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Urthel Hop-It - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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very good

805 Ratings
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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-04-2005

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Photo of Matthew
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle pours into my ommegang glass a golden yellow with a huge 3 fingers of rocky whipped white head with tons of lacing. Nice retention as well.
Lemony zest catches my attention first in the nose with a backdrop of sweet bready yeasty malt and a bit of spicy grapefruit. Very pleasant aromas.
Sweet bready malts up front followed by a tinge of spice, corriander and a hint of sweet clove. Lemon rind is present througout each sip. Then comes a nice hoppy citrus character filled with lemony grapefruitiness that compliments the yeasty belgian characteristic. The finish is dry. I think that the lemony characteristic blended with the hop bitterness creates the grapefruit like flavor.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly level of nice carbonation.
This is a very drinkable and a great representation of what is possible with a little experimentation. A great beer drinking experience.

Photo of Mattias
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pale golden in color with cloudiness and a one-finger head.

Aroma: A mixture of flavors: Hops, sweetness, breadiness and even some spiciness.

Taste: Rich and malty upfront. Smooth. Spicy and bready. Decent hop bitterness in the middle. A second sip confirms the hoppiness with spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Dry and hoppy. Smooth. Spiciness lingers.

Drinkability: Depends on your threshold for Belgian ales. This beer at 9.5% is a slow sipper though. Still, I think it's an interesting style that I've never experienced much. Would I buy it again? Maybe and just for the purpose of aging it.

Photo of RyanKappler
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Tons of sediment in the bottle. Some sediment into the glass. Pours a bright straw hazy color nice 1 finger head that recedes to a film with some lace.

S - Phenol hints hit you right away. Banana and some cloves are present some citrusy fruits are also available. Floral and piney hops are present in the nose as well but just mildly.

T - Wow very interesting and exciting mixture of tastes! Hop bitterness immediately present as well as the dryness the floral character of the hops is also present in the beginning and then the banana tries to shine through but is kicked back once again by the hop dryness. It's definitely more hopped than some other Belgian IPA's but I fell that there is a pretty good relationship with the sweetness the malts produce and then the hop feeling as well as with the hop floral taste. Alcohol tones as it warms.

M - A little to similar to sparkling wine for my taste but still good. Very crisp and well balanced sweetness with hop character flavor and more noticeable bitterns and dryness.

D - Refreshing and very crisp. Very drinkable. ABV might be high for some but its not too noticable.

Photo of moconn10
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of blmar311
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Cresant
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Not dated but coded: 23CF.

Rich golden, slightly cloudy body held up a huge puffy head. As the head faded it looked like a creamy latte and left splotchy lace down the glass.

Smell was multilayered. Yeasty and spicy. Mild hints of banana. Sweet malts appeared as it warmed. The aroma became more complex and appealing. Lemons. Leafiness. The smell made my nostrils tingle. The smell of this beer is probably it's strongest characteristic.

Taste was creamy and spicy. Bitterness up front. Navel oranges. It mellowed as it warmed becoming almost APA/IPA-like. Belgian yeast juxtaposed with citric hops. Alcohol was very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was tongue tingling. Full-bodied. This is a filling sipper. I will find this one again.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Honey-gold body with a thick collar & thin coating of eggy head. Lots of champagne-like bubbles & a heavy dose of suspended yeast.

Smells of apple juice & white grape juice, that great balance of sweet & tart fruit notes. A little on the organic, earthy side with the yeast, & some floral aromas.

Dried apricot at the forefront of the taste, then evoking a very specific sense memory for me: pineapple icebox cake, which includes tastes of pineapple, coconut, whipped cream-type icing, & angelfood cake, with a cherry on the top. They're all there, & at the same time there's a dryness to it from alcohol, as well as a piney bitterness. The taste evolves, moving in & out of these notes. Wonderful.

Like the taste, the mouthfeel is at times smooth, foamy, sharp, & hot. It changes frequently, constantly keeping me engaged.

I think, after multiple tries, I've finally found a close contender with Houblon Chouffe for my favorite Belgian IPA. Really complex, both inviting & challenging, & hitting some associative triggers on the head. I can pick up different tastes in each sip, & I really enjoy that. Definitely a winner. Again, with the alcohol & the energy present in the beer, one is sufficient.

Photo of RickSawyer
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very beautiful, hazed blond pale with an average head that quickly falls to splotchy islands of film across the top. Smell is very nice. Ripe pear, tart green apple, green grapes, hints of fresh baked bread and a floral citrus aroma that slides through softly. Taste very nice. Green apple and pear play nicely with the belgian yeast's funky, earthy flavor, and all are visited by a peppery, pine apple and citrus note. Nothing is overbearing and the champagne like mouthfeel helps dry the finish and keeps me going back for more. The scary part is the 9.5% abv. That number alone would tell someone that this is a sipper, however this beer can be drank by the mouthful without a second thought. Just the slightest hint of alcohol evaporating from the back of my tonsils after a sip reminds me to take it easy. Quite the tasty quaffer for sure.

