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 ThaCreep
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dry nose highlighted by a pleasant smell of alcohol and soft subtle fragrance of apples, Malheur Brut offers a firsthand both sweet but spicy that quickly becomes bitter and warm without taking a sweet appearance.

The mouth is effervescent and fruity taste apples there but also the sour grapes. The finish is dry, bitter and persistent language but it has a gross aftertaste that is reminiscent of the bitterness of the skins of green grapes. A little less warm than other woe, it is very balanced and boasts a low detectable level of alcohol and a facility for wine tasting totally supplanting the champagne. Very good approach to Malheur 10, from which it came, without supplanting it.

Post Scriptum: Malheur Brut's ABV is 11° and not 12°

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

Nice beer. Bottle opened with a nice pop. Poured a large off white foamy frothy head that lasts and good lacing. Color is a hazy light yellow amber. Aroma is spicy yeast malt and a hint of skunk hop. It is a green bottle and I kept it out of the light so maybe it got a little light struck at the store. Flavor is like aroma minus the skunk and much sweeter. In fact the sweetness dominates. Body is decent and good carbonation. Finish is a little more bittersweet than sweet. A hint of the alcohol.

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Photo of vacax
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy dirty gold, gobs of carbonation in the beer which manifests itself in a giant white head. Lots of lacing and retention in the foam, with large beads leaving my glass almost looking like a bubble bath with hills of foam and clusters of bubbles strewn across the side of the glass. The aroma has spicy esters that mingle with alcohol causing a bit of tingle in the nose. A bit vinous ala champagne plus maybe clove and apple skins. The flavor at first has pears or cider, fruity yet tart, big spicy yeast notes and alcohol on the midpalate then a very dry and bready finish. The Belgian yeast lends most of the flavor to this beer, so tart and spicy fruits are the name of the game. Body is moderate with lots of creamy carbonation, the bubbles bleed out fairly quickly, I like it better as the bubbles calm down, though it seems to almost go flat. This is fairly tasty once my palate acclimatizes to the tart yeast character and I can appreciate the spice and fruit subtleties.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a flute, among other glasses.
Bottle indicates a best before date of 30/06/2008, rather some time ago. In retrospect I think the beer suffered little for the late imbibing.

Beer is pale golden in color, clear and bubbly with a white head that is quite fluffy and leaves nice lacing.

Smells are faint and citrusy. Smells a lot like champagne and pilsner.

Taste is crispy, tangy, sweet, and hoppy. The hops are subdued and low on bitterness but notable.

Mouthfeel is full but crispy and carbonation is full. The finish is dry.

Drinkability is rather high and I will leave you now to go drink more.

Happy Mardi Gras!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A free gift from the lovelly BierBoom shop in Brugge.

Poured into four flutes along with the really expensive Dues (Brut des Flanders) also poured to have a straight comparison. This beer won hands down in all aspects, by far the best Champagne beer I've had to date.

The beer had a slight mist to it and was a very pale yellow in colour, the pure white head left some good lacing on the glass.

The aroma had a pleasant bitter citrus feel.

The taste was a mix of peaches and citrus fruits, it had a sweet top and a bitter finish, smooth yet highly carbonated, very champagne in its overal feel in the mouth.

Because of the sparkling champagne likeness the alcohol didn't show at all, very easy to drink.


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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Inflatablechair brought this pricey treat to dinner a long while back.. enjoyed in flutes and reviewed from notes.

3 finger head.. good retention.. hazy golden.

A mild herby mint strikes me out of the gates.. big malts with plenty of spice.. citrus.. malts are very present but are a bit one dimensional with crackers and lite toast.

Nice hoppiness .. grassy and floral .. grainy pale malts combine with lite clove phenols.. honey essence with some background green apple skin..

Carbonation blows the body out of the water, yet it is incredibly drinkable.. classy brew for sure. Huge thanks Sam.. This is a bottle that I never would have traded for, yet probably sprung for at a restaurant or beer bar.. Nice to try it at home.


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Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma leads me to think this one is going to be yeasty maybe even slight fruity but with a dry character. The appearance is hazy golden with a large head and lots of lace. The taste is dry and slightly yeasty but no real fruit to speak of. The palate is thin. Overall it's a very drinkable beer with a large price tag. I think it's not worth the price but I think it's worth a try if you can get some.

