Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
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4/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottle from Whole Foods P Street in DC. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a fairly-clear straw-golden color with a nice white head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose brings some pear, melon, and green grapes. Plenty of light fruit and a bit of spice. The flavor continues down the same path, with the fruit in the front. A bit of booze on the back end. Light body with high carbonation and a crisp, clean finish. Quite good.
03-06-2012 01:45:35 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
01-01-2011 05:34:49 | More by metter98
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
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Fruity, spicy, vinous, and tart- this beer in on par with Duvel and DeuS.
The beer pours a billowing egg shell white head that eventually settles into a dense and rocky head. Hazy and deep golden in color, the beer laces extremely well.
Aromas of apples, pears, and tart white grapes give a very zinfindale-like winey scent. Spicy and earthy with peppery phenolics and noble hops. The beer smells vinous and tart- nearly mouthwatering at the mere scent.
Medium malt flavors bring a powdered sugar delicate sweetness and airiness and provides the perfect pillow for the spicy, fruity, and earthy onslaught to come. White pepper, oranges, mangos, pears, apples, appricots, and lemons give only a hint into the compelex estery make up. Balanced with white pepper, corriander, and a touch of cumin, the beer also adds earthy/musty hop flavor and bitterness. Rounding it all out are vinous notes of wood aged white wine, cork-like must, and salty/acidity tastes.
Rounded sweetness gives an impression of medium weight. But all that's short lived as the alcohols and acidity brightens the beer and gives a thinning and warming feel. Building carbonation lifts the beer off of the surfaces of the mouth for a seeming evaporative and heated feel.
More robust in sweetness and body than most Belgian Strong Pale Ales but with the upmost carbonation of champagne, this beer begs for a celebration of some sort.
10-15-2010 03:40:50 | More by BEERchitect
3/5 rDev -26.1%
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.
02-21-2008 21:15:20 | More by Phyl21ca
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, highly effervescent, pale yellow body with a large, fizzy white head.
Smell: Pils malt with sweetish notes of flowers, lemon, peach, and spice with a subtle yeastiness.
Taste: Pils maltiness and a soft, juicy fruitiness with a candi sugar sweetness. Subtle doughy yeast. A pinch of peppery spiciness crosses the tongue. Very light floral hoppiness and a perky acidity on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Delicate, medium-thin body. Well carbonated.
Drinkability: A refined, elegant drink not sullied one single bit by the fact that is was served alongside pork rinds.
11-26-2007 00:41:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
09-30-2009 04:07:29 | More by biboergosum
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
3.98/5 rDev -2%
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.
01-06-2003 10:27:43 | More by Jason
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Let's do this, top 5 Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut, Thanks Thorpe. Beer served in a cervoise from Town hall because it was handy. Beer is yellow, really cloudy, nice big white head, low retention, some lacing.
Aroma is estery and yeasty, dominate, strong, smells good.
Beer is light in body, airy on the palate, sweet up front with a little bit of a dry finish to the whole thing. I like the yeast on the palate, probably the best Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut I've ever had, I might even have it again.
03-07-2012 17:39:51 | More by drabmuh
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Cracked this bottle as a celebration for buying my new awesome house!
Over flowing head lots of bubbles yeast chunked golden wheat color.
Belgian nose, light malts, effervescent, little boozy, dry malts, slightly yeasty.
Taste has a light sweetness, plenty of Belgian malts, very drinkable though, with an overall light demeanor but plenty of Belgian malt flavor, light fruits, and a very slight spicy feel. Finish comes dry with lots of bubbles that clear the palate and some light Belgian sweet malts.
Mouth is medium to lighter bodied with more bubbles than a drunk Frenchman.
Drinkability is very good with some light malts and sweetness, lots of bubbles to clear the palate, and for being 12% drinks like half that.
12-01-2010 02:06:51 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev -1.5%
From 03/03/12 notes. Bottled shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike. Poured into a tulip.
a - Pours a bright yellow with a ton of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Very carbonated but guess that's to be expected.
s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, citrus, wheat, some earthy notes. Pretty nice.
t - Tasted of Belgian yeast, spices, citrus hops, lemon, lightly sour, floral hops, and earthy notes. Like the taste a little better then the nose.
m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Can't believe this one is 12% ABV; definitely drinks much easier then that.
o - Overall a very nice, crisp beer. I thought it was more like 7%% so was surprised to see such a high ABV. Worth checking out and woul revisit it.
03-06-2012 20:58:18 | More by mdfb79
3.85/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
12-25-2008 21:26:35 | More by jwc215
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
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
2.73/5 rDev -32.8%
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.
06-27-2011 19:52:12 | More by kojevergas
4.45/5 rDev +9.6%
Bottle form Canals in Hainsport, NJ.
Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick bubbly white head. Crisp fruit aroma with belgian yeast, spice and hops. Extremely quaffable considering the high ABV. Crisp fruit flavor of grape, apple and pear, champagne yeast with a nice creamy texture. Excellent!
11-27-2008 08:16:57 | More by corby112
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
11-16-2010 22:10:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.