ClubGonzo (4370) - Bergen, - MAY 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a fiery beast of a brew. Without exception, every single bottle I’ve opened so far (4 bottles over a period of 2 years) has been a gusher. Pours a massive, cloudy dense head over a murky deep orange body, usually with plenty of floaters. Smell is dry, grassy hops, hay, barnyard and grapes. This is a very strong and complex beer. Taste has plenty of basement aromas and a high acidity. Dried grass, yeast and earthy tones. Some fresher notes like grapes and lemon peel comes out in between, as well as hints of booze - particularly in the dry aftertaste. The Malheur Bière Brut is developed and marketed like a champagne (including champagne yeast), and its slightly obese price tag also indicates that it really should be used as a beer alternative to traditional champagne. The only problem is drinkability. Despite the relatively good masking of the high ABV, this is a beer that should have been easier to drink. While it should have been pointed towards a career in festive toasts and quaffable aperitifs, the Malheur Bière Brut is really more of a sipper, reminiscent of Tsjeeses Grand Reserva or De Dolle Stille Nacht - both of which are definitely no session beers! Actually, I think I would have a hard time finishing a whole bottle by myself, as I would with a hefty imperial stout at times (depending on the brand, of course... :-) Thus, despite being highly complex and nicely crafted, this is a beer that in my opinion somehow falls between two stools. At least to a certain extent.
ElManana (647) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Brugs Bierfestival. Nice smooth, soft, bread, yeast, lemon, grass. Very good beer, wonder why It took me so long to try this. Probably, the price.
Gerbeer (2105) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a yellow/gold with full head. Aromas of candied fruit and honey. Rich flavors of same with addition citrus and doughy notes. Good carbonation. Smooth. No sign of the ABV.
prawlie (1210) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet, rich and very smooth. Buttery notes and texture. Tasty but weird. Overall good but not what I was expecting.
kermis (5969) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Rootz. Pours slight hazy golden with lively Champaigne bubbles and a big bubbly white head. Aroma of yeast, caramel, malt and light fruits. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with lively prickly Champaigne like carbonation.
TET (1862) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden, strongly bubbling beer with a very big and blond head. The nose has grainy malts, fruits, some lemon and honey. Taste has grain, fruits, honey, herbal-grassy hops, strenght of alcohol but without taste. Medium+ bodied, strong carbonation that is slightly bubbling in the mouth. There is something luxorious but still slightly blend, I was expecting more.
PriorL (2313) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at S&G tasting.
APPEARANCE: clouded blond beer, nice stable white head.
NOSE: caramel, rather sweet in general.
TASTE: sweet, candy sugar, too old sample maybe? Score is given as for a young sample though, had this before I started rating. (this sample was expired for 2 or 3 months)
Alengrin (2737) - BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2015 Tasted under its original name Malheur Brut Réserve and under the later name Malheur Bière Brut, this was the first of the ’champagne beers’ which appeared on the Belgian market around the year 2000. Poured in a champagne flute, this beer has a coarse but thick and firm, snow white head and a pure and deep golden blonde colour with very fierce, indeed champagne-like fizz. Unusual but attractive aroma of hay, soap, dried lemon peel, cava, old cheese, walnuts, vanilla, biscuit, chamomille, apple, dough and something plastic-like, but not disturbingly so. Dry taste, applish fruitiness, starfruit, very spritzy, yeasty, bready, with champenoise carbonation stinging the tongue, refreshing, with yeasty finish revealing some herbal hops and gin-like, warming alcohol. Very enjoyable apéritif, appetizing and more ’beery’ than its competitor DeuS Brut des Flandres by Bosteels.
RafeAU (234) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tasting at plonk. hides high alcohol well. awesome. Delicious belgian sen strong ale.
mmahut (1260) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow body with low white head. Aroma has light spicy, malty, candi profile with light green apples. Taste has medium to high malty sweetness, vanilla tones, low bitterness. Body is full, high carbonation.
markoijelena (783) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.75l, taste 0.2l at Belgian Beer Weekend in Grand Place Brussels Belgium.Pour it yellow colour with medium white head.Taste between champagne and beer.On the nose peach.Taste of malt, honey, fruits and pine.Very good