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Photo of jnezda
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the first Malheur beer I tried and it was presented with much flair at a Dallas steakhouse. They treated the presentation with the same care as that of a fine wine so I was a little less put off than my original concern of the high price tag. Poured into snifters in small amounts the beer was a turbulent dark brown with a white fine head that left some good lacing as we enjoyed. The aroma of this was so complex that it seemed to change as the beer went down. Started with dark fruit of raisins and prunes and ended with a long malt flavor that had a great full mouthfeel. The natural carbonation was light and complimented the style well. I will look around for more Malheur beers for sure but certainly to enjoy at home considering the price. This was certainly a beer to remember for it complexity and fine flavors, it was reminiscent of champagne and was very enjoyable.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Available during the Rare Beer Tasting event at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. I'm kicking myself for not trying this beer prior to now.

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get some honey and light lemon-lime, which really smells very nice. Flavors replicate the nose, except there's a decided sweet ice tea flavor that adds to my enjoyment of this beer. This beer is highly carbonated, which tends to give the moderately sweet flavor profile a certain lightness it might not have otherwise. Alcohol is very well disguised and drinkability is very, very good. Wow. This is really pretty nice. Impressive.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My girlfriend's birthday, and she likes Belgian ales and the bubbly. Seems like a no-brainer to pop the cork on this beer-world Champagne analogue.

This beer pours a very hazy light straw colour, with a copious amount of thin foamy white head, which leaves sparse lace around the glass. It smells of candy sugar, light white grain, faint yeast, and alcohol. The taste is boozy white cracker grain, sweet musty citrus fruit, and an herbal tinge - the resemblance to a Belgian strong pale ale is fairly strong. The carbonation is quite heavy at first, but mellows quickly. The body is on the light side, with some mild buttery creaminess, and the alcohol creates a palate-lifting airiness. It finishes dry, some warm fruitiness closing things out.

A very tasty, solid, and warmly effervescent quaff, highly suitable for all your celebratory needs.

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Photo of berkey
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a flute. Best before 088/110 printed on label.

Opens with the expected Champagne pop and a delayed gush. Forms a great frothy white head with good renention. Leaves beautiful lacing as it goes. The style requisite active carbonation is easily visible in the hazy light blonde body.

Aroma is oaky and slightly musty. Yeasty aromas and some underlying soft orange and other citrus along with a somewhat dry character follow.

Flavor is sweeter and slightly fruitier than the aroma but still a little musty. Yeast and oak still very present. It's clear the methode champanois has mellowed and slighty dried the base beer (Malheur 10). What isn't clear is if the process did the ale any favors in the taste department. The warm and fruity fruity character that makes Malheur 10 good has been softened a little too much in my opinion.

As you could probably guess, the mouthfeel is where this beer shines. Great prickly natural carbonation makes this a fun beer to drink. Light bodied and very drinkable for the high ABV.

Overall an interesting beer but not enjoyable enough to justify the price. Next time I'll stick with the much more enjoyable Dark Brut as the base beer they use in that one (Malheur 12) survives the bottle conditioning much better.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brought a bottle back from Belgium where it wasn't crazy expensive. In a nutshell, this beer was like a Belgian sugar cookie in a glass. There's a strong, but not too rich bready sweet cookie flavor with hints of cinnamon, sugar candy, and a hint of lime. This is very, very drinkable while being pleasantly complex. If this beer weren't $25+ I'd definitely drink more.

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

750ml bottle into 25oz wine glass. First review of the style. Best before date of June 30th, '08.

Cloudy goldenrod hue with a thick three finger while head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Rings of foamy lacing. Each new pour creates a tall fluffy head that seems to last forever.

Orange peel along with a light slightly sour citrus aroma. Light spiciness. A good bit of buttery diacetyl is in the foreground.

An interesting toasty flavor which almost imparts a bit of smokiness. More light fruit - orange, peach, apple (a fizzy fruit cocktail). A bit of sharp herb is in there as well. Full bodied with high carbonation.

