Urthel Hibernus Quentum - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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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
3.6/5 rDev -11.3%
Sparkling tangerine peel capped with four fingers of French vanilla colored foam. Most tripels are some shade of yellowish amber, so I was somewhat surprised when Hibernus Quentum exited the bottle. The majestic crown is the usual Belgian ale beauty, complete with thick sheets of tattered lace.
The aroma is too laid back to really get my attention. It features the expected golden fruit and a moderate amount of spiciness, with no trace of alcohol to my nose. This is the small bottle, so the goodies at the bottom have already been added to the glass. I'm still underwhelmed.
The beer makes something of a comeback on the taste buds. Having said that, it isn't among my favorites. It's sweeter than most and doesn't have the staggering depth and complexity that make tripels my favorite of all the Belgian styles. Perhaps it will tempt me to bump the flavor score as it warms, but I'm not holding my breath.
Interestingly, the beer tastes 'orange' rather than 'yellow'. Instead of pears and apples, I get apricots, peaches and catelope. Well, maybe those first two are present, but not to the same extent as is usually the case. A modicum of hop bitterness does what it can to counter the malt sugars (and candi sugar, no doubt), but fights a losing battle.
What spiciness is present is on the musty side. If this bottle was old, I'd expect to see those dark flecks and flakes that indicate a bottle-conditioned beer that's past its prime. However, the liquid is still as clear as a cloudless sky. Maybe I'm not thrilled with the yeast strain. One would think, reading the above, that I don't like UHQ. I do, I just don't love it like I expected to.
The mouthfeel is much more full and viscous than is typical. Part of it is the relative shortage of carbonation (given the country of origin). Since I like full-bodied beer, I'm okay with it, even if I'd prefer something more voluminous and more lively.
Hibernus Quentum is little more than an average Belgian tripel. Given the high-rent district that it occupies, that still makes it enjoyable beer. I fully plan to give this one another go round and will make every effort to locate one of the corked-and-caged 750s to see if I got a less than representative bottle.
10-27-2007 15:11:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a pillowy white head that leaves oodles of lacing around the chalice
Smell: Yeasty, with hints of melon, banana, vanilla and hay; pleasant, but not as "big" as I would have expected for the style
Taste: Toasted malt up front, with a developing, but understated light fruit sweetness, accompanied by the vanilla; at the same time a grassy bitterness balances the sweet flavors; after the swallow, the malt returns, with melon, banana and pear flavors adding to the grassy bitterness
Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation
Drinkability: This is my kind of tripel, as it does not show either a lot of alcohol or candi sugar sweetness; it has complexity, but the dry finish is really nice; I like the nod to some German elements, with the grassy hops and banana wheat notes
05-22-2009 23:04:38 | More by brentk56
3.53/5 rDev -13.1%
A: The pour is a light golden color with a fizzy white head that sits softly on the top of the beer.
S: Quite sugary on the nose with notes of honey, cand sugar, and caramel-forward malts. There's a slight tropical fruit sweetness along with a bit of banana and melon. Mild spice notes from the yeast, too.
T: Like the nose indicates, a very sweet and sugar heavy beer. Light candi sugar provides that sort of grainy sweetness, caramel, and vanilla help out in that department. Light, sweet, fruits and banana and spice esters.
M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation that might just be a little over done.
D: Too sweet and really lacking in balance for me. I know Tripels tend to lean toward the sweet side, but this was a bit much for me.
09-27-2010 16:51:03 | More by womencantsail
3.55/5 rDev -12.6%
Served in an Urthel tulip glass.
I was told this stuff has aged very well, so I had to see it for myself. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by over a finger of dusty cream foam The nose comprises toffee, dark fruits, light maple syrup, figs, raisins, orange zest, pumpernickel spices, rye bread, and a touch of sweet flowers. The taste consists of a blast of dark-fruited sweetness, with veins of vanilla and maple syrup rolling through the proceedings. It reminds me of a yeasty, hoppy madeira or some sort of PX-based sherry with a much lighter body. It's unlike any tripel I've ever tasted, but it's not actually bad, just unnervingly irreverent (I guess that's a nice, poetic, and pointless way of putting it, right?). The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a strange, surprising brew, one that I could see both enjoying and tearing down for being different from my expectations at the same time.
01-02-2012 05:09:15 | More by TMoney2591
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, golden yellow color with a lightly foamed, bubbly, white, two finger head. It left small rigns of lace.
S - It smelled of clove, yeast, candy sugar. There was also a light sweet caramel aroma.
T - It was dominated by clove and yeast taste. It had hints of caramel and a subtle spiciness.
M - It was crisp and very sharp with a fizzy mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a very good tripel. Nicely balanced and very good.
09-19-2008 01:24:58 | More by zeff80
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
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
A - Three fingers of white head on a crystal clear gold body. Average head retention, but not much lace.
S - Refreshing, herbal hop aroma with notes of pepper, vanilla, and light malt.
T - Malty with lots of yeast character up front. Pepper, clove, banana, and mango notes from the yeast. Sweet and malty in the middle with a long wait until the earthy hops notes begin to assert themselves in the long, dry finish.
M - Thick, chewy body, high carbonation and a dry finish.
D - Extremely drinkable, smooth and very well balanced. Not overly complex, not that it really should be, but the bottle empties quickly. The hop character is a bit subdued, but I can live with that. Definitely a worthy example of the style.
