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Urthel Samaranth - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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481 Ratings
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 27
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-06-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good but not outstanding yeast makes for a much better than average brew. SIgnificantly spicy, orange-pineapple citrusy, nice orange with pretty lace. Liquorish. biscuit medium mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Nice hops, noticeable alcohol. Barleywine and citrus yeast aroma.

Sammy, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

t0rin0, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at State Line in Elkton. Served in an Urthel tulip that looks straight out of a cartoon someone on acid would imagine.

Pours a fairly-clear reddish-copper color with a good off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some mild caramel and a nice date character. Raisins there as well. Nothing too spectacular; fairly weak. The flavor really improves upon that. There's a mild amount of booze that works well with the raisin and date character. Really quite nice. Medium body and really smooth. Booze is nice. Really nice all around. Thanks to Amyliz4 for being gifted these glasses and picking this bottle out.

Thorpe429, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a modest head that leaves some lace, nevertheless

Smell: Figs, cinnamon, candi sugar and alcohol

Taste: Sweet and figgy up front, with the growing influence of candi sugar by mid-palate; some hoppy bitterness builds as well, but this is very sweet; after the swallow, the bitterness takes a back seat to the figgy sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Not up there with the other Urthel beers I have tried; just too cloying

brentk56, May 23, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Juicy tangerine with butterscotch borders. This is the single lightest quadrupel that I've ever laid eyes on. In fact, it looks more like an APA. The attractive crown of orange-ecru foam looks acceptably Belgianesque. It's a good look, but it's definitely 'out there' for the style.

The nose is pale malty and fruity (apricot skins) in a musty sort of way. The lack of depth and complexity is concerning. This is one strange quadrupel. Incidently, the brewer says that it's closer to a quad than a barleywine, and is less sweet than the typical quad.

Samaranth is definitely an odd duck. I think it tastes like a pale-malted barleywine mixed with a tripel (fruity esters and Belgian yeast). There's also the suggestion of some spice that I can't identify. The alcohol is well-buried, making itself known only by a pleasing warmth on the way down. So far, this big ale isn't knocking my socks off.

The biggest problem is a lack of flavor definition. It's all a bit of a muddle and is extremely hard to describe as a result. Sweetened orange is probably the leader, followed by a floweriness that might be coming from the hops. Part of the lack of authority might be due to...

... a mouthfeel that is average at best. It's no more than medium and is seriously lacking in carbonation. Bottom line: average in a general sense and less than average when compared to most big Belgian ales.

Other than the insanely delicious Hop-It (and possibly Tonicum Finiboldhus), I haven't been impressed with De Leyerth Brouwerijen beer. Samaranth is decent, but it's no quadrupel. Sorry, can't recommend this one.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was probably too far down that intoxicated role to open this beer. But my courage was peaking so I'm a jumpin' in. This beer was a serious kick to the teeth... and I enjoyed it immensely.

The pour delivers a burnt orange, rusty hue with a light haze, airy head formaiton, and the retention that is expected of great Belgian beers. Not as deep browns and ruby colors as expected, but a good look nevertheless.

Even before the appearance is observed, the fruity, malty sweet aromas grab me and drag me into the glass. Big scents of grapes, anise, apples, appricots, and lesser aromas of figs, raisons, dates, and pineapples. The esters are what sets this beer apart. Mild spicy notes of corriander, curraco, and white pepper round out the aromas and promised great depth and variety in flavor.

Super sweet maltiness hit the front of the toung and garner attention just before the fruity onslaught arives and eventually dominates the glass. Maltiness gives way to sugary sweet tastes that give even more rise to the fruits. Neither the spicy flavors nor the low hop rates give any validity to the balance leaving this beer super sweet.

The sweetness leaves the beer a bit cloying and causes a residual sweet film on the entire mouth. Thinning and warming alcohols gradually rise and eventually give a bitter taste in the back of the throat.

This beer is everywhere at once, but always giving a confectionate sweetness and wine-like fruitiness that makes it difficult to drink. It's sweetness, along with the disjointed nature of flavors and the inbalance keeps this beer from competing with the St. Bernardus and Chimays of the world. Definately prefered to the La Trappe and most American attempts of the Dark Strong Belgian styles.

BEERchitect, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

kjkinsey, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy medium brown ale with a huge head with great retention. Aroma is mix between spices, great malt and strong yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average. Very sweet taste (probably a tad too much) with some subtle raisins in the background. Yeast is very present and may hides a bit of overall taste of this. Alcohol is not detectable which I always appreciate from brewers. Great for the style but still not up there with the greats (Westy, Rochefort, St-Bernadus).

Phyl21ca, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%

kylehay2004, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking brown color with a good looking head on top. The retention wasn't too bad, but there wasn't much lacing. The smell of the beer is a little sweet and had some nice light caramel aromas and dark fruits. The taste is a little tart upfront but settles into a nice sweet and rich vanilla like aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is nice as well, it had a solid carbonation to it and a soft mellow feel to it. Overall this was a pretty nice Quad, doesn't beat La Trappe but still very nice.

Knapp85, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy amber body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Light, toasted maltiness with white grapes, a mold-smelling yeast character, and light sherry notes.

Taste: Moderately sweet, with bready malts and a distinctive, yet peculiar mélange of fruits: white grapes, quinces, and pineapple. Some slight bitterness in the sharp finish.

