Urthel Samaranth - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Reviews: 324
Hads: 524
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 30
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-06-2004

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Photo of Limenitis
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is a reason this beer is one of the top rated Quads. It is unbelievable. The head is foamy and a full opaque color that takes minutes, not seconds, to dissipate. The taste is crisp, full, and sweet. Truly, this is what I expect to pay a little more for when I purchase a beer from Belgium. Fantastic beer. You should at least try it once. (344 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has no freshness or born on date, only a bottle number. (k28c7)

Appearance: It has a deep reddish burgundy colored body with a small beige head. The body also has a very hazy or cloudy appearance with lots of yeast sediment in it. Its head is short lived and leaves just a small ring of foam on top, around the edge of the glass. Lacing is very minimal.

Smell: In the nose I get nice fruity esters of golden raisons, figs, fig cake, liquorish and candy sugar. There is also a mellow brandy like boozy note that surrounds all the nice fruitiness.

Taste/Palate: With complexity like this it's hard to find a place to start. It has a deep rich full body with complex bready and fruity maltiness. Within it there are nice notes of golden raisons, dark sweet cherries, fig/fig cake, red liquorish, caramel and some raw grain maltiness. These notes all slowly reveal themselves with each sip and they are embraced by a pleasant brandy like warmth. The finish is still some what sweet but there are some dryer earthy yeast tones moving in here as well as some lightly spicy hop notes that bring mild bitterness. Its texture has a good firm smooth feel with plenty of soft carbonation to keep thing lively and set up the palate for the next sip.

Notes: Overall this is an outstanding Quad in my opinion. Its complex, it's big, it's pleasantly boozy, it drinks well, and the only thing I can really pick on here is the head retention and lacing. Well done!!! (1,537 characters)

Photo of jim102864
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of being introduced to the brewer of Urthel and her beer at Toronado in San Francisco a month ago. Ever since then, I've been trying to get my hands on (no, not her although Hildegard is a sight for sore eyes) her Hop It creation, but I have yet to find a store in my area that carries it in the 1 plus pint bottle. While my search continues for that precious gem, I came across this accomplishment and what an accomplishment it is. This quad with the funny name was popped from a corked bottle and instantly got me pumped to experience its flavor. Lots of fruit, particularly strawberries and sweet fruit in general, but not in an overpowering way. And this is not to suggest this headed into lambic country...quite the opposite. It pours into my Duvel tulip glass with a deep copper color and a white head that settles quite nicely. Lace draped the glass throughout the entire experience. A very abundant aroma, again strawberries and sweet fruit gushed from my deep glass. And lots of candied sugar in the aroma too, which introduced itself in the initial taste. Again, not overpowering, but the sweetness balances so perfectly with the slightly boozy finish and the silky smooth mouthfeel. I think "balanced" best describes this quad. It's sweet pleasant flavor makes this a highly drinkable treat, in fact one of the best I've ever had. Although there is some alcohol in the finish and at 11.5% abv, it's a whopper of a brew which will give you a nice buzz, the alcohol is quite subtle. Drink it with a roaring fire in the hearth and a block of room temperature Cabot's Seriously Sharp Cheddar cheese. It simply doesn't get much better than that. (1,670 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a small capped bottle into a goblet, it creates a nice, creamy light beige head, atop a murky orange-brown brew. The head comes down to a rim, but that rim stays all the way to the end.
The expected, great aroma typical of belgian abbey ales comes and fills the air from the outset - malty, alcoholic, sugary, but also a bit more spicy than the average.
Taste is exciting, malty, sweetish, bubblegums, caramel, yeasty at times, along with a somewhat unusual spiciness, peppery and even "salty" at times. As it warms up, the flavors get a bit more unusual and complex, nonetheless quite enjoyable.
Easy to drink for such a warmingly alcoholic brew, I can only have one at a time, but I am glad I have a few more in the cellar. (738 characters)

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a light chestnut/copper color. Two fingers of billowy, pale tan head with excellent retention and very nice lace. Clear with good carbonation.

S: Ripe pears, and lots of them! Some sweet bready malt behind that. Aromas become a bit muted as the beer warms, but still stay present.

T: Sweet molasses up front, then sweet malts, long finish with a bit of pepper and a ghost of bitterness. As the beer warms, a distinct menthol flavor and mouthfeel emerge, also layers of dark fruits. Alcohol just barely creeps in, some might not notice it at all. Whoa, bergamot slices through, and then guava, finally port! Very intense, and keeps evolving throug the very last sip.

M: Full bodied, but carbonation keeps it light and very creamy.

