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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Photo of beeronesse
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
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 +4.2%
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 +4.7%
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 +3%
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 -37.4%
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 +4.7%
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 +14%
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 +10.8%
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 -5.2%
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 -19.7%
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 +10.8%
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 +9.4%
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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Photo of mentor
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a layer of white head that hangs throughout the drink. Liquid is light straw colored. Smells of cheap candle wax. pear, wheat field. Aromas are mild overall. A bit of aromatic herbal like you'd find in a saison. Coriander, pineapple, tropical.

Tastes wet with strong fruit and mild phenols. Mild peppery edge. Fruit is tropical, oranges, apples. Drying biscuit malt. Md-light body, yet still hangs on the tongue. Nice.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(from notes taken early august 2008)

750ml green bottle with foil wrapped neck. an alleged "best by" date of 30-6-2008. cork has lettering of AJB7

poured into tulip

bright, pale golden straw color. slight haze. lovely fluffy head, immense in size, and that barely recedes. beautiful lacing.

slightly sulfurous, almost skunk-like whiffs upon pouring, but that soon disappears. gentle champagne fruitiness then takes over, with notes of white grapes and cider. gentle pale malt note and similarly gentle fruity esters and phenols.

flavor continues with fruity champagne grapes again. pears. spice. sweet toasted malts blend into mildly phenolic finish. grassy, almost noble hop, with gentle bitterness gliding into a semi-dry finish, plus more hint of fruitiness and trace of phenols.

not thin. smooth and actually almost syrupy! moderate carbonation gives a fluffy, full body.

this is pricey, but perhaps justifiable as a champagne alternative for special occasions. pairs well with seafood and lobster.

but beware of the DAMNED GREEN BOTTLES! with such a high price point, i would advise AGAINST getting one off the shelf, and only getting it directly from the case it's delivered in.

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Photo of kkipple
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a massive, Duvel-like meringue head. Intensely white, the foam is a good 3 inches tall and is a beauty. It fades, though, leaving sticky gobs of fluffy goodness on the sides. The beer is similiarly Duvel-ish, a hazy yellow-gold. Yum.

Tons of phenols fly from my goblet. Clove, cinnamon, yeasty funk, peach, sweet honeyed apples, champange yeast, complex, spicy and sweet. Sweeter than lots of beers in this style, it still manages a complex, inviting nose.

Taste is right up there -- this is a sweet, pale malt spicy brew with a big yeast wallop and a crisp, clean finish. Cloves and varied malts swirl on the palate. Finishes remarkably clean and sweet / dry. Exceptional.

M. Fine carbonation, medium-thin mouthfeel, slightly ciderish.

This is a good, if expensive, beer. Enjoy with sophisticated friends on a special occasion.

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Photo of Onslow
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours with a huge stable white cloud-like head, easiest perfect appearance score ever ... lots of nice and interesting flavours ... yellow gold colour ... smells of a hefe-tripel champagne mix ... shocked to find out it is 11% ... 'here kitty kitty' ... an extremely enjoyable beer, worth $25 , i don't know, good stuff though..

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Photo of JDV
2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a rich maroon opaque color with a nice sized fizzy head atop. Smell is dark caramel, and raisons. Taste is the same with burnt, tart and sweet raisons and dark caramel with an incredibly fizzy, bubbly and foamy mouthfeel that I tend to not like. Champaign like mouthfeel, in fact. Certainly isn't bad, but the mouthfeel really inhibits the enjoyability for me.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, pours medium apricot, quite cloudy, under a nice looking off white head. Retention looks decent and the fades to a tiny bubble nice looking film and also plenty of intricate and sticky lace. Floral and fruity nose, with traces of yeast and lemony spice. Full flavor Belgian, the expected coriander, citrus, pepper, gin, and yeast show up in all their glory. Pleasingly dry, with tart and crisp hopping. Loads of lime, tonic, gin, pepper all follow through the center and towards the finish. Large and bold, go get some of this classy, and thoroughly enjoyable rejoice offering, Belgian lovers rejoice.

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Photo of tdrshayden
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color, very effervesent. Huge white head that stuck to my glass.
dry, floral, yeasty aroma. Lots of citrus aromas. Superb soft mouthfeel. The dry bitterness hits immediatly and lingers far into the finish. Alcohol was very well hidden, but warming all the way through. A very unique beer.

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

A: Pours a light clear lemon color with a big white fluffy head.

S: Nice lemon bread aroma and spiciness with some coriander to start.

T: For flavor some light lemonbread, fresh fruit (pears, apples), and a nice light fading lemon finish. Very crisp finish with sour lemons.

