Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
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3.4/5 rDev -16.7%
Good thing I was near my trash can for this one. A sharp fizz was my only warning upon loosing the cap, and then the beer came gushing forth! I quickly got it into a glass, but there's little excuse for this sort of thing. Pity, too... beer went to waste! So, proceed with caution.
A. Crackling and fizzy tan head that fades fast atop a dirty, chunky clear red-brown. Lots of sediment in this one, and I left a bunch in the bottle, even so. Lower points here for gushing and generally being messy.
S. Served around 55 degrees, the first thing you notice is that dark fruit nose - fruity with dates, plums, etc - but then there's quite a bit of alcohol heat and sharpness that frankly, doesn't need to be there. It is distracting and takes away from other, much more interesting things going on. This is 12%, but does it need to smell like it? Other than booze and fruit, some dark roasted grainy character, vanilla and hops peek out, but it's all a bit useless with this much ethanol present.
T. Sadly, the booziness continues on into the taste, imparting a Robitussin-like sharpness that is quite unpleasant and doesn't mesh well with the Good Stuff: dark fruit, earthy hop notes, molasses, cocoa, rum and other eyebrow raising flavors are all here, but walloped into a pulp by the bruising booze. It's a real shame, because there is a great beer here -- I don't know if this needs aging or I got a bum bottle or what.
M. Interestingly, quite light and creamy-full. Thin for the style, but the ample carbonation (champagne yeast, right?) If this tasted better it'd be one of the easier Quads to drink out there. Finish is warm alcohol, sharp and fusel, and a little bitter-astringent, black tea like. Spicy and sweet in turns. Mildly dry and yeasty finish. Decent overall. But for the price, this should be better.
D. For the price, I wouldn't. I would like to try this again though, as I really don't think the bottle is 'sposed to blow up like it did. Maybe this was stored poorly or somesuch. In any event, this bottle of Malheur 12 is curious and has merit, but is ultimately flawed. Ahh well, you can't win 'em all.
06-10-2009 04:28:42 | More by kkipple
3.4/5 rDev -16.7%
I tried a 2003 bottle at the Kulminator in early 2006. It was poured into a Malheur goblet by Leen (co-owner of Kulminator).
It looked really nice, with an off-white foamy head and burgandy liquid filled with floating yeasties. I wanted it to smell bready and yeasty like a St Bernardus or Westvleteren beer (which I was originally expecting based on some ill-gotten advice). But it smelled like a barley-wine, which is possibly my least-favorite beer style.
The bottle said "outstanding flavor of whole hops", but I really didn't taste the hops very much at all. Mostly sweet malt flavor and a lot of alcohol.
I could barely finish 1 glass, so drinkability is low for me.
03-19-2006 00:33:24 | More by TurdFurgison
3.43/5 rDev -15.9%
Foam spicy or salty. Nose slightly chocolaty and fruity with aromas of sweet wine more marked. The taste of alcohol and toasted malt are certainly present but they are not powerful. By cons, it is much more pungent than the others "style quad" It also feels slightly fruity (rum). The end of mouth is dry, bitter and most persistent feature of beers Malheur.
01-03-2010 16:51:07 | More by ThaCreep
3.45/5 rDev -15.4%
Served this 11.2 oz brown bottle in a Westmalle goblet. best before 1.04.11. Purchased for $9.99 a 4 pack. It was a dull cola color with a light tan head. There were red highlights and the body seemed to clear up quickly after settling. A fine cap remained but it left no lacing.
The smell was crisp fruitiness. Date-nut bread. Prunes and raisins.
The taste was somewhat blunted. Dark bread and vague peppercorn. However, it seem rather well balanced. Finished semi-dry.
The mouthfeel was full with a constantly blooming carbonation.
05-21-2011 15:04:04 | More by Cresant
3.48/5 rDev -14.7%
A clear, burgundy red beer with a quick settling head.
Smell is full of dark flavors, caramalts, candisugar and red fruit, grapes and strawberries.
Taste is full and quite alcoholic. The beer is malty and has strong caramalt character. It reminds of dark fruit candi sugar. The beer has 12% alcohol which is nicely hidden behind it's big body. The beer is too sweet for me. All together the beer has not enough to fascinate me.
