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

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Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve)Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Belgium | website

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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98
Ratings:
156
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
13.79%
 
 
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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 156
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. Pour from a 750mL.Aroma finds itself as touching in slightly sickly malt and coarse cigarette ash. Cloudy deep yellow pour, with white rim. Flavor a rich, tawny creamed malt carrying the nicely belgian yeast notes, with high rich phenols but none of the harshness of chemical notes. Gently percolating in attenuated beauty. Aroma suffers but flavor and body are crisply done.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw color with a thin head. Sweet maly aroma that was oddly close to a macro lager smell. Light, sweet, sugary malt flavor not unlike plain sugar cookies. Very fine, sharp carbonation. Medium/light body with a sweet, almost adjunct like finish. Cost me $45 for a 750ml at a bar. I was in a good mood - just got a raise at work, otherwise this is totally not worth it.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Champagne styled bottle with the Michael Jackson commemorative selection 2006. Poured into a tulip it is a very loose, mountainous, rocky white head. Tons of carbonation very similair to a champagne (imagine that). Slight chill hazed golden body.

Plenty of wheat and grain in the taste quite dry. On the hotter side for my palate. Spiced and peppery towards the finish and lingering aftertaste is everlasting and warm. Loads of depth and character. To be perfectly honest this is so unique I can't draw any comparisons. Its not over the top crazy, but more or less on its own island. Spritzy carbonation is always there and as it warms there is a bit of a wine, vinous, edge to it.

Notes: Pretty good. I will have to venture into this style now that this has opened my mind. My biggest turn off was the grainy, wheat frontside. Biggest upside was its amazing depth and out of the box type brewing.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on Christmas Eve 2006, this bottle has been cellared for about three years. Served in a champagne glass at between fridge an cellar temperature.

Appearance- Pours a crisp, straw yellow with terrific effervescence. The head expands to more than an inch, and there's a party going on in the glass. Very festive and appetizing before our first course today.

Smell- Thick, full malt notes and Belgian candy sugar flood the nose... as the beer opens up, spicy coriander becomes obvious.

Taste- Heavy on the palate relative to its appearance... but then again this biere brut weighs in at 11%. Some of the traditional Belgian characteristics like the local hops and malt are amplified in every regard... especially the alcohol presence. This became somewhat of a chore as the beer came to temperature.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Much like a fine champagne, the crisp mouthfeel becomes more gentle after the initial swell. All of the flavors distribute nicely to various parts of the tongue, presenting a balanced show of hops, spice, and gigantic malty sugars. Again, my only real problem with this beer is the strength... as an aperitif, it wore me out a bit early this evening.

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

BB 15-04-06. Perfect presentation with a good and lasting head, clear pale golden beer and bubbles that just keep on pearling up. Very good nose also giving lots of hops and malts and overal very enjoyable. As is taste being dry and bitter with slight maltnote. Yes this is a wonderfull brew to celebrate a good occasion with. Lovely beer that has unbelievable amount of CO2 and makes mouthfeel as a real champagne. Easy drinkable and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear orange to yellow with a thin white head. The head has great retention though and makes for a nice looking beer.

Smell: There is a fluffy aroma on this beer with some spicy corriander scents and very dry whitet grape.

Taste: This beer is wonderfully complex on the palate. I taste all kinds of flavors coming out of it. There are sweet, candy like sugars supported by a nice malty flavor. The malty flavor is not big and chewy but subtle and light. There is also a perfume-like character to the beer that suggests a blend of spices. Perhaps lavender, corriander, and clove along with some dry hop bitterness holding its own in the middle of this flavor marathon. And then there is the great blend of fruit flavors that round out this well done brew. Pear, cherry, green apple, along with some black pepper and clean yeasty flavors. There is a nice finish that shows off the malts again. Very well carbonated in the direction af a champagne (though not quite there).

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully soft and clean from the great carbonation and wonderful maltiness. This beer goes down very smoothly and makes you want more.

Drinkability: This is an all around excellent beer. I really have no complaints about this beer except for it is not in my fridge at this moment. I'll have to do something about that. This is a lovely beer that I encourage everyone to try.

