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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

377 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 32
Gots: 31 | 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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BartMcStout

Belgium

4/5  rDev -2%

12-17-2012 20:20:45 | More by BartMcStout
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Amerikon

California

4/5  rDev -2%

02-13-2014 04:19:21 | More by Amerikon
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2%

04-13-2012 02:36:18 | More by vbiliyar
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Kerrie

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2%

07-03-2013 00:54:54 | More by Kerrie
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MarioM

California

4/5  rDev -2%

04-21-2013 17:30:51 | More by MarioM
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4/5  rDev -2%

09-14-2012 12:28:09 | More by ajs4bd
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev -2%

06-01-2012 01:32:59 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

07-13-2013 17:09:37 | More by Sparky44
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SGToliver

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

08-25-2013 19:11:28 | More by SGToliver
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

750ml corked/caged bottle served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

pours a murky, dark brown/mahogany with just shy of two fingers' light tan head; moderate retention, lacing all over the place. pretty much just how a quad should present itself in my book.

the nose is a potpourri of caramel malts, dark fruits, belgian yeasts, spice, and alcohol; more of the same transition to the taste with a big caramel malt presence up front... becomes a bit sweeter as it warms, muted notes of chocolate and spice. has a finish which is on the drier side and carries a bit of a boozy aftertaste. complex and very tasty, though i may quibble somewhat with its sweetness, which borders on cloying.

no real surprises with the mouthfeel: full-bodied, medium to high carbonation; creamy. at the end of the day this is a very nice though far from masterful quad. i will definitely have it again, though, possibly as part of a blind quad tasting... would love to throw it up against rochefort 10, westy 12, the koningshoeven quad, st bernardus abt 12, southampton's take on the style, urthel samaranth possibly, and maybe a local, say pretty things baby tree.

original review on: 09-03-2010

05-10-2012 22:45:31 | More by BostonHops
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

BB 23-03-08. Nice, ultrathick, big bubbeld yellowish head and very darkbrown beercollor. Nose is ultra malty, straw and caramel, litle roast, raisins, oak and explosive alcohol amounts. Good but IMO bombastic. Taste is also very strong malted, sweet but not overdone in this one, in composite of the alcohol that burns like whiskey together with the partly roasty genuiatly dosed bitterness. Carramellic coffee is what I would discripe this one and not high but still too high dosed carbonisation is strange in this extra stout like quadruppel. Recomendable IMO but take your time for it.

11-01-2005 23:42:24 | More by paterlodie
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PolarBear3

Australia

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Poured a dark amber brown colour with two fingered off light tanned head that laced well.

S - Raisins, dark fruit with caramel notes.

T - Dark fruit with that caramel malt coming through. Very sweet and a little boozy but incredibly tasteful.

M - Medium with good well balanced carbonation.

O - A great Belgium dark ale that has massive sweet flavours with the dark fruits and caramel malts that are balanced nicely.
One I would definitely recommend.

10-23-2011 15:09:22 | More by PolarBear3
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LeeroyJenkins


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

A - Very dark cherry in color and nearly opaque. Thick two finger head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S - Sweet yet thin, and slightly tart; think cherries, dates, raisins.

T - Pretty consistent with it's aroma - dark and sweet fruits and a bit malty as well.

M - Medium viscosity, slightly sharp in the nose, however the alcohol is pretty well hidden considering the percentage. Chocolate and darker notes more apparent upon finish and as the beer becomes warmer.

Yet to have a quad that blows my mind, this one was no exception. Regardless, I consider this a great beer and enjoyed the whole bottle from start to finish. For the price and given the availability, the likelihood of purchasing this beer again for me is high.

