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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
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 dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $10.99...
Malheur 10 was a gem, so I was eager to give their Quadrupel a shot...
Great, dark-purple, deep-brown appearance, with rising carbonation visible, along with a characteristic prune and grape smell...
Dark caramel, toffee, and raisin essences dance on the tongue...
Rich, spicy, malty taste, dominated by dehydrated fruits, figs, prunes, dates, licorice, and sweet candies... Very rich, thick flavorful with a full-bodied, spicy mouthfeel... The 12% ABV is certainly noticeable in both the nose and mouth, and leaves a spicy, stinging feeling in the back of the throat...
Definitely would consider this one a sipper... A powerful, full-bodied, dominating Quad replete with flavor and style...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of nickss
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a Gouden Carolus D'or chalice.

Pours a deep dark brown.... surprisingly dark. 1/2" cocoa colored head with nice retention. Pretty.

Interesting aroma.... not as deep as I was expecting.... a bit sharp in the nose with a wild yeasty scent. Hops are certainly more prevalent than expected as well... nowhere near as malty as expected.

So strange.... the aroma and the flavour do not match or meld at all in my opinion. The depth and maltiness that was nowhere to be found in the aroma are wonderfully prevalent in the flavour. Sweet, black cherries, fig, and toffee. Very nice.

Big and thick with light carbonation. Very solid mouthfeel.. pretty much exactly what I want from this style.

If I couldn't already feel this brew going to my head, I wouldn't believe a 12% claim. There's no heat from the alcohol... no sign of it's might. Be careful with this beauty... it'll sneak up on you.

My first from this brewery... you can rest assured I will be trying more.

nickss, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Mysteric
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

An outstanding Quad. I got this from the beer of the month club and I have to say they saved the best for last (Decembers issue).
A well rounded great tasting beer.I have tasted most of the quality Belgians and this rates right up there with the best. Highly recommended.

Mysteric, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of scottoale
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%

This gem came in a 750ml. brown, cork finished bottle with a best before end date of: 25.10.10. and 16/07 stamped on the cork. Poured into a large Duvel tulip a very dark brown with deep ruby highlights and a huge three finger beige head that turned rocky as it eventually settled. Nice carbonation and delicate lace add heaps to this awesome looking brew.

Sweet, malty and full of fruit, with a nice push from the alcohol, give a very pleasant aroma to this big ale. The flavor goes beyond the nose, with plum, apple, pear, rounded with Belgian candi sugar and hops to a perfect balance in the taste. The flavor is awesome with a nice warming from it's big 12% ABV.

Healthy body with a velvety smooth feel in the mouth give this quality ale, an all to easy to drink characteristic.

I highly recommend this one, a great Belgian!

scottoale, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Bobikel
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Appearance - Deep, slightly hazy, mahogony color with red highlits when held to the light. A big clunky off white head dies slowly and leaves a delicate pattern on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Deep alchohol throught the sulfer-lager like character with some spicy hop notes wafting throughout. Malt is very subdued.

Taste - Vinous qualities overlaping plums and rum alchohol. Hops, malt, and alchohol balance very nicely, especially for 12% alchohol.

Mouthfeel - A prickly carbonation livens up an otherwise thin ale. But even so this is smooth as velvet.

Drinkability - A highly sippable ale that leads from glass to glass in almost no time.

Bobikel, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

Deep mahogany color with a tan head. Nice lace.

Nose has lots of sweet mats, dark fruits, caramel and Belgian yeast.

Taste is similar to the nose, but enhanced in complexity. Sweet, but kept in balance by a musky yeast presence.

Full and creamy with good use of carbonation. Very rich and still well balanced. Good brew, but more similar to a BSDA than my idea of a quad.

rye726, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured carefully into a chalice - a couple small pieces of styrofoam from the packing found their way into my pour, upon which I exhaled a "oh shit," and frantically fished them out with a spoon. Capped the 750 for later, as this is an awfully big beer to tackle in one sitting. Pours a cola color with a thin head, but one that seems to want to stick. Good looking quad.

I can't pick out anything too different in the nose from other quads I've tried. I want to say there's a vinous grape-bubblegum quality with a touch of smoked meat. A subtle aroma overall, but pretty damned good.

What immediately strikes me about the taste is that there's a touch more underlying hop than some quads, and that there's plenty of phenolic kick. Some sweetness up front, but the considerable alcoholic spiciness seems to want to dry it out to a really clean finish, especially for a quad. There's a tad sour/bitter thing going on here that makes me want to think of an Orval with more alcohol. The alcohol is not that well-hidden; it's out there for all to experience.

This feels surprisingly well-attenuated. I note very little residual sticky syrup; in fact, this seems to drink almost airy, far lighter than it should. For such a huge beer like this, it does not feel like one, even though alcohol presence is considerable. I think that's pretty impressive.

For a quad, this is very drinkable. I think the fact that it doesn't overload you on caramel malts and dries out well helps drinkability. One to savor and admire? Definitely.

