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Urthel Samaranth - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 28
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website

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 leftmindedrighty
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of zuggy9
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into an Urthel chalice, and produced a dark reddish brown with a tan dense head. Good lacing. It is very rich in apple and sugar smells, with other fruit as well. Very hearty and strong. The apple qualities prevail in the taste with a nice sweetness and strong alcohol start and a good hoppy finish. Very smooth and very drinkable despite the ABV

Photo of rallison
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a mini Chimay goblet at Lucky Baldwin's.

Interesting quad. For one, it's a dirty blonde color. I didn't even realize it was a quad until looking it up online here. Taste is pretty intense - definitely on the sweeter side. Got some toffee, some bananas - kind of tropical fruit sort of flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and full, even a bit syrupy, but in that satisfying, dessert beer sort of way. Drinkability remains good for this sort of beer - you won't be sessioning this, but it's easy enough to drink a glass of.

There are better quads out there, but this is still a great one. Recommended.

Photo of jim102864
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Photo of roblowther
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This being my 300th beer review, I thought I would do something a little special: I consider Quads pretty special. Dispensed from an 11.2oz (33cl?) into a McChouffe snifter. Ruby brown colored beverage featuring a very tight, caramel colored head. Nice lacing as well.

Aromas are apples and sweet candi sugar. That Belgian yeast aroma is quite deep as well. Sweet green pears, vinous green grapes, and a bit of deep earthiness.

Nice flavor profile with the candi leading the way and followed by golden delicious apples with a yeasty and dry finish. Nice and crisp and stifly carbonated. Medium bodied with alcohol evident as the beer warms. The alcohol adds more fruitiness and flavors to the beer and enhances the overall flavor.

A nice quad. Seems like a nice beer to be drinking on this Super sunday, as the Colts repeatedly punt and turn the ball over.

Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy peachish amber color with a one finger puffy white head. Bubbles make there way to the top. Excellent retention with amazing coating lace.
S: Pears, apples, orange peel, lemon zest, cherries, raisins, citrus fruit, peaches. Very complex with many many aromas all coupling together. Slight spicy characteristic to the fruit notes.
T/M: Peach, pear, and apples. Bready yeast with spices. Spritzy carbonation zing. Soft and smooth on the palate with a slight chalky finish, though it doesn't take away from the flavors. Medium bodied. Sweet fruit and earthy notes.
D: Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. Extremely coating on the palate. High abv isn't noticeable.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an interesting beer. pours a wheaten straw color. i kind of expected something a little darker, this being a quad. the nose is kind of absent. slight fruit notes, slight alcohol. not real exciting. the taste on the other hand is much better. the malt is a little subdued but the fruit is right up front. overall really well balanced, nothing to write home about though. this beer did have incredible lacing. not bad, but at 12% the lines of good and ba

Photo of sulldaddy
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Shared this beer with Stopper. Sample is a corked and caged 750.

Poured at cellar temp into a snifter the beer is slightly hazy amber color with frothy bleached white head of 2 cm.
Aroma is fruity with berries and pear coming through.
First sip reveals an average body and lighter than expected texture. Carbonation is very soft and mild.
Flavor is also surprisingly mild overall with some grainy malt and light fruit. this time white grape primarily dominates the fruit mix.
I also get a bit of booze but not enough to suspect the 11.5%. This is a very drinkable beer, but a little mild for a quad. I was a little disappointed.

Photo of neenerzig
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. This beer pours a somewhat cloudy copper color with a nice head about a finger and a half thick before settling to about half a finger thick. Excellent lacing. Pleasant aromas of malt are present along with some fruit such as cherry and orange, and also some spices. Sweet flavors of malt and spice are present along with the aforementioned fruit. The flavor of bread/yeast is also present. Really a kick ass taste indeed. Has a crisp, yet creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Light to medium carbonation. This tasty beer is also quite easy to drink. A very good quad indeed!


Photo of ortsacul
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into my pilaarbijter glass.

A - two fingers of head atop the moderately cloudy reddish-orange ale S - dried apricots and malt; the alcohol does singe the hairs a bit, but overall light and pleasant T - starts off sour citrus but moves quickly to rich hops and alcohol. I enjoy lingering alcohol fumes and this perfectly satisfied that need M - thick and moderately carbonated; I despise over-carbonated ales so I'm happy D - If you like standing, any more than 4 of these will make leaving the couch difficult. I have six and imagine only having 2 or 3 before I move to something else....just finished my second and I'm enjoying it even more. I won't change my scores, but I'm really enjoying the citrus notes on the palate.

Overall, it will be a good experience if you're not turned off by a fruit influence on a strong Belgian Quad. The malt is not completely lost on this one, but it is far from a focus. Certainly worth a go.

Photo of srrn
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked caged bottle into goblet.

Clear golden straw color, unusaul for the quads I've had so far.

Faint smell of hay and cherries (A slight mark down here as I love the smell of quads and consider it a mark of a great quad, this is just a bit weaker in the nose)

Taste of cherries with a bit of nice bitterness at the end. This has got the quadruple mojo I love so well.

I look forward to trying more of their product as their whole line is available here.

Photo of terrabyte
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark copper color with a small off-white head. Lots of lacing throughout.

