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Urthel Hibernus Quentum - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

255 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 22
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-09-2002)
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Photo of Morris729
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

A fairly heavily carbonated beer judging from the explosive cork. Pours a cloudy golden color with a tower of white foam and flakes of sediment floating throughout the beer. Nose is rather spicy with notes of fruity yeasts and peppery hops. Medium to full in body—lightened a bit from all the active carbonation lending a spritziness and crispness to the beer. Tropical fruits seem to be the dominate player in the taste with additional notes of honey up front, powdery yeasts toward the middle, and drying alcohol in the finish. This beer is relatively new to the area—I hope it sticks around.

Morris729, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Medium orange color. Very large foamy frothy head. Aroma is fruity, melons, peppers and bready malts, touches of yeasts (must and leather). Once you get past the enormous head, it’s a medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are biscuty, The fruit flavors are orange, melons, and apricots. Slightly spicy. It does an excellent job of hiding the 9% alcohol. The beer finishes with a nice crisp dryness that really contrasts nicely with the fruit and malt flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol bite.

beerguy101, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
3.98/5  rDev -2%

Poured aggressively and a cloudy bright head erupts filling more than half the glass. Color is yellowy gold (or golden yellow, take your pick). Thick blankets of dense lacing hug the rim of my goblet.

Smell is at once peppery and candied malts, sugary and rum drenched orange and grapefruit rinds -- some alcohol buzz in the background.

Taste kicks in at first with a narrow bitterness buttressed by a sweet, puckering citrus edge, quickly followed by malt sweetness and a heavy alcohol glow.

Aftertaste is dry and bitter sweet and doesn't last long at all. Also very sticky on my palate.

Mouthfeel is airy, "whipped" comes to mind -- and then, as I mentioned, some stickiness.

Enjoyed it!

RootedFool, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

A 33 cl stubby brown bottle contained this little beauty, but not by much- it poured a yellow/golden color with a a massive white head that kept growing for several minutes after pouring. It rose out of the goblet, but it was so strong, it just kept rising into the air, instead of down the side of the glass!! Magnificent! The aroma was all from the head, and it was yeasty tart and floral/tropical fruity. For the first time in my life, I was able to specifically identify banana. I'm thinking other aromas like pineapple, cinnimon, and clove were there too. There was a litle sharp bite to the aroma that was a little strong- my only criticism of this beer.

The flavor was a wonder balance of sweet sugars giving off fruits with a slight bite from hops. It was also a little bready. But this was very nicely balanced between all the elements of the brew. As it warmed, I also noticed a faint honey.

Overall this is a very nice brew I would love to have again. The alcohol kick is very mellow and subtle for the amount present, so I am glad I only had one, but at the time, I would have been happy to have two or three or...

Dukeofearl, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%

Presentation: Duvelian squat brown 11.2 ounce bottle that is actually the same as those are used to contain Piraat, which should be no surprise as this Leyerth beer is actually brewed at Brouwerij van Steenberge. A bald headed gray bearded gnome like character (called an Erthel) fronts the main label. Listed as 9.0% ABV with a product code of 15AC, which presumably translates to a freshness date.

Appearance: Immense carbonation forms a massive white head, humungous in size; it meant that the first pour was short lived as the head filled most of my glass. Incredible staying power ensures that head is long lived. It slowly collapses to reveal a rocky white pot-holed surface with some sticky lacing. A golden blonde body is festooned with fast rising streamers. Looks superb!

Nose: When you can get past the voluminous head, there is a fresh spicy hoppy nose that has some light black peppers and toasted pilsner malts in the background. Has a very organic nose; earthy, spicy, fruity and freshly harvested.

Taste: Wow, this has quite the spicy hop kick at the start, some fresh watermelons and a toasted malt middle occasionally breaks through. Crisp and very clean, bold and flavorsome, it finishes with a kicking spicy hoppiness that has some alcohol in the astringent ending.

Mouthfeel: Powerful alcohols give the body a massive presence. Crisp and forthright, but never overpowering. This is not a beer to be messed with. Bold, with a spicy hop kick in the mouth that finishes warm. Absolutely Solid.

Drinkability: Despite the 9 clicks, this is a very drinkable Tripel. Not exactly a quaffer, but certainly a beer that I could drink slowly all night for several hours, accompanied by the odd plate of mixed cheeses and pickles this one could well see me into a Sumerian Beer Trance.

Overall: A high quality excellent Tripel and a marvelous high-octane brew for a slightly chilly night. Don’t let the rather gimmicky “Erthel gnome” theme prejudice you, put the tacky theme to one side, for this is a highly credible Tripel that should be sought out.