Not a bad introduction to the style. If this is past the "best by" date, then I wonder what it's like before it. I'd like to try the dark version of this one w/ chocolate. Recommended.

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Photo of beeronesse
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. I wish I could locate more of this style.

Beautiful pour, with a nice lacy head that dissipated some what quickly, though the effervescence lasted.

Nose is very promising; I got bread, apples, a slight peach note and is that butter?

Mouth feel is fantastic; reminds me of Champagne, which I happen to adore, though slightly more like a Moussante, with soft effervescence and subtle stickiness.

I couldn't drink this fast enough. Flavor was apple-driven, with a nice breadiness, a little spice and minor Pilz notes. I detected soft butter, nuts, a little banana and coriander. This is exceptionally well-crafted and I'm just sorry I didn't buy at least 6 bottles.

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

750ml. green champagne bottle cork/caged and a Best before end: 01/01/2009. Poured into a Chimay chalice a bright yellow-gold with a pure white finger and a half of head. Excellent carbonation with heaps of microscopic bubble keeping the head aloft. Beautiful lively ale, very inviting.

Very sweet and spicy to the nose with notes of over-ripend light fruits and coriander being dominant.

The taste starts off sweet with honeysuckle, pear, candi-sugar and the likes, then turning to a grain like maltiness which then turns to a spicy, somewhat dry finish. Very nice complex flavor that demands more after each sip. Although a bit on the sweet side, there is a decent balance with the spice and the higher alcohol kicking in with a light pepper to the finish. Very well done and the alcohol is well masked for how high it is. Tasty.

Light-medium in body with a smooth to light crispiness in the end which equals a nice mouthfeel and definite good drinkability...I look forward to drinking this one again.

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Photo of bbarrows
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle to wine glass at 50 degrees F.

A- Golden color and cloudy, very bubbly, fluffy head (2cm)

S- Like bread dough while rising...slightly yeasty, lactic acid?

T- Like a dry white wine or Champagne, slightly bitter finish

M- Light and sparkling

D- Alcohol content well hidden, so one must be careful.

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Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta for only $9.99, and had on New Year's Eve.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a huge and frothy white head that I have to let settle in two glasses before I can empty the bottle. The head sticks around for the life of the beer and lacing is solid.

Smells like a fruity saison more than anything - although it's not quite as spicy as most saisons. Fruits are sour apple with citrus aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sour apple and sharp citrus flavors are backed up by sweet malts. There's a surprisingly bitter ending. Alcohol is there, but mainly as a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel is good. It's lighter than I'd anticipated for the high ABV with active carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability is very good. The high ABV is noticeable, but it's certainly not as intense as it could be for such a light-bodied beer.

Overall I was impressed and will hopefully try a few more of this style. I'm happy with paying 10 dollars for this, but the ~$25 price tag I've heard others speak of seems a bit steep.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.54/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Rang in the 2009 New Year with this beer. Poured from the bottle into a Deus flute:

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a very large and fizzy white head.

Smell: Light but sharp (acidic) / sour nose.

Taste: A Pilsner like lack of flavor. The only thing that I taste is the acidity on the finish. There is something in there but the sharp (and not a good sharp) finish is destroying my ability to get a taste of any other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, very highly carbonated.

Drinkability: I am seriously disappointed with this beer. I have had Biere Brut before and especially like the Deus, but this being less than OK was unexpected. Normally I like sour notes and love beers with them. Didn't expect the Malheur to be a sour beer but would have welcomed it.

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Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, now I get what all of the fuss is about for this interesting style. Malheur has crafted an excellent champagne beer based on their Tripel, or so I was told. I just wrote my review for the Michael Jackson reserve version, so I'll try to keep this relatively brief, not to say the beers are entirely similar but it's hard to say which differences are from age and which are from recipe. The beer pours yellow-gold with a large effervescent head. The aroma is lemony and malty with a dash of Belgian spice and earth. The flavor is hoppy and more bitter than the aged version. Both versions hide their alcohol extremely well, even better than some of the top Belgians. It is actually hidden and not just used effectively, which I sort of enjoy more. The beer seems sweet, but I can't exactly say why. There is some good Belgian spiced fruitiness, peaches, apples and cardamom.The mouthfeel is satisfyingly fizzy and very dry. The champagne processing has significantly altered the flavor of the original Tripel, and it is very good. I'm not necessarily going to be drinking it every night, but I would definitely buy this over champagne for special occasions.

