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Urthel Vlaemse Bock - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%

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

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BrewMaster on 12-03-2005)
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Photo of beersabound


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this tonight on tap at Anchorage's SubZero MicroLounge. It has a velvety mouthfeel. The descriptor as a belgian bock is spot on. It is malt balanced with great caramel and toasty flavor and aroma. There is enough hop bitterness and flavor to add some balance which is welcomed. The belgian aspect comes through in the fermentation characteristics. There are plenty of fruity ester and other yeast flavors to add to the complexity and enjoyment of this one. The alcohol comes out with the fermentation characteristics and is not hot at all. It is very smooth and tasty. The bartender described it as a transitional beer from winter to spring and that was perfect. It does not have the huge flavor and alcohol burst of barley wines, imperial stouts or doppelbocks but it has lots of flavor from caramel malt and is medium bodied for 9%.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2007 07:54:16 | More by beersabound
Photo of mjc410


3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Monk's. The pour into a tulip yields a marvelous long-lasting head, light tan, and not rocky. Body is brown/ruby.

The nose is cocoa and caramel malt, with floral hops. Pretty light.

Taste is very earthy, with chocolate caramel biscuit. Finishes yeasty.

Medium-light in the mouth, with a high carbonation tingle.

A nice drinker, but the alcohol burn starts to be overwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2006 17:29:01 | More by mjc410
Photo of ggaughan


4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap's at Monk's in Philly. The beer was poured into a great Urthel glass. The bock poured a hazy brown / amber color with a medium tanish head. The aroma is sweet malty goodness. There are some fruit hints in the aroma and a nice toasted toffee smell. Very enjoyable. The taste is toasted and sweet and hides the high abv very well although there is a bit after every sip which rounds this beer out very well. This beer has a medium or slighty heavy body but is very drinkable despite the high abv.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2006 03:02:58 | More by ggaughan
Photo of cubedbee


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Max's 72 Hours of Belgium, pours a dark hazy brown, thin head, but some pretty nice lacing. Nose is a strong fruity malt, dark cherry and plum. Taste was a rich sweet malt, big flavors of plum and fig, hints of caramel and butterscotch, slight woody hop finish, overall very sweet but very nice tasting. Medium bodied witha slightly syrupy, coating mouthfeel. This was a nice beer, no hint of the big alcohol, dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2006 00:48:36 | More by cubedbee
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a short 1" head that falls quickly to surface foam. Some spots of lace stick to the glass.

Smell: aroma was of sweet malts and hints of ripe black plums.

Taste: very malty with pitted fruit tones like plums, cherry, and prunes. The sweetness is up front, but alcohol and mild bitterness nicely balance it out.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth and syrupy on the tongue at the start, and the finish coats the tongue in malty sweetness. Absolutely wonderful.

Drinkability: pretty decent for the high alcohol levels. Since I had this at Max's during the Belgian fest, one was all I could muster with the list of beers available. But I could have had another - it was so good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2006 23:43:07 | More by Gavage
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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess Monk's isn't the only place to enjoy this brew. Sampled today, on tap, at Max's during their "72 Hrs. Of Belgium" Festival. Since it was only 9% and a bock, I went with this one first, opting for an initial round of sweet maltiness. Poured a slightly hazy dark brown. A finger full of head died quickly to ooey sticky lacing. Served in a wide bottomed official Urthel tulip.
Aroma of dark, hearty/malty, and some dried fruit.
This was incredibly rich, much like the recent brown ale on tap at Olivers. One might argue that malto-brews are one sided, this one is a whole other level. You have dried fruits (cherry plum) along with some molasses and bready flavors. Hops might be evident as some spiciness on the finish. A hint of alcohol is here.

Smooth, medium bodied, and easy drinking. The keg was lucky I was only there for a few tastes at lunch and had to return to work.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2006 19:24:21 | More by Dithyramb
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at Monk's tonight. Apparently they're the only place in the U.S. where one can try this brew.

Really tough to get a read on color in Monks' front bar, but it looks dark brown, and when held up to a candle, some clear ruby-red color starts to come out. The head is small, compact, and apparently a beige color. It holds pretty well.

Smell is malty, with a toffee/caramel combo pulling through pretty clearly, a little bit of a cherry aroma, and some light alcohol notes which are surprisingly faint for the ABV.

