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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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206 Reviews

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 442
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 40
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 brystmar
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of kennyo
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm, dangerous beer. Poured right out of the fridge, so too cold, but with a smallish tan head that slowly settles and no lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is lots of dark, ripe fruits, candies, malt, toffee, caramel. fruit, loam. Flavor’s a lot like nose, but with big sweetness tempered by good carbonic tang. Very well balanced as they say. Very little alcohol in the finish which is like flavor and of average length. Great, easy drinking, powerful brew.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

glad to see these 750s in AK.

Pours a deep dark ruby color, very brown with an off white/light tan head that recedes to about one finger and holds well. lacing is decent.

Nose is full of belgian yeast, dark malt, dark fruits and sugar. Some anise like spice in there as well.

Taste is quite good. Dark fruit abounds right off the bat. Big fig and plum flavors rock out of the gate. Belgian candy sugar and yeast are along for the ride. There is a very unique sweetness here. A very rich beer this is. Deep dark malty flavors though the middle. There is indeed some anise like spicing in here, but not as much as the nose indicated, which wasn't a whole lot to begin with, but it is noticeable here. There is a nice almost hop like bite in the middle, really quickly then gone. A good dry finish, and some candy sugar and dark fruit lingers on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid, but it could use maybe just a bit of reduction in the carbonation. love the dry finish, and the thickness and slickness is right where it oughta be.

Drinkability is pretty good. Goes down easy as hell for the abv. Down right unbeleivably actually. But make no mistake, its a sipper.

Overall a very solid quad from Malheur. I am glad i picked up a couple of these to put some age on. Defenitely one of the better quads I've had. Westy 12 is still my baby, but this one is defenitely a good alternative. Would like to see some smaller bottles around, but man, this is good stuff.

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Photo of tomfneph
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice from the fridge, this beer has a nut brown opaque color with a one finger caramel head that faded quickly as the beer warmed.
The beer gains flavor and mouthfeel as it warms. Don't drink it too cold. The smell is predominantly figs, raisins, and sour cherries. It has a faint vinous overtone. The taste is a mild and malty toasted brown sugar. I had a Westvleteren a year ago and if my memory serves me correctly this beer is not as sweet and fruity. The mouthfeel is a pleasant lubrication that cries out for a medium bodied dry cheese like a pecorino or Parmesan. Share this beer, otherwise it may be one and done.

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Photo of daledeee
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't remember seeing this beer before. I thought I would give it a try. I opened a bottle in the den and oh my god, boiling bubbles and no glass. Off to the kitchen!!

Once I got this poured the bubbles weren't near as wild. A medium off white head on a very brown body.

Nose is yeast, caramel. very appealing

Taste is a nice full dark Belgian taste. Prunes, malt, hops, spice, sweet, cream, more and more. Licorice in the finish. This is a fine example of a quad.

Mouth feel would also exceptional, but I found it almost numbing. Alcohol was at first hot but became more subdued as I drank it. This is a nice one to try. Very worthy of the style.

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Photo of marc77
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, best before end of 15.04.11, poured into tulip glass:

Pours dark brown with a thin creamy tan head. Rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with anise. Earthy and rooty notes.

The taste is of toffee, anise, earthy very complex and rounded together. Some vinuous notes come through as it progresses. A floral touch comes through at the finish.

The feel is rich and creamy.

It is very well-balanced. Creamy and complex. Alcohol shows only slightly, making it very approachable for abv. Very drinkable for a "big" beer. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of bskrtz
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cold from 11.2 ounce bottle to St Bernardus beer challis

A) Frothy white head, deep dark brown with lots of lively carbonation. Very thick and hazy.

S) Sweet caramel, sour dough and orange citrus.

T) Delicious & complex. Taste is dark stewed fruits, figs, raisons & dates.

M) Very smooth with concentrated flavors. The alcohol content is high but does not dominate. Carbonation lasts and lasts.

D) Truly enjoyed this one -- an excellent Quad. Beware: packs a punch with 12% ABV

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Photo of BobZ
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of StevieW
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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 !

