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Urthel Saisonnière - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Urthel SaisonnièreUrthel Saisonnière

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BA SCORE
86
very good

234 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%


Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ToasterChef on 02-25-2010)
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joe1510

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml
$2.99
Binnys - Willowbrook

Urthel's Saison starts to form a frothy head when the first drop hits the glass. The body is deep golden with orange hues running throughout and a touch of haze. The head is three fingers+ in height and shows no signs of receding. With settling around the edges the foam is stiff like meringue and the accompanying lace clings to the glass.

The nose is bright. Bazooka Joe bubblegum esters and dewy morning grass jump from the glass. The typical orchard fruits are present but run together slightly. Floral notes prowl the periphery in the form of wildflowers while a sugar cookie maltiness lays the foundation. With warmth green apple tends to stand out most out of the noticeable orchard fruits.

The flavor profile follows the nose step for step. Orchard fruits from front to back, though they come across a little muddled. Bubblegum pops up again in the middle becoming juicier toward the finish. The swallow brings along a squeeze of pear juice and a flash of florals. The front is muddled but the finish cleans up nicely.

Carbonation is nicely active, the weight is light and right but there just doesn't seem to be the pop that's makes Saisons so great. The effervescence just isn't there. It falls a touch flat. A touch of sweetness lingers on the swallow but there is a quick wave of grassy bitterness.

Saisonniere falls a bit flat overall. It has the qualities I enjoy in Saison but they fall short, aren't cohesive, or simply lack in flavor. With that said it's not a bad Saison but there are a lot better options on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 01:13:08 | More by joe1510
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in an Allagash fluted glass. (should have poured into a smaller glass. Looks like I cheated myself)
Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a foamy and sudsy white head, along with some patchy and sliding lace.
The first smell reminds me of an evening rain in a dry desert, followed by damp basement. Dry malt, hop flowers, yeast, and a light lemon zest, hint of gin, and whiff of clove all come into play.
The flavors mirror the smells pretty much. A taste of green apples slide forward in the finish.
This is one dry beer. The mouthfeel is slightly raspy at first, but the malt body rolls in late to create a more liquid, gulpable and agreeable swallow.
Nice Saison, but there are local New England varieties of the style that do the trick at less $$.


Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 15:06:20 | More by BeerResearcher
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle stamped 12:58-K31612. Sampled on November 8, 2013.

The pour is a hazy pale yellow with a short-lived fizzy white head that fades to a ring around the tulip glass.

Aromas run the gamut of Belgian pale malts, apple and other light fruits, pepper and coriander spices, lemon zest, and earthy hops.

Medium body.

The taste begins with most of the elements IO picked up on the nose with the exception of a lingering, biting bitterness that pulls up the rear. Generally mellow and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 19:19:08 | More by puboflyons
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FLima

Brazil

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a full three finger thick head with great retention.
Sweet aroma with notes of Cointreau, pineapple, Belgian yeast and pine.
Sweet flavor of oranges, booze, hay malt, lemon jelly, flowers, condiments and oats. A very mild funkiness with dry aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation with tiny bubbles. Although it is just 6% abv, alcohol is definitely felt but pleasant.
An interesting Saison, although it has some nice complexity, it is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 17:10:48 | More by FLima
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light straw with bright yellow hues. Bright white head of one finger depth that quickly dissipates. Fine lacing on the glass.

Bright notes of corn silk, coriander, orange zest, lemon zest, hay all stand out against a light malt background.

On the palate, citrus, dried hay and resin with some lemon marmalade.

Medium- body and a slightly watery feel. Firm carbonation get everything bright without becoming spritzy. A fairly short clean finish shows a touch of alcohol.

