Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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90
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203 Reviews
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Reviews: 203
Hads: 428
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 37
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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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 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 tbrown4
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had good experiences with their other offerings, figured I'd give the quad a try. Bought a single bottle at The Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD

A - Murky dark dark brown. Tall fluffy head immediately after pour, settles down to a nice thin topping.

S - Dark fruits, sweet malt. All as expected. Nice rooty notes, almost bubblegum.

T - Very nice mellow candy fruity flavors. Not a hint of the ABV.

M - Feels thin but coats nicely.

D - I will come running back to this brew again and again. A very nice quad that doesn't taste like a booze bomb.

For the price I think it'd be tough to find a better quad. (610 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep dark mahogany, with nice thick tan head, very little lacing.

smell is kind of hard to place, slightly sour, with notes of coffee raisin and anise. upon deeper sniffs finding some chocolate.

the taste is really something. coffee up front, along with some chocolate. anise in the finish. sort of a sugary raisin throughout, maybe some toffee as well. there is also an underlying sourness, that never quite makes its way through.

feels a wonderful mix between viscous and foamy in the mouth. and the finish isn't over bearing so that's a plus.

for a quad this really has a good level of drinkability to it. not real heavy and just tastey.

complex and loving it, really good stuff here (699 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with considerable sediment and fluffy tan head. It smelled very malty, like roasted barley and caramel and nuts, with a bit of raisin and alcohol. Perhaps a hint of grassy hops? It tasted very sweet too, with sugary caramel and creamy yeast dominating, followed by nutty and wheat malts and prune, and a bit of cinnamon and alcohol. It was slightly thick and silky with moderate carbonation at first that subsided over time, and a sweet & sour aftertaste. Overall this was delicious, complex, and delicious. It had fantastic depth to the flavor that I'm sure I missed part of. It had a nice, smooth body too. The alcohol wasn't very strong considering the 12%, so this was quite easy to drink. This was my favorite Belgian ale while still cold, since I usually need to let them warm up and mellow out before I can fully enjoy them. But this was immediately great, and only improved as it warmed. An all-around solid brew fresh, and I could imagine this further improving with age. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Denali
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 11.2 ounce capped bottle. Says to serve before 12/17/05.

Appearance: Almost opaque very dark brown. Tan head with big bubbles which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Very sweet fruity wine/grape aroma. Alcohol presence is also very noticeable.

Taste: Delicious very sweet candy-like malt flavor up front. Roasted flavors and sweet fruity flavors come in next. Nutty and strong bitter aftertaste. The flavors all emerge very slowly and roll into one another very well. Very enjoyable taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. Although the alcohol is detectable in the aroma, it is very well hidden in the taste. In fact, I couldn't taste any alcohol at all. You would never know the ABV is 12%!

Comments: Very enjoyable. She is definitely sweet. Will definitely remember this one. Highly recommended. Thanks to the MJ Beer Club International for this one. (904 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 Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, opaque dark-chocolate brown with a nice fine-bubbled light tan head. Aroma is malty and has an overtone of hard cider. Malty flavor has a strong fruity and brandy-like tone, as well as a hint of chocolate and just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is smooth and quite fizzy. (286 characters)

Photo of danadeny
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at The Metropolitan in Baltimore. The appearance is typical quad; chocolate brown with an airy off white head. The smell is of chocolate and alcohol, and some rich roasted malt. The flavor I find to be similar if not better than st. bernadus abt12. I think Malheur 12 has a richer chocolate flavor to blend with the alcohol where the sbt12 lets the alcohol to do more of the talking. The rich chocolate also helps the balance because less sharp astringent alcohol you test the easier it is to balance with a little hops. Mouth feel is bubbly and quick to evaporate. drinkability is good for a quad do to it's balance which is do to it's rich chocolate malt flavors. (674 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 beerking1
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, with a big white head. Darker than expected. Aroma is apples, figs and some spice, along with dark malts. Flavor is dark candi sugar up front, followed by more apple and figs, along with some spicy notes and fruit. Aftertaste is pleasant and warming. (268 characters)

Photo of impending
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A

La Trappe. Dark dark mahogany with a dense frothy head.

Unmistakable aroma of a quad but perhaps a bit extra roasty and faint chocolate to my surprise plus some earth for good measure.

Delicious. Strong vinous characteristics. Very smooth on the tongue, creamy and rich. The alcohol is contradictory in that it is obvious yet well restrained and only slightly warming, very deceptive.

