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Malheur 12° | Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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Malheur 12°Malheur 12°

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

750ml Bottled Conditioned
Best Before: 15/04/11

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some dark fruits. The taste is very nice malty/yeasty, some nice figs/raisins/plums notes, slight spice. Medium body, nice warming effect, the ABV is hidden very well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

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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 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 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 Zorro
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deeply brown colored beer with a heroically tall brown head. About as dark as coffee.

Sweet smelling with a lot of fig and dark preserved fruit aromas. Grape and apple scents with an edge of apple brandy to it. Basically this is all fruit scents.

The taste starts out sweet and fruity with a woody aftertaste. Mild fig and raisin flavor and a trace of apple brandy. One of the milder flavored Quads around.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer but one in a style that has quite a few top beers in the world in it. Not a bad beer but Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or is cheaper in the same place I bought this and a superior beer. Not bad but there are better.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cork and caged 0.75 litre bottle.

Very dark, deep ruby red body, the head left quickly, leaving a tan coloured collar around the glasses, no lacing.

The smell was sweet, toffee (as used on toffee apples) with a roasted malt overtone.

The taste was almost of treacle, very malty and sweetish. The aftertaste becoming more bitter as the mouth dried.

The alcohol rules the mouthfeel, it hits you almost before the tastebuds can pick up the other flavours.

Not a session beer, but good with friends.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly dark cola color with minimal head retention, but OK lacing. I get something of a rootbeer and brown sugar aroma, coupled with some light spice. The sweet, rich, flavor profile is much more intense and impressive, with chocolate, rootbeer, nutmeg and allspice. There are dark fruits as well in this spicey quad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the finish is fairly long. Drinkability is pretty good for the abv., though you can tell this is a big beer.

An excellent, well crafted Belgian quad.

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Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with some amber edges when held to a light source and a huge frothy tan head that slowly settles into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing.

Spicy peppery aroma with a bit of cinnamon, chocolate malt, brown sugar, candi sugar, licorice and earthy hops.

Dark chocolate malt flavor with some nice spicy notes, especially pepper, cinnamon and brown sugar. There are also some nice dark fruit notes; plum, raisin, fig, etc. as well as some brown sugar, candi sugar, subtle hops and some sweet alcohol warmth in the finish.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish body with good head and a lace ring on top of a yeasty, spicy dark fruit and orangeish smell. Caramel and other sugary sweetness emerge. Very smooth and creamy, I never would've guess that this is classified as a quad. A little chewey for a medium-bodied beer, there are a plethora of dark fruit flavors like cherrt and orange surrounded by sugary sweet malts like caramel and hints of toffee. A little sticky its so sweet, but finishes sweet and a little dry like a biscuit for some reason. ABV is well-hidden and this is just a great quad.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.79/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle
Best Before 15.04.11

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan colored head that possesses excellent retention and lacing. 

S- There is a lot of dark fruits in the aroma, most notably plum and raisin. There is also hints of spices and yeast and some esters. I'm let down by the aroma, it's very faint and lacking the complexity of other beers from this style. 

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits. There is some yeast in the finish with a good amount of booziness as well. Not bad, maybe the alcohol is a tad too hot. Could use some time in the cellar.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, but not excellent either. Pretty average when compared to other beers within the style. There is alcohol is way too hot in this one, it could definitely benefit from some aging.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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 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 RBorsato
4.91/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown (almost black) with a full creamy light brown head and lots of suspended sediment. Complex dark fruit aroma -- cooked raisins ? Tastes much like it smells. Medium-full bodied with a warming alcohol finish - SMOOTH !

Tasted side by side with St. Bernardus Abt 12 --- I preferred this one - smoother than S.B. Abt 12 (which is in the Top 50)...

Label states: Strong Dark Beer (24 Plato)

Best Before: 12/17/05
Tasted: 09/28/03

(11.2 oz bottle)

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Photo of bylerteck
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with a cap of off white head and appears bright. One of the less impressive looking Quads I've had.

S - Lot's of afterhsave, booze, and some dark fruit.

T - Aftershave is less present thank goodness, there's some booze there and a dark fruit element again. Dry finish. One of the least complex Quads I've had. Odd.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation, really smooth. Seems appropriate.

D - The booze element needs work or somoothing out. It seems like there would be more potential in this beer after some aging but this bottle wasn't great. That said, I wouldn't mind sitting down to really work at this one given the reviews I've read.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle. label is confusing, it says "Best Before End: LB10/11".

poured into goblet, extremely dark brown, muddy. tan creamy head, that fades down to a thin collar. aroma is very nice as it warms, bold raisins, spicey, a little booze.

taste is not as boozey as the smell, even though it's 12% abv. notes of caramel, raisins, biscuity malt. some brown sugar, but not overly sweet. complex, but not overpowering. nice flavors.
medium body, higher carbonation. it could be smoother.

overall - a very solid Quad. Just not quite as good as the top class, like St. Bernardus 12 or Rochefort 10. not as smooth and easy drinkin as those.

