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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

406 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 406
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 clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of northaustin
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of cassanoj
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours an ugly color, a weird brownish raisin. Virtually no head, some lacing that slides down my glass instantaneously.

Smell is seriously raisin upfront. Also, some fig, cherries, caramel, banana. A little spicy.

The alcohol is pretty well hidden by some peppery spice. Taste raisin, chocolate, bread. This isn't a terribly complex beer but it's tasty enough.

Not a very bitter beer, but provides a bit of warmth and tingle in the mouth. Relatively light body.

This is a nice quad, but not much more. Tasty and satisfying, but not nearly the most impressive quad on the market.

Photo of ryanonline
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep dark mahogany, with nice thick tan head, very little lacing.

smell is kind of hard to place, slightly sour, with notes of coffee raisin and anise. upon deeper sniffs finding some chocolate.

the taste is really something. coffee up front, along with some chocolate. anise in the finish. sort of a sugary raisin throughout, maybe some toffee as well. there is also an underlying sourness, that never quite makes its way through.

feels a wonderful mix between viscous and foamy in the mouth. and the finish isn't over bearing so that's a plus.

for a quad this really has a good level of drinkability to it. not real heavy and just tastey.

complex and loving it, really good stuff here

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

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Consumed with the girlfriend in our hotel in Brussels. From notes.

A: Pours a maroon body with copper highlights in the glass. A careful pour produces 1.5" of beige colored head, which retains well and leaves gobs of lacing down the sides.

S: Raisins, figs, dates, brown sugar, graham crackers. Quite the vibrant and mouth-watering nose.

T: The flavor doesn't disappoint, either. Starts off with a strong dark fruit character, presenting waves of raisins, plums, figs, and dates. They recede slightly and allow brown sugar and caramel to come to the forefront, dancing playfully among a smattering of graham crackers. The taste gets gradually yeastier and develops a pepper and clove bite, fading into a clean and semi-dry finish. Warmth on the way down, but no burn at all.

M: Medium-full bodied; it doesn't sit heavily on the mouth, and in fact it feels quite velvety owing to plush carbonation. The myriad flavors are well supported here, and the 12% isn't felt at all. Quite smooth.

D: We both loved this; I think this deserves more attention. This was never on my radar in the States; you can be sure I'll pick up more to enjoy.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small picked up at the COOP today... paid about $4.25.... sharing with Brenda... mine poured into my Delirium goblet.

Lite tan head tries to stick around but drops fairly quickly.. just spots of lace... very very dark brown brew is fairly hazy... I probably should have let these sit in the fridge for a couple of days.

Dark dried fruits really only show as mild raisin.. maybe some lite prune... significant amount of brown sugar and mildly spicy.

Flavor is pretty mild for the style.. same as the nose with a fair amount of chocolate.. sorta figgy.. not as sweet as the 10.. thankfully.. a fair amount of malty sweetness helps drive the palate forward.. a little earthy as it warms up.

Body is medium with a bunch of carbonation.

This is fairly well made, but not on the same level as my favorites.... I will however, certainly buy it again anytime I want a decent priced well made BSDA.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heads-up: if you like Trappist Rochefort 10 and you're on a budget, this is the perfect substitute.

A - Deep mahogany with a modest khaki-colored cap and no lace.

S - Molasses, raisins, Port wine and oak.

T - Delicious! Bourbon, Port wine (again), glycerin, black licorice, rubber, and smoke.

M - Better as it warms but it has a nice carbo-creamy thing going on.

D - Irrespective of the very high ABV, this is more than drinkable for the style and I recommend it as an end to an evening in a brandy snifter or Duvel tulip. NOT FOR FOOD.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750.

Appearance: This is the darkest quad I've ever had thats not some sort of stout hybrid. It looks black in normal light. When you hold it to light its a dark, dark red brown with haze. The head is huge and fades slowly. The lacing is great.

Smell: It smells bready with tons of sweet, dark fruit (very raisiny). Its spicy, and definitely boozy.

Taste: Very sweet. I say a little too sweet. And hot. Very boozy. The taste, even more so than the smell is very raisiny. Lots of interesting spicy flavors, but the overly sweet, syrupy nature hurts the overall flavor. Finishes long and bready.