Highly Recommended.

TheLongBeachBum, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of nomad
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Like a good Tripel this beer pours with plenty of carbonation, creating a fluffy white head. Underneath these billows is a hazed orange color with brown undertones. Great gobs of stain and coating lace stick to the readily reside on the glass.

Smells of herbs, slight dark honey, grainy wheat, doughy and bready malt, and soft oats. Despite the full bill it doesn’t retain its scent well, though. Tastes of fine pale malt, quite chewy, and grassy hops that sting with acidity, cover you in oil, then dries out your tongue. Herbal through out, it does retain its very pleasant sweetness with a tiny caramel tinge. Exceptionally herbal and earthy finish, this beer is warming in the belly off of a wet and soft mouthfeel.

A darker and earthy hopped version of a tripel. Different in a good way.

nomad, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

This beer pours a peach-like color with an outrageous frothy head. Nose is a mixture of hops, malts, and spices. Taste shows more complexity. This is one well made belgian. Sweet fruity flavor hits the tongue first. Followed by a mixture of a bubbly spicyness and a buttery slickness. Finishes very dry. Quite nice.

granger10, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev -1.5%

A big, off-white/tannish foamy head dies slower than its brother. The beer is mostly clear and a deep, orange/gold. There are floaties on the last pour. Nose is sweet and creamy. Man, this smells just like ice cream. Spicy fruity front; malty spicy middle; bready finish. Some alcohol. This is very tasty. I think it's a lot more interesting than the Tonicum.

kbub6f, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of TPoling
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Apparently gnomes know good beer. No Miller Lite for the little guy.

Urthel pours light golden with a big head and lots of retention. The smell upfront is bubble gum and banana with hints of other spice.

Tongue-tingling with clove and then a quick, dry finish that leaves anticipation for the next sip.

TPoling, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of AaronRed
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Nice 750ml bottle. Appearance was hazy, golden color, with nice white head. Aroma was at first very strong, almost musty with flowery smells, but pleasing. Where this beer really is nice, is in the taste and overall consumption category. A very nice triple with that candy-like fruit flavor which almost reminds you of wine, but is cleary beer. This beer becomes smooth and wonderful, with a yeasty component that is flavorful, but not overpowering. Overall an extremely well made brew in my opinion, that although may not be the best in its class, it certainly has a place.

AaronRed, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%

3 Pack of 11.2 oz bottles. Pours a cloudy golden, with a massive head, that just seemed to last. Aroma of spiciness, yeast and bananas.Complex flavors that intermingle, but overall was disappointing. Very low carbonation, with a strong finish from the alcohol. You can feel the warmth from the 9% ABV. Not a bad beer but not something that really stood out for me.

Indybeer, Jun 09, 2003
Photo of jackndan
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.

jackndan, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: a golden hue with a bit of haze, looks somewhat like Saison DuPont, sudsy thin cap of head

Aroma: earthy, spicy, winelike, apple fruitiness, some corkiness

Flavor: earthy, semi-sweet, slight tang, lots of ethereally elusive flavors running rampant, slight hop flavor and a mellow bitterness creeping in during the finish, sweetly pleasant aftertaste, some cork-taint

Mouthfeel: medium body, zesty carbonation, big bloom of alcohol warmth

Drinkability: great, though you have to limit yourself due to the high abv (I usually rate high abv beers 3.0 for drinkability because of this)

GreenCard, May 14, 2003
Photo of TXHops
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

The story of the Erthels on the Leyereth webpage is almost as interesting as the beers themselves. Maybe even more so, as this beer is just as Belgian as most others from that country. The webpage’s story is kinda cool: like an interesting combination of Tolkein meets Walt Disney….

Anyhoo, Hibernus Quentum is Leyereth’s tripel, and it looks every bit the part. The deep golden body is capped by a huge, foamy, lumpy cap of lace-prone, white head. The fusel-laden nose is estery and somewhat peachy. No hops to smell of course… The body is prickly and airy, with a big, intense expanding-in-your mouth carbonation. The candi-sugar sweetness, light acidity and high alcoholic warmth combine to create the exactly-as-expected tripel flavor. No spicing that I can detect, though the other flavors I just mentioned combine to create a substantial sour sensation in the corners of my mouth.

Adding the yeast to the glass adds a touch more phenolic, Weihenstephaner character to the already estery flavor, accentuating a touch of banana and passion fruit that was understated before.

This is a fine beer, and a tripel that is done a little better than most, I’d say—somewhat more interesting and possibly a little more complex.

