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Urthel Vlaemse Bock - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BrewMaster on 12-03-2005)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was shockingly sourish, almost like a Flemish, with a secondary bock sweetness. It worked, whether its intended or not. It was not long in my cellar. Poured a dark red, aroma was a bit like a flemish. Some rich spice, and it did not freeze the tongue. I finished the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 02:50:26 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-18-2012 23:14:50 | More by t0rin0
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dull dark orange with bright orange highlights... that becomes brick red when backlit. The best part about the appearance is a beauteous crown of golden foam that is large and is incredibly sticky. I wish the Belgians would let the rest of the brewing world know their secrets when it comes to the art of head and lace. Outstanding!

The nose is a definite step down, although it's still a good example of the style. Incidently, the brewery considers this a dubbel, not a BSDA. The beer is medium-dark fruity (bruised apples and figs), with an herbaceous mustiness that keeps it out of the big leagues. There's a little yeasty spiciness, but not much.

My impressions of 'Urthel' beer are generally positive. I've had one great one (Hop-It), one good one (Hibernus Quentum Tripel) and one so-so one (Tonicum Finiboldhus BSPA). I think the good vibes are because Hop-It was first and it was amazing. Unfortunately, Vlaemse Bock is merely so-so.

The biggest problem is that there isn't enough malt. Since dubbels (since reclassified as a BSDA) are primarily malt-driven, they need to have some amount of richness in order to deliver the necessary flavors. The same musty herbs that are present in the nose are present on the palate... as is a mild ashiness and a hint of metal. To be fair, both are fading as I enter the middle of the '750'.

Other flavors include sweetened brown bread sprinkled with cocoa powder, bitter peanut skins, earthy tobacco and fallen fruit (again, apples and figs). The beer is coming together nicely as it warms and receive a well-earned bump in the drinkablity score.

It turns out that the loud POP! on cork extraction was merely a tease. There were more than enough bubbles to create a wonderful looking head, but the mouthfeel is less than expansive. Bottom line: too thin and not nearly creamy enough.

Vlaemse (meaning 'Flemish') Bock is a decent Belgian dubbel, but that's as far as it goes. Since there are so many fantastic examples of the style, I'd recommend giving this one a pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 21:48:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-05-2012 07:49:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-02-2014 17:40:26 | More by jaydoc
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-16-2012 17:47:49 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - Three fingers of light brown foam on a brownish amber body with good clarity. The head settles slowly into a pillow of foam floating in the middle of the glass and leaves behind thick rings of lace.

S - Clean, malty aroma of caramel, chocolate and some raisins.

T - Big malty flavor with lots of dark caramel and some fruity notes as well. Raisins and chocolate in the middle, with some roast flavor and a bit of alcoholic warmth in the finish.

M - Somewhat thick body with high carbonation and some lingering sweetness.

D - This is a big, flavorful twist on the traditional bock. The high carbonation helps the drinkability quite a bit. The roast flavors could stand to be toned down a little, but other than that I can't find much to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 03:19:59 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby with a tan head off a firm pour that falls to almost nothing, but still leaves a little bit around. Nose is a mix of alcohol and yeasty fruit. Smooth malty flavor with a good bit of sugar. The beer has a lot of carbonation, but it doesn’t really hit the tongue too much. Liquid feel is pretty smooth and hearty enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 02:05:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, friendly 750 ml bottle. "
Flamy Dark Ale", what is that? that's what the label says, as well as "Belgium's Newest Cult Classic" (C)...they copyrighted that?
Well, let's just drink it and see if I'm any closer to sipping the Kool-Aid...
dark crimson color, sturdy, dark, cola-like head, leaving lace, ...
Nuts and herbs in the aroma, dark fruits and wood, gets headier as we get in, uplifting and arousing. Awfully nice.
Taste...high carbonation, big bite on the palate, bursting with black cherries, grapes and more meaty fruits. Nuts, and raisins, most of all, velvety and delicious, an ethereal feel permeats the flavor. I'm more impressed as I finish it. Full bodied, nice, spritzy, sweet finish, easy drinking, and flush with flavor.
Let the name fool you not, it's not a Belgian bock, closer to a brown, or better, a slightly less alcoholic quadrupel.
Half the bottle yet remains as I type this....I'm a lucky guy!

