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Urthel Samaranth - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BA SCORE
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451 Ratings
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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%


Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-06-2004)
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Zorro

California

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

Clear light brown colored ale with a small yellowish tan colored head.

Smells malty and strongly of raisin and fig. Strong brown sugar and fruit this has a bit of fruitcake aroma to it. Spicy ethanol caries a pepper scent. Slight grape but a stronger brandy aroma.

Starts out neutral and woody with a brown sugar after taste. Fruity and on the sweet side has a distinct earthy flavor. Tasty with lots flavor, fig shows up after awhile. Could be a little more complex but it nails the style perfectly.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall very tasty! Very much a sipper and quite good. Not the best Quad but I would never refuse a glass of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 01:26:25 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

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

750ml/Corked

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 20:01:44 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 01:34:06 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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

A gift from a local publican, I have had this in standby for a few months and this seemed like a good time to open it.

From the bottle: "Traditionally Top Fermented And Bottle Conditioned Amber Special Ale"; "Dutch with a Flemish Touch".

I employed a very gentle pour as lees were visible in the bottom of the bottle. This resulted in a dearth of head, but a very clean, deep-amber liquid with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a dried, dark-fruitiness to it, like prunes, raisins and figs, very apropos for this time of the year. There was also a yeast-driven mustiness and a definite alcohol burn noticeable on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium and my first thought was "Brown Sugar!" thanks to it s massive malt presence on the tongue. Phew! Next, I got some real heat from the alcohol and once that passed, the fruity esters really asserted themselves. Warming, the fruitiness became even more prevalent and so did the heat. The finish was extremely dry, thanks to the yeast really having done its job. I would bet that there was not much in the way of fermentable sugars when all was said and done. My my my. Many thanks for the hook-up!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 22:50:09 | More by woodychandler
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 20:02:33 | More by wl0307
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brewers claims that Urthel Samaranth is brewed in a way that only Belgian Brewers can and, indeed, considering the level of lush, creamy head present in an 11.5% percent beer, I'd have to agree (especially seeing how ornate the lacing turns out to be, like Corinthian pillars). Otherwise, however, this deep, dark body doesn't provide much to look at.

The aroma has some dark fruit and malty richness, but it smells like someone pulled its batteries out. It lacks the complexities, strength and dessert-like qualities of many of the style's best. It's still worth smelling but the return on your sniffs is considerably higher with other quads. Most of what I'm taking away is a savory herbal element and some esters.

These type ales are very strong indeed, but they're not the kinds of beers designed as if to say: “look! My dick is bigger than yours!” They are complex and mellow, not brute. While their strength is perceivable, the alcohol is integrated and the profile offers plenty of rich fruitiness in the shape of prunes and dates as well as tremendously sweet maltiness that's like liquid caramel. While it would hold up in the cellar, I don't see a need - this is sublime!

Quad is a style that's very easy to brew too sweet - ask just about any American brewer. It's meant to be sweet, to be sure, and this one is nothing if not sweet, but unlike weaker examples it has a complex web of flavours and lots of malty depth to back it up. The finish therefore, despite the brown sugar and fruity notes, is not cloying, but instead quite decadent - a beer equally worthy of desserts as it is hearty, slow-cooked meats.

Urthel Samaranth has all the rich sweetness and sensual qualities that have made the Quad legendary in the beer world. It is, for my money, every bit as good as the household names and definitely deserves more limelight than it's currently given. This is one import worth the extra few dollars - you'd be hard-pressed to find such quality from non-Belgian brewers.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:45:47 | More by biegaman
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

The beer pours a thick looking, hazy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer positively looks rich. The beer smells quite sweet and rich as well, showing sweet malt, milk chocolate and butterscotch. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though to a lesser extent. Frankly, while delicious, I was expecting a bit more flavor. The beer is a bit sweet and one dimensional, with just a hint of milk chocolate. The beer has a surprisingly soft, light and creamy mouthfeel, and is much more drinkable then one would expect for a beer with this abv. The alcohol is very well disguised, though the warming feeling one experiences is a tip off that it's up there.

Very good beer. Perhaps not exceptional, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 13:16:52 | More by johnmichaelsen
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a rustic golden orange color with big fluffy white head.

S: On the nose was a fresh lemony-orange aroma with a nice yeasty funkiness with some sour oranges.

T: For flavor there was some sweet spiciness and honey malting followed by subtle pepper notes. Ther as a nice complexity of spices as well yeastiness (bananas) with some light cloves. Nicely balanced overall with some citrus and sourness (apples), with a big alcohol finish.

M: The mouthful was lively with a good spicy hoppiness.

