Urthel Saisonnière - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Ratings: 287
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

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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Reviews by Augustiner719:
Photo of Augustiner719
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful orange yellow color with a huge foamy fluffy head that leaves great lacing and lasts forever. Has a great pillowy look. The aroma is a little different than I expected. It's got a helles like aroma of fruity estuary aroma with some fruity yeast aromas. The flavor is very nice. True Belgian estuary goodness. Lots of white pepper and aromatic herbal flavors like Rosemary and thyme. Rolls across the palate with a very dry and peppery. The mouthfeel is good too because it's got a nice dry finish. Has an off flavor of orange pith that is unappealing but overall it's got that classic saison peppery dry feel. Drinkabilitybis just average for me because it's not a huge delicious beer but it is good with food. Standing alone this beer won't hold up against hennipen or other saisons I have tried but it's made so well that this is the only category thatbit doesn't excel.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sessions Greensboro.Poured into a chalice a lemony color with a nice formed white head that held well,lemon pepper and barnyard funk in the nose,for me a bit off putting but for some great.Grainy and lightly toasted with herbal hop flavors,spiced phenols along with funk take over and linger into the finish.Iam not a huge saison fan but I was intruiged by the uniqness of this beer,in the end the funkiness was the main component of the beer I came away with.

Photo of Guden
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find this one on tap at American Flatbread in Burlington, Vt a few weeks back. It arrived lighter almond amber in color, with a light tan head, that left plenty of fine sheeting. Floral hop nose. Another tasty offering from Urthel, this one is dry, delicate and tasty. Notes of light pepper and more floral and drying hops. Nice Belgian sessioner went great with the flavorful pizzas at Flatbread, a nice counter point to the salty cheeses and charred crusts. Yummy combination.

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 ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks for sharing this one, Josh!

Slightly hazed golden yellow with a quickly forming, near-white head that leaves dots of lace down the glass. Pretty.

The aroma is a pleasant combination of banana, pepper, bread, and just a hint of funk.

The flavor is similar, with the banana flavors leading the way and the barnyard funk almost entirely hidden. There's a nice malty breadiness and a touch of sweetness. Well balanced and complete.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

A great, drinkable, classic version of the style. Very nice. I thought this was fantastic.

Photo of alexkeil
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Blue Monk in Buffalo. A nice straw to gold color with thick white head that lasted to the bottom. The aroma was mostly belgian yeast with hints of citrus and belgian malt. The mouthfeel was medium with slight creaminess, highly carbonated. The flavor was a smooth balance of belgian yeast, bready malt, and hint of citrus, with a nice dry finish. I didn't get a lot of hops in flavor or aroma but it was there for the hop bitterness backbone. Wonderfully made beer that was refreshing on tap.

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 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 rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- half a glass of clear lemon yellow body and half a glass of snow white head that billows up over-the-top the glass but holds its form. Sea of microbubbles support the head and foam clouds stick to the glass with each sip.
S- The perfumed yeas aroma comes through even during the pour. There is an estery banana note with hint of cloves and some dry bubble gum fullness that finishes with a dry spicy and green herbal hop bite.
T- The dry pale malt has a fresh and crisp flavor to it with a green pungent hop finish. There are softer well blended yeasty qualities to the pale malt that adds good depth.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel but the foam really makes it much more full and a tight crisp fizz enhances the hops snap and cleans up the finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a crisp thirst-quenching flavor with a wonderful blend of hops, yeasty esters and malt that makes this great for warm temps and taking a break.

Photo of Ledequad
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I saw this beer on the shelves of my local supermarket I just couldn't resist the urge Maybe it is the lovely spring weather or maybe it was the packaging which boasted about some award that this beer apparently won.

After a light lunch I decide to give this one a try. I poured in a Duvel tulip and was struck by the wonderful floral smell. This is probably one of the most 'springy' smelling beers I have ever encountered. There is yeast in there too and some hints of citrus.

It has an hazy look with a lot off bubbles streaming up producing a two finger white head that sticks around for a good while.

The taste is kinda what I expected. Light and refreshing with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant indeed. I saw a review that talked about a strong alcohol taste but I didn't get that at all. This is a beer that would go very well with fish and salads I recon.

Photo of schuim
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

looks: firm white head and a light blond color.

smell: dry yeast smell and a little fruityness, abricot and aplle.

Taste: peppery and yeasty start with a medium body. the beer is warming, althoug only 6%. long lingering dry (yeasty) bitterness.

Good brew, but I prefer more complexity in the taste.

Photo of emsroth
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in chalice with the yeast swirled in as directed by the website

App: Wonderful frothy head that likes to stick around. Substantial haze in true gold color.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, and zesty lemon dominate the aroma. Yeasty funk and malted wheat make a strong undertone.

