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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-02-2002

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Photo of Glory
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah !!
I got a bottle of Malheur brut as a gift from mister Malheur him self after visiting the brewery for a whole day. It was a gift I brought back to Montreal after having it in my backpack for a whole month...
Its my birthday today and instead of having champagne...why not a Malheur Brut !

Poured in a magnum Riedel Cabernet glass the beer gives out a bright yellow color with tons of sediments traped in the liquid and a rich capucino like foam that sticks forever
Smells like a great Belgian tripple. Alot of malt aromas with a sweet side like honey. It smells a bit like nuts as well something like almonds or cashews

The mouthfeel is quite creamy, very rich on the malt side with a touch of lemond zests. Little bitterness et smooth carbonation
Drinkability is great goes very well with my plate of scallops

Cheers Lads


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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color and poured with a two finger high dense white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thick layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some flavors of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a very high amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from the taste because of the high amount of carbonation, which make.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this bottle as a celebration for buying my new awesome house!

Over flowing head lots of bubbles yeast chunked golden wheat color.

Belgian nose, light malts, effervescent, little boozy, dry malts, slightly yeasty.

Taste has a light sweetness, plenty of Belgian malts, very drinkable though, with an overall light demeanor but plenty of Belgian malt flavor, light fruits, and a very slight spicy feel. Finish comes dry with lots of bubbles that clear the palate and some light Belgian sweet malts.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied with more bubbles than a drunk Frenchman.

Drinkability is very good with some light malts and sweetness, lots of bubbles to clear the palate, and for being 12% drinks like half that.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour, slight haze and an odd, isolated line of slow bubbling. White head was good when poured, sunk to a filmy crown now with some nice fluffy areas on top. Not really "pro" looking, but its oddness has heart. Also, lace is pretty nice, which I'd expect from the ABV.

Smell is quite funky and tart - almost rank but stops short of being too intense. Yeah, lots of acidity on there with nice fruit - peach and pear, plus a hint of cheese rind and your typical funk soul brother. Lucerne as well? Subtle but nice aroma.

Taste is... different. And I don't like it, much. It's hugely sweet, massive amounts of brown sugar with a hint of molasses on there and just a big boozey oomph! A fair amount of stale beer character as well, wet cardboard and a phenolic character like acetone on the back. Sweet, overpowering. Not very pleasant, and just nothing subtle about it at all.

Very sizzly mouthfeel. I feel the body might be lacking surprisingly, so the carbonation comes through very harshly. Doesn't really revive the flagging palate.

This beer has some character, but it's the wrong character. A bit spicy-hot, and needs more cleansing notes on the back. It feels dirty; palate is heavy, mouthfeel is sharp. Just not very nicely balanced.

Having said that, some of the characters here seem typical of poorly aged beer. While I think that a 12% bottle should hold up pretty well, I have to be a bit more generous with my scores than I would otherwise have been.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but quite dark golden colour, with an initially frothy and fuzzy head of pure white foam. It crests and foams for quite a while, but then collapses, leaving some sudsy lacing. Body looks extremely heavy, but there's almost no bead whatsoever, which I count as a minor minus for a Bière de Champagne. Overall, it is a good looking beer. The head is a work of art, at the very least.

Nose is dry and a little yeasty, with a dollop of crusty and crunchy dry Belgian notes. Hint of nuttiness and a light, frothy, almost sea-salt character. It's very Belgian in character, but with an extremely refined "brut" dry note to it. I'd say it fits the style well.

Taste is more mellow, and with a definite sweetness, reminiscent of stone fruit husks. Light alcohol astringency comes through on the back with a touch of acidity piquing the palate with a buoyant zestiness. Belgian yeast notes are noticeable on the back, but the booze notes are more prominent, giving a rather brash finish. Certainly much sweeter than I expected for the style, but it comes across much more like a Belgian Strong Pale as a result, and it has some really lovely characters in that style. Feel is round and full; the carbonation is certainly a little lacking for the style, but it again accentuates the Belgian characters.

It's a very nice Belgian brew. Stylistically, I think it's a little faulty, especially for a beer which calls itself a Bière "Brut" (not even a Bière de Champagne), but it's a lovely Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Very drinkable; smooth, but accentuated with the characters it needs. A very pleasant Belgian style beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biere de Champagne my ass, everyone knows that Miller High Life is the champagne of beers.

Opaque maize color that blooms when held to light. ADHD Mr. Bubbles head slowly descends into a peppery retention.

