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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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 KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750 ml bottle into Malheur chalice-like tulip. Dark tudor brown in color. Approaching black. Off-white head. Medium retention. The head had some unique champagne like activity happening I assume related to the high carbonation causing a percolation. Aroma seems sweet. Malty. Actually is smells exactly like milk duds. Taste is sweet, also milk duddy. Not as champagne like as expected. High carbonation and tongue cleaning but lower than expected for brut. Not a brut guy but this is actually pretty freaking awesome. 

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Photo of BobZ
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark brown with a nice tan 1/2” head.

Smell: Dark fruit and hints of sweetness.

Taste: Basically a more effervescent version of an excellent Belgian quad. All of the rich quad flavors are present, the dark fruit and the Belgian candy sugar especially. The champagne finish introduces some very light citrus flavor too. The flavors still do develop nicely even though they do not linger on the palate very long do the crisp finish generated by the champagne yeast. The alcohol is completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp on the palate, smooth and packed with flavor.

Overall: Very good beer, only the high price ($36) is negative. Would definitely buy it again for a special occasion.

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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 hoser
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently this bottle is two years past it prime January, First, Two Thousand and Nine. Forgot about this baby and should have chocolate on hand as this is supposed to best beer in the world to have chocolate with. Seems like a big boozy quad with out the depth of the great quadruples. Enjoyable will have to revisit this beer when I come across it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a flute, and then also a wine goblet.

In the flute lots of carbonation with a real foamy solid light tan head, lots of retention, almost whipped up topping. Body is a dark brown with red hues.

Nose is a mix of soda like spritzy orange Italian soda, but a huge malt rush and Belgian candi sweetness. There is even some good dark fruit behind this such as fig. Dry and arid.

Taste is crisp, malty, with some chewy fruit, but also a real nice distinct tangy juicy citrus like a kumquat. Dark fruits seemed to be buried from the nose on the palate and not showing up. but there is a nice malt chew to this also. This to me is almost the perfect Dubbel taking away all the powdery, and heavy dark fruit goodness that I don't normally care for.

Overall I think I prefer the Blonde version, but this is a neat mix and real impressive sense of flavors, smells and textures for a beer. Real nice.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this bottle at the Hopduvel Belgium. It's my first champagne beer and I shared with my wife because she wanted to drink something special.

A - A very dark red brown beer with a very nice beige head. The withdrawal of the foam is slow, beautiful to watch. There is a reasonable layer of foam remaining, nearly a finger thick.

S - An inviting aroma of champagne yeast comes towards you as are the scents of pear and apple.

T - What a great taste, sweet and very slightly bitter. They love each other and are nicely balanced resulting in a nice cool beer. A little nutty and fruity like pear, apple. Not really bitter but it fits very nicely with this type of beer. I think because of the yeast type they used. But where did they hide the alcohol? Absolutely brilliantly done!

M - Much carbonation but what a rich flavor! At the end there will be some alcohol heat, but not enough to believe in a 12% ABV beer.

O - A beautiful and quite complex beer with great taste and very drinkable. The 750ml bottle was empty in no time. Even my wife drank it and she doesn't like beer.
A beer you should buy and try. I am going to have this beer standard in my stock.

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Photo of Naugros
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cork let off a nice pop, the gasses cleared and the foam rose to the mouth with a tan tinge to it. This beer was active so I poured carefully and was happy I did so as the head to the top of the thin tulip glass almost immediately. I had barely poured a third of the glass. The beige head stood proudly atop a brown beer with active carbonation and copper highlights at the edges. As the head collapsed awkwardly, I poured in more beer and was rewarded with a stable head about an inch thick. It looked as if it were there to stay as it trailed lace all the way down the glass as I drank.

It looked really nice and smelled really nice too. I sucked in some nice sour, fruity notes riding along with that smell you get from champagne yeast. I've heard some of these use actual champagne yest while others use Brettanomyces. I thought that this must be the former. Dark fruits rose up with each inhale and a sense of raspberries or cherries. I worked hard to find the malts in the nose, but they emerged eventually as cracked, lightly roasted grains.

