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Urthel Samaranth - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 28
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

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 linnet
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby colour, small white head. Aroma is not good at all, smells like chemical solvents and that ruins it. Apart from that i find Burnt sugar and dark fruit in the aroma, maybe with a hint of honey. Flavour is better than the aroma lets on, but it is overwhelmingly sweet to an extent that it takes over all the other flavours, with that said I do find some nice notes of dark fruit, honey and port that makes this beer interesting enough to get a rather good mark for flavour. Palate is ordinary for the style.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice 2-3 finger beige head that retains nicely for a good while and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smells of plums, sweet candied sugars, some caramel and a bit of alcohol.

Taste starts off both spicy and sweet with lots of sweet dried plums and cherries, candied sugars and caramel along with some cloves. A few sips in, the alcohol begins to make its presence known.

Full bodied with a smooth and warming mouthfeel. A good sipper for a while, but the more this sits out, the more noticeable the 12% abv becomes. The alcohol isn't masked quite as well as some other versions of this style, it's not quite as complex as some of the Trappist quads, but overall this one shows a lot of promise. I think I might hang on to a few bottles to see how much it can improve with age.

Photo of PapaEugene
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this bottle in my fridge for over one year. I was hesitant to open it because there was a huge sediment present. Decided to open it anyway.

A: Nice brown/amber color with a small cream colored head that dissapeared very fast.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits and some red fruits (strawberry) as well.

T: Doesn't differ that much from the smell. Slightly bitter and alcoholic. Some wooden tones en cloves once it warms up.

M: Medium carbonation, little creamy.

D: I know it's a quad, but it goes in the direction of a barley wine imo. It's a little too sweet for me but I will put some bottles in my cellar. This should become much better after aging.

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Belgium-based "Belgian Shop", coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, at 11.5%abv.; BB 06/2010, served mildly chilled in Hapkin's bulb-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a dark russet brown hue with random ruby glows, coming with moderate and fine carbonation, in addition to a 2cm thick beige froth settling slowly to a thin cap.
S: smelling like a traditional English barley wine in lots of ways - the raisiny and apple-ish overripe fruits, the barley candy-ish sweetness, and thick honey-ish scent... Given a swirl, the aroma still retains its integrity/thickness, but revealing a little bit of spicy notes, fig-like aromatic fruits, as well as a faint trace of alc. warmth. Not your "lively" quadruple, but approachable.
T: the slightly effervescent swallow of bitter-sweet malts, slick marinated plums, light staleness, and an apparent input of bitter hops is quickly engulfed by a rich flow of dark sugar and syrupy malts... as the sweetness decreases somewhat, the finishing aroma at the rear of the tongue shows residual bits of Chinese gourd-candy drink, sweet tea, and dried berry-fruits, while a moderately chewy mouthfeel of bitter hops also lingers to add a few extra points to the overall enjoyment.
M&D: the consistently lightly effervescent palate helps greatly to lift the overall heavy body a bit, and also renders a soothing, even semi-refreshing mouthfeel. My criticism of this ale is the heavy presence of the sugary elements on the balance, which come at the expense of a clearer manifestation of fruit esters and spiciness. Having said that, undeniably this ale is very well crafted indeed, not least demonstrated by how attenuated the alc. feels on the palate and down the throat...

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - rocky 3 finger crown sits atop a stunning deep crimson/maroon body and shows great retention and sexy lacing that keeps track of my sips, quaffs and gulps.

S - smells vinous and sweet. grapes, luscious cherries, candied pears, plums and prunes. spicy hops and candied sugar also make their way into the party. i just cannot seem to pull this one away from my face.

T - very sweet ,flavors reflect the aromas. nice spicy fnish. this one really opens up as it warms. and the alcohol remains extremely well hidden

MF - thick, full, velvety and creamy feel. this is as good as it gets people! as if the exceptional flavor weren't enough to carry this beer, the fine folks at Urthel have taken the time to make this a joy to drink, the lively carbonation sparkles and tingles on the way down. i love it!

D - great, this beer is a beast and an excellent sipper and cap to the night. it tastes and feels like i am already in dream land.

Photo of Stunner97
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden amber brown with a beautiful amber color and thick tan head that is just o so inviting and to me the perfect beer appearance.

Smell- caramel dominates all else, lots of sugar and delicious cotton candy sweet malts the smell is so delicous you cant help but be pumped for the first taste

Taste- very heavy raisons and thick sweet sugar malts, like nothing ive quite tasted before, vert complex and definite back end hoppy and bitter flavor

mouthfeel- very heavy and drinkable with so much intriguing body and feel

drinkability- of this beer drinkability is huge, will be interesting to see in coming years how this great beer hold up

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a trio of snifters. Shared with psycohops and brothercannon. The quad appears a deep crimson-chestnut color with a good two inches of tight tan foam. Nose and flavor consist of sweet candi sugar, dark fruits such as cherries, dates, raisins, plums, prunes, some spicy yeast, fruity, caramelized malts, bread. Just shy of full bodied and amply carbonated. Alcohol is quite noticeable, detracting a bit from the drinkability. Overall though, a pretty decent quad.

Photo of bobsy
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at bier tempel in Brussels and took it back to my friend's place of Stokel.

