Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Pours gold with a creamy head and consistent carbonation and lacing. Aromas of straw, fresh fruit, vanilla, wood and honey waft from the glass. The taste of this one is what makes it a true standout: fruity with bananas, apples, pears, vanilla, oak, honey, maple and just a hint of peppery hops. Mouthfeel is thick and oily with generous bubbly notes tickling the tongue in prickly, peppery decadence long after the glass is empty. Finish is of lemons, oranges and sugar candy. A truly spectacular beer. Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - MAR 19, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2015 Quando la bottiglia viene aperta, esplode in un rumoroso "pop" come uno spumante; versata in bicchieri flute si presenta con un elegante giallo lievemente nebuloso e molto effervescente con una schiuma bianca saponosa e persistente. L’aroma presenta note di malto, albicocche essicate e agrumi canditi e più lievi sentori di fieno. Il gusto è un equilibrio perfetto tra malti amarognoli e luppoli delicati, arricchito con note concise di toffee e caramello; il sapore "tagliente" evolve verso un finale secco e leggermente brusco che ricorda un vino brut. L’effervescenza vivace aiuta a renderla beverina e piacevole a dispetto del tenore alcolico e del corpo generoso. Una birra sontuosa per grandi occasioni, vale tutte le attenzioni. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Piney, floral, minty, and woody hops garnish this effervescent festivity and balance perfectly with the fruity amd controlled dextrins...Dried peaches and dried apricots roam within…If this were more easily accessible and less expensive, I would see it reach beerlovers’ hearts like Duvel has…An extremely well-polished gem, superior to Deus...and tons of other supersaisons...
tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2006 Aroma is floral, perfume-like, yeasty, clean and fresh and quite hoppy with notes of marzipan and fruity esters. Cloudy, golden yellow with yeast in suspension and strong white head that recedes to a thick cover with excellent lace. Really sneaky, strong floral hop flavour and bitterness with notes of pine, orange and a sweet almond malt character. Very complex. Gently effervescent and lively on the tongue. Definite alcohol warming though alcohol is never apparent. Bottle. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Yes indeed, this is a beer, that has been treated and aged like a champagne. Malheur Biere Brut is marketed in corked champagne bottles. After brewing, and aging, it is put on champagne racks, where it is riddled. The bottles are tilted and turned, in a traditional, labor intensive method, used to precipitate the yeast to the neck of the bottle. There it then goes through the process of degorgement, where the yeast collected in the neck is frozen, and expelled in a plug of ice. This is what is done with champagne, and now with one amazing beer as well.
A beer this special, which comes in a corked 22.45 oz champagne bottle, should be treated as such. I didn’t chill this beer in the fridge. I let is sit on ice in an ice bucket like a fine champagne, and served it in a champagne glass as well. Malheur Biere Brut pours to a beautiful, very bright(clear) deep golden color with a pillowy white head, and a very vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer is very perfumed, with aromas of lemon rind, peach, and vapors of peppery alcohol. The palate is smooth, refined, and silky, with strong flavors of peach and vanilla on the tongue, with a nice back drop of flowery flavors as well. Malheur Biere Brut finishes with a firm, dry after taste, with just a touch of peppery alcohol.
This beer is stunning. It is rare, unique, and really is as elegant as champagne. For a beer lover? This is better than champagne. Malheur Biere Brut, makes the ultimate aperitif, and would match well with oysters, or any dish you would pair champagne with.
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
Superlatives best describe this beer attributes. Fantastic presentation, huge carbonation, thick head, clear golden color. Incredible nose of honey, peach, citrus, flowery and a bit yeasty. Starts very sweet but is extremely well balanced by a peppery/dry finish, no trace of alcohol in the taste. As others have pointed out, it is impressive how this beer is 11% and still very refreshing. The body is round and firm without being the least cloying. Overall, the best beer I have ever sampled up to now. I found it very versatile as served cool, it is a very nice apperitif and warmer, a delightful digestif. It does really compare to champagne, both for its taste and price! Grzesiek79 (4381) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 21, 2012
hay, resin, earthy, golden, cloudy, light sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, full body, oily feel, lively, bitter, beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
Pours a hazy light orange color and a thick white head with huge bubbles. Amazing aroma and flavor of spices, fruits and champagne yeast with a mild bitter finish. Full body, dry texture, lively carbonation. Wow ! My first tasting of a champenoise beer and I’m totally impressed and amazed, this is world class stuff and I want more ! Merci infiniment Martin !