I was surprised that the alcohol dominated the taste, but quickly found some dark, dry fruit, like unsweetened prunes. Bitterness was the next impression that I got as I tasted for the malts. They seemed roastier than in the nose and bitter chocolate wouldn't be out the question in describing them. There seemed to be a touch of phenols lending acrid spice notes and I couldn't discern any hop signatures, no matter how hard I tried.

The heat of the booze almost masked a light dusting of minerals within the mouth and the fleeting stickiness on the lips. The carbonation was active but not excessive. The body was pretty light and I had to admit that it did seem like a mix of champagne and beer. It was different and could take some getting used to, but I was liking this first venture into one of the newest Belgian styles.

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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 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 JAXSON
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate.

Bottle opens with a huge, resounding POP! I love the "mushroom" corks they use on these. Westy 12 like in appearance, thin, creamy, cobwebby head, and a darkbrown with reddish edges. I'm immediately comparing this to some great Belgian quadruppels, specifically Rochefort 10, Westy 12, maybe St. Bernardus 12. It has the kind of blueberry-like element of the Rochefort, the beautiful malt and dark fruits of all three. The feel is a touch thin. Not boozy, very lively, spritzy, deep, and elegant. Extremely underrated given the huge appeal this should have for anyone who likes the big belgian quads.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark burgundy topped by a small quarter inch head that retains solidly. Dark fruits are dominant on the nose. Raisins, currants, anise, dark candi sugar. A bit herbal too, bringing to mind sage. Champagne like on the palate, highly carbonated with dark fruit and caramelized malt flavors. Figs, raisins, black licorice, a light herbal bite in the finish. Finishes dry, tannic, lightly roasted. Light bodied, fairly drinkable for what it is. Pretty nice stuff.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark brown in color and poured with a thin beige head that faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of malty sweetness and notes of chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of malty sweetness and chocolaty flavors as well as some hints of dark fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a bit creamy with a very high amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The high amount of carbonation seems to hide some of the alcohol content, making this beer a bit easier to drink.

Note: Reserve 2003

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolute stellar beer! All of the complexities of Belgian Dark Strongs with a touch of sour up front and a sweeter/powdered sugar ending.

The pour brings a deep mohogany and lavender-ish pour. Somewhat rusty in it's hazy appearance, the ale has an effervescent appearance and lead to a billowing light tan head, great retainage, and lacing. Beers just don't have a much better appearance.

Tart aromas of ripe berries, cherries, and grapes fill the nose with a estery/spicy mix. Light pepper and zesty tropical fruit rinds give a balance to the fruity-sweet nose. Sweetened with a hint of honey and we have a powerfully aromatic beer with more delicate scents here and there.

Flavors are the most remakable aspect of the beer. An early tart flavor of cherries, under-rippened berries, and red grapes give an almost wine-like flavor to the beer. But the tartness and vinous character slowly fades into a cotton candy/powdered sugar/confecionate sweetness that is both appetizing and fullfilling. Low in hops, the beer achieves balance in its shear complexity in flavor and mild spicy phenolic character.

Where richness and weight could be expected, this Dark Ale's effervescent lifts off of the palate to bring life and airiness to the beer drinking experience. As the carbonation fades, the cotton candy aspect makes the beer evaporate in the mouth with a confectionate sweet but lightness that is magical. The brunt of alcohol warmth is not worth mentioning- the beer is effortless to drink.

This beer should be an opidome of the style- it's effortless nature at such complexity is astounding. The balance is formitably malty-sweet yet complex. Simply a joy to drink.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy brown color with a big tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of some sweet malt with dark fruits

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malt then the dark fruit flavors come through

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This is one of those beers to have to celebrate a bachelor party with on a yacht but protect your flat screen from lamps after your wife finds out how much you paid for the bottle but seriously its a good beer thats worth picking up for new years or something

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Photo of crossovert
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked, caged, and foiled bottle.

