Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) | Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate)Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate)

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Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 135
Photo of dogfooddog
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

starts with a very dark red beer, nearly opaque, with a moderate light tan head. nose is somewhat spicy and peppery. I have not had this beer before, and only bought this one bottle from

taset is slightly metallic, with some other things that seem to get lost inside this.

i keep drinking, and find very little of remark in this beer. there is a faint hint of more roasted malt, a vague sense of some fruitty or triple-like notes, but this beer seems to be missing the bulk of its profile.

wonderful packaging and presentation, but I miss the point of this beer. the taste greatly underperforms the nose. I was also unimpressed with ttheir normal 'brut' beer, so maybe it is a style issue.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Kaboom goes the cork! Pours a cloudy, dark brown body with a fizzy, medium-sized off-white head.

Smell: Earthy, yeast-drenched aroma with notes of chocolate, dark malts, and lemon.

Taste: Chocolatey taste with a subdued sweetness buts up against a sour, lemony taste. Faint, berrylike fruitiness. Earthy, spicy yeast character. There's a little tartness in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Spritzy carbonation. Warming alcohol presence.

Drinkability: An interesting mix of flavors, but, in all honesty, I preferred the Brut Reserve.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a nice thick foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet barley malt is very enticing. Taste is a nice balance between some sweet barley malt with notes of caramel. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done but unfortunately this is lacking character and I couldn't justify paying that kind of rpice for that experience more then once.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/03/12 notes. Bottle shared by Thorep420, right after the normal Brut Reserve; thanks Mike. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Not as carbonated as the normal version.

s - Smells of very light dark fruits, spices, and light roasted malts. Not bad but a bit bland/faint. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, roasted malts, spices, Belgian yeast, and some earthy notes. Stronger then the nose and more going on, a definite step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit heavier then the normal Brut Reserve.

o - Overall a decent beer but the normal Brut Reserve was much better. This is a bit blander in the nose and a bit heavier for the same ABV. Probably wouldn't seek it out again and would choose the Brut Reserve over this one for sure.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods P Street in DC. Served in a SAVOR wine glass. Compared next to the regular Brut.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a thin off-white/light tan head and not too much retention or lacing. The nose carries a bit of dark fruit and a touch of roasted malt. Nice, but not too much going on.

The flavor follows a similar pattern; there really isn't too much going on, but it's well made and the fruit character is nice. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany copper color. Frothy head settled quickly. Dusty, musty aroma of burnt sugar/ raisins. Sweet dark stewed fruit flavor, hairy carbonation. light/medium body with sweet burnt sugar finish and warming alcohol presence. Better than the lighter version, but still - this emperor is also wearing no clothes.

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Photo of bark
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark red-brown; the large foam forms a semi-compact head.

The smell is wine-y with notes of alcohol, mixed fruits (dry cherries) and flowers.

The taste is fruity with notes of alcohol, strong matured wine, cherries and some earthy notes, a burned touch and some butter. The taste is notable short; with a dry flavour of strawberry jam.

The carbonation is very strong with large bubbles making it very fresh.

Not as dry (brut) as one could expect and I didn’t find it worth the price (round $15 for 75 cl)

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Photo of Absumaster
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a 750 ml bottle labeled as Dark Brut, but this is probably the same. It pours a dark brown color with a creamy off-white head.

Smell is a bit tart and has some cork in it. A nice fruitiness, dark fruits that combine with the caramellic maltiness and chocolate. The beer is light roasted and has some gumball notes. The champagne yeast adds a smell that is hard to describe, champagne-like, or grapes.

