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Malheur 12° | Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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4.06/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Belgium
malheur.be

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,115
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
493
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Ratings: 493 |  Reviews: 224
Reviews by NorthSideSean:
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extraordinarily fruity and rich Belgian Dark Strong Ale that shares a lot in common with Chimay Blue.

Extremely complex aromas of sweet berries, grapes, and currants and coupled with dated, figs, chocolates and malt. Candied all arround, the beer takes a confectionate tone similar to Kasteel beers.

The beer pours a froathy, almost heavily weighted, pour of dark brown with ruby/russet/purple hues. A firm and billowing head forms on the beer and fades to a froathy creme that retains well and only laces fairly underneath the strength of alcohol.

Flavors take the classic Belgian turn by starting with the confection sweet, candied fruit character of plumbs, berries, currants, and grapes. Backed by softly sweet (powdered sugars), light chocolate and mildly cooked caramels, the balance to the fruits are acheived by complexity and not by bitterness. Hops have a deeply relegated role and offer only subtle bitterness and no obvious flavor. Estery and sweet throughout, this beer is masterfully brewed.

But it might be in the mouthfeel where a couple flaws are revealed. Though the beer carries a malty/fruity sweet flavor and feel, the dryness only does half its duty, leaving a moderate linger of unresolved sweetness on the tounge in a soda-pop kinda way. Though the beer has an evaporative cotton candy texture, the beer's sweetness isn't completely fleeting or dry. The good news is that the alcohols never get in the way.

Delicious and sweet/spicy, this beer is a delight for all Belgian beer fans, particularly those of Chimay Blue, but with a sweetness that trends toward Kasteel Bruin.

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Photo of mxchap
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Malheur 12 bottle

Appearance: Medium brown. Some floaters from the yeast. A tall head that receded quickly into a short layer. Head is light-tan in color. Appears to have moderate-high lacing. [3.75]

Aroma: Bavarian pretzel rolls, raisin, dark toast, molasses and toffee, booze and plums [4.25]

Taste: Caramel waterfalls, pretzels, sour apples, a little soy sauce, prunes, burnt toast. [4.25]

Feel: Oh so chewy, a little high on the carbonation (initially), definitely a bit cloying (but in a nice way). Goes down way too smooth for 12% [4.25]

Overall: A great quad, especially at the price point / availability
My favorite only behind Westy 12. [4.5]

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Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of OlaB
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: gives of a dark mahogny color. A bug top of creamy head when pours in the glass. Good lacings on the glass.

S: dark malts ,caramel.dried dark fruits .spices and herbs like cloves and coriander. Some floral hints .

T&F: much as the aroma.very creamy and well balanced.a warm feeling almost immediately after the first sip. Most of the taste are well balanced aftertaste gives of a comfortable spicy bitterness,but maybe a little to much of it
Else the beer has all I want in a quadruple.easy drinkable and enjoyable

O: a delicious quadruple, I liked it a lot . It did it.s job and was very enjoyable. I sure would like trie this one again and also the other beers from Landtsheer

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Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Griphon
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rrski198
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Also reviewed in the "1001."

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Photo of bat6
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a big Duvel glass. I love this beer

L: 3" of beer and 1" of head that reduces to a thin soapy foam within 2 minutes. color of an opaque Tootsie Roll

S: sweet dark chocolate & thick date paste. vanilla extract, alcohol to balance. the Belgian candi sugar smells like hard crack caramel

T: raisinets. chocolate. dates and figs. vanilla. just enough hop flavor to suggest bitter almond. dark fruit acidity

F: feels correct, just like a quad w/ mildly buzzy carbonation to keep it from squatting on the palate and make you forget 12%!!!!! oops

O: drunk. luxurious. guess it works right

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly translucent brown red with one finger thick, airy foam which quickly settles to a ring and leaves no lacing. Smells sweet; there's banana and dark fruit, plus some stout-like chocolate/coffee smell. It's a bit boozy but not a lot considering the high ABV. Taste is sweet, dark fruit, chocolate, a bit smokey and spicy. There's more alcohol here but it's still discreet. Oh, and some apple too? It's pretty faint. It's prickly, with a rich, warm body, and kinda sticky. Pretty easy drinking.

I'm surprised at how well hidden the ABV is; if I didn't know better, I'd put it at 8% or 9%, rather than 12%. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but not by much.

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Photo of impending
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A

La Trappe. Dark dark mahogany with a dense frothy head.

Unmistakable aroma of a quad but perhaps a bit extra roasty and faint chocolate to my surprise plus some earth for good measure.

Delicious. Strong vinous characteristics. Very smooth on the tongue, creamy and rich. The alcohol is contradictory in that it is obvious yet well restrained and only slightly warming, very deceptive.

The dark fruits of a quad are hard to beat and this is a contender. Notes of a stout, born to be sipped.
cheers
jd

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Photo of MinerBob
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at The Belgians Are Coming held in Old Town Newhall in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but fairly boozy and strong.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep red/chestnut with medium foaming caramel head.
The head starts to diminish immediately leaving a thin film, which is a shame and reason for the sub 4 score.

Aroma is a little on the vinegary side, yes the malty aroma is there but overpowered by that beefy alcohol content (11.5%)

Taste is top quality, a real grower. Ripe spiced fruit and packed with those malty notes. Add a twist of caramel and ripened banana and you're there.

Feel is a touch artificial, but harsh it certainly is not.

Overall, an 'almost' exceptional beer in my opinion, just needed a touch more lacing and a little less effervescence.

An excellent beer well worth a try, but the St Bernardus 12 remains a tad better.

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Photo of nataku00
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours a ruddy, dark brown with about a finger of tan colored head. The head dissipates quickly. Some carbonation, that streams from the bottom of the bottle.

Smells like dark caramel, dried apricots, a little green apple freshness. Really nice aroma, especially as it warms to room temperature that lingers somewhat in your nose.

Taking a sip, very balanced flavor at the front of the tongue, with the dried apricots and candy sugars dominating. As it gets warmed by your tongue, slight hops bitterness mingles with roasted malts, and then you notice a little bit of alcohol in your throat. Nice medium body, and a long finish on your tongue to encourage the next sip.

Great after dinner beer, with its light sweetness and great mouthfeel. You do start to feel the high ABV after a few sips though.

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Photo of CaptKirkles
4.02/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Chizoad
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Trappist in Oakland. Got it on a whim and had no idea what to expect. Was pleased.

Served in a goblet with about half foam half beer. Deep ruby ink with a lingering head. Smelled sweet and malty, a typical quad aroma. Dessert-like.

Same flavor as the nose, just very very tasty, without anything offensive marring it. Not on the level of something like the Trappist Rochefort 10 nor as good as the St. Bernardus Abt 12, because it really lacks the depth and complexity that makes those beers so enjoyable. I'd say sweetness is what dominates this beer.

Washes down pretty well, and not overly carbonated. A bit heavy to be drinking much of it. Then again this was towards the end of the night and I was a little saturated.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of beerpirates
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A: Pours a nice deep hue of brown with a full fluffy two finger head that dosn't stay very long 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 very lively carbonation.

D: It's an wonderful after dinner or late evening sipper

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of desint
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emagana
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 493 ratings