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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

205 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 205
Hads: 435
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 38
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2002

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown/mahogany. Heavy sticky fruit and booze smell. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, less intense than the smell. Sticky fruits, a bit of booze, dark malts. (156 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had mine after cellaring about 3 years.

A very well-made, very true to style quad. I cannot complain in any way about this.

Rich, velvety mouthfeel with low carbonations, as expected from the style and from the length of aging. Texture was just a touch grainy from floaties.

Delicious plum, prune, and raisin flavors came from the port wine colored beer - nothing unexpected in this department. Maybe just a touch rough or herbal on the finish that wasn't optimal.

A great beer that just didn't have anything that takes it to the next level. (549 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Quad from Landtsheer was decent.....at 12%abv was very smooth and easy to drink. The beer poured a rich amber...maybe dark amber (was tough to tell with the darker room I was in) there was a sudsy head that dissipated and did not leave a lace. The scent was typical of most Quads...not overpowering. The taste was slightly tart with good Belgian sugar to balance it out. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was decent...and I am not a quad guy. (487 characters)

Photo of mxchap
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Malheur 12 bottle

Appearance: Medium brown. Some floaters from the yeast. A tall head that receded quickly into a short layer. Head is light-tan in color. Appears to have moderate-high lacing. [3.75]

Aroma: Bavarian pretzel rolls, raisin, dark toast, molasses and toffee, booze and plums [4.25]

Taste: Caramel waterfalls, pretzels, sour apples, a little soy sauce, prunes, burnt toast. [4.25]

Feel: Oh so chewy, a little high on the carbonation (initially), definitely a bit cloying (but in a nice way). Goes down way too smooth for 12% [4.25]

Overall: A great quad, especially at the price point / availability
My favorite only behind Westy 12. [4.5] (672 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label data: Best before end L20170414

Body exhibits a cloudy, copper-brown body with a very thick, fizzy head. The aroma exudes a subdued sweet and fruity scent; caramel and apricot; some citrus. The flavor mirrors much of the characteristics of the smell with a touch of bitterness and notes of alcohol; sharp tartness in the background. Medium-heavy body yet very fizzy.

Not a bad beer per se but comes across rather weak, watery and generally chaotic as far as depth and balance go. The initial pour produced mostly all foam despite using a proper pour technique although it eventually settled into decent balance of body with head. The smell was really low-key although it had a nice variety of scents. The flavor and mouthfeel both seemed rather weak all-around, especially with the overly fizzy carbonation feel. Subsequent sips reminded me more of a bitter cola than a deep, balanced, and complex beer. Fair but certainly meet my expectations for a quad. (970 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a wine glass. This was highly recommended by Shroud0fdoom - thanks!

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color with great translucence. The head is one and a half fingers high and khaki in shade, and the retention is excellent. Its texture is extremely sticky, leaving behind a healthy clump of lacing on the glass. (4)

Smell: There's a bigger dark fruit quotient here than most other quads. Still, the notes I look for in a quad (the yeast spice, a touch of malt, no real alcohol presence) are here in full force. In particular, its malt backbone helps give off some specialty notes like chocolate. There's even a touch of hoppiness! I always like that in a quad. Only real complaint with the nose is that it's rather mild. (3.5)

Taste: It starts off with notes of spice, licorice, and dark fruit. Its spiciness is ultimately carried into its long finish. It's a very yeasty brew, too - not only does it have a strong bread note, but the aforementioned spice profile has more than one facet to it (like cinnamon or even nutmeg; I'd even call this a nice fall-time quad...) Plus, it seems hoppier than other quads (another facet I like). There are gentle suggestions of a chocolaty note near the back end. At first, it's fizzy (more on that later) and imbalanced, but opening up properly, it becomes a very good quad, if not quite a great one. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: This one really fills the mouth thanks to its (overly) vibrant carbonation. It practically explodes in there - and this creates a problem with the flavor profile. The mouth-filling nature obscures its nicer flavors, but once the fizz subsides, I start to taste more what this beer is about. However, it becomes a bit syrupy once this carbonation fades some. It's a little warm going down, though not quite 'hot' by any means. (3)

Overall: I don't think this is quite on par with the best Belgian quads. Having said that, there are some nice qualities that help inspire further drinking of it. Once the fizz subsides, it becomes quite good, but it's honestly somewhat hard to enjoy for the first minute of drinking it.