Taste is light roasted with chocolate, caramel and a very light pilsener maltiness. The beer is low bitter. The yeast creates a Belgian profile with dark fruits, exotic fruits and a peppery finish. The champagne yeast gives some grape skin notes. I found the beer to be too thin for a 12% beer. The alcohol was very well hidden.
For the price and packaging a rather bland and uninspiring beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very careful pour produces a seven finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that just keeps on growing; it overflows the top of my glass quite a bit. The beer is a dark brown color, but shows a clear, concentrated red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is quite inviting as I am inspecting the beer visually; richly caramelized bread notes, toasty grain and dark fruit aromas are all noticeable. A closer inspection of the nose reveals additional aromatics of green apples, raisins, a green-spicy-herbal note, cocoa, and warming alcohol (enough so I can feel it at times in my nose). This is interesting as it has the fruit character of a dry Belgian Tripel, but has some dusty, dark malt aromatics thrown in. The aroma just doesn't have a depth to it that I would like though it is nice.

The beer has sat for some time in my glass with lots of time to lose the voluminous carbonation. At this point it tastes quite creamy and a bit sweeter than I was expecting. The beer was served at 50°F (10°C), so a bit warm for the amount of carbonation, but it is quite open in its flavor profile. Sweet flavors of chocolate flavored caramel, rum soaked raisins, The beer finishes with an appetizing, fermentation derived, spiciness and a dark malt bitterness; flavors reminiscent of white pepper, ginger, clove, bitter chocolate and a touch of espresso all add to a slightly astringent, biting finish. At times the alcohol is quite noticeable in the finish, really even hot, which is not unexpected in a beer with such a, relatively, light body and of this strength. I like that this beer is so light for a beer of this strength. If it wasn't for the alcohol, this would be dangerously drinkable.

This really needs to be a bit more tame on the alcohol front to be really good, sure you could chill the hell out of the beer and that would reduce the alcohol, but you would lose so much of the fruit, malt and spice character then.

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Photo of aracauna
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dark reddish brown body is topped by an appropriate light tan head. The aroma has a good bit of fruitiness and a little spice, but the chocolate, while there, really isn’t there enough to justify the American name for this beer. This one seemed a little lacking compared to beers that came before and after it at the tasting.

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Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a bit disappointing after trying the most of the rest of Malheur's lineup. It's very chocolatey and too sweet for me. That's not to say that it's bad or lacking in complexity. I just preferred the dryness of their normal Brut. The flavor has a lot of interesting fruitiness with plums and brandied cherries. The mouthfeel was a touch sticky and the alcohol is felt more strongly than in Malheur's other beers.

It was paired with a chocolate fondant cake, made with the beer, with creme anglaise at the Monk's Kettle New Year's Eve dinner. The pairing was quite nice and my rating is more from my initial assessment of the beer by itself. This is a good one to drink with rich chocolate cake.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loud bang on the cork. Large tannish head. Retains in a nice pillowy island of head.

Smell is some sourish malt. Not great.

Impressive taste- crisp, sweetish malt. Malt champagne, I guess.

Bright and sparkly.

Different take on a biere champagne and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Basically a side by side with the other one, thanks Mike. Beer is black with a tan off white head of small bublbes, lower retention, aggressive carbonation, some lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, estery, very yeasty, a little more spicy than the blonde version.

Beer is light in body and a little earthy / spicy on the palate, the yeast comes through nicely as well. Ultimately I didn't like this one as much as the blonde, if I were to have one again it would be the other Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut, a nice tasting though.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.75cl bottle poured into stemware goblet in Gent, Belgium, at me dear friend's gaff.

A: Three fingers of lovely cream, good thickness, and excellent retention for the ABV. Dark ruby colour. Very appealing.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, some nuts.

T: Chocolate, crystal hops, carbonation but not too much. Very complex. Toffee. Well layered and very well balanced. Some fringe nuts. Wonderful. Some vanilla. Well hopped.

Mf: Just coarse enough to bring out the flavours, and quite wet. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Pairs well with chocolate. Very drinkable. Conceals its ABV quite well. I don't know the price point as it was a gift from a friend, but I suspect it's quite expensive.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the 2006 - 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party - held at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

Simply listed under the “Bottled Beer List” section of the Beer List at “#46 – Malheur Black Chocolate”.

Appearance: Black looks which exhibited a very dark brown with a deep ruby flashing clarity when held to the Carlsbad sunlight. Head was a fast rising one, tan colored and deep with a lovely expanded foam look that dropped to a creamy ring with some lacing.