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Photo of Glory
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once again, this is a very nice Souvenir from Belgium and thanks to Quebecbiere.info, I had the chance to get 20 bottles for home.

Poured in a regular wine glass, it gives out a hazy but see- through dark brown colored brew. It has alot less carbonation then the Malheur 10. The head is less powerfull and fades out quite quickly But stays strong around the rim.

Smells of dark candy sugar....(I visited the brewery so I know its in there...I've actually added it to the brewpot myself) Still like the 10 you get wiffs of C02 and alcohol scent. But underneath are hints of burnt caramel, vanilla and fruity esters as well. Notes of dried prunes, dried figs and roasted malt. Not much hop though. But one thing is for sure, Even blindfolded...without a doubt, it's a belgian Dark Ale

On the palate, the carbonation is perfect, just little tickels witch gives room for dark malt taste and once again, a strong alcohol warmth. Notes of caramel, vanilla again and roasted hazelnuts for some reason. Its quite sweet and finishes with a strong alcohol feeling. Definetly not your average thirst quencher. I'm not quite sure if the brewers behind this beer would agree with the term Quadrupel.
Its a perfect example for a strong brown Belgian Ale. Very Classic and very well done ! I love this Brewery !
What's say you ?

Cheers lads


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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle into St. Bernardus chalice. Thank you Kendall!

A. Pours a well carbonated 2+ finger head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Color is very dark brown, almost indistinguishable from black.

S. Big yeasty malty aroma. Dark fruit, brown sugar, candi sugar. Sweet smelling. Like the smell of this one quite a bit.

T. Dark fruit, candi sugar sweetness, caramel, belgian yeast. Overall nice sweetness, takes the stage. Not the most complex flavors for a quad. Raisins, figs, brown sugar. Even though it is not overly complex, it is incredibly smooth for 12%. Really delicous despite, not being the best quad. Get a little punch of spice on the back of the tongue on one of my sips.

M. Full bodied. Meidum carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

O. Good aroma. Excellent sweet Belgian delciousness for flavor. Good full mouthfeel. Its not the epitome of the worlds best quads, but this is some really good beer.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dog Street Pub in Williamsburg. Perhaps it was that drinking this was an alternative to shopping with my girlfriend. But most likely, it was the quality that gives this such a good review. Such a classic quad: well balanced, rich and complex, barely a hint of its strong abv, and absolutely delicious going down. I think I'll have to buy one of DoG's awesome growlers and fill it with this. Worth the trip.

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Photo of putnam
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChestSplitter
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark orange/copper. Not as bubbly as some other Belgians.
Smell is lots of dark fruit, spices.
Taste is lots of the same, exactly what you want/expect from a big fruity quadruple, but the added thing here is a spicy finish that is noticeably different from, say Rochefort or St Bernardus.
Mouthfeel: the 12% alcohol is pretty well hidden, but this is not a beer you would ever want to gulp. Its meant to be sipped.
Overall, this quad is a little different and a lot underrated. Wonderful big beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at BXL on 43rd in Midtown for $11. Served in a stemmed Malheur glass, it appeared a hazy red with a short tan head. While this beer was a bit of a sipper, I was impressed by how smooth it was for the strength and that it was relatively drinkable compared to other 12% beers. The flavor was dominated by sweet vanilla and plum, with berry fruits and typical subtle Belgian spicing in the background. The hops were there mostly for balance and contributed little to the taste. Heck of a quad, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In draft at the source. Poured into Malhuer chalice/tulip. Creamy off-white head, high retention. Dark, dark ruby, almost black. Aroma, dates, light roast, almost chocolate sweetness. Taste creamy, coffee, chocolate malty sweet, creamy goodness. Excellent. Totally delicious. 

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

750ml Bottled Conditioned
Best Before: 15/04/11

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some dark fruits. The taste is very nice malty/yeasty, some nice figs/raisins/plums notes, slight spice. Medium body, nice warming effect, the ABV is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jhl1908
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of lenin
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.