Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

407 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 31
Gots: 39 | 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap into 20cl fest stemware at Beer Passion Weekend 2011 in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: Three finger tan colour head of nice fluffy cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Dark amber colour.

Sm: Amber hops. A mild scent. Maybe some darker fruit esters.

T: Amber hops, dark fruit ester hops, and bittering hops. Caramelized malt is present and well handled. Fairly complex. Decently built and balanced.

Mf: smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness to bring out the flavours. Fairly complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Fair price, pretty drinkable, and low quality for the style.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I missed this beer at Beachwood, but I was excited to find a bottle at Town and Country Liquor in Fullerton,

A: Pours an opaque deep brown with a soft creamy off-white head, good retention.

S: Classic dark Belgian malt, dark candi sugar, yeasty, molasses.

T: Dark candi sugar, raisin flavours, definite fermented brown sugar with a moderate sweetness. Belgain yeast flavours are clearly evident.

M: A tad overcarbonated, but a nice full body, well hidden alcohol, smooth.

D: I wouldn't call this a by the numbers quadrupel, it's certainly well made, and a nice complexity as I expect. Just missing something to make me go crazy, the flavours are quite good.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with some amber edges when held to a light source and a huge frothy tan head that slowly settles into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing.

Spicy peppery aroma with a bit of cinnamon, chocolate malt, brown sugar, candi sugar, licorice and earthy hops.

Dark chocolate malt flavor with some nice spicy notes, especially pepper, cinnamon and brown sugar. There are also some nice dark fruit notes; plum, raisin, fig, etc. as well as some brown sugar, candi sugar, subtle hops and some sweet alcohol warmth in the finish.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before DL039/111(no idea). Pours very hazy extremely dark brown color with a 1 finger foamy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apple, pear, prune, caramel, molasses, chocolate, toast, pepper, clove, earth, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of raisin, prune, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, toffee, clove, earth, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, chocolate, toffee, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent balance and complexity of flavors with good depth; no cloying flavors after the finish at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale! Very nice depth and complexity; and quite smooth to sip on. No idea on the age of this bottle; but I would have to say it probably is fairly old and it definitely holds up well. This is a very enjoyable sipper.

Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deeply brown colored beer with a heroically tall brown head. About as dark as coffee.

Sweet smelling with a lot of fig and dark preserved fruit aromas. Grape and apple scents with an edge of apple brandy to it. Basically this is all fruit scents.

The taste starts out sweet and fruity with a woody aftertaste. Mild fig and raisin flavor and a trace of apple brandy. One of the milder flavored Quads around.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer but one in a style that has quite a few top beers in the world in it. Not a bad beer but Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or is cheaper in the same place I bought this and a superior beer. Not bad but there are better.

Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.