M: Champagne like carbonation provides a light mouthful with some fizziness and a slight alcohol detection.

D: very drinkable, smooth, and pleasant on the tongue. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 11%. Overall a very refined Belgian that drinks like a champagne.

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

This one pours a pale lemon gold with a few microscopic particulates suspended in it. The billowing head is a cloudy white and it leaves some soapy lace.

Smells of freshly squeezed orange juice and sweet bread dough with a zesty sting of lemon rind and a playful booziness.

Tastes of light powdery biscuits and dehydrated peaches with a peppery yeast and lime rind. Finishes out with a dry, well blended sting. I don't know if I'm reading into this one but the dryness reminds me of champagne.

Feels quite light with a lively carbonation.

A tasty beer and a first of for the style for me.

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Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this 2007 version on sale at Green's at an unbelievable price of $10 a bomber. I guess good things do come to those who wait (a year).

The cork was easily extracted, and as soon as it was freed, the beer started to foam upwards in the bottle. The process continued in the Duvel tulip glass, forming a big foamy head occupying half of the space. The beer itself looked cloudy, pale golden, and airy. The aroma was very yeasty and bready, and some floral smells lingered on. Tasted peppery, sweet, musty, and phenolic and semi dry. The alcohol was well hidden and I was surprised to glance up at the listing to see 11% put up there. Not as clean as I would have liked in the finish as some metallic bitterness lurked in there. Airy and creamy in the mouth. A bit too rich for my waller at the regular price, but the sale was sweet indeed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hugely hazy pastel lemon with Champagnesque carbonation. The polished ivory crown is large, whipped frothy and looks like it'll last well into next week. Equally as appealing is a circumferential sheet of barely broken lace. This is an impressive looking bottle (with the full, cap-and-cage, gold foil treatment) and is one of the most impressive looking beers that I've ever seen.

The nose is a dead ringer for a non-barnyard funky farmhouse ale. It's absolutely bursting with sweetened lemon and with a spicy-herbal-grassiness that has to be due to Saaz hops or something similar. I keep wanting to put my nose over the glass, but it's time to move on...

... to what turns out to be amazing beer. Like any well-crafted, high-ABV saison (sorry, but that's what it tastes like), Biere Brut is both powerful and delicate at the same time. The contrast between those two makes it incredibly interesting and decidedly delicious.

It tastes like nothing darker than pilsner malt and pale malt was used. The flavor profile is all top notes, but it's still as deep as a summer day is long. In case you're wondering why the bottle costs $24.99, my understanding is that the 'methode de champenoise', and whatever else it takes to brew this beauty, is extremely labor-intensive. Whether it's worth that much coin is another question.

Brut Reserve is much more hoppy-bitter than expected and is a better beer for it. Other than lemon, we have musky pear skins, an apple blossom perfuminess, ground clove and cardamom. I don't know if Belgian ale yeast was used, but it sure does taste like it.

There are few 11.0% ABV beers that bury their alcohol this completely. A hint on the finish and an esophageal warming on the way down are the only indications on the power lurking beneath the hood. In Champagne parlance, I'm not sure that it's quite dry enough to be considered brut. It's pretty close, though. Especially on the crisp, quenching finish.

The mouthfeel is as out-of-this-world as all the rest. It's incredibly expansive and has a whipped creaminess that has to be experienced to be believed. There's no doubt that a proper amount of carbonation is vitally important in beer of this style. Good thing these guys nailed it.

My first Brouwerij De Landsheer beer is a beauty. Biere Brut (Brut Reserve) is everything that I had hoped it would be and more. The price tag will probably keep me from buying it again, but I'm ecstatic that I threw caution to the wind and brought a bottle home. Tres magnifique!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep golden ale with a small bubbly head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt notes with some weird ester or maybe it's the yeast but something is surely different. Taste is sweeter and lighter then expected with some sweet malt and light yeasty bready finish. Body was full with some low filtration and some great carbonation. Alcohol is not apparent which is quite surprising considering the 11% contained in this beer. I am glad I tried this but considering the price tag it is unlikely I will try this again.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 1/1/08 poured into a Malheur glass.

Pours a HUGE 2+ finger billowy/fluffy white head taht lasts forever. Tons of carbonation seen rising. Light golden color. Very pretty and interesting to look at.

Aroma is fruity, light hops, sweet malts. Some green apple.

Taste is sweet malts [a little too sweet], green apple, light hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and lightly cleansing. Medium body.

Overall, a very nice beer. Good for "special" occasions. Champagne-like. Very drinkable and has an undetectable abv [which is dangerous]. Very versatile with food. Highly recommend this one.

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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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