Farmy pizza dough, dried lemon, and sugary Fuji apple sweet aroma. Taste is initially dry up front instead of in back. That's interesting. White cracker and mild corn meal sweetness. Sweeter as it warms. Champagne-ish aftertaste.

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Photo of charlzm
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed October 17th, 2010 at the Los Angeles Beer Week Festival.

Beer is a cloudy light yellow with a one-finger foamy white head that leaves excellent sheeting.

Yeasty, champagne aroma.

Flavor is assertive, sharp. Champagne is the best descriptor, due more to yeast than vinous character. In addition to a tartness, the yeast also asserts a soft, powdery note. There's also a mildly sweet floral component and powdered sugar. Well bittered on the finish. Well balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is dry, borderline parching.

Certainly a sipper, this is a beer to be reckoned with. While not a fan personally, it would be stupid to deny its greatness.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Patrick and Matt for this treat.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy mellow gold with an abundance of spongy, lily-white head. This bottle was a mild gusher.

Smell -- The use of champagne yeast is quite evident, with lots of vinous Champagne brut aroma, along with apple and coriander.

Taste -- A touch sweet on the tongue with still a great deal of vinous champagne character. Malt character is more evident in the taste with honey malt, melon, crisp green apple, and mixed citrus fruit. Spiciness in the form of white pepper and corriander. Finish is slightly dry and moderately hopped with clover and coriander. Overall, the taste is very delicate and almost perfumy.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with medium fluffy carbonation. Quite nice.

Drinkability -- This is a very unique experience for me. Very delicate, with mellow sweetness and a touch of spice. if you can pony up the money, this is a fun diversion from more familiar styles.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity, spicy, vinous, and tart- this beer in on par with Duvel and DeuS.

The beer pours a billowing egg shell white head that eventually settles into a dense and rocky head. Hazy and deep golden in color, the beer laces extremely well.

Aromas of apples, pears, and tart white grapes give a very zinfindale-like winey scent. Spicy and earthy with peppery phenolics and noble hops. The beer smells vinous and tart- nearly mouthwatering at the mere scent.

Medium malt flavors bring a powdered sugar delicate sweetness and airiness and provides the perfect pillow for the spicy, fruity, and earthy onslaught to come. White pepper, oranges, mangos, pears, apples, appricots, and lemons give only a hint into the compelex estery make up. Balanced with white pepper, corriander, and a touch of cumin, the beer also adds earthy/musty hop flavor and bitterness. Rounding it all out are vinous notes of wood aged white wine, cork-like must, and salty/acidity tastes.

Rounded sweetness gives an impression of medium weight. But all that's short lived as the alcohols and acidity brightens the beer and gives a thinning and warming feel. Building carbonation lifts the beer off of the surfaces of the mouth for a seeming evaporative and heated feel.

More robust in sweetness and body than most Belgian Strong Pale Ales but with the upmost carbonation of champagne, this beer begs for a celebration of some sort.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Cork comes off with a bang so impressive I actually created a thread about the experience. Vinous aroma of soft yeast, lemon, and hay. Actually captures some of the magic that the old Dulle Teve 750ml gave, with cobwebs, lemon, and a brilliant yeast strain. Here, the nuances are just a bit young, but are still interesting enough to really enjoy it. Has a stale kind of finish that could be drier and shorter, otherwise this is fantastic.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Malheur glass which looks like a wine glass.

A: Mildly opaque and yellowish, with nice tracing and decent lacing.

S: Sweet malts with fruity suggestion. Beery/alcoholic undertones.

T: Sweet, delicate, and deep. There seem to be several layers of flavours. Malts swirl in a ridiculously delicious combination. The carbonation lightens the flavour. Truly wonderful -- one of the best beers I've ever tasted. Dry aftertaste with a hint of hops.

M: The carbonation and champagne-styling makes this ultra-pleasant. Light, malty, and entrancing.

D: Hefty at 11%, but expertly concealed. Bière de Champagne is delicious and this is my recommended brand. An experience never to be missed.

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never heard of this style before but I really like the beer. It's a lot like a blond ale in color but I guess a lot stronger. The alcohol is very well hidden and the flavor is quite good and unique. A little sour but generally a great pale flavor and aroma.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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 -1.5%
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 -9.4%
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 +1%
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 +12.6%
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 -0.2%
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 -19.2%
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 +2.7%
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 +8.9%
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 -2.7%
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 -4.4%
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 +4.7%
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 -1.5%
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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Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve) from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
4.06 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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