Malheur 12° | Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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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

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Ratings:
475
Reviews:
217
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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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 mikedotnet
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque dark brown body; very substantial head which leaves a nice lace. Using a vigorous pour, this one will take a bit of time to fill your chalice. The bottle I cracked open today was a bit of a gusher as well (but nothing problematic).

S - An absolutely wonderful fruity aroma. To say it smells of figs doesn't do it justice, but that's probably a reasonable description.

T - Very sweet, to say the least. There is absolutely no bitterness whatsoever. A bit boozy (which is somewhat expected given the alcohol content). I wouldn't characterize this as a complex beer, but it is extremely tasty. Due to the sweetness (and the alcohol content), I wouldn't recommend having more than one in a sitting, though.

M - Great prickly carbonation. From the aroma and taste, you would almost expect this to be a bit syrupy, but the body is just about perfect- not too thin and not too thick.

O - This is a fantastic beer and is quite reasonably priced in my area (and in Chicago as well, where I first found a 750 mL bottle for roughly $10). As far as quadrupels go, I believe this is one of the best.

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Photo of Buggies
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't really into this one at all.

Smells malty and sweet. Typical yeast aromas too. Taste was unimpressive to me. Really sweet and really thickly coats the palette. It's almost a chore to drink the whole thing. It also has a tea like taste to it, or that's how I'd describe it. Also fruity... overly to me. Alcohol is very warming, as with a 12% abv beer I suppose.

Overall, I think I'll pass on this one next time. It was just too thick for me causing a sticky sweet residue in the mouth.

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Photo of Rapax
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge off-white head. Deep ruby color, absolutely beautiful.

Smell is less than I expected but still interesting. Some raisin sweetness and caramel. Hint of spices. A little bit af alcohol too.

Almost overwhelmingly sweet taste to start with. Maltier than most belgians. Definitely dried fruit. And again, some alcohol.

Good mouthfeel - a bit on the heavy side for the type. The 12% abv are adequately, but not perfectly, masked.

Overall a really nice quadrupel. A little on the sweet end for my taste, though.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
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 chiefhabeb
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Head poured thick with tiny bubbles. Dark Dark beer, and the beads stuck around as I drank.

Nice aroma, with a bit of caramel and sour dough. The taste is a little on the alcoholy side with a sharp aftertaste. Not the best in the world, but a solid, above average quad. Bubbly in the mouth, which lingers for quite a bit. Overall a nice beer

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Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack at Liquormart in Boulder. Poured a hazy dark brown color with a creamy brown head. Aromas of yeast, spice and chocolate. On the palate, this one was medium bodied with flavors of dark raisins, spice, yeast and booze.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of jlcts
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer twice and it was two different beers so here's 2 reviews.

First time-bottle from Belgium purchased through beerboxx.com
Great beer. The only thing I could compare it to was Westvleteren12. Great smell, great dark fruity flavor, a touch of good warming alcohol to it. I wanted to sip it all night. Poured into a tulip and it had little foam that stuck around throughout.

2nd time- bottle from a case I purchased through a local distributor. Poured with a HUGE head, couldn't even fit it in one glass. Compared to the first the aroma and flavor were practically non-existent. Just awful really. For kicks I opened a bottle and just let it sit on the counter. It foamed to the point of having a nice puddle around the bottom.

So if it's like the first bottle i had, A+. Otherwise F. I rated the first bottle clearly.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip, big head which held on for a while. No lacing on the glass, a dark brown color.

Very malty smell, reminds of many of the darker microbews I've had before.

Taste is like spicy apples that stays with you after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, especially with the expectation that comes with the color and the smell.

Does a good job of hiding the strength until the bottom of the glass, which felt a little overpowered by the alcohol.

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Photo of Cresant
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this 11.2 oz brown bottle in a Westmalle goblet. best before 1.04.11. Purchased for $9.99 a 4 pack. It was a dull cola color with a light tan head. There were red highlights and the body seemed to clear up quickly after settling. A fine cap remained but it left no lacing.

The smell was crisp fruitiness. Date-nut bread. Prunes and raisins.

The taste was somewhat blunted. Dark bread and vague peppercorn. However, it seem rather well balanced. Finished semi-dry.