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Photo of marburg
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Daaamn.... this is good. Pardon the drunken language throughout this note-taking exercise. Cloudy dirty blond in color, which is a bit surprising. I had this in 2000 or 2001 and it was much clearer. In general, this is much more "natural" than I remember it being -- cloudy, funky, a bit raw, and a lot of herbal ommlette going on. A very crazed sort of beer with a spicy hop character.

Starts with honey, pepper, pear, and some alcohol sweetness. The hops and phenolic spice cut the sweeter flavors hard. Finishes with a spicy bitterness.

I remember liking this beer; now, I'm infatuated...maybe it's just the booze talking, but I'm in a state of pure adulation.

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Photo of Ninjaworm
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thank you AKSmokedPorter!

Apperance: Lots of suspended haze with a straw golden color. A bubbulous head gives way to amazing lacing rings.

Smell: Yesty with a sour finish.

Taste: Mild fruit with alcohol body following a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Odd, sweet taste that is followed by a sour tang in the end.

Drinkability: Nice to try but not something I would seek out.

This beers reminds me of a Gueze. Not what I was expecting when the label said Brut Reserve.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden body with a huge spectacular carbonation level. Enormous white head keeps climbing the glass sides instead of going down and this lasts for a good 2 minutes. Aroma is desert-dry, very floral and yeasty. It does smell spritzy. Wild fruitiness (apples, pears, orange, apricot). Superb soft mouthfeel, bubbly, smooth with every bubble tickling the tongue. As soon as it enters the mouth, the barnyardy and hay compenents get transported everywhere in the mouth. The dry bitterness hits immediatly and develops in a complex manner during the long finish. It didn’t seem all that complex in mouth though. No alcohol gets felt ever, but this is warming all the way through. A masterpiece of the brewing art. Cheers Martin.

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Photo of ark57
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was most fortunate to purchase a few bottles of this while in Brussels for about 10 Euros, and I think that is a steal after trying my first. It is a hazy golden color and a big fluffy, white head. The aroma is part fruity and part delicate, earthy hops. I think it is very complex. Some of the tastes I noticed were peach, apricot and vanilla. It finishes with a spicy hop finish. The beer is light and refreshing despite a hefty ABV. I had no trouble finishing the whole 750 mL bottle in by myself as I did not want to share my new found treasure.

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Photo of Todd
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

This beer has been subject to a similar process to Champagne production. The yeast sediment settles in the neck of the bottle while in the cellars ... there it is frozen and removed by a technique known as "degorgement." It's then bottled traditionally, "bouteille Champenoise."

Dark, honey blond color with thin wisp lace. A bit cloudy, where I expected a lot of clarity. Funky, musty, cheesy hop character with a dose of raw herbal in your face. Prickly carbonation. Huge sweetness. Notes of honey, candy, caramel, pear, apple and a distinct and very notable vanilla bean flavor. Some sharp lemon mingles with the carbonation. Confectionery sweetness comes to mind. Dirty yeast underneath with some herbal phenols on the top of the mouth.

What a wonderfully different approach to beer! I'm sure this will be recognized as a new style someday.

Love it.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a huge clumpy, pillowy white head, very active carbonation ala champagne (but big bubbles are a bit slower), and solid sheets of lace. Smells much like Malheur 10 (the base beer for this brew) side by side: Perfumey, oily, hoppy, orange blossoms. Fruity -- lemony, orange-ish, apricots (?). Airy, spritzy body with a very dry finish.

A nice Experimental brew ! Glad I have a few more bottles to celebrate special occasions.

Best before: 01/01/05
Tasted: 09/20/03

(25.45 oz. corked and wire caged champagne bottle)

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Photo of stcules
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head very creamy and compact, cream, milk, strawberry in the flavour, even citrus fruits (lime, orange, bergamotto?). Peach. The colour is orange, full and intense. Taste: licorice, wood (tobacco?), pepper (more than in the smell). The bitter is strong in the aftertaste, very persistent. After 10-15 minutes in the smell appears hints of sour black cherry and strawberry, and pepper, more strong. This beer is very complex, but it is very well balanced, even with the alcool, not very low. Aftertaste bitter of hop, very pleasant. The taste, and mostly the flavour changes a lot at the rise of the temperature, growing again the complexity of this very interesting beer. Then rise again spices... A beer absolutely to taste! (even if it is a little expensive... how you can do if the drinkability is high?)

