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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

384 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 33
Gots: 34 | 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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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 t0rin0
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if my bottle was mistreated but as far as I know its been in the fridge since Stan at Lonehill Liquor in Glendora Ca aquired it. This was a real let down. I hate to badmouth the 100,000 + users on this site but I have to say: BECAUSE A BEER IS RARE OR HARD TO FIND DOES NOT MAKE IT GOOD. I'm getting tired of all the overhyped beers that I read about that turn out to be a let down. On to the review.

The beer looked beautiful. The cork shot off the bottle quite violently and the beer foamed like crazy when it hit the glass. When it settled it was a very nice dark cherry red color that was quite clear. The head was dark tan in color and had a decent retention to it for a belgian ale.

Upon hovering my nose above the glass I discovered that the beer smells much like a cheap european lager. Carlsberg comes to mind. It was a shock to me as this is one of the most highly rated quadrupels on this site. In any case, underneath the cheap smell there was some nice dark sweet malts. There was also some alcohol present. I gave it a 3 because the little bit of quadrupel that did show up in the nose was very helpful in reminding me that this is supposed to be worth $11.99/ bottle.

The taste was kind of offensive at first. It was like mixing a bottle of St Bernardus 12 (which is one of my favorite beers of all time) with a 6 pack of some czeck pilsner. It had the light qualities of a lager and a mild hop presence. Now, because of the 12% abv and the fact that I split the whole bottle with my roomate, the flavor did improve as I worked my way down the glass. As the abv starts to set in the sweet dark fruits and dark malt flavors start to make them selves known. Not much yeast or sediment at the bottom to change the flavor much. It was noted that there is little to no alcohol flavor in this beer and so finishing the glass quickly (<10 minutes) was not a problem.

Body was medium and carbonation was suprisingly low considering how explosive the opening and pouring were. Of 1100 beers sampled now this has to be one of the biggest let downs ever. That is not to say that this isn't a good beer, because it is, but I really do not believe that this deserves the avg rating that it has.

t0rin0, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a two finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties. A moderate to high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweet, dark fruits in the nose along with hints of alcohol.
T: The overall taste is quite complex and similar to the smell with flavors of dark fruits and malty sweetness. There are some notes of alcohol and yeast.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer is actually quite drinkable considering its strength because most of the alcohol is masked from the taste. It's definitely one that needs to be sipped given the high alcohol content.

metter98, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

brentk56, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Roasted pecan brown with reddish orange accents... that becomes murky magenta when backlit with sunshine. Golden beige colored foam oozed out of the bottle neck, was easily caught with the chalice, and is currently sitting pretty at a height of roughly three fingers. It has a wonderfully sticky texture, but hasn't fallen far enough to leave any lace. Note: there's a decent display in the end.

The aroma features medium-to-dark fruit (mostly the former) and a spicy yeastiness that is par for the style course. The beer smells a fraction more sour than a quad should, but we'll have to see how things shake out on the palate. More power would be welcome.

Malheur 12 is pretty tasty stuff. That said, it doesn't run with the big dogs of the style. It's darker than most quadrupels, with what tastes like a generous amount of chocolate-black-roasted malt. In fact, there aren't too many BSDAs that are this 'black'. Although the best before date is a few months away, bitterness is still kickin'. Incidently, the beer doesn't taste the least bit long in the tooth.

Flavors include pumpernickel toast, rye toast, a generous shot of Sambucca, raisin paste, fig jam, ground clove and bitter black tea leaves. The alcohol is expertly masked, but still manages to make its presence known in other ways... like buccal, esophageal and belly warming. What the hell was I thinking? This beer is winning me over more and more with each and every mouthful. Power *and* complexity is a killer combination.

The mouthfeel is a sneaky bastard. Just when it seems to lack a bit of fullness and volume, its smooth, silky, creamy, chewy nature takes over like boringly good Dr. Jekyll turning into interestingly evil Dr. Hyde. Okay, maybe it's time to slow consumption of this big bruiser of an ale. At least until this review is in the can.

