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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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Malheur 12°Malheur 12°

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

393 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 33
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2002)
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Reviews by matjack85:
Photo of matjack85
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

matjack85, Aug 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a deep amber color with a fluffy tightly formed one finger off white head that lasted for quite awhile.Raisin and plum notes in the nose along with lighter yeasty spice and brown sugar.Dark fruit dominates the palate with some medicinal notes,the alcohol is heavy and pretty sweet.It's a nice sipper but the yeast and alcohol can be a bit much....for me.

oberon, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -2%

aszatk01, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Initial head rises high and slowly diminishes to a thin ring of lace; dark mahogany brown that is almost completely opaque. Booze-soaked raisin aroma with some fresh-baked mo- lasses cake in the back. Crisp and slick full body, carbonation comes to play with a sizable bite. Stogy malt character dances with the spicy, peppery alcohol. Flights of fruitiness from the alcohol and caramelized sugar from the malt stack the complexities. Faint suggestions of broth and vegetable middle to end are other affirmations that this is a BIG beer. Mild herbal, almost cheesy hop is right below the spiciness of the alcohol. Finishes semisweet with a kiss of charred malt.

A little rough around the edges, yet still very controlled for a Quad--a treat to drink. The road most taken would be blue-veined cheese with some fig spread ... a bit more daring would be a pork loin with mole sauce.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby-tinged brown in appearance with a very, very fizzy haed that quickly died. Small amounts of sticky lace on the glass. Aromas are complex. Toasty nut, almonds, vanilla extract, wrapped in a medicinal alcohol undertone. Flavor was big, with alcohol-soaked dark fruits dominating. Some caramel sweetness, with a dash of hops for good measure. Full and creamy mouthfeel, especially as it warms. Alcohol was surprisingly well-hidden, which I found amazing, given that it's a hefty 12%.

A different beer and one that I wouldn't rush out to get again. I have two others that will age for some time. I'd be curious as to how these age.

Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for including me in this shipment.

OldFrothingSlosh, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a frothy off-white head. Spice, bubble gum, caramel, plums, figs, and yeast in the nose. Rich, velvety mouthfeel. Vinuous taste along with molasses and the darker fruits. Heavy malt, but more like a sweeter cognac than caramel. Warm alcohol finish. A very nice beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of deebo
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a bar overlooking a Bruges canal on a cool November Saturday afternoon.
A-Served in a chalice this brew is dirty, ruddy brown with a skimming of tan head with very nice lacing.
S-Delicious aromas of toasted malt and lots of sweet esters coming through.
T-A match for the aroma, nothing really stands out. Gets more interesting towards the bottom as the beer warms a bit.
M-For 12% ABV this is outstanding. A warming finish but not at all overpowering. Medium bodied for such a big beer.
O-A really nice beer. Fermented out this beer finishes dry with a nice estery Belgian yeast character and sweet toasted malt flavor. The strength is well hidden. Lacks the complexity in taste of a St. Bernardus or Westy quad but still an excellent beer.

deebo, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

jazzyjeff13, May 04, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with hazel colored thick creamy foam. This head isn't going anywhere...except maybe to the head when I am done with it.

Fruity and malty aromas of dried fig, nuts, cacao, vanilla and red apple. Complex nose with layers of goodness shining through, the heat is there but in a bourbon type of way, almost like an Irish coffee without the coffee aromas.

Flavors are mellow and balanced, lots of alcohol coming through the fruity components, but it is not out of control. It is crisp and refreshing as well as giving off a subtle richness that is very satisfying. Very enjoyable beer, perhaps a little too hot for everyday sipping but this would be great on a cold and rainy Sunday.

mj001jk, Mar 18, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

navband, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet and mildly dark malts with good amounts of sugar-coated medium fruits. The fruit aromas are mostly pears but with hints of figs and golden raisins. Also present are bready yeast aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet and dark malts with smooth Belgian candi sugar flavors kick things off. Shortly thereafter pear and golden raisin flavors join in with hints of green apple and indistinct darker fruits. Midway through the sip hints of nutmeg and brown sugar kick in and carry through to a mildly crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass with no problems and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer but it was more of a BSDA than a quad - it just didn't have the thickness and heavier malt profile of the latter. Still, a decent beer that's worth a shot.

glid02, May 26, 2010
Photo of mikedotnet
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque dark brown body; very substantial head which leaves a nice lace. Using a vigorous pour, this one will take a bit of time to fill your chalice. The bottle I cracked open today was a bit of a gusher as well (but nothing problematic).

S - An absolutely wonderful fruity aroma. To say it smells of figs doesn't do it justice, but that's probably a reasonable description.

T - Very sweet, to say the least. There is absolutely no bitterness whatsoever. A bit boozy (which is somewhat expected given the alcohol content). I wouldn't characterize this as a complex beer, but it is extremely tasty. Due to the sweetness (and the alcohol content), I wouldn't recommend having more than one in a sitting, though.

M - Great prickly carbonation. From the aroma and taste, you would almost expect this to be a bit syrupy, but the body is just about perfect- not too thin and not too thick.