Final verdict? While this doesn't blow my mind, it's obviously an extremely well-crafted beer. With the second pour, I swirled and dumped the yeast in for the hell of it. It doesn't seem to alter the taste much, but now I'm getting an interesting perfume-y smell coming from my chalice. Also, there's a distinct almond nuttiness in the aftertaste I'm noticing now that I didn't notice before. Glad I have a couple more bottles, as I think this one deserves further investigation. I have a feeling this is one of those beers you can't fully know in one tasting....need to relax and let the subtleties reveal themselves.

Patrick999, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of beerking1
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours dark brown, with a big white head. Darker than expected. Aroma is apples, figs and some spice, along with dark malts. Flavor is dark candi sugar up front, followed by more apple and figs, along with some spicy notes and fruit. Aftertaste is pleasant and warming.

beerking1, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of jhl1908
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

A 0.25l bottle? I suppose the 12% alcohol make the size just right.

Colour: Dark brown with beautiful tan head.
Smell: Dark malts with a sweet tone.
Taste: Round sweetness with a long slightly bitter aftertaste to finish.
Mouthfeel: Warm, and welcoming.
Drinkability: I drank it in an hour or so, and enjoyed every sip of it.

When I started it was a little to cold, and when I finished it was a little to warm.
But all the way it was an absolute pleasure to drink, and quite interesting to witness the development in the taste, smell and body as it got warmer.

One of the best Belgians I have had the pleasure to drink.

jhl1908, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of Sigmund
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

250 ml bottle, bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Hazy dark brown colour, large tan head. Pleasant aroma of dark malts, hops, chocolate, oak and bakery. Flavour is heavy dark malts, sweet, oaky and spicy. Hoppy finish. Warming mouthfeel as expected from a 12% ABV beer, there’s a certain "raw" and alcoholic edge (not entirely pleasant) that probably would benefit from a few years in a cellar. Powerful stuff, with a potential for improvement!

Sigmund, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%

I tried a 2003 bottle at the Kulminator in early 2006. It was poured into a Malheur goblet by Leen (co-owner of Kulminator).

It looked really nice, with an off-white foamy head and burgandy liquid filled with floating yeasties. I wanted it to smell bready and yeasty like a St Bernardus or Westvleteren beer (which I was originally expecting based on some ill-gotten advice). But it smelled like a barley-wine, which is possibly my least-favorite beer style.

The bottle said "outstanding flavor of whole hops", but I really didn't taste the hops very much at all. Mostly sweet malt flavor and a lot of alcohol.

I could barely finish 1 glass, so drinkability is low for me.

TurdFurgison, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of paterlodie
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

BB 23-03-08. Nice, ultrathick, big bubbeld yellowish head and very darkbrown beercollor. Nose is ultra malty, straw and caramel, litle roast, raisins, oak and explosive alcohol amounts. Good but IMO bombastic. Taste is also very strong malted, sweet but not overdone in this one, in composite of the alcohol that burns like whiskey together with the partly roasty genuiatly dosed bitterness. Carramellic coffee is what I would discripe this one and not high but still too high dosed carbonisation is strange in this extra stout like quadruppel. Recomendable IMO but take your time for it.

paterlodie, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of putnam
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Best before 17 12 05
So when was this brewed, 2 years ago? 5?
dark brown -- aromas of maple, oak, molasses, raisin, cherry cough drops, vanilla and sweet brown spices. Robust flavors of brandied, dried fruits, mashed nuts and old vintage port. The fizz is minor. The effect is dessert-like. I'll save this for later this evening.

putnam, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of kennyo
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

the color is the deepest, darkest brown wood that you can imagine. light tan head thayed throughout the whole beer. Aroma is chocolatey, alcohol, spicy, yeasty. This smells like an adult chocolate milk shake. Taste is malty, bittersweet chocolate, dry. Lots of carbonation for a 12% beer. Tough pour with a lot of yeast in the glass.

kennyo, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a deep maroon and brown with a small light tan head. Moderate spotty lace on the glass.
Aroma of dates and plums, dark citrus, coriander and heavy yeast and wheat bread.
Flavors of caramel malt, orange, wheat bread, grains, brown sugar and some spicy floral hops all present themselves.
Mouthfeel is medicinally sweet to start moving to a moderately spicy middle and finishing with the slightly burnt taste of grainy alcohol.
Drinkability is pretty high. Heavy alcohol taste detracts a bit but not too much.

CRJMellor, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev -2%

It is a dark ruby-brown color with a big tan head. The aroms is spicy and yeasty. It is very malty with some fruity esters and a slight bitter choclate taste. It finishes with flowery hops, though the bitterness is restrained. There is also a peppery spice that helps balance out the malts. A delicious beer.