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing really champagne like at all as others suggest. Still very big and powerful. Heavy mouthfeel, with some detergent flavour with some peppery alcohol, like many tripels. In fact this reminded me of a blend between Westmalle Tripel, Chimay White and Orval. Complex and rich, yet i don't really think they pulled this one off as well as they could have, still a nice one though.

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Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The head was not much to talk about but was present, a bit on the hazy side donning a yellowish beige hue.

Smell: Musty cheese hop aroma with a nutty earthy yeast and vague fruitiness in the back.

Taste: Fruity palate of apple skin, pears and lemon zest. Powdery yeast and a dry malt character form from middle to end with a warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: More smoothness that actual sting crispness, again smooth with an unwavering light body.

Drinkability & Notes: A bit champagne like but with the beer qualities there is no confusion. This is beyond Duvel and the like, not better just more complex.

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

A unique beer, drunk in unique surroundings, is all I can say about my experience when I sampled this ‘beer’ for the first time.
It was 11/28/02, and I was in the Bier Circus in Brussels, sat next to Stephen D’Arcy, the well-known Brussels CAMRA Member and Belgium Beer afficionado. It was my friend Richard Downs Birthday, so I ordered the most suitable beer from the extensive Menu to celebrate said occasion– Malheur Brut Reserve. Wow!!
It is advertised as the “The First Bière Brut in the World “, from the bibulous instruction leaflet hanging from the ‘Champenoise’ Bottle.
The Bottle arrived at the Bar carefully chilled, lying almost horizontally in a steel Ice Bucket – exactly as recommended. A huge bang announced the opening, as well as some major frothing with no spillage, as it was all caught in the first of 3 Glasses already lined up. Even from a refrigerated Bottle, the vigorous expulsion of the Cork testifies to the Champagne nature of the beer. Accompanied by 3 Malheur branded Champagne glasses, the Bartender at the Bier Circus poured the beer for us - very carefully.
The beer pours with a massive head at first that does settles; however, the bursting bubbles on the surface are continuously reinforced from streamers below at an equilibrium that leaves a ½” head for some time. It has a pale peach colour with a slightly off white frothy effervescent champagne head. The wide mouth of the ‘coupe’ glass positively oozes strong aromas of fresh peaches and apricots in particular, with additional reinforcements from oranges, lemons and other zingy citric fruits. Fantastic. Initial mouthfeel is velvety; the beer dances on the tongue and tickles your cheeks. The powerful alcoholic strength of this beer is introduced early on, but is not overpowering – it is slowly released in a very careful manner. Fruits, Hops and alcohol are in high in the middle with some dry-bitterness, the finish is slow and very dry with a slow astringent-alcohol finish.
Slightly warming. Simply Amazing.
Was it the occasion more than beer?
Maybe, perhaps! But it is still a damn good beer to celebrate with.

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

Pours a golden orange with a thick amount of bubbly, champagne-like head. Tart, fruit aromas are most dominate with a hint of sweetness. A very nice belgian brew with some candi sugar like sweetness, citrusy tanginess and a good mouth filling sweetness. Was expecting less than I got and was pleasantly surprised. A very intriguiging beer that is worth checking out at least once. Not something to make a session beer out of.

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Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly foggy orange color, the head is mountainous, frothy, long lasting and fine sheets of lace cover the glass. Nose malt, fruit sweet, to me the aroma of over ripe plums, tart, not bad mind you, just something unexpected. Front is malt sweet, the top is middling, and the finish is potently acidic, beneficently hopped, with a “Sweet and Sour” long lasting aftertaste, quite complex. Also the large ABV, gives a nice "tummy" warming feeling, a very interesting beer. Normally something that I don't think would be high on my list, but I do have a few bottles aging away, so let's see what I think next year and the year after.

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