The dark fruits of a quad are hard to beat and this is a contender. Notes of a stout, born to be sipped.
cheers
jd (506 characters)

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

Alright, gotta watch the hockey playoffs, so it's quick...

Thanks to awesome trader Brian44556 for this extra. Pretty sweet.

The basics: no idea on price and a hefty 12%ABV!!!

Very dark brown. Nice, creamy tan head. Excellent lacing. Very nice looking. Dark and nice looking - Like Jennipher Rodriguez...

A very unique aroma profile. Like cherry cider or the like. But this also has a malty component - like cherry cider and pancakes...Super interesting.

Flavor is amazing. It's very strong - somewhat thick and sweet. The alcohol is very forward and you can tell, but it's not "hot". This is absolutely a sipping beer. The flavor is sooo smoooth...Like the aforementioned Ms. Rodriguez' silky skin (look her up, you'll be glad you did). This is one superlatively unique beer - I've never tasted anything like it. It's like drinking liquid beauty, if you can imagine that. The flavor is so warming and round, it's nearly impossible to describe accurately. It's as though you took Ms. Rodriguez, bottled her "essence", and then wrapped yourself up in it in front of a fire...The flavor melds so many different components: White brownies mixed with figs mixed with a dash of chocolate. All of this is topped off with a sprinkle of cinnamon and clove. It's impossible to accurately describe but it's delicious. Finish has a wash of alcohol bitterness that is quickly, and gratefully, gone and replaced by the final, pancake with butter finish...This is absolutely amazing to taste - a one-of-a-kind flavor profile with all components in place. I would say that you MUST track this down, absolutely MUST!

What I like most: without a doubt the most uniquely delicious beer I've ever run across.

What I like least: The alcohol bitterness in the finish...

Verdict: Imagine the most beautiful and exotic woman you can possibly imagine, then imagine that image as a beer and you have this. Must try for any beer aficionado... (1,924 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 evilkalla
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Before opening, lots of noticeable crud on the bottom, indicating a significant bottle fermentation. Lots of pressure on the cork. Poured a very dark brown, opaque color with about a quarter inch of head which receded fairly quickly.

S: Has a rich smell of fig, raisin, and brown sugar.

T: Had a rich and deep taste. Lots of brown and candy sugar but not really that sweet. There is almost a barrel aged character to it although it isn't. There is a significant alcohol burn but it really just warms you up on the finish, it is pretty well balanced. Exceptional beer.

M: Sticky, thick and rich.

D: Definitely something to sip slowly. I should definitely be splitting this bottle with a friend, but I'm not, so I'm sure I'll be falling out of my chair pretty soon. Very good beer. Picked it up on a whim and am not disappointed! (874 characters)

Photo of chaz410
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in a four pack from Brawleys in Charlotte NC.
Appearance is very very dark. Not quite yet black body filled with little specks of floating yeast sediment. Very strong carbonated froathy caramel colored head.
Smell is full of chocolatey roasted malts, hints of spices like nutmeg and corriander, sour fruites like dates underlye the initial roasty character.
Taste is sweet and full of dark raisins and dates. Roasted malts fill the body of this beer. Very clean fruity hop finish with an estery essence lingering.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated but very clean and consistant.
Drinkability is extremely good for this beer. Considering the alcohol level it is not overwhelming at all. This beer is a great ager as well! (728 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a chalice. This review will mostly compare the bottled version to its on-tap (nitro!) counterpart.

A: very dark brown with one finger of tan head that disappeared quickly. Head was pretty typical for a quad, but nothing like the rich, creamy, nitro head I loved so much from the draft version. Tan lace remains briefly as the drink goes on.

S: loads of rich, roasted malts! The aromas are much more prevalent in this bottled version.

T: malts and a hint of booze up front. Ends with a strong roasted malt finish and some spicy complexity. Much more roasty than most quads, and -- again -- really, really good.

M: full-bodied with heavy carbonation that stings the tongue. This improves as it warms to become slightly more creamy, but it's a far cry from the Guinness-like thick, creamy goodness that the draft sports in droves.

