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Urthel Samaranth - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 24 | 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 Absumaster
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A reddish brown beer with little carbonation and a stable head.
Smell was sweet and peppery with some yeasty notes of fruits like apricot.
Taste was sweet and sticky with alcohol, and very little bitterness. There was fruit like apricots and peaches, packed in an overly sweet body. There is little I can say about this beer, except that I feel this beer was completely out of balance, very little bitterness to compensate for the alcohol and sweetness of the beer. I am probably one of the few that has this opinion and I don't think this is a bad beer, but it needs less body (sweetness) or more bitterness.

Absumaster, May 20, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Metalmonk, May 14, 2006
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 allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very hazy orange color, with a light layer of film across the top. Strong honey-vanilla nose, with orange-blossom perfuminess and a spicy note of alcohol. Sweet but not cloying flavor, with lots more fruit: orange, pineapple, caramalized lemon... bitterness is high but not drying. Good smooth malt, and noticible alcohol.

An unusual quad, in that most brewers aim for darker malts and more ripe fruits. Very tasty, though, and the strength kinda sneaks up on you.

allengarvin, May 10, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light orange amber with a lightly tan head. the aroma is very fruity, orange and apple. It smells sweet. The taste is also quite fruity, apples and grapes. Is pretty sweet and lightly spiced, just a touch yeast. I dont taste any of the alcohol. The aftertaste seems to be fruity and more on the tart side than sweet. It's got lots of carbonation. I didnt expect this one to look or taste anything like it does when i bought it. But still good to enjoy.

acrawf6, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of Brewfan
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle lists 11.5 ABV. BA lists it as 12%. At this strength, I'm not gonna argue over percentage points.
750 ml bottle with the Urthel "hobbit" on the front. This is what caught my eye in the first place. Good marketing.
Poured into my Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Thick luscious white blanket of head like a soft downy comforter on a hazy peach body. The head is quite resiliant and holds up nicely even after a few deep sips.
Nose of cherries and citrus. Malty-sweet biscuits with ripe bananas and cloves and mild licorice.
Now for the taste. Big flavors! Fruity (orange and lemon) and quite malty, with a bit of spiceyness - nutmeg and cloves. Rather dry on the finish.
Medium/heavy carbonation and mouthfeel. Very drinkable even at 11.5-12%. The alcohol really doesn't make itself know, until a good portion of the bottle is gone, and that's not in the taste. That's when it hits you.
This was my first Urthel offering. Nice intro to their line of beers. Up next, Hop-it. But not tonight.

Brewfan, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

large bottle, caged and corked, no freshness indication, but the label reader is informed twice that this is "Belgium's newest cult classic" pours clear glistening, light almond amber, minimal yeast in the bottle, near white puffy head, leaving, gobs of fine and scattered lacing and high quality sheeting. Nose is full of alcohol, some vanilla and honey. Strong, heady brew, lucious and smooth mouthfeel, notes of spicy honey,vanilla, pepper, warming alcohol. Nicely rounded flavors, fruity, with a spicy hoppy finish, clearly a high quality sipper. More B.A. worthy Belgian brew from Urthel. Well worth seeking out and enjoying

Billolick, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of ricodewey
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weighing in at an 11.5% abv, this quadrupel goes down rather nicely. The appearance is cloudy with a slight head and the smell is subtle with a hint of sour fruits (plums?)
The taste is truly nice with hints of alcohol and fruits permeating the mouth. Most beers of this strength can be a slow drink but Urthel has created a very drinkable quadrupel. It is a beer that can be drank in quantity since the alcohol is there but not as strong as many beers of this caliber. I highly recommend.

ricodewey, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. 11.5% ABV.