Much thanks to LuckySeven82!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 04:21:32 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle BBD of 03/15/08

Pours a beautiful maroon with great effervesence & rocky tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: big-time caramel & oak & slight lactic notes

T: Intense Caramel/cherry & toffee sweetness, then vanilla, oak, & slight alcohol bite. Bourbon surfaces along with molasess notes. Finishes dry & rock candy sweet

MF: Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated & balanced

Great drinkability, why the hell is this beer retired? This is a great a dark belgian ale. I hope rumors of its demise are premature!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 05:25:36 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

12-11-2013 23:45:13 | More by Kegatron
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice caramel and roasted malt scent. It's sweet with a touch of roasted character along with a nice fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth caramel sweetness that goes down with some prickly carbonation and a bit of yeast fruitiness in the finish. It's also dry with a roasted malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinking Belgian dark. It's true to style and quite smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 00:36:00 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is brown sugar, alcohol and dark fruits. I also get some toffee from the malt. The flavor is heavy on the Belgian yeast, brown sugar, darker fruits, toffee, earthy hops and a little bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 05:25:47 | More by Mora2000
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

This beer is very well carbonated, it pours with a frothy, mousse like, four-finger thick head that is a tan to dirty light brown color. The beer itself is a deep amber brown color that shows ruby highlights around the edges when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of yeasty spiciness and rich dark malt notes. I get notes of toffee, caramel, figs, prune, notes of clove, a hint of ginger, perhaps some cardamom, a wisp of orange peel, and some spicy higher alcohols. Overall I would say the concentrated fruit notes are the dominant aromatic.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, but this sweetness is quickly magnified by the concentrated fruit notes of prunes, figs and even some raisins. This has a medium heft to it as it rests on the palate, but it is light enough that there is not a sticky lingering note to it. Actually I think the ample carbonation helps to clean the palate. The finish is quite spicy in character there is a mix of pepper, ginger, and spicy carbonation; this morphs into a lingering earthy note that reminds me a bit of the earthy part of coriander. As the beer warms it gets a bit lighter on the palate, it looses a bit of the sweetness, but still retains that forward concentrated fruit note.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 21:06:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of 15/03/08. Poured into tulip glass.

Pours rich mahogany with a thick, creamy, off-white head. Quite a bit of creamy lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of toffee, cherry-like fruitiness, wood. Subtle notes of spicy yeast.

The taste is of chocolate, toffee, molasses. Dark fruitiness and earthy, almost grassy notes balance out sweetness. Finishes spicy and sweet, but with an earthy balance. Mild peppery alcohol comes in late.

Light in a medium body, smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation level.

A delightfully complex, though not overwhelming, sipper that is smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 15:34:12 | More by jwc215
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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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GClarkage

California

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/28/07- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Poured into my Anderson Valley tulip. Code imprinted on the back label to denote some kind of freshness.

Appearance- Chestnut in color. Kinda looks a touch red and like black cherry cough syrup color. Full 3/4 inch head upon pour. Evaporates to nothing pretty quickly. Leaves ultra light spotty lace.

Smell- Scent is pretty nice. Has bock like notes of deep chocolate and dark roasted malts. Also some alcohol noted.

Taste- Tastes like a Belgian style bock if that does exist. Mostly dark semi-sweet toffee malt flavor, plus a dusting of coaco powder. Add a light dark of some dark fig and raisin and you have a belgian bock.

Mouthfeel- Starts out fairly highly carbonated, but calms down during consumption. Leaves a nice chocolate coating on the tongue.