It was paired with a parmesan risotto cake atop loch duart salmon in a roasted garlic cream sauce, which was made with the beer, and sauteed broccolini. Thank you Monk's Kettle New Year's Eve dinner.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before date 06/30/08. Bought this bottle a little over a year ago. Aged to perfection!!!

Hazey, thick looking hay but with some awesome champagne like bubbling. Great retention of the two finger head to start. Plus the light suspended sediment reminds me of a wheat beer. Though, at the same time, I may have held on to this beer a little too long. Great looking beer. Dry pilsner malt aroma plus the yeasty notes of kiwi, pineapple, and unripened peaches. Bubbley effervescant and dry palate brings out the exotic fruits well. Add to that some faint, minty hops and some granny smith apples. Very tastey, unnoticeable abv. unless you take an overzealous gulp. Great beer to toast in the NEW YEAR!!!

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

Thanks AragornUnplugged for this one. Large corked and caged bottle.
Poured into a Champagne flute.

The presentation is flawless; clear, light golden with millions of tiny bubbles continuously flowing to the top, making a dense, fluffy white head that is quite large, and nearly overflows, holding very well, leaving lacing on its way down. No Champagne looks this good.
The fruity aroma is also quite amazing, apples, lemons, grainy notes, fresh light hoppiness and earthiness.
The mouthfeel is creamy, and the carbonation just in the perfect amounts adds a lot to the enjoyment.
Not quite "brut", starting with a fruity, slightly sweet note, apples, pears, honey, earth, sharp hoppiness that is not exactly bitter, and it finishes mostly but not completely dry. Alcohol is nowhere to be noticed. Truly a beer that needs to be drunk in quantity to really enjoy; I would have written this off as a really good beer, but not great, if I had not had multiple glasses of this brew. I really can't ask any more of either the appearance (especially if I had poured it out all at once) or the palate of this beer; it really is just spot on for this brew.
Amazingly and unexpectedly, this one improves as it warms up, even though it is supposed to be drank colder than the average beer.
It is not Deus (barely), but it is one amazing beer. A lower price tag, and I would have this every week. Quite an experience.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before end of 01/01/2009:

750 ml foil-wrapped cage-corked bottle, poured into a fluted glass.

Pours clouded with a light golden body and a fluffy white head that thins and stays, leaving plenty of lacing. Head and lacing saves the day here, as the body is not much to look at, though not a "turn off", particularly.

The smell is of lemon peel, some breadiness. Pleasant, different, aroma.

The taste is herbal/floral/lemony with grainy notes and yeast. More "beer" than "champagne" taste, for sure. There is a dry yeastiness to it. It finishes dry.

Well-carbonated, but not really effervescent.

Alcohol is reasonably well-covered for abv, though it does show some. A beer-drinkers replacement for champagne. Interesting style. I do prefer this to the Deus, which I thought less complex/more yeasty. A unique beer for a special occassion.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle with foil and cage top into flute glass.
A: Pours a light lemon yellow with tons of carbonation producing a thick bubbly white head (about half beer, half head in the glass).
S: Strong alcohol (with an ABV of 11% this makes sense). Some mild crisp hops in the background.
T: Lemon citrus hops and alcohol...wish the ABV was better hidden. Some black pepper around the edges.
M: Light body and very effervescent from the carbonation...definitely champagne-like.
D: The high ABV (again, not well hidden) and tons of carbonation limit the drinkability on this one.

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

Thanks goes out to armock for this brew.

Gold Foil

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus creamy/foamy white head, with tons of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty with some yeast, spices, nice notes of grapes, pineapple. The taste is very nice, malts/yeast, spices, grapes/pineapple. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a nice one. Thanks Anthony.

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Photo of corby112
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle form Canals in Hainsport, NJ.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick bubbly white head. Crisp fruit aroma with belgian yeast, spice and hops. Extremely quaffable considering the high ABV. Crisp fruit flavor of grape, apple and pear, champagne yeast with a nice creamy texture. Excellent!

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Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 161 ratings