Urthel Samaranth - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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4.13/5 rDev +2%
Haven't had anything from Urthel since their Hop-It about 3 years ago, so this should be a welcome return. 11.2oz bottle into a snifter, listed at 11% ABV.
A loud hiss after opening, and I nearly lost some beer as it came gushing out the neck. Still, Samaranth pours a beautiful sepia-amber color that brightens to blood red in the light. Tons of yeasties swirling around the bottom of the vessel, while up top the creamy, sawdust head retains well and splashes lace along the inside of the tulip. Nice floral aroma of rose petals and dogwood bark backed by a toasted toffee malt note. Suggestions of wet earth from the hops along with some fresh cut pine and rum-soaked prunes.
Big flavor, nice and boozy without falling prey to extreme heat or harshness. Sip this baby slow, and it will undress on your tongue to reveal sweet amber malts coated in molasses, sticky caramelized raisin rum, and a finish of breathy ethanol and spiced hop leaves. Creamy, chewy body, but not so viscous that it impedes on its drinkability. Alcohol begins to wear on the palate slightly after half a glass, but I can see this sexy beast of a beer being a perfect candidate for a few years in the cellar. Highly recommended Quad.
06-19-2009 02:15:23 | More by wagenvolks
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
Picked upa 750 ml bottle at Total Wine back in late January for $8.99. 11% abv.
Copper color beer poured a thin off white head and dissapated quickly. Nose is quite nice, light and dark fruits, belgian yeast, and alcohol. Taste is apples, pears, figs, finishing with a nice dry hop. Mouthfeel is lighter than hoped but has a pretty good belgian yeast smooth feel as it goes across the palate. Drinkability is good, the beer was hot with the first sip but subsequent sips present a nice winter sipping beer.
06-07-2009 22:50:53 | More by arizcards
4.13/5 rDev +2%
750ml corked and caged bottle without any sort of best by date/bottled on date poured into a duvel tulip. i miss my chalice...
A- this one pours a dark copper colored body with a large fluffy off white colored head. the head lasts a very long time and leaves messy lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- lots of sweet and bready malts. lots of fruits also. cherries, plums, figs, raisins/tobacco, and maybe some pear. a bit of alcohol comes through in the nose, but at 12% its expected.
T- a sharp bite from the booze is the first thing i notice. after that, its really quite pleasant. bready malts and yeast. lots of sweet fruits. cherries are the strongest, but there are plenty of plums, figs, and raisins/tobacco. a bit of apple and pear in it as well.
M- light bodied and watery with a high level of carbonation. a strong warming from the alcohol.
D- this one is a slow sipper that would be perfect in the colder months. very enjoyable, but i should have found someone to split this one with. about halfway through i was ready to try something else, but too buzzed to attempt it. this one makes me want to try the other urthel beers that are sitting in stores here.
05-30-2009 01:57:07 | More by jwinship83
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
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
05-23-2009 03:04:56 | More by brentk56
3.93/5 rDev -3%
Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.
Into a chalice.
APPEARANCE: Pours a bit 2+ finger medium-thick off-white head with very good retention. Colour is a burnt umber brown with little carbonation. Head slowly fades to a thick film cap and leaves lots of immediate lacing. A think film stays until the end a leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Very nice looking quad.
SMELL: Some brown sugar and caramel malt with lots of spicy notes; cloves, coriander, white pepper and some spicy alcohol notes. Hints of raisins and dates as well, on top of a base of Belgian yeast.
TASTE: A touch of caramel malt followed by lots of spicy elements. Cloves, coriander, white pepper and some spicy alcohol at the end. Some sweet brown sugar as well, along side the customary shot of Belgian yeast. Long lasting aftertaste is spicy with a touch of alcohol the whole way. Quite nice.
PALATE: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of an alcohol scratch at the end. Finishes with just the right degree of stickiness on the palate.
OVERALL: Another solid effort from Urthel. Definitely a drinkable quad, and the 12% ABV doesn't get in the way of enjoying this one. Urthel consistently makes good beer, and this is one that is certainly worth re-visiting in the future. Recommended.
05-21-2009 17:37:10 | More by Jeffo
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours cloudy copper with amber highlights and a thin, creamy tan head.
S - Big, brown sugary malt, dark fruit, golden raisins, plums. Very, very sweet and complex.
T - Dark brown sugar, dark fruits, almost a light rum quality to it. Dry alcohol finish.
M - Viscous, medium bodied, mild carbonation.
05-17-2009 14:39:16 | More by HeyItsChili
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
750 ml cage and corked bottle. Poured with a nice foamy head. Brown to amber translucent color. Dark fruit aroma. Raisins. Plums. Figs, figs for real! Figs in the flavor. Oh no, I am stuck on figs. A little bit boozy in a great way. Some sweetness, and some bitterness. Some dryness. Thin to medium body, quite perfect. A deadly drinkable quad at 11%. You might wanna share this 750 with a buddy, or your wife.
