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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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BA SCORE
91
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413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 34
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2002

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Photo of stoutstevie703
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed on 10/14/10
A- Brown with brick red highlights when held to the light, nice 1" baise head forms off medium pour, which dissapates relatively quickly.
S- Clove hits my nose first, then notes of belgian candied sugar, dark fruit and malt as well.
T- There are dark fruits all over, with a trace of (chocolate malt?) the clove esters are more prominent in the nose, but do make a showing. Mid palate the candied sugar hits, and finish off- dry.
M- Medium to heavy, there is balanced carb. and seems velvety at times.
D- It is fairly easy drinker for the 12%abv which is too well hidden, i enjoyed this, albiet a bit to quick, a 750ml was no problem finish by myself. This is one of my favorite fall time beers, but it usually is a one and done.

Photo of mrunseen
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to chase2634 for the opportunity to taste this brew.

Appearance: Poured medium brown in color, with a very thin head which faded quickly. There was a light amount of carbonation with little to no lacing.

Nose: The nose on this beer was typical for the quads that I've tasted in the past. Hints of alcohol were present throughout the session, overall, the smell was sweet and pleasant ... a very appetizing smell.

Taste: Brown sugar, figs ... a very tasty beer.

Mouth: The main characteristic of the mouth had to be it's stickiness. I wouldn't say that this beer was syrupy, but it definitely had a certain stickiness to it.

Drinkability: I would have this beer again, although I would limit this to one per night. It's a heavy hitting beer, but a very tasty one.

Photo of evilkalla
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Before opening, lots of noticeable crud on the bottom, indicating a significant bottle fermentation. Lots of pressure on the cork. Poured a very dark brown, opaque color with about a quarter inch of head which receded fairly quickly.

S: Has a rich smell of fig, raisin, and brown sugar.

T: Had a rich and deep taste. Lots of brown and candy sugar but not really that sweet. There is almost a barrel aged character to it although it isn't. There is a significant alcohol burn but it really just warms you up on the finish, it is pretty well balanced. Exceptional beer.

M: Sticky, thick and rich.

D: Definitely something to sip slowly. I should definitely be splitting this bottle with a friend, but I'm not, so I'm sure I'll be falling out of my chair pretty soon. Very good beer. Picked it up on a whim and am not disappointed!

Photo of BobZ
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into my St. Bernardus Chalice.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, light struggles to penetrate this one, nice head, and good lacing start to finish.

Smell: Some malty sweetness, spice, chocolate, even some coffee notes, this one has some complexity.

Taste: Excellent, sweet but balanced nicely with some hoppy bitterness, again like the scent chocolate, coffee, Belgian yeast, malty goodness. Really nice quad and the alcohol is completely masked.

Mouth: Very smooth, almost creamy, a little warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Very, very, good a unique flavor profile for a Belgian quad. Frankly a flavor I want more of, this beer will always be found in my cellar.

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Photo of impending
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A

La Trappe. Dark dark mahogany with a dense frothy head.

Unmistakable aroma of a quad but perhaps a bit extra roasty and faint chocolate to my surprise plus some earth for good measure.

Delicious. Strong vinous characteristics. Very smooth on the tongue, creamy and rich. The alcohol is contradictory in that it is obvious yet well restrained and only slightly warming, very deceptive.

The dark fruits of a quad are hard to beat and this is a contender. Notes of a stout, born to be sipped.
cheers
jd

Photo of perrymarcus
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. :)

Photo of nataku00
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours a ruddy, dark brown with about a finger of tan colored head. The head dissipates quickly. Some carbonation, that streams from the bottom of the bottle.

Smells like dark caramel, dried apricots, a little green apple freshness. Really nice aroma, especially as it warms to room temperature that lingers somewhat in your nose.

Taking a sip, very balanced flavor at the front of the tongue, with the dried apricots and candy sugars dominating. As it gets warmed by your tongue, slight hops bitterness mingles with roasted malts, and then you notice a little bit of alcohol in your throat. Nice medium body, and a long finish on your tongue to encourage the next sip.

Great after dinner beer, with its light sweetness and great mouthfeel. You do start to feel the high ABV after a few sips though.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a bolluk glass.

Pours a deep mahogany, faint light barely comes through the bottom quarter of the glass. Nice tan head that dissipates quickly. Just a sheen of head on top. Some cloudiness evident.

Aromas of sweet dark fruits, malt and a little pepper (alcohol hotness). Toffee as it warms up a bit.

first taste matches the aroma, dark fruit, dark malt, a little alcohol bite. Not syrupy at all considering the strength. No hops to speak of, but those that are there provide a nice malt forward balance. As it warms up, the toffee caramelly flavors poke through. Ever so slight hop bitterness comes through as it warms.

Mouthfeel is spritzy carbonation, and medium bodied. Coats the mouth well, but isn't sticky sweet.

Drinkability if fantastic. This is one of my favorite quads, no one of my favorite beers. I like it even better with a few years of cellaring, it becomes an amazing beer. Buy two, drink one, save one for a few years. Better yet, buy a case and try one every 4 to 6 months. Seek out this beer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark copper wtih a lasting creamy head.
Nose is complex as expected: raisins, stewed apples, cloves, bready yeast, treacle and cinnamon. Nice!
Very sweet rich flavours follow, which I suppose are needed to cover the high alcohol... Lots of candi sugar, dark brown sugar and candied dark fruits. Alcohol is noticeable later on but is in no way overbearing. A little to sweet for me.
Carbonation is suitably high. Alcoholic heat is quite noticeable.

Photo of Bluetick
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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! :)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of brystmar
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Chizoad
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of david18
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tang3nt
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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 Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Photo of Haybeerman
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.