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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

378 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 32
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Bluetick
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! :)

Bluetick, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

On tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a dark black/brown color with barely any film. Dark malt aroma with some sugary spices. Malty taste, with the addition of dark fruits like fig, date, and plum. Mild carbonation, and medium-bodied. This is an ok beer, but it doesn't particularly impress me in the flavor department... seems to be missing a bit of the spices in the taste.

mithrascruor, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

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 brystmar
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

brystmar, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

On tap at the Trappist in Oakland. Got it on a whim and had no idea what to expect. Was pleased.

Served in a goblet with about half foam half beer. Deep ruby ink with a lingering head. Smelled sweet and malty, a typical quad aroma. Dessert-like.

Same flavor as the nose, just very very tasty, without anything offensive marring it. Not on the level of something like the Trappist Rochefort 10 nor as good as the St. Bernardus Abt 12, because it really lacks the depth and complexity that makes those beers so enjoyable. I'd say sweetness is what dominates this beer.

Washes down pretty well, and not overly carbonated. A bit heavy to be drinking much of it. Then again this was towards the end of the night and I was a little saturated.

Chizoad, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Quite a sweet malt aroma with notes of spice. A small amount of stone fruit adds a nice touch.

Neither hazy nor clear, amber-brown colour with a big, fluffy, light tan head. Decent head retention but next to no lacing.

Mmm, this is interesting. Rounded malt flavour with notes of winter spice, some aniseed and some fruitiness. There is a hint of under-attenuation but the finish is still quite dry. I quite like it.

Medium-full body with high carbonation. Interesting and acceptable but just a little too carbonated for my likes.

A tasty Quad with plenty going on. An interesting yeast profile supports the malt.

dgilks, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of eric5bellies
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Drank from my Leffe chalice.

A - Pours a very dark mahogany colour with large bubbled off whit head that hangs around for a while f=before dying.

S - Slight sweet aromas from the bottle.

T - Nice sweet dark fruits and boozy finish that warms the stomach. Slighty bubblegum and malty.

M - Medium body and plenty of carbonation

D - I would expect a quad to have more complexity, It reminds me of the Trois Pistols. If that is the case then this is a very solid brew.

eric5bellies, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of david18
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

I had this on draft at the Amsterdam Ale House, thinking i'd never had it before and then i discovered I had it in a bottle recently.

My previous review:
Dark brown appearance with a great light tan head. A lot of yeast presence in the beer visually with an amazing dark fruit aroma and flavor. This is a beer i won't forget too soon. Dark fruit upfront with a caramel after taste. At this alcohol by volume i need to be careful but I would highly recommend this beer.

This is a little less yeasty than the bottle version but the strength is still very present. A good beer bur for later at night.

david18, May 30, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

A: poured a really dark brown with a nice 2 finger frothy head that had great retention and good sticky lacing.

S: brown sugar, plums,and boozy aromas up front with hints of belgian yeast and chocolate.

T: chocolate toffee and booze backbone with plum and dark fruit notes.

M: creamy medium body with a good amount of carbonation with a sweet boozy finish.

D: really enjoyable beer all around. Nice robust brew and will only have one due to the alcohol presence.

Gobzilla, May 28, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -2%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet and mildly dark malts with good amounts of sugar-coated medium fruits. The fruit aromas are mostly pears but with hints of figs and golden raisins. Also present are bready yeast aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet and dark malts with smooth Belgian candi sugar flavors kick things off. Shortly thereafter pear and golden raisin flavors join in with hints of green apple and indistinct darker fruits. Midway through the sip hints of nutmeg and brown sugar kick in and carry through to a mildly crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass with no problems and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer but it was more of a BSDA than a quad - it just didn't have the thickness and heavier malt profile of the latter. Still, a decent beer that's worth a shot.

glid02, May 25, 2010
Photo of tang3nt
4/5  rDev -2%

On tap from naja's - poured into a Snifter.
The pour is a dark brown color with a very small off white head. The flavor is amazingly complex. Starts off with sweet molasses flavors and goes all over the place. Chocolate, dark fruit sweet flavors everywhere. Finished with a nice floral hop finish and just the right amount of bitterness. Fairly thin for its complexity and alc. content. Goes down amazingly easy for 12 percent. Loved it. Will be seeking it in the near future.

tang3nt, May 19, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Halcyondays, May 17, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +11%

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.

Cyberkedi, May 16, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

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 Haybeerman
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Purple/black; barely see through it. Poured a 1 finger tan smooth head with fair retention to a thick blanket. Very light lacing; most of it washed down the glass.

S: Sweet cherries and lots of other dark fruits. Big spices and brand-like aromas. Alcohol.

T: Sweet, bready malts up front. Fruity yeast flavors follow. Sharp spicesin the finish along with warming alcohol. Flavorful and complex.

M: Medium body. Fairly low carbonation. Smooth, sweet and rich.

D: A bit cloying and big ABV (though disguised well) hurt drinkability. I'll keep the other 4 around for an ocassion.

Haybeerman, May 09, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

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 John_M
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer pours a fairly dark cola color with minimal head retention, but OK lacing. I get something of a rootbeer and brown sugar aroma, coupled with some light spice. The sweet, rich, flavor profile is much more intense and impressive, with chocolate, rootbeer, nutmeg and allspice. There are dark fruits as well in this spicey quad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the finish is fairly long. Drinkability is pretty good for the abv., though you can tell this is a big beer.