Flavor is quite pleasant. The bar is billing it as having "toasty" flavors, which I don't read, but there is a big maltiness with lots of the same caramel and toffee that's in the nose, and maybe even a hint of butterscotch. Candy sugar and a little bit of alcohol blend nicely with a light fruitiness that almost has an apricot flavor in it. Overall, it's quite sweet, which I guess reflects the "bock" in the name, but I do agree that it's more of a strong dark ale in flavor. No hop presence anywhere in either the nose or the flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thin for me. Could be a tad creamier, I think, to keep up with the sweetness a little better.

Overall: Glad I got to try this one since it's apparently rare, but it's not one of those "Oh my God, drop your bags and run to try this one!" brews. Still pretty good and a pleasant experience.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2005 04:33:37 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of BrewMaster


4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Monk's in Philadelphia, PA. According to the Monk's website their's is the only place to find this Vlamese Bock on tap in thte USA.

Appearance: Dark and seemingly hazy brown but when backlit it actually looks clear with a ruby tint to the brown. Creamy tan head on top that clings nicely to the sides of the tulip glass.

Smell: Malty sweet with scents of candy sugar, and a light fruity note of strawberry.

Taste: Rich and sweet maltiness. Complex fruit flavors rule the middle of this beer. Strawberry,cherry and plum. Faint brown sugar and toffee flavors on top of sweet candy sugar flavors. No hop flavor that I notice but there is some nice spiciness of pepper and nutmeg near the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied and not sticky. The beer starts off quite sweet but ends very dry and clean.

Drinkability: Outstanding. I had 2 of these the other night at Monk's. That's saying a lot considering the enormous number of excellent beers offered at Monk's. Simply lovely and I hope to someday have this beer again. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2005 19:45:27 | More by BrewMaster
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It came to me a deep reddish brown, with peripheral tones of rich amber. A thick light tan head pillowed down slowly as the carbonation cascaded. The lacing was dainty and plentiful.

The aroma was a malty marriage of caramel, currants, sherry, and dark sugar. A yeasty doughiness came through as it warmed.

The first sip delivered a windfall of earthy roasted malt sweetness pushing sinewy notes of dark cherries, raisins, and browned sugar. Various berries cameoed their way through, joining a wine sensation in the middle, and mated as well with an overall zesty tang. The close neared with a yeast-driven biscuit character that flashed sweet and then finished to a very dry quench. Everything blended well from the start, and became yet more enjoyable as it rose closer to room temperature.

Just short of medium bodied, it came off a bit thinner than expected, and drained away to a general lingering dry ember.

While it doesn't present itself as especially large in body, it has lots going on from the beginning. It has a thick spine of earthy, satisfying flavor that I can tell you stands up well to highly seasoned mussels and pomme frites, and would to many other dishes as well, but that might overpower some more mellow foods. The alcohol never really came out to play with me, that is until I realized my gullet was warming and a buzzy fog was blowing in. Still, it is quite drinkable, bringing a pleasing show to the table. Maybe not what one would expect from a bock, but there's no reason to hold that against it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2005 16:06:09 | More by Foxman
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a beautiful glowing well blended brown and red with a fluffy off white head that left a good deal of lace behind. Simply one of the most beautiful beers I’ve ever seen. Smelled slightly of cherries and peaches with a slight bread dough. Smells nothing like a Bock what so ever. Very sweet in the flavor with a dry smokey malt mixed in. Feels thin with slight carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2005 03:44:33 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of kristiekatk


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark and fruity treat. It pours deep brown with tons of foam that quickly dissolves into a sticky, creamy surface. Deep layers of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, sweet malts, and dark fruits like prunes, figs and plums, suck you in. The aroma is just so ripe. I love it.

An alcoholic sweetness and a burst of fruits and raisins make this almost a mix between a bock and a belgian strong ale. It has a medium body, is very smooth & creamy, and its high carbonation make it quite effervescent. Total bummer that they stopped brewing this last year.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 03:24:06 | More by kristiekatk
Photo of superspak


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

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottle code K17A7. Pours very cloudy dark reddish brown color with a very nice 2-3 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of raisin, prune, toast, biscuit, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, and earth. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and weak strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, raisin, nuttiness, toffee, molasses, prune, herbal, and earth. Lingering notes of raisin, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, molasses, and herbal on the finish for a good. Fantastic balance of flavors with nice complexity and robustness. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale! Great robust and balance flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 03:37:02 | More by superspak
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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber, chocolate color and hazy. Unrelenting ivory colored head. Limited lacing.

