ClubGonzo (3200) - 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.
jefcon (1276) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a fine beer, so dry and rich. Loads of yeast, esters, floral notes and a long finish. Grains are simple but hefty enough to balance the punch of the beer and the strategic use of hops, which are golden and mellow.
madsneergaard (75) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honey, cereal, grainy, extremely malt forward. I had expected a bit more sourish flavor to this. Not bad at all, but not as I expected.
markextrae (426) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
had a tasting glass of this version. pours a blond colour with a 2-finger white head. malt, lemon, big smell of yeast, same comes back in the taste. and a bit to sweet for it’s style. interesting beer. but for me de deus brut des flanders is the winner.
Westchesterco (668) - mclean, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle it is cloudy golden color with a slight white head. The aroma is fruity like grape juice and the taste is fruity and has a sweet aftertaste
Iphonephan (2219) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy gold with a massive off white head. Aroma of belgian yeast. Flavors of caramel, candi sugar and a hint of butterscotch. Very effervescent mouthfeel. Smooth slightly sour finish.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2013
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Skunked all to hell. Skunky aroma, skunky flavor. I could maybe see some greatness hiding in the background, but it was overwhelmed by the bad Heineken assy smell coming off of everything. Drain pour. Unfortunate.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Liquor Express. Pours golden with a couple of inches of white foam. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Big perfumed notes on the nose. Fairly dry on the tongue. There’s a bit of alcohol bite on the finish but otherwise it’s pretty neat on the finish. Nice!
visionthing (2098) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle at a tasting at Bar & Cigar. Clear pale golden with a white head. Fresh and fruity aroma with (ripe) prear and apples, yeast and malt. Slightly vinous, nice sparkeling wine feeling. Medium body with nice carbonation. Moderate sweet with a quite dry finish. Fruity, flavourful and refreshing. Nice!
Bryanvdv (294) - - JUL 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Uit de fles biergilde hoorn. Goudgeel helder bier met veel en stevig schuim. Geur als witte wijn. Met bitterdroog mondgevoel.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, corked and baled and foiled. Pours a cloudy medium amber with a rich and sudsy whitish head. Mild green apple nose with earthy herbal hops knocking around. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Lemons, green apples, lemongrass, and tangy caramel on the mid palate. Mild tangy sweet finish.