Urthel Hibernus Quentum - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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Reviews by xymyl:
4.18/5 rDev +3%
Eyes: Vibrant light golden color with lots of cloudy yeast. Big carbonation (cork almost got away from me), huge white head, small and medium bubbles. Good structure. All the yeast was instantly blasted into the head by the strong carbonation. Took about two hours for beer to become nearly flat.
Nose: Apples and spice, hops and alcohol. With an overall yeasty/pie crusty quality.
Face: Starts with light acidity leading into fruity sugars and shows a bit of caramel that races into alcohol (showing a little heat) that leads into a soft bitterness. Soft spices mixed all the way. Interesting facets include a definite Tequila quality (with white pepper and herbal notes that ride the alcohol) and the fact that the spices really ramp up as it breathes for a while. Flavors are balanced except for a hop and alcohol note that strikes a slight dischord. I have a feeling it wouldn't be there if this beer had been kept in complete darkness. However it is a very minor issue.
Body: Light to medium/light with a nearly crisp clean finish. Very easy to drink, and for how light it is the alcohol doesn't show up too much. Although I found myself thinking this would be much better at about 8%.
After writing this review I read something from a previous review about a butterscotch taste, and yes, I could taste something along those lines but it was so faint I would never have noticed it as butterscotch without the suggestion. To me it is more of a caramel leading to toffee with a very slight buttery note, and certainly not distasteful.
09-28-2006 02:41:02 | More by xymyl
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a hazified golden color with a noticeably LOUD amount of carbonation. Head foamed a lot initially, but dissipated more quickly than expected. Somes sticky bubbliness on glass interior.
Smell: Slightly fruity, in that slightly-decomposed-but-good fruity way that beer can smell.
Taste: Alcohol is strong up front. Slight hint of.... pineapple? This beer is really very well rounded, complex, and just plain GOOD. Too bad it's $4.75 for a bottle.
12-09-2006 21:57:57 | More by Marty
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Appearance - This ale was a cloudy yellow in color tinged with a bit of orange and a beautiful, soft head.
Smell - The orange flavor is thankfully light in the nose. The spices are light but beautifully mated with the yeasty malts. The alcohol is light. Everything in this bouquet is delicate and well-balanced.
Taste - The spices get serious at the taste. The booze is a bit bigger. The yeast is right on and, again, this is an extraordinary well-balanced flavor profile.
Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-body with great, fluffy carbonation and a big Belgian hop bite.
Drinkability - This is velvet in a glass. There is a terrific range of flavors here and they are all put together quite nicely.
10-16-2010 02:13:55 | More by RoyalT
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
A: Slightly hazy golden yellow, with a big white head that leaves plenty of lacings.
S: The smell is rather clean and crisp with notes of white bread, spices, phenols and citric hops, and a mild yeastiness. Not overly powerful, but still nice.
T: The taste is quite good, but it lacks a little balance. It's rather sweet in the mouth with notes of white bread, lemon-peel and yeast. Notes of phenols and floral hops. The finish is quite bitter - more so than many other Tripels - with citric hop notes and herbs. Sweetish and lightly phenolic alcohol raps it up.
M: Medium body with a crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation isn't as sharp as in some other beers of the same style.
D: This is just above decent. It lacks some complexity and balance, but it's quite tasty.
09-03-2009 23:22:09 | More by ricke
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
750ml bottle, no date on the label, poured into a tulip glass. Dark golden color, with a medium-sized white head. Seemed a little dark for a triple. The aroma was spicy banana, with more emphasis on the fruit. It had a nice fruity taste. The spice, mainly clove, was more evident, and provided a nice tingle. The was a little hop bitterness at the end. As the beer warmed toward room temperature, the taste improved. Nice beer to drink, and a bargain at $4.95 for the bottle.
11-14-2007 21:40:56 | More by lordofthewiens
4.65/5 rDev +14.5%
Presentation: 750 ml brown champagne magnum, product code on the back label states “01JA” is just as vague as it looks … no big deal being that this beer is a 9.0% abv tripel. Odd looking buzzed gnome on the label also.
Appearance: Hazed golden orange colour with a brisk looking carbonation, from that carbonation comes a head that will not budge.
Smell: Good clean blast of spicy phenolics, touch of tropical fruit and a soft earthy hop within the aroma also.
