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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

413 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 33
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2002

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Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in its glassware. Russet color with deep ruby tones. Small head cap.

Dark plum, phenols, nutty yeast, roast, dry raisin, and red grape. Delicate aromas with hidden complexity.

Dark fruity yeast esters with notes of candied plum, red grape, hard tack, and nuttiness. Note of artificial grape and raspberry jam are interesting. Great medicinal character. Some vinous notes. On the sweet side, for a quad.

Restrained booziness, wooly carbonation, full body.

Fantastic quad on-draft.

Photo of Furlinator
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge caramel and toffee flavors with banana accents. Like liquefied Bananas Foster. 12% ABV is undetectable.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured ( I drank this around 70° f due to unusual circumstances) out a dark amber color, it was almost black and was topped with a slightly tan head about three fingers thick and very fluffy, but it quickly thinned out into a thin ring around the glass. Thee was quit a bit a yeast on the bottom of the snifter. The bottle also kept on foaming and the head just kept pouring out of the bottle (something new for me, I had never seen this before). There is some very active carbonation; it has a very floral aroma that's sweet and fruity, there is a strong alcohol aroma as well. Its warm on the tongue and very smooth, there is a very faint bitterness to it on the sides of my mouth, it is spicy has a fairly thick body. It leaves a dry aftertaste in your mouth and the alcohol is really evident, but it is not too overwhelming. I will be trying this beer again, and even drinking it at a higher temperature than normal its pretty good.

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate brown colour, little head, expirey 9/09. Thanks Boutip. Malt and some spicey yeast, with the emphasis on the spice. I taste ginger, balck pepper, star anise. Alcohol fairly masked. Above avrage mouthfeel, tasty treat that is expertly spiced malt. Very good Belgium.Dangerously drinkable.

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

Small capped bottle poured into a wine glass. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a robust and frothy two inches of foam. This cap cascades down and settles in a few minutes to a light film.

Smell of dark fruits and a good yeast presence accompanies with some spice. Some chocolate and a hint of brown sugar as well with some dark cherry with warming. Classic Quad with some alcohol esters as well, pretty solid.

Spritzy carbonation on the palate brings forth a potent mix of malt flavors. Touch of chocolate blends with raisin/fig and some dark cherry, with a lingering finish offering some well muddled brown sugar/dried fruit notes. Touch sweet in the end but it is pulling a big ABV number.

Good feel. Sweet and strong but complex and inviting and with a well placed level of carbonation. A very good Quad. that has no flaws in my view, lacking a bit in complexity only when compared with the best in the game.

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 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 illidurit
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westy goblet. One finger of light tan head recedes pretty quickly with no lacing. Not really what you'd expect from a well-regarded Belgian ale.

Nice quad aroma of chocolate, banana, toffee, and darker fruits like plum and raisin.

Flavor is mainly a complex maltiness with touches of fruit and a lingering caramel finish. Some spiciness, probably anise also comes out mid-palate to take the edge off the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and a little too carbonated for my taste. It's not awful or excessive but it could stand to be fuller. Luckily despite this, the mighty 12% alcohol is not detectable in the flavor. It does however warm the insides. Fairly drinkable for a monstrous beer.

Photo of parintele
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Nazzz
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby with tinges of brown with a persistent finger of bubbly foam. The smell is fragrant with licorice and molasses present and some dark fruits. The taste is rich and sweet dark fruits with a bit of alcohol in the back. All in all a nice quad. Thanks to Byronic for bringing this back from Belgium for me.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before DL039/111(no idea). Pours very hazy extremely dark brown color with a 1 finger foamy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apple, pear, prune, caramel, molasses, chocolate, toast, pepper, clove, earth, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of raisin, prune, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, toffee, clove, earth, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, chocolate, toffee, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent balance and complexity of flavors with good depth; no cloying flavors after the finish at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale! Very nice depth and complexity; and quite smooth to sip on. No idea on the age of this bottle; but I would have to say it probably is fairly old and it definitely holds up well. This is a very enjoyable sipper.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into a Stella Artois goblet. Best before 13.11.10 (purchased mid-2008), so I figured this was ripe enough to break into tonight.

