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Urthel Samaranth - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 28
Gots: 29 | 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 PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
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.

Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

U: This one pours amber with a large off-white rich thick head that stays for a long time before dissipating, leaving lots of lace.

S: Sweet malt with sweet dark dried fruit. Rather heavy on the alcohol and a bit chemical, but still complex.

T: Sweet light roasted malt (caramell). Fruity, very fruity - both dried dark fruit but also ripe red apples. Complex, and alcohol, but very faint alcohol if you think about the 12%...

M: The aftertaste is sweet and lasts for quite some time. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.

D: To drink a quad is to drink something very complex. If you're into the adjunct lagers you probably shouldn't bother but for rest of us - try this one and the try an adjunct lager (it's just like water). Anyway this beer style is one of my favourites, and I havn't had a bad one yet...

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of bark
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
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?

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

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

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

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

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

Mouthfeel- Warm and light in fruitiness.

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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 ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
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.

Photo of stcules
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tavernjef
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
90 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.