Taste: Big on crispness with a viscous from the frothing carbonation that makes this moderate bodied brew puff up to seem full bodied. This not only accentuates all of the flavours but also helps to cleanse the palate. Phenols are soft to medium but don’t leave a marked presence, light tropical fruitiness all around with esters and a faint solvent alcohol to boot. Flavours of mango and clove come to mind the most with trace raw honey and pineapple. Hops drop a powdery bitterness and leave with a hint of leafy flavour. Yeastiness stays to a minimum even though it is everywhere, more of a soft earthiness and almond like nuttiness. Warmth from the alcohol really kicks in towards the finish and then the mouth goes bone dry in a blink of an eye.
Notes: Definitely more of a Triple than a Strong Pale, it holds great complexity with out anything leaving to bring something way out of balance. Truly this is one damn fine brew and it is well worth a try and may prove to be a brew that could frequent your fridge more than others.
05-09-2002 20:52:04 | More by Jason
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Large bottle, with cork. Explosive cork release. Pours faint yellow and cloudy. White head, large bubbles under small bubbles, mellows to a small bubble sheen which stays and stays.
Nose is of bananas, yeast, coriander, and melon. Soft mouthfeel, medium bodied. Notes of banana, melon,lemon, slight pepperyness. NIce, mild hoppyness in finish, along with more of above flavor notes. High class triple, Alcohol obviously present, but well in back ground. Nice example of the style. A definite fine quality Belgian brew to seek out and enjoy.
04-17-2004 00:58:03 | More by Billolick
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
I was cleaning out the basement and decided to see what I wanted to drink from my beer fridge, which I haven't touched in months. I had several beers from last years Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Fest, of which this was one. Wasn't sure how it would do after almost a year in the fridge, but luckily it was still a nice drinking beer.
A sweet and chewy tripel, just how I like them. Very tasty and easy to drink. A nice primer for this year's Belgian Beer Festival, which is only a few weeks away.
09-17-2008 01:43:23 | More by fdrich29
4/5 rDev -1.5%
The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some alcohol and yeast. I also get some fruit which I believe is peaches. The flavor is a lot of Belgian candi-sugar, yeast, peaches, alcohol and some spices. The alcohol is right up front in this beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
06-24-2010 05:24:18 | More by Mora2000
3.23/5 rDev -20.4%
11.2oz bottle from 2006 poured in a Duvel tulip.
Pours a very cloudy light wheaty color with a very thin light white head and some bubbles. Nose is very sweet bready, really weird though.
Taste is very bready and yeasty. It's really sharp and sweet. Quite carbonated but overall not too exciting. I think age hasn't done this beer well.
12-06-2009 15:33:33 | More by kingcrowing
3.33/5 rDev -18%
Big 750 bottle...bright medium gold appearance, hazy with a pale rising head of 1/2 an inch. Very thick lace on the glass. Aroma is bright and strident, notes of nutmeg and a medicinal Listerine quality. Fizzy in texture, all the way to the finish. Malts seem straightforward and somewhat lacking in character. Hoppy and medicinal qualities don't work well with the lighter body and higher carbonation. For me, too phenolic and sharp, alcohol moderately well-hidden. Certainly has character, emphasizes Tripel characteristics that I tend to find somewhat offputting.
08-22-2004 20:18:14 | More by ADR
4.72/5 rDev +16.3%
The Belgians sure know how to build a beer with a big head that's also loud, snapping and crackling as this one is. It's fluffy, rocky, very thick, and very white. Quite a few floaters, which I'm thinking is yeast, and between those and the zillions of bubbles, there's a ton going on in the sunny burnt-gold body.
Fragrant aroma brings in a clean floweriness, dirty yeastiness, and a prevailing spice that reminds of mustard seed. An earthy aroma, a bit raw and wild.
Peppery spices meet with something almost minty; anise and clover appear, offset by something like candycanes dipped in cumin. A ripe fruitiness pervades throughout. Mouth feels slightly hot, yet the alcohol doesn't bowl you over; yeast adds an enigmatic edge to this strange brew. Mouthfeel is light and buoyant, well-carbonated but incredibly smooth. I have to give the flavor a 5, as this is one of the most unique tripels ever, with no offending characteristics, yet plenty of identity. Unlike other tripels, but still a tripel. When do you ever feel like drinking a beer is a mysterious adventure? This one feels like that.
