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Malheur 12° | Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding
213 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Belgium | website

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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4.03
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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date 13.11.10; Sampled July 2008
A careful yet vigorous pour easily produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is very dark, deep amber, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of fruity plum, warming alcohol and sweet spice notes. The nose reminds me a bit of molasses rich ginger bread, some touches of cane-rum soaked raisins, dried figs, Brandy fusels, and fermented prune juice. Spicy notes of clove, a touch of ginger. Buried in the aroma towards the finish is a nice, toasty malt character that contributes some browned biscuit like notes. An interesting, very fruity aroma that definitely shows its 12% abv strength, but somehow manages to come off as being fairly mellow.

Sweet tasting with some toasted, dark malt flavors. This is quite light bodied, especially given the strength though I wouldn't quite call it quaffable; it is close though and could certainly be dangerous if drunk by someone not realizing its strength. The ample fruitiness continues through to the flavor of this beer with notes of prunes, caramelized raisins, dried figs and even a bit of cherry (in that order of intensity). Some dry cocoa notes come through in the middle, but then the sweet fruit notes seem to sweet the palate clean of this flavor. Noticeable alcohol flavors combine with the other flavors to produce notes of dark Rum, caramelized Brandy and a touch of some tongue numbing, spiced liquors. Speaking of which, flavors of clove, turpene like allspice, light ginger and some pepper notes play a sometimes substantial role as well.

An tasty beer, while it does not do a good job of hiding its substantial strength, it never gets hot or harsh and the alcohol seems to integrate with the other notes. The light body on this brew was also quite nice, never cloying or sticky, yet still rich, satisfying and a sipping brew.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened a gusher. Thankfully I got most of it to gush into the glass and ended up with a dark brown/black beer with an off white head. The foam did disappear quickly though, leaving only traces on the surface.

Smells of malt, with both dark, roasty undertones and a fair amount of sweetness.

Taste is a very unique yeasty flavor, with many fruit esters. Tastes a bit like a more sugary version of Rochefort 10 actually.

Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing; not as robust as the color would make one believe.

Really pretty drinkable for what it is. My expectations were low after tasting the ridiculously sweet Malheur 10, but I was pleasantly surprised when the sugars were only slightly overpowering in this.

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

Dark brown/burgundy pour. Full, creamy foam. Nose could be better but it has some dark fruit, hops and yeast. Flavor is awfully complex, nicely malty with lots of Belgian character. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee along with hints of dark fruits. Well balanced . It's a really nice ale.

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

Poured into a Westy goblet. One finger of light tan head recedes pretty quickly with no lacing. Not really what you'd expect from a well-regarded Belgian ale.

Nice quad aroma of chocolate, banana, toffee, and darker fruits like plum and raisin.

Flavor is mainly a complex maltiness with touches of fruit and a lingering caramel finish. Some spiciness, probably anise also comes out mid-palate to take the edge off the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and a little too carbonated for my taste. It's not awful or excessive but it could stand to be fuller. Luckily despite this, the mighty 12% alcohol is not detectable in the flavor. It does however warm the insides. Fairly drinkable for a monstrous beer.

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Photo of diamondc
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dirty red brown, with a huge head that turns into a thin cap of foam. Minimal lacing.

S - A surprisingly hop forward aroma, yellow pears, banana, slight chocolate aroma with just a hint of wet dirt. Very appealing.

T - Hints of apple skins, red grapes, figs, chocolate, mango and banana. A good dose of alcohol lurks in the background too. The aftertaste is mildly bitter which is kind of surprising for a Quad. Typically complex taste for a Belgian beer!

M - very spritzy, almost soda like with the fizz. I wish it was a little thicker on the feel.

D - You can't really judge this against a low abv session beer, knowing this is 12% abv. Full of flavor on every sip, its a beer to spend a whole night with.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate pour into a chalice yields a huge loose tan head over an almost opaque dark brown-ruby body. Head fades quickly and disappears, leaving no lacing at all.

Smell is vinous boozy warm, dark roasted figs, burned sugar, raisins and dates, burned cherries, chocolate and coffee. Smells really good.

Taste is a bit down hill from the smell, as the alcohol dominates. All the notes from the smell, except the booze is very up front.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, though not as round as I would expect from a Quad.

