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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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 HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle, listing abv at 11.5% and an indecipherable date code (why do they do that?!) Cork came off very willingly.
My bottle has a few differences than the listing here. Namely the addition of “Quadrium Ale” and the 11.5% rather than 12%.

Aroma: Yeasty nose with dates, sugary malt, nuts, and a spicy note that might be alcohol.

Appearance: Pale brown glass with a lasting creamy head that leaves spots of lace.

Flavor: Sugary, alcohol spice in the end, hints of nuts and nutmeg. A little bit of the Belgian yeast flavor, but really a pretty clean taste. The alcohol and malt take center stage.

Mouthfeel: Soft palate, medium-light body, low carbonation, odd quick drying alcohol finish that leaves a long lasting coat.

Overall Impression: As a Quad, it’s a bit light in body, a bit lacking in depth. I think this is more of a Belgian-English Barleywine. Ok, I can’t make up styles, but I really think that’s pretty close to what’s going on here. I enjoyed this over the course of a Sunday afternoon, it warms wonderfully (both me and in terms of flavor). I’d recommend this one, just take your time with it. (1,182 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33c stubby brown bottle. Been sitting on this longer than I had intended (a few months) so let's see where it takes me. Clear copper with a thin ivory lacing, surprisingly no yeast in the bottle. Tiny bubbles constantly cascade from the bottom of my Duvel glass, keeping the lacing intact. Spicy, slightly smoky aroma blends with bubblegum and apple cider. Taste is rather one-dimensional; the hops are ever present at the start, but nothing seems to follow but the warming alcohol finish. Highly acidic and quite dry in the finish as well. My stomach is warm. The alcohol is present both in warmth and quickness to the skull. Watch out for this one. Though I believe any beer is worth trying once, this is not one worth seeking out in my opinion. If you can find this, you can certainly find better Belgian examples of the style. (830 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Marcellar's in Idaho Falls. Brilliant, clear deep golden yellow body with a generous, fluffy white head. Nose is outrageously sugary and sweet, but not offensively so. Candyish, but also fruity (apple?), with a definite herbal hop bitterness. Sweet, candy malt flavors up front. Sugary fruits and grain that trend toward trippel-like. Some pepper in there too. Big sweetness demands and receives ample bitterness. Dries out the sweetness with some acidic, herbal bitterness. Finish is warming and nice. Full-bodied, with a thick feel. Not too syrupy though. Like a big trippel. Nice and more drinkable than a 12 % avb beer should be! (643 characters)

Photo of TPSReports
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a little note, my bottle say ABV is 11.5%

I poured this beauty into a chalice. This in a very clear brew. A slight head forms the dissipates leaving a light lacing that hangs around until the last sip.

The color is is pure see through red.

The aroma is rich and inviting with hints of alcohol, brown sugar and malt.

The first sip takes you back a bit. My guess is the alcohol content, but there is no bite. There is little carbonation on the tongue and a very milt hoppiness in the finish.

This is a fine drinkable beer. I only ordered 2, but will up that for the cellar.

Cheers! (602 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear golden amber with a white frothy head which retreated quickly, but was persistent enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply and uniquely malty. The aromas of the malt were candy with caramel and raisins, prunes and plums. The slight alcohol gave a slight spice phenolic and complexity to the brew. The aroma reminded me of a dopplebock or an eisbock, rich and malty. As the beer warmed a citrusy impression emerged.

The flavor was malty with caramel and with a very interesting Belgian yeast spice flavor. Alcohol was medium in the flavor and warming. The flavor also contained fruit flavors of raisins and prunes, but at a lower level than in the aroma. The bittering was well achieved and kept the beer from becoming cloying and was citrusy and slightly earthy, but malty and spice still rule the day.

The finish was not quite dry with lasting fruits and malt impression with lasting Belgian yeast spice. The body was almost full but seemed less due to a nice carbonation level that led to a creaminess in the brew. A very nice beer, wish I had another!

11.2 ounce bottle, code dating on back. Says 11.5% abv on label. (1,184 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Undated 11.2oz poured into a chalice.

