Malheur 12° - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

203 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 203
Hads: 428
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 37
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV visit their website
Belgium

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 WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Quad from Landtsheer was decent.....at 12%abv was very smooth and easy to drink. The beer poured a rich amber...maybe dark amber (was tough to tell with the darker room I was in) there was a sudsy head that dissipated and did not leave a lace. The scent was typical of most Quads...not overpowering. The taste was slightly tart with good Belgian sugar to balance it out. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was decent...and I am not a quad guy. (487 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small picked up at the COOP today... paid about $4.25.... sharing with Brenda... mine poured into my Delirium goblet.

Lite tan head tries to stick around but drops fairly quickly.. just spots of lace... very very dark brown brew is fairly hazy... I probably should have let these sit in the fridge for a couple of days.

Dark dried fruits really only show as mild raisin.. maybe some lite prune... significant amount of brown sugar and mildly spicy.

Flavor is pretty mild for the style.. same as the nose with a fair amount of chocolate.. sorta figgy.. not as sweet as the 10.. thankfully.. a fair amount of malty sweetness helps drive the palate forward.. a little earthy as it warms up.

Body is medium with a bunch of carbonation.

This is fairly well made, but not on the same level as my favorites.... I will however, certainly buy it again anytime I want a decent priced well made BSDA. (894 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (466 characters)

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

A - Dark brown translucent body with red hues. Very foamy rising beige head that fades.

S - Smells of crisp red apple, spiced and soaked in alcohol. Warm alcohols and sweet fruits.

T - Big spiced apple bite. Warming alcohol and malt sweetness in the background. Sweet but crisp and well balanced. The alcohol and spice balance the sweetness.

M - Very refreshing and clean mouthfeel. This brew foams up in your mouth. A touch dry and clean on the way down.

O - Not what I expected here but this is beer was tasty. This beer SORT OF reminds me of a darker version of Stille Nacht. To me, nice spiced apple and warming alcohol brews. (634 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.79/5  rDev -30.6%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Purple/black; barely see through it. Poured a 1 finger tan smooth head with fair retention to a thick blanket. Very light lacing; most of it washed down the glass.

S: Sweet cherries and lots of other dark fruits. Big spices and brand-like aromas. Alcohol.

T: Sweet, bready malts up front. Fruity yeast flavors follow. Sharp spicesin the finish along with warming alcohol. Flavorful and complex.

M: Medium body. Fairly low carbonation. Smooth, sweet and rich.

D: A bit cloying and big ABV (though disguised well) hurt drinkability. I'll keep the other 4 around for an ocassion. (583 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet and mildly dark malts with good amounts of sugar-coated medium fruits. The fruit aromas are mostly pears but with hints of figs and golden raisins. Also present are bready yeast aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet and dark malts with smooth Belgian candi sugar flavors kick things off. Shortly thereafter pear and golden raisin flavors join in with hints of green apple and indistinct darker fruits. Midway through the sip hints of nutmeg and brown sugar kick in and carry through to a mildly crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass with no problems and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer but it was more of a BSDA than a quad - it just didn't have the thickness and heavier malt profile of the latter. Still, a decent beer that's worth a shot. (1,067 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (458 characters)

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

A very good quad that borders on greatness. This beer is not quite up to the heights of the style, but that's a very weak criticism. (I'm pretty sure that I've written almost those exact same words about another beer, so I apologize for my lack of imagination) This beer pours a rich dark brown with a bit frothy head and good lacing. It has a lot of malt flavor, plenty of spice and interesting Belgian fruit esters. There are sweetly brandied plums, well-toasted malt and good earthiness. Without grading down for the style, this beer would receive an extra half point in most categories. The feel is rich and luxurious. The finish is a bit dry but still leaves some great lingering flavors on the palette.

This beer was paired with a pork tenderloined brined with the beer, cheddar scallion potato cake and a parsnip, mushroom, bacon mix (that part didn't quite fit the menu's description so I won't give the fancy menu wording) at The Monk's Kettle New Year's Eve Malheur Beer Dinner. It went well with the pork and potato, but not so well with the semi-bitter parsnip sautee. (1,081 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.91/5  rDev +22.1%
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) (469 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -7%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle. label is confusing, it says "Best Before End: LB10/11".

poured into goblet, extremely dark brown, muddy. tan creamy head, that fades down to a thin collar. aroma is very nice as it warms, bold raisins, spicey, a little booze.

taste is not as boozey as the smell, even though it's 12% abv. notes of caramel, raisins, biscuity malt. some brown sugar, but not overly sweet. complex, but not overpowering. nice flavors.
medium body, higher carbonation. it could be smoother.

overall - a very solid Quad. Just not quite as good as the top class, like St. Bernardus 12 or Rochefort 10. not as smooth and easy drinkin as those. (658 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (1,659 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A burnt sienna color (sorry, I’ve been discussing Crayola crayons, it seemed an appropriate hue) with a lot of sediment floating in the head.

S: Smells malty and spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg.

T/M: The taste is thick, almost like maple syrup, with an alcohol twinge in the finish. Now, I’ll admit, this was the last beer of many from last night so my judgement may be skewed, but this was a surprisingly smooth brew for something boasting 12% ABV.

Loosely translated from their website, the description says, “Take quiet time for you: the nice round and full taste will easily drinkable.” Assuming the broken grammar is due to structural discrepancies and that line wasn’t actually written by a southeast Asian immigrant, it’s more or less the case. If you want something strong that goes down pretty easy, this is a good choice. I just don’t recommend it after you’ve already had nine. (945 characters)

Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.