Aroma is heavy with yeast, spices, sweet citrus, flowers, and melon.

Flavor is slightly boozy, but nothing like the percentage it claims. The rest of the flavors match the aroma quite well. The sweetness is well balanced with strong fruit flavors, bread and spices. A much better balanced quad than a few others I’ve had lately.

Mouthful is medium bodied with a hint of syrupy texture that is overlookable. Very smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability is great for this big beer. For me there are 3 main pitfalls with these styles: Too much sweetness, too heavy, and too boozy. And yet, for as much fruit, florals, and booze this beer has, it came out great & well balanced. Urthel makes the only tripel I like, too!
Excellent beer.

Photo of mjc410
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a slightly cloudy orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, tons of lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, slight hops, spices, and slight citrus. The taste is slightly tangy/sweet, some spices, with a slight dry finish, and warm feeling in the throat. Medium body, a well rounded/complex brew, alcohol content hidden well. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Urthel, highly recommended.

Photo of dherling
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a cloudy orange, light-brown colored body with a big off-white head with decent lacing. the nose is citrus, with a yeast and pepper aroma. the taste starts malty with an alcohol bite. It continues to grow into yeast, apricot, peach, plum, spice, pepper, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and oily. Finishes big and long with a burn.

Photo of dansteino
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great head and lacing. Dark amber. Light for a quad.
Smell: Wow! Caramel. Spices. Ripe fruits.
Taste: Very good. Sweet. Complex. Alcohol not very evident. Lovely.
Mouthfeel: Very good. Surprising light for a quad.
Drinkability: Where did it go? Very light.
Great beer.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a two finger head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Body is an applejuice yellowy amber, a little bit unexpected since most of the quads I have had are dark, but it looks good nonetheless.

Smell - sour horse blanket, plums, apricots, and alcohol.

Taste - horseblanket dominates from the start with some plums and apricots breaking through at times, but mostly just sour horseblanket until the finish when it gives way to two alcohol tastes, the first one being medicinal, the finishing one being harsh.
Sometimes the harsh alcohol taste is there, other times it is not, but the medicinal alcohol taste is always there. Overall, this is mostly just sour horseblanket with medicinal alcohol, but it is good.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, quite a bit of hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this is good, but not great. Also obviously, high abv supresses sessionability.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in an urthel goblet on tap at the brick store pub.

This beer pours dark gold with a foamy cappuccino like head with nice lacing. The smell is sweet and yeasty but not too strong. The taste is very much like the smell but much more up front, plus there is a lot of spiciness that compliments the beer nicely. The mouthfeel is cery creamy with a nice carbonation that feels like bottle conditioned beer. Overall, its nice, a very good beer.

Photo of stephendr
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color of clear honey - egg shell head semi frothy - nose of tobacco , red berries , molasses , chocolate , and metallic –Taste of molasses / brown sugar , subtle dark red berries , milk chocolate , and cane sugar – body is frothy , and creamy – aftertaste of molasses , acidic fruit , and is dry

Photo of calinative68
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Orange, honey, golden with a decent head. about 1& 1/2 fingers.
Smell- Pepper, Hops, yeast. .
Taste- Fruit, alcohol malt. Decent alcohol at then end, kinda sweet.
Mouthfeel- Because of the alcohol, it has a warm pepper mouthfeel
I was well into the evening when this was poured as I had a Piraat Triple, Chimay Grand Reserve, Dead Guy Ale, and something else that escapes me. Needless to say I was a little messed up.
However, I do remember enjoying this! Good example of a Quad and I will by this again.

Photo of TrickKnee
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very impressive quadrupel. Poured a honey color with not to much head. Had very nice lacing inside the glass. Smell had a little alcohol in it but not to much to take away from th rest of the beer. Only way i can really explain the taste is very "winey" if that makes any sense. overall a vey good belgium, considering I am not a big fan i thought this one was very drinkable

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped and corked 750ml bottle. Label read 11.5% abv.

Appearance- A thick and sturdy head of only one finger, but remained with the first pour of beer from my big bottle into my chalice. A orange pekoe tea mixed with honey look and lethargic bubbling added to my viewing pleasure.

Smell- A very spicey smelling brew. Lots of strong herbs and alcohol mixed with always aromatic Belgian malts.

Taste- You can taste some very herbal cherries in the front. Alcohol and toastiness in the middle. Alcohol and brown sugar in the back.

Mouthfeel- Warm and light in fruitiness.

Photo of kmudrick
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a Three Philosophers Snifter. Initial 2-finger thick head that very slowly dissolves into a web of fragmented lacing throughout the sides of the glass. The hue was thin and golden and a little more transparent than you'd expect for this style. Initial nose hints at a a subtly candied banana flavoring with a a haze of alcohol. The first swig reveals a dry and slightly bitter taste, offering a spicy tickle on my tongue. The feel is initially vibrant and complex with a splash of sour banana jumping out. That complexity, however, fades pretty quickly with each sip. After finishing, I was left with a subtle burn in the back of my throat. Overall, a pleasant experience - something I'd definitely order again, but with the high alcohol that starts to kick in as the glass empties, I'd probably drink no more than 1 of these in a single sitting.

Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
91 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.