12-22-2012 04:36:05 | More by LeeroyJenkins
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

750ml corked/caged bottle served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

pours a murky, dark brown/mahogany with just shy of two fingers' light tan head; moderate retention, lacing all over the place. to me, pretty much just how a quad should look.

the nose is a potpourri of caramel malts, dark fruits, belgian yeasts, spice, and alcohol.

more of the same pulls through in the taste. big on the caramel malts. becomes a bit sweeter as it warms. has a finish which is on the drier side and carries a bit of a boozy aftertaste. complex and very tasty, though i may quibble somewhat with its sweetness.

no real surprises with the mouthfeel: full-bodied, medium to high carbonation; creamy.

at the end of the day, a very nice while not quite a masterful quad. i will definitely have it again, though, possibly as part of a blind quad tasting... would love to throw it up against rochefort 10, the koningshoeven quad, st bernardus abt 12, southampton's take on the style, urthel samaranth possibly, and maybe a local, say pretty things baby tree. and, in a perfect world, westvleteren 12. :)

09-03-2010 04:22:00 | More by perrymarcus
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emagana

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured with a white one finger head. This beer shows carbonation. A red brownish tint in color.
Aromas of sweet glazed yams. Cherry also shows a present witha hint of lemon.
Starts off with a burst of flavors showing it's high carbonation bubbles. Caramels and sweet apricots and candy. A warming sensation fills the palate cautioning it's high alcohol content. With this malt back bone not very easy to hide the abv.
A lingering flavor of sweet cherries makes it quite plesant. I should have bought another for cellering.

10-23-2010 02:10:56 | More by emagana
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northaustin

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

pours a very dark brown with amber tints. a finger of even light brown head that has nice retention but leaves very little lacing.

smell: sweet sticky bam bam bam molasses with awesome roasted malts and a classic belgian yeast note.no alchohol.

taste: roasty malts and big yeast. a bit of alchohol in the taste.

mouthfeel: goes down smooth, leaves a stickyness in the back of the throat and dry cheeks.

drinkability: a very complex and well balanced brew.a tad expensive, but worth it once in a while.

01-12-2010 04:32:01 | More by northaustin
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Bluetick

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

A: darker than I expected but lighter in taste than the appearance

S: light smells ... light smoke and caramel...but nothing spectacular ... but also nothing bad

T: As mentioned above, it tastes more like a lighter Belgian than the appearance in the glass. Somewhere in between a Duvel and RRBC Salvation.

M: For the alcohol content, this Belgian retains the effervescence of a light one. Like champagne in the mouth.

D: No problem at all drinking this. As mentioned, it's lighter than most beers this strength and goes down easy.

You will remember it's the same proof as wine when you are about 3/4 away finshed with a 750 mL bottle ... or when you start seeing double.

Note: Drink like a wine, not a bud-lite! :)

07-05-2010 04:00:12 | More by Bluetick
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Arbitrator

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Consumed with the girlfriend in our hotel in Brussels. From notes.

A: Pours a maroon body with copper highlights in the glass. A careful pour produces 1.5" of beige colored head, which retains well and leaves gobs of lacing down the sides.

S: Raisins, figs, dates, brown sugar, graham crackers. Quite the vibrant and mouth-watering nose.

T: The flavor doesn't disappoint, either. Starts off with a strong dark fruit character, presenting waves of raisins, plums, figs, and dates. They recede slightly and allow brown sugar and caramel to come to the forefront, dancing playfully among a smattering of graham crackers. The taste gets gradually yeastier and develops a pepper and clove bite, fading into a clean and semi-dry finish. Warmth on the way down, but no burn at all.

M: Medium-full bodied; it doesn't sit heavily on the mouth, and in fact it feels quite velvety owing to plush carbonation. The myriad flavors are well supported here, and the 12% isn't felt at all. Quite smooth.

D: We both loved this; I think this deserves more attention. This was never on my radar in the States; you can be sure I'll pick up more to enjoy.