The cork exits with a huge pop. It pours into the champagne flute a deep reddish brown with a creamy tan head that absolutely does not recede.

It has a light champagne scent over some coca and a basic Belgian dark ale scent.

It is decadent. It has a nice alcohol bite and some roastiness. The main flavor is dark chocolate with some ripe dark fruits. It is sweet but not overly.

It is velvety smooth, the mouthfeel is utterly perfect.

An amazing unique experience, try it.

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Photo of drpimento
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says bbe 30 June 08. In any event, good beer. Bottle gave a good pop to the cork. Poured with a nice tan head which quickly subsided and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a hazy amber brown. Aroma is malty, yeasty, vineous. Flavor is typical dark Belgian and like aroma. Body seems a bit thin but high carbonation makes up for it. Boozy finish and fairly short.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked this on a good friend's birthday..

This is my first "Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut"

We almost nailed someone with the cork when it popped. Champagne anyone? Not a gusher though.

Gave this a pour, my glass was rapidly engulfed in a huge off white head. What lurked underneath was murky and brown...sort of dark chocolate in color.

The aroma is sweet and malty - faint chocolate. I can pick up some booze and an earthiness - sort of like faded hops.

The taste and mouthfeel took me by surprise. Here we have a light and prickly mouthfeel, contrasted heavily by dark fruits, molasses, spice, and faint chocolate. Im getting bitterness but I cant detect and hop presence. The consistency is definitely akin to champagne, which makes this an interesting drink.

I wouldn't call this hot but the 12% is warming, another contrast to the light body of this brew.

This brew is interesting and fun. Everyone at the party wanted to try it after seeing a strange brown liquid spew out of an unassuming "champagne bottle". Some of them loved it, some of them... didn't. For me - generally enjoyable, easy to drink, a bit pricey.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was feeling a bit extravagant at Max's today, during 72 hours of Belgium.

The beer pours an attractive cola color, with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get an attractive blend of chocolate and brown sugar, with some interesting underlying spice and yeastiness. Very definitely there's something of a champagne aroma in this well crafted beer. On the palate, this beer is just flat out delicious. Along with the expected brown sugar and chocolate, I get some dark fruits and spice. This beer has some moderate sweetness, but the spice in this beer counters it very nicely, leading to a fairly dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and I got something of a creamy mouthfeel after the beer warmed a bit. Alcohol is very well disguised, which is a concern given how easy drinking and delicious this beer is (and given the 12% abv.).

This is yet another very fine beer from this impressive brewery.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dav05Gua for this birthday bottle!!
Appears super dark brown with a tan head that fall s to a skim that lasts. Some lacing.
Smells of dark fruit big time, plum, raisin, dark malt. Big nose
Taste follows the nose with some caramel. Nice dry/sweet finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp carbonation. Medium/full in body.
This is a wonderful rich, fruity sipper.

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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 markaberrant
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before Jan 1, 2009

A - very dark reddy/brown, clear (except for the sediment that accidentally ended up in my glass), lots of carbonation, dense and creamy light tan head, excellent retention, some lacing

S - lots of spices, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruit, pretty complex, but not overly strong

T - a big ol' blast of dark fruit, raisins, dates, even a bit of currant, hint of licorice, alcohol adds depth and complexity to flavours, spice is more reserved in the flavour, it lingers moreseo in the long aftertaste

M - high carbonation is surprisingly smooth, light body, alcohol warmth not overly noticable despite the obvious booziness throughout,

D - well integrated flavours, exceptionally smooth despite the big alcohol, dry finish, light body and high carbonation

A pretty nice dark strong, smooth as a baby's bottom. Excellent in fact, but comes up short of my 3 favourites (Rochefort 10, St Bernardus Abt 12, and Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van de Kaiser). The flavours and aromas are great, but could be a little stronger.