It's a nice bottle, but I would have liked a little more from the mouthfeel in substance.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 03:09:40 | More by Libationguy
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goochpunch

Texas

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a clear gold with a thin head. Smells like honey and sweet bread with some floral hops. Flavor starts up front with honey sweetness along with some yeasty dough. Floral hops and moderate bitterness lead into the finishes which turns very dry. Very subdued yeast character. Mouthfeel has a solid body considering the dryness. Carbonation is not too out of control. Overall I really enjoyed this for what it was. Kind of like a pilsner with faint hints of Belgian yeast. I think people need to understand that saison does not necessarily mean brett/funk/hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:13:00 | More by goochpunch
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mactrail

California

2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rusty, musty, metallic malt liquor flavor. Is this the wave of the Belgian brewing future, or a ghost from a faded past?

If I'd poured this out of a bottle I'd say it was old and aged in the back of a pickup truck. It has that flat, oxidized taste. Expecting the skunk. Instead, a surprising and unpleasant bitterness.

This is a truly weird beer. If it's an authentic piece of history with special heirloom yeast, I guess we should be grateful it still exists. But nobody in America would deliberately make a beer that smell like this. Old sneakers? old tires?

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2013 00:35:05 | More by mactrail
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Murky dark gold with tons of yeast fallout. Has 2 fingers of white head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Buttery sweet, Pilsner malts, bubblegum, caramel and lemongrass.

Taste
Has some buttery sweetness and butterscotch off-flavors. Pilsner malts, bubblegum and lemongrass. Maybe a touch of dried grass and Saison yeastiness.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, smooth and oily.

Overall
Not really what I expect out of a Saison. Tastes like an old Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 23:00:40 | More by justintcoons
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thezach

Maryland

3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had that nice funkiness that makes a saison a saison. No spices, which I generally prefer for the style. Served from a bottle with no freshness date into a tulip glass.

A: Brilliantly light golden, surprisingly clear - virtually no haze, maybe the yeast settled out due to chilling & age? Fluffy white head.

S: Funky, a little fruity (grape, melon? can't put my finger on it), and white pepper. Some others mentioned clove - the sweetness/fruit that I noticed may actually be more clove, though it is very light.

T&M: Lightly funky, relatively clean. I found the taste to be a little light compared to the aromas, which, while light, were more forward. Spritzy and light mouthfeel. Just enough earthy hop bitterness to balance out the grain. No real hop contribution otherwise.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, I could put a few back. It is a little light in yeast and hop character, in my opinion, but that might be more to style for the Belgian saisons. Still very refreshing, I would have liked a little more zip from the hops and some more complexity from the yeast. Again though, perfect for a summer day. A real porchrocker.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 05:23:11 | More by thezach
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden blonde, thick-looking. Head is not thick and fades fast. Unfiltered look for sure and I like that.
Smells of ample yeast and malts with nice hints of cloves, sweeter spice.
Nice taste follows with the breast yeast, cloves and citrus (lemon). I wish the spicy aspect was better balanced out with other elements. After a while i notice hints of banana esters in the taste. Nothing to stand it apart from other nicer saisons I've tried, in fact there is a soapy aspect that leads to the spice/ bitterness. Still quite drinkable here. This brew has a bitter dry finish.
Well-carbonated, nice happy-medium mouthfeel.
I'd have this again even though it struck me more like a white-styled beer would in terms of dryness. Despite not being as complex of a saison as I hoped, this was still refreshing. Im sure this would have tasted even better on a hot summer day with certain foods to pair.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 00:05:10 | More by TBoneJones
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sfprint

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Exp, Sept 2013

A: Cloudy light peachy honey with nearly no head, no carbonation.
S: Tripel and hefeweizen like, yeasty but like unsweet apricot/peach.
T: Half of it is a cross between a tripel and a hefeweizen, but also quite grassy and tart. a bit of spicy christmasness as it warms up.
M: a hair of sparkle, lightish medium body. not dry.
O: decent, better when its warmer. like a grassy tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 03:45:06 | More by sfprint
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Jmamay22

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out a darker shade of hay yellow with an ecru head that is well maintained by the ample carbonation. The smell is wonderfully heady with scent of fresh cut grass, lemon, strawberry and yeasty earthiness. It is very fresh and intriguing scent.