Roasted, nutty aroma.

Deep, rich caramel malt flavor. Roasted almonds, toffee, rich chocolate and dates. Hint of hickory smoke. Subtle hop. Just a touch of alcohol. Complex and well blended.

Smooth in the beginning and somewhat coarse in the middle and finish. Medium to full bodied and highly carbonated.

Good brew. Pretty complex for a bock and true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 00:07:50 | More by bnes09
Photo of Hachiman


4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 out of 3 bottles gushed. Lost about 50ml each time. Poured an opaque medium, walnut brown with a short lasting off-white head.

Odor was weak. Yeasty bread and licorice after deep inhalation.

Tasted very good. Malty and sweet, with a rather heady alcohol note. No perceptible hop taste.

Seemed inadequately carbonated, but that may have a result of the gushing. Rather heavy mouthfeel. Sticky on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 10:43:27 | More by Hachiman
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills an Urthel tulip glass with a muddy brown beer that builds a creamy beige head. The head turns to sea foam while leaving abundant silky lace concentrated in rings.

Initially reminds one of Kahlua, then transitions to nuts with molasses, vanilla, plums and raisins in the background.

While the flavor is quite enjoyable I would never consider this to be a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Vlaemse opens malty and sweet with plums and raisins and a hint of coconut. Lighter fruits dwell in the background. The finish is lingering with a light sweetness.

Well-tamed alcohol for this medium to full bodied beer with a velvety texture and high carbonation.

Easy drinking and very enjoyable. Sit back and enjoy this while conversing or with casual entertaining.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 16:47:18 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of vande


3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a dirty well water brown that had a bit of head, yet quickly disappeared leaving behind a "flat beer" look.. we shall see

s - smells of alcohol, which is funny since its only 7.5%...but it truly does.... some caramel and brown sugar, maybe a bit of dark fruit - but light...

t - strangely reminds me of a wine or cognac as it finishes... odd... there are subtle notes of dark fruits, caramel, warming alcohol, roastedness..

m - a lighter medium bodied beer that disappears down the throat without much notie...

0 - not sure what I expected...glad I tried it, not sure if I'd search it out again...although, I see its retired...could be too, that this one is a bit old as I'm sure i've had it for at least a year, probably longer [closer to 2?]

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 04:44:45 | More by vande
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3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin, quickly receding beige mousse. Chunks of yeast quickly accumulate at the bottom of the glass.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, and roasted grain are present on the nose. The smell combines the roasty, toasty aspects of a stout or porter with the sweet, fruity aspects of a typical Belgian strong dark ale. It's an interesting effect to say the least.

T: Complex notes of raisins, prunes, figs, cocoa, and roasted grain gently wash across the palate. This beer finishes in a manner that is simultaneously sweet and toasty with dried fruit and roasted grain accents.

M: Full bodied, silky, and smooth with highly expressive carbonation. Deceptively drinkable for the style.

O: This is a rock solid Belgian strong dark ale that presents an interesting twist on the style. The stout-like accents are reminiscent of such beers as Buffalo Belgian Stout (Brouwerij Van den Bossche), Equinox (Brasserie de la Senne), and Noir de Dottignies (Brouwerij de Ranke), though they are a little more restrained in this ale. This is another one of De Leyerth's beers that I would like to see back in production.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:46:25 | More by mrfrancis
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice dark brown pour with a thick, frothy off-white head which leaves gentle lacing.

Smell has a little bit of Belgian funk and dark fruits. Maybe some caramel or sweet malts.

Love the way this beer tastes, one of my favorites. Herbal spices, dark fruits, cherries, roasty malt all combine into a smooth and surprisingly delicious mouthful. Alcohol is well hidden in the beverage and it does not come across as boozy or overly sweet. Really impressive marriage of flavors - I can't find fault with how this tastes.

Mouthfeel was crisp and pleasant. Could use a little more carbonation in my opinion.

