good looking beer. The head is a work of art, at the very least.

Nose is dry and a little yeasty, with a dollop of crusty and crunchy dry Belgian notes. Hint of nuttiness and a light, frothy, almost sea-salt character. It's very Belgian in character, but with an extremely refined "brut" dry note to it. I'd say it fits the style well.

Taste is more mellow, and with a definite sweetness, reminiscent of stone fruit husks. Light alcohol astringency comes through on the back with a touch of acidity piquing the palate with a buoyant zestiness. Belgian yeast notes are noticeable on the back, but the booze notes are more prominent, giving a rather brash finish. Certainly much sweeter than I expected for the style, but it comes across much more like a Belgian Strong Pale as a result, and it has some really lovely characters in that style. Feel is round and full; the carbonation is certainly a little lacking for the style, but it again accentuates the Belgian characters.

It's a very nice Belgian brew. Stylistically, I think it's a little faulty, especially for a beer which calls itself a Bière "Brut" (not even a Bière de Champagne), but it's a lovely Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Very drinkable; smooth, but accentuated with the characters it needs. A very pleasant Belgian style beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 22:10:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.