Drinkability is definitely diminished by the overt booziness of this beer and the high ABV.

Not as thick and smooth as a Quad should be, and a bit too boozy. Smells great, though.

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Photo of TheLiterati
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber-brown color, with little to no discernable head. Color is quite lovely though, quite substantive.

Heavy aroma of caramel, malts and spice, reminiscent of fine liquor. Some notes of dark fruit, such as dates and raisins, maybe some black cherry, with a perfumy undertone.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, if not a bit heavy. Nice for sipping, especially at 12% AVB. Taste was, as other BA's have noted, somehow lighter than the aroma suggested. Still quite heavy on fruit and malt, and not nearly as spicy as I'd have thought.

I'd been wrestling with buying the 750 ml bottle of the Malheur 10, and saw this variety in a 330 ml bottle and bought it instead. After reading over some of the other reviews here, I think I'll be returning for the Malheur 10 to experience the balance that this one is lacking.

This variety is definitely worth a try, though I'm not sure I'll be tempted to have another.

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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 MrHungryMonkey
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours, for every conceivable purpose, jet black. Topped with a good-sized little dark brown head.

Aromas of dark fruit suggest a supple sweetness. Honey malt tones and a zesty alcohol whiff.

Oh my. Expected dark fruit is brighter in flavor with minor citric notes and glorious tangy sweetness giving a kind of tropical mangoish vibe. Seriously strong malt flavor with accompanying body has dense honey/molasses flavors not far removed from liquid malt extract. Then we have a fleeting alcohol bite, every bit as zesty as the aroma advertised. Secondary malt flavors are in the dry roast arena with both a woody sharpness and a powdery dullness. Stiff little bitterness grows as it warms, and the flavor levels out to display more eccentricities. The fruit element grows darker and takes on raisin characteristics. The alcohol is strong in this one.

Pretty good. It lacks the beautiful balance of Malheur 10. I was stoked when I saw this one on the shelf, but for the price of a decent wine, I have no desire to ever try it again. Again, the balance was not right on even though the flavor was little more than a trinity of fruit, malt, and alcohol. That said, I do love the experience of drinking a .75L bottle. Initial expectations & initial tastings vs. final thoughts & final feelings are always swayed by alcohol and the possible disappointment of spending too much on a bottle of 'beer'. Sometimes it is totally worth it, sometimes it is 'why'd I buy that?'. I'll stick to Malheur 10 from now on... why fix what's perfect?

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Photo of t0rin0
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if my bottle was mistreated but as far as I know its been in the fridge since Stan at Lonehill Liquor in Glendora Ca aquired it. This was a real let down. I hate to badmouth the 100,000 + users on this site but I have to say: BECAUSE A BEER IS RARE OR HARD TO FIND DOES NOT MAKE IT GOOD. I'm getting tired of all the overhyped beers that I read about that turn out to be a let down. On to the review.

The beer looked beautiful. The cork shot off the bottle quite violently and the beer foamed like crazy when it hit the glass. When it settled it was a very nice dark cherry red color that was quite clear. The head was dark tan in color and had a decent retention to it for a belgian ale.

Upon hovering my nose above the glass I discovered that the beer smells much like a cheap european lager. Carlsberg comes to mind. It was a shock to me as this is one of the most highly rated quadrupels on this site. In any case, underneath the cheap smell there was some nice dark sweet malts. There was also some alcohol present. I gave it a 3 because the little bit of quadrupel that did show up in the nose was very helpful in reminding me that this is supposed to be worth $11.99/ bottle.

The taste was kind of offensive at first. It was like mixing a bottle of St Bernardus 12 (which is one of my favorite beers of all time) with a 6 pack of some czeck pilsner. It had the light qualities of a lager and a mild hop presence. Now, because of the 12% abv and the fact that I split the whole bottle with my roomate, the flavor did improve as I worked my way down the glass. As the abv starts to set in the sweet dark fruits and dark malt flavors start to make them selves known. Not much yeast or sediment at the bottom to change the flavor much. It was noted that there is little to no alcohol flavor in this beer and so finishing the glass quickly (<10 minutes) was not a problem.