Nose: Didn’t get much here. Nutty with some dark fruits, no chocolate though, that I thought strange given the name. Low on strength with a disappointing cross-section, towards the end I had whiffs of cocoa which helped rescue this one.

Taste: The alcohol is here, it was the first thing I noticed, especially as I decided to kick off the proceedings at Pizza Port with this one, a 12% brew at 1pm – a great way to start the day. Soft cocoa and high carbonation lends a mixed feel. The dark fruits in the middle are nice enough, and the trace-heating blended nicely with cocoa malts and a taste of dried blood in the finish. Nonetheless, it didn’t feel as complex as I expected, in fact it was rather simple at times. Nice enough though.

Mouthfeel: Middling body that had low levels of finely dissolved carbonation. Far from watery, but there was somewhat of a tired champagne feel to this. Just above medium at best

Drinkability: I had a “that’s it?!” puzzled moment once or twice whilst drinking this. True, I did get through half the glass easily enough, but only to find myself a little bored and rather under whelmed by this one.

Overall: One of the first brews I had at the Festival from a bottle freshly opened in front of me. Strange one this though, maybe I’m the party pooper here but I didn’t really care for this one at all or understand all the fanfare that surrounds it. Its a quality brew but a tad “bland” for a 12% brew and the chocolate aspect felt muddy. Over-rated? There I said it.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 30/06/2008, sampled on that date. Clear brown with a plum hue and coppery edges. A fluffy, yellowish brown head appeared after the pour and settled into a thin cap that left sticky foam coating the glass. Fruity aroma, lots of plum and earthy raisin, with bready and toasty malt notes. Mild dry cocoa and alcohol appeared as it warmed. Very sweet, fruity up front leading to bready malt towards the end. Alcohol was present throughout and lingering somewhat, but it stayed restrained and balanced. Mild chocolate and milky character throughout. Carbonation was very high, a little too high for me. Medium bodied with a decent texture and alcohol warmth. A pretty good drinker with a light chocolate flavour, suited for after dinner to complement dessert or on its own.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged-corked (champagne cork) foil-wrapped bottle, poured into fluted glass:

Pours hazed brown with a fluffy white head that towers to the point of overtaking and causing some spillage. Lacing stick. Body nothing particularly great, but nice head (if not a bit much) and some nice, though broken, lacing.

The smell is of sourish fruitiness, dark bread, some cocoa. "Interesting".

The taste is of bitter chocolate, herbal/grassy notes, some sour, some sweet, some bitter. Warming alcohol sharpness.


An "interesting" beer. Personally, I like the other "brut" from this brewery more, though not by much. This one is dark-ish with grassy notes. Sourish. I don't know that it's worth the near thirty bucks spent, except for its uniqueness. Alcohol does show. But, it has a nice taste to it. The "mixed feelings" I have about it have to remain at that, because I think it is interesting, but to have once per price tag. If subsituting as a beer-lover's "champagne", personally, I would go with the other "brut" from this brewery. There is more cocoa, that might appeal to some in this, but it is at the expense of the citric qualities that is replaced by a grassiness that just doesn't meld together as well with this one. Also, the little difference in abv shows the more with this one. Very good, but...more liked for uniqueness than actual pleasure. It does have a unique way of blending an earthiness to a chocolate-ish brew. Bottom line - nice, very nice, to "try" but wouldn't spend the cash in repeating.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Toasting this biere de champagne tonight in honor of the passage of West Virginia HB2719, effectively raising the cap on beer from 6% to 12%, making this beer now legal in the land of the Mountaineers! Welcome to the 21st century y'all!

Appearance - uncorks with force and an immediate charge of bubbles, as if trying to make Charleston right out the bottle. I had the glass nearby but still spilled a bit on the table. The entire glass is full of foam. After some settling, I can pour beer in, but now there is a foam mass in the bottle pushing up and out. For several minutes I am dealing with the excess of foam until things finally even out; at least the bottle isn't oozing any more. The beer is a murky, polluted red/brown chock full of floaties. The head is a nice chocolate mocha color and leaves shocked bits of lace here and there, as if to tell the story of how hectic this thing started out.

