A little while ago I got some samples of some new Belgian beers coming to Norway (well, new to Norway, not new in Belgium). Some of these beers were from Malheur. Some of you might have came across some of Malheur’s “Champagne beer” before, but the ones I got was “regular” Belgian beers: A Belgian Pale Ale, a Belgian Strong Ale and a dark Belgian Strong Ale. Here are some notes from my tasting of Malheur 6, 10 and 12.
Yellow, light orange in color with a lively off-white head.
Malts and yeast up front with some spicy notes. I’m also picking up some faint hoppy hints.
Well balanced with a lovely fruity body. I’m picking up citrus, spice and some small soapy characters.
Medium long finish with some spicy yeast flavors. Towards the end I’m left with some sweet malty flavors.
An OK belgian pale ale. Nothing special. Score: 3.7.
Hazy dark yellow color with a full off-white head with good retention. The head leaves some nice laces on the glass as well.
Lovely sweet malty aroma. There is also a yeasty hint, but not as prominent as in the Malheur 6. As the beer warms up a bit I’m getting citrus, faint banana and some sugary sweetness.
Very fruity and refreshing flavors. Citrus, wheat, yeast and a slight tartness. Complex and balanced.
Malheur 10 has a full body with a nice and soft carbonation.
Pretty short finish with some hints of alcohol up front and some bitter notes towards the end.
I liked this a lot better than the Malheur 6. This beer has more character and feels more “complete”. Score: 4.2/5.
Clear amber color with a frothy off-white head.
Caramel and raisins up front. There are also some faint hoppy hints.
The flavor of the beer is quite sweet and somewhat vinous. I’m getting some fruity hints like ripe pear and some plum.
The body is full with a soft carbonation.
Medium long and boozy finish. Personally I think the alcohol is a bit too prominent.
A really enjoyable and “lasting” beer. The sweetness makes this a sipper, and I enjoyed the beer with some unsalted cashew nuts and some cheddar. Score: 4.1/5.
All of these beers are absolutely worth trying. They all show great quality and lovely balance. They are also available av Vinmonopolet:
Disclaimer: The beers were given to me as samples from the Norwegian importer