Every month, Belgibeer features a different craft brewery, sending freshly brewed beers together with glassware, beers mats, posters and anything available on site.
The box arrived very well packed, with each individual bottle bubble-wrapped and in cardboard so there is no chance for breakage.
March’s Belgibeer box features 3 brews from Malheur, an independent brewery which has been in the De Landtsheer family for two centuries. The family had stopped brewing in the latter half of the 20th century but revived the tradition in 1997. Malheur means ‘misfortune’, but I have to say this beer is most definitely not unfortunate!
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Here are all this month’s box contents: 3 bottles of Malheur 6, 3 bottles of Malheur 10, 2 bottles of Malheur 12, 3 beer mats and one beer guide. Each brew is handily named according to percentage of alcohol by volume.
I was really bummed to see that this month’s box didn’t contain a drinking glass. I’ve only received one previous Belgibeer box and it did contain a glass, so I was expecting to receive a glass this time around too.
[Editor’s Note: Belgibeer confirmed that there’s no glassware included in their monthly boxes. The previous box they sent was a special Valentine’s Day box that included a drinking glass. Side Note: Their customer service is superb! They do reply within seconds!]
Beer mat close-up.
The beer guide contained helpful tasting notes, as well as further information and nice glossy photos of the featured Brouweru Malheur.
For example, tasting notes for the 6 (and a photo of the much-coveted drinking glass and bottle opener…)
Malheur 6 (6% abv) is an easy to drink blonde ale. It has a golden colour with a fair bit of carbonation and a foamy white head. The aroma is described in the notes as citrus, spices, yeast and grass, but these were all subtle. I found the aroma pleasant – sweet and a touch hoppy (it contains the Saaz hop variety). The taste is moderately sweet and just a tiny bit of bitter, malty finish. I was surprised by how much I liked this beer, as I don’t generally prefer blondes. For an ‘entry level’ beer, as the guide describes it, the Malheur 6 is subtle yet flavourful. With light citrus notes and great drinkability, it is perfect for enjoying on a sunny summer afternoon.
Malheur 10 (10% abv) is a strong blonde ale with a clear golden colour. It has an inviting aroma of hops, citrus, and ripe bananas. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy which makes it very drinkable. It also has a warming quality and a sweetness that compliments the slight hopiness. I also enjoyed this beer, a bit stronger and more complex than the 6.
Malheur 12 (12% abv) is also a strong blonde ale. It is an attractive chestnut brown with a lovely, fruity aroma. The mouthfeel is very creamy and the taste is malty with notes of nut and caramel. The guide calls 12 the ‘crown jewel’ in the Malheur family of beers, and I have to agree. This is a substantial, full-bodied ale with complex flavour. It was easily my favourite of the three.
I enjoyed all of the beers in March’s Belgibeer box. Although none of them are likely to become a new personal favourite, they are all solid brews which I will quite happily drink again.