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Urthel Tonicum Finiboldhus - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-28-2002)
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Reviews by ngandhi:
Photo of ngandhi
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lot like the lighter American amber ales and English brown milds, the Urthel has the great purity and simplicity to be refreshing and just enough flavor to be filling without weighing me down. The aromatics are like melted caramel candies with some nuttiness in the background. Despite that richness, the taste is completely dry and clean. I think I can taste the actual water this beer was made with. The flavors change from caramel to something a little more sinister and, well, Belgian -- whatever that flavor is that a cave adds to something is in here, whether or not this is aged in caves.

Relax, relax
ng.

ngandhi, Sep 22, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, thick, brownish-orange body with a gorgeous head that went down slowly, pitted, and more than laced the glass. This one left an eighth of an inch in some places.

Smell – The nice malt base is complimented with a fruity, spicy aroma. Nothing super sweet here, but a good apple-cinnamon tinge with significant clove and a hint of yeast.

Taste – Traditional Belgian flavors here. This ale is thick and hearty, with more bready yeast than the nose would indicate. The aromatic spices give it a nice kick as well.

Mouthfeel – It’s more carbonated than I had predicted based on the style. The mouthfeel though is thick, chewy, and very nice.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable beer, and pretty much what you’d expect from an “authentic Belgian ale.”

Comments – The look and feel of the bottle suggests that it’s the real deal, and the brew inside delivers the goods (although the gnome on the label is a bit puzzling). It’s not anything to fall out of your chair over, but a good all around Belgian Ale with a 4.1 average.

RoyalT, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml brown champagne magnum, product code on the back label states “01JA” is just as vague as it looks … looks like it was bottle in January 2001 perhaps. Odd looking buzzed gnome on the label also.

Appearance: Beautifully rocky head that does not seem to want to go anywhere and clings to the glass like a champ. Mild hazed reddish amber throws bubbles up in a champagne style way.

Smell: Herbal and medicinal phenols are soft but first in the aroma the come hints of ripe fruit cocktail of pear, pineapple, melon and apple. Lemon zest and clove are present but set back. The malt is powdery with a trace of sweetness but mostly grain and the yeast is a touch chalky in the nose.

Taste: Luxuriantly crisp with a bite of carbonation, medium bodied and slightly slick on the tongue. Thin double door of maltiness opens up for the light lemony tartness and clove spiciness to come through. Yeast palate with a powdery, almost chalky flavour, that doubles with the grain. Estery but that does not try to dominate. Richly fruity with ripe suggestions of pineapple, melon, mango and apple. More spicy phenols and vaguely solvent like alcohol push in for the dry finale.

Notes: So richly complex its is almost a drain on the senses, this is a multipurpose brew that can certainly be consume on its own but seem to be so versatile to pair with just any cuisine. Pungent cheeses were washed away without a struggle and the grilled Asia chicken kabobs paired very well.

Jason, Aug 21, 2002
Photo of ADR
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first "3 pack" I've ever bought...

Highly carbonated, a big 1 inch of delicate foam contained well in a tulip glass. Dark and murky red/gold appearance. Fresh apple aroma, a slight vinous nose. Medium body, malt is a fleeting sense of fresh grain and apple with some slight lemon with a quick onslaught of prickly/peppery hops bitterness. Slightly phenolic sense. Finishes soft, like rain water, with a re-emergence of husky malt. Subtle but flavorful, no sense of alcoholic kick. A pleasure to drink...

ADR, Sep 19, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some sort of code on the bottle...03Ja.... Best by? Brewed date? Whatever....
Brown-orange with the obligatory gigantic, explosive head.
Odd but pleasant aromatics of lemon, tropical fruit, savory herbs, hay and light barnyard.
Taste is well-integrated and complex, but not huge in any particular way. Begins with some toasted graininess, which is immediately enveloped in the fruity sweetness. Fruit esters seem to slide off the palate just prior to identification, but there seemed to be pineapple, pear, apple, several types of grape and mango. Maybe plum or some other sort of dark fruit. Slick caramel malts provide the glue to hold this all together. Light spiciness permeates the mid to late sections. Rosemary, clove and orange peel. There is a lemony sourness here as well. Yeast pops up towards the middle and adds some welcome earthy textures and hay-like notes.
Body is both airy and slick...very likeable in the mouth, if a touch on the thin side.
No trace of alcohol. Deviously drinkable for a 7.5% brew.
Good stuff. Not classic, but not too far away.

cokes, Dec 05, 2002
Photo of Padron4KM
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with a cryptic date code, 17 JB.
Pours hazy golden color with a soapy 1" head.
Head recedes quickly to leave a 1/4" cap.
Lacing coats the glass in a thin sheet
Aroma is yeasty, bready, moderatly malty.
flavor is sour rasberries,strawberries, cherries with a light citrusy hoppy and tangy finish. like a rasberry lemonade without enough sugar.
I drank this on it's own, it probably would go better with food. maybe some stuffed chicken breast dijon. Chicken, cream cheese, brown sugar, dijon mustard, butter. Just the thought of it helped cut the acidity. mmmm

Padron4KM, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz stubby brown Belgian bottle purchased in a 3 pack for $8.99 (US). Label has bald cartoon gnome lifting a cold one. Kind of funny. Pours a medium golden orange with a moderate sized-hear that quickly settles into a thin covering that's fed by a steady stream of carbonation from the bottom of my Chimay goblet.