Taste: Matched fairly well to the aroma. Starts fruity with some funk and zesty wheat in the middle. I am reminded a bit of the sweet and sour flavor of starfruit. Ends with a touch of husky malt but otherwise overly bitter; the type of bitterness that lingers on the tongue for some time.

Good medium body with a light dose of natural carbonation.

True to the style, and as it warms the flavor is spot-on. I feel that it's a bit bitter for a saison. I prefer ones that focus on the funky, rustic, farmhouse elements.

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft, and therefore filtered, at Prime 16. Decent mouthfeel. Good pepper, spicy mineral tastes.Light yeast. Suitable carbonation. Whitish saison colours. A good drinkable saison, nothing out of the ordinary, they went and succeeded conservatively.Appropriate summer choice.

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse - June 14th, 2010. Served in a generic tulip.

Very slightly hazy pale straw body with two fingers of rocky whipped ivory. Dense lacing clings to the sides.

Sourdough starter, shortbread biscuits, along with a hint of orange and wheat in the nose.

Strong pale malt base with a prompt noble-hop flavor which contributes to a substantial dryness and moderate bitterness on the palate. Clean, brisk, slightly grassy finish. A mild herbaceous element intensifies as the ale warms.

Medium-light bodied, lively carbonation.

Very refreshing if a bit uninvolving - a solid entry for the style, though not a real stand-out.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Certainly one of the best looking saisons I've ever had. Kind of dark gold. Visible and lively carbonation. Huge marshmellow head, seafoam like. Lavings coat entire glass.

The sort of fresh fruity aroma with dusty yeast character you like to get in a saison.

Nice wet grain up front. Followed pretty quickly by a good crisp continental hopping. Finish is a dry yeastiness.

Super drinkable. If it wasn't for the price here in London I'd drink it all the time.

A pretty standard saison. A good introduction to the style I think if you've never had one.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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 tempest
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's for $4.45.

This beer is gorgeous. It poured a brilliant clear gold with a big, tall head. As I drink it down, there's a perfect web of thick lacing. Thankfully, the beer character delivers as well. The flavors holds a floral and spicy mix of coriander, pepper, lemon, while there's a mild toasty note from the malt. This saison is complex enough that you could sip it for hours, yet light and lively enough that you can easily enjoy a few. Check this fine Belgian out.

Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle.

Pours a hazy copper color with a large, lasting whitish head and good lacing.

Aroma is very nice and Belgian. Yeasty with sweet malt, citrus peel, hops, and spice.

The flavor has very mild sweetness from pale/caramel malt, Belgian yeast, spiciness, lemon, and herbal hop notes. Tasty.

Great palate - medium-bodied with lively carbonation.

Very solid Belgian pale ale overall.

Photo of jbonapar
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a lemon blond slightly cloudy with some fine carbonation and a nice head. A small swirl really brings out a nice head.

Smell: Lemony white pepper.

Taste: Similar to the smell, almost like a sweetness with a developing bitterness from a lemon rind. Very crisp. As the lemon leaves, the hoppy bitterness develops and lingers. Overall, a nice light beer with a spicy taste.

Certainly no the best Saison out there (Sorachi Ace!) but would be very nice with some grilled halibut or another whitefish.

Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a big ole soapy pure white head that settles down into a light cap leaving lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of light phenols, particularly clove. There is some candi sugar sweetness and a touch of grains. The taste is light and sweet. A BPA base; pale malt and light candi sugar. There is a touch of clove from the yeast and grassy bitter bite. Not much farmhouse funk that saisons are known for. This seems to be a bitter BPA. Whatever, it tastes good, though not exactly to style. The feel is light and has a good fizz to it. Sweet on the palate but does have a bitter finish. The bitterness gives the brew a dry characteristic that is found in saisons. A tastey brew though it doesn't rank up with the better brews in this style. It just didn't seem to have traditional saison flavors. But it tastes good.

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 GRG1313
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: Bottle purchased September 2010 indicates made in Netherlands (not Belgium) by Hildegard van Ostaden (which is likely Urthel in Holland).

Pours a hazy goldish orange with a super firm, thick and pillowy head that last forever. This is a nice looking drink.

Nose is all green banana to nice cooked sweet banana with some air with light sugary nose and light undertones of herbs; Nose has a nice orange character and tones with some air; nice.

Mouthfeel is medium full with nice carbonation and balance.

Flavors are simply a bit strange. Not at all what nose promises. Flavors are extremely herbal and green grassy with some pine hop bitter. Not bad-just not expected and very strange after the appealing fruity/floral nose.

Finish follows flavor profile in that it is very herbal and vegetable like. Grass, green spice, green pepper and pine.

This is that rare example of a technically very good beer but one that I simply don't like; Looks and nose are very good; flavors are just "too green" for me.

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.

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Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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