Aroma - yeasty, a light solvent booziness. A sweet malty aroma with milk chocolate notes, and of course a Belgian funkiness that explains the all the aforementioned activity.

Taste - sweet, malty as expected. Milk chocolate again, and the accompanying funky yeast flavor. Warming in the belly, it has a finish with some roast to it and a drying end with an alcohol bite, though the abv is remarkably well-hidden.

Mouthfeel - oh it's bubbly, hitting the style as intended. It also has a nice smoothness and a moderate to full body.

Drinkability - a tasty and quite adventurous brew, just have some towels handy. Cheers to ya', WV.

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Photo of stephens101
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wisps of carbonation smoke float out of the bottle after a big pop of the cork. Pours a hazy brown and topped with a smallish, but lingering tan head. No lace to speak of on the first glass, but jagged fingers of lace existed upon a second pour.*

Subtle but complex aromas of dark chocolate, ripe cherries, sour fruits, currants, figs, beer bread and burnt sugar. Taste is not as complex as the smell, and almost underwhelming with more dark chocolate notes, unripened dark fruits (plums, grapes) grain and yeast.

Creamy and medium to heavy mouth-feel initially, but becomes a bit thinner, with a pseudo-champagne-like feel after a while. Alcohol heat is amazingly subtle and not even noticeable until the very end.

Not for sure this one completely works for me, but glad I tried it either way.

* It is also important to note that the froth in the bottle had actually overflowed, spilled out a little in the fridge, and left a semi-hard, honeycomb like nice-sized chunk of lace around the rim while I was drinking my first glass.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this one with the rest of the crew at our staff holiday party.

Best By Date is in 2 weeks, not sure how old this makes the bottle.

Dark amber body with a champagne-ish head. The aroma is dark malt and earthy yeast with brown sugar notes. We detected a faint wet cardboard note which may point to a mildly infected cork or maybe we just had to a few too many that night and started imagining things.

Flavor is sweet, dark sugars and earthy yeast funkiness. Very subtle and complex, not unlike good champagne. The body is impressive, a velvety flow over the tongue.

This was a good beer, but it wasn't great and at this price, I think it is fair to expect greatness. Would be fun to have the funds to cellar a few for several years, but alas, I do work in the beer industry.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very carbonated. Upon opening, after chilling, foam gushed over the top. A quick trip to the sink made sure it didn't get on anything. It pours a deep black color (ruby tinted when held up directly to the light) with a creamy half of head atop it. Nose is a bit disappointing: just some fairly ordinary malt, no interesting yeast character. Malt character is lightly roasted, with no chocolate or cocoa notes than I can detect. There's some grassy hops and moderate bitterness and a little biting yeasty phenols. Alcohol is somewhat apparent in the (dry) finish as well. Very spritzy body, light for the strength but with a good mouthfeel.

Not that bad, unless you consider the $26 price tag. Definitely not worth that. Inferior to the ordinary Brut.

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Photo of janubio
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl. bottle. Dark color with a creamy some brownish head that lingers for a good while. Aroma of chocolate, dried plums and spices. Body lighter than I expected. Taste of chocolate, champagne mouthfeel, Jerez wine, some honey. After a while it leaves a brandy feeling. Not the best of the Malheur, imo.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with slight amber hues when held to a light source and a 2.5 frothy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Chocolate malt aroma with some peppery spice subtle roastiness, sweet alcohol and estery dark fruit notes. Hints of raisin, plum and fig.

Nicely carbonated with a sweet effervescent body/flavor. Estery belgian yeast provides a lot of dark fruit flavor, namely dark cherry, plum, grape and raisin. Slight roasty chcolate malt and minimal hop bitterness. ABV is very well masked. Dry finish.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy color. Small, compacted, light mocha colored head. Lightly aromatic, strange, funky aroma with dark, roasty tones. Hazelnut flavors abound with light chestnut flavors along with roasty and toasted tones and a touch of raisins. Well hidden alcohol and nice mouthfeel.

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