Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate)
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate)Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate)
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Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Ranked #4
Ranked #5,469
4.13 | pDev: 9.44%
Jan 21, 2022
Jul 13, 2004
Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate)Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate)
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Photo of Sigmund
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

750 ml dark green "champagne" bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo. ABV is 12%. Hazy dark brown colour, huge beige head. Fairly interesting aroma, malts, chocolate, Belgian ale yeast, stewed dark fruits, hints of farmhouse and spices. The flavour is medium sweet and malty with moderately roasty and chocolatey notes, also spices, notes of prunes and other dark fruits. Moderate hops. Some warmth, but the alcohol is otherwise well hidden. An unusual Belgian, complex and well balanced, a beer to savour - but the big bottle is for sharing!

Jan 21, 2022
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Mar 20, 2021
4.88 by igl from Russian Federation on Feb 11, 2020
3.92 by desint from Belgium on Dec 12, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

Drank this in honor of my new born child, cheers to a new future beer snob!

Medium: Cork + flute glass.
Opacity: Clear but deep veiled, good activity.
Color: Dark brown with a shiny copper hue.
Head: Foamy and light creamy beige 3 finger.
Legs: Moderate but strong lacing and good swirl reaction.
Smell: Toffee/Plums/Walnuts/Rum/Oak.
Taste: Raisins/Cherry/Chocolate/Vanilla/Belgian yeast.
Feel: Roasted/Spicy/Yeasty/Dark esters/Woody.
Body: Light to medium silky and smooth, slightly oily.
Carbonation: Slightly crispy at first, ends with a short sharp fizz.
Overall: Almost no alcohol feel, extremely treacherous, just perfect warmth and super rich. A sublime quality craft.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 9/10 - Sensations 9.5/10 - Balance 9.5/10 -
Freshness 5/10 - Intensity 6.5/10 - Complexity 9.5/10 - Appreciation 9.5/10

Oct 23, 2019
3.97 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jul 31, 2019
4.5 by TeeCee from Texas on Sep 10, 2018
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4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by BenHoppy from Michigan

Best poured in champagne glass and ages well, believe this is 7+ years:

L: Cherry Coca-Cola appearance but some dark prune, chocolate body with hints of ruby red amber. When poured lots of champagne foam, looked like champagne til the bubbles dissipated. Wasn't long til there was absolutely no head looking like flat Coke.

A: figs, prunes, dates, and chocolate. Reminds me a lot of Blue Chimmay

F: thin, delicate, soft, fizzy, slight dry alcohol burn on finish

T: figs, dates, chocolate, Coca-Cola, Blue Chimmay, quad, rum

O: pretty delicious and served purpose for personal celebration tonight. Cheers!

Aug 05, 2018
4.07 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Mar 04, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Dope from Massachusetts

1/4/2019 date on the bottling, I assume a best-by date. Maybe bottled 1/4/2017?

A: Pours a dark brown with a hilariously large light brown head. Head fizzes out noisily and quickly however. No real sign of lacing and not a whole lot of head retention.

S: Interesting aroma. Light chocolate covered fruits. It's got some dark fruits in there like raisins and figs but I'd say it's also got some lighter fruit, like...peach? Maybe apricot? Fruity aroma despite my inability to identify all the fruits.

T: A lot more chocolate in the taste. It's a dark bittersweet cocoa-like chocolate and it's everywhere. All the fruitiness is here still but covered in tons of this dark chocolate. I definitely get raisins, figs and even cherries. Caramel sweetness helps warm it up on the back end. Light alcohol sting and tons of belly warmth follows. Lingering cherries and alcohol esters between sips.

M: Fairly heavy, sweet and plenty of warming alcohol.

O: Unique beer. Chocolate biere de champagne.

Oct 30, 2017
4.15 by HopBelT from Belgium on Feb 07, 2017
4.19 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Jun 29, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Also reviewed in the "1001."

