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

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Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve)Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2002

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Photo of TeeCee
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDoctor
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Jun-1-2014

Pours an almost clear, lightly amber, gold color with a finger of airy head that drops to nothing. The aroma is kind of like a triple, some hay, floral, light malt charcter and a little spice. Well-hidden booze and not tons else going on aroma-wise. The flavor was nothing like what I was expecting, though (same goes for everyone that has it with me). Waves upon waves of caramel, toffee, watered down mocha, crusty white bread, white chocolate and tobacco. There is a fluffy and creamy feel to pair with all the sweetness relatively dry with no detectable alcohol. It has a smooth finish and was an absolute delight it drink. Just an amazing beer! It made quite an impact and I'm glad that I sought it out. Not just a curiosity and a fascinating type of fermentation that I now think should be explored more. I would pick this one up in a second in the future if I saw it. I'd be especially curious to what it's like fresh. This one seemed like it gracefully mellowed since 2014 but for all I know it was a rancid husk of its past self. I'll keep an eye out and look forwards to being able to dedicate more time to a review of it.

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Photo of Tinfang
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow color, with orange reflections, slightly cloudy. Foam white, huge, tall and very durable. It is made up of small and a few larger bubbles.
Fruity aroma, orange, sweet peaches, light floral notes.
Taste like the flavor is pronounced fruity character, where lemon, orange, peach are the backbone. Seasoned is a delicate herbs.
Gentian acute, peppermint, short, but very clear. High saturation, appropriate. Despite the 11% that has the Malheur, alcohol is not noticeable.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml c&c bottle dated best by 03/01/16 (so, almost 4 months ago) into an oversized Burgundy glass at fridge temp.

Look: pours a very pale yellow with a slightly ridiculous foamy white head and lots of carbonation. Very pleasant to look at.

Smell: wheat, citrus, white grape, hay, wet stones, fig, peach, confectioners sugar, pear, barnyard. A lot going on, but appealing.

Taste: holy sweet jeebus. Picture the sweetest piece of pecan pie you've ever had; this is 10% sweeter than that. Lots of wonderful fruit flavors—pear, honeydew, date, grape, coconut—along with herbal notes, biscuit, vanilla, tobacco... but you have to wade through a cumulonimbus of cotton-candy sweetness to find those other flavors.

Feel: very light and fluffy, and fairly dry. Cotton candy comes to mind again.

Overall: this is a really interesting and enjoyable beer, but you have to come prepared for just gobs of sweetness. I wouldn't call it cloying, because there are enough other flavors going on that it's never really a chore to drink, but I feel like it'd be easily a 4.5 with about 50% as much sweetness.

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Photo of dbauer
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared large 2007 bottle with a BB date of 2008).
Hazy dark amber body with varied size sediment floating about.

Looks past its prime and very likely is past its prime. Still the flavor, smell and feel are very good.
Loads of dark fruit; good complexity; very well hidden alcohol.
Hints of wood (cork)?

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Photo of RMentair
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karo
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Epicfail97081
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant straw gold under a 3” foam cap that pershes ½” up over the rim of the glass.
S: Big fruit and floral aromas.
T: A very dry palate with a variety of fruit and citrus flavors, faint vanilla and a hint of grain.
F: Smooth and medium light body with champagne like carbonation.
O: A truly incredible beer with faint grain qualities reminding you that this is not a champagne.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woe betide the shores of misfortune, for there I am lost, a catalyst among the chaos... today I learnt a new word in French “Malheur” which means “misfortune”, and today I also get to try a new beer style Bière Brut, which is a beer that has Champagne-like qualities... this is a good day indeed. Bière Brut is an interesting style in that it undergoes the Champagne method or ‘méthode champenoise’ which involves a tedious process of remuage (turning a top-down bottle in a rack once a day for 8-10 weeks) and dégorgement (removing the lees at the end of this process for a clearer, crisper wine). I suspect this will be an awesome brew.

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a cloudy pale orange body with yeast particles floating in the glass and a white sea foam 1 inch head that soon reduces to a centimetre. A nice looking brew, though I imagine it should be clear of yeast given the “méthode” used. 8/10.

S: Funky/musty/dusty/crusty yeast all over the aroma, followed by over-ripe sweet red delicious apples and hints of (surprisingly enough) dry Champagne. What sets this apart from Duvel (a different style I know but similar enough to be considered first cousins) is that over-ripe sweet red apple note - it’s intoxicating here. 9/10.

T: Yep, definitely tasting red delicious apples, and sugar... lots and lots of sugar... which actually takes on a sultana raisin/botrytis wine character mid palate. Yeast plays less of a role in the flavour but is still noticeable and musty. Finish is medium dry with a touch of astringency. A few sips later your tongue acclimates to the sugar and it doesn’t seem super sweet anymore. The big surprise is the alcohol, which really sneaks up on you (same as a bottle of Champagne). 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a sharp/excitable carbonation. 8/10.

D: I have a great fondness for red apples (particularly Fuji apples) but I have a distaste for sultanas - I’m not a fan of any dried fruit TBH - I like my fruit fresh and intact of all its liquids... plus sultanas are way too sweet, yuck! So for me this Bière Brut was the best of times... it was the blurst of times [you stupid monkey!*]. Not sure if this bottle is truly representative of the style having a best before date of 02/12/2012 - if anything it has probably aged quite well... still: Sultanas. 8/10.

Food match: Cheese/walnuts/platter/crackers: Mission accomplished.

*Thousand monkeys working on a thousand typewriters reference.

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Photo of stevoj
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pungent aroma, yeasty, hazy straw color with silky white head. Bitterness comes through on first taste, lingering on palate and in throat. Smooth, with a spike of alcohol warmth. Complex, yet tasty.....

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of waldemarsto
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Greasy
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%

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