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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 Denali
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 11.2 ounce capped bottle. Says to serve before 12/17/05.

Appearance: Almost opaque very dark brown. Tan head with big bubbles which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Very sweet fruity wine/grape aroma. Alcohol presence is also very noticeable.

Taste: Delicious very sweet candy-like malt flavor up front. Roasted flavors and sweet fruity flavors come in next. Nutty and strong bitter aftertaste. The flavors all emerge very slowly and roll into one another very well. Very enjoyable taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. Although the alcohol is detectable in the aroma, it is very well hidden in the taste. In fact, I couldn't taste any alcohol at all. You would never know the ABV is 12%!

Comments: Very enjoyable. She is definitely sweet. Will definitely remember this one. Highly recommended. Thanks to the MJ Beer Club International for this one.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This monster, with horns and fangs, that someone in Belgium decided to call a beer, pours a dark, cloudy brown that barely allows light through. The head poured a legitimate 4 inches and settled to a 1/2 inch after about 10 minutes. Lacing is decent against the glass.

The smell of this brew is like two raisins, covered in brown sugar, drank brandy all night and then got into a brawl in the alleyway outside of the bar...after neither one could call himself the victor, they self immolated, and that is where the toasty character of the brew comes in to play.

The taste is strong and complex. Sweet, pungent fruit (raisins) then sweet malt (brown sugar, maybe caramel) is followed by a toasted barley and balanced bitter flavor. The smell and the taste are absolutely connected. Spice is very hard to place...

Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy. Carbonation can't live in the realm of 12% ABV, at least in this bottle. Taste lingers for a VERY long time on the tongue, the scent permeates the nose and lingers as well - inescapable!

Overall this beer is a beast. Strong, complex, flavorful, and well balanced.

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Photo of phattysbox
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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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 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 Arno
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown appearance, toward black. Tan head with nice lacing. Sweet ripe fruit and dark sugar kind of smell. You get a lot of wheats and malts at first, then the lovely sweet dark and ripe fruits, towards cherry, with a full well bodied sweet dark notes toward the finish with a nice dark fruit linger.

This one is a keeper for sure. People told me about Rochefort 10 or St. Bernardus Abt 12, which seem to be very popular and highly rated and aren't bad, but this beer beats those by a mile. It's full of big flavors and aroma's with many layers and a much original flavor signature and balance to me.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of cassanoj
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of tang3nt
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap from naja's - poured into a Snifter.
The pour is a dark brown color with a very small off white head. The flavor is amazingly complex. Starts off with sweet molasses flavors and goes all over the place. Chocolate, dark fruit sweet flavors everywhere. Finished with a nice floral hop finish and just the right amount of bitterness. Fairly thin for its complexity and alc. content. Goes down amazingly easy for 12 percent. Loved it. Will be seeking it in the near future.

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

Poured with a white one finger head. This beer shows carbonation. A red brownish tint in color.
Aromas of sweet glazed yams. Cherry also shows a present witha hint of lemon.
Starts off with a burst of flavors showing it's high carbonation bubbles. Caramels and sweet apricots and candy. A warming sensation fills the palate cautioning it's high alcohol content. With this malt back bone not very easy to hide the abv.
A lingering flavor of sweet cherries makes it quite plesant. I should have bought another for cellering.

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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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Photo of Brideshead
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In appearance, an intensely-rich, opaque brown, approaching black at the center, but catching light around the periphery. Very firm, brownish head.

The nose presents dark fruit overlaid by a faint graphite quality. The dark fruits open up on the palate, with the well-hidden alcohol incorporating into a mildly dry but flavor-packed whole. Mouthfeel is delicately fuzzy, but perhaps a bit on the flatter side. Lovely beer.

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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 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 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! :)

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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 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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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 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 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 tonib2055
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of LeeroyJenkins
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark cherry in color and nearly opaque. Thick two finger head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S - Sweet yet thin, and slightly tart; think cherries, dates, raisins.

T - Pretty consistent with it's aroma - dark and sweet fruits and a bit malty as well.

M - Medium viscosity, slightly sharp in the nose, however the alcohol is pretty well hidden considering the percentage. Chocolate and darker notes more apparent upon finish and as the beer becomes warmer.

Yet to have a quad that blows my mind, this one was no exception. Regardless, I consider this a great beer and enjoyed the whole bottle from start to finish. For the price and given the availability, the likelihood of purchasing this beer again for me is high.

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Photo of Mysteric
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An outstanding Quad. I got this from the beer of the month club and I have to say they saved the best for last (Decembers issue).
A well rounded great tasting beer.I have tasted most of the quality Belgians and this rates right up there with the best. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jlcts
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer twice and it was two different beers so here's 2 reviews.

First time-bottle from Belgium purchased through beerboxx.com
Great beer. The only thing I could compare it to was Westvleteren12. Great smell, great dark fruity flavor, a touch of good warming alcohol to it. I wanted to sip it all night. Poured into a tulip and it had little foam that stuck around throughout.

2nd time- bottle from a case I purchased through a local distributor. Poured with a HUGE head, couldn't even fit it in one glass. Compared to the first the aroma and flavor were practically non-existent. Just awful really. For kicks I opened a bottle and just let it sit on the counter. It foamed to the point of having a nice puddle around the bottom.

So if it's like the first bottle i had, A+. Otherwise F. I rated the first bottle clearly.

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