The mouthfeel was full with a constantly blooming carbonation.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep chocolatey brown. Head is somewhat tanned. Retention is decent, but pretty much no lacing.
S- Malty with fig and raien characteristics. Lightly spicy and just a bit of alcohol presence.
T- Taste is more pronounced. Definite fig character that is a really nice flavor. A bit of plum in there too. There is a bit of metallic character in the finish though that is undesirable.
M- More carbonated than most in style, and a bit lighter in body.
O- Merely an average quad. Decent but the metallic aftertaste and weak mouthfeel were subpar.

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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 daledeee
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't remember seeing this beer before. I thought I would give it a try. I opened a bottle in the den and oh my god, boiling bubbles and no glass. Off to the kitchen!!

Once I got this poured the bubbles weren't near as wild. A medium off white head on a very brown body.

Nose is yeast, caramel. very appealing

Taste is a nice full dark Belgian taste. Prunes, malt, hops, spice, sweet, cream, more and more. Licorice in the finish. This is a fine example of a quad.

Mouth feel would also exceptional, but I found it almost numbing. Alcohol was at first hot but became more subdued as I drank it. This is a nice one to try. Very worthy of the style.

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

Maulheur

Pours a very dark brown that is so cloudy that it is opaque with maple syrup colored edging. Less than a fingers worth of off white head.

The nose offers some heavy molasses notes mixed with some scents akin to raisins. The is some booze heat lingering as well.

The taste is a treat. Molasses and caramel with a twist of dark figgy fruits. The sweetness is very prominent but not cloying. The alcohol is hidden very well in this ale. Sweet a delicious.

The mouthfeel is pretty full with a rich creamy kindness about it. The right amount of carbonation wraps it up.

Overall, impressive and pretty drinkable despite the richness and 12% ABV. Yum.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, gotta watch the hockey playoffs, so it's quick...

Thanks to awesome trader Brian44556 for this extra. Pretty sweet.

The basics: no idea on price and a hefty 12%ABV!!!

Very dark brown. Nice, creamy tan head. Excellent lacing. Very nice looking. Dark and nice looking - Like Jennipher Rodriguez...

A very unique aroma profile. Like cherry cider or the like. But this also has a malty component - like cherry cider and pancakes...Super interesting.

Flavor is amazing. It's very strong - somewhat thick and sweet. The alcohol is very forward and you can tell, but it's not "hot". This is absolutely a sipping beer. The flavor is sooo smoooth...Like the aforementioned Ms. Rodriguez' silky skin (look her up, you'll be glad you did). This is one superlatively unique beer - I've never tasted anything like it. It's like drinking liquid beauty, if you can imagine that. The flavor is so warming and round, it's nearly impossible to describe accurately. It's as though you took Ms. Rodriguez, bottled her "essence", and then wrapped yourself up in it in front of a fire...The flavor melds so many different components: White brownies mixed with figs mixed with a dash of chocolate. All of this is topped off with a sprinkle of cinnamon and clove. It's impossible to accurately describe but it's delicious. Finish has a wash of alcohol bitterness that is quickly, and gratefully, gone and replaced by the final, pancake with butter finish...This is absolutely amazing to taste - a one-of-a-kind flavor profile with all components in place. I would say that you MUST track this down, absolutely MUST!

What I like most: without a doubt the most uniquely delicious beer I've ever run across.

What I like least: The alcohol bitterness in the finish...

Verdict: Imagine the most beautiful and exotic woman you can possibly imagine, then imagine that image as a beer and you have this. Must try for any beer aficionado...

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Photo of whirledview
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep, dark ruby/amber. Nice carbonation with a bubbley head that settles quickly, but never completely disappears. This is my favorite level of carbonation: it maintains fine bubbles at the meniscus throughout and evenly coats the glass with good lacing on every tilt.

S: not hugely fragrant for me. Faint notes of caramel and chocolate combined with a floral hop aroma. Alcohol is definitely present as is a slightly flowery, estery smell. Maybe a little cherry.

T: Malty, but pronounced bitterness as well. I don't get the sugar that others have mentioned as I find it fairly dry. Not especially fruity for me, but maybe some dark fruits, cherries and chocolate. Strong alcohol on the finish - seems to get stronger as I wait between sips.

M: Medium-full bodied. Good, crisp carbonation.

D: The strong alcohol aftertaste limits drinkability for me, but at 12% it's not surprising. It tastes great though and I'm happy to keep going.