Mouthfeel: Straddles the fence between medium and full-bodied. Low carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: I can't properly explain it, but this bizarre beer saddens me.

ChainGangGuy, May 26, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pourrs ashiney orange with a fluffy head that leaves globs of lace down my tulip glass,aromas of toasted grain and very fruity banana really comes out along with some very ripe sweet pineapple even noticed a little chocolate in there.Spicey flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg with a light tropical fruitiness with the alcohol burn really coming thru as it warms.Quite yeasty in the Belgian tradition a good cold weather sipper here on Xmas eve a nice quad.

oberon, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

JAHMUR, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slender 11.2 oz. bottle, "Quadrium Ale" neck label, strangely no front label. $4.99 from Artale. Production code: K05C10

Glinting rusty copper red, thick layer of foam across the surface. Smells like sherry, baked spice apples, brandy or other wine-based liquor. Drippy Belgian lace, lasting skim across the top. Long lasting retention.

Seems a little bit oxidized, notes of prickly booze, baked apples, cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and clove that numb the tongue. Sweet and sticky on the lips, overripe fruit and spiced apples soaked in brandy. A bit dry and fusely in the aftertaste, can't really get down with this. The booze is more than apparent, though somewhat appropriate for a Quad. Going to sip for a bit to see if it changes at all. Served around 50º, it's not making a good impression. Harsh alcohol, overly sweet, unbalanced. Not planning to revisit this.

emerge077, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark copper color with some yeast sediment. It had a thick, foamy, tan, three-finger head that left behind good Belgian lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit - plum and raisin, tart apple and a roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted spicy and of biscuity malt. The fruity flavors tasted of pear and tart apple.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a really nice quad. Another good one from Urthel.

zeff80, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Sharpe Edge Emporium, appears a deep ruby amber tone sorta cloudy leaves fine belgian style lacing as the off white head dwindles slowly. Aroma contains lucious fruity highlights of plum, raisins, tart apple, and alcohol tones also presents a light herbal hop tone. Taste comes off a bit tart with the fruit tones a deep rich sweetness caramel malts with all of the raisin, apple, plum notes finishes with a mildly alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth easy going brew very soft carbonation and very flavorful. Drinkability very nice another winner from Urthel love the Hop-It as well, great quad not over the top way too drinkable.

WVbeergeek, May 10, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02CF is the date code, whatever that means?? Decanted into an orval glass

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with 2 fingers of fluffed up/pudding skin-type white head.

S: Slight caramel & booze notes that fades once this warms up

T: Caramel, oaky dryness & some boozey warming up front. Toffee & maple syrup follows as this warms. Herbal; leafy hop presence as well shows up. Cakeyness, vanilla, & more oakyness follows. A faint peatty smokeyness, brown sugar, jammy apricot & pear + booze notes in the finish. Got better as it warmed

MF: Slick with low carbonation & some wetness

Drinks a little slow, due to dryness& little too much booze profile. But not for 12%. Not my favorite quad, but reccomended none the less. This brewery has yet to dissapoint me

russpowell, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey,
Big fluffy 2 finger creamy head with thick lacing, clear mahogany brown color.

Nose of candi sugar, dark belgian malts, raisins, plums, dates, brown sugar, light booze, light mild hops,

Taste creamy rich belgian malts, a bit of candi and brown sugars, more fruits raisin, fig, light cinnamon and nutty malts, bit of booze, semi sweet but drier than I expected, a bit of a bitterness with a slight earthy taste and bit of mild spicy hops. Finishes a bit drier and sticky, lingering malts and just a hint of the dried sugars.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied with decent carb and warming booze.

Drink is decent, some booze but better than 11%, dry finish, bit of bitterness, nice.

jlindros, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A "Quadrium Ale", according to the label, whatever that is, and also, we are told, this was brewed by Hildegard. Thanks, Hildy! Let's uncork this sucker and see what your talents have wrought...
Looks lovely in my Tripel Karmeliet glass, a gorgeous peachy orange tone, foam filling half the vessel, delicate and lacey, softly collapsing, very elegant.
Aroma tickles the nose, funky, citric, spicy, ripe orange and grapefruit peels, lemons, cherries, quite a fruity combo, certainly a delight.
And a joy on the tongue, as well, a spicy, spritzy dance on the palate, that mellows much from it's initial entrance, but never leaves, just keeps rolling along. Gets a bit bubblegummy later in, not that there's anything wrong with that. This is very tasty, very nice, and I can't taste the 11.5% the label speaks of...can that be right?
I thought this would be like a Quadrupel style, like La Trappe's classic version, and maybe it is, if the only consistent characteristic were alcoholic content. But as for taste, it's surprising and unique. I expected a darker, winey-ier brew, and got something very different, but very delicious.
This 750 ml bottle will be drained with astonishing quickness, and I can be counted for picking up more bottles, to guarantee future happiness.

feloniousmonk, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark reddish color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a sweet malty scent along with a warm fruity yeast aroma. There is a nice dark fruit character. The taste is good. It's incredibly smooth with lots of yeast character. The malt profile boasts primarily of pale and light crystal malts. There is definitely a dry feel and a nice bit of warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn tasty beer. It's simple in nature, but well done.

WesWes, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.7/5  rDev +16%
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!)

jwc215, Oct 06, 2007
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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
90 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.