O: A fantastic quad. Will certainly buy this again.

I understand that the Koenigshoeven quad was the original inspiration for this, and they are quite similar. This one impresses me as a bit spicier and not quite as sweet, but variety is a good thing and I wouldn't fault either for not being the other. This one also seems far more complex in the flavor profile, and I'd give it five and a half on taste if I could. Luscious stuff, makes this quad-lover plenty happy indeed. (1,252 characters)

Photo of brouwer
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I purchased this at the Charleston Beer Exchange.

First of all, I opened this after a long day of work in the sun.

Served in a Tulip glass, it had a 2 inch head with a yeasty smell.

The mouthfeel is smooth with an appropriate level of carbonation. Fruity tones - excellent depth and warmth. High level of yeast, if you like it. Taste is overall excellent.

Extremely drinkable - could easily drink this all night long. (421 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Urthel Samaranth has a thin, cream-colored head, a medium brown, murky appearance, and not much lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sweet, candied fruits, such as fig or dates. Lots of bread, as well. Taste is of sweet bread crust, spiced bread, fruits, fruit bread, some bitterness, and brandy notes. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Urthel Samaranth finishes between wet and dry, with a sure alcohol presence.

RJT (424 characters)

Photo of rrski198
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Totally cloudy and deep dark brown. Average off white head, very little lacing. I can see lots of yeast particals floating around, yummy!

S: Very sweet fruit. Cherries, plums, raisins. Traditional belgian yeast scent with the deep sweet fruit smell of an old ale.

T: Biscuity, bready malt up front, then intense sweetness of dark fruits. The booze kicks at the back end of the mouth. Not as dry as expected. Booze bite sticks around.

M: Highly carbonation. Oily and thick. Its like a sweet fillm that coats your mouth. The booze leaves quite the tingle on teh cheeks and gums

D: Damn good beer. This beer is very sweet, however, the finish is clean and it doesn't seem like a sugary mess. As it warms the booze becomes more prevalent but it is quite welcome. Very complex and delicious. (794 characters)

Photo of mjc410
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Brs. Dinaburg and McHugh.

The pour into my Chimay chalice raises a lasting two finger head that falls slowly. It's very creamy, and colored very light tan. The beer is barely translucent, and has very visible carbonation streaming from the center of the glass. The body has a murky brown color, but with an odd internal glow, perhaps due to odd light diffusion. The lacing is certainly resilient. There are some ruby highlights, as well. The nose is yeasty, darkly fruity, raisiny, caramel, and has hints of coffee. The taste is very sweet throughout, with many of the above characteristics joining in, plus a lovely cinnamon flavor. The alcohol is hidden very well, and only shows itself when the sips are too closely spaced. Perhaps it adds a bit of a peppery taste, too. The mouth is definitely on the thick side, with very tingly carbonation. Definitely the best quad I've gotten to thus far. (911 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - rocky 3 finger crown sits atop a stunning deep crimson/maroon body and shows great retention and sexy lacing that keeps track of my sips, quaffs and gulps.

S - smells vinous and sweet. grapes, luscious cherries, candied pears, plums and prunes. spicy hops and candied sugar also make their way into the party. i just cannot seem to pull this one away from my face.

T - very sweet ,flavors reflect the aromas. nice spicy fnish. this one really opens up as it warms. and the alcohol remains extremely well hidden

MF - thick, full, velvety and creamy feel. this is as good as it gets people! as if the exceptional flavor weren't enough to carry this beer, the fine folks at Urthel have taken the time to make this a joy to drink, the lively carbonation sparkles and tingles on the way down. i love it!

D - great, this beer is a beast and an excellent sipper and cap to the night. it tastes and feels like i am already in dream land. (937 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey-gold and cloudy. Flavor is rich and smooth with fruity hints and just a whisper of bitterness. The texture is smooth, but it has a nice bite that reminds you this is a strong ale. One of the best beers I have ever tried, worth seeking out. (250 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours clouded orangeish/amber with a thin off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of carmelized grain and tropical fruitiness (banana and pineapple). Spicy.

The taste follows the nose incredibly well. Carmelized grain and tropical fruits intermingle with candi sugar and spice. Alcohol present, but not raw - It's quite complementary in fact. It finishes with a balanced, sweet spiciness.

Full-bodied, almost syrupy, this is very smooth for abv level.

This one is decadently delicious! A power-house of a quad with a wonderful smoothness! Very complex - almost an overload. A work of art!

Try this one with glazed ham (sounds unusual - but it works!) (712 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed as part of an eight-way blind Quadrupel tasting on 2/12/09. This scored number one for me, beating out the coveted Westy 12 by a nose. It was the surprise winner and a completely outstanding example.