Body was medium and carbonation was suprisingly low considering how explosive the opening and pouring were. Of 1100 beers sampled now this has to be one of the biggest let downs ever. That is not to say that this isn't a good beer, because it is, but I really do not believe that this deserves the avg rating that it has.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $10.99...
Malheur 10 was a gem, so I was eager to give their Quadrupel a shot...
Great, dark-purple, deep-brown appearance, with rising carbonation visible, along with a characteristic prune and grape smell...
Dark caramel, toffee, and raisin essences dance on the tongue...
Rich, spicy, malty taste, dominated by dehydrated fruits, figs, prunes, dates, licorice, and sweet candies... Very rich, thick flavorful with a full-bodied, spicy mouthfeel... The 12% ABV is certainly noticeable in both the nose and mouth, and leaves a spicy, stinging feeling in the back of the throat...
Definitely would consider this one a sipper... A powerful, full-bodied, dominating Quad replete with flavor and style...
Recommended...

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Photo of nickss
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouden Carolus D'or chalice.

Pours a deep dark brown.... surprisingly dark. 1/2" cocoa colored head with nice retention. Pretty.

Interesting aroma.... not as deep as I was expecting.... a bit sharp in the nose with a wild yeasty scent. Hops are certainly more prevalent than expected as well... nowhere near as malty as expected.

So strange.... the aroma and the flavour do not match or meld at all in my opinion. The depth and maltiness that was nowhere to be found in the aroma are wonderfully prevalent in the flavour. Sweet, black cherries, fig, and toffee. Very nice.

Big and thick with light carbonation. Very solid mouthfeel.. pretty much exactly what I want from this style.

If I couldn't already feel this brew going to my head, I wouldn't believe a 12% claim. There's no heat from the alcohol... no sign of it's might. Be careful with this beauty... it'll sneak up on you.

My first from this brewery... you can rest assured I will be trying more.

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Photo of Mysteric
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An outstanding Quad. I got this from the beer of the month club and I have to say they saved the best for last (Decembers issue).
A well rounded great tasting beer.I have tasted most of the quality Belgians and this rates right up there with the best. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scottoale
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This gem came in a 750ml. brown, cork finished bottle with a best before end date of: 25.10.10. and 16/07 stamped on the cork. Poured into a large Duvel tulip a very dark brown with deep ruby highlights and a huge three finger beige head that turned rocky as it eventually settled. Nice carbonation and delicate lace add heaps to this awesome looking brew.

Sweet, malty and full of fruit, with a nice push from the alcohol, give a very pleasant aroma to this big ale. The flavor goes beyond the nose, with plum, apple, pear, rounded with Belgian candi sugar and hops to a perfect balance in the taste. The flavor is awesome with a nice warming from it's big 12% ABV.

Healthy body with a velvety smooth feel in the mouth give this quality ale, an all to easy to drink characteristic.

I highly recommend this one, a great Belgian!

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Photo of Bobikel
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Deep, slightly hazy, mahogony color with red highlits when held to the light. A big clunky off white head dies slowly and leaves a delicate pattern on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Deep alchohol throught the sulfer-lager like character with some spicy hop notes wafting throughout. Malt is very subdued.

Taste - Vinous qualities overlaping plums and rum alchohol. Hops, malt, and alchohol balance very nicely, especially for 12% alchohol.

Mouthfeel - A prickly carbonation livens up an otherwise thin ale. But even so this is smooth as velvet.

Drinkability - A highly sippable ale that leads from glass to glass in almost no time.

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Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany color with a tan head. Nice lace.

Nose has lots of sweet mats, dark fruits, caramel and Belgian yeast.

Taste is similar to the nose, but enhanced in complexity. Sweet, but kept in balance by a musky yeast presence.

Full and creamy with good use of carbonation. Very rich and still well balanced. Good brew, but more similar to a BSDA than my idea of a quad.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Patrick999
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured carefully into a chalice - a couple small pieces of styrofoam from the packing found their way into my pour, upon which I exhaled a "oh shit," and frantically fished them out with a spoon. Capped the 750 for later, as this is an awfully big beer to tackle in one sitting. Pours a cola color with a thin head, but one that seems to want to stick. Good looking quad.

