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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 34
Gots: 46 | 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 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.

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 John_M
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BMoney575
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 Mavajo
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.38/5  rDev -17%
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
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
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
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.