Malheur 12° | Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

Malheur 12°Malheur 12°
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4.06/5
481 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,878
Reviews:
220
Ratings:
481
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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39
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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 kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap into 20cl fest stemware at Beer Passion Weekend 2011 in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: Three finger tan colour head of nice fluffy cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Dark amber colour.

Sm: Amber hops. A mild scent. Maybe some darker fruit esters.

T: Amber hops, dark fruit ester hops, and bittering hops. Caramelized malt is present and well handled. Fairly complex. Decently built and balanced.

Mf: smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness to bring out the flavours. Fairly complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Fair price, pretty drinkable, and low quality for the style.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an iced coffee color with a massive head that foams out of the bottle as well and leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Fig Newton aroma with apricots, cinnamon and brown sugar

Taste: Opens with a fruity but leathery character, with the sweeter fruit (apricot and fig) elements offset by the tannic leather and bitter aspect; after the swallow, the cinnamon, brown sugar and dark fruit dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with rather high levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Though not in the top echelon with respect to complexity, this is certainly a fine and well-balanced quad

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a nice slightly off-white foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt contains some dry fruits characteristics which are quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some dry fruits characteristics with some nice candi sugar notes. I didn’t notice that much of a hoppy presence as I was expecting but nonetheless I very much enjoyed the experience. Full body with some great carbonation and no alcohol was detectable.

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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 jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey, and I kicked it (sorry everyone else).

A: Light fluffy head fades fairly quickly over semi clear dark ruby brown colored beer.

N: Slight boozy, dark Belgian malts and candi sugar dominate. Then comes some fruit, raisin, fig, plum, etc. Lots of malts. I even get a hint of peppermint.

T: Very sweet, crazy sweet! Thick and slightly syrupy, boozy, warming alcohol but no real alc sting. It even tastes boozy. WIth that is candi sugar, lots, molasses, lots of Belgian malts, more fruits with plum, fig, raisin, and even apricot. Slight nutty taste with the malty taste, and a little minerality. Some bitterness too.

M: Semi thick and a little syrupy, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Still very sweet lingering but it gets a slight dryness. Some creamy taste lingering, not really boozy anymore. More lingering raisin and a touch of smoke. Despite having a boozy taste and warmth there was no alcohol burn or real feel otherwise. And way too sweet.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a deep amber color with a fluffy tightly formed one finger off white head that lasted for quite awhile.Raisin and plum notes in the nose along with lighter yeasty spice and brown sugar.Dark fruit dominates the palate with some medicinal notes,the alcohol is heavy and pretty sweet.It's a nice sipper but the yeast and alcohol can be a bit much....for me.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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

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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dark reddish-brown body with a thin, short-lived off-white head. Lightly effervescent.

Smell: Rich, malty aroma with notes of toffee, dark candi sugar, juicy plums, yeast, and just a hint of hops.

Taste: Dark maltiness with dark caramel and some chocolate. Lightly tart-tasting fruity compote flavor with spiced sugar hints and a dusting of cocoa powder. Faint yeastiness. Never more than a light bitterness. Peppery on the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A good beer with plenty of flavor and complexity. For the most part, I'm enjoying the Malheur brews.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Roasted pecan brown with reddish orange accents... that becomes murky magenta when backlit with sunshine. Golden beige colored foam oozed out of the bottle neck, was easily caught with the chalice, and is currently sitting pretty at a height of roughly three fingers. It has a wonderfully sticky texture, but hasn't fallen far enough to leave any lace. Note: there's a decent display in the end.

The aroma features medium-to-dark fruit (mostly the former) and a spicy yeastiness that is par for the style course. The beer smells a fraction more sour than a quad should, but we'll have to see how things shake out on the palate. More power would be welcome.

Malheur 12 is pretty tasty stuff. That said, it doesn't run with the big dogs of the style. It's darker than most quadrupels, with what tastes like a generous amount of chocolate-black-roasted malt. In fact, there aren't too many BSDAs that are this 'black'. Although the best before date is a few months away, bitterness is still kickin'. Incidently, the beer doesn't taste the least bit long in the tooth.

Flavors include pumpernickel toast, rye toast, a generous shot of Sambucca, raisin paste, fig jam, ground clove and bitter black tea leaves. The alcohol is expertly masked, but still manages to make its presence known in other ways... like buccal, esophageal and belly warming. What the hell was I thinking? This beer is winning me over more and more with each and every mouthful. Power *and* complexity is a killer combination.

The mouthfeel is a sneaky bastard. Just when it seems to lack a bit of fullness and volume, its smooth, silky, creamy, chewy nature takes over like boringly good Dr. Jekyll turning into interestingly evil Dr. Hyde. Okay, maybe it's time to slow consumption of this big bruiser of an ale. At least until this review is in the can.

Brouwerij De Landtsheer has the uncanny ability to blow me away. The evidence includes Bier Brut (Brut Reserve), Brut Noir (Black Chocolate), Malheur 10... and now Malheur 12. This is an outstanding quadrupel that put me in the happy zone by the bottom of the first glass and is having no trouble keeping me there.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Quick 6 on Mt Rose Avenue in South York, PA. Poured chilled into a Duvel tulip from the 11.2oz w/ freshness date of B86B87 - not sure what the code meant.

A - A cocoa brown w/ 2 fingers of ecru which settles to 1/2 inch band w/ tiny bead. Streams of lace cling to the glass. the clarity is opaque like french pressed coffee

S - An aroma of praline and raisin w/ mild tropical note w/ subtle honeydew scent and hints of plum w/ herbal notes and bits of toasted nut w/ light spice and mild toffee in the nose

M - A sweet malty creamy and light spiced feel w/ mellow roasted texture and gently tangy accent w/ mild herbal and alcohol influence w/ warming and moderately high carbonation apropos to style w/ a semi-dry finish

T -A caramel flavor w/ raisin and mild taste of cocoa and cinnamon combined w/ a light toasted malt and pepper accent w/ marshmallow-like vanilla note and smooth malted chocolate flavor w/ truffle like saturated sweet and dark cocoa cohesion w/ mild tinge of orange rind as it becomes slightly warmed

D - A tasty quad w/ lots of complexity which I am glad I tasted as it opens up slightly warmer - I also was happy to taste in a more relaxed setting than previous since it has subtlety to pick up. It doesn't taste anything like 12%, it displayed most of the flavor near cellar temp I prefer something like this as a nightcap beer

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger or two of creamy, khaki colored head.

S: A bit fruit aroma to this beer. Lots of banana accompanied by raisins, cherries, plums, and perhaps figs. Plenty of sugar character in the form of toffee, caramel, and candy sugar. A bit of alcohol is certainly there, too.

T: A ton of banana flavor which is really quite nice. There is still a lot of dark fruit character here along with the typical intense sugar notes of a Quad. Lots of caramel, candi sugar, molasses, and maybe just a bit of roast.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Surprisingly easy to drink and very little booze apparent on the palate.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 481 ratings
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