03-27-2008 05:35:51 | More by nickfl
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
4.5/5 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
4.68/5 rDev +15.3%
I enjoyed this one so much that my notes were, shall we say, minimal. They go thusly: "Huge, fuzzy white head. Amber color. Spicy nose. Fresh, fruity..which ones?--fruits--peach, melon..Soft and mellow,...YUM, YUM!!" So take me at my drunken peak of admiration: a worthy brew.
12-18-2002 21:56:01 | More by feloniousmonk
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a sweet pale malt scent along with an earthy yeast aroma. It's dry with touch of hops. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter with some excellent yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed tripel. It's true to style and damn enjoyable.
01-29-2010 22:12:29 | More by WesWes
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
3.53/5 rDev -13.1%
Cage-corked 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:
Pours clouded gold with a thin creamy white head that stays around and leaves trailing lace on the glass.
The smell is musty - a bit "funky" and yeasty with some grassiness, candi-sugar and a touch of lemon.
The taste is rock candy and lemon with some peppery spiciness. Some grassiness with a sweet caramelish graininess mixes in with the spiciness in the finish.
The feel is effervescent - almost airy, with some alcohol weighing in on the palate.
This is decent, but not particularly exciting. A sipper for sure. Not "bad" at all, but not nearly as interesting as the other three offerings I've had from this brewery.
10-28-2007 15:56:18 | More by jwc215
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
This beer pours a hazy orange-gold color with lots of floaties to it (which are undetectable in the mouthfeel). It is well carbonated and has a frothy pale white head. The aroma is very intriguing; spicy yet lightly tart with earthy herbal notes that spring from the glass like a fresh mown field of lavender, honeysuckle, dandelions and a bit of vanilla (fields of vanilla you ask, it exists in my minds eye). There is a sharp note that hits my tastebuds as I take the first sip; the beer is spicy, tart, and herbal, yet it is still softly fruity with notes of peach, vanilla, passion fruit and perhaps some guava notes. This is really nice; a great balance between the sharp spicy notes and the fruitiness that is accentuated by the sweet malt character. This beer is incredibly complex and ripe; what a wonderful explosion of flavors that just grab a hold of my mouth.
09-01-2005 16:10:04 | More by Gueuzedude
United Kingdom (England)
4.18/5 rDev +3%
Brown 33cl bottle, best before 07-2011, drank 02-2010, poured, including whatever was at the base of the bottle, into my Westmalle chalice.
A dull orange body, which was misty and murky filled the chalice, a clean, fairly thick, white head sat on top, the head soon fell to a thinner wispy covering with a lacing collar. Hunks of sediment could clearly be seen gambling through the cloudy body of the beer.
Belgian yeast esters could be sniffed, along with the sweeter end of the citrus fruits (oranges and pink grapefruits).
The taste was a heavenly mix of flavours, the aforementioned citrus fruits, Cloves? Cinnamon? and a sweetness that isn't pushy like some Belgian beers, sugar is however listed as an ingrediant.
The body tries to counter the heavy alcohol and almost manages to hide it, but fails, so the 9% ABV rears its head mid-way through the mouthfeel, getting stronger as the mouth dries.
This is very drinkable, the alcohol is evident, but the whole package seems to cope well with it, sadly I don't have another to follow this one (but I do have two more beers from this brewery to review, maybe even tonight).
02-20-2010 19:45:24 | More by BlackHaddock
3.58/5 rDev -11.8%
Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a one finger head. Some lace spots stick to the glass during the session.
Smell: the nose picks up fruits, mostly sour apples, and yeast.
Taste: biscuits with a fruity combo of apples and sour green grapes, paired with a mild bitterness and some light alcohol tones.
Mouthfeel: crisp and dry throughout. Medium bodied. Short fruity aftertaste.
Drinkability: this slow sipping beer was a little too fruity and lightly sour for my tastes. Overall taste was not bad, just not a beer you can have several of.
03-02-2006 13:36:56 | More by Gavage
3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
01/19/06- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.
Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle with no freshness information. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Golden orange in color with a full white very creamy head. Nice ufo circle in the middle of my glass. Lacing is very nice as well.
Smell- Slight bit of citrus with a healthy dose of bitter scented hops.
Taste- Sweetness and a bit of tropical fruit flavor hit you at first. But that quickly goes away when the heavy bitter hops come in to play. After that it drys your mouth out quick.
Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, extremely drying with a sharp bitter aftertaste.
Drinkabilty- If the sweetness lasted a little longer and wasn't as dry this would be pretty damn good. As stated it's just a slightly a bit above average tripel.
01-19-2006 20:50:43 | More by GClarkage
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Retired?!? How long has this been in my cellar? A stamp on the back label reads "03JA". Is that "best by' or "produced on"? Let's hope for the latter.
Lots of lees evident in the bottom of the bottle, calling for a gentle pour. No head as a result and color was a deep golden-yellow, of a shade to make King Midas and Croesus jealous, with NE-quality clarity and a good bit of carbonation in evidence. Nose had an interesting musty honey-like scent. Mouthfeel was medium and it tasted strongly of honey in the mouth. Wow, but this really held up nicely. Finish was extremely dry with hints of anise to accompany the honey taste. I have bad news for the PETY (People for the Ethical Treatment of Yeast), but LOTS of little yeasties died in the production of this beer. A moment of silence will follow.
08-02-2012 18:13:47 | More by woodychandler
Urthel Hibernus Quentum from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
91 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.