Apr 26, 2016
3.85 by spinrsx from Canada (ON) on Jan 01, 2016
4.21 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Dec 10, 2015
3.99 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Dec 10, 2015
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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Nice dark black chocolate pour with a toffee creamy ring.

S - Sweet chocolate cherry cream and juicy ripe plums.

T - Chocolate from start to finish, some tart juicy acidic cherries, and finishes with some boozy chocolate cherries, plums, and layers of flavor that are nicely blended.

M - Heavy medium body, soft and velvety.

O - Really enjoyed this beer.

Dec 10, 2015
3.75 by jrob21 from Georgia on Oct 23, 2015
4.63 by FieldingWater from New York on Aug 20, 2015
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3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by tillmac62 from South Carolina

BBE F03/11 Pours dark brown with a hint of garnet. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Rich nose of dark fruit (figs, plum), chocolate and cherries.

Medium body with a creamy texture. Perfect carbonation with just enough effervescence in the middle to cut the creamy texture and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Intensity is reasonable, rather complex and perfectly balanced. The 12% alcohol is completely covered, which few beers accomplish. It begins with a slightly bitter dark chocolate note that gains sweetness. Chocolate yields to dark fruit as the middle approaches with fig and plum slowly taking on a cherry note. As the fruit fades, a very mild bitterness emerges along with a light prune coupled with a hint of oak. As it warms, a slightly tannic aspect is evident. The finish is a slow fade that begins as chocolate and ends as prune.

Aug 17, 2015
4.33 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on Aug 03, 2015
4.78 by Bikeboy1 from Pennsylvania on Jun 11, 2015
4.1 by RMentair from Panama on May 21, 2015
3.89 by dcmchew from Romania on Apr 14, 2015
4 by ckollias from Maryland on Jan 30, 2015
4.3 by KristofH from Belgium on Jan 08, 2015
4.36 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Jan 01, 2015
4.25 by SoCalBeerIdiot from California on Dec 03, 2014
3.75 by DoubleJ from Wisconsin on Dec 02, 2014
4 by spycow from Illinois on Nov 01, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by SomethingClever from Ohio

Corked and Caged 750ml into my pint glass my bottle says Dark Reserve underneath Dark Brut
A: looks to be a dark red color lots of head

S: smells a little like a Flanders red without the bite maybe the yeast strain I'm getting hints of spice underneath but I can't pick them out

T: over the top carbonation is what you notice most prominently I know that's not a flavor but wow. Sweetness hints of spices I want to say some banana Mae I can't identify them

M: super carbonated other than that thin

O: I like it and I'm confused as to why maybe it's the pleasantly bubbly mouthfeel it's sweet and just pleasant really I bit absolutely no chocolate out of this but I'm not sure I had the same beer

Oct 18, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by mactrail from Washington

This is sweet as sin, but in the Belgian way, with the bitter yeast lurking in the bushes while you frolic with the nymphs in the pond.

This is one of the creamiest beers in the mouth that I've ever had. The bubbles burst somehow as you sip, releasing that sweet liquor with a cloud of glory. Deeply fruity with some dry sherry and raisins, plus apple butter and fig jam. The chocolate business is a marketing misnomer, near as I can tell. It's aged in oak, so there is some vanilla along with a dark, deep roasted malt.

I think is what people have in mind when they exalt Belgian beers. The only explanation is that brewers from another planet paid a visit to an abbey in Belgium sometime in the Middle Ages.

From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego. This should be my 100th beer style, according to BA.

Oct 01, 2014
3.5 by mattfancett from England on Aug 30, 2014
4 by OriolesFan1008 from Maryland on Aug 23, 2014
4.25 by shelby415 from Oregon on Aug 10, 2014
3.75 by KAF from Iowa on Jul 17, 2014
4.5 by GClarkage from California on Jul 02, 2014
3.75 by akang from California on Jun 22, 2014
3.25 by davidwhatshisnam from New York on Jun 19, 2014
Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 145 ratings