Photo of bfields4
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice Belgiany head Pale gold haze gets my mouth watering.

Strong citrus smells are followed by a sweet crisp hops very nice.

Heavy carbonation and up front very fruity lemon and orange tastes of traditional belgians that I love. Than it hits you with the hoppy bitterness I'm very impressed.

This is def a beast of its own I am very interested to see more of the belgain IPAs show up. I love it.

Photo of slammo
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a big bottle with a cork in it. I like the cork versus cap but not enough for extra points. Still it's nice.

Pours beautifully and looks inviting...best enjoyed in a Belgian tulip style glass. High pointes here for the great things to come.

Smell is on the money with spice and fruity ethers. Gotta take a swig and then the taste is exceptional with hoppy wonder ness. Hop It!!

Mouth feel is silky and smooth just can't drink 10 of these in one sitting but I'd like to try.

Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/23/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info noted, but it is an '06 release.

Appearance- Cage comes off and no less than 10 seconds later does the cork fly out knocking off one of my pans from my hanging pot rack. I still have not found the cork yet. The color is a lemony yellow and orange mixture. Wondring if the head is supposed to grow continuously for over ten minutes after the pour. Infected? Wonderful looking pock marked tight small bubbled white head and chunky lace.

Smell- Let to warm the smell comes out much better. 45 degrees doesn't compare to 55 degrees. Fairly yeasty and somewhat bready or biscuity. Classic Belgian pale ale scent with some white pepper and other spices. Hops are there, but not as much as expected. Light lemon scented fruits are also present.

Taste- Ahh, the hops are there. Lots of saaz hops as it kind of tastes like a cross between a imperial pils and a belgian pale ale. Seems more sugary when drank cooler and more bitter and tart when had at room temp. Good amount of peppery flavor with some powdered sugar.

Mouthfeel- Not as carbonated as thought it would be. Left to warm it almost has a lighter carbonation. Nice bitter aftertaste that lasts just long enough.

Drinkability- Gave this fairly high marks because it's only the second Belgian IPA I have had and liked it a bit better than the La Chouffe offering. Great flavors..very well done.

Photo of gmcfarre
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into New Belgium Chalice

A - Cloudy straw color with a beautiful 1 inch eggshell colored head that developed excellent lacing and rockiness.

S - Grapefruity hops with the requisite Belgian yeast spice/funkiness. Good touch of sweet grainy scent as well. Lemony citrus stands out. Very enticing.

T - Kicks things off with a tart, well carbonated sensation. Granny smith apple contributes to the tartness. Belgian spice is well represented. Aftertaste remains slightly tart with good amount of dryness.

M - High carbonation with a light to medium body. Drying aftertaste and slight mouth coating feel.

D - An excellent combination of styles, and a trendsetter among belgians. Intensely drinkable despite its high alcohol content (9.5%). I've been laying this one down for probably 8 months at least, and its quite tasty, so don't be afraid to do the same. Pick some up as soon as you can!

Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautifull looking brew. Pours a glowing golden with a thick, lacy white head. The nose is a perfect blend between a Belgian Triple and an American Double IPA. Rich malts, tropical fruits, carmelized candy, spicy yeasts with a big bouquet of hops. The taste is more on the IPA side, but still quite good. Fresh floral hops over delicate malts and ripe fruit with subtle alcohol and herbal yeasts. Really opens up at room temp. Nice full body yet crisp and refreshing. A delicious ale from Urthel.

Photo of RochefortChris
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drunkmonk
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: Pour's clear golden, with a healthy fluffy head that draws down to a nice half inch lace. This beer resembles a Duvel..even more since I am enjoying this in a Duvel glass.

a: I love the aroma of this beer. So much going on here, fresh cut grass, clove, bannana, lettuce, corriander and belgian yeast, thinking Westmalle. I can't wait to to taste this.

t: mmm, exceptional...but what type of beer is this? It's not your traditional IPA. It actually starts of as somewhat of a belgian golden, but not? First flavors are spice mmm..coriander, very crisp, then some light to moderate hops start moving, followed by a faint hop bitterness. This is very different in a very good way. It's not an IPA and It's not anything traditionally belgian that I have yet to try..sort of a melding of golden/triple/Ipa. I am confused..but I am thoroughly enjoying this confusion.

m: This is dangeriously drinkable, "Velvet Hammer Alert" There is no alcohol detected to me here. Nice moderate mouthfeel not watery, but just right, or maybe...spectacular?

