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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

Malheur 12°Malheur 12°

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

353 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%


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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t0rin0

California

3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if my bottle was mistreated but as far as I know its been in the fridge since Stan at Lonehill Liquor in Glendora Ca aquired it. This was a real let down. I hate to badmouth the 100,000 + users on this site but I have to say: BECAUSE A BEER IS RARE OR HARD TO FIND DOES NOT MAKE IT GOOD. I'm getting tired of all the overhyped beers that I read about that turn out to be a let down. On to the review.

The beer looked beautiful. The cork shot off the bottle quite violently and the beer foamed like crazy when it hit the glass. When it settled it was a very nice dark cherry red color that was quite clear. The head was dark tan in color and had a decent retention to it for a belgian ale.

Upon hovering my nose above the glass I discovered that the beer smells much like a cheap european lager. Carlsberg comes to mind. It was a shock to me as this is one of the most highly rated quadrupels on this site. In any case, underneath the cheap smell there was some nice dark sweet malts. There was also some alcohol present. I gave it a 3 because the little bit of quadrupel that did show up in the nose was very helpful in reminding me that this is supposed to be worth $11.99/ bottle.

The taste was kind of offensive at first. It was like mixing a bottle of St Bernardus 12 (which is one of my favorite beers of all time) with a 6 pack of some czeck pilsner. It had the light qualities of a lager and a mild hop presence. Now, because of the 12% abv and the fact that I split the whole bottle with my roomate, the flavor did improve as I worked my way down the glass. As the abv starts to set in the sweet dark fruits and dark malt flavors start to make them selves known. Not much yeast or sediment at the bottom to change the flavor much. It was noted that there is little to no alcohol flavor in this beer and so finishing the glass quickly (<10 minutes) was not a problem.

Body was medium and carbonation was suprisingly low considering how explosive the opening and pouring were. Of 1100 beers sampled now this has to be one of the biggest let downs ever. That is not to say that this isn't a good beer, because it is, but I really do not believe that this deserves the avg rating that it has.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 10:15:15 | More by t0rin0
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stcules

Italy

3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 09:31:37 | More by stcules
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good beer. However, it struck me as sort of like a bock - overly cerealy with a malted milk ball sweetness. It had some nice redeeming qualities, but I couldn't get past the sweetness.

Color was dark but brilliant. Head was medium sized bubbles of consistent size, kind of like that of a macro lager. Aroma was earthy and roasty with some sourness. Flavor was sour (which was good) but offered an overly sweet unpleasantness with too much malt. Mouthfeel was clean and pretty good.

I would weakly recommend this beer. I had this bottle at Paters Vaetje ("Monk's Casket") in Antwerp.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 00:57:40 | More by BeerBelcher
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't really into this one at all.

Smells malty and sweet. Typical yeast aromas too. Taste was unimpressive to me. Really sweet and really thickly coats the palette. It's almost a chore to drink the whole thing. It also has a tea like taste to it, or that's how I'd describe it. Also fruity... overly to me. Alcohol is very warming, as with a 12% abv beer I suppose.

Overall, I think I'll pass on this one next time. It was just too thick for me causing a sticky sweet residue in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 18:07:36 | More by Buggies
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 00:33:24 | More by TurdFurgison
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good thing I was near my trash can for this one. A sharp fizz was my only warning upon loosing the cap, and then the beer came gushing forth! I quickly got it into a glass, but there's little excuse for this sort of thing. Pity, too... beer went to waste! So, proceed with caution.

A. Crackling and fizzy tan head that fades fast atop a dirty, chunky clear red-brown. Lots of sediment in this one, and I left a bunch in the bottle, even so. Lower points here for gushing and generally being messy.

S. Served around 55 degrees, the first thing you notice is that dark fruit nose - fruity with dates, plums, etc - but then there's quite a bit of alcohol heat and sharpness that frankly, doesn't need to be there. It is distracting and takes away from other, much more interesting things going on. This is 12%, but does it need to smell like it? Other than booze and fruit, some dark roasted grainy character, vanilla and hops peek out, but it's all a bit useless with this much ethanol present.

T. Sadly, the booziness continues on into the taste, imparting a Robitussin-like sharpness that is quite unpleasant and doesn't mesh well with the Good Stuff: dark fruit, earthy hop notes, molasses, cocoa, rum and other eyebrow raising flavors are all here, but walloped into a pulp by the bruising booze. It's a real shame, because there is a great beer here -- I don't know if this needs aging or I got a bum bottle or what.

M. Interestingly, quite light and creamy-full. Thin for the style, but the ample carbonation (champagne yeast, right?) If this tasted better it'd be one of the easier Quads to drink out there. Finish is warm alcohol, sharp and fusel, and a little bitter-astringent, black tea like. Spicy and sweet in turns. Mildly dry and yeasty finish. Decent overall. But for the price, this should be better.

