Saturday, March 5, 2011

Malheur 12°


This is a Belgian quad sent to me from a hardcore fan in Belgium named Bart (thanks for the beer!). You know I'm not a HUGE fan of beers of this caliber, but this one caught me by surprise, actually. NOTE: This is the last episode of Season 12. I may take a week off before we start lucky Season 13 for Spring 2011.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (624) - Albany, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Received a 12oz bottle from a friend in Belgium (thanks, Bart!). I poured it into a Trappist glass.

Appearance: Forms a huge, soda-like head that’s equally as fizzy. It’s dark tan and soapy and eventually dissapates completely, but does regenerate with a swirl of the glass. No lacing, though.

Smell: Similar to Westy 12 or Chimay Blue with many notes of dark fruit plus a bready scent and alcohol.

Taste: Wow, this is a robust beer to say the least. As soon as it hits my tongue it’s making itself known. Dark fruits like plum, raisin, and black cherry are prominent with strong malt backbone of breadiness. The finish is a nice syrup-like sweetness of caramel, but not cloying at all. There’s touch of bittersweet chocolate in the aftertaste, as well as some dry booziness.

Mouthfeel: Extremely effervescent brew as the carbonation stomps on my tongue and gets caught in the throat. Not a tart or sour palate, though. Noticeable warmth throughout the drinking process.

Drinkability: The only thing keeping this from scoring higher is the fact it’s too damn peppery! Even in small sips the CO2 gets stuck in the back of my throat and I burp after each swig.

Overall, a fun beer to taste and it’s an interesting beer to drink. I’d think a vintage of this would be an amazing beer, but a fresh bottle is very good in its own right.

Grade: 8/10