04-27-2009 01:04:22 | More by AChamberlain
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
22 bomber to Duvel tulip
It poured a copper amber color with a cream colored bubbly head. Definite lacing on the glass. The smell was very malty, what you would expect from a quad. it is a full bodied beer and over takes your mouth. The carmel and banana are typical and overpowering. It is a good belgium beer and a true example of a quadruple - high abv and high sweetness.
04-25-2009 23:47:58 | More by lilbug09
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
Appearance: Murky brown with a medium tan head. I notice lots of sediment suspended everywhere in my glass.
Smell: Sweet caramel, brown sugar, plums, rasins, and dates. Not powerful like some but very pleasant.
Taste: A little tart and bitter and not near as sweet as I was expecting. I can feel a good alcohol burn, which I like but at 12% ABV I guess that is expected. Rasins, pruins and the usual dark fruits make an appearance.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very full and creamy. The carbonation is very lively in this one. Extremely drinkable.
04-22-2009 21:11:01 | More by meatmallet
5/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
04-18-2009 20:28:06 | More by Limenitis
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured from a cork and caged 750 bottle.
Pours a dirty brown in color. There is a huge 4 inch off white head forming on the pour and taking several minutes to die down so I could top off the glass. Smell is candy. Lots of belgian candy sugar abounds in this beer. Small amount of yeast in the flavor as well. This is incredibly smooth and creamy. You only get a hint of the ABV in the flavor, but boy do you feel it about half way through the bottle. Very good beer.
03-29-2009 22:16:40 | More by FtownThrowDown
2.85/5 rDev -29.6%
Reviewed 9/15/2008 (bottle):
Pours a strong brown body, hard to see through. Average head, tan-whitish, diminishing. Heavy aroma of grape juice, that's all I get, and not very strong. Alcoholy grapey taste, heavy, but not too bad an aftertaste. Very strong mouthfeel, a little fizzy but not soft. As it warms up, more fruit flavor, but also much alcohol flavor. A little smoother.
03-24-2009 04:49:29 | More by jujubeast6000
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
I poured this into a Mad Elf chalice. There was a burst of foamy bubbles, layed on thick, but they disappeared into a ring of medium sized whitish bubbles with a constant spring of bubbles rising from the depths. It was a distinctive color - sort of amber/orange/purple, hazy, very lightly colored for a quad.
It smelled like black cherries dipped in caramel with brown sugar sprinkled on top. Some dull sweet spiciness in the background.
Up front, it is very fruity and sweet - cherries and Kool Aid then a warming and mild alcohol flavor creeps in. It is not hidden, but it works well. There is a slightly numbing hop finish and your mouth goes a bit dry.
Slightly above average body, a wee bit chewy, but somewhat light for a quad. Also, it became undercarbonated as I drank the beer which was not bad, but I would have preferred more fizz.
It went down OK, but the sweetness could deter drinking too much of this.
Overall - I would drink this again, but this is so different than other quads that I have had it does not seem to fit in the category. If you like Troegs Mad Elf, give it a try.
03-23-2009 23:06:54 | More by Dulliwhig
4/5 rDev -1.2%
A- A clear, deep orange with some red highlights. The ever so slightly off-white head is very creamy with good retention and wonderful lacing.
S- Sweet caramel, floral notes, light fruit, alcohol, some candy, and just a hint of sourness that reminds me a bit of swiss cheese.
T- Sweet caramel, candy, brown sugar, alcohol, and fruits. The sweetness and alcohol work really well together here.
M- A definite alcohol warmth, but it is not harsh. The sweetness is nice.
D- A little unique for the style. It most definitely lacks a certain magic that some other quads have, but it is still tasty.
03-23-2009 04:41:48 | More by david131
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured into a snifter from a 750 ml.
Pours a nice brown/burgandy color with a one finger creamy head.
Smell awesome! Brown sugar, dates, syrupy, fruity aroma.
Nice clean taste. Almost no aftertaste at all. A little spicy on the initial taste, but it quickly gives way to a fruit smoothness.
The drinkability is somewhat dangerous. The bottle says it's 11% but it is almost too easy to drink as I consumed the entire 750 ml. by myself.
I have had the honor of drinking two of the Urthel beers and can't wait to find the others. I am a huge fan of the bald-dude.
03-22-2009 17:13:44 | More by kaseydad
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Sits pretty in the Palm tear drop glass; beautiful ruby amber color, clear, with a very tight white head that settles into a puffy cap. The aroma is sweet with raisins and candied cherries, some peppery spice and some fusel alcohol. The taste is big on honey and raisins, candi sugar, very light tobacco. A very very sweet brew; hard to separate from a BSDA. Moderate body with prickly carbonation, again very sweet but not quite syrupy or cloying. Nice big flavors but not quite what I expected from a quad, expected more of a malt body and balance to the sweet. Still a well made brew but for a quad I can find better examples.