11-20-2009 07:51:05 | More by Arbitrator
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keithmurray

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance - dark brown color with some nice tan head

Smell - brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, fruitcake, malt

Taste - Belgian yeast, cocoa, brown sugar, dark fruits, rum

mouthfeel - HIghly carbonated, full bodied, alcohol is well masked, mildly bitter upfront, slightly sweet finish. Rich beverage

drinkability - this is a nice QUad, no hint of booze despite the relatively high ABV, one that I will revisit

12-18-2010 00:51:10 | More by keithmurray
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a brownish body with good head and a lace ring on top of a yeasty, spicy dark fruit and orangeish smell. Caramel and other sugary sweetness emerge. Very smooth and creamy, I never would've guess that this is classified as a quad. A little chewey for a medium-bodied beer, there are a plethora of dark fruit flavors like cherrt and orange surrounded by sugary sweet malts like caramel and hints of toffee. A little sticky its so sweet, but finishes sweet and a little dry like a biscuit for some reason. ABV is well-hidden and this is just a great quad.

01-16-2010 15:19:16 | More by clayrock81
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Pours an iced coffee color with a massive head that foams out of the bottle as well and leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Fig Newton aroma with apricots, cinnamon and brown sugar

Taste: Opens with a fruity but leathery character, with the sweeter fruit (apricot and fig) elements offset by the tannic leather and bitter aspect; after the swallow, the cinnamon, brown sugar and dark fruit dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with rather high levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Though not in the top echelon with respect to complexity, this is certainly a fine and well-balanced quad

09-17-2010 02:23:26 | More by brentk56
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tonib2055

California

4.08/5  rDev 0%

A - Has a dark copper color with a cloudy sediment. 1 finger head that remained to the end.

S - In the nose there is plum and cherry apparent mixed with the scent of the alcohol

T - This beer has a sweet barley-winesque flavor that is fruit forward with a very modest finish.

M - moderate to low carbonation, smooth

O - I found this beer enjoyable. While the alcohol is apparent in the nose I did not find it overwhelming in the flavor. The finish was the highlight of this beer for me because it leaves your palate with only a lingering flavor. This made me want more.

04-26-2012 04:34:50 | More by tonib2055
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.08/5  rDev 0%

248th Review
33cl bottle poured into Malheur snifter
Vintage: 27/07/2006

Enjoyed at DHvL in early June 2012. Thanks to kscaldef for sharing this!

A: Medium/dark brown. Half (mocha) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of raisin, fig, wood, and touch of vanilla. Toffee sweetness, malt, and alcohol. Complex and rich. Smells smooth.

T: Mellow and muddled mix of everything in the nose, but a very pronounced oak and chocolate presence. Deep and somewhat easy to drink, but booze could mellow a bit.

M: Full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: Overall a good beer, but might get a bit better with age.

07-25-2012 21:19:11 | More by spdyfire83
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.08/5  rDev 0%

330 ml bottle into a Stella Artois goblet. Best before 13.11.10 (purchased mid-2008), so I figured this was ripe enough to break into tonight.

A careful pour lends a sizable head with trapped chunks of brown yeast suspended throughout. Glad I saved the last ounce or so, because it chunked up the sink with ease. A steady stream of carbonation fuels the sandpaper-tan foam above a deep crimson body snow-globed by yeast particulates. Killer lacing. Excellent aroma, too, rich with fig pudding and vanilla. Plums, caramel-coated apples, and English toffee round out a thorough nose. Very slight hint of alcohol if you dig deep enough, but the 12% is well-hidden so far.

Rich flavor, as the dark fruit contingent carries through from the aroma to lace the palate with browned apple flesh, plum, and currants. The alcohol makes itself felt on the back of the palate with a hint of boozy sweetness & heat, but at no point is it overbearing. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit thinner than I would have expected for the style and ABV, but I assume the uppity carbonation level probably has something to do with that. Overall, Malhuer 12° proved to be a tasty Belgian quad that hit the spot on a chilly Austin night. A worthy candidate for the cellar.

02-13-2011 04:35:11 | More by wagenvolks
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jokelahoma

Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

04-10-2014 01:29:03 | More by jokelahoma
Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.