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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 99
Reviews by TeeCee:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We pull the foil, cage, and cork off a 750mL bottle, pouring into flutes. The pour is deafeningly audible, layering down a brew of cloudy golden straw and a two finger head of fizzy, chunky white foam that continues the symphony. This retains well, leaving thick ridges of lacing all around our glasses. Aside from that haze no sediment is found, and carbonation is intensely active, as expected. The aroma gives intense cloying sweetness of red apples, pear, and figgy syrups, Belgian pale and chalked wheaty maltiness, steely metallics, pencil graphite, sweet cotton candy sugars, tart champagne yeastiness, white wine grape sours, warmed salt water taffy, white vinegar, rosey florals, dried brown grassiness, wool, and light buttery diacetyls. The flavoring blends together cloying white sugar sweetness, singed caramel and pale maltiness, dusty tweed blazers, big white wine and champagne grapey sweetness, harsh vodka and brandy booziness, nail polish remover chemical bite, drying walnut skins, paper towels, envelope adhesives, foamy plastics, sea salty fishiness, fig and plum jam, flambéed apples, allspice, and medicinal phenols. The body is rather full, and carbonation is active. The beer is surprisingly thick and syrupy, giving nice and hearty slurp and smack, with slightly slower and subdued cream and froth. Finishing pop is supreme. The mouth is coated in its entirety, but this disappears quickly with a minty ethanolic burn that both dries and cleanses the palate. The abv is appropriate for the style, but the nature of this beast makes you want to take your time with her.

Overall, this was a beer saved for and enjoyed for a celebration!! In brief, today we both received our first residency interview invitations at the same place, thus allowing us to stay together throughout the remainder of our training. Highly exciting stuff. The most surprising thing about this beer was its feel. It is shockingly heavy on the feel, but gives you a wonderful drying cleanliness before each sip is gone. As far as the taste goes, for something labeled “Brut”, the driest possible form of champagne, this is a brightly and cloyingly sweet drink. The residual sugars are high, along with that big booziness, suggesting a big, big grain bill during the brewing process. For this first foray into the style we are pleased, but not wooed. This was a nice introduction, but I believe we would prefer something a bit tamer, dryer, and more refined stylistically.

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Photo of rekel
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ErwinGS
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mircovettori
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of chuckj76
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Dactrius
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of ReeseMax3
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GRUUMSH
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BierMeJohn
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Eighty
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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 Greasy
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of KristofH
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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

Photo of Gamsy
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer is supposed to beer a mix between a champagne wine and regular beer, but except for the yeast flavor and the bottle type, i really didn't taste the link with a 'champagne'. It is a decent blond beer, with a very strong carbonation where the yeast flavor and smell (champagne yeast) is very dominant.

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

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 waldemarsto
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 162 ratings