Mouthfeel: This is a huge, chewy monster. I love the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I dont want another now for sure. I did enjoy this quite a bit, but a whole 750 is too much for one person. This thing drinks like port, and a small serving would be better.

Photo of weazal
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, rich mahogany with little/no head

Smell: Caramel alcohol. Mostly alcohol with minor brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: Fierce, bright alcohol upfront that gives way to the most delicious, yummy sweetness! Dramatic 180 here. The finish does have a spicy peppery-ness to it.

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 capra12
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed with speedwayjim on 9/28/09 @ Monks cafe served out of a chalice.

Appearance: ruby blood red with 1/2 a finger of head which stays throughout the drink.

Smell: strong belgian yeast and fresh and unripened concord grapes.

Taste: opens with a strong malty beglian yeast. Fresh sweet concord grapes come in from the middle to end as the malt profile intensifies and finishes with alcohol leaving a warm malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:light bodied but packed with complex flavors, moderate carbonation and slightly coarse.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again but on another day, worth the try if you like a strong intense fruit and malt profile.

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 cjgator3
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle
Best Before 15.04.11

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan colored head that possesses excellent retention and lacing. 

S- There is a lot of dark fruits in the aroma, most notably plum and raisin. There is also hints of spices and yeast and some esters. I'm let down by the aroma, it's very faint and lacking the complexity of other beers from this style. 

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits. There is some yeast in the finish with a good amount of booziness as well. Not bad, maybe the alcohol is a tad too hot. Could use some time in the cellar.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, but not excellent either. Pretty average when compared to other beers within the style. There is alcohol is way too hot in this one, it could definitely benefit from some aging.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Best Before 25.10.10

750ML corked and caged bottle - When opened, the cork sounded like a gunshot! Powerful.
This one pours a very dark copper color. So dark that it almost seems to be black, at first glance. A three-finger head of loose, foamy, light brown foam. Retention is fairly good. Lacing is spotty and fairly sticky.

The nose is nicely filled with dark fruit notes. Negatively, it also has a big amount of boozy ethanol scent. I believe that the alcohol presence may be doing this brew a great dis-service. I keep getting little hints of smells, but the alcohol keeps overpowering them, before I can get a grasp on what they are.

Okay, the taste is starting to make up for the nose. Huge presence of dark fruits, like plums, cherries, figs, dates, and more. Nice notes of vanilla caramels. A very nice presence of dark brown sugar.Very mild touch of milk chocolate. Very good yeasty/breadiness and a good amount of warming spice notes.
Surprisingly, I don't really taste the alcohol that much. After the nose, I expected to be bowled over by it.

The body on this one is medium. Very smooth, but lacking much creaminess, at all. I'd like it to be fuller and creamier.

I'm saying that in my book, this one is quite drinkable, flavorwise. But, being 12%ABV, you wouldn't need to have more than a couple.

Photo of kkipple
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of natelocc787
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head, lacing and retention. Maple brown with mahogany highlights and a creamy caramel head.

Very malty, bready nose. Jammed fruits like apricot, fig, and apple. Brown sugar and maple syrup. Biscuity aroma.

Taste is very complex and outstanding. The fig, plum, peach along with the spicey finish make this very tasty and a fine example.

Mouthfeel was luxurious. Silky and sudsy, great balance with the carbonation. Very informing. The flavors separate slightly when sipped-yet come together again as you finish.

This is a very drinkable and tasty brew, very quenching-one knock though: The sediment. It disturbs easy and while not nearly attaining a drainpour, I don't find sedimented brews very drinkable unless they are fantastic and well...this one is.

Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark muddy brown with tons of sediment and a light tan head. Plums, cola and sweet fruity aroma. Flavor is caramel, plum, cola, toffee, spicy, floral, dark fruits. Smooth, thick feel. Sweet but complex Belgian Quad. I enjoyed this, but it did not wow me like some of the other Quads currently on the market.