3.48/5: Not really a Rochefort 10 killer, but enjoyable enough for me to kill the entire 750 with no trouble (2,205 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby with tinges of brown with a persistent finger of bubbly foam. The smell is fragrant with licorice and molasses present and some dark fruits. The taste is rich and sweet dark fruits with a bit of alcohol in the back. All in all a nice quad. Thanks to Byronic for bringing this back from Belgium for me. (309 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2008. Murky dark rusty brown pour with a huge three finger head with decent retention and lacing. Sweet, malty, boozey nose with lots of brown bread and dark fruit along with hints of toffee, nuts, and subtle chocolate. The taste follows suit with rich dark fruit and sweet caramel malt along with hints of prunes, licorice, brown bread, tea, leather, subtle chocolate, and booze. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy with a surprising amount of fizzy carbonation still present for such an old beer. The boozey finish I remembered from fresher bottles has become much smoother with age. Overall, this has held up nicely in the cellar with only a slight criticism of a bit too much sweetness. (716 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown reddish color with a huge thick beige head with good retention and leaving a good deal of laces.
Nice aroma of oranges, pineapple soaked in rum, tea bags, plums, licorice, crystalized fruits, malty but not roasted as color hints.
Bold flavor full of yeast spices, candied sugar, chocolate, dark and crystalized fruits, figs, perfume, herbal hops, nuts, caramels, grape juice, oak and pine. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 12% abv is quite well hidden.
Flavorful and complex beer and as hoppy as most Belgian IPAs. Not cloying once it is not that sweet.
Excellent beer, good sipper for a cold day such as today. I haven’t had this in over a year. In my opinion it is underrated, you got to drink it quite close to expiration date. (790 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a super dark chestnut, pretty dark for a quad. A bit cloudy as well, light doesn't travel well through this. Not a bad thing necessarily, but interesting to note. Rum soaked raisins, hint of toffee, caramel, lots of Belgian candi sugar. I get a touch of roasted grains in the finish too, perhaps a touch of roasted barley or chocolate malt in here? Pretty nice quad. Doesn't really compare with the big guys like Rochefort 10 or Chimay Blue but will do in a pinch. (471 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2013, so it's well out of date. Acquired ages ago from a supermarket while on a trip to Belgium. I'm hoping that its strength will have preserved it from excessive deterioration. This brew comes with a rather ironic name.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears black in the glass. Highly carbonated. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of prunes, dried fruit, fruitcake, yeast esters, caramel, brown sugar and faint spice. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Nicely rounded.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a lingering finish. Notes of prunes, dried fruit, fruitcake, brown sugar, caramel, yeast esters, mild spice and faint stewed leaves. A touch of warming alcohol in the background, followed by a mild yeasty character upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with lively carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity malt, brown sugar and yeast.

Pretty good - seriously boozy but a pleasant sipper. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are very sweet and fruity. Plenty of dried fruit, sugar and yeast in evidence. Body is alright but could be a tad more unctuous for the strength. Goes down nicely enough; a tasty brew to finish with. Worth sampling if you have the chance. (1,437 characters)

Photo of jokelahoma
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass at my home. Solid, thick head that doesn't act like it ever wants to leave.

Pours a somewhat muddy brown, almost opaque, with just hints of cocoa highlights around the edges. Not the prettiest beer I've ever seen.

Smell is full of dark fruits like plums and raisins, some phenols, almost a maple syrup like sweetness, a little earthiness, and perhaps even alcohol. Almost a plum cobbler smell. Very nice.

Big time plum/prune in the initial sip, followed by a gentler malt sweetness. Lots of flavors bouncing around in here, from the malts, the yeast, perhaps even candi sugars. An interesting pipe tobacco flavor sneaks in at the end as well. Yet odd as it seems, it doesn't ever get too sweet. There's enough bitterness and alcohol heat to keep this from being sickly sweet. And it finishes surprisingly dry. There's no lingering syrupy aftertaste. Just that initial blast of plums and prunes, then a huge complexity of various flavors fighting for your attention, then it fades away quickly to make room for the next sip. Nicely done.

Remarkably light bodied for a 12% ABV brew, likely from sugars being added to dry it out. That helps make it much more drinkable.

Overall this is a fine quad. it has that Belgian flavor you'd expect, with the fruits, the phenols, the yeast esters, and ties it all together rather than leaving it a muddled mess. It isn't shy at all about announcing its ABV, but why should it be? Not every beer has to disguise its strength. I'm impressed with this, and would definitely drink it again. (1,551 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in its glassware. Russet color with deep ruby tones. Small head cap.

Dark plum, phenols, nutty yeast, roast, dry raisin, and red grape. Delicate aromas with hidden complexity.

Dark fruity yeast esters with notes of candied plum, red grape, hard tack, and nuttiness. Note of artificial grape and raspberry jam are interesting. Great medicinal character. Some vinous notes. On the sweet side, for a quad.

Restrained booziness, wooly carbonation, full body.

Fantastic quad on-draft. (490 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep red brown color with a nice light tan head and decent lacing

S-dark fruit, toffee, spices, yeast, brown sugar

T-raisins, prunes, toffee, brown sugar, belgian spices, yeast, very fruity

F-medium to full body with mild carbonation, smooth

O-decent quad, but a little too sweet for me (302 characters)

Photo of ChestSplitter
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark orange/copper. Not as bubbly as some other Belgians.
Smell is lots of dark fruit, spices.
Taste is lots of the same, exactly what you want/expect from a big fruity quadruple, but the added thing here is a spicy finish that is noticeably different from, say Rochefort or St Bernardus.
Mouthfeel: the 12% alcohol is pretty well hidden, but this is not a beer you would ever want to gulp. Its meant to be sipped.
Overall, this quad is a little different and a lot underrated. Wonderful big beer. (511 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at The Belgians Are Coming held in Old Town Newhall in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but fairly boozy and strong. (610 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $8 for a 330ml brown bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

The beer was dark brown in color - almost black. Just 1-finger's worth of tan head that dissipated to just a rim in under a minute. Not much lacing to speak of.