D. For the price, I wouldn't. I would like to try this again though, as I really don't think the bottle is 'sposed to blow up like it did. Maybe this was stored poorly or somesuch. In any event, this bottle of Malheur 12 is curious and has merit, but is ultimately flawed. Ahh well, you can't win 'em all.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 04:28:42 | More by kkipple
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 16:51:07 | More by ThaCreep
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this 11.2 oz brown bottle in a Westmalle goblet. best before 1.04.11. Purchased for $9.99 a 4 pack. It was a dull cola color with a light tan head. There were red highlights and the body seemed to clear up quickly after settling. A fine cap remained but it left no lacing.

The smell was crisp fruitiness. Date-nut bread. Prunes and raisins.

The taste was somewhat blunted. Dark bread and vague peppercorn. However, it seem rather well balanced. Finished semi-dry.

The mouthfeel was full with a constantly blooming carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 15:04:04 | More by Cresant
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DARIVA

Netherlands

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep cherry red dark beer with a reasonable head

S: Sweet smell with the presence of caramel, light floral.

T: Sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, chocolate

M: Good tingling, feeling much foam, tingling remains a long time.

O: Not easily drinkable, also a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 18:13:19 | More by DARIVA
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear, burgundy red beer with a quick settling head.

Smell is full of dark flavors, caramalts, candisugar and red fruit, grapes and strawberries.

Taste is full and quite alcoholic. The beer is malty and has strong caramalt character. It reminds of dark fruit candi sugar. The beer has 12% alcohol which is nicely hidden behind it's big body. The beer is too sweet for me. All together the beer has not enough to fascinate me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 21:44:57 | More by Absumaster
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep chocolatey brown. Head is somewhat tanned. Retention is decent, but pretty much no lacing.
S- Malty with fig and raien characteristics. Lightly spicy and just a bit of alcohol presence.
T- Taste is more pronounced. Definite fig character that is a really nice flavor. A bit of plum in there too. There is a bit of metallic character in the finish though that is undesirable.
M- More carbonated than most in style, and a bit lighter in body.
O- Merely an average quad. Decent but the metallic aftertaste and weak mouthfeel were subpar.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 03:08:52 | More by jsprain1
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packetknife

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't like the label, it looks rotted, but it really doesn't matter in reality. It pours deep reddish-brown with a foamy white head. The head bubbled down into a denser layer that held. It has an orange liquor smell on the nose. It has a strong bitterness across the tongue but leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste. It was thick in the mouth and I found it drinkable although you'll certainly feel it after a while. Curious to have it off of tap. I'll definatly revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 10:18:32 | More by packetknife
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phattysbox

New York

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz Bottle poured inot Duvel tulip glass. Pours a murky deep brown color with a nice thick tannish head. Head sticks around for a while and leaves a nice sticky ring of lace.

Initial smell was overpowering medicinal / alcohol smell. Initially poured very cold and the alcohol was very evident - to the point of being unattractive. Allowed the brew to warm to room temp and alcohol subsides a bit - but not too much. Found nice figgy sweetness and malts in the nose, some caramel too.

Taste was again harsh initially due to the spicy alcohol, which sterilizes my palate to any complexity this brew might have. I battled with this brew in the beginning but in the end we came to a truce and I really began to enjoy it. Sweet caramel and toffee notes when it warms. Figs and ripe fruit come to mind. The last 5 sips were absolutely fantastic, more complex than a Roc 10 at the same stage. Meduim bodied and dry finish. Alcohol warms the core with this one.

I think this brew could be a real contender to the Roc line... Unfortunately the alcohol was way to evident and knocked this brew down for me. Maybe this brew needs to mellow a few years in a cellar to bring out more flavors to mask the alcohol. Drinkability is poor due to the evident and burning alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 16:53:10 | More by phattysbox
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rarbring

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A foggy dark chestnut ale, a high off-white head, good lacing and curtains.

Sweet aromas, raisins, almond and sherry. A bit weak.

Sweet red fruits, brown sugar, some cherry seed bitterness.

Medium carbonation, a thick texture and big body, slightly dry.

Easy to drink, covers the high ABV well.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 17:08:03 | More by rarbring
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 23:12:53 | More by BlackHaddock
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened a gusher. Thankfully I got most of it to gush into the glass and ended up with a dark brown/black beer with an off white head. The foam did disappear quickly though, leaving only traces on the surface.

Smells of malt, with both dark, roasty undertones and a fair amount of sweetness.

Taste is a very unique yeasty flavor, with many fruit esters. Tastes a bit like a more sugary version of Rochefort 10 actually.

Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing; not as robust as the color would make one believe.

