Malheur 10° | Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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Malheur 10°Malheur 10°

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 09-18-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice fruity orangey colour and significant head. Significant though not distracting carbonation. Yeasty aroma. Pleasant drinking. 2000 release. Well hidden alcohol by Citrus, pear and berry and bananna smooth. Finishes sweetish with sugar and honey. Medium mouthfeel. Nice.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Lab Brewing Company in Agoura Hills, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grape-like fruits, and grape juice aromas. Taste is of grain, grape juice, and spices with an alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the alcohol is pretty in your face with each sip.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid about $3.50 for a single of this.

Pours a cloudy yellow with lots of floating sediment.. small little head to it, minimal lacing. Smell is boozy.. very boozy actually, as in it makes me almost cringe smelling it (and I've had DFH 120.. which is half the alcohol smell of this.) Taste is lots of alcohol taste... it overpowers about everything else in the beer. Taste is apple juice like, typical of any Belgian. Bleh, not very good.. if you're looking for a good Belgian I'd just go for a Unibroue for half the price and twice the taste.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellow in color and poured into a snifter glass with a two finger high head that has very good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of spices in the nose along with some notes of alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite spicy and has a moderate amount of bitterness. There are some notes of alcohol, fruits and yeast in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped given its dryness and high alcohol content.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale golden orange colour, with a fair bit of black sediment eddying around the glass, looking a lot like black pepper. It gives up two fingers of soapy white head, which leaves a minimum of sparse, random lace around the glass as it drops away. The aroma is of dark, sugary, boozy malt, and floral, earthy hops. The taste is sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, alcohol, and a bit of yeast. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, smooth, and somewhat creamy, and it has a sweet, boozy malt finish.

Pretty warm, even for a Belgian Strong, but nice enough for a nightcap.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: One of those spectacular Belgian pours, with a huge, pillowy head that sits atop the cloudy honey/straw colored liquid; shards of lace are left behind as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Bready, with a peppery and lemony aspect

Taste: Opens with an immediate presentation of the spicy yeast character, followed by stone fruit, candi sugar, honey and lemon elements that combine, by mid-palate; the alcohol arrives after the swallow, to add a bit of warmth to the melange; the finish has hints of herbacious funk

Mouthfeel: Light and bouyant, with tingly carbonation

Overall: A very impressive example of the style, though just a bit sweet for my palate

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a nice thick head. Aroma is quite hoppy and floral. Taste is also hoppy and floral with a hint of citrus (lemon, orange) with a bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden which I’m starting to believe is a Belgian miracle. Good carbonation with standard body. Makes me want to investigate more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best by 9/2011. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge lemon, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, herbal, floral, grass, earth, pepper, honey, and spicy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with very nice complexity and balance. Taste of big lemon, lemon zest, apricot, pear, pepper, apple, grass, honey, earth, herbal, floral, coriander, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, earth, herbal, floral, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of malt sweetness and spicy esters; with a nice amount of complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel as expected, and fairly crisp on the finish. Alcohol is extremely well hidden at 10%, with only a warming noticed well after the finish. Extremely easy to sip on, with good smoothness. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong pale ale(even though I saw this as more of a tripel). Great flavor complexity, balance, and smoothness. Extremely enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle cellared for 2 1/2 years (technically past the expiration date by 3 months). The initial glass is fairly clear, but it becomes quite hazy with subsequent pours as the rising carbonation stirs up the yeast sediment. A tall head of bright-white foam rises up over the golden-orange body as if it wants to escape from the glass. The retention is excellent, and it maintains a short, creamy cap and leaves some fairly solid sheets of lace throughout the entire glass. The nose is sweet with a light note of vanilla, a low-key fruitness, some peppery spiciness (alcohol?), and a surprisingly bright hoppiness! It's initially gently zesty on the tongue due to the combination of it's exceptionally fine and natural carbonation and light/medium body; but it becomes more cottony and lightly creamy as it warms across the palate. The flavor delivers everything that the aroma promises with some lightly fruity and sweetish malt up-front; a softer maltiness and floral hop flavor across the middle; solid, rising bitterness towards the swallow; and a distinctly dry and bitter finish that's heightened by a wash of peppery, drying alcohol. It lingers in the mouth with hot and peppery alcohol amidst the occasional reminder of sweet, honeyish malt or floral hops. It's quite charming, and leans towards a dangerous level of drinkability although the alcohol is noticeable enough to let you know what you're getting yourself into! Most likely worth trying!