Huge fruit and candy smell. Picking up mostly sweet prunes and raisins along with some alcohol.

Heavily malted with a burnt sugar taste. Plums, prunes, and raisins make up the fruit component while the alcohol imparts a spicy peppery taste. Hops are herbal and not that bitter.

Silky smooth and full bodied mouthfeel with a warming alcohol feeling on the way down. Carbonation is medium.

At 12% alcohol this is definitely a sipping beer, and a good one at that. (731 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malheur 12 has an extremely thick, fizzy, foamy, beige head, which dies away, leaving no lacing, and a clear, very bubbly, copper appearance. The beer clouds up when the bottom caked contents and swished and poured in. The aroma is of rich, overly-ripe fruit, yeasty bread, and brandy. Taste is rich- brandy, bitter, old fruit, and dark, sweet bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick. Malheur 12 finishes semi-dry, rich, sweet, alcohilic, and somewhat harsh. Overall, this is a very good, strong, manly ale, and I loved it!

RJT (541 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a raisin color with light carbonation and sticky on the glass.

S - Brown sugar, yeasty bready presence, nutmeg, light alcohol.

T - Brown sugar, dark fruit - plums, figs, raisins, slightly spicy, bready, yeasty, light alcohol, mildly sweet dark Belgian candy sugar. Lingering caramel/toffee warm spiciness and warming on the way down.

M - Sticky, thick, full bodied, light carbonation but enough to be prickly.

O - Overall, a solid Quad. (450 characters)

Photo of janubio
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle. Pours an opaque brown almost black colour, with a head that fades quickly leaving a strong lace. Smells of dried fruits, figs, raisins, chocolate. Spicy and fruity. Sticky sweet palate, not much carbonation (and no needed). Taste of dried fruits, pepper, spices, chocolate. It warms your throat like brandy and leaves you asking for more, even with its 12º. Great. (381 characters)

Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smell: the sweet cream and subtle mint is a fairly unique characteristic in beer, especially from a quadruple

Taste: milk chocolate, minus the heavy malts, pervade throughout along with ruby-red grapefruit; an odd pairing of flavor

The beer wasn't terrible by any means, even with the odd flavor combination, but rather, the beer was unique in its eccentricity; the beer wasn't life changing but I would recommend it

PAIRS very well with orange chicken for some reason (471 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

3 yr old 12 oz bottle poured into snifter

Given to me by local bartender that called it a pleasant surprise/mistake that these had aged and compared it to Westy.

Deep amber/almost purple darkness in the hue with a 1/4 inch bright white head.

Smell has a bit of dankness and sharpness almost like a raw cheese.

There is so much flavor playing in perfect harmony. Deep fruits almost like dried plums and raisins blend with a bright carbonated mouthfeel that ignites the booziness that is incredibly hidden for 12%. I'm not veteran enough to understand the flavors at play, but understand that it is supremely delicious and the best Quad I've had. Age these with care and you'll have a beer worthy of high regard. (714 characters)

Photo of PhantasIPA
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This monster, with horns and fangs, that someone in Belgium decided to call a beer, pours a dark, cloudy brown that barely allows light through. The head poured a legitimate 4 inches and settled to a 1/2 inch after about 10 minutes. Lacing is decent against the glass.

The smell of this brew is like two raisins, covered in brown sugar, drank brandy all night and then got into a brawl in the alleyway outside of the bar...after neither one could call himself the victor, they self immolated, and that is where the toasty character of the brew comes in to play.

The taste is strong and complex. Sweet, pungent fruit (raisins) then sweet malt (brown sugar, maybe caramel) is followed by a toasted barley and balanced bitter flavor. The smell and the taste are absolutely connected. Spice is very hard to place...

Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy. Carbonation can't live in the realm of 12% ABV, at least in this bottle. Taste lingers for a VERY long time on the tongue, the scent permeates the nose and lingers as well - inescapable!

Overall this beer is a beast. Strong, complex, flavorful, and well balanced. (1,110 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with almost three fingers of thick off white head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Dried apricots, orange bitters, nutmeg, and a bit of peppercorn. A bit brighter with less dark fruits than I'm used to for the style, but still quite nice.

T: Sweeter than I thought it'd be based on the aroma. Plums start off with a bit of prunes. Quite peppery as well without as much of the brighter apricot and orange I got from the aroma. A tad soapy.

M: Medium thickness with a nice, strong carbonation.

O: Not a bad Quad, it has a nicely complex aroma and a decent flavor, it just doesn't stand up with some the heavy hitters of the style. (687 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before 10/11. Aged at least two years, enjoyed 3/13.

This pours a ruddy dark raisin color with light foam.

There’s an aroma of dark fig, raisin, caramel, and brown sugar.

It has an interesting flavor. I pick up some more malty sweetness, caramel, fig and date puree, and a light rum note. Still retains its carbonation. Definitely a sipper. (365 characters)

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Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.