A careful pour lends a sizable head with trapped chunks of brown yeast suspended throughout. Glad I saved the last ounce or so, because it chunked up the sink with ease. A steady stream of carbonation fuels the sandpaper-tan foam above a deep crimson body snow-globed by yeast particulates. Killer lacing. Excellent aroma, too, rich with fig pudding and vanilla. Plums, caramel-coated apples, and English toffee round out a thorough nose. Very slight hint of alcohol if you dig deep enough, but the 12% is well-hidden so far.

Rich flavor, as the dark fruit contingent carries through from the aroma to lace the palate with browned apple flesh, plum, and currants. The alcohol makes itself felt on the back of the palate with a hint of boozy sweetness & heat, but at no point is it overbearing. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit thinner than I would have expected for the style and ABV, but I assume the uppity carbonation level probably has something to do with that. Overall, Malhuer 12° proved to be a tasty Belgian quad that hit the spot on a chilly Austin night. A worthy candidate for the cellar.

Photo of rickrem
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tonib2055
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Has a dark copper color with a cloudy sediment. 1 finger head that remained to the end.

S - In the nose there is plum and cherry apparent mixed with the scent of the alcohol

T - This beer has a sweet barley-winesque flavor that is fruit forward with a very modest finish.

M - moderate to low carbonation, smooth

O - I found this beer enjoyable. While the alcohol is apparent in the nose I did not find it overwhelming in the flavor. The finish was the highlight of this beer for me because it leaves your palate with only a lingering flavor. This made me want more.

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 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 spdyfire83
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

248th Review
33cl bottle poured into Malheur snifter
Vintage: 27/07/2006

Enjoyed at DHvL in early June 2012. Thanks to kscaldef for sharing this!

A: Medium/dark brown. Half (mocha) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of raisin, fig, wood, and touch of vanilla. Toffee sweetness, malt, and alcohol. Complex and rich. Smells smooth.

T: Mellow and muddled mix of everything in the nose, but a very pronounced oak and chocolate presence. Deep and somewhat easy to drink, but booze could mellow a bit.

M: Full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: Overall a good beer, but might get a bit better with age.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass at my home. Solid, thick head that doesn't act like it ever wants to leave.

Pours a somewhat muddy brown, almost opaque, with just hints of cocoa highlights around the edges. Not the prettiest beer I've ever seen.

Smell is full of dark fruits like plums and raisins, some phenols, almost a maple syrup like sweetness, a little earthiness, and perhaps even alcohol. Almost a plum cobbler smell. Very nice.

Big time plum/prune in the initial sip, followed by a gentler malt sweetness. Lots of flavors bouncing around in here, from the malts, the yeast, perhaps even candi sugars. An interesting pipe tobacco flavor sneaks in at the end as well. Yet odd as it seems, it doesn't ever get too sweet. There's enough bitterness and alcohol heat to keep this from being sickly sweet. And it finishes surprisingly dry. There's no lingering syrupy aftertaste. Just that initial blast of plums and prunes, then a huge complexity of various flavors fighting for your attention, then it fades away quickly to make room for the next sip. Nicely done.

Remarkably light bodied for a 12% ABV brew, likely from sugars being added to dry it out. That helps make it much more drinkable.

Overall this is a fine quad. it has that Belgian flavor you'd expect, with the fruits, the phenols, the yeast esters, and ties it all together rather than leaving it a muddled mess. It isn't shy at all about announcing its ABV, but why should it be? Not every beer has to disguise its strength. I'm impressed with this, and would definitely drink it again.

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

Appearance - dark brown color with some nice tan head

Smell - brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, fruitcake, malt

Taste - Belgian yeast, cocoa, brown sugar, dark fruits, rum

mouthfeel - HIghly carbonated, full bodied, alcohol is well masked, mildly bitter upfront, slightly sweet finish. Rich beverage

drinkability - this is a nice QUad, no hint of booze despite the relatively high ABV, one that I will revisit

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 nickss
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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