Poured out a clear auburn with very frantic carbonation and a thick white head. I'm quite surprised that a beer of this strength would hold such a head, and with each sip, the head slowly slides down the sides, leaving a chunky lace. Big points, in my book. What hits my nose most prominently is this estery apple juice smell. Elsewhere in the aroma, I find dates, old hops, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is an upfront biscuity malt mingled with medium acidity apples. It is, at first, sweet, but it never becomes cloyingly so. Although it does seem to increase in a mildly sticky sweetness as I continue to drink, a mixture of mild hop bitterness and equally mild alcoholic warmth and bitterness balance things out quite well, but not perfectly. I am really impressed at how well the alcohol is hidden. I'm not too fond of high abv beers totally hiding the alcohol, neither do I like it when the alcohol is nauseatingly apparant. Urthel Quadrium manages to fit in the comfortable median. The mouthfeel is soft and velvety on the tongue while bubbles lightly touch upon the tongue. The subtle carbonation then leads into a drying of the mouth. Although the slight alcoholic bitterness can get a bit obtrusive at times (moreso as it warms), this is an incredibly quaffable ale.

This is my first offering by Urthel, and I am quite impressed. At $6.99 per 750 ml of this, I will surely fall back on this as something to treat myself to every now and then. Although this was quite different from the St. Bernardus ABT 12 I had some months ago (and I really don't know which one better represents the "style"), I found this to be uniquely different and uniquely delicious.

goochpunch, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Dark golden yellow. Decent slightly off white head with lacing.
s: Strong fruits with some traces sulfur .
t: Huge alcohol punch. Rich sweetness flavors. Finshes with bitterness
m: Thick, full bodied with good fizzle.
d: Not a bad drink. I'm drinking it slow but steady.

NiceGuyMike, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked & caged.

pours a real murky iced tea looking orange with golden highlights, kind of bordering on pink grapefruit juice.. and just as viscous. shallow foam is full of holes and leaves very little lacing if any on the glass.

nose is completely luscious.. first things i notice are sweet honey notes and creamy orange/vanilla sherbet. caramel and hints of milk chocolate are here as well in the aroma. one really needs to close their eyes when they take in the scent.. the appearance throws the mind off and this radiates aromas more suited to a darker, redder quad-style beer.

taste is very silky with slightly interrupting spikes of alcohol which warms the throat all the way down to the belly. big mango and other tropical fruit sensations like pineapple are infused into the belgian candi sugar profile. a fair amount of green apple tartness emerges with warmth as well, upsetting the balance just a bit. the burn in the finish balances nicely with the subtlest hop bitterness. very similar to a liquid ambrosia salad in both its texture and overwhelming fruitiness. very indulgent dessert beer here.

for a quad, this beer is pretty enjoyable, different, and surprisingly drinkable (note: drinkable, that is, for quad lovers like me). the color throws off what you might expect from such a beer, but looks aren't everything. this beer succeeds and has renewed my faith in this experimental brewery from flanders.

recommended, find someone to split the bottle with. 750ml worth of this rich liquid is too much IMHO for one person.

goodbyeohio, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong with a sour mash of a wide variety of fruits. name a soft fruit and this smells a little like it and thext seven soft fruits you can name. Definitely leans toward the exotic ones though. Mango, papaya, guava, but there are overripe bannana pear notes as well. Color is hazy orange. Head is fast diminish and bubbly white. Fruity/yeasty fore that is quite soft and tasty. Finish is all hot throat burning alcohol, but it’s works with the flavores here playing the thorns to the fruity flavor’s rose. Gets a bit spicy just before the finish, but the spice notes are second fiddle to the exotic fruit mash of flavors here.

Jredner, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 750ml corked bottle for $6.99.

Pours a deep orange/copper with a big, thick, creamy white head.
Fruity/yeasty aroma. Tangerine, melon, nectarine.
Taste is more tart than sweet. Very fruity, yeasty full bodied complexity. Not overly sweetened by candy sugar.
Alcohol is almost completely hidden. Very drinkable for such a strong offering.
Full bodied mouthfeel with nice burst of carbonation mixed with syrupy thickness.
Very enjoyable and drinkable big belgian beer.

