732: Malheur 10

732 - Malheur 10Name: Malheur 10
Brewery: Brouwerij Malheur
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Buggenhout
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 10%
First Brewed: 1999
Price: $10.99

Tasting Notes
Aroma is powerful: yeasty, citrusy, with some peppery character. There are notes of honey, citrus, and a pleasant bitterness. A very easy-drinking, medium-bodied brew.

Ricky’s Thoughts

Well that doesn’t happen very often… The cork broke. I was even following the rules on how to uncork a bottle like that. But the top just snapped right off. I even had a hard time getting the cork out with a corkscrew. But we finally made it. Can’t promise there aren’t little floaties in the glass… Consider it fiber!

I find it interesting that this brewery name has changed, from Brouwerij De Landtsheer to Brouwerij Malheur. Not sure why, but the new brewery name matches the name of the beer. I’ll drink to that! I really like this style, too. That is 2 beers in 2 nights from Belgium. Fun.

In the Glass: This might be the lightest Belgian strong ale I have ever seen. It looks like a wheat ale in the glass. There is a nice sticky head, and the beer is quite cloudy. If you handed me a glass of this and said, “Name that style,” I wouldn’t say Belgian strong ale. Maybe it smells more like the style. I am reading the brewery likes hops, but I want sweet malty beers when it comes to this style. Of course… Belgians know how to brew amazing beer. They just don’t know how to properly insert a cork. Oh, snap!

Nose: Whoa, that is hoppy. I didn’t expect it to smell like a pale ale. I am not upset with that… The Clown Shoes Space Cake smells like a DIPA and tastes like a Belgian dark strong ale. It’s weird. Maybe this will surprise me. I am getting a nice pale ale/subtle hoppy aroma going on. I almost, at this point, want this beer to also taste like that. Let’s see!

Flavor: Weird. It’s not sweet. It’s not hoppy, either. Quite frankly, that is boring. There isn’t much flavor at all. Ugh. That stinks. I wanted this to be good. I am going to let it warm up a little, but that really doesn’t do it for me. At all. I wonder if Sheryl likes it.

Mouthfeel: What mouthfeel? Ever had a gulp of water? Similar. It isn’t carbonated, and it also doesn’t really have much feel. It’s not thick or silky… Just boring. That is what I am going to call this. Malheur Boring! Man, I really wanted this to be good. Boo!

Aftertaste: If there is ANY sweetness, it is in the finish. But it’s not that sweet. Like I said, I am going to let it warm up a little, but this is our first beer from this brewery. I hope it gets better from here. There are 4 beers from this brewery on “the list.” We have a few more boring beers coming up including New Castle and Guinness. But I expected this beer, from Belgium of all places, to be better than this.

Oh, well. They can’t all be good. What’s next?

Malheur 10 – The bottle says: “Malheur-10, golden ale, bottle conditioned. “Sunny elbow color: Rose-like, peachy aroma. Rich, oily, honeyed texture. Medium to full body. Big orange-zest and a hint of bitter sourness in a warming finish” – Michael Jackson”

Rating: 1/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

This is a very active beer. That’s the first thing I think of when looking at it. There are TONS of little tiny bubbles actively floating to the top. This beer must be very carbonated. It’s kind of pretty in the glass too. It’s a very citrus looking orange color, and kind of cloudy like Blue Moon. Although I am guessing it tastes nothing like Blue Moon. It had quite a bit of head, but that’s mostly gone now. There’s still a little bit still there. When I take a sniff, it’s not a very strong smell, but it does have some citrus smell to it. Sounds like it’s time to take a sip.

Well, it is very carbonated. Those bubbles really fizz on your tongue. The head is still there, so that’s part of it. Maybe I should give it a few minutes so that they dissipate. I’m not sure why Ricky’s doesn’t have as much head as mine does. Guess I’ll just have to drink through the foam. It does taste very citrusy and carbonated. It’s a good, but odd, flavor. Not quite sure what I think of this one. I kind of like it, but I kind of don’t. Although… the more I drink it, the more I like it. The citrus and carbonation makes it a great summer drink. I could totally see myself drinking this outside in the summer heat. If it’s not too expensive, this is one I’d buy again.

Rating: 3.5/5

731 bottles of beer on the wall…

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