Drinkability- I liked this beer. Nothing tremendous or over the top, but a nice easy drinking bock style beer. My wife liked it even more than I did. Abv has lessened to 7.5% now.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 17:57:59 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.8%

11-22-2011 03:26:20 | More by corby112
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

Picked up a 33cl bottle for $4 at Abe's Cold Beer. ABV on bottle says 7.5%. I sort of agree with both of the previous reviews. The taste does come off a little flat, but if you let it sit on your tongue it slowly expands. I mean, I don't know why the label calls this a "flamy dark ale." Nothing else reminds me of flames or smoke. Anyways, what I do taste is mellow caramel with subtle raisin and date notes. There's a hint of the typical earthy bock roast, but there's no dry bite. The beer rather very balanced, with a slight lean toward the sweet end of the spectrum. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 23:52:36 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked large Belgian style bomber, no freshness info offered. Dark mahogany brown, dark tan head, long lasting and creamy, leaves well developed splotchy and stringy lacing. Mild malty nose with a hint of raisins and ripe fruit. Easy drinking Belgian. Flavorful with notes of more raisins, figs and a melange of ripe fruit, Some yeasty undertones, smooth dark malts. Quite yummy and highly drinkable. User friendly and newbie friendly dark Belgian offering. I liked it and would def. pick up more if I could find it regularly locally.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 02:27:53 | More by Billolick
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged.

HOLY MOLY! Exploded open upon releasing cage, complete with mark in ceiling from projectile cork/cage and spewing foam. Calmed down now, me and the beer, so time for reviewing.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, started making foam like nobody's business, formed more than 2" of light tan head over the dark burgundy brew. Head lasts super, due to tremendous bubble generation from the bottom of the glass, settles down to a meringuey, uneven inch of foam, with heavy foamy lacing. Aroma is sweet, with dark fruits. Taste is creamy, lightly sweet dark fruits, with an effervescent close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. An interesting and enjoyable brew, but as noted by many others, not like any other bock I've run across.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 22:49:49 | More by ppoitras
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a soapy, slightly off white head. Sediment reserved in the bottle, there was not too much. The aroma has Belgian yeast and dark fruits paired with molasses. In the taste, distinct fruity Urthel yeast strain with big dark fruit notes. Date, fig and raisin rule the day here. Bready but also very fruity and quite enjoyable. Dark fruits and sticky brown sugar. Full bodied, well carbonated ale. Finishes clean and a bit fruity with a slightly chalky yeast. Overall, this is a stellar example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 22:55:50 | More by Stinkypuss
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superspak

Michigan

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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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a lovely dark chestnut brown (dark mahogany when held up to the light) with a billowy creamy tan head.

S: a big roasted malt and caramel that was sweet and dry with some dried fruit and chocolate.

T: Very prominent sweet malt flavor upfront. Malty lacing with a dark rich toffee and chocolate flavor. Dark malt and dried molasses with dried fruit (rum raisin) and dried tart cherries were also present. There was a nice alcohol warming in the finish as well toffee and some spicy hops.

M: A light-medium mouthful that was smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation.

D: Dark and very rich malt backbone makes this a great example for this style. Very good drinkability and a pleasure to consume.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 17:22:55 | More by beerthulhu
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Gusler

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the cork and caged 750ml bottle, the beer presents a lightly hazed red to almost brown color, the head stacks up to about two fingers, a creamy ripe peach color, the lace forms a velum like sheet to obscure the glass. Nose has a malt sweetness, backed my molasses and a touch of grassy hops, quite crisp. Start is sweet with malt, fruity and a nice spiciness at the back, moderate if feel to the palate. Finish has a robust acidity, the hops beefy in their bite, aftertaste is dusty, long lasting, a beer brewed for us stateside folks, and quite good this beer, but all this breweries beers rank high on my master list.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 16:48:46 | More by Gusler
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Urthel Vlaemse Bock from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
89 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.