Bright copper with a white head that is bigger than expected given the abv. Decent retention with spotty lacing.

Smells of belgian yeast, alcohol, bitter fruits, and sugar. Not much complexity, and the alcohol aroma is a bit off despite the style.

The taste is very alcoholic upfront and in the finish. There's some chalky yeast and suggestions of unidentified fruit in the middle. Not bad tasting, just awkward. Perhaps a year or two in a cellar could help smooth this one out.

I found the mouthfeel to be a bit light for a quad. I'm guessing the alc renders a numbing effect. Not impressed with the drinkability. (664 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a squat 11.2 oz bottle this was a surprisingly clear orange with tall white head. Light rings of lace were left as the foamy head receded. Fruits and sugar sweetness dominated the aroma. Some alcohol was there as well. Not much else unfortunately. Sweet candy sugars and light fruit notes made up the majority of the flavor as well. Alcohol was a bit more apparent in the taste. Not much going on here it seems. No off flavors just sweetness and alcohol. Warming with a syrupy sticky sweet feel to it, pretty thick. Drinkability was so-so. Definitely at the bottom of my list for quads I have tasted. (612 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a small foamy cream colored head that fades quickly to a thick film. Smells of toasted malt and butterscotch on top of apricots and apples. Hazy, glowing golden amber colored beer. Flavors of light fleshy fruits mix with a light malty sweetness. The bitterness picks up midway through and becomes almost salty towards the end. Mouthfeel is slightly slick, and the alcohol is warming. The bitterness fades as the beer warms and the flavor really smooths out. Not bad, but I'm not a big fan of strong sweet toasted/butterscotch flavor. (539 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Explodes out of bottle and pours a five-finger+ light tan head that stays forever and leaves a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts with a nice mix of malt and hops, finishes with a sweet piney flavor. $7.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (327 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
The beer comes fresh from the tap a hazy deep amber color with a plentiful head that is a winsome light tan and creamy in texture, after decomposition the resultant lace forms a surrounding blanket on the glass. Nose is earthy from the yeast, an over ripe apple aroma also noticed, spicy and fresh, start is slightly sweet with a nice grain profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops plentiful and the 12 percent ABV leaves a bit of alcohol bitterness at the very dry finish, potent brew, and quite tasty to boot. (588 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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). (500 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a peachy golden color with amber shades on the sides. Fairly transparent with a generous bubbly white head. This one seems a little light in color in comparison to style and I'd like to see more stickyness in there.
Aroma is on the weak side but has a nice amount of fruity esters. Notes of sweet orange, apricots, grapefruits and bananas are dominant.
Taste has more bready yeasty notes and alcohol fusels are strong. Fruity flavors still are the main focus in the taste. Finish brings a spicy hop bite combined with more alcohol esters. Nice, lingering finish. The body is a bit syruppy but not as concentrated in flavor as some quads. A nice sipper that really knocked me on my ass.

thanks to crjmellor once again! (737 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a nice orange with a huge, fomay off-white head that clings forever.

Smell: The smell is a mix of earhty hops, sweet malts, and loads of alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a wonderfully balanced mix of sweet malts and spicy alcohol. Yummy!! The complexity is dead-on, and so is the power. This is a strong, sipping beer, but it tastes wonderful enough to enjoy forever. The mouthfeel is creamy and wholesome.

Drinkability and Overall: Wow. This is an incredibly Quadrupel. Altough it's not a West 12 or Rochefort 10, it's still a wonderfully complex and balanced ale that in a few years will be out of this world. Killer stuff. (662 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was listed at the Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Festival as a Barelywine. Some much for creative names. Whatever you call it, this beer was interesting at best. It is served in a Chimay chalice with a clear yellow color and a thin head. There is s fruity aroma and a light yeast smell to go along with the barely impressive color. The flavor is sweet with notes of citrus, candy, and light malts. It did not taste like such a big beer. Kudos to the brewer for being able to hide 12% without over doing the flavor. As impressive as that may be, I still was not terribly impressed with the flavor of this beer and consider it slightly above average at best. (664 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,278 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing dark amber with a nicely building and nicely lacing head. This is a lot like a barley wine as brewed by the belgians. It’s got that sugary sweet caramel flavor common to many British style barley wines (think JW Lee’s Harvest Ale) with a slight bit of that Belgian yeast funk. There’s a noticeable bit of alcohol in the aroma and flavor, but it complements the rest quite nicely. I thought this was top notch. (428 characters)

Photo of oracle
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrived a clear light yellow with large fluffy head that left large amounts of lacing on the glass.

