Urthel Samaranth - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 28
Gots: 27 | 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 jwc215
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours clouded orangeish/amber with a thin off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of carmelized grain and tropical fruitiness (banana and pineapple). Spicy.

The taste follows the nose incredibly well. Carmelized grain and tropical fruits intermingle with candi sugar and spice. Alcohol present, but not raw - It's quite complementary in fact. It finishes with a balanced, sweet spiciness.

Full-bodied, almost syrupy, this is very smooth for abv level.

This one is decadently delicious! A power-house of a quad with a wonderful smoothness! Very complex - almost an overload. A work of art!

Try this one with glazed ham (sounds unusual - but it works!)

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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

Bottle served into Pache goblet in a cafe near Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: Four finger head of nice cream and thickness. Amber-brown colour; non-transparent. Appealing.

Sm: Yeasty, nutty hops. Maybe some esters. Alcohol is not detectable, a good sign.

T: Estery hops on the finish. Hoppy balanced body, some nuts. Alcohol warms in the aftertaste. Well built. I quite fancy it. The nuts are layered near-perfectly against the esters, which themselves refresh after the climax. It's gloriously complex and delicately crafted. Wow. Love the fruit.

Mf: Smooth and warm. Wet and dry at various points, but definitively neither. Very nice and complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Covers up its high ABV very well. You could easily down it because of how good it is; I did! Give this one a go, lads. You won't be disappointed. I'd love to try this on-tap.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Production code 17JE (I've had this for at least a year and a half)
A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a strangely orange tinged, pale amber colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a very pretty, lightly hazed, reddish-tinged, very orange, slightly gold color. Interesting aromatics of concentrated pale malts, caramelized orange zest, dusty malt, pear notes, a touch of melon, slightly musty / funky and a slightly tart note that is a bit like pears or perhaps even a touch of tamarind. The nose on this is not quite as aromatic as I might have hoped, but it is interesting enough.

Somewhat sweet, but definitely rich and chewy (especially as it moves across the tongue). Lots of pale malt character here with notes of toasted grain, crushed soda crackers, honey notes and a biscuit like note in the finish. The honey notes play up a light herbal note somehow; really the malt and herbal notes combine to make me think of a herbal varietal honey. The texture of this is interesting, it is thick and somewhat creamy, but has enough carbonation to fight this, almost to the point of discord; while I like the texture overall it can be a little disjointing at times. The malt character has an almost aged character to it (though age probably has nothing to do with it); notes of golden raisins, stale yet still moist apricots, dried and oxidized pears, and even a bit of star fruit. At times this can have hints of butterscotch to it, though this really seems to be a mix of the other flavors

Somehow this is a bit dull tasting; certainly not bad and nothing seems particularly off, but I is just not quite as well balanced and flavorful as I expected.

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

04/01/07- Purchased at Booze Bros. in Reno, NV.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Date is stamped on the cork. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Fairly light and hazy peach-orange color. Soft and creamy looking 1/2 inch head. Lacing is light and spotty.

Smell- Light sugary fruity notes. Not really the heavy dark ones like dates, prunes and raisins, but the lighter ones like oranges, cherries and lemons. Seems as if there is a darker malt buried beneath.

Taste- Sweet, mild and fruity to describe it briefly. Seems like some orange liquor and some wild berry notes backed up with a light hopped sensation. Very very light alcohol noticed.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, almost velvety smooth with a lower carbonation rate. Adds a nice warmth.

Drinkability- I do not see 11.5% in this brew. I would have guessed it for a very flavorful Dubbel of around 8%. Exceptionaly easy drinker for a quad and very tasty as well.

Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange amber in color with a thick 2" head. Lacing was thick as a coat of paint on the side of the glass.

Smell: the aroma was fruity, sweet malts and alcohol.

Taste: the flavor is super as bread tones, caramel, raisin, plum, yeast, alcohol, and citrus fruit were all nicely balanced. Very quiet and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start with a creamy dry finish.

Drinkability: nice for a quadruple. Great brew - worth seeking out.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There are certain things in life that shouldn't be rushed: choosing your wife, buying a house, or drinking a Belgian Quadrupel.

This one came in a 33cl brown bottle (new shape and label to the one shown 20th Aug 2010, and at 11.5%ABV): I poured it slowly into my Westmalle chalice and allowed it to settle, I had too because the bottle brought up all the sediment as I poured it.

The beer was a reddy brown colour, the tanned head soon receded to a weak collar and a wispy covering. The floating grist refused to calm down, so I prepared my food pairing: Organic Cheshire Cheese and Black Olive Biscuits, accompanied with Hazelnuts. The food element wasn't touched until my review findings were complete, but with the sediment messing me around it took some will power not to attack the cheese before I had my first sip.

The aroma being given off was treacle and molasses, a rich fairground toffee apple sort of affair.

Once the beer began to settle correctly I began sampling its delights: very sweet upfront, like the smell, all treacle tart and no custard. The alcohol content reared its head within the mouthfeel but the expected hop bitterness didn't meterialise at all. The beer is a fireside, pull up an armchair sort of brew. Luckily the weather in Shropshire today is foul, wet, windy and very un-August like, so it fitted the bill ideally.

This is the sixth Quadrupel I've reviewed on BA, and I think it slots in midway on character and overall scores (without checking).

Photo of woodychandler
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!

Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of superspak
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Photo of mothman
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.

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

Served in a goblet at the Steelgaarden.

Overall, this is a big, tasty beer, but the alcohol catches up with it. There's a fusel alcohol feel and big warming feel. The appearance is a dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is an almost creamy sweetness of caramel malt and esters. The flavor is quite complex, with chocolate and cherries, cola, toffee, caramel, and a touch of dates. The fruits are very big, but rather a nice compliment to the sweet malts. It's a shame about the booze, we'd have an otherwise awesome quad here.

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 Zorro
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dense deep copper body with a reddish glow at the base and a super thick light tan head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S-The smell of dark sugar and a vinous note comes through during the pour. There is some dry sweetness and more dark sugar layers as the beer opens.

T- The dry brown sugar flavor has some caramel notes and a roasted malt flavor that is soft but grows a bit as the beer warms. There is a soft cream cheese note and a sherry taste to the finish with a soft sweetness to the finish. The aftertaste has a touch of bitterness but I'm not sure if it is hops or dark malt. There are some cherry cola notes to the dark sugar as the beer warms a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz and a warm alcohol heat that turns into a soft burn as the beer opens up.

O- This beer has some nice flavors but not a great deal of depth and a pleasant alcohol that works with the soft sweetness.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

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

Explodes out of bottle and pours a five-finger+ light tan head that stays forever and leaves a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts with a nice mix of malt and hops, finishes with a sweet piney flavor. $7.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of Wasatch
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.

Photo of John_M
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.

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of ppoitras
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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