BillyB, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of masikon
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, labeled on the beer list as Urthel Quadrupel so I am assuming this is it. Came in the proper Urthel glassware a surprising bright candy red, I was expecting something a bit darker...very nice looking nonetheless. Taste was strong with malts mixed with yeast born fruitiness....alcohol is fairly well hidden although the finish is quite warming. A much different beer than say Rochefort 10...an interesting beer to try if you have the chance.

masikon, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orange caramel color with a half-inch head of tan beads. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head. As you drink the beer, there is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass in broken sheets.

Aroma: Grainy with some spice and a bit of paper, so maybe it has a tad of oxidation. The graininess is rather complex, and hides some subtle fruit within it also.

Taste: The flavor is light and airy...well carbonated. There is some significant spiciness that I believe is hop derived rather than from spices...but there is also a spicy contribution made by the alcohol. This beer goes down too darn smooth. You get a good bit of fruit in the finish, which I thought was odd. I believe the aggressive carbonation robs your palate of the flavor early on in the profile, to let it fade into the scene late in the finish. There is a citrusy grapefruit thing coming out after the beer settles and warms a bit. As the beer warms further, it seems that there is a tad of a phenolic note showing itself. You don't really notice the alcohol in the flavor so much...or even in the belly for that matter, but after a third of the 750mL bottle, I am warming up like it is a strong beer.

Opinion: I am at a bit of a loss as to how to describe this beer. I like the flavor for the most part, but I am thinking that it is a little off. I am thinking that there was a bit of oxidation that is causing the off flavors, so I will have to go back and try the beer again to see if that was the case. Regardless, I would have a hard time putting this beer up against some of the other beers listed here as "Quads". So far, I am much more partial to their Tripel.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. "Belgium's Newest Cult Classic" on the label. 11.5%.

Pours a cloudy (I almost always pour in the yeast) amber orange with a two finger head of off-white foam. The head falls to a nice coating and a ring, with very good lacing. Carbonation looks medium.

Aroma is dark malt, brown sugar, and spices like black pepper, cinammon, and vanilla. Pretty decent phenolics and some alcohol in there also. Smells great.

The first flavor is huge brown sugar/molasses and yeast, followed by some good phenolics. Hop bitterness is low. Spices like pepper, cinammon, vanilla, and maybe nutmeg are right there. Sweetness is high, , and the alcohol is very well hidden. Too well! Aftertaste is sweet, dark, and warm. (Sounds like a good woman!)

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with medium carbonation. This has a HUGE mouthfeel; lots of residual sugar. The finish isa warm, with great burps.

This is a delicious beer; huge, but very well made. It has some Belgian funk, but not much. Malt is the star in this one, along with the work of the yeast. Highly recommended.

jakester, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of kosmoraios
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle. Love the "Urthel" gnome on the front.

Pours a rich, deep, translucent gold color with a nice foamy two-and-a-half finger head in my tulip glass. The head is tenacious and stays for the remainder of the glass.

Aroma is a fruity and astringent, with some almost sharp maltiness. Smells a bit of slightly underripe red cherries, maybe a hint of green apple and some spices - cardamom, maybe a tinge of clove. Taste hits tongue sharply with the astringent fruityness. Again the cherry and tart apple with an underlying spicy flavored base. As it warms you can begin to taste the nuttyness of the yeast, and it becomes even more complex.

Mouthfeel is amply carbonated, smooth but tart, and the 11.5% ABV is masked very well. Very drinkable for a Quad, perhaps dangerously so. An excellent offering from Urthel.

kosmoraios, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330ml Belgian fattie. Picture of red-nosed gnome on the bottle and cap.

BA says this is a quadrupel, and the bottle says quadrium ale... But all the quads I've had before were dark. I was surprised at the light color of the beer.

This tasted sweet and just slightly bitter. Not too different form a golden barleywine, like Hair of the Dog Fred. About the only thing similar with other quads is the alcohol content.

Really good and unique strong ale.