Aroma: Moderate aroma of Belgian yeast, toasted malt/grain and a little sweetness. Gentle aroma, nice but not overwhelming like some I have had.

Flavor: The aroma follows through to the flavor nicely. Very balanced bready basis, with slight sweetness, and gentle hop & yeast tang. Some friutiness, but not easily identifiable what it is to me. There is another flavor there that I have tasted before, but cannot yet identify. Has a little bitter tartness at the end, but subtle.

Overall: Nice drinkability- kind of creamy. The flavors don't wow me, but it is solid and good. I guess I can't identify some of them, maybe that's why!

Dukeofearl, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a name, strange, which suits me? The beer pours a very deep amber color, the head gargantuan in size, frothy in texture and the resultant lace nice clinging sheets. Light hints of yeast, floral, malt, and sweet as is the start. Top is middling in its mouth feel, finish spicy in its hop presence, stingingly acidic, dry aftertaste and a quite quaffable beer, regardless of its unpronounceable name.

Gusler, Jan 09, 2003
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brew. Hoppy and very dry. Bottled in January of 2001. I don’t believe it’s lost a thing in the aging process. Reminds me of liquid gold. The nose reminded me of a fresh cut clover pasture. The taste was very good and mouth feel was nicely carbonated. 7.5 ABV.

maybrick, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of Gump
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour slowly! Very slow, and in small amounts. The head on this beer was like that expanding foam stuff you see on home improvement shows.
Couldy, dark amber color and extreme malty aroma.
Mostly a pine taste could be detected through the other bold flavors.
Sharp mouthfeel, with bitter finish.

Gump, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber in color, with a small white head, which soon collapses. The carbonation is slight, there is a little sediment present.

Aroma: Prominent sweet alcohol note, a bit vinous, there are also notes of pears, figs, and bitter apples. A fairly strong note of brown sugar is present as well.

Taste: Opens with caramel malt, wood,and a wave of earthy spices. As another reviewer noted, it is more than a bit like a Saison. As the taste progresses, there is a wave of warming alcohol. Towards the finish, the earthy spiced and wood notes become more prominent. Finishes with a lingering slight herbal hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An very nice, and somewhat off-style BSPA. I regret that this is no longer produced, but at the same time, am glad that I was able to try it once. This example was a gift, and was cellared for a number of years.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven point two ounce custom bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of stumac
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this bottle in an old liquor store. I believe it is 2 years of age. I think the beer was juuust starting to go a little bad bud it was still mediocre.

A - very murky copper

S - fruits, melon, pine apple

T - same as smell but a slightly going bad possibly, a little cork flavor, maybe wood

MF - low carbonation, pretty smoothe.

I think I need to find this beer in its prime. I don't think i got a good one though. Who knows, dammit.

stumac, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of marc77
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber orange hue. Milky white, glazed cream head leaves a mix of foam archipelagos and web like lace. Musty honey and ripe pear upfront in aroma, with subtle hints of tropical fruit and creamy malt secondary. Faint clove phenol and breadiness surface as the beer breathes. Tame, but pleasant aromawise. Clean, lightly grainy sweetness initially in flavor is ceded by notes of mellow green apple acetaldehyde and black licorice. Lightly citric, slightly unripe orange fruitiness mid palate melds well with the mildly acidic bitterness. Lightly bodied and well attenuated, with a mouthfeel that's a touch thin. Finishes dry and mostly clean, w/ faint clove and bready malt quickly fading. Finiboldhus is a unique and refreshing brew, but is perhaps a bit understated in overall character. It's reminescent of a tripel cut 10% with an American lager. Highly drinkable, just not outstanding.

marc77, Jan 30, 2003
Photo of roblowther
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged. In the glass it is golden, with a dense, smooth head. The gold is very light in color, almost seeming to generate its own light. Without the Simpons-esque radiation, of course. It smells of apricots, peaches, and candi sugar. Very, very nice. The taste is surprising. Sharp up front, followed by plums and apricots. Not sweet at all really. Almost too dry. The mouthfeel is silky but a bit too thin for the style. The drinkability is good but the very dry finish limits it for me. Not enough to not finish the bottle, of course....All in all, a very solid offering from a very dependable brewery.

roblowther, May 28, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a mountainous rocky slightly tan head. The head looms large and I have to wait about 10 minutes before I can drink the beer. The smell is a bit on the weak side but I notice a fruity spicyness in there. The taste doesn't have any real distinguishing flavors but they seem to meld together well enough. There's a bubblegum sweetness upfront mixed in with a spicyness (I think from the yeast) but there is a hop precense there in the background. Fruity flavors emerge later on. Finish is dry and lingering. The body is smooth and this is well carbonated. But it just didn't really do it for me. Decent enough but there's better one's out there.

granger10, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dull hazy orange colored body, visible carbonation, ith a huge head, that fades to an uneven surface very slowly. Sweet citrus in the nose, hops, belgian yeast, and a little diacetyl. Taste is very tart and strong, grapefruit and belgian yeast, with alcohol warmth make up the bulk of the flavor. Mouthfeel is carbonated enough, although not a lot. A very interesting beer. Above average, but not spectacular.