I was picking up something different in the flavour that I couldn't quite place, but I went to their website and I see this beer is oak aged. This makes a lot of sense, as I now remember this same character in the De Struise Pannepot.

The one thing that really threw me for a loop was the ton of sediment at the bottom. I thought this was a champagne beer?

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saved this bad boy for a special occasion. Girlfriend and I shaed this bottle to celebrate our first house purchase together along with a scary movie. This beer did not dissapoint.

Pours a dak cola brown to light black hue beneath a light brown that swells to three fingers even after a soft pour into my champagne glass. Very unique, champagne-like look to this dark brew. The aroma is sweet breads, light chocolate, roasted, yeasty fruit, and a little smoke. Very complex, and pleasant aroma. The taste has some light brown and chocolate mixed with strong pumpernickle bread. Just some greay carbonation from start to finish. Great sipping beer with a sparse warmth that is a little off putting. But decptivly delicious and elegant. The great bubbles tickling the palate add to the dark Belgian Dubbel and chanpagne quality to this sipping beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So it's my 35th birthday, time for something worthy...and definitely pricey...

It's a Champagne bottle alright, it fits right in sitting in my 'cellar', next to the New Years' leftover bottle of the good stuff from Reims. I even avoid spraying the first few ounces all over the backsplash when twisting out the cork, as is my custom...

This beer pours a slightly cloudy ruddy brown hue, with a few fingers of fine, light beige head, that dissipates quickly, leaving curtain-like lace around the glass. It smells of dark Belgian chocolate, light dark fruit, and a bit of floral hops. The taste is sweet medium chocolate malt, raisins, prunes, a bit of yeast to remind me of strong dark Belgian ales, and earthy, drying hops. The carbonation is quite big up front, in the effervescent manner of sparkling adult beverages, but tails off quickly. The body weight is that of dark ale, so there's a bit of a perception disconnect there, and it finishes brut, I mean dry, with a little left over fruitiness. The table-wine alcohol level is very well integrated, it's barely noticeable.

A very tasty tipple, that morphed quite visibly from a sparking wine-esque drink to a decent strong Belgian ale as it warmed. This went very well with some of my girl's delectable raspberry/rhubarb pie. Summer at its finest, folks.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel that becomes dark russet with bright tangerine highlights when backlit. The sandstone colored head is light and airy, with less character than expected. Persistence is a positive, but then that's to be expected with biere de champagne carbonation. A lovely array of lace sticks to the glass and hangs on for a bit.

This beer smells like a BSDA. Forgetting the unique brewing process for a moment, that's essentially what it is. Medium-dark fruit is complemented by a Belgian yeast spiciness. I'm not sure where chocolate comes into play, since that word doesn't appear on the label.

There are some breweries that hit me just right. Brouwerij De Lantsheer is definitely one of them. Malheur Dark Brut (Dark Reserve) is my third beer from these guys and is the third humdinger. This Belgian strong dark ale drinks and feels much lighter than the ABV would suggest... probably because of the methode de champenoise by which it was brewed.

The high alcohol content gives the beer a certain firmness and seriousness of purpose. On the other hand, it's buried exceedingly well, with no hotness whatsoever. Belly warming, we got. Good thing I'm not driving anywhere for the rest of the day.

The flavor profile goes something like this: gingerbread and molasses cookies drizzled with melted caramels, fig paste, raisins and plenty of clove. The beer is actually less sweet and more bitter than most BSDAs, which only increases drinkability and causes me to keep tipping up the glass more frequently than is wise.

My first impression was that the mouthfeel was too light. However, keeping style in mind, it's right where it should be. The beer expands on contact and fills the mouth with a silky creaminess that was no doubt envisioned by whoever invented the classic methode de champenoise (that's great fun to say with a French accent).

This 750 ml bottle of Malheur Dark Brut cost $25.99. At that price, needless to say, I'll never buy it again. Still, it wasn't a waste of money because I'm getting a great deal of enjoyment out of the experience. If you love the BSDA style (and recently won the lottery), give this one a serious look.

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Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
4.09 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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