I'm not a huge fan of dark ales generally but this one is really something special in how it playfully combines dark fruits, malts, herbs and spices into something deliciously and surprisingly easy to drink. Don't be turned off by the appearance or slightly funky smell - Urthel's Flamy Dark Ale is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 01:51:03 | More by bpk59
Photo of KDawg


3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a bordeaux glass. Pours a medium brown color with a 1" head

a bit muted on the aromas with caramel, cherries, some malt tones and a bit of funk

very smooth and polished medium feel. There is a richness to the feel, but you don't feel the alcohol at all. Excellent depth and flavors of caramel, malts, and some warm toffee as well

A real good beer. Has a good malty side that is really enjoyable with a really good feel and flavors

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:42:12 | More by KDawg
Photo of CHADMC3


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy chestnut body with a generous tan head that quickly dissipates to fade into the dancing bubbles of carbonation leaving only faint traces of lacing behind.

Robust aromas of dark fruit float from the glass as well as tart berries, and yet sweet nuts as well. Some of the yeast comes forward as the beer warms and the previous aromas fade.

The flavor consists of sweet, dark fruit, herbal spices; perhaps woody notes, and is it warms it turns sweeter versus woody, focusing more on the raisin or plum notes.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side with generous carbonation and a sweet and thick finish that leaves the palate coated quite nicely.

A very nice Belgian Brew, with characteristics of both a dubbel and a Strong Dark although I would lean Strong Dark. Tons of character greets the senses and it only gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 22:48:55 | More by CHADMC3
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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet.

This pours a hazy slightly dark tea colored with a decent off white head. The smell is a little sweet, some caramel, honey and brown sugar with a slightly must smell. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is wonderful, lots of dark fruit and brown sugar with some caramel and burnt toffee, a very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:43:38 | More by DavidST
Photo of mryuk


4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered brown with two fingers of head and lots of floaties.

smell is sweet brown sugar with some hops.

taste is sweet honey and brown sugar with hints of apple...no hops.

mouth is medium with good carbonation.

overall actually very good even though it is definitely not my preferred beer type.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:39:14 | More by mryuk
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, murky brown. Slight burgundy hues. Fully opaque and full bodied with no head.

S - An interesting aromatic profile, with notes of honey, tart cherry, and roasty wood. A certain fruit acidity and sweetness about, and some dried dark fruits too.

T - Burnt toffee, roasted nuts, dry wood. Grape skin and dark syrup. Bitter hops paired with a dark honey side. Wine like flavors bouncing around.

M - I think something went wrong with the bottle I got. There was ZERO carbonation. This beer was sturdy and smooth and had everything I look for, but the complete absence of carbonation bummed me out. Ive had low carb beers but this one needed help.

O - A very complex, dark brew. I love BSDA's and this one had everything I look for in them. Sweet and bitter, dark and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 23:10:28 | More by BeerForMuscle
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3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11oz. bottle to a snifter....

Great dark color with a 1 1/2 finger head. little to no lacing. The nose is very subtle. Hints of caramels and fruits..

On the palate, this is quite the beer. Again, subtle tones of malts, but a soothing fruit taste, which finishes it off. It is somewhat high in ABV, but you really can't 'taste' it.

Overall, I would recommend this to those who like dark ales, or those who wish to try something different..You won't be disappointed~ I wasn't!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:14:27 | More by NurseJody
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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

A hard pour produces 2cm of off-white head, recedes within a minute and a half, but leaves some lacing along the side of the glass. The beer is dark brown with orange highlights around the edges. Opaque, so carbonation is not visible.

Scent is heavy on the malts with some Belgian yeast funk. Some roasty, chocolatey character tucked far into the back, along with date-like sweetness. For all the ingredients and energy that went into the making of this beer, I would have appreciated a more aggressive aroma.

Taste is a fairly complex mix of syrupy sweetness, Belgian yeast secondary metabolites, fruity esters that come across as plums and dates, and a very mild sourness. This is quite enjoyable and the beer goes down easily, finishing with a sour caramel apple flavor.

The beer is medium bodied with relatively mild carbonation. Fairly smooth, it goes down easily. Finish is dry.

Overall a solid beer, nothing particularly memorable or "stand-out" about it, but still quite quality. If I found this again and had a taste for a dark Belgian, I'd give this another go.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 05:30:28 | More by falloutsnow
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Urthel Vlaemse Bock from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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