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Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

Malheur 12°Malheur 12°

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

351 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 351
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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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before DL039/111(no idea). Pours very hazy extremely dark brown color with a 1 finger foamy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apple, pear, prune, caramel, molasses, chocolate, toast, pepper, clove, earth, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of raisin, prune, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, toffee, clove, earth, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, chocolate, toffee, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent balance and complexity of flavors with good depth; no cloying flavors after the finish at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale! Very nice depth and complexity; and quite smooth to sip on. No idea on the age of this bottle; but I would have to say it probably is fairly old and it definitely holds up well. This is a very enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 04:10:10 | More by superspak
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, opaque dark-chocolate brown with a nice fine-bubbled light tan head. Aroma is malty and has an overtone of hard cider. Malty flavor has a strong fruity and brandy-like tone, as well as a hint of chocolate and just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is smooth and quite fizzy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 21:42:20 | More by Cyberkedi
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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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dgilks

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a sweet malt aroma with notes of spice. A small amount of stone fruit adds a nice touch.

Neither hazy nor clear, amber-brown colour with a big, fluffy, light tan head. Decent head retention but next to no lacing.

Mmm, this is interesting. Rounded malt flavour with notes of winter spice, some aniseed and some fruitiness. There is a hint of under-attenuation but the finish is still quite dry. I quite like it.

Medium-full body with high carbonation. Interesting and acceptable but just a little too carbonated for my likes.

A tasty Quad with plenty going on. An interesting yeast profile supports the malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 07:36:04 | More by dgilks
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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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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 04:21:23 | More by woosterbill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 16:20:05 | More by drpimento
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tpd975

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice deep hue of brown with a full fluffy two finger head. The retention is good with a solid cap hanging around for the duration. Some spotty lace noted.

S: Nice blast of malty goodness. Big on caramel malt with some strong underlying grains. Brown sugar and dark fruits come next in a bold way. Very nice.

T: Similar to aroma. Big sweet malty goodness right from the start. The dark fruits come out along with some yeast. In the finish there is a touch of spice.

M: Medium in body with lively carbonation.

D: It's an wonderful after dinner or late evening sipper. Would pair up nicely with a cigar.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 19:11:40 | More by tpd975
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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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clayrock81

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish body with good head and a lace ring on top of a yeasty, spicy dark fruit and orangeish smell. Caramel and other sugary sweetness emerge. Very smooth and creamy, I never would've guess that this is classified as a quad. A little chewey for a medium-bodied beer, there are a plethora of dark fruit flavors like cherrt and orange surrounded by sugary sweet malts like caramel and hints of toffee. A little sticky its so sweet, but finishes sweet and a little dry like a biscuit for some reason. ABV is well-hidden and this is just a great quad.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 15:19:16 | More by clayrock81
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srandycarter

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Prune and red - murky.

S - Cooked pitted fruits, prunes, raisins.

T - Burnt fruit reduction, heavy cooked fruits, boozy.

M - Big , boozy, large beer. Good carb, ok balance considering the ABV and strong attributes.

D - Awesome huge beer. Not sessionable, but would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 02:52:54 | More by srandycarter
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with a cap of off white head and appears bright. One of the less impressive looking Quads I've had.

S - Lot's of afterhsave, booze, and some dark fruit.

T - Aftershave is less present thank goodness, there's some booze there and a dark fruit element again. Dry finish. One of the least complex Quads I've had. Odd.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation, really smooth. Seems appropriate.

D - The booze element needs work or somoothing out. It seems like there would be more potential in this beer after some aging but this bottle wasn't great. That said, I wouldn't mind sitting down to really work at this one given the reviews I've read.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 18:55:33 | More by tbeckett
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Pencible

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with considerable sediment and fluffy tan head. It smelled very malty, like roasted barley and caramel and nuts, with a bit of raisin and alcohol. Perhaps a hint of grassy hops? It tasted very sweet too, with sugary caramel and creamy yeast dominating, followed by nutty and wheat malts and prune, and a bit of cinnamon and alcohol. It was slightly thick and silky with moderate carbonation at first that subsided over time, and a sweet & sour aftertaste. Overall this was delicious, complex, and delicious. It had fantastic depth to the flavor that I'm sure I missed part of. It had a nice, smooth body too. The alcohol wasn't very strong considering the 12%, so this was quite easy to drink. This was my favorite Belgian ale while still cold, since I usually need to let them warm up and mellow out before I can fully enjoy them. But this was immediately great, and only improved as it warmed. An all-around solid brew fresh, and I could imagine this further improving with age.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 14:37:51 | More by Pencible
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack at Liquormart in Boulder. Poured a hazy dark brown color with a creamy brown head. Aromas of yeast, spice and chocolate. On the palate, this one was medium bodied with flavors of dark raisins, spice, yeast and booze.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 22:42:08 | More by emmasdad
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$10.99 for a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours out to a slightly hazy deep brown, forming a tall creamy light tan head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing with a brisk carbonation. The nose opens with green apples, kiwi, pineapple and brown bananas with a spicy touch of clove and white pepper. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich with a dense body and soft texture. The taste is wonderful...dark fruits, fig newtons, and spices with a wonderfully balanced addition of dark Belgian candi sugar sweetness, powdery cocoa, and rum character. Cola like aftertaste with a mild bitterness and a sweetness that hangs in the back of the throat. The alcohol is barely perceptible in taste.