03-22-2009 04:55:42 | More by Gmann
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-13-2009 17:47:27 | More by zeff80
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Thanks to jhamilton84 for the hook-up. 11.2oz bottle into a Le Merle tulip, pours a nice hazy dark orange with a thin lasting head that leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is loads of dried fruits and caramel with hints of molasses and alcohol. The taste is a nice complex blend of fruits, caramel and some subtle spice. The beer is certainly on the heavy side, but there is a smooth dryness that eases things up. This is a very enjoyable quad, one of the best beers from Urthel I've had.
03-12-2009 07:09:28 | More by atsprings
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a hazy amber color with some suspended yeast. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, tart malt, sugary sweetness, slight fruity aroma, and a hint of raisin. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt up front with some slight alcohol, then a strong sweetness overtakes. There are slight fruit flavors throughout. Overall, the sweetness smooths the alcohol flavors nicely and the finish is amazing.
03-05-2009 04:01:33 | More by Tone
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
Saw this for the first time at my favorite store, Tanakaya in Tokyo, and I had to get it. Goofy looking dwarf with a mug of beer on the label. A strong, 11.5% abv Belgian quad for a reasonable price (cheaper than many other of its kind). But I had never heard of it. Obviously I was pleased when I got home and looked at BA to see this one has a decent overall score.
A nice dark crimson-brown with a healthy creamy head. Looks pretty good. Smell is immediately nice, even cold out of the fridge. I'm sure it will just get better as it warms. A very pleasant and balanced fruity maltiness, dark fruits and dark bread. Just a hint of alcohol in the smell. The sweet malt gets even bigger as it warms.
It's hard to believe this is nearly 12% abv! Taste is pretty standard for the style. Not exactly unique, but in no way flawed. Surprisingly bitter finish considering the big malty smell. A terrific balance. Full-bodied and extremely drinkable. I've had worse quadrupels! I would definitely recommend this, and probably get it again if I see it.
03-03-2009 11:13:47 | More by davidchollar
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Blood red pour, but very little haze to it... nice and crisp, with that nice red hue. Head has some good retention and a reasonable amount of lacing left behind.
S: Holy dark fruits! This is quite a fruity quad with a nice bit of maltiness and breadiness.
T: The fruit flavours aren't as big as they are in the scent. Some raisin and date, but the same sweetness isn't there. It's a little more tart and bitter with a caramel malty sweetness on the down-low, and even a slightly burnt note. Body is a little heavy and it seems to be lacking some of the sparkling silkiness that I usually note in quads, which is unforunate. It makes it seem just a little weighty.
D: Outside of the bit of heaviness I feel from this beer, it is quite good. It can be a challenging brew, but given plenty of time, it should make for an enjoyable evening.
03-02-2009 04:46:13 | More by Proteus93
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
Tim Webb refers to this as a winter barley wine. The label calls it an amber special ale. In any case, it is special and certainly a winterish brew, with a strong alcohol sensation (11% ABV but feels much stonger).
This pours a lovely copper gold, or a dark amber depending on which part of the galss you look at. It has a luscious head that shrinks as it is sipped but keeps hanging in there, leaving lots of lace on the side of the glass.
Smells of dark fruit and malt. Christmas pudding smells and brown sugar. A waft of rosemary--or is that from my dog lying beside me? I think its the dog--he's been running through the fields.
Taste is very good, milk chocolate, raisins, prunes, black cherries and a strong afterglow of ginger--I am talking ginger Altoids, "curiously strong." It has a big warming sensation from the alcohol. After glass 2, I think my front teeth are getting anesthetized. It is borderline annoyingly too sweet, above Coca Cola but less than maple syrup.
Luscious mouthfeel, very full, with foamy, creamy carbonation. It is not as syrupy as I would expect from the sweetness.
This is a great beer, but it would be more drinkable if it weren't so sweet. Definitely a "special ale" for that special winter occasion--drink a bottle when the blizzard starts and by the time you wake up, the blizzard should be over.
02-22-2009 01:39:33 | More by Beerenauslese
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
Second Urthel beer and it beats the pants off of Hop It if you ask me. Pours copper/amber mix with thick, off-white head. Good retention, lacing was so-so. Smell is of yeast and dark fruits, some alcohol as well, almost vodka like. Taste was complex as a good quad should be. Nice mix of yeast, bread, dark sweet fruit, and an alcohol kiss. Warming as it goes down. Mouthfeel was thick and silky. Overall an easy drinker given the massive ABV. It was too strong in the nose, but well hidden in the taste.
02-18-2009 23:32:12 | More by bunnyhustle
4.63/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
02-18-2009 05:18:38 | More by spencerberus
4.68/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
02-15-2009 20:07:57 | More by yelterdow
Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
90 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.