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Malheur 12° | Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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90
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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
462
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
16.63%
 
 
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Photo of ikantspel
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

best by date of 11/2020

served into a duvel tulip

pours an almost black with a ginormous frothy bubbly head.

dark fruits and yeasty smell. some maltiness just for good measure

starts off with a dark coffee. the sweetness of the dark fruits comes in and is finished off by a carbonated yeast.

almost a little too syrupy but the taste work well.

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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 jzeilinger
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a raisin color with light carbonation and sticky on the glass.

S - Brown sugar, yeasty bready presence, nutmeg, light alcohol.

T - Brown sugar, dark fruit - plums, figs, raisins, slightly spicy, bready, yeasty, light alcohol, mildly sweet dark Belgian candy sugar. Lingering caramel/toffee warm spiciness and warming on the way down.

M - Sticky, thick, full bodied, light carbonation but enough to be prickly.

O - Overall, a solid Quad.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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 BradLikesBrew
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark muddy brown with tons of sediment and a light tan head. Plums, cola and sweet fruity aroma. Flavor is caramel, plum, cola, toffee, spicy, floral, dark fruits. Smooth, thick feel. Sweet but complex Belgian Quad. I enjoyed this, but it did not wow me like some of the other Quads currently on the market.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Prune and red - murky.

S - Cooked pitted fruits, prunes, raisins.

T - Burnt fruit reduction, heavy cooked fruits, boozy.

M - Big , boozy, large beer. Good carb, ok balance considering the ABV and strong attributes.

D - Awesome huge beer. Not sessionable, but would have again.

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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 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 NilocRellim
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown/mahogany. Heavy sticky fruit and booze smell. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, less intense than the smell. Sticky fruits, a bit of booze, dark malts.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head, lacing and retention. Maple brown with mahogany highlights and a creamy caramel head.

Very malty, bready nose. Jammed fruits like apricot, fig, and apple. Brown sugar and maple syrup. Biscuity aroma.

Taste is very complex and outstanding. The fig, plum, peach along with the spicey finish make this very tasty and a fine example.

Mouthfeel was luxurious. Silky and sudsy, great balance with the carbonation. Very informing. The flavors separate slightly when sipped-yet come together again as you finish.

This is a very drinkable and tasty brew, very quenching-one knock though: The sediment. It disturbs easy and while not nearly attaining a drainpour, I don't find sedimented brews very drinkable unless they are fantastic and well...this one is.

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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 tpd975
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice deep hue of brown with a full fluffy two finger head. The retention is good with a solid cap hanging around for the duration. Some spotty lace noted.

S: Nice blast of malty goodness. Big on caramel malt with some strong underlying grains. Brown sugar and dark fruits come next in a bold way. Very nice.

T: Similar to aroma. Big sweet malty goodness right from the start. The dark fruits come out along with some yeast. In the finish there is a touch of spice.

M: Medium in body with lively carbonation.

D: It's an wonderful after dinner or late evening sipper. Would pair up nicely with a cigar.

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

On tap at the Trappist in Oakland. Got it on a whim and had no idea what to expect. Was pleased.

Served in a goblet with about half foam half beer. Deep ruby ink with a lingering head. Smelled sweet and malty, a typical quad aroma. Dessert-like.

Same flavor as the nose, just very very tasty, without anything offensive marring it. Not on the level of something like the Trappist Rochefort 10 nor as good as the St. Bernardus Abt 12, because it really lacks the depth and complexity that makes those beers so enjoyable. I'd say sweetness is what dominates this beer.

Washes down pretty well, and not overly carbonated. A bit heavy to be drinking much of it. Then again this was towards the end of the night and I was a little saturated.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep red brown color with a nice light tan head and decent lacing

S-dark fruit, toffee, spices, yeast, brown sugar

T-raisins, prunes, toffee, brown sugar, belgian spices, yeast, very fruity

F-medium to full body with mild carbonation, smooth

O-decent quad, but a little too sweet for me

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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 JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small picked up at the COOP today... paid about $4.25.... sharing with Brenda... mine poured into my Delirium goblet.

Lite tan head tries to stick around but drops fairly quickly.. just spots of lace... very very dark brown brew is fairly hazy... I probably should have let these sit in the fridge for a couple of days.

Dark dried fruits really only show as mild raisin.. maybe some lite prune... significant amount of brown sugar and mildly spicy.

Flavor is pretty mild for the style.. same as the nose with a fair amount of chocolate.. sorta figgy.. not as sweet as the 10.. thankfully.. a fair amount of malty sweetness helps drive the palate forward.. a little earthy as it warms up.

Body is medium with a bunch of carbonation.

This is fairly well made, but not on the same level as my favorites.... I will however, certainly buy it again anytime I want a decent priced well made BSDA.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A: Pours a nice deep hue of brown with a full fluffy two finger head that dosn't stay very long The retention is good with a solid cap hanging around for the duration. Some spotty lace noted.