This tripel is NOT one to use as a gateway beer, if you're trying to convince a macro-swilling buddy to cross over. This is a wild flavor, and much like Urthel's quad, a roaring beast of spices, sweetness, and a certain undefined, unrefined edge. All of it delicious. Leyerth is becoming one of the most intriguing breweries in all of Belgium. Yummm.
03-30-2007 21:56:56 | More by Metalmonk
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
More cryptic messages from this Urthel brew. 03JA. You tell me what it means. Likely Best By? (not the electronics retailer).
Shimmering golden bodied. Murky and chunky post yeast addition. Huge frothy white head. Still present once the liquid is gone.
Fruity (think pineapple, mango and lemon) aroma. Yeast adds hay and touches of barny, horsey (giddyup, wheeee) aromatics.
Taste is an exhibition in tempered fruit juxtaposed with earthy, rural flavorings. Hops are assertive as well.
Begins cotton candy-like. Fluffed light fruitness. Some expressions of pear, juicy red apple and passion fruit. Yeast enter, stage right. Adds crushed black pepper, bread, hay, must and cobwebs. Turns very rustic at this point. Sweetness fades to a peripherial tongue sensation. Continues to dry as the grassy, raw hop junta asserts its control. Other than the prevalent pepper notes, spice is passive. Fleeting glimpses of clove, coriander and ginger (ginger being the most noticed). Alcohol is noticed in a grainy solvent sort of way. Though the ethanol content disappears once the dregs are added.
Somewhat flatline in the mouth prior to the yeast pour. Once added, the yeast acts as an invigorator. Becomes creamy and doughy, yet far from thick or obnoxious.
A very nice tripel. The sediment really boosted this brew and cloaked all its flaws.
This review is based on the second of two bottles I obtained. The first experience was far less positive (approx rating = 3 to 3.3). Same batch and all. Odd. The frist stab never seemed off, just lackluster. But the second attempt made it all worthwhile.
12-10-2002 02:09:23 | More by cokes
4/5 rDev -1.5%
After popping the 750 ml cork, it foamed over, though not overally head in pour,and left lace. Fruity yeast in aroma and taste, but not overwhelmingly so. Good tripel. Some sweetness and spicyness from hops and yeast. Liked it better than my drinking buddies.
10-24-2004 03:12:35 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.
Liquid is a light golden poppy with a massive white fist of foam which leaves behind a fault scarp of thick rocky lacing. Perfect clarity, acrobatic carbonation.
Very mild aroma (this bottle has a little age on it): lemon pepper, vanilla and clove along with a slightly floral yeastiness.
Yeast and hops offset the rock candy/honey base on the palate - leading into a slightly bitter and ultimately dry finish. Has some odd similarities to a piña colada (a Tiki Tripel?). Alcohol intensifies the flavors, but is otherwise invisible.
Smooth bodied, creamy, and palate-coating, but still light bodied and effervescent.
Almost cloying, and the spicy aromas and flavors could be more assertive, but a very nice Tripel none the less.
09-04-2009 06:30:44 | More by augustgarage
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
Picked up a bottle at Steve's or Riley's here in Madison. Can't remember which, but they both carry it, so it's rather irrelavent.
Pours a murky golden yellow with floating globs of yeast and a small white head. Smell is pungent Belgian yeast, sour wheat and tropical fruit. Taste starts with citrus, pear and unripe apricot, but unfortunately takes on a sour, vinegar astringency that makes it a little harsh along with a formidable warm alcohol surge with a dry finish. There's a whole lot going on here, but it doesn't really mesh together. Not an outstanding tripel, needs some refining, but certainly interesting.
10-23-2005 05:29:03 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
Hops and spice in the nose with some sweet malt as well. Very nice. Pours with a hazy golden-orange color with a fluffy white head. Some spiciness in the flavor along with a full, sweetish maltiness. Some clove, some candy - bubblegum? Well balanced
bitterness. Alcohol is well cloaked, but becomes apparent at the finish; and is definitely present mid-goblet. Good firm body and carbonation level. An exceptional beer in all regards.