An excellent, well crafted Belgian quad.

John_M, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

Sampled on 3-21-10

Pours a completely cloudy brown color, with no real head but lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Lacing is just a few lone bubbles.

Smell is strong alcohol, with lots of fermented fruit and a Belgian kick. Very sweet, very complex, and very fresh.

Taste is all malt, with a huge hit of clove. The finish is very dry, accentuating the big clove presence. The alcohol is well managed, adding only a sweet warming.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation to add to the tartness, and a nice thickness for the malt.

Drinkability is good, although the clove is so strong it starts to dominate the flavor.

Overall, not the best Quad I've had, but very unique and enjoyable.

BMoney575, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11.2oz bottle (best before "B86 B87," whatever that means) into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Beerman777.

A: Nearly opaque purple-black body underneath two fingers of fairly coarse dun foam. Average retention and light lace. Not bad, but nothing memorable.

S: Intensely sweet, spicy, and fruity malt and yeast aromas just jump out of the glass. The dark fruits smell both fresh and candied, with grapes, plums, and cherries most prominent. A wave of deep, rich spiciness follows the fruit, and finally some mild chocolate maltiness. Alcohol peeks in from time to time, but never dominates. Terrific.

T: Starts out with malt, then transitions to straightforwardly fruity yeast, then the candied fruits of the nose, and finally some spice and alcohol on the finish. Hugely complex and thoroughly tasty.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, and eventually a little sticky, with moderate, delicate carbonation. I'd like a little more carbonation to cut down on the dominating sweetness.

D: As with any quad, cloyingness is the biggest foe. The super-high ABV is admirably masked, but the sweetness does get to be a little much. Overall, though, a bit of sticky sweetness isn't keeping me from savoring every sip.

Notes: I really don't understand why there isn't any acclaim surrounding this brew - while I need to try it next to St Bernardus Abt 12 and Rochefort 10 to be sure, but thinking back (and rereading my reviews of those beers), this one can go toe-to-toe with both of them. It really reminds me of Abt 12 on tap. I think a blind tasting of quads may be in order. Thanks again to Beerman777 for the bottle (and the vote of confidence in it). Great stuff.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of DaveJanssen
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Reviewed 11/12/2009. Split a 750 mL two ways. Poured into large snifters.

Ar: Rich dark fruit, alcohol, plum, sweet raisin, grape, prune, date, heavy caramel, strong plum/grape, fruitiness, light floral, earthy, candy sweet, *berries, *baked cobbler, *perfumy alc

Ap: Clear and bright, deep mahogany red, low tan head, fair retention

F: sweet plum, raisin, grape (like st. bernardus 12, but more natural and rounded). alc, tart hints, earthy malt, strong belgian quad fruit, alcohol slightly overwhelming in taste, ends with pleasant floral fruit, classic quad, long subtle taste, light herbal hop, candy sweet but dries with alcohol for balanced end, *rich layers of fruit, *sugar, *roasted cotton candy, *strong caramel, fruit, dates, not spice, *baked fruit

M:warm alcohol, medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, mouth coating but not cloying, dries nicely, warming

O: solid, woody/earthy, fruity and herbal, complex, good sipper, difficult to describe, *rich mouth coating flavor, good for 12%

* = ideas from fellow tasters

DaveJanssen, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

BlackHaddock, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Mavajo
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a bit of a dark sickly brown - near black, but doesn't have that motor oil appearance. The head was nearly nonexistant and within minutes all I had were a few islands of tiny, thin near-white film floating around. Minimal lacing. Not really attractive by any stretch of the imagination.

The nose is sweet and malty with dark fruits. Taste follows in lockstop. Maybe its the IPAs and stouts corrupting me, but I found this thing far too sweet. I don't know if I'd necessarily call it cloying, but it was definitely getting to me halfway through the glass. It was like that feeling you get when you eat too much candy. I think this brew could have done with some additional characteristics in the taste to balance out the overload of sweetness.

I found the alcohol to be exceptionally well hidden considering it weighs in at 12%. I didn't catch much of a boozy burn at all. Carbonation is appropriate and medium bodied.

All in all, it's a good brew, but a bit overloaded on the sweetness.

Mavajo, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
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.

clayrock81, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of northaustin
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.

northaustin, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of Rayek
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into my favorite Chalice.

A: Deep garnet, with good clarity. A dense nougat head starts strong and sticks around as a thin film. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Sweet, yet also spicy. Lots of raisins, cherries and candy sugar dominate the initial aroma hit. A pepper bite comes on late. It's backed by a light alcohol tingle.

T: Leans toward the sweet side as it warms up. Dark fruits and sugar mix to create an almost candy like sweetness. Before that sweetness gets carried away; however, a firm coriander and pepper spiciness comes in. Alcohol is extremely well masked given the 12% ABV, but it does make itself known with a nice warmth as the beer goes down. Finishes with lingering raisin and black cherry flavors.

M: The medium body is slightly syrupy and has soft, yet vigorous carbonation.

D: This beer drinks much lighter than its high ABV should allow. I was finished with my glass in what felt like minutes. It was a sub-zero night when I drank this, and it was a perfect way to keep warm in the cold.

Rayek, Jan 08, 2010
Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.