O - This is a fantastic beer and is quite reasonably priced in my area (and in Chicago as well, where I first found a 750 mL bottle for roughly $10). As far as quadrupels go, I believe this is one of the best.

mikedotnet, Sep 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JamesStreet, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Mar02x
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Off white head that nicely retracts, leaving a good layer on top of the opaque hazy dark brown body. No carbonation visible.

S - Fresh beer yeast and a bit fruity too. Absolutely tasteful and delightful. The smell of a strong tasteful beer indeed.

T - Sweet caramel and brown sugar, very sweet and strong taste, a bit boozy, not to complex but tasteful nevertheless.

M - Good fine carbonation a bit syrupy and sticky but not creamy. A nice body that goes whit the taste.

O - This is a absolutely a good beer. Like I said; strong and tasteful. A delight for after dinner.

Mar02x, Sep 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

glad to see these 750s in AK.

Pours a deep dark ruby color, very brown with an off white/light tan head that recedes to about one finger and holds well. lacing is decent.

Nose is full of belgian yeast, dark malt, dark fruits and sugar. Some anise like spice in there as well.

Taste is quite good. Dark fruit abounds right off the bat. Big fig and plum flavors rock out of the gate. Belgian candy sugar and yeast are along for the ride. There is a very unique sweetness here. A very rich beer this is. Deep dark malty flavors though the middle. There is indeed some anise like spicing in here, but not as much as the nose indicated, which wasn't a whole lot to begin with, but it is noticeable here. There is a nice almost hop like bite in the middle, really quickly then gone. A good dry finish, and some candy sugar and dark fruit lingers on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid, but it could use maybe just a bit of reduction in the carbonation. love the dry finish, and the thickness and slickness is right where it oughta be.

Drinkability is pretty good. Goes down easy as hell for the abv. Down right unbeleivably actually. But make no mistake, its a sipper.

Overall a very solid quad from Malheur. I am glad i picked up a couple of these to put some age on. Defenitely one of the better quads I've had. Westy 12 is still my baby, but this one is defenitely a good alternative. Would like to see some smaller bottles around, but man, this is good stuff.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate brown colour, little head, expirey 9/09. Thanks Boutip. Malt and some spicey yeast, with the emphasis on the spice. I taste ginger, balck pepper, star anise. Alcohol fairly masked. Above avrage mouthfeel, tasty treat that is expertly spiced malt. Very good Belgium.Dangerously drinkable.

Sammy, May 09, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle
Best Before 15.04.11

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan colored head that possesses excellent retention and lacing. 

S- There is a lot of dark fruits in the aroma, most notably plum and raisin. There is also hints of spices and yeast and some esters. I'm let down by the aroma, it's very faint and lacking the complexity of other beers from this style. 

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits. There is some yeast in the finish with a good amount of booziness as well. Not bad, maybe the alcohol is a tad too hot. Could use some time in the cellar.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, but not excellent either. Pretty average when compared to other beers within the style. There is alcohol is way too hot in this one, it could definitely benefit from some aging.

cjgator3, Jun 19, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

StephRai, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at BXL on 43rd in Midtown for $11. Served in a stemmed Malheur glass, it appeared a hazy red with a short tan head. While this beer was a bit of a sipper, I was impressed by how smooth it was for the strength and that it was relatively drinkable compared to other 12% beers. The flavor was dominated by sweet vanilla and plum, with berry fruits and typical subtle Belgian spicing in the background. The hops were there mostly for balance and contributed little to the taste. Heck of a quad, one of the best I've had.

tempest, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of ImusBeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

ImusBeer, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Mavajo
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit of a dark sickly brown - near black, but doesn't have that motor oil appearance. The head was nearly nonexistant and within minutes all I had were a few islands of tiny, thin near-white film floating around. Minimal lacing. Not really attractive by any stretch of the imagination.

The nose is sweet and malty with dark fruits. Taste follows in lockstop. Maybe its the IPAs and stouts corrupting me, but I found this thing far too sweet. I don't know if I'd necessarily call it cloying, but it was definitely getting to me halfway through the glass. It was like that feeling you get when you eat too much candy. I think this brew could have done with some additional characteristics in the taste to balance out the overload of sweetness.

I found the alcohol to be exceptionally well hidden considering it weighs in at 12%. I didn't catch much of a boozy burn at all. Carbonation is appropriate and medium bodied.

All in all, it's a good brew, but a bit overloaded on the sweetness.

Mavajo, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle poured into a wine glass. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a robust and frothy two inches of foam. This cap cascades down and settles in a few minutes to a light film.

Smell of dark fruits and a good yeast presence accompanies with some spice. Some chocolate and a hint of brown sugar as well with some dark cherry with warming. Classic Quad with some alcohol esters as well, pretty solid.

Spritzy carbonation on the palate brings forth a potent mix of malt flavors. Touch of chocolate blends with raisin/fig and some dark cherry, with a lingering finish offering some well muddled brown sugar/dried fruit notes. Touch sweet in the end but it is pulling a big ABV number.

Good feel. Sweet and strong but complex and inviting and with a well placed level of carbonation. A very good Quad. that has no flaws in my view, lacking a bit in complexity only when compared with the best in the game.

HalfFull, Feb 17, 2011
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Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.