The beer's flavor is more intense than expected. It builds from a simple and light bread like malt flavor and gives way to a fruity yeast presence. The flavor finally finishes with a mix of very fresh flavor of grass and grapefruit combined with a barnyard musty flavor that is completely enjoyable. The mouthfeel is very light, clean and fresh. I was very surprised at how enjoyable this beer is and find it undervalued.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 19:00:23 | More by Jmamay22
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, K18A10 bottle code. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, grape, coriander, floral, grass, honey, pepper, and earthy yeast spices. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/peppery notes. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, coriander, bread, honey, pepper, floral, grass, clove, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, coriander, bread, honey, floral, pepper, and earthy yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of fruity/peppery flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison! Great complexity and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:50:26 | More by superspak
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light golden amber with a massive fine white head with good retention and pillowy lacing. Nice aroma of wheat, Belgian yeast, clove and light lemon. Flavor is sweet bready malt, Belgian yeast, light fruit, cloves, and just a bare hint of wild yeast. Mildly bitter light fruit finish. Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. I hadn't thought about how much I'd like a melding of saison style with a Belgian pale, but this is how this tastes and I'm really happy. Sweeter and maltier than many saisons, but very nicely done. This will be a regular for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:32:25 | More by LiquidAmber
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed lemon yellow colored beer with a puffy white head.

Smell is slightly sweet with a lot of yeasty aroma. Lemon hops and pepper scents with some coriander. Some grass aromas and a light honeysuckle malt scent.

Starts out mildly sweet and very yeasty with a lemon and grass flavor. Good amount of bitterness. Fairly herbal hop flavor. Pretty competent Saison.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a pretty good Saison. Not going to make me give up Hennepin but I could drink this when I can't find my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:00:01 | More by Zorro
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This tangerine hued brew is cloudy with yeasty protein and topped with a beautifully bubbled fluffy one-inch head. Soft lace slides down the glass, and the head retention is excellent.

S - Gentle summer fruits, a hint of lemon-y wheat twang, and that rural-smelling belgian yeast note that I love.

T - Lemonheads candy, sweet caramel underneath. Nice yeast notes too.

M - Soft and finely bubbled. Very gentle and smooth at fist, then lingeringly sweet with a hint of lemon acidity. Nice looong, but gentle aftertaste.

This is a really nice summery brew. Soft, gentle, and smooth. Light in body, but still really interestingly yeasty and somewhat complex. Good stuff! Probably not as good as (IMO) the paradigm of the style.... Saison DuPont, but still a really well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 19:31:40 | More by pmcadamis
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

A: Pours a pale and slightly cloudy yellow color forming a big fluffy and creamy white head. Good retention and tons of lacings left. In fact a thin layer remains forever on the top. Beautiful beer

S: Very spicy on the nose. Notes of pepper, honey, cloves, Belgian yeasts and flowery hops.

T: Pretty much as the nose. Very spicy in the mouth too. Slightly sweet grains upfront followed by notes of honey, pepper, cloves, bready Belgian yeasts, flowery and bitter hops. Finish is considerably bitter

M: Medium body and carbonation. Hoppy bitter aftertaste which is also quite grainy and spicy

O: Great drinkability. Excellent Belgian Saison specimens. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 11:58:02 | More by eduardolinhalis
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle taken at the 2012 Diester Bierfestival (20 Oct): this was my first beer of the day.

Good golden colour, slight haze but not enough to spoil the view: the white crown went on to produce some good lacing on my glass.

Strange mix of smells: spices, herbs, fruit and nuts all rolled up in a bag of yeast.

The taste was also a plethora of flavours: herbs and spices leading the way with the yeast and fruity nut tastes not far behind. Corriander, cloves and exotic fruits like passionfruit and vanilla pods coming through but with some dirt still on them all to give the beer an earthy/ground feel throughout the whole thing. Really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 16:41:03 | More by BlackHaddock
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rarbring

Sweden

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clouded straw colored beer. A high white head with small lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of spices, clove and dill.

Tasting sweet white bread, sugar, clove and orange peel.

Medium low carbonation, a fresh texture. A small body with a slight dry finish.