TurdFurgison, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in a tulip glass with a slight head that fell to ring quickly. It’s honey gold in color. Smells of apples, candy, sweet malt and a touch of spicy yeast. Tasted of oranges, honey and sweet cream. The finish left the back of my tongue dry with hops along with a little warming. Mouth feel was heavy with little carbonation.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lighter than other quads I've tried. Not much darker than some tripples. Not a lot of head, but some nice lacing.

S: Fruity, like a sherry.

T: Warming, fruity sweetness is nicely balanced by the hop bitterness. No hop flavour. Unrefined sugar, with light coloured fruit/christmas cake flavour. Very warming, but not overly alcoholic in flavour.

M: Moderate, slightly syrupy body, with a moderately high amount of carbonation.

D: Taste isn't overwhelming, so it's easily approachable, but the slight alcohol flavour is a little prohibitive. This ones for sipping... like a sherry after dinner, or a night cap.

I wouldn't be surprised if the colour only comes from dark, caramelized sugar.

Derek, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml - Solid toned color of lightly burnt orange and semi opaque in its glow. Gorgeous crown of fluffy smooth off-yellow sits tall and thick and man does that sucker keep its hold. It maintains its presence at about a 1/4 inch thee entire time it had liquid. Impressive. Lace is light and intricate with thin ink splotchy patterns.

Aroma is peppery and alive with fruity zazz and highly effervescent with spices. Cracked pepper, both white and black, make a noticeable spice over some custard zingyness, yeasty esters tend to be earthy and floral. Mild undertone play of pear, orange rind, and apple make up the fruit side thats hepling create a close balance. But the spices win out by alot.

Taste is smoothly inclined with broad fruity flavors of pear, apricot, apple, and orange. Gently musty and earthy overscore. A wonderfully delicate nature to its character overall as it rounds off very nicely into the spices while maintaining its fruity base. Balance is better in the taste dept. then what I perceived in the aroma. Finish is a complex glide of alcoholic spices, floral dryness, and lightly fluffy kick backs of the fruity stuff. Kinda lemony with pear and apple. One tasty treat. Mildly complexing with a well balanced forum of flavors.

Feel is quite nice as well. Again the balance is key to its overall welcoming component. Firm, steady, steardy, nearly full body with a great fluffy maltish texture and unfiltered film that coats the mouth with a light grab of spice and floral nuances. The fruity side keeps the overall kinship but always steps aside to let in the other ingredients do the thing.

It's a well balanced, spicy, fruity, firm quad that really sinks its teeth into ya. It goes down just right for its higher ABV and will hit ya late as it dwells in the head. Recommended.

tavernjef, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper penny colored brew with 2 fingers of light khaki head that lasts about 5 minutes in my swell new Gulden Draak thistle before deflating into a lasting ring, supported by a steady slow cascade of small bubbles.

Aroma blends sweet malts, caramel, Fig Newtons, raisin, pear, green melon, and hints of exotic spice. Alcohol presence well stated.

Flavor begins with syruppy malts, lightly scorched brown sugar, and toffee. It opens up into fruity notes of green apple, crisp pear, melon rind, dried and chewy dark pit fruit, and sweet pinapple. Alcohol a bit hot, but 11.5% isn't easy to conceal either! Has similar flavor profile as Abt 12, but not nearly as well crafted. Very good nontheless.

Body medium, yet dextrous and coating. Mouthfeel smooth, but with rough edges due to the alcoholis heat. Very happy to finally have this available to me.

AlexJ, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of bashiba
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice goldend/orange with a thick creamy white head and good lacing out of my 750ml corked bottled.

Smell was dominated by sweet fruit flavors like dates and raisons with a slight hop aroma detected as well.

Tasted very sweet and hot a lot of alcohol and sweet malt flavors dominating this beer. Slightly over the top in alcohol and flavoring.

Mouthfeel was slightly light, but still somewhat creamy with a touch of heat from the hight abv..

Drinkablility was good on this one, but just a little too over the top to be a regular.

bashiba, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

HardTarget, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.28/5  rDev -19%
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.

IrishRedRock, Jul 12, 2005
Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
89 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.