This is a wonderful, rich and complex Belgian Quad...the best I've had in a long time. I would easily buy this again for a special occasion. I have to say that after having recently drank St. Bernardus, Rochefort, the Reverand, Urthel Samaranth, and Rigor Mortis, this one is clearly my favorite. The mouthfeel, character, cleanliness, complexity and nuance make this a winner. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:10:41 | More by Mitchster
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cjgator3

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle
Best Before 15.04.11

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan colored head that possesses excellent retention and lacing. 

S- There is a lot of dark fruits in the aroma, most notably plum and raisin. There is also hints of spices and yeast and some esters. I'm let down by the aroma, it's very faint and lacking the complexity of other beers from this style. 

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits. There is some yeast in the finish with a good amount of booziness as well. Not bad, maybe the alcohol is a tad too hot. Could use some time in the cellar.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, but not excellent either. Pretty average when compared to other beers within the style. There is alcohol is way too hot in this one, it could definitely benefit from some aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 03:54:12 | More by cjgator3
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illidurit

California

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westy goblet. One finger of light tan head recedes pretty quickly with no lacing. Not really what you'd expect from a well-regarded Belgian ale.

Nice quad aroma of chocolate, banana, toffee, and darker fruits like plum and raisin.

Flavor is mainly a complex maltiness with touches of fruit and a lingering caramel finish. Some spiciness, probably anise also comes out mid-palate to take the edge off the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and a little too carbonated for my taste. It's not awful or excessive but it could stand to be fuller. Luckily despite this, the mighty 12% alcohol is not detectable in the flavor. It does however warm the insides. Fairly drinkable for a monstrous beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 05:06:22 | More by illidurit
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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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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $10.99...
Malheur 10 was a gem, so I was eager to give their Quadrupel a shot...
Great, dark-purple, deep-brown appearance, with rising carbonation visible, along with a characteristic prune and grape smell...
Dark caramel, toffee, and raisin essences dance on the tongue...
Rich, spicy, malty taste, dominated by dehydrated fruits, figs, prunes, dates, licorice, and sweet candies... Very rich, thick flavorful with a full-bodied, spicy mouthfeel... The 12% ABV is certainly noticeable in both the nose and mouth, and leaves a spicy, stinging feeling in the back of the throat...
Definitely would consider this one a sipper... A powerful, full-bodied, dominating Quad replete with flavor and style...
Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 17:20:47 | More by dsa7783
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in its glassware. Russet color with deep ruby tones. Small head cap.

Dark plum, phenols, nutty yeast, roast, dry raisin, and red grape. Delicate aromas with hidden complexity.

Dark fruity yeast esters with notes of candied plum, red grape, hard tack, and nuttiness. Note of artificial grape and raspberry jam are interesting. Great medicinal character. Some vinous notes. On the sweet side, for a quad.

Restrained booziness, wooly carbonation, full body.

Fantastic quad on-draft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2014 21:37:27 | More by thecheapies
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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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Crosling

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/burgundy pour. Full, creamy foam. Nose could be better but it has some dark fruit, hops and yeast. Flavor is awfully complex, nicely malty with lots of Belgian character. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee along with hints of dark fruits. Well balanced . It's a really nice ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 03:41:46 | More by Crosling
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AgentMunky

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 21:46:26 | More by AgentMunky
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown (almost black) with a full creamy light brown head and lots of suspended sediment. Complex dark fruit aroma -- cooked raisins ? Tastes much like it smells. Medium-full bodied with a warming alcohol finish - SMOOTH !

Tasted side by side with St. Bernardus Abt 12 --- I preferred this one - smoother than S.B. Abt 12 (which is in the Top 50)...

Label states: Strong Dark Beer (24 Plato)

Best Before: 12/17/05
Tasted: 09/28/03

(11.2 oz bottle)

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 21:08:47 | More by RBorsato
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thierrynantes

France

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : dark brown color, with abundant tan foamy head.
Smell : caramel aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : very sweet, black fruit, malted and good bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian quadrupel.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 20:38:53 | More by thierrynantes
Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
91 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.