A rather nice, easily accessible saison.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 19:51:28 | More by rarbring
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and coats the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of fruit in the nose-apples seem to stand out in particular-and also has notes of bubble gum.
T: Flavors of bubble gum fronm the yeast dominate the overall taste. The finish has notes of lemon citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is noticeable.
O: This is an interesting saison that seems to have some aromas and flavors from the yeast that you would expect from a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 21:53:27 | More by metter98
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Guden

Maryland

2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly cloudy blond color with a small white head that sits around.

S- Fruit (banana and bubblegum) and wheat are the first smells with a little bit of clove and coriander spice in the mix. Not really what I expect from a saison but not bad.

T- Bright sweet wheat and barley malt stand in front with nothing to really balance it. Not getting any of the earthy or peppery tones I expect in a saison, just sweet bland malt.

M- Kind of thick for a saison, again the sweetness and wheat proteins seem to dominate over a dry body I would expect.

O- This one really missed for me. Not terrible if I wanted a sweet Belgian blonde, but this one really didn't seem like a saison to me and I wouldn't go for it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 02:20:25 | More by Guden
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endovelico

Portugal

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold color with high perceived effervescence, thick white head and good lacing. Appetizing looking.

S: Medium high in intensity. Notes of vegetables, bubblegum, coriander seeds, white grape, lemon, exotic fruit and yeast.

T: Medium high in taste intensity. Hop vegetables, yeasty, coriander seeds, white grape, grape fruit, hay and some exotic fruit play.

M: Medium body. Finishes sweet-ish. Yeast bite. Low bitterness. Some acidity. Some sourness. high carbonation. Chewy. Angular. Alcohol doesn't disrupt the balance.

O: Overall, i think it's a pretty good Saison. It has oomph and complexity, and all of this while complying with the style guidelines. Very good to style. Good to taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 18:31:27 | More by endovelico
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange-yellow with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Lots of small chunks of sediment settle to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, yeast, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity finish. There is a mild grassy and herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 03:33:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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fmccormi

New York

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 330ml pry-off bottle to a large wineglass; freshness date of January, 2012 clearly printed in black ink along with batch information near the bottom of the back label, right next to the barcode (“01-2014 10:40 K13611”)

Appearance (4.0): A fairly aggressive, cream-colored head rises quickly enough on this beer, reaching about three fingers of really tight foam that dies down slowly to leave a rocky cap on top of the beer’s body. The body is nice, perfectly hazy, peachy, orange-amber color, and not cloudy exactly—just very hazy. Not a ton of lacing here, but the head takes it sweet time dying and never fully disappears.

Smell (4.0): This is a nice, fruity, fragrant saison. Not overly spicy in the nose, it smells more like fresh passionfruit juice with a bit of banana-clove action going on underneath, with a moderate wet hay (like hay silage, actually) character alongside everything. I like it.

Taste (3.0): On the palate, it’s similarly un-spicy, but the malt character has a spicy, rye-like character which slides into a soapy-herbal hop finish which is surprisingly strong. That rye-like spiciness subsumes any spicy character that comes from the yeast, but the herbal, soapy hop note covers up almost everything else relatively quickly. It works, but it’s nothing special, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel (3.5): This has a very dry finish and a body that’s surprisingly light, with a smooth carbonation, a bit too subdued for the style. It’s good, but doesn’t stand out in any way.

Overall (3.5): This is a decent saison. Very little of it really “punches” in any way, but it does what it’s meant to do and drinks easy, and I’d like to try this on draft. All in all, the nose was the best part, for me. Overall I’m a bit disappointed, but it’s not a bad saison by any stretch—guess I was just expecting a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 23:01:41 | More by fmccormi
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ccrida

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is clear pale gold with a big white head that is quick to settle, leaving scattered lace.

Smell is oddly sweet, nougat. Banana esters.

Taste is very heavy on the clove and banana esters, really more like a hefe weizen. Spicy, coriander? A little earthy, with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's just not really what I look for in a saison, the ester profile is oddly heavy on the banana and clove. Decent beer but just didn't hit the spot I was looking for.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:08:10 | More by ccrida
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Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
86 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.