Really pretty drinkable for what it is. My expectations were low after tasting the ridiculously sweet Malheur 10, but I was pleasantly surprised when the sugars were only slightly overpowering in this.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 16:38:04 | More by philipquarles
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark copper wtih a lasting creamy head.
Nose is complex as expected: raisins, stewed apples, cloves, bready yeast, treacle and cinnamon. Nice!
Very sweet rich flavours follow, which I suppose are needed to cover the high alcohol... Lots of candi sugar, dark brown sugar and candied dark fruits. Alcohol is noticeable later on but is in no way overbearing. A little to sweet for me.
Carbonation is suitably high. Alcoholic heat is quite noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 05:29:00 | More by CrazyDavros
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Initial head rises high and slowly diminishes to a thin ring of lace; dark mahogany brown that is almost completely opaque. Booze-soaked raisin aroma with some fresh-baked mo- lasses cake in the back. Crisp and slick full body, carbonation comes to play with a sizable bite. Stogy malt character dances with the spicy, peppery alcohol. Flights of fruitiness from the alcohol and caramelized sugar from the malt stack the complexities. Faint suggestions of broth and vegetable middle to end are other affirmations that this is a BIG beer. Mild herbal, almost cheesy hop is right below the spiciness of the alcohol. Finishes semisweet with a kiss of charred malt.

A little rough around the edges, yet still very controlled for a Quad--a treat to drink. The road most taken would be blue-veined cheese with some fig spread ... a bit more daring would be a pork loin with mole sauce.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 21:59:08 | More by BeerAdvocate
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chiefhabeb

California

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Head poured thick with tiny bubbles. Dark Dark beer, and the beads stuck around as I drank.

Nice aroma, with a bit of caramel and sour dough. The taste is a little on the alcoholy side with a sharp aftertaste. Not the best in the world, but a solid, above average quad. Bubbly in the mouth, which lingers for quite a bit. Overall a nice beer

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 02:50:54 | More by chiefhabeb
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cassanoj

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 06:17:54 | More by cassanoj
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Mahlik

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into tulip glass

A - Pours a dark brown with a two-finger khaki head. Head retention is pretty good. Head dissipates to leave a thin crown. Some decent streaks of lacing are left behind.

S - Dark sugars mixed with raisins, figs and molasses give this beer an aroma that is quite sweet. Fresh baked bread and roasted malts make up the backbone of the aroma.

T - Sweet and boozy. Almost a tad too sweet for me. Dark fruits, bready malts and dark sugar are what really stand. Some subtle notes of caramel and cherries. Spicy alcohol makes it presence well known.

M - Medium-bodied with medium-high level of carbonation. Sticky and slick mouthfeel. Plenty of warmth from the alcohol.

O - I've had superior quads to this. The ample sweetness and lack of notable flavors were negatives for me. I don't think this is undrinkable by any means. I just think there are better options. Seek out if you are a big fan of quads.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:59:56 | More by Mahlik
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SirChugsAlot

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color which shines bright red when held to the light. About a 2 finger head lingers for quite some time

Smells really sweet with lots of fruit apples and figs and grapes

Taste is sweet and malty with a warm aftertaste

Medium body with decent carbonation. not overpowering at all

This is a good desert beer i think i'd like to enjoy this one if i was relaxing on the back porch after a big meal watching the sun go down. I'll keep this one on the list until the next time that happens..

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 23:26:02 | More by SirChugsAlot
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Sigmund

Norway

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 00:28:18 | More by Sigmund
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Zorro

California

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deeply brown colored beer with a heroically tall brown head. About as dark as coffee.

Sweet smelling with a lot of fig and dark preserved fruit aromas. Grape and apple scents with an edge of apple brandy to it. Basically this is all fruit scents.

The taste starts out sweet and fruity with a woody aftertaste. Mild fig and raisin flavor and a trace of apple brandy. One of the milder flavored Quads around.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer but one in a style that has quite a few top beers in the world in it. Not a bad beer but Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or is cheaper in the same place I bought this and a superior beer. Not bad but there are better.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:21:06 | More by Zorro
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

The Malheur 12 was really quite an odd beer, with a beautiful dark amber color and a light head. It was a great consistency and a bit heady, but thats common for big bottle belgians. Roomate picked it up at the local beer store (Rodmans in DC) and poured in a tall glass. The smell was very fruity, though the presence of the alcohol (12% ABV) was certainly a turn-on.

The taste was incredibly soft and the fruitiness and maltiness hit the palate together almost immediately. Its a combination a lot of beers try for (the Delerium Nocturnum, to name one), but can never quite balance out the way this beer does.

The dark fruit, caramel maltiness, and subtleties in lacing make the Malheur 12 exceptionally soft in the mouth, but the beer does not round out enough in the end to make it really drinkable in the long run. Fantastic beer for a glass, but reluctant to drink continuously.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 03:22:17 | More by TLove
Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.