Malheur 12° | Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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Malheur 12°Malheur 12°
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Belgium
malheur.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
478
Reviews:
219
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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38
Gots:
74
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Photo of jnn4v
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states "best before April 11, 2015". I'm not sure how long after bottling date they say that it is past ideal, but my best guess is that it's 7 years, meaning it'd be bottled in April 2008, since it was purchased in March 2009.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, hazy color. Minor sediment.

S: Raisin, prune, date scent. Very malty as well. Some bready wheat as well.

T: Sweet sweetness. Not a sugary sweetness, but a dried fruit / dark fruit flavor. Almost like apple butter? Minor bittering hops mid-mouth and at the finish. Not so sweet to be unbalanced. I thoroughly enjoy it. More and more of the raisin / prune / date flavor to match the earlier scent, as it warms.

M: Nice smooth, rich, fairly thick texture. Foamy as well if you swirl it.

D: Very drinkable, given the balance, texture, flavor, etc. The 12% ABV is fairly well hidden, although there is some hotness. I'd love to try this with a couple more years on it.

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Photo of javatime
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of FLima
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown reddish color with a huge thick beige head with good retention and leaving a good deal of laces.
Nice aroma of oranges, pineapple soaked in rum, tea bags, plums, licorice, crystalized fruits, malty but not roasted as color hints.
Bold flavor full of yeast spices, candied sugar, chocolate, dark and crystalized fruits, figs, perfume, herbal hops, nuts, caramels, grape juice, oak and pine. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 12% abv is quite well hidden.
Flavorful and complex beer and as hoppy as most Belgian IPAs. Not cloying once it is not that sweet.
Excellent beer, good sipper for a cold day such as today. I haven’t had this in over a year. In my opinion it is underrated, you got to drink it quite close to expiration date.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mar02x
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Off white head that nicely retracts, leaving a good layer on top of the opaque hazy dark brown body. No carbonation visible.

S - Fresh beer yeast and a bit fruity too. Absolutely tasteful and delightful. The smell of a strong tasteful beer indeed.

T - Sweet caramel and brown sugar, very sweet and strong taste, a bit boozy, not to complex but tasteful nevertheless.

M - Good fine carbonation a bit syrupy and sticky but not creamy. A nice body that goes whit the taste.

O - This is a absolutely a good beer. Like I said; strong and tasteful. A delight for after dinner.

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Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weazal
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, rich mahogany with little/no head

Smell: Caramel alcohol. Mostly alcohol with minor brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: Fierce, bright alcohol upfront that gives way to the most delicious, yummy sweetness! Dramatic 180 here. The finish does have a spicy peppery-ness to it.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nataku00
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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 DavidST
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass, best before date of 10/11 so I'm near the end.

This pours a nice dark slightly hazy brown to dark red color with a large size off white head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of grapes and dark fruit with a little alcohol. The feel is medium with lots of carbonation. The taste is pretty sweet, the dark fruit, some brown sugar and the alcohol burn on the way down, but still well masked for 12%.

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Photo of shivtim
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deebo
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a bar overlooking a Bruges canal on a cool November Saturday afternoon.
A-Served in a chalice this brew is dirty, ruddy brown with a skimming of tan head with very nice lacing.
S-Delicious aromas of toasted malt and lots of sweet esters coming through.
T-A match for the aroma, nothing really stands out. Gets more interesting towards the bottom as the beer warms a bit.
M-For 12% ABV this is outstanding. A warming finish but not at all overpowering. Medium bodied for such a big beer.
O-A really nice beer. Fermented out this beer finishes dry with a nice estery Belgian yeast character and sweet toasted malt flavor. The strength is well hidden. Lacks the complexity in taste of a St. Bernardus or Westy quad but still an excellent beer.

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Photo of esimonoff
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pinotboy007
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heads-up: if you like Trappist Rochefort 10 and you're on a budget, this is the perfect substitute.

A - Deep mahogany with a modest khaki-colored cap and no lace.

S - Molasses, raisins, Port wine and oak.

T - Delicious! Bourbon, Port wine (again), glycerin, black licorice, rubber, and smoke.

M - Better as it warms but it has a nice carbo-creamy thing going on.

D - Irrespective of the very high ABV, this is more than drinkable for the style and I recommend it as an end to an evening in a brandy snifter or Duvel tulip. NOT FOR FOOD.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge caramel and toffee flavors with banana accents. Like liquefied Bananas Foster. 12% ABV is undetectable.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured ( I drank this around 70° f due to unusual circumstances) out a dark amber color, it was almost black and was topped with a slightly tan head about three fingers thick and very fluffy, but it quickly thinned out into a thin ring around the glass. Thee was quit a bit a yeast on the bottom of the snifter. The bottle also kept on foaming and the head just kept pouring out of the bottle (something new for me, I had never seen this before). There is some very active carbonation; it has a very floral aroma that's sweet and fruity, there is a strong alcohol aroma as well. Its warm on the tongue and very smooth, there is a very faint bitterness to it on the sides of my mouth, it is spicy has a fairly thick body. It leaves a dry aftertaste in your mouth and the alcohol is really evident, but it is not too overwhelming. I will be trying this beer again, and even drinking it at a higher temperature than normal its pretty good.

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Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate brown colour, little head, expirey 9/09. Thanks Boutip. Malt and some spicey yeast, with the emphasis on the spice. I taste ginger, balck pepper, star anise. Alcohol fairly masked. Above avrage mouthfeel, tasty treat that is expertly spiced malt. Very good Belgium.Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle poured into a wine glass. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a robust and frothy two inches of foam. This cap cascades down and settles in a few minutes to a light film.

Smell of dark fruits and a good yeast presence accompanies with some spice. Some chocolate and a hint of brown sugar as well with some dark cherry with warming. Classic Quad with some alcohol esters as well, pretty solid.

Spritzy carbonation on the palate brings forth a potent mix of malt flavors. Touch of chocolate blends with raisin/fig and some dark cherry, with a lingering finish offering some well muddled brown sugar/dried fruit notes. Touch sweet in the end but it is pulling a big ABV number.

Good feel. Sweet and strong but complex and inviting and with a well placed level of carbonation. A very good Quad. that has no flaws in my view, lacking a bit in complexity only when compared with the best in the game.

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Photo of mrunseen
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to chase2634 for the opportunity to taste this brew.

Appearance: Poured medium brown in color, with a very thin head which faded quickly. There was a light amount of carbonation with little to no lacing.

Nose: The nose on this beer was typical for the quads that I've tasted in the past. Hints of alcohol were present throughout the session, overall, the smell was sweet and pleasant ... a very appetizing smell.

Taste: Brown sugar, figs ... a very tasty beer.

Mouth: The main characteristic of the mouth had to be it's stickiness. I wouldn't say that this beer was syrupy, but it definitely had a certain stickiness to it.

Drinkability: I would have this beer again, although I would limit this to one per night. It's a heavy hitting beer, but a very tasty one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
4.03 out of 5 based on 478 ratings.
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