I can't pick out anything too different in the nose from other quads I've tried. I want to say there's a vinous grape-bubblegum quality with a touch of smoked meat. A subtle aroma overall, but pretty damned good.

What immediately strikes me about the taste is that there's a touch more underlying hop than some quads, and that there's plenty of phenolic kick. Some sweetness up front, but the considerable alcoholic spiciness seems to want to dry it out to a really clean finish, especially for a quad. There's a tad sour/bitter thing going on here that makes me want to think of an Orval with more alcohol. The alcohol is not that well-hidden; it's out there for all to experience.

This feels surprisingly well-attenuated. I note very little residual sticky syrup; in fact, this seems to drink almost airy, far lighter than it should. For such a huge beer like this, it does not feel like one, even though alcohol presence is considerable. I think that's pretty impressive.

For a quad, this is very drinkable. I think the fact that it doesn't overload you on caramel malts and dries out well helps drinkability. One to savor and admire? Definitely.

Final verdict? While this doesn't blow my mind, it's obviously an extremely well-crafted beer. With the second pour, I swirled and dumped the yeast in for the hell of it. It doesn't seem to alter the taste much, but now I'm getting an interesting perfume-y smell coming from my chalice. Also, there's a distinct almond nuttiness in the aftertaste I'm noticing now that I didn't notice before. Glad I have a couple more bottles, as I think this one deserves further investigation. I have a feeling this is one of those beers you can't fully know in one tasting....need to relax and let the subtleties reveal themselves.

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Photo of beerking1
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, with a big white head. Darker than expected. Aroma is apples, figs and some spice, along with dark malts. Flavor is dark candi sugar up front, followed by more apple and figs, along with some spicy notes and fruit. Aftertaste is pleasant and warming.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 jhl1908
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 0.25l bottle? I suppose the 12% alcohol make the size just right.

Colour: Dark brown with beautiful tan head.
Smell: Dark malts with a sweet tone.
Taste: Round sweetness with a long slightly bitter aftertaste to finish.
Mouthfeel: Warm, and welcoming.
Drinkability: I drank it in an hour or so, and enjoyed every sip of it.

When I started it was a little to cold, and when I finished it was a little to warm.
But all the way it was an absolute pleasure to drink, and quite interesting to witness the development in the taste, smell and body as it got warmer.

One of the best Belgians I have had the pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle, bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Hazy dark brown colour, large tan head. Pleasant aroma of dark malts, hops, chocolate, oak and bakery. Flavour is heavy dark malts, sweet, oaky and spicy. Hoppy finish. Warming mouthfeel as expected from a 12% ABV beer, there’s a certain "raw" and alcoholic edge (not entirely pleasant) that probably would benefit from a few years in a cellar. Powerful stuff, with a potential for improvement!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I tried a 2003 bottle at the Kulminator in early 2006. It was poured into a Malheur goblet by Leen (co-owner of Kulminator).

It looked really nice, with an off-white foamy head and burgandy liquid filled with floating yeasties. I wanted it to smell bready and yeasty like a St Bernardus or Westvleteren beer (which I was originally expecting based on some ill-gotten advice). But it smelled like a barley-wine, which is possibly my least-favorite beer style.

The bottle said "outstanding flavor of whole hops", but I really didn't taste the hops very much at all. Mostly sweet malt flavor and a lot of alcohol.

I could barely finish 1 glass, so drinkability is low for me.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 23-03-08. Nice, ultrathick, big bubbeld yellowish head and very darkbrown beercollor. Nose is ultra malty, straw and caramel, litle roast, raisins, oak and explosive alcohol amounts. Good but IMO bombastic. Taste is also very strong malted, sweet but not overdone in this one, in composite of the alcohol that burns like whiskey together with the partly roasty genuiatly dosed bitterness. Carramellic coffee is what I would discripe this one and not high but still too high dosed carbonisation is strange in this extra stout like quadruppel. Recomendable IMO but take your time for it.

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Photo of putnam
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 17 12 05
So when was this brewed, 2 years ago? 5?
dark brown -- aromas of maple, oak, molasses, raisin, cherry cough drops, vanilla and sweet brown spices. Robust flavors of brandied, dried fruits, mashed nuts and old vintage port. The fizz is minor. The effect is dessert-like. I'll save this for later this evening.

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Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
90 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.
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