ark57, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of marc77
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Turbid deep bister hue. Thick, dogged, uniform beige head leaves attractive lace. Deep, dark chocolate and minty ethanol waft to the nose at first. Ensuing is a combination of mild banana esters, black licorice and clove. Cocoa presence becomes more pronounced as the brew breathes. Relatively clean, but quite seductive aromawise. Dominant in flavor is a rich, semisweet chocolate and alcohol derived black pepper presence. Actual alcohol harshness is virtually absent. Esters are subdued, but multifaceted, with seemingly equal proportions of ripe plum, banana and bubblegum complementing chocolate character. Clove seemlessly emerges after a deliberation, adding an herbal twang. Dextrinous in body, with a mouthfeel one notch shy of viscous and creamy. Toffeeish dark candi sugar hints arise late, adding additional depth to residual sweetness. Finishes simply sweet with chocolate cookie hints melding with ethanol warmth. A delicious Dark Strong with pronounced, but well controlled chocolate character and just enough yeast derived nuances to pull it all together. Ranks amongst the very most drinkable high gravity brews I've encountered thus far. Highly recommended. Props to AKSmokedPorter for the delivery.

marc77, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev -2%

Poured a dark ruby-tinged brown in appearance with a very, very fizzy haed that quickly died. Small amounts of sticky lace on the glass. Aromas are complex. Toasty nut, almonds, vanilla extract, wrapped in a medicinal alcohol undertone. Flavor was big, with alcohol-soaked dark fruits dominating. Some caramel sweetness, with a dash of hops for good measure. Full and creamy mouthfeel, especially as it warms. Alcohol was surprisingly well-hidden, which I found amazing, given that it's a hefty 12%.

A different beer and one that I wouldn't rush out to get again. I have two others that will age for some time. I'd be curious as to how these age.

Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for including me in this shipment.

OldFrothingSlosh, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of stcules
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%

A bit different from their other beers, that are all golden-orange in colour. The colour of this one is dark mahogany-burgundy, with some reflexes. Big head, quite thin and compact.
The smell is nut, chocolate, almost vinaceous. Cocoa. Quite sweet (other difference between this one and the other Malheur, where the bitter is dominant). Alcohol very present.
In the taste the bitter is more evident, but even the alcool. The alcoholic impact is too strong. It warms... but the alcohol covers all the rest...
Surely a meditation beer, but maybe a little unbalanced: too bitter and too alcoholic, without a texture that can support all.
The aftertaste is bitter and sweetish caramel, and cocoa and hazelnut. And even alcohol, obviously...
Medium-high body.

stcules, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%

Very dark brown (almost black) with a full creamy light brown head and lots of suspended sediment. Complex dark fruit aroma -- cooked raisins ? Tastes much like it smells. Medium-full bodied with a warming alcohol finish - SMOOTH !

Tasted side by side with St. Bernardus Abt 12 --- I preferred this one - smoother than S.B. Abt 12 (which is in the Top 50)...

Label states: Strong Dark Beer (24 Plato)

Best Before: 12/17/05
Tasted: 09/28/03

(11.2 oz bottle)

RBorsato, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a clear but deep dark garnet with a nice cream-colored head. The smell of raisons, yeast, and light spices and alcohol bellow from the frothy foam. It has a sweetness that is obvious from the beginning and slides into the raison, fruit, spices, and light hops. What is simply amazing is that at 12%abv, it is not as apparent as you would think although there is a warming feeling that comes over you. It is light bodied and finishes quite sweet. Somewhat bold and tasty! Op uw gezonheid!

BeerAngel, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of lenin
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Tried this beer on a recommendation of the manager of the Bier Temple (sic) in Brussels. After (almost) clearing them out of Westvletern and seeing her excitement over my (easy) decision, I asked to hear about some of her obscure favorites. This was one among a couple tasty bottles and I wish I bought more. Yes the label is ugly -- looks like an amateur was let loose with photoshop and an inkjet printer, but the insides make up for that.

Appearance: poured into a wide mouth chalice, dark chocolate lab brown with off white (tan?) head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: alcohol is up front with malt and spices.

Taste: alcohol, alcohol, alcohol! At the first sip, the alcohol envelopes the mouth. At around 12% that's no surprise, but at this level it was a shocker. Many other flavors present as well; nutty maltiness. Exactly what I like, but not for everyone. Did I mention the alcohol?

Mouthfeel: dense cream. Huge.

Drinkability: Drinkable, not driveable. I could drink this all night, but it's not for everyone. This is a pretty big beer and with the alcohol notes being strong as they are, a lot of people would dislike it. Regardless, anyone loving it would feel the effects after two in a row.

Bottom line: loved this beer, it's exactly why I've fallen in love with Belgians after living in the Netherlands for a year. Buy it if you can find it!

lenin, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

11.2 oz brown euro shaped bottled. Label is a busy mixmatch of a beer label, and a neoimpressionist with a ultilitarian feel. Whatever.

Deep garnet tinged murly brown color. Fluffy, creamy dense tan head, bubbles up and fades fast. Tiniest bit of lacing around the edge of the glass. Nice sweet carmel smell matched with hints of maple syrup and vanilla. Taste is a supersmooth combination of the above with stronger vanilla notes to compliment. Sweetness is very present, almost hints of maple syrup. Streak of flowery hops whispers by, and leaves you wondering. Then a carmel and sticky to finish. Alcohol is only noticable at the very very end, with just a hint of alcohol burn. Medium bodied, slick slightly syrupy but so smooth. 12 % Abv sneeks up on you, watch out, but give it a try !

StevieW, Mar 14, 2003
Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.