Brouwerij De Landtsheer has the uncanny ability to blow me away. The evidence includes Bier Brut (Brut Reserve), Brut Noir (Black Chocolate), Malheur 10... and now Malheur 12. This is an outstanding quadrupel that put me in the happy zone by the bottom of the first glass and is having no trouble keeping me there.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extraordinarily fruity and rich Belgian Dark Strong Ale that shares a lot in common with Chimay Blue.

Extremely complex aromas of sweet berries, grapes, and currants and coupled with dated, figs, chocolates and malt. Candied all arround, the beer takes a confectionate tone similar to Kasteel beers.

The beer pours a froathy, almost heavily weighted, pour of dark brown with ruby/russet/purple hues. A firm and billowing head forms on the beer and fades to a froathy creme that retains well and only laces fairly underneath the strength of alcohol.

Flavors take the classic Belgian turn by starting with the confection sweet, candied fruit character of plumbs, berries, currants, and grapes. Backed by softly sweet (powdered sugars), light chocolate and mildly cooked caramels, the balance to the fruits are acheived by complexity and not by bitterness. Hops have a deeply relegated role and offer only subtle bitterness and no obvious flavor. Estery and sweet throughout, this beer is masterfully brewed.

But it might be in the mouthfeel where a couple flaws are revealed. Though the beer carries a malty/fruity sweet flavor and feel, the dryness only does half its duty, leaving a moderate linger of unresolved sweetness on the tounge in a soda-pop kinda way. Though the beer has an evaporative cotton candy texture, the beer's sweetness isn't completely fleeting or dry. The good news is that the alcohols never get in the way.

Delicious and sweet/spicy, this beer is a delight for all Belgian beer fans, particularly those of Chimay Blue, but with a sweetness that trends toward Kasteel Bruin.

BEERchitect, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a nice slightly off-white foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt contains some dry fruits characteristics which are quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some dry fruits characteristics with some nice candi sugar notes. I didn’t notice that much of a hoppy presence as I was expecting but nonetheless I very much enjoyed the experience. Full body with some great carbonation and no alcohol was detectable.

Phyl21ca, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2%

kjkinsey, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All about malt and fruit. Very assertive sweet malt, apricot nose that goes to a huge fresh plum nose.

Gigantic malt flavors with stone fruit, apricot and sweet malt that also goes to purple plum character and holiday spice.

Back palate of sweet sherry and madera. Hints of rich carmel, toffee, cooked peaches and with lots of "mince meat pie" character.

Wonderful initial flavors that tend to get a bit "too sweet" as you drink. Big flavors of prunes and figs. A quality and heavy brew with great mouthfeel and flavors. Might even be great with dessert or as an after dinner drink. Nice and well made; likely couldn't drink too much.

GRG1313, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger or two of creamy, khaki colored head.

S: A bit fruit aroma to this beer. Lots of banana accompanied by raisins, cherries, plums, and perhaps figs. Plenty of sugar character in the form of toffee, caramel, and candy sugar. A bit of alcohol is certainly there, too.

T: A ton of banana flavor which is really quite nice. There is still a lot of dark fruit character here along with the typical intense sugar notes of a Quad. Lots of caramel, candi sugar, molasses, and maybe just a bit of roast.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Surprisingly easy to drink and very little booze apparent on the palate.

womencantsail, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

ygtbsm94, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dark reddish-brown body with a thin, short-lived off-white head. Lightly effervescent.

Smell: Rich, malty aroma with notes of toffee, dark candi sugar, juicy plums, yeast, and just a hint of hops.

Taste: Dark maltiness with dark caramel and some chocolate. Lightly tart-tasting fruity compote flavor with spiced sugar hints and a dusting of cocoa powder. Faint yeastiness. Never more than a light bitterness. Peppery on the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A good beer with plenty of flavor and complexity. For the most part, I'm enjoying the Malheur brews.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2%

Knapp85, Jul 24, 2013
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 JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2%

SocalKicks, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Quick 6 on Mt Rose Avenue in South York, PA. Poured chilled into a Duvel tulip from the 11.2oz w/ freshness date of B86B87 - not sure what the code meant.