I: This beer is highly enjoyable..a true gem. I am so glad Hildegard took the trip to the Pacific Northwest, she has outdone herself with this one.

Go find this beer and consume. It will put a smile on your face.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear golden straw with a white moussy head which rose tall and fell slowly coating the glass.

The aroma was spicy and estery with a nice alcoholic driven phenolic of spices, pepper most dominant. Along for the ride was a fruity presence of mango and pineapple. Also a nice earthy hop presence was notable.

The flavor was crisp with a strong bittering that was never harsh, nor overdone. The flavor was light with a malt flavor coupled with spice from the fermentation and that substantial hop bittering. The beer had quite a bit going on, but ever bit of the flavor was clean without being muddled and out of balance. The hop bittering and malt flavor worked well with the spice to create a well crafted brew.

The finish was dry with lasting hop bitterness and spice long and pleasant and continually drying into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation made for a nice creaminess on the palate. This was a darn nice brew. I gotta get more!

750 ml corked and bailed silk screened bottle. Writing on the back gives the stats. $10.99 at Southern Season in Chapel Hill.
20.5ºP
Pilsner Malt
80 IBU
50% Magnum, 32% Spalt, 18% Saaz

Photo of Sephiroth
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear hay like yellow, a massive head leaves that fluffy lace you get with Belgian beers. But there are two distinct rings of this fluff, like the two rings that come with Dreadnaught poured into a tulip. Aroma is spicy and citrusy, some pepper.

The hops are dry and citrusy, spicy and cleanly bitter. The malt lends some balance, I wish it were hoppier, though. Not to say this isn't hoppy. On the contrary, it is nicely hoppy. Mouthfeel is awesome, champagnesque. Drinkability is great. This is the type of hoppy beer I like with spicy food, not the American citrusy IIPAs.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the front of the silk-screened 750 ml bottle, the phrase "Superior Hoppy Belgian Ale" sits above the logo, complete with the Erthel gnome, wearing a wreath of hops around his bald head, smiling with beer mug in hand. Below the "Hop-iT" logo, the words, "Brewers Excellent Selection of Hops", amid graphics of hops. Hops used: 50% Magnum, 32% Spalt, 18% Saaz. 80 IBU. Pilsner malts.

From the back of the bottle: "Following a visit to American Northwest in January 2005, Hildegard returned to Belgium enthusiastic about all of the different IPAs she had tasted. She knew that she wanted to brew an IPA of her own, but it had to be with a real Flemish touch. Her touch!"

Cork comes off almost on it's own. The pours into an Urthel Pache' glass a hazed, pale gold, with a prodigious head, captured well by the glass, a huge, puffy white cloud, leaving loads of lace, slowly settling.

Aroma is brilliant, spice and citrus zest leaping from the glass, finding happy haven in the nose...lemon, apricot, pineapple, ...the Saaz really comes through, emitting a distinctive floral beauty, along with the spicy spark.

That zest continues it's attack once it climbs on the tongue. Moreover, the mouthfeel is almost ingenious, as the flavor sticks to the palate tenaciously, clinging and delivering bitterness and deliciousness.
Full bodied, with a long, fruity, bitter finish.
Each new sip grants more of this intractable potency, until you slowly realize the strength of this one (9.5%)...but it does take awhile, and meanwhile, it's damnably drinkable. Puts many a Belgian golden ale or tripel to shame.

I think Hildegard struck a homer on this one, her intentions were successfully made reality. It reminds one of an American DIPA, until you taste and feel all the parts that are uniquely Flemish. A stunning accomplishment. I like it more and more as the glass drains and my stomach fills...I will be enjoying more and more of this in the future, that is a guarantee!

Although I review this from a bottle at home, I was granted the rare treat of having my first taste of this fine beer in the company of Hildegard herself, as well as Bas Vas Ostern, the man behind the Urthels, and several other fine folks, as well. Many thanks, Hildegard, keep on brewin'...or, should I say, "Pache'!"

Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. Slightly cloudy golden orange with some floaties and a big frothy white head. Huge clumps of lace and sticky rings of lacing were left all over the glass. Nice hoppy citric bitterness with some slightly sweet fruit notes in the aroma. Some spiciness and doughy malts as well. Flavor is nicely bitter up front with citric hops and a yeasty malt doughiness. Nice notes of sweet fruits in the middle with some spicy hops finish up the taste. Pretty damn thick and full body with perfect carbonation. Extremely drinkable beer to me. I had no clue it was almost 10% till I was done with the beer and was looking over the bottle. It pretty much nails the idea of a Belgian IPA in my opinion.

Urthel Hop-It from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
88 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.