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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

384 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 33
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2002)
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Photo of cassanoj
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

cassanoj, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Mahlik
3.63/5  rDev -11%
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.

Mahlik, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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..

SirChugsAlot, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of TLove
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

TLove, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of david18
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at the Amsterdam Ale House, thinking i'd never had it before and then i discovered I had it in a bottle recently.

My previous review:
Dark brown appearance with a great light tan head. A lot of yeast presence in the beer visually with an amazing dark fruit aroma and flavor. This is a beer i won't forget too soon. Dark fruit upfront with a caramel after taste. At this alcohol by volume i need to be careful but I would highly recommend this beer.

This is a little less yeasty than the bottle version but the strength is still very present. A good beer bur for later at night.

david18, May 30, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Zorro, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Sigmund
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

Sigmund, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a dark black/brown color with barely any film. Dark malt aroma with some sugary spices. Malty taste, with the addition of dark fruits like fig, date, and plum. Mild carbonation, and medium-bodied. This is an ok beer, but it doesn't particularly impress me in the flavor department... seems to be missing a bit of the spices in the taste.

mithrascruor, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smell: the sweet cream and subtle mint is a fairly unique characteristic in beer, especially from a quadruple

Taste: milk chocolate, minus the heavy malts, pervade throughout along with ruby-red grapefruit; an odd pairing of flavor

The beer wasn't terrible by any means, even with the odd flavor combination, but rather, the beer was unique in its eccentricity; the beer wasn't life changing but I would recommend it

PAIRS very well with orange chicken for some reason

Blindpigbiz, May 29, 2013
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown with almost three fingers of thick off white head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Dried apricots, orange bitters, nutmeg, and a bit of peppercorn. A bit brighter with less dark fruits than I'm used to for the style, but still quite nice.

T: Sweeter than I thought it'd be based on the aroma. Plums start off with a bit of prunes. Quite peppery as well without as much of the brighter apricot and orange I got from the aroma. A tad soapy.

M: Medium thickness with a nice, strong carbonation.

O: Not a bad Quad, it has a nicely complex aroma and a decent flavor, it just doesn't stand up with some the heavy hitters of the style.

coreyfmcdonald, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of aerozeppl
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with around 10 fingers of white head when combining the 4 pours it took to get an 11.2 oz bottle into my glass. Billowy white head. Almost looks black until held up to the light. Then a nice deep ruby/rust color.

S: Little bit of toffee some malt and sweetness. Little bit of a burnt nose. The candi sugar comes across fairly clear. Little bit of esters with a touch of dark fruit in there as well. Lacks the complexity I look for in the style.

T: Nice sweetness up front. Candi sugar. A little bit of burnt malt. A touch estery. It just is lacking the complexity I want for this style and the ABV.

M: The mouthfeel ia little too sharp and assertive. Fairly prickly. Probably a result of all the sugar they used in this beer. After 30 min in the glass it gets better.

D: Maybe this should be aged for 5 years before drinking. It is super smooth and there is really no immediate hint of the ABV other than the taste of lingering sugar. The carbonation really killed this beer for me. Once it settles down it was fine. It just really lacked the complexity I am looking for in the style.

aerozeppl, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of ksimons
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a very dark chestnut brown with two fingers worth of fluffy looking tan head

S-rich malts, raisins, caramel, yeast, and a decent amount of alcohol

T-rich malt, booze soaked raisins, toffee, and alcohol. For 12% though the alcohol isn't too overwhelming.

M-big body, medium carbonation, a light fruity taste left in the mouth

Overall this is a big beer. Lots of malt, dark fruit, and alcohol in this beer. Pretty good.

ksimons, May 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

gillagorilla, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Dcunicelli
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Dcunicelli, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of benlhoest
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

benlhoest, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of guytyping
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

guytyping, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of MacarthurParker
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

MacarthurParker, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

nosavingsaccount, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jeff1973, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of ac22rush
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

ac22rush, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of jsurfs82
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jsurfs82, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Zachtheporter, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An 5 ounce pour into a Gulden Drak tulip glass at the Horse & Hound in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 8 July 2011.

A: HUGE head fills half the glass. Off-white/beige. Very dark and not susceptible to light. Some bubbles coat the sides of the glass.

S: Green apple Jolly Ranchers. Seriously. Not much else.

T: A bit flat/underwhelming. Having sampled a truly horrendous Maredsous Tripel (which I quite enjoyed from the bottle) on-tap at the same establishment, I suspect the bar is the issue more than the beer. Quite sweet, very big, noticeable alcohol. Periously close to reminding me cough syrup. Purple grapes. Not a great quad, but serviceable. I'd like to dry it from the bottle.

M: Meh. Disappointingly flat. Slightly sticky. I'd like more carbonation.

O: A good beer, that I'd like to try again some place else. At this juncture, I can't recommend it.

AgentMunky, Jan 03, 2012
Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.