Urthel Saisonnière - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ToasterChef on 02-25-2010

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Ratings: 286 | Reviews: 149
Photo of SFNC
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look; Nice fluffy head atop a clear yellow liquid, plenty of rising bubbles.
Smell; Grainy, slight medicinal.
Taste; Tradional Belgian chaulky yeast, lemon, sharp and bitter hops. Moderate sweetness. An almost bitter aftertaste.
Feel; Moderatly fizzy, dry.
Overall; Far from my favorite Saison, it's refreshing, but the bitterness at the finish lingers a tad too long. Better choices exist.

Photo of pat61
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 750 ml bottle and on tap at the Pig & Fiddle.
A: Persistent, briliant clear gold with a 1” off white foam cap that mounds up over the rim.
S: Over ripe fruit, citrus, light funk, floral, earthy hops.
T: Light malts, a touch of sweet and sour, lemon, large pitted fruits, big hop accent on the finish. M: medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: a hop lover’s saison.

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow color, is not clear.
Head white, fine bubble ring. Resembles shaving foam.
Slightly fruity aroma, lemon, a little honey with grassy accent.
The taste is generally very gentle, as in we have a little lemon flavor, honey, floral notes and a lot of grass, dry bitterness, which in Urthel Saisonnier is long and intense. The whole fun to play, the beer is a light, refreshing and very drinkable. Be sure to repeat..

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with a large fading head.
Nose shows saison yeast and spicy, herbal hops.
Very similar flavours, more spicy notes. Very easy-drinking.

Photo of henkmudi
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell like wood, pine, sea breeze and rosin. Dense and rich, dirty white foam. Refreshing and strong. First grejpfrut and tobacco, later roses, touch of smoke and wine. Salty and sour at the same time.Goes well with food, but sour after dessert. Very good.

Photo of ElegantRose
2.62/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

While this is a blonde/saison hybrid, it seems, at least to moi, to incorporate some of my least favorite aspects that one can find in a beer.

While is is quite pretty, resembling a blonde Leffe, the taste is somewhat one-note; like unripe tangerine, where one tastes the pith without the fruit or the juice.

At 6.0% ABV, it can be sessionable, which I do like.

The aftertaste is not as lasting as some that I have tried, but the aftertaste to me, is most similar to ear or shoe wax.

To be fair, at first on the palate there is some refreshing acidity. Also, the lacing is lovely, and the bubbles are tight.

I think that there are some who will truly enjoy this beer, but I am afraid I needed a little more hops or alternatively candy ester sweetness, or additionally an unexpected aspect to make me enjoy this beer just a little more. And no, I don't like my beers too sweet either. Balanced and tight and floral are some of the characteristics I tend to cherish.

The warmth of the beer, caused by becoming closer to room temperature, does make this beer open up more, and become more balanced. I find I am liking it closer to it's prescribed temperature (which is not unusual, of course). And as I sip more, the earwax flavor note is dissipating. Though I will not change my review numbers, I will be more open to this unusual beer's flavor profile in the future. :)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a saison and belgian blond hybrid here, cloudy and pale, but still quite brightly yellow colored, and with a very airy and lasting white head on it, it looks lovely. aromatically its a little curious, more belgian yeast than saison yeast from what i gather, but with a bigger wheat malt base, a slight staleness and green bottle skunk, although this is in brown glass. same wight he taste, a touch of stale malt, but the yeast is the main flavor agent here. its a cool complexion, unconventional and definitely efficient, its super dry in the finish, has really cleaned up any sugar, and maintains a very drinkable alcohol content unlike so many of the belgian strong pales and blondes. what i don't like is the apparent lack of freshness. these beers so frequently travel poorly, or don't end up on shelves until they are already fading. such is definitely the case with this one, although i can see its potential and like it quite a bit. summery stuff i will have to revisit again when i can confirm its freshness.

Photo of FreeKansas
2.66/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a VERY light clear blond, even though I see some heavy dregs at the bottom at the bottle. Color looks like an American macro light beer. (i.e. Coors Light)

S: I'm, not even pouring this too cold but there is very little nose here. Slight lemon, slight raw wheat smell, but really not much here.

T: Light. Crisp. slightly malty with a bit of pepper. Lemon. Cut grass. malted rice.

M: Light and bubbly lick a nice crisp champagne. No real head. The high carbonation matches the super light body.

O: At $4 for a 11 oz bottle this was very underwhelming. It honestly comes across as a very complex Miller High Life. Unless under $2 dollars a bottle I would not bang again.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Picked up from a Belgian supermarket while on a trip over there some time ago. Described on the label as a thirst-quenching blonde beer.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy golden-amber hue with plenty of chunky sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of mild grain, breadiness, subtle spice, a delicate earthiness and a twinge of solvent in the background. So-so.

Tastes of fruity yeast with a lingering dry finish. Notes of husky grain, faint bread, mild fruitiness, a touch of peppery spice, earthiness, stewed leaves and harsh cardboard. Highly attenuated, followed by a dry, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with prickly carbonation and decent body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, cardboard and earthy yeast.

Hmmm - not the best saison I've ever tried, but this bottle might be a tad old. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by dry yeast with a spice and faint fruit character. Body is OK. A bit too dry and harsh to be pleasant, and there's also a twinge of oxidation in the background. Maybe I'll re-review if I get the chance. Nothing special; no need to seek it out.

Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This had a bright yellow hue with a thick creaky froth. The whole appearance was reminiscent of the whiskey spring father drank back in the day.

The nose holds refreshing citrus and orchard fruits. A bit lemony, some Apple and pear there is an over all fruity way about the scent. The aromas are also wheat, straw and peppercorn.

The taste takes on a much different personality as the peppercorn or clove seems to really take over. The backdrop has wheat and straw like flavors, maybe a tinge of lemon but my palate perceived way too much clove.

The feel is so light and refreshing that it has a lemonade like smoothness and bitterness.

My guess is that this was a case of one man's perception and probably not the overall taste that the brewers intended.

Photo of joe1510
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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 $$.

Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of FLima
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Libationguy
3.5/5  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.

Photo of goochpunch
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of mactrail
2.56/5  rDev -33.2%
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?

Photo of justintcoons
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of thezach
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of TBoneJones
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of sfprint
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
86 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.