Appearance- The first, and most obvious, attribute of this beer is the unusually gold hue to it. Most of the Quads we sampled were chestnut brown and very deep amber... so this stood out in that regard. The second thing is the phenomenal crown, thick and yeasty, never moving once it was poured. Gorgeous.

Smell- Dark fruits mingle with a yeasty, bready nose... full and beautiful, it's a sensory treat.

Taste- Cookies, leather, figs, dates, and plums. Fantastic, and especially surprising considering the color.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- As with most of the Quads we sampled, this mouthfeel was absolutely sublime. A soft, seafoamy texture that brings the best out of the beer's flavors. This won best in show for me, and I can't wait to enjoy another one soon with a wedge of good Trappist cheese. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Transparent dark copper. 1-finger head that dissipate fast. A lot of lacing

SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Piney, herbaceous, sweet.

TASTE - Piney, herbaceous, sweet. Rounded, well balanced. ABV very well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE - Light on the tongue. A bit thick, but not gooey. Just a little carbonation

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A very drinkable ale, well balanced. Not heavy or boozy, despite very high ABV. (415 characters)

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into a tulip glass bright orange with fair clarity and a typical big Belgian head that doesn't go away.

The beer smells strongly of grapefruits, yeasty dustiness, carmel, and sour apples.

The first spicy sip surprises me a bit. The sour apple notes are much more pronounced than in the nose, but the sweetness is exactly what I'd expected. Super sweet and sticky goodness, this beer is like drinking liquid hard candies combined with sweet fruit syrups the alcohol lends much of this sweetness, but you don't TASTE it much. Distinct banana tastes as well. The aftertaste is strongly malty with a warming from the alcohol (JEEZ 11%?).

The Urthel feels thick and silky in the mouth. Very smooth. Dangerously drinkable! (725 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750ml corked, caged bottle. As God, or at least his workers, intended. Pours an energetic cloudy brownish-orange with a medium density rocky head. Much lighter than I expected for a quadrupel, which is I assume the style based on the description "quadrium ale". OK, so also I cheated by reading the style listed here, but let's not nitpick. Smells of caramel, bubblegum, sour oranges and a hint of something oaky. Also not what I expected of the style but nothing I don't like yet. Taste? I think I'm doing the dog getting scratched in the right place leg twitch. Oranges, cocoa, lemons, a dry finish that just brings the malty start to a perfect balance. The mouthfeel is silky and oily, not really chewy at all. Again, surprises me for its style. Drinkability probably goes without saying given the review so far. No real alcohol burn a bit of warmth, so no problems there. The balanced flavor will make this whole bottle go down rather easily. In short, find this one...and fast! (989 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

clearly by my rating i feel that this beer is severely underrated. I think this brouwerij would do a lot better if they got rid of their goofy ass labels. pours a dark, yet fairly clear and very yeasty brown. nose is of dried fruit. The taste follows with typical dry dark fruit taste with a little bit of spices. very sweet on the lips and very smooth for its 11%. a wonderful example of a belgian quad. Dont be fooled by the pathetic attempts of american breweries at a belgian style quadruple, so far only belgium has perfected this style. not to say those beers arent good cause they are ( the Reverend by avery) but they are a long shot from a real quad. great beer, worth the price, be careful pouring unless you like a little extra nutty flavor. (752 characters)

Photo of jsapunor
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After days of IPA's it's time for a change and even though it's 103 outside it's cool enough inside for something new and dark. I've seen this described as a quad and a barleywine and since I like both styles, why not.

Into the Maudite tulip it goes. this is a beautiful opaque red-amber with a puffy, slightly off white head. It smells like a quad with bready and dark fruits coming forward. It may be a little cold but then I've been advised to enjoy this one on the cool side to control the 11% ABV.

The first tase is great! Spices like cinnamon and cloves with dark summer fruits mixed in. The alcohol is present but still subtle. This is one complex beer! Now the caramel is emerging. Lots of flavors jumping around the palate surrounded by a very smooth and soft mouthfeel. It's warming a bit now and the dark fruits and spices are really coming into their own with a nice alcohol burn at the back and more malty caramel. I'm going to call it a quad and a very good one at that. This would be fantastic with something sharp that would really turn the flavors loose like a brandy blue cheese ball.
I'm going to be seeing a lot of this beer this winter. It's very drinkable but with the high ABV and big bottle I was glad for a little help.

