ClubGonzo (5568) - 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.
Lore (2373) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 31, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy pale yellow colour, huge and quite stable white head; aroma of peach, coriander, orange zest, earthy and floral notes as well as hints of vanilla; taste is the same with honey sweetness; great Belgian strong ale!
GoufCustom (1762) - HONG KONG - DEC 31, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml cork bottle opened with loud pop bought at IC Beer in Kwun Tong.
Looks: Clear golden honey colour; Explosive four finger head with lasting soapy white foam; Excellent sticky lacing with very fizzy carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet malt, with strong orange, strong apricots, peaches, vanilla, honey, bubblegum, floral nectar, sugar, bread, strong Bel yeast, strong wine yeast, strong lemon peels and grass. Great stuff!
Taste: Strong sweet Pils malt, with strong alcohol, liquorices, orange, yellow fruits, floral, sugar, spices, herbs, vinery, strong wine yeast, strong lemon, quite strong bitter hops and grass.
Body: Medium body Quite dry and slick palate.
Mouth Feel: Full Pils maltyness in a solid velvety background, with some champagne smoothness but malty all the time. Hard-hitting booze and liquorices come first followed by orangey ester and floral. Strong but nice vinery sweetness, pretty spicey and herbal with strong lemon to round. Very nice!
Booze and sweetness: the 11% abv is pretty head on, pretty with accompanying liquorices. Tasty but better go slow if you don’t want to get knocked out quickly. Honey-like swwet taste, strong but not cloying. Yum!
Hoppiness: Floral nectar, strong lemon peels and grass in nose. Spices, herbs, floral, strong lemon and grass in taste; Bitterness – liquorices and hops - is quite strong for a lasting, close to high astringent sweet-bitter finish.
After Taste: Dry. Sweet, very boozy and bitter to mouth.
Comments: Compare to the much hyped Deus Brut des Flandres, this is the real deal - exceptional bubbly head and warming colors, great, lively fruity and honey aroma, malty but white winey taste. Booze is a tad strong, but matches with its strong nature with nice lemony hoppiness. A damn nice Champagne beer for great occasions, and I am glad to have this to celebrate the advent of 2017. Happy New Year!
Diabobale (477) - Vallata, SUD ITALIA, ITALY - DEC 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Di colore giallo paglierino,opalescente, con cappello di schiuma bianca finissima e dalla lunga tenuta. Al naso fruttato (uva e nocepesca) con note floreali e speziate. Al palato pesca gialla e frutta bianca acerba. Ancora note di floreale e speziato. Le note vinose sono ben presenti. Corpo medioleggero con carbonazione spinta ma dalle bollicine finissime. Buona secchezza ed equilibrio.
SVD (1704) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample, Yellow beer, huge head. Aroma is yeast, citrus, some flora. Taste is the same, some alcohol, fizzy, not bad.
Vignale (3499) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska från Beernavigator drucken med ölföreningen. Stor, elegant, krispig och estrig. Liknar en stor trippel. Blommig, lätt kryddig, aningen tvålig, jästig estrar men stram trots tydlig sötma. Bra champagnealternativ. Riktigt gott.
nutjes (522) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl-fles van bij Tabac&Co - Palais des bières te Dottenijs (in Famiflora). U: Sterj wazig goudblond met een grote witte schuimkraag. G: Bessen, fruitig, bleekmout, gist en alcohol. S: Moutzoet, kruiden, granen, gist, honing en alcoholwarmte. M: Volmondig met een stevige carbonatie.
daje (4209) - NORWAY - JUL 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Cafe Sara, march 5th 2016. Hazy orange body, big white head. Aroma is malty with fruity yeast esters, mild alcohol, taste of tangerine, sweet pastry, flowery, with a dry rick yeasty finish. Quite nice
daigoon (183) - - JUL 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Clear golden with large bright white head. Pleasant flavor that is slightly malty.
PlutonowyMan (586) - POLAND - JUN 29, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2016 Kolor jasno ?ó?ty, z pomara?czowymi refleksami, jest nieznacznie m?tny. Piana bia?a, ogromna, wysoka i bardzo trwa?a. Zbudowana jest z drobnych i kilku wi?kszych b?bli.Aromat owocowy, pomara?cza, s?odkie brzoskwinie, lekkie nuty kwiatowe.Smak podobnie jak aromat ma wyra?ne owocowy charakter, gdzie cytryna, pomara?cza, brzoskwinia s? kr?gos?upem. Ca?o?? przyprawiana jest delikatn? zio?owo?ci?.Goryczka ostra, pieprzowa, krótka, cho? bardzo wyra?na. Wysycenie wysokie, odpowiednie. Mimo 11% jakie ma w sobie Malheur, alkohol jest nie odczuwalny i to jest si?? tego trunku.
chinchill (4512) - South Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)?