-I was really excited about this one when I first poured and sipped, but now I'm wrecked off my first glass ;-) About half way through the first glass, a strong alcohol aftertaste was getting to me a bit. It's a really good beer though and right in my wheelhouse as I love strong dark belgians. One with slightly less alcohol might be better fit for me though.

750mL bottle served in my trusty chalice

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown/red into my snifter with almost two fingers of bubbly tan head that dissipate quickly and leaves minimal splotchy lacing.

S - Tons of sweet candy sugar, rich toffee/caramel malts, banana, raisins, cherries and a touch of alcohol.

T - Similar to the nose; tons of candy sugar and sweet toffee/caramel malts, molasses, dark fruits like cherries, plums, and raisins. Finish is a banana, clove, bubblegum combo with a touch of alcohol.

M - A little on the thin side and super carbonated.

D - Nice quad, really sweet, most definitely a sipper though.

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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 wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into a Stella Artois goblet. Best before 13.11.10 (purchased mid-2008), so I figured this was ripe enough to break into tonight.

A careful pour lends a sizable head with trapped chunks of brown yeast suspended throughout. Glad I saved the last ounce or so, because it chunked up the sink with ease. A steady stream of carbonation fuels the sandpaper-tan foam above a deep crimson body snow-globed by yeast particulates. Killer lacing. Excellent aroma, too, rich with fig pudding and vanilla. Plums, caramel-coated apples, and English toffee round out a thorough nose. Very slight hint of alcohol if you dig deep enough, but the 12% is well-hidden so far.

Rich flavor, as the dark fruit contingent carries through from the aroma to lace the palate with browned apple flesh, plum, and currants. The alcohol makes itself felt on the back of the palate with a hint of boozy sweetness & heat, but at no point is it overbearing. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit thinner than I would have expected for the style and ABV, but I assume the uppity carbonation level probably has something to do with that. Overall, Malhuer 12° proved to be a tasty Belgian quad that hit the spot on a chilly Austin night. A worthy candidate for the cellar.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at BXL on 43rd in Midtown for $11. Served in a stemmed Malheur glass, it appeared a hazy red with a short tan head. While this beer was a bit of a sipper, I was impressed by how smooth it was for the strength and that it was relatively drinkable compared to other 12% beers. The flavor was dominated by sweet vanilla and plum, with berry fruits and typical subtle Belgian spicing in the background. The hops were there mostly for balance and contributed little to the taste. Heck of a quad, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 tbrown4
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had good experiences with their other offerings, figured I'd give the quad a try. Bought a single bottle at The Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD

A - Murky dark dark brown. Tall fluffy head immediately after pour, settles down to a nice thin topping.

S - Dark fruits, sweet malt. All as expected. Nice rooty notes, almost bubblegum.

T - Very nice mellow candy fruity flavors. Not a hint of the ABV.

M - Feels thin but coats nicely.

D - I will come running back to this brew again and again. A very nice quad that doesn't taste like a booze bomb.

For the price I think it'd be tough to find a better quad.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice quad hitting all the right notes.

Presentation: 330 ml brow capped bottle. Malheur branded label in warm, orange and ocher colors, with an overall design as if it were a bad superhero logo. Side notes offer cellaring and serving notes, as well as succinct wording on the characteristics of the brew. Best before date covered with a pricing label from the retailer... Shows Alc. by Vol. (12%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Dark red brown pour, with a generous frothy head, medium retention, fair surface memory and some lacing.

S - Long malty nose, notes of dark fruits, booze, sugar and a yeasty sense.

T - Taste follows with a synchronized sense of malt, long fruity notes, plums raisins, rather yeasty, unfermented sugar throughout.

M - Medium-full body with ample but adequate carbonation, and a creamy sense broken by some dryness in the finish.

D - Pleasing quad, matching and exemplifying style.

Notes: Nice quad, not a flaw other than somehow it feels a notch or two behind grandeur and some of the biggies for the style, either the classics or some experimental ones. Still quite a remarkable and recommendable brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a two finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties. A moderate to high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweet, dark fruits in the nose along with hints of alcohol.
T: The overall taste is quite complex and similar to the smell with flavors of dark fruits and malty sweetness. There are some notes of alcohol and yeast.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: The beer is actually quite drinkable considering its strength because most of the alcohol is masked from the taste. It's definitely one that needs to be sipped given the high alcohol content.

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Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
4.03 out of 5 based on 475 ratings.
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