TXHops, May 09, 2003
Photo of jreitman
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured a cloudy pale gold with some orange highlights when the light hit it right. Head was quite creamy, dense and persistent and left some nice lace. Aroma was of candy sugar and a soft flowery herb. Very enticing indeed. Unfortunately my glass was a little too cold so the initial flavor was off, but it all came into balance after about 10 minutes on the table. Slick body is really the only trace of the alcohol content in the mouth. Typical belgian yeast flavors and that of the candy sugar really come out. Soft fruit also takes turns making it's presence known with an almost melon like character. Very nice.

jreitman, May 02, 2003
Photo of BierReise
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

On a recent beer run I purchased 29 different bottles of various recommended beers. I've so far opened 10 and this one is one of the winners in my opinion. Looks absolutely beautiful in a glass. Honey colored and cloudy almost like a white ale and an enormous head towering over the rim of the glass, standing till the last sip and thickly lacing the glass. The taste is elegant, malty, sweet and crisp. The 9% ABV is barely noticable, and feels smooth as silk on the palate. This is a great Belgian ale and a quite pleasant surprise for me. I'll be buying again for certain.

BierReise, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

A good triple, steady all-around. Somewhat spicy and crisp. As another reviewer noted, somewhat similar to Don De Dieu (but not as good, IMO). Remained steady throughout, nothing off-putting, but did not display some of the complexities of my favorite triples. Very good, and I would have it again. The Allagash I followed it with was better.

JohnnyDuvel, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%

As soon as I untwisted the metal cork cover, the cork shot out on its own at breakneck speed with a deafening pop. My ears are still ringing. Hazy golden amber hue w/ lively, champagne like carbonation. Thick, fluffy porcelain white head leaves frazzled, textured lace. A sweet and tart combination of lemony and tangerine citrus upfront in aroma yields to softer, floral notes of peach, and mellow herbal phenol. A unusual, but pleasant note of woodsy mushrooms surfaces as the beer breathes. Honey laced sweetness hits the palate upfront, then is immediately ceded by a drying melange of oregano like phenols and peppery ethanol, which lend a early black licorice impression. Fruitiness emerges mid palate and is comprised of dominant tangerine, with subtle tropical suggestions of acidic unripe kiwi and passionfruit. Lightly bodied and well attenuated, but agreeably smooth in mouthfeel once the initially spritzy high carbonation subsudes. Phenol progressively diminishes, allowing a floral, almost perfume like impression to complement the judicious malt sweetness. Finishes with brief clove and musty raw honey sweetness, but otherwise dry and lightly tart. Hibernus Quentum is a delicious, well balanced and unique tripel. Its fruity ester profile and lightness on the palate is reminescent of Unibroue Don de Dieu, but Quentum adds an herbal, earthy, somewhat rustic undertone. Its flavor morphed seemingly continously and was hesitant to stabilize. Superlative drinkability partially due to the dearth of ethanol harshness.

marc77, Feb 25, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Pleasant translucent golden amber color with a masterful head, creamy in its texture, the lace thick sheets that cling mightily to the glass. Lot’s of malt to start the nose, hints of fusel alcohol, sweet, and somewhat buttery, pleasing to be sure. Very sweet start, the top middling and the finish delightfully hopped, delicately acidic, droughty aftertaste and a fair to middling belly warmer, nice and quite drinkable, but how the “Hell” do you pronounce the name?

Gusler, Jan 09, 2003
Photo of stcules
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

The colour is light amber, very limpid.
Head compact and persistent.
Smell very pleasant, violet, cyclamen and generally floral.
The taste is velvet, with fruity notes (a floury fruit, like apple or pear). The body is present, but not too pronounced.
You can feel a little of bitter in the aftertaste.
I can't write no more, because the beer is over... it's too good!

stcules, Dec 28, 2002
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Dec 18, 2002
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of John
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Hazy gold, big champagne-like carbonation. Fruity and tart yeast aroma. Initial sip is a bit harsh due to high carbonation and predominate alcohol. In fact the flavor is a tad one dimensional with the alcohol upfront. Becomes smoother and more fruity as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Not bad, but not something I see myself going back to in the near future.

John, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer poured a very light golden color and formed an amazing airy white head that left some foamy lace. A large amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of citrus, spices and bread. A flavor of citrus, clove and tart finish due to the citrus and level of carbonation. A good beer, but mouthfeel hurts the flavor presentation just a touch.

Wildman, Nov 16, 2002
Photo of beerluvr
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!

beerluvr, Nov 04, 2002
Urthel Hibernus Quentum from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
91 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.