Amroma was all spice and floral notes. Not of lot of hops present in the aroma at all.

Taste was quite good. Strongly flavored, with a predominating sweetness to it and a mildly bitter finish. Strong alcohol presensce as well.

I will try this again if I get the chance to have it on tap again. (412 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large 25.4oz bottle. Cork explosion here. This beer pours a yellow color with a huge head that has great retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Lots of spices in the aroma. The flavor is very spicy as well. Some caramel malts as well as some alcohol. Finishes with a lot of spices. Very good. This is really how I like a Belgian to be. (343 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shit man. We just popped the cork, and it was under so much pressure it hit the ceiling and came back down and nailed Chris before we knew what happened. That is the most explosive popping of the cork that I have ever seen. The beer pours very heady, with about 5 fingers of head over the beer that don't really allow us to get the contents of the bottle to the two glasses. The beer pours a golden amber color with a thick head that stays around. The nose is light raisin and tons a spiceys. The flavor is much more intense than the nose would tell. Lots of good raisin followed by a good dose of alcohol, finishing with a really big blast of spiceyness. The feel is right at moderate, smooth and slightly creamy. This beer has an aparent alcohol, but its not really affecting how easily it goes down. I think this is a very nice beer. (836 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" of eggshell head over the light copper brew. Head is resilient, with good lacing. Aroma is yeasty fruits, with a sweet undertone. Taste is initially slightly spicy malt, which gives way to excessive sweetness. Alcohol is not particularly apparent, but that mouthful of sugar could hide just about anything. Mouthfeel and drinkability both quashed by the sweetness, which for me, even for a quadrupel, seemed over-the-top. Worth a try if quads are your thing, but I probably won't be revisiting. (623 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange amber in color with a thick 2" head. Lacing was thick as a coat of paint on the side of the glass.

Smell: the aroma was fruity, sweet malts and alcohol.

Taste: the flavor is super as bread tones, caramel, raisin, plum, yeast, alcohol, and citrus fruit were all nicely balanced. Very quiet and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start with a creamy dry finish.

Drinkability: nice for a quadruple. Great brew - worth seeking out. (467 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of danadeny
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Anam Cara. Pours a huge head, more than half the glass, so you have to wait for this one to settle down. Smells malty and fruity, with some bread smell too. Reminded me of a Belgian waffle with fruit poured over the top. Strong coconut and pineapple as well. The flavor has the hints of coconut, and somewhat musty / earthy tone. Strong alcohol flavors through out, and a watery mouth feel. (404 characters)

Photo of Truh
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dreamed I had a bushy mustache with this one on 10/6/2004. ?-oz. pour at ACPH in an absolutely awe-inspiring Urthel glass. Noted the wording “Belgium’s Newest Cult Beer” on the base of the glass and wondered if by cult they meant following or actual worshipping of idols as finishing this pour almost had me on my knees in reverence.

Godzilla malt start with raspberry fruitiness and funky banana notes to nose. Hue was light ochre mixed with molten yellow gold (as opposed to white), but verging closer to off-claret than gold, actually. Woody malt with a treacle sweetbread tossed in, as well as a fine candy apple sweetness. Clearly, this one was complex. A deep alcohol fruit crank at the end almost overwhelms the pour, but not quite; it tiptoes up to the line but doesn’t step beyond it.

A finishing tartness brought a pouting smile to my lips as I finished my last sip with the warring angel and devil at my shoulders completing their battle - the side of darkness capitulated, with white’s bald statement that the following day was a “school day” resonating in the hollows of my mind. (1,106 characters)

Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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