S: Nice blast of malty goodness. Big on caramel malt with some strong underlying grains. Brown sugar and dark fruits come next in a bold way. Very nice.

T: Similar to aroma. Big sweet malty goodness right from the start. The dark fruits come out along with some yeast. In the finish there is a touch of spice.

M: Medium in body with very lively carbonation.

D: It's an wonderful after dinner or late evening sipper

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Photo of BMoney575
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-21-10

Pours a completely cloudy brown color, with no real head but lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Lacing is just a few lone bubbles.

Smell is strong alcohol, with lots of fermented fruit and a Belgian kick. Very sweet, very complex, and very fresh.

Taste is all malt, with a huge hit of clove. The finish is very dry, accentuating the big clove presence. The alcohol is well managed, adding only a sweet warming.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation to add to the tartness, and a nice thickness for the malt.

Drinkability is good, although the clove is so strong it starts to dominate the flavor.

Overall, not the best Quad I've had, but very unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of capra12
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed with speedwayjim on 9/28/09 @ Monks cafe served out of a chalice.

Appearance: ruby blood red with 1/2 a finger of head which stays throughout the drink.

Smell: strong belgian yeast and fresh and unripened concord grapes.

Taste: opens with a strong malty beglian yeast. Fresh sweet concord grapes come in from the middle to end as the malt profile intensifies and finishes with alcohol leaving a warm malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:light bodied but packed with complex flavors, moderate carbonation and slightly coarse.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again but on another day, worth the try if you like a strong intense fruit and malt profile.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit of a dark sickly brown - near black, but doesn't have that motor oil appearance. The head was nearly nonexistant and within minutes all I had were a few islands of tiny, thin near-white film floating around. Minimal lacing. Not really attractive by any stretch of the imagination.

The nose is sweet and malty with dark fruits. Taste follows in lockstop. Maybe its the IPAs and stouts corrupting me, but I found this thing far too sweet. I don't know if I'd necessarily call it cloying, but it was definitely getting to me halfway through the glass. It was like that feeling you get when you eat too much candy. I think this brew could have done with some additional characteristics in the taste to balance out the overload of sweetness.

I found the alcohol to be exceptionally well hidden considering it weighs in at 12%. I didn't catch much of a boozy burn at all. Carbonation is appropriate and medium bodied.

All in all, it's a good brew, but a bit overloaded on the sweetness.

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Photo of matjack85
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $8 for a 330ml brown bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

The beer was dark brown in color - almost black. Just 1-finger's worth of tan head that dissipated to just a rim in under a minute. Not much lacing to speak of.

Huge fruit and candy smell. Picking up mostly sweet prunes and raisins along with some alcohol.

Heavily malted with a burnt sugar taste. Plums, prunes, and raisins make up the fruit component while the alcohol imparts a spicy peppery taste. Hops are herbal and not that bitter.

Silky smooth and full bodied mouthfeel with a warming alcohol feeling on the way down. Carbonation is medium.

At 12% alcohol this is definitely a sipping beer, and a good one at that.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown and nearly black. Thick, nearly opaque and with a creamy foamy lace which dissipates into thin lace.
At first, I detected a faint citrus/orange peel like aroma which pleasantly surprised me because I felt like it was unusual for the style. There is also a chocolate aroma and some liqueur.
Malty sweet but with spices and a kiss of hops for balance. Chocolaty sweet finish. Medium bodied and a little lighter for a quad. The carbonation, as is the case with many belgian beers, was active and a bit tight at first. However, I feel like this did not settle properly thus detracting slightly from the score.
Nevertheless, this is an excellent beer.

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

I missed this beer at Beachwood, but I was excited to find a bottle at Town and Country Liquor in Fullerton,

A: Pours an opaque deep brown with a soft creamy off-white head, good retention.

S: Classic dark Belgian malt, dark candi sugar, yeasty, molasses.

T: Dark candi sugar, raisin flavours, definite fermented brown sugar with a moderate sweetness. Belgain yeast flavours are clearly evident.

M: A tad overcarbonated, but a nice full body, well hidden alcohol, smooth.

D: I wouldn't call this a by the numbers quadrupel, it's certainly well made, and a nice complexity as I expect. Just missing something to make me go crazy, the flavours are quite good.

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

Quite a sweet malt aroma with notes of spice. A small amount of stone fruit adds a nice touch.

Neither hazy nor clear, amber-brown colour with a big, fluffy, light tan head. Decent head retention but next to no lacing.

Mmm, this is interesting. Rounded malt flavour with notes of winter spice, some aniseed and some fruitiness. There is a hint of under-attenuation but the finish is still quite dry. I quite like it.

Medium-full body with high carbonation. Interesting and acceptable but just a little too carbonated for my likes.

A tasty Quad with plenty going on. An interesting yeast profile supports the malt.

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