A - A cocoa brown w/ 2 fingers of ecru which settles to 1/2 inch band w/ tiny bead. Streams of lace cling to the glass. the clarity is opaque like french pressed coffee

S - An aroma of praline and raisin w/ mild tropical note w/ subtle honeydew scent and hints of plum w/ herbal notes and bits of toasted nut w/ light spice and mild toffee in the nose

M - A sweet malty creamy and light spiced feel w/ mellow roasted texture and gently tangy accent w/ mild herbal and alcohol influence w/ warming and moderately high carbonation apropos to style w/ a semi-dry finish

T -A caramel flavor w/ raisin and mild taste of cocoa and cinnamon combined w/ a light toasted malt and pepper accent w/ marshmallow-like vanilla note and smooth malted chocolate flavor w/ truffle like saturated sweet and dark cocoa cohesion w/ mild tinge of orange rind as it becomes slightly warmed

D - A tasty quad w/ lots of complexity which I am glad I tasted as it opens up slightly warmer - I also was happy to taste in a more relaxed setting than previous since it has subtlety to pick up. It doesn't taste anything like 12%, it displayed most of the flavor near cellar temp I prefer something like this as a nightcap beer

Slatetank, May 09, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey, and I kicked it (sorry everyone else).

A: Light fluffy head fades fairly quickly over semi clear dark ruby brown colored beer.

N: Slight boozy, dark Belgian malts and candi sugar dominate. Then comes some fruit, raisin, fig, plum, etc. Lots of malts. I even get a hint of peppermint.

T: Very sweet, crazy sweet! Thick and slightly syrupy, boozy, warming alcohol but no real alc sting. It even tastes boozy. WIth that is candi sugar, lots, molasses, lots of Belgian malts, more fruits with plum, fig, raisin, and even apricot. Slight nutty taste with the malty taste, and a little minerality. Some bitterness too.

M: Semi thick and a little syrupy, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Still very sweet lingering but it gets a slight dryness. Some creamy taste lingering, not really boozy anymore. More lingering raisin and a touch of smoke. Despite having a boozy taste and warmth there was no alcohol burn or real feel otherwise. And way too sweet.

jlindros, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

jwc215, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date 13.11.10; Sampled July 2008
A careful yet vigorous pour easily produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is very dark, deep amber, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of fruity plum, warming alcohol and sweet spice notes. The nose reminds me a bit of molasses rich ginger bread, some touches of cane-rum soaked raisins, dried figs, Brandy fusels, and fermented prune juice. Spicy notes of clove, a touch of ginger. Buried in the aroma towards the finish is a nice, toasty malt character that contributes some browned biscuit like notes. An interesting, very fruity aroma that definitely shows its 12% abv strength, but somehow manages to come off as being fairly mellow.

Sweet tasting with some toasted, dark malt flavors. This is quite light bodied, especially given the strength though I wouldn't quite call it quaffable; it is close though and could certainly be dangerous if drunk by someone not realizing its strength. The ample fruitiness continues through to the flavor of this beer with notes of prunes, caramelized raisins, dried figs and even a bit of cherry (in that order of intensity). Some dry cocoa notes come through in the middle, but then the sweet fruit notes seem to sweet the palate clean of this flavor. Noticeable alcohol flavors combine with the other flavors to produce notes of dark Rum, caramelized Brandy and a touch of some tongue numbing, spiced liquors. Speaking of which, flavors of clove, turpene like allspice, light ginger and some pepper notes play a sometimes substantial role as well.

An tasty beer, while it does not do a good job of hiding its substantial strength, it never gets hot or harsh and the alcohol seems to integrate with the other notes. The light body on this brew was also quite nice, never cloying or sticky, yet still rich, satisfying and a sipping brew.

Gueuzedude, Jul 22, 2008
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Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.