07-28-2002 06:54:08 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer for $4. Poured from a skinny 330ml bottle, there's a tall white head with loud (relatively speaking) bubbles. On my tongue the beer is a little flatter than many Belgian, but that, I think, brings out more flavor instead of simply stinging my tongue. The flavor starts with a wonderful mixture of fresh baked white bread and earthy honey and ends with a hint of spicy hops for balance. In the aftertaste, a slight orange and cream flavor develops that's quite nice. The aroma has a slightly simpler profile with a mild perfume of Belgian candy and fresh (mild) herbs, like I've got one nostrel in a candy store and another in a garden.
This is a very well made Belgian tripel, though the complexity comes from its subtleties, so be prepared to stop and ponder the depths of this beer to enjoy to its fullest.
02-28-2009 00:51:55 | More by tempest
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours with an awesomely huge head, white as snow over supercharged effervescent pale gold liquid. Nose is yeasty, fruity and somewhat bready. Taste is a beautiful mixture of bitter/sweet flavors entwined with noticeable alcohol presence. It finishes bright and bitter, with more fruity notes to savor until the next sip...very well done!
11-04-2002 03:47:26 | More by beerluvr
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Had a big 750. It poured with a frothy head. A wonderful white yellow foam, which receded but remained active. The smell was a snappy tripel smell, a touch of hops, honey malt.
There was a distinct sweetness in the taste, but it was balanced on the end with a warming alcohol and mellow hop flavor. There was a big sweet malt center and some lemony/spicy swirlyness as the beer warmed.
Altogether a really good go at this style.
07-24-2006 21:33:15 | More by andjusticeforale
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
750 ml bottle with a date code of 17 3E, whatever that is??
Pours an efferevescent golden/bronze with 2 fingers of rocky white head. Also, loads of floaties no matter how carefully I pour! Great lacing & head retention, no doubt, the floaties helped
S: Fruitty with apple skins
T: Honey & fruitty up front with some lemon & apple skin notes. Sweet bready malts & a slight warming alcohol, pears& slight peach flavors, & a hint of toffee as this warms. Finishes with lemon/slight grapefruitty hoppyness & a nice honey malt sweetness
MF: Effervescent, yet some slickness as the ale warms. A nice slight warming alcohol feel & superb balance
Drinks very easy, has a few asthetic faults but I like this better than most trippels & haven't had a beer from this brewery that I didn't really like!
12-28-2006 04:38:37 | More by russpowell
3.98/5 rDev -2%
Urthel Hibernus Quentum “Authentic Belgian Ale.” In a 750 ml brown bottle, with a cork stopper.
This brew pours a very nice looking beverage in my special Belgian drinking goblet. The head is nice, actually better than most: a full two inch head slowly gives way to a solid half inch that has tremendous staying power. The beer is a cloudy orange/gold, with notably carbonation throughout.
The aroma is very nice and appetizing. Mild aroma of yeast/bananas, with a slight hint of cloves.
The taste is very fine, very complex. Initial taste is very sweet and fruity, mostly of oranges, and other citrus fruits. There is minimal yeast taste, with mild hints of bananas toward the end. The aftertaste, at least to me, is dominated by an alcohol taste, which presents itself as much more than warmth.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, much more so than others of the style that I have had before.
Really nice beer, but not one that you’d have if you were having more than one.
06-07-2003 19:58:08 | More by jackndan
3.6/5 rDev -11.3%
330ml stubby brown bottle without freshness dating.
Pours into the tulip very clear yellow (the beer is filtered at the least) with big thin soapy white head. Nice blend of citrus fruit and hops in the nose. Lemons, lime, and pineapple mingle with leafy hop roughness and touches of earthy yeast funk. Flavors start sweet and get even sweeter. Candy sugar in the foreground, with some rounded lemon fruit taking hold in the center. Spiced medicinal warming alcohol brings up the rear. Medium-thick body a bit too gassy with carbonation. Pleasant but undistinguished. Overly sweet. Would be better if the flavor included the complexities found in the nose.
11-13-2006 00:53:15 | More by dgallina
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Slightly hazy orange-amber with a marshmallow like head that never really goes away.
Smell is a tantalizing mix of wheat, sweet lavender and spicy esters.
Slight bitter citrus notes up front blend into a sweet, flowery, soapiness. Leaves a boatload of clove spiciness on the back of the tongue.
Medium bodied and very drinkable. A nice, strong beer.
10-02-2006 21:35:41 | More by nortmand
Urthel Hibernus Quentum from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
91 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.