Is it a quadrupel or is it a barleywine? Who cares. It is big, bold and wondrful. It is one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Definitely world class! If you like big, bold, dark beers, don't miss this one. (1,479 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a big off-white head that sat atop a cloudy apricot/light-brown colored body. Mellow bubbles. Head reduces quickly. Lacing is abundant.

Mild citrus in the nose, with an unusual yeasty aroma and a peppery prickliness.

Into the mouth it goes, and I wish it would never end: Maltiness is full and firm, with a wild yeast presence linking up with apricot/peach vibes, spices resembling pepper and nutmeg, well-balanced hops and a minor bite from the 11.5% alcohol. Great depth here.

Mouthfeel is chewy, only slightly syrupy, round and full. Another great aspect of this impressive beer.

Yet another in a long line of Belgian beers that I would die for. Despite the high alcohol it goes down easily and the complex, exotic flavor profile makes every sip a joy. (775 characters)

Photo of kundabuffer
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Flavorwise this is more subdued than Urthel's tripel, which is odd, but it still has a great taste. I should note that my bottle is different and the ABV is marked as 11% (since the tripel I bought was also different, I think the pictures/ABV info need to be updated for this brand). The scent is characteristically Belgian with some trappist cheese figuring into the odor. Tastes of candi sugar, blackberry and mild spice; the alcohol is well-masked. I thought the tripel tasted a bit better but this is also excellent. (520 characters)

Photo of spencerberus
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this for a long time, but there was always something else more urgent, some seasonal or anniversary or limited edition brew that couldn't wait, while I knew this wasn't going anywhere. I also remember thinking it was quite expensive, I thought it was around $15 for a 750mL bottle, so I was pleasantly surprised to see they had it for $10.49.

Now I regret waiting, this is an amazing beer with a very rich, complex taste and aroma that, for me, puts to shame most of the beers I passed this up for in the past. Thick, somewhat heavy, and sweet, tastes of dark berries and dates, plus quite a bit more but unfortunately I didn't take notes while drinking so I'm working off memory. There are other reviews here with excellent details of the aroma & taste though. If you enjoy wines, the complexity & richness of the tastes reminded me of the first time I had Jarvis Cabernet Sauvignon, but at about 1/10th the price. High alcohol content (my bottle says 11%, not the 12% listed here) that's very well balanced with the multitude of other flavors. (1,072 characters)

Photo of Shovelbum
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy off-white head over glowing red-orange, slightly hazy, body. Moderate lace left clingling to the my snifter glass. Aromas of sweet orange, a crisp citric character, and a malty backbone. The taste has similar components but noticeably more complex. The sweet orange character is present, but not as much of a player as in the nose. Here on the tongue a complex mixture of sweet malt, honey, caramel, light buttery diaceytl, biscuits and toffee are up front, giving way to a nice spicy and crisp, mildly citric, finish. Exceptionally smooth but with a slightly drying finish, medium to full body overall. Warming.

I first sampled this last year at Arbor Brewing Company's Belgian tasting. I was so impresssed that I went out the next day and purchased some for more intensive 'sampling'. It's been a favorite ever since. Beware: the alcohol in this little fellow can sneak up on you. An excellent beer for winter-time hibernation. (947 characters)

Photo of HorseFly
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a beer fan in general, but I LOVE Belgian ales. In fact, I have yet to have one that I don't like. I recently had the Urthel Samaranth at Richo's Pub House (aka New Albanian Brewing Company) during their Gravity Head shindig. I have to say it is easily in my top 3 of this style, Chimay Grand Reserve and Delirium Tremens being the other 2. I was served in the appropriate Urthel glassware and it was very pretty too look at, and it smelled wonderful. It was very sweet and very strong. I'm not an expert at picking out flavors and such like some people on here, but I know that I am definitely going to be looking for it anywhere and everywhere that sells beer. (671 characters)

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, two year old bottle pulled from the cellar

Appearence, strange, a dirty golden color, very odd for a Quad.

Smell, very fruity, sweet, I would swear this was a Tripel, if I didn't open the bottle myself.

Taste, more of the same confusion, very sweet, very fruity, taste is really in line with a Tripel. Very smooth, I can't taste the ABV, but maybe the two years in the cellar took care of that, I'm not sure as I have not had this brew fresh. Regardless, this is a fantastic brew, very smooth, and since I love Tripels, l loved this Quad, if only because it copied my favorite Belgium style.

I'm sure this one is great fresh, but two years really added some smoothness, I'm buying some more of this first chance I get. (744 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This was spectacular with chunks of sediment suspended in the glass. Medium brown with thin beige head. Heavy body. Thick, slick mouthfeel. A sipper, but delicious. (169 characters)

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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
90 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.