ClubGonzo (3451) - 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.
DwarfeD (631) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle shared at home with friends. Hazy orange with a full white head. Medium body with lively carbonation. Peach, tangerine, herbs and some hoppy bitterness. A quality champagne brew!
NordicV (982) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ljusgul, lätt dimmig öl med ett vitt lätt gräddigt skum. Doft av jäst, säd, viss blommighet och sötma. Lätt alkohol åt vingummihållet. Torr munkänsla, ljust bröd och viss kryddighet i smaken.
holdan (244) - USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
New years "champagne" 2014. Golden with nice champagne head. Aroma fruit, floral, hay. Taste sweet fruit, floral, hay. Has the same hay aroma/taste as Westvleteren 6 and 8. Same yeast? Medium/full body, champagne sparkling. Alcohol well hidden.
MaartenRF10 (1453) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It looks exactly as it should, champagne like, clear golden with lots of bubbles. Sparkling. Dry beer with some vegetables, dust. Feasty and special.
jefcon (1304) - 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 (641) - 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 (769) - 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 (2609) - 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 (1576) - 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.