TastyTaste, Aug 18, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

TheBeard89, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of kosmoraios
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a 750ml bottle from my favorite local store for about $6.99. Took it out of the fridge and let it sit for about 10 minutes to warm slightly. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, somewhat aggressively. Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a thick head that clings to the glass and dissipates slowly, albeit more quickly than Duvel or Chimay. The smell is a bit malty and fruity with apple and bananna overtones. It has a well-balanced taste with a bit of yeast and fruit - again the bananna and apple with a bit of pinapple as it warms, and maybe a pinch of papaya. The head lasts through the glass and clings tenaciously to the sides. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit peppery, with just the right amount of creaminess. An excellent, well-balanced beer. Not the best of it's style, but a recommended ale nonetheless. Thumbs up!

kosmoraios, Aug 08, 2004
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled a 750 ml bottle dated January 01...

Appearance: light brown/dark-straw, substantial amount of cloudiness (chill haze?), lots of bubbles, thin cap of head

Aroma: sweet, bready/biscuity, slight nuttiness (hazelnut), some pear-like esters, a hint of corkiness, negligible hops

Flavor: slightly tart, biscuit malt breadiness in background, burnt/dark caramel overtones, slightly sweet, some earthy spiciness, dry finish, reminiscent of Kwak, some cork taint

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, tingly (almost numbing) carbonation

Drinkability: great beer, but you have to watch limit your intake because of the abv (I rate high octane beers at a max of 3.0 in this category because of this) though it's not the strongest beer ever

I'm a big fan of this brewery and this is another great beer. Haven't been able to find all of the beers they make, but I hope to... some day.

GreenCard, May 19, 2003
Photo of saltydog
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale red color. Head is pale and very resilent. Clear. Smell: Very spicy, some malts in background. Taste: Again, dominated by spices. Some malt flavor, but very citric, almost lemony. Definite sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. Very drinkable, especially for gravity.

saltydog, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Highly drinkable and very nicely done brew. This is the type of beer that keeps my fascination wit (no pun intended) Belgium beers in high drive. From the bright orange toffee cream color, and the very clean fresh and vibrant nature of the beer to the eye-loved the miniscule yeast specks- to the near perfect balance of cleansing/refreshing flavors this beer serves up a real winner. The balance is fine here with citrus, hop, malt, sweetness-on a very dry frame- and just a bit of Belgium wildness. This beer is a true delight for those times when you are in the mood for Belgium... but ,Belgium to wash away a days thirst and perhaps to partner with a lighter meal. Had this with an Asian inspired Mache salad, grilled chicken, Japanese rice-all anointed with an Asian citrus Vinegrette. Damn good dinner! I thank the friendly employee at Armanetti's on Lincoln, in Chicago for the suggestion-the guy knows his beer!

moulefrite, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an awful looking cloudy dark orange brown color with a short 1/8" head that falls to a surface bubble or two immediately. No lacing. Just doesn't look good to me.

Smell: bread yeast, alcohol, and some fruity sweetness.

Taste: luckily the flavors of this brew make up for the poor appearance as green apples, pears, alcohol, yeast, and a very mild bitterness are wrapped in a bread-like tone. A very faint muskiness was detectable at the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, dry and smooth at the finish. The fruitiness and yeast linger softly into the aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: not bad, but not one of my favorites from the brewery.

Gavage, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of jreitman
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Taste of Belgium event at Celtic Bayou in Redmond, WA... from notes. Amber in color with a faint nose that is pleasantly sweet. Cloveyness is pretty evident the more the beer sits. Light bodied with a dry sweetness backed by some nice tropical fruit flavors. A nice and easy beer to drink.

jreitman, Feb 09, 2003
Photo of horndecker
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a large fine soapy head. A nose of citrus, bananas, malt and wet grass.
Taste is very nice, spicy, first hit of sweetness and fruit and then earth and a pleasing slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is wonderful, a pleasing busy fizz of fine bubbles, and not too thin bodied.
My only real criticism is that it's a bit two dimensional. It starts out very nice, very interesting, a few tasty things happen, but it doesn't develop from there.
Still, I enjoyed this alot and would drink it again (in fact I purchased more than one bottle), but it's not an A lister.

horndecker, Sep 12, 2004
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Urthel Tonicum Finiboldhus from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.