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RATINGS: 430   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5089) - Bergen, - MAY 31, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3779) - South Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2016
Shared large 2007 bottle with a BB date of 2008). Hazy dark amber body with varied size sediment floating about. Looks past its prime and very likely is past its prime. Still the flavor, smell and feel are very good. Loads of dark fruit; good complexity; very well hidden alcohol. Hints of wood (cork)?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hansvf (564) - - MAR 26, 2016
Veel te veel schuim. Smaakt vreemd, zoet, prikkerig.. Gek, niet echt lekker. Brut

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (2464) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2016
Mega gusher. Heldere gouden kleur met een mega kraag. Ruikt fruitig, citrus, kruiden. Smaakt zoetig, alcohol ,kruiden

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Abijen (2338) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2016
Goud helder bier met een grote witte schuim kraag. Ruikt zoet, kruidig, citroen. Smaakt banaan, kruidig, zoet, citroen. Typisch belgisch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2801) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle at Brugge beer festival 2016, Brugge, Belgium. A golden coloured pour with a huge white head on top. Fruity, yeasty, spice aroma. Tastes fruity, yeasty, spice, slightly tart. I can’t really get on with these chmpagen beers but it is still OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (2835) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Refrigerated 75 cl green bottle, bottled in January 1, 2009, poured into a Trappist. Aroma is beautiful floral malt, medium body, medium carbonation, and thick small bubble lacing. Taste is malt, floral, and slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (2648) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2015
Lys bru tåkete med høyt hvitt skum. Lukter karamell, champagne, honning og korn. Middels fylde. Søt start, lett bitter og noe alkohol og vanilje.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrW (518) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2015
Bottle shared with family in law.Aroma was minimal fruity, herbs, honey? Very misty yellow, white head, lots of sparkling. Loved the bottle. Sweet taste, fruit, again honey, herbs, cauliflower, alcohol.Bittersweet finish, sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mutz (814) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2015
Bierfestival Tegelen. Bruinrood, fijne kraag. Weinig aroma. Smaak is bubblegu zoetig, wat hout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (4610) - FINLAND - SEP 11, 2015
Bottle (11/14). Golden, well carbonated. Spicy fruity estery nose. Belgian yeastyness, florals, perfumy notes, pale golden malts. Full bodied, quite smooth. Spicy floral. Some sweetness. Flavour, quite easy drink. Well balanced, fine.

-- bb

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