D: Very good drinkability considering the abv with a nice complexity leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 14:27:10 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Urthel : Samaranth

Poured into its branded glass. A rich amber/copper in hue, some small yeast particles are suspended. Soapy white head forms and recedes to a fine layer. Sweet whole grain bread in the smell along with some brown sugar. Complex beer, roasted malt, caramel, fig, raisin. Very little alcohol presence for an 11% beer. Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied. A good quad, true to style, and is a detriment to sobriety.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 06:55:09 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2005 16:44:53 | More by Gusler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

12oz Picked up at the Boise Coop probably 6-7 months ago, don't remember the price... probably in the $5 range. Poured into my red wine glass. Listening to Sasha's Involver mix.

3/4" head that goes away quickly leaving behind only a little lacing. Cherry juice/touch of brown... a few little yeasty floaties despite a careful pour.

Aroma is dark dried fruit... figs... raisins dates... etc. Medium dark caramel with no noticeable hops. A little alcohol as it warms.. expected. sweetness also increases as it heats up. Belgian yeast fruitiness... but pretty restrained.

Flavor is big malty/candy sweetness with more dark dried fruits predominantly raisins. Good bitter backbone, but little hop flavor that is easy to identify. Fruity flavors mid palate... Dark Cherry Juice? finishes with spicy Belgian yeast esters... Fairly thick palate, but enough carbonation to make me want another sip.

I've had this brew probably 6-8 times over the year, and have always been happy with my purchase... tasty and a good value for a Belgian quad. I need to pick up some more for the cellar and promise myself to not actually drink them when I am feeling a jones for Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 07:48:43 | More by JohnGalt1
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Quitea nice beer, and although high alcohol is very smooth and drinkable.

Poured a honey color with a fairly small head, but excellent lacing in the glass.

Smell is a little astringent, but warming with definite alcohol presence and a strong malt note.

Taste is very nice with a malty yeasty taste typical of belgians. Very winey with a hoppy finish and primarily a malty body. There is also a typical stone fruit taste in the middle and a yeasty sourness at the end.

Very nice mouthfeel. Just right on carbonation and body.

Extremely drinkable. Has a nice winey taste, but very balanced, dep and rich while retaining a nice smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 06:44:12 | More by Georgiabeer
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Urthel Samarath

Pours a beige head. Color is a clear copper gold.

Aroma: Sweet and inviting. Caramel, plums, raisins, dried cherries. Malty with no hops showing.

Taste: Very bready and malty. Toffee and caramel with some spices. A lot of dark fruits. Plums, raisins, and cherries.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a bit of alcohol.

Overall, a decent quad with a lot of solid flavors. I dig it. I really enjoyed all of the fruit flavors here.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 16:46:38 | More by mothman
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into chalice; bottle code K08E8. Pours super clody reddish brown color with a small 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass; with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big molasses, caramel, dark candi sugar, pepper, fig, raisin, toffee, and light yeast spices. Big malty aromas here with a good amount of complexity. Taste of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, prune, dark candi sugar, pepper, roasted nut, biscuit, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and roasted nut on the finish for a while. Great flavor balance with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is fantastic. Very smooth to drink but is still definitely a sipper. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is an outstanding quad. Big flavor, complexity, and balance. Very smooth and highly enjoyable to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 04:41:09 | More by superspak
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 01:34:50 | More by Derek
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ccrida

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in the official Urthel chalice, it has a great illustration of the Urthel gnome, which is characteristic of all the brewery's packaging. They are a very small artisan brewery upstart run by a husband and wife team, he being the artist responsible for said logo and marketing, while she's the head brewer and is responsible for making all of the beer. I recently had the good fortune of meeting them at the Ale Street News's Belgian tasting this paste spring in NYC, and I must they say are kind and very enthusiastic folks that making some wondering interesting brews. As their operation continues to mature, I'm really looking forward to see what they come out, as unlike many of their contemporaries in Belgian, Urthel isn't interested in creating merely another line of Trappist clones. Instead they take more of a home-brewer's approach, loosely interpreting (and often exaggerating) traditional recipes and styles, but creating distinctly unique new brews they call their own.
The draft pours a deep golden amber color, with moderate haze and small whitish head, which lingers around leaving a delicate, sugary lace. Very strong aroma appears to be a gridlocked battle between caramel/sugar, fresh, bitter hops, sweet, fruity esters, and alcohol. The discreetness of the aromas was my first indication the quad might be bit unbalanced, and a few sips quickly confirmed that tastes of these aromas were indeed not well blended, albeit a bit more complex then the nose had lead me to expect. The hops, accentuated by the apparent hardness of the water, ultimately dominated the finish of this beer, which is rather unusual for the style but indicative of the brewery's willingness to experiment. There was also a very pleasant tartness from the yeast in addition to the sour apple, grape and citrus esters. Although the body was rather syrupy, the generous use of sugar drys out and balances the richness of the sweet malt, with notes of caramel, honey, toast, rum and raisins. There is a lot to the mouthfeel, but it would have done better had the overall taste profile been smoother. This quad is fairly drinkable, as it's relatively digestible in spite of such high gravity, making for a robust tasting beer that goes down easy and masks it's high ABV very well. Still, the recipe could use some tweaking, and additionally, the beer tasted a bit young. Bottle conditioned I'm sure it would smooth out nicely with age, but the fresh keg I tasted had clearly not fully matured. The Urthel is certainly worth trying for those that tend to gravitate to the more 'extreme' beers, but purists (and light-weights!) might want to steer clear.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2006 17:50:11 | More by ccrida
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Tone

