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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:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV visit their website

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 Jeffo
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of mikedotnet
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque dark brown body; very substantial head which leaves a nice lace. Using a vigorous pour, this one will take a bit of time to fill your chalice. The bottle I cracked open today was a bit of a gusher as well (but nothing problematic).

S - An absolutely wonderful fruity aroma. To say it smells of figs doesn't do it justice, but that's probably a reasonable description.

T - Very sweet, to say the least. There is absolutely no bitterness whatsoever. A bit boozy (which is somewhat expected given the alcohol content). I wouldn't characterize this as a complex beer, but it is extremely tasty. Due to the sweetness (and the alcohol content), I wouldn't recommend having more than one in a sitting, though.

M - Great prickly carbonation. From the aroma and taste, you would almost expect this to be a bit syrupy, but the body is just about perfect- not too thin and not too thick.

O - This is a fantastic beer and is quite reasonably priced in my area (and in Chicago as well, where I first found a 750 mL bottle for roughly $10). As far as quadrupels go, I believe this is one of the best.

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Photo of diamondc
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dirty red brown, with a huge head that turns into a thin cap of foam. Minimal lacing.

S - A surprisingly hop forward aroma, yellow pears, banana, slight chocolate aroma with just a hint of wet dirt. Very appealing.

T - Hints of apple skins, red grapes, figs, chocolate, mango and banana. A good dose of alcohol lurks in the background too. The aftertaste is mildly bitter which is kind of surprising for a Quad. Typically complex taste for a Belgian beer!

M - very spritzy, almost soda like with the fizz. I wish it was a little thicker on the feel.

D - You can't really judge this against a low abv session beer, knowing this is 12% abv. Full of flavor on every sip, its a beer to spend a whole night with.

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Photo of stoutstevie703
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed on 10/14/10
A- Brown with brick red highlights when held to the light, nice 1" baise head forms off medium pour, which dissapates relatively quickly.
S- Clove hits my nose first, then notes of belgian candied sugar, dark fruit and malt as well.
T- There are dark fruits all over, with a trace of (chocolate malt?) the clove esters are more prominent in the nose, but do make a showing. Mid palate the candied sugar hits, and finish off- dry.
M- Medium to heavy, there is balanced carb. and seems velvety at times.
D- It is fairly easy drinker for the 12%abv which is too well hidden, i enjoyed this, albiet a bit to quick, a 750ml was no problem finish by myself. This is one of my favorite fall time beers, but it usually is a one and done.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mxchap
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Malheur 12 bottle

Appearance: Medium brown. Some floaters from the yeast. A tall head that receded quickly into a short layer. Head is light-tan in color. Appears to have moderate-high lacing. [3.75]

Aroma: Bavarian pretzel rolls, raisin, dark toast, molasses and toffee, booze and plums [4.25]

Taste: Caramel waterfalls, pretzels, sour apples, a little soy sauce, prunes, burnt toast. [4.25]

Feel: Oh so chewy, a little high on the carbonation (initially), definitely a bit cloying (but in a nice way). Goes down way too smooth for 12% [4.25]

Overall: A great quad, especially at the price point / availability
My favorite only behind Westy 12. [4.5]

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Photo of mj001jk
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a super dark chestnut, pretty dark for a quad. A bit cloudy as well, light doesn't travel well through this. Not a bad thing necessarily, but interesting to note. Rum soaked raisins, hint of toffee, caramel, lots of Belgian candi sugar. I get a touch of roasted grains in the finish too, perhaps a touch of roasted barley or chocolate malt in here? Pretty nice quad. Doesn't really compare with the big guys like Rochefort 10 or Chimay Blue but will do in a pinch.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I recently had the Malheur 10 and wanted to see what this one was about. Exceptional carbonation and admirable color. The ABV is well hidden! An underrated but still short of world-class Quad.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.


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Photo of CRJMellor
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brabander
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very lively beer so watch out with the opening of the bottle and the pour!

I am a quad lover and when i saw this one at the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium, i decided to try it.

I was not disappointed at all as you can see on my ratings. Bottle best before may 2014.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer sizzles in the glas and it gives on the biggest heads i have seen the last months. Deep darkbrown fluid with lots of carbonation. Goood.

Smell is somewhat caramellic sweetness. Taset is good, a very drinkable quad but the alcohol is not really hidden.

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Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - bomber (maybe 8mo old) to red wine glass. Deep ruddy brown, dense with fizz, topped with a small but persistent tan head. Sticky fingers of bubbles and booze coat the rim.

S - plum, brown sugar, blackberry, sugary yeast

T - ditto. Starts fairly sweet, wrapping the fruity smells above in a caramel/malty backbone, but aftertaste is slightly bitter. Not what I call "balanced" but avoids going too far either way. Very subtle boozy flavor ekes through, to a pleasant effect.

M - wonderfully full bodied, sticky, smooth. Coats the whole mouth and lingers like a liquor, while still providing a carbonated kick. Delightful.