05-19-2012 21:44:57 | More by Absumaster
3.48/5 rDev -14.7%
A: Deep cherry red dark beer with a reasonable head
S: Sweet smell with the presence of caramel, light floral.
T: Sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, chocolate
M: Good tingling, feeling much foam, tingling remains a long time.
O: Not easily drinkable, also a good beer.
03-27-2012 18:13:19 | More by DARIVA
3.5/5 rDev -14.2%
A- Deep chocolatey brown. Head is somewhat tanned. Retention is decent, but pretty much no lacing.
S- Malty with fig and raien characteristics. Lightly spicy and just a bit of alcohol presence.
T- Taste is more pronounced. Definite fig character that is a really nice flavor. A bit of plum in there too. There is a bit of metallic character in the finish though that is undesirable.
M- More carbonated than most in style, and a bit lighter in body.
O- Merely an average quad. Decent but the metallic aftertaste and weak mouthfeel were subpar.
05-08-2011 03:08:52 | More by jsprain1
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
A foggy dark chestnut ale, a high off-white head, good lacing and curtains.
Sweet aromas, raisins, almond and sherry. A bit weak.
Sweet red fruits, brown sugar, some cherry seed bitterness.
Medium carbonation, a thick texture and big body, slightly dry.
Easy to drink, covers the high ABV well.
11-10-2012 17:08:03 | More by rarbring
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
I don't like the label, it looks rotted, but it really doesn't matter in reality. It pours deep reddish-brown with a foamy white head. The head bubbled down into a denser layer that held. It has an orange liquor smell on the nose. It has a strong bitterness across the tongue but leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste. It was thick in the mouth and I found it drinkable although you'll certainly feel it after a while. Curious to have it off of tap. I'll definatly revisit.
03-06-2003 10:18:32 | More by packetknife
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
12 oz Bottle poured inot Duvel tulip glass. Pours a murky deep brown color with a nice thick tannish head. Head sticks around for a while and leaves a nice sticky ring of lace.
Initial smell was overpowering medicinal / alcohol smell. Initially poured very cold and the alcohol was very evident - to the point of being unattractive. Allowed the brew to warm to room temp and alcohol subsides a bit - but not too much. Found nice figgy sweetness and malts in the nose, some caramel too.
Taste was again harsh initially due to the spicy alcohol, which sterilizes my palate to any complexity this brew might have. I battled with this brew in the beginning but in the end we came to a truce and I really began to enjoy it. Sweet caramel and toffee notes when it warms. Figs and ripe fruit come to mind. The last 5 sips were absolutely fantastic, more complex than a Roc 10 at the same stage. Meduim bodied and dry finish. Alcohol warms the core with this one.
I think this brew could be a real contender to the Roc line... Unfortunately the alcohol was way to evident and knocked this brew down for me. Maybe this brew needs to mellow a few years in a cellar to bring out more flavors to mask the alcohol. Drinkability is poor due to the evident and burning alcohol.
08-25-2008 16:53:10 | More by phattysbox
United Kingdom (England)
3.55/5 rDev -13%
Cork and caged 0.75 litre bottle.
Very dark, deep ruby red body, the head left quickly, leaving a tan coloured collar around the glasses, no lacing.
The smell was sweet, toffee (as used on toffee apples) with a roasted malt overtone.
The taste was almost of treacle, very malty and sweetish. The aftertaste becoming more bitter as the mouth dried.
The alcohol rules the mouthfeel, it hits you almost before the tastebuds can pick up the other flavours.
Not a session beer, but good with friends.
01-18-2010 23:12:53 | More by BlackHaddock
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
11-15-2010 21:59:08 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Opened a gusher. Thankfully I got most of it to gush into the glass and ended up with a dark brown/black beer with an off white head. The foam did disappear quickly though, leaving only traces on the surface.
Smells of malt, with both dark, roasty undertones and a fair amount of sweetness.
Taste is a very unique yeasty flavor, with many fruit esters. Tastes a bit like a more sugary version of Rochefort 10 actually.
Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing; not as robust as the color would make one believe.
Really pretty drinkable for what it is. My expectations were low after tasting the ridiculously sweet Malheur 10, but I was pleasantly surprised when the sugars were only slightly overpowering in this.
07-17-2008 16:38:04 | More by philipquarles
Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
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