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Photo of drpimento
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm, dangerous beer. Poured right out of the fridge, so too cold, but with a smallish tan head that slowly settles and no lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is lots of dark, ripe fruits, candies, malt, toffee, caramel. fruit, loam. Flavor’s a lot like nose, but with big sweetness tempered by good carbonic tang. Very well balanced as they say. Very little alcohol in the finish which is like flavor and of average length. Great, easy drinking, powerful brew.

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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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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 glid02
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet and mildly dark malts with good amounts of sugar-coated medium fruits. The fruit aromas are mostly pears but with hints of figs and golden raisins. Also present are bready yeast aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet and dark malts with smooth Belgian candi sugar flavors kick things off. Shortly thereafter pear and golden raisin flavors join in with hints of green apple and indistinct darker fruits. Midway through the sip hints of nutmeg and brown sugar kick in and carry through to a mildly crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass with no problems and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer but it was more of a BSDA than a quad - it just didn't have the thickness and heavier malt profile of the latter. Still, a decent beer that's worth a shot.

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

Quite a change from their other beers that are all golden to orange in color, this ones dark and brooding with a monstrous head, frothy in texture, beige in color and as it degrades, leaves a nice sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose is malt sweet, plummish, hints of yeast and even some caramel, well that’s the way this old honker smells it. Start sweet, loads of malt, top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is mildly acidic, hops are delectable in their spicy presence, the aftertaste alcohol bitter, dry and long lasting, quite a “Belly Warmer” to boot, not meant for the “Light Weights”, it’s a “BA” Beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An 5 ounce pour into a Gulden Drak tulip glass at the Horse & Hound in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 8 July 2011.

A: HUGE head fills half the glass. Off-white/beige. Very dark and not susceptible to light. Some bubbles coat the sides of the glass.

S: Green apple Jolly Ranchers. Seriously. Not much else.

T: A bit flat/underwhelming. Having sampled a truly horrendous Maredsous Tripel (which I quite enjoyed from the bottle) on-tap at the same establishment, I suspect the bar is the issue more than the beer. Quite sweet, very big, noticeable alcohol. Periously close to reminding me cough syrup. Purple grapes. Not a great quad, but serviceable. I'd like to dry it from the bottle.

M: Meh. Disappointingly flat. Slightly sticky. I'd like more carbonation.

O: A good beer, that I'd like to try again some place else. At this juncture, I can't recommend it.

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Photo of stcules
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit different from their other beers, that are all golden-orange in colour. The colour of this one is dark mahogany-burgundy, with some reflexes. Big head, quite thin and compact.
The smell is nut, chocolate, almost vinaceous. Cocoa. Quite sweet (other difference between this one and the other Malheur, where the bitter is dominant). Alcohol very present.
In the taste the bitter is more evident, but even the alcool. The alcoholic impact is too strong. It warms... but the alcohol covers all the rest...
Surely a meditation beer, but maybe a little unbalanced: too bitter and too alcoholic, without a texture that can support all.
The aftertaste is bitter and sweetish caramel, and cocoa and hazelnut. And even alcohol, obviously...
Medium-high body.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, opaque dark-chocolate brown with a nice fine-bubbled light tan head. Aroma is malty and has an overtone of hard cider. Malty flavor has a strong fruity and brandy-like tone, as well as a hint of chocolate and just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is smooth and quite fizzy.

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Photo of Pencible
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with considerable sediment and fluffy tan head. It smelled very malty, like roasted barley and caramel and nuts, with a bit of raisin and alcohol. Perhaps a hint of grassy hops? It tasted very sweet too, with sugary caramel and creamy yeast dominating, followed by nutty and wheat malts and prune, and a bit of cinnamon and alcohol. It was slightly thick and silky with moderate carbonation at first that subsided over time, and a sweet & sour aftertaste. Overall this was delicious, complex, and delicious. It had fantastic depth to the flavor that I'm sure I missed part of. It had a nice, smooth body too. The alcohol wasn't very strong considering the 12%, so this was quite easy to drink. This was my favorite Belgian ale while still cold, since I usually need to let them warm up and mellow out before I can fully enjoy them. But this was immediately great, and only improved as it warmed. An all-around solid brew fresh, and I could imagine this further improving with age.

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Malheur 12° from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
4.03 out of 5 based on 467 ratings.
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