D - super easy to drink for a quad. You only notice the ABV if you're looking for it; the strong aromas never clash; the carbonation is fun without becoming burdensome (as lagers and sodas are, at least for my gullet). If the slightly harsh sweet/bitter contrast evened out -- as I suspect more age might -- it would get 5.0 here too.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of Rayek
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of whirledview
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep, dark ruby/amber. Nice carbonation with a bubbley head that settles quickly, but never completely disappears. This is my favorite level of carbonation: it maintains fine bubbles at the meniscus throughout and evenly coats the glass with good lacing on every tilt.

S: not hugely fragrant for me. Faint notes of caramel and chocolate combined with a floral hop aroma. Alcohol is definitely present as is a slightly flowery, estery smell. Maybe a little cherry.

T: Malty, but pronounced bitterness as well. I don't get the sugar that others have mentioned as I find it fairly dry. Not especially fruity for me, but maybe some dark fruits, cherries and chocolate. Strong alcohol on the finish - seems to get stronger as I wait between sips.

M: Medium-full bodied. Good, crisp carbonation.

D: The strong alcohol aftertaste limits drinkability for me, but at 12% it's not surprising. It tastes great though and I'm happy to keep going.

-I was really excited about this one when I first poured and sipped, but now I'm wrecked off my first glass ;-) About half way through the first glass, a strong alcohol aftertaste was getting to me a bit. It's a really good beer though and right in my wheelhouse as I love strong dark belgians. One with slightly less alcohol might be better fit for me though.

750mL bottle served in my trusty chalice

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Photo of Rapax
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge off-white head. Deep ruby color, absolutely beautiful.

Smell is less than I expected but still interesting. Some raisin sweetness and caramel. Hint of spices. A little bit af alcohol too.

Almost overwhelmingly sweet taste to start with. Maltier than most belgians. Definitely dried fruit. And again, some alcohol.

Good mouthfeel - a bit on the heavy side for the type. The 12% abv are adequately, but not perfectly, masked.

Overall a really nice quadrupel. A little on the sweet end for my taste, though.

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

Quite a change from their other beers that are all golden to orange in color, this ones dark and brooding with a monstrous head, frothy in texture, beige in color and as it degrades, leaves a nice sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose is malt sweet, plummish, hints of yeast and even some caramel, well that’s the way this old honker smells it. Start sweet, loads of malt, top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is mildly acidic, hops are delectable in their spicy presence, the aftertaste alcohol bitter, dry and long lasting, quite a “Belly Warmer” to boot, not meant for the “Light Weights”, it’s a “BA” Beer.

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

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger or two of creamy, khaki colored head.

S: A bit fruit aroma to this beer. Lots of banana accompanied by raisins, cherries, plums, and perhaps figs. Plenty of sugar character in the form of toffee, caramel, and candy sugar. A bit of alcohol is certainly there, too.

T: A ton of banana flavor which is really quite nice. There is still a lot of dark fruit character here along with the typical intense sugar notes of a Quad. Lots of caramel, candi sugar, molasses, and maybe just a bit of roast.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Surprisingly easy to drink and very little booze apparent on the palate.

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

Grabbed a 3 year old 750ml bottle of Malheur from my cellar - a wait well worth it. Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Dark brown, nearly maroon color with significant haze. Tons of sediment in each glass - probably a mixture of both the aging and the style of beer. Nose is exceedingly sugary, which belies the flavor, and you can definitely sense the alcohol.

This is essentially what you expect from a quad. Raisins, brown sugar, toffee, a little bit of chocolate. Lots of flavor in this, and all in a good way. A light carbonation in the beer with nice fine bubbles. Overall a very enjoyable drink, particularly when paired with a good meal.

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

pours a dark black with a large khaki head, and has good lacing.

smell of dark pitted fruit, some caramel, and a touch of spice.

taste of dark fruit, some caramel, spice, grapes, some cocoa, some malt, and just few hops in the back.

a drinkable beer for sure.

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

A: poured a really dark brown with a nice 2 finger frothy head that had great retention and good sticky lacing.

S: brown sugar, plums,and boozy aromas up front with hints of belgian yeast and chocolate.

T: chocolate toffee and booze backbone with plum and dark fruit notes.

M: creamy medium body with a good amount of carbonation with a sweet boozy finish.

D: really enjoyable beer all around. Nice robust brew and will only have one due to the alcohol presence.

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

Had this Quadrupel for a while in the refrigerator, but tonight (07/09/2008) as the temperature fell to 17° Celsius I decided to have this non-summer beer. Quads need to be drunk almost warm, slowly, and with the right food. "Parmigiano Reggiano" and "Salalme a grana fine" always do the job.
So this belgian shows a deeeep brown dress topped by a magnolia foam vanishing in a few minutes. At nose this is simply great, with all you can expect from a good quadrupel: chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and some yeast. Mouthfeel is good too, creamy and enough tick with a slight prickly carbonation. Taste is alcohol up front but what follows is again deceived and hidden by the carbonation. But as it warms and carbonation decreases the good things are revealed: a bit of sweetness, the right dryness in the finish and a smooth maltiness in the middle.
Drinkability is still good despite the 12% ABV, and I'd like to have another.
A very good beer, a good pair for some robust flavors, but for sure behind the holy graals of Quads (Westwleteren, Rochefort and St. Bernardus).

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