D: exceptionally easy to drink for a 12%, but not quite as good in this department as its nitro brother. Overall, this is an excellent and unique quad now in heavy rotation among my regulars. (1,043 characters)

Photo of kennyo
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the color is the deepest, darkest brown wood that you can imagine. light tan head thayed throughout the whole beer. Aroma is chocolatey, alcohol, spicy, yeasty. This smells like an adult chocolate milk shake. Taste is malty, bittersweet chocolate, dry. Lots of carbonation for a 12% beer. Tough pour with a lot of yeast in the glass. (333 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm, dangerous beer. Poured right out of the fridge, so too cold, but with a smallish tan head that slowly settles and no lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is lots of dark, ripe fruits, candies, malt, toffee, caramel. fruit, loam. Flavor’s a lot like nose, but with big sweetness tempered by good carbonic tang. Very well balanced as they say. Very little alcohol in the finish which is like flavor and of average length. Great, easy drinking, powerful brew. (471 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,473 characters)

Photo of tomfneph
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice from the fridge, this beer has a nut brown opaque color with a one finger caramel head that faded quickly as the beer warmed.
The beer gains flavor and mouthfeel as it warms. Don't drink it too cold. The smell is predominantly figs, raisins, and sour cherries. It has a faint vinous overtone. The taste is a mild and malty toasted brown sugar. I had a Westvleteren a year ago and if my memory serves me correctly this beer is not as sweet and fruity. The mouthfeel is a pleasant lubrication that cries out for a medium bodied dry cheese like a pecorino or Parmesan. Share this beer, otherwise it may be one and done. (639 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't remember seeing this beer before. I thought I would give it a try. I opened a bottle in the den and oh my god, boiling bubbles and no glass. Off to the kitchen!!

Once I got this poured the bubbles weren't near as wild. A medium off white head on a very brown body.

Nose is yeast, caramel. very appealing

Taste is a nice full dark Belgian taste. Prunes, malt, hops, spice, sweet, cream, more and more. Licorice in the finish. This is a fine example of a quad.

Mouth feel would also exceptional, but I found it almost numbing. Alcohol was at first hot but became more subdued as I drank it. This is a nice one to try. Very worthy of the style. (654 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Turbid deep bister hue. Thick, dogged, uniform beige head leaves attractive lace. Deep, dark chocolate and minty ethanol waft to the nose at first. Ensuing is a combination of mild banana esters, black licorice and clove. Cocoa presence becomes more pronounced as the brew breathes. Relatively clean, but quite seductive aromawise. Dominant in flavor is a rich, semisweet chocolate and alcohol derived black pepper presence. Actual alcohol harshness is virtually absent. Esters are subdued, but multifaceted, with seemingly equal proportions of ripe plum, banana and bubblegum complementing chocolate character. Clove seemlessly emerges after a deliberation, adding an herbal twang. Dextrinous in body, with a mouthfeel one notch shy of viscous and creamy. Toffeeish dark candi sugar hints arise late, adding additional depth to residual sweetness. Finishes simply sweet with chocolate cookie hints melding with ethanol warmth. A delicious Dark Strong with pronounced, but well controlled chocolate character and just enough yeast derived nuances to pull it all together. Ranks amongst the very most drinkable high gravity brews I've encountered thus far. Highly recommended. Props to AKSmokedPorter for the delivery. (1,217 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, best before end of 15.04.11, poured into tulip glass:

Pours dark brown with a thin creamy tan head. Rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with anise. Earthy and rooty notes.

The taste is of toffee, anise, earthy very complex and rounded together. Some vinuous notes come through as it progresses. A floral touch comes through at the finish.

The feel is rich and creamy.

It is very well-balanced. Creamy and complex. Alcohol shows only slightly, making it very approachable for abv. Very drinkable for a "big" beer. Very enjoyable! (578 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cold from 11.2 ounce bottle to St Bernardus beer challis

A) Frothy white head, deep dark brown with lots of lively carbonation. Very thick and hazy.

S) Sweet caramel, sour dough and orange citrus.

T) Delicious & complex. Taste is dark stewed fruits, figs, raisons & dates.

M) Very smooth with concentrated flavors. The alcohol content is high but does not dominate. Carbonation lasts and lasts.

D) Truly enjoyed this one -- an excellent Quad. Beware: packs a punch with 12% ABV (491 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into my St. Bernardus Chalice.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, light struggles to penetrate this one, nice head, and good lacing start to finish.

Smell: Some malty sweetness, spice, chocolate, even some coffee notes, this one has some complexity.

Taste: Excellent, sweet but balanced nicely with some hoppy bitterness, again like the scent chocolate, coffee, Belgian yeast, malty goodness. Really nice quad and the alcohol is completely masked.

Mouth: Very smooth, almost creamy, a little warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Very, very, good a unique flavor profile for a Belgian quad. Frankly a flavor I want more of, this beer will always be found in my cellar. (689 characters)

Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.