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Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Dame Jeanne Brut Sur Lie

Dame Jeanne
Brut Sur Lie

750 mL, corked & caged, part of a recent Belgian Happiness shipment. Unfamiliar with this beer and this brewery. Looks like the beer has been around since at least 2016. Moderately aggressive pop on opening (I was expecting more). Poured into some tall, thin pilsner glasses in the absence of champagne flutes. Pour is obviously highly carbonated and takes time to settle down. Subsequent pours are easier, as the carbonation seems to dissipate and leave the beer quite quickly. This is an...



Elaborate bottle that I acquired for the somewhat bargain basement price of $16.99. Delighted to get it for that kind of money since there seems to have been a very mixed reception for this beer. Poured into the champagne flute, the appearance lives up the style with a hazed, darker than one might expect, peachy, golden body and a hugely effervescent head. The nose offers a dry, acidic alcohol aroma that is promising. The tastes on the other hand are nowhere near as dry as I was expecting, and...

DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)

DeuS (Brut Des Flandres)

2002 vintage from Cheers, Carrollton, GA, USA. $21.99 for the bottle, an excellent price considering the vintage and the general price for this beer. Just about the best bargain that one could hope for on Deus. Heavy, heavy foil over the corked & caged bottle. Lots of gun smoke on opening, but not quite the pop or the gush that I was half-expecting. poured into champagne flutes the pour resembles a typical champagne with great cascading bubbles and that typical huge bubbly head that can...

Malheur Bière Brut (Brut Reserve)

Malheur Bière Brut
(Brut Reserve)

Additional notes 05/05/24 (pictured) Best Before 30/06/2008. Still carbonated (somewhat), still drinkable, still some dry, champagne like character. Would I recommend it at this age? Likely not, but it’s not at all bad. 16 years past its prime? Probably not that far beyond what it once was, but I guess at least a decade past. Still delighted to try it, it all adds to the experience. Original notes 09/21/07 Thanks to Dave for cracking this one on a Tuesday afternoon at The Brick Store, Decatur,...


Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate)

$24.99 for the champagne style, foiled, corked & caged 750 mL bottle. Looks mighty impressive. Enjoyed the Malheur 10 immensley so had high hopes for this one. Good pop on the release of the cork. Pours with a dark brown/reddish color. Plenty of carbonation, but not much head or retention. Some fruity character, but it comes with some real dry character true to the Brut moniker. Alcohol prominent, but not overpowering. Lots of black grape skins and some tannin are evident. Dry finish with a...


Krait Prestige

750 mL corked & caged bottle. Classy looking, dimple-bottomed bottle, $10.99 from Smyrna World of Beverage. I must admit I was a little disappointed in the small pop on opening - I was expecting more. Into the Tucher weizen glass. Pour has a light, golden hue with a slight cloudiness (chill haze?). Obviously plenty of carbonation and a large, fluffy and impressive head. Aroma has a little Belgian yeast character (good) and a little bit of skunk (bad). Taste is definitely vinous. It has a dry,...