Urthel Hibernus Quentum - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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3.28/5 rDev -19.2%
From: Binny's, Chicago, IL
Date: "K07B7 10:56" on label
Urthel's Hibernus... is a fairly malt and ethanol-heavy beer, and I agree with others that have suggested this comes across more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than a tripel. The beer does not contain certain flavors I've come to expect in a tripel: it's a bit heavy in terms of malt, but not remarkably complex in flavor as it is missing the bright sweetness, complex Belgian yeast and floral hop qualities. Combined with the $4.30 price of a 11.2oz bottle, I do not expect to pick this up again.
Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is below average at about 30 seconds, the foam fading to a very thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is good, with many small dots clinging to the glass' walls. Beer is a dark golden orange color, with light bringing out paler orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the slightly opaque (20-30% opacity) body, low in number and activity.
Aroma is pleasantly fruity with a bit of pineapple, apple, and pear, these joined to sweet malt and light caramel syrup, honey, and peppery ethanol.
Very little Belgian yeast phenolics, mustiness, or "funk," instead Urthel's Hibernus is of moderately dark caramel-like sweetness, baked pears, light honey, and peppery ethanol. Opens on the front of the palate with caramel syrup and honey-like sweetness, baked pears, apples, and ethanol. Mid-palate of fairly heavy malt and caramel syrup sweetness, baked pears, peppery ethanol, slight pineapple. Back of palate continues with the caramel syrup and honey sweetness atop the baked apples and pears with peppery ethanol. Aftertaste of caramel and honey sweeteness with baked pears and apples.
Beer is medium to medium-light in body, surprisingly, with carbonation that is medium to medium-high in intensity, resulting in a beer that is at first fizzy, then fading to foamy (9/10) and smooth (1/10). A bit overcabonated, in a style that is already known for being highly so. Ethanol easily felt as heat in the nostrils and as a gentle burn on the tongue and back of throat. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.
01-25-2014 06:30:12 | More by falloutsnow
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured into my firestone tulip and what i got was burnished amber color beer, hazy since I poured in the sediment too. The head is tall and dense and quite white. Definitly well carb'd leaving an abundance of tattered lacing.
The beer is quite dark to me as far as tripels go, but the color contrast is very nice.
Aroma has sutle hints of vinagar and sour notes, lemon juice tart, malty sweet and some candied sugar.
In the taste, I think it drinks more towards a dubbel then a tripel probably because of the sugar content. I say that because it drinks heavy on the palate and velvetty smooth. The taste has a sweet candied fruit vibe with some yeasty esters and malts.
It does hide the alcohol well. At 9%, you would never know it.
A very good beer but too sweet. Worthy.
06-15-2013 11:46:20 | More by micromaniac129
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. A minor pop off the cork.
A nice honey amber orange color, somewhat cloudy with a mix of small cola bubbles that then dissapears to show off lots of tall streaming pin head bubbles all along the side of the glass that crawl slowly. Head is really small, barely manages a finger, very soapy, and settles to a small collar maybe 3mm thick, with a little bit of a white top.
Nose is interesting. Classic Belgian sweetness, lots of interesting caramel and spicy notes, and good white wine grape like dryness.
On the palate this has a real nice wine like crispness. Density of malts is totally missing, but does let the flavors come out. Sweet candy and malts in the mid palate, with a floral crisp finish and hints of sweet apple. Nicely carbonated, almost effervescent and playful if hinting towards wet territory. The lighter body seems to match the flavor profile on this nicely even though I probably would want something thicker.
Overall kind of a light tripel, but a good one to know about, it would make a good wine like pairing for food on top of it.
05-05-2013 20:01:42 | More by smakawhat
Urthel Hibernus Quentum from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
91 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.