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
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95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 145
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 53
Gots: 13 | 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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 145
Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.54/5  rDev -37.6%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -34.2%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of JDV
2.96/5  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. (366 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of Gamsy
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (1,487 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Ninjaworm
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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 (288 characters)

Photo of tdrshayden
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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.  (324 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (1,191 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (989 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We pull the foil, cage, and cork off a 750mL bottle, pouring into flutes. The pour is deafeningly audible, layering down a brew of cloudy golden straw and a two finger head of fizzy, chunky white foam that continues the symphony. This retains well, leaving thick ridges of lacing all around our glasses. Aside from that haze no sediment is found, and carbonation is intensely active, as expected. The aroma gives intense cloying sweetness of red apples, pear, and figgy syrups, Belgian pale and chalked wheaty maltiness, steely metallics, pencil graphite, sweet cotton candy sugars, tart champagne yeastiness, white wine grape sours, warmed salt water taffy, white vinegar, rosey florals, dried brown grassiness, wool, and light buttery diacetyls. The flavoring blends together cloying white sugar sweetness, singed caramel and pale maltiness, dusty tweed blazers, big white wine and champagne grapey sweetness, harsh vodka and brandy booziness, nail polish remover chemical bite, drying walnut skins, paper towels, envelope adhesives, foamy plastics, sea salty fishiness, fig and plum jam, flambéed apples, allspice, and medicinal phenols. The body is rather full, and carbonation is active. The beer is surprisingly thick and syrupy, giving nice and hearty slurp and smack, with slightly slower and subdued cream and froth. Finishing pop is supreme. The mouth is coated in its entirety, but this disappears quickly with a minty ethanolic burn that both dries and cleanses the palate. The abv is appropriate for the style, but the nature of this beast makes you want to take your time with her.

Overall, this was a beer saved for and enjoyed for a celebration!! In brief, today we both received our first residency interview invitations at the same place, thus allowing us to stay together throughout the remainder of our training. Highly exciting stuff. The most surprising thing about this beer was its feel. It is shockingly heavy on the feel, but gives you a wonderful drying cleanliness before each sip is gone. As far as the taste goes, for something labeled “Brut”, the driest possible form of champagne, this is a brightly and cloyingly sweet drink. The residual sugars are high, along with that big booziness, suggesting a big, big grain bill during the brewing process. For this first foray into the style we are pleased, but not wooed. This was a nice introduction, but I believe we would prefer something a bit tamer, dryer, and more refined stylistically. (2,493 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of berkey
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,278 characters)

Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

States best before "DL 109/112 B102B03". Whatever that means.

A: Pours a super cloudy gold with a lots of sediment. Enormous frothy white head. Head fades slowly, leaving a nice island behind. Spotty little thin chunks of lacing.

S: Grassy notes. Light, crackery malt. Some tart grape skin.

T: Again, grassy up front with lemons. Sharp, cracker-like malt. Has light tart components, again like a green grape skin. Not sour, just a little tart and sharp. A little honey in there. Kind of a dry, yeasty finish with a little pear, almost typical of a regular champagne. No real sign of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, quite airy with good carbonation (of course).

O: Not a bad biere de champagne. It's surprisingly light with hidden alcohol, especially given 12% ABV. Not nearly as good as the Enlightenment Brut I had recently though, I doubt I'd get this one again. This one is a little drier and more like a typical champagne, I will say. (941 characters)

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