Poured into a snifter, which I was surpsied to find in the cupboard, Samaranth pours a rich mahogaby with a whispy beige head that left a few streaks of lace. The aroma consisted of sweet raisinsm dry grain and apparent alcohol which did not bode well. Sadly, the taste was far too busy, and the alcohol poorly concealed for a quad. There's a lot of sweet dark fruit mixing in with chocolate and toasty grains, and a good spiciness is provided by the yeast. This is somewhat marred by the alcohol burn of this beer, which appears to be heavy-handed and unfortunate. The mouthfeel is to style, with a fuller feel and moderate carbonation.

With age, I expect this beer would improve, and aside from the blatantly obvious alcohol it does perform well. Don't drink it young.

Photo of jsapunor
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After days of IPA's it's time for a change and even though it's 103 outside it's cool enough inside for something new and dark. I've seen this described as a quad and a barleywine and since I like both styles, why not.

Into the Maudite tulip it goes. this is a beautiful opaque red-amber with a puffy, slightly off white head. It smells like a quad with bready and dark fruits coming forward. It may be a little cold but then I've been advised to enjoy this one on the cool side to control the 11% ABV.

The first tase is great! Spices like cinnamon and cloves with dark summer fruits mixed in. The alcohol is present but still subtle. This is one complex beer! Now the caramel is emerging. Lots of flavors jumping around the palate surrounded by a very smooth and soft mouthfeel. It's warming a bit now and the dark fruits and spices are really coming into their own with a nice alcohol burn at the back and more malty caramel. I'm going to call it a quad and a very good one at that. This would be fantastic with something sharp that would really turn the flavors loose like a brandy blue cheese ball.
I'm going to be seeing a lot of this beer this winter. It's very drinkable but with the high ABV and big bottle I was glad for a little help.

Is it a quadrupel or is it a barleywine? Who cares. It is big, bold and wondrful. It is one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Definitely world class! If you like big, bold, dark beers, don't miss this one.

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

Pours a thick dark opaque burgundy with a fast fleeting head leaving little lace. Sediment in the glass keeps its position like pieces of fruit in a jello mold.

Smells of strange malts like those of multigrain bread with an overcast of booziness.

Taste is much the same as the smell with more emphasis on the multigrain flavors.

Feel is fuzzy with some density to it.

Rather enjoyable. Turned out to be better than I thought it would.

Cheers,
Jordan.

Photo of allboutbierge
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one was a bit one sided...hot and boozy, with not much to balance it out, but fitting as an after dinner drink.

Color was a mahogany with small and thin off white/beige head. Aroma was like grain alcohol soaked raisins. No real notes of yeast or any spiciness whatsoever. It drinks like a brandy. Warming.

Photo of MisterClean
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 750 with duffman, oh yeah!

A - Pours dark mahogany, with a 3 fingered mocha head. Leaves really nice lacing and good retention.

S - Plums, dates, dark belgian candi sugar, tons of caramel, and some bittering hops. As it warms up, you can start to smell alcohol and the domination of the caramel.

T - Heaps of caramel, dates, dark belgian candi sugars, bittering hops, nutmeg, a light breadiness, and light alcohol. As the beer warms up, it becomes harsher (from alc) and the bittering hops open up a bit more.

M - Full bodied - it's very rich and creamy at first, smooth, and there is the presence of light alcohol. As it warms it gains more alcohol, hop bitterness, and astringency.

D - Drink it while it is cold. It's a good beer cold, but as it warms, you can really note phenolic flavors and slight astringency.

Photo of jrallen34
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle in Brugges into a chalice.

It pours with good head big head, and an amber colored body.

The aroma is heavy and spicy, with some cherry hints.

Sipping beer, would drink again in moderate amounts, but can't drink a lot of it.

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice cloudy copper body...smallish, creamy, off white head forms and falls into a ring...leaves some lacing

S - Sweetness hits your nose first...lots of dark fruits and yeast

T - This is a nice tasting quad...the fruits are definitely present...grapes and apples...next comes along some caramelized malts making the beer a little sweeter...yeast and bread notes come to the palate next and mix with some spices...pepper maybe which leaves a nice finish

M - Medium bodied...complex and creamy

D - This was a nice quad and is for sure a sipping beer...sweet but boozy...it really gives off that warming effect

Photo of aristeros
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased this because I heard Good Things, although the label looks somewhat silly. Poured into a pint glass, has about a finger of off-white head, it's a deep amber color, copper when held to the light.

Smells great. Has both light and dark fruit aromas, pears and apples over raisins. Sweet bread, and alcohol evident, though it doesn't smell too much of the latter.

Alcohol hits you up front, sort of like being greeted by a punch to the jaw. I taste the sweet dark fruit in particular--cherries, raisins, maybe dates, and the light fruit is mixed in with malty and yeasty notes on the back end. One thing I notice that I've never had in a beer before is the tobacco-like note that goes right through the middle of it. Different, but interesting.

Light- to medium-bodied, moderate carbonation compliments it well. No way this can be a session beer with the high ABV, but it'd be nice to compliment an evening conversation by having this one to sip.

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

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.

Photo of arizcards
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  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

Photo of Jeffo
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of lilbug09
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of Limenitis
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
90 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.