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 04:01:33 | More by Tone
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, fruit, spices, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, dark chocolate, bread, wood, and vanilla. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation which gave it an almost creamy texture. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. To be honest, there were quite a few notes that I was not expecting in this one. The vanilla note was definitely the biggest surprise to me. Granted it did add a nice touch to the other flavors there, but it just felt a little lackluster overall to me. While good, it just felt a little off to be labeled as a good brew. Worth trying if you get the chance, but that is about it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 11:00:05 | More by thagr81us
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 00:13:28 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey-gold and cloudy. Flavor is rich and smooth with fruity hints and just a whisper of bitterness. The texture is smooth, but it has a nice bite that reminds you this is a strong ale. One of the best beers I have ever tried, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 01:05:47 | More by Cyberkedi
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stcules

Italy

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-cherry colour, with a white foam, compact and with medium pesistence.
At the smell: caramel, malt, honey (a lot), bread, ginger, ripe melon, wither flowers.
The taste is fruity again: melon, pear, almond. Sweet.
Full and strong body. Well hidden alcohol (12%).
The aftertaste is on the same notes, fruity and warming, with a hop bitter in the finish that come back and envelops all.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 13:33:37 | More by stcules
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one poured a beautiful, brownish-orange in color. It was cloudy but glowing at the same time. The big, white head came up nicely, showed good retention, and left some cool-looking pits of foam on top of the liquid.

Smell - This Quadrupel reeks of orange rind. Beneath that smell the toasted malts and citrus hops are filled with giant, powdering spices. I can also pick up a hint of yeast. This is a very complex nose and I'm sure I'm not doing it justice here.

Taste - The yeast came out much bigger at the taste. The rindy orange didn't disappoint and came along from the nose as well. The big, heavily-sweetened orange and cranberry juices stole the show, though.

Mouthfeel - This one is medium to full-bodied with some light carbonation. It is creamy and rich in texture with a finish that is both sweet and dry at the same time.

Drinkability - I felt like a king drinking this bottle. It is very well-balanced and is the "grand-cru" of the Urthel line.

Update - I popped a bottle for 2005 and was equally as pleased. The Appearance could not have been better so I'm raising this rating from 4.5 to 5.0. This is a top notch Quad that delivers in spades and, IMO, is underrated.

Update - I came upon a 2008 the other day so am taking my time at enjoying another bomber. This ranks right up there with the classic Quads like the 12s brothers and 3P.

Update - I got a hold of a 2010. This really is a fantastic beer and unlike others of the style is not overly sweetened. There's actually some mild bitterness here that balances out the monster malt profile. This really is a fascinating Quad and I never get tired of exploring the different vintages. Best of all, if you want to age this you can put it away for five years and get a monster sugar-bomb.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 16:50:37 | More by RoyalT
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 05:02:31 | More by scruffwhor
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bark

Sweden

3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is medium brown with a tint of brown. Although there are traces of yeast in the bottle, the liquid is clear. The small white head quickly sinks down to a fine lid, leaving some lacing.

The smell is alcoholic and fruity, it males me think of plums-in-brandy candy. Hints of dried fruits, ripe apples, cognac and marzipan.

The taste is sweet with a quickly passing sour note. Earthy notes of ripe fruit, raisins, marzipan, bitter almonds. The aftertaste is sweet with some notes of malt, mixed dried fruits and a slowly growing bitterness. Lots and lots of alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is mild. Small bubbles. The liquid is sticky.

A quadruple just a little above the average. Maybe it gets better after some cellaring?

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 21:13:12 | More by bark
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a nice dark orange-red amber. Minimal head and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian spicing. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Dark and sweet fruits, malt. Somewhat dry at the very first, blending into malts and fruits. Sweet and dry finish. Very complex and tasty. Alcohol a bit forward, detracting from the overall experience. Still a very nice and tasty quad.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 19:25:27 | More by LiquidAmber
Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
90 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.