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How craftsmanship and innovation lead to unique brews TEXT: CAROLINE D’HONT | PHOTOS: MANU DE LANDTSHEER
In Buggenhout, a picturesque town in the middle of Flanders, lays independent brewery Malheur, which has been in the De Landtsheer family for seven generations. Descendant Manu De Landtsheer has revived the brewery to its former glory and developed the high-quality brand of Malheur beers; famous for its noblesse, fermentation process and a new type of brewing called ‘brut beer’. If you know your French, ‘malheur’ will remind you of bad timing. Do not be fooled, this brand rather stands for a lucky coincidence of the right ingredients, craftsmanship and atmosphere coming together to form great gourmet brews. For Manu, the focus is on quality, rather than large production quantity. Therefore, he spends a great deal of time selecting the right hops and long multiple fermentations, resulting
into the high-quality craft beers Malheur is known for. The crown jewels of the collection are the Malheur 10° and 12° and Malheur Bière Brut. Malheur 10° is a blonde of ten per cent alcohol by volume, boasting a bright yellow colour and rich honey texture, a taste of peach with notes of spicy orange and lemon peel, and a bitter sour note in the warm aftertaste. Malheur 12° is not for the faint hearted with 12 per cent alcohol, presenting a surprisingly smooth and delightful bouquet in spices, rich hop flowers and full-bodied flavour in a beautiful deep chestnut coloured beer. Both won gold medals in the World Beer Awards 2013 and 2014. With his brut beer, Manu De Landtheer has invented a whole new category of beers. He was the first brewer ever to treat his beer like noble sparkling wine, using
the traditional ingredients for high-quality beer, but giving it the ‘à la méthode originale’ finish. The result is a refined sparkling beer with a lively head and elegant acidic aftertaste, suitable as an aperitif, dessert drink or digestive. Because of this gourmet approach to production, Malheur beers pair well with culinary delights such as strong cheeses and even Havana cigars. Michelin-starred chefs from all over Europe have paired their local specialties to Malheur beers. You can have a taste of this unique specialty beer in selected bars all over Belgium, or book a visit to the Malheur brewery, to gaze upon the old vaulted cellar and the antique coolship. Dive into the rich family history and of course finish by tasting the famous beers. www.malheur.be Issue 28 | April 2016 | 47
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