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: Big fluffy Belgian head that I like to see. It leaves some lacing on the glass when it finally fades like an hour later. Semi clear golden yellow color.

N: Hmm, different. Slight spicy and floral hop aromas, low alpha hops but a decent amount. Some light malts with that, almost a pilsner-esque aroma for the malts at least. A slight citrus and lemon aroma too.

T: Starts slightly sweet with a malty taste. Very light Belgian malts but with a heavy thickness as you would need to get to 10% abv. Some grassy mild floral and citrus hops with a touch of spice, a decent amount of low alpha hops again I believe, but at least has a decent bitterness. There's a touch of fruit too with a little banana and lemon zest. A slight mustiness and touch of warming booze round off the taste.

M: Slightly thick to medium body with good carbonation.

F: A little more bitterness and a touch of dryness, but a lingering bittersweet taste way on the back of the tongue. More lemon peel and lingering bitter hops with some citrus, lemongrass, and floral tastes. I also get a touch of honey which seems to come out a bit on the finish and could account for some of that dryness. For 10% abv it is very drinkable too.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its been awhile since I have had a Belgian strong pale so I decided to go with this one for a fix,poured into a large tulip glass a medium to deep golden with a large blooming head that left alot of Brussels-style lace behind like in sheets.Somewhat mild in the nose not overly phenolic which in my mind is good,some light citrus fruit and honey notes mainly.Milder but quite flavorful the phenols are again in check pretty well with just a light clove note some refreshing tangerine and ripe orange flavors with a "green" herbal finish.This was a nice beer somewhat refreshing and light for such a big beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, light malts, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweetness from flavors of citrus, caramel and a hearty malt character. There's a strong alcohol burn that comes in quickly and then the breadiness of Belgian yeast, but the alcohol sting is so intense that it throws everything off. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, this is definitely not one of the better Belgian-style beers that I've had. There are several others in the style that I would select first.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy blonde body with a huge, long-lasting white head.

Smell: The bright aroma is flowery and certianly lemony, but there's also a pleasant yeastiness to it.

Taste: Initially, a sweet pilsner malt taste with a light, honeylike sweetness and notes of zesty lemon and apricots. Only very minor hints of banana and apple. A nice hit of spicy, peppery hops along with a hint of ginger in the finish. Lemony, hoppy aftertaste. Oh, and with each sip, the beer grows evermore spicy and warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Nicely warming.

Drinkability: For a 10% abv brew, this beer goes down exceptionally easy. Especially in the middle of August.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen."

--James Russell Lowell

Polished (later foggy) 24-karat gold with soft lemony edges and a light shower of yeast. As with all well-brewed Belgian ale, the crown is magnificent. It's alabaster in color, is whipped marshmallow sticky, and is beginning to decorate the glass in gorgeous fashion.

There's still a fair amount of foam present, but the nose seems underpowered. What is appreciated is typical for the style: golden orchard fruit, lemon zest and an herbal-spicy yeastiness. Note: improvement was but a few degrees away.

Malheur 10 isn't the best BSPA that I've ever consumed, but it's still damn good beer. It only lacks a little complexity (that may appear as the beer continues to warm up). Even though the styles are similar, I might have said Belgian tripel if blinded. The 10.0% ABV adds a boldness and a power that some versions lack... and that some craft beer lovers might not care for. This is definitely a warmer-upper.

It tastes like nothing darker than pale malt is present. The sugary sweetness is countered by a floral, grassy hoppiness that is probably due to Saaz. Pears in sugar syrup, candied lemon zest, ground clove and white pepper put the finishing touches on a flavor profile that is just starting to flourish now that mid-bottle has been reached. Both aroma and taste deserve higher scores. Consider it done.

The mouthfeel falls just short of excellence. It's medium for the style and has a fluffy sort of creaminess. As time passes, the malt and candi sugars result in a lip sticky finish that is all kinds of enjoyable if you're into big beer. Since I am... 4.5

Malheur means 'Misfortune'. I appreciate the Belgian penchant for sly humor in the naming of beer, but I feel extremely *fortunate* in having found this 750 ml bottle of Malheur 10. Oh I get it, it's irony. This offering is almost as good as Brouwerij De Landtsheer's biere de champagne, Biere Brut (Brut Reserve). Bottom line: this is an easy recommendation for all those who love big, bold BSPAs and tripels.

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Malheur 10° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
4 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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