Photo of chaz410
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in a four pack from Brawleys in Charlotte NC.
Appearance is very very dark. Not quite yet black body filled with little specks of floating yeast sediment. Very strong carbonated froathy caramel colored head.
Smell is full of chocolatey roasted malts, hints of spices like nutmeg and corriander, sour fruites like dates underlye the initial roasty character.
Taste is sweet and full of dark raisins and dates. Roasted malts fill the body of this beer. Very clean fruity hop finish with an estery essence lingering.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated but very clean and consistant.
Drinkability is extremely good for this beer. Considering the alcohol level it is not overwhelming at all. This beer is a great ager as well!

Photo of Jeffo
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

Into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: This one was a gusher for sure. Watch out! Pours a big 3 finger medium-thin tan head. Colour is an opaque very dark brown, close to black. No real carbonation evident. A thin film stays until the end and leaves some lacing down the glass, but nothing special.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt and lots of smoky qualities. A bit of dark fruits and chocolate come though, but the nose is dominated by a roasted and smoky burnt malt scent. Strong and pleasant for sure.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt, smokiness, and some bitter chocolate in there too. A touch of sweet dark fruits, dates and raisins mostly. Quite complex and very stout like. A mild and relatively short-lived aftertaste of dark fruits, bitter hops, hints of chocolate and a touch of spicy alcohol at the end is quite good. Very nice and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth, this one also feels soft on the palate as well. Goes down smooth with no bite at all, and finishes with just the right amount of stickiness on the palate. For lack of a better word, this is one of the softest beers I've ever had. The 12% alcohol is also nowhere to be felt.

OVERALL: This quad has a lot of roasted and smoky qualities, reminding me very much of an imperial stout or porter. Since these are some of my favourite styles, I found this brew very enjoyable. The softness of palate was quite a treat, and the 12% ABV was only noticeable in its effects, not in the taste or feel. A very enjoyable an dangerously drinkable beer, this is one I look forward to having again.

Photo of Pencible
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with considerable sediment and fluffy tan head. It smelled very malty, like roasted barley and caramel and nuts, with a bit of raisin and alcohol. Perhaps a hint of grassy hops? It tasted very sweet too, with sugary caramel and creamy yeast dominating, followed by nutty and wheat malts and prune, and a bit of cinnamon and alcohol. It was slightly thick and silky with moderate carbonation at first that subsided over time, and a sweet & sour aftertaste. Overall this was delicious, complex, and delicious. It had fantastic depth to the flavor that I'm sure I missed part of. It had a nice, smooth body too. The alcohol wasn't very strong considering the 12%, so this was quite easy to drink. This was my favorite Belgian ale while still cold, since I usually need to let them warm up and mellow out before I can fully enjoy them. But this was immediately great, and only improved as it warmed. An all-around solid brew fresh, and I could imagine this further improving with age.

Photo of jnn4v
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states "best before April 11, 2015". I'm not sure how long after bottling date they say that it is past ideal, but my best guess is that it's 7 years, meaning it'd be bottled in April 2008, since it was purchased in March 2009.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, hazy color. Minor sediment.

S: Raisin, prune, date scent. Very malty as well. Some bready wheat as well.

T: Sweet sweetness. Not a sugary sweetness, but a dried fruit / dark fruit flavor. Almost like apple butter? Minor bittering hops mid-mouth and at the finish. Not so sweet to be unbalanced. I thoroughly enjoy it. More and more of the raisin / prune / date flavor to match the earlier scent, as it warms.

M: Nice smooth, rich, fairly thick texture. Foamy as well if you swirl it.

D: Very drinkable, given the balance, texture, flavor, etc. The 12% ABV is fairly well hidden, although there is some hotness. I'd love to try this with a couple more years on it.

Photo of mj001jk
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with hazel colored thick creamy foam. This head isn't going anywhere...except maybe to the head when I am done with it.

Fruity and malty aromas of dried fig, nuts, cacao, vanilla and red apple. Complex nose with layers of goodness shining through, the heat is there but in a bourbon type of way, almost like an Irish coffee without the coffee aromas.

Flavors are mellow and balanced, lots of alcohol coming through the fruity components, but it is not out of control. It is crisp and refreshing as well as giving off a subtle richness that is very satisfying. Very enjoyable beer, perhaps a little too hot for everyday sipping but this would be great on a cold and rainy Sunday.

Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.