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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,936
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
482
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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40
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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 Jesstyr
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 3 year old 750ml bottle of Malheur from my cellar - a wait well worth it. Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Dark brown, nearly maroon color with significant haze. Tons of sediment in each glass - probably a mixture of both the aging and the style of beer. Nose is exceedingly sugary, which belies the flavor, and you can definitely sense the alcohol.

This is essentially what you expect from a quad. Raisins, brown sugar, toffee, a little bit of chocolate. Lots of flavor in this, and all in a good way. A light carbonation in the beer with nice fine bubbles. Overall a very enjoyable drink, particularly when paired with a good meal.

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

pours a dark black with a large khaki head, and has good lacing.

smell of dark pitted fruit, some caramel, and a touch of spice.

taste of dark fruit, some caramel, spice, grapes, some cocoa, some malt, and just few hops in the back.

a drinkable beer for sure.

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

Had this Quadrupel for a while in the refrigerator, but tonight (07/09/2008) as the temperature fell to 17° Celsius I decided to have this non-summer beer. Quads need to be drunk almost warm, slowly, and with the right food. "Parmigiano Reggiano" and "Salalme a grana fine" always do the job.
So this belgian shows a deeeep brown dress topped by a magnolia foam vanishing in a few minutes. At nose this is simply great, with all you can expect from a good quadrupel: chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and some yeast. Mouthfeel is good too, creamy and enough tick with a slight prickly carbonation. Taste is alcohol up front but what follows is again deceived and hidden by the carbonation. But as it warms and carbonation decreases the good things are revealed: a bit of sweetness, the right dryness in the finish and a smooth maltiness in the middle.
Drinkability is still good despite the 12% ABV, and I'd like to have another.
A very good beer, a good pair for some robust flavors, but for sure behind the holy graals of Quads (Westwleteren, Rochefort and St. Bernardus).

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 jnn4v
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +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 FLima
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +3.2%
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 PalatePilot
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dzu
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mar02x
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weazal
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 DavidST
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deebo
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pinotboy007
4.14/5  rDev +2%
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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Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 482 ratings
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