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Urthel Saisonnière - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ToasterChef on 02-25-2010)
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Photo of czfreeman


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

Purchased in Cadzand.
POurs a light golden color, stong carbonation, full fluffy head. Slighty murky body,looks very good.
Smells of lemon, funky mushroomy-grain body, coriander seed, tangy mango, alcohol is quite apparent in a nice tart burn. Apple, underripe pear, pepper on the body and finish. Lovely and balanced.
Taste is great! Funk, grass, lemon, orange, a bit of cellar mustiness, hay, woodiness, finishes with tart lemony notes mixed with pepper and spices. Tingling from a light warmness on the finishes adds a brightness to the drink.
Mouthfeel is light, bright, and exciting. Tart, yet lightly sweet and warming.
In the upper echelons of Fantome and Orval, this beer does not quite make the cut in terms of mind blowing complexiy, but in its own right, light, complex, refreshing, and perfect in sour-sweet balance.
Another great beer from Mrs. Hildegard!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 20:22:58 | More by czfreeman
Photo of

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy bright gold with a thick, rocky head.
Aromas are of bread, pear, earth, spice and musty herbs.
On the palate the texture is creamy at first, and finishes very dry, almost powdery.
Flavours are of pear, noble hops, and spice with a nice mildly funky tartness.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 11:59:30 | More by
Photo of alexkeil

New York

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 18:03:22 | More by alexkeil
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow. Decent head with a highly variable bubble structure, nice lace, and ok retention.

S - Artichoke. Earthy. Mildly sour, but pleasant.

T - Fresh bread, banana, nutmeg, light apple. Honey.

M - Medium/light body. Very smooth. Nice carbonation, but on the low end for the style.

O - Nice, smooth character and a nice flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 21:13:47 | More by vfgccp
Photo of CuttDeez


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good looking Saison, hazy yellow gold coor with a tick foamy frothy white head. Good lacing
S - Lemon fresh sweetness that is mellowed by earthy notes and spices (little pepper in there)
T & M & D - A little fruity lemon sweetness on the front. Then strong earth flavors and spicy kick of pepper comes in the middle. You can taste the hop bitterness on the finish. This is medium to light bodied with a great carbination. The beer is crisp and clean in the front and has complexity in the middle and then finishes clean again. Refreshing and very easy. I like this saison, it is very drinkable and enjoyable.


Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 14:09:10 | More by CuttDeez
Photo of fastsrt

New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured 11.2 ounce bottle in a chalice

A: hazy, gold fluffy white cap of foam

S: great yeast character, spicy nose

T: coriander, wheat, citrus,

M: love the carbonation level along flavor profile makes it pop in you mouth, bright,

D: great, I would pick this up again when im craving the style on a summer day. Tastes true to style, not outstanding but better then most I have had as of lately.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 07:35:58 | More by fastsrt
Photo of zeff80


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. The crackly head had some nice retention and left wispy trails of lace.

S - It smelled slightly funky and phenolic with some spicy/yeasty notes.

T - It tasted spicy, funky and yeasty with a nice grain backbone. There was a subtle fruitiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a nice, snappy finish.

D - This is a really nice saison. Urthel does good beers at reasonable prices.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 02:00:48 | More by zeff80
Photo of 77ships


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle@home: if I am reading this right, the bottle is less than a week old, certainly possible because it taste like that:

A: very hazy yellow, lots of head on this one but it doesn't stick around for long
S: hops & citrus
T: dominating bitter hops, citrus, wheat, very small hint of spice & banana, minor grass
M: decent carbonation, kind of thin but not watery body
D: sessionable but the bitterness was very dominant which would make me decline a second one

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 09:32:53 | More by 77ships
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack of these at the Delhaize across from de Heeren in Denderleeuw.

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter.

Light yellow hazy with a full finger of foam that doesn't stick around too long.

Smells of wheat, lemon and yeast funkiness.

Sweet taste with the wheat and lemon I found on the nose. Hints of spices and a very mild bitter and sourness.

A medium body and the carbonation tickled my tongue a bit. Dry finish.

Great beer. For some reason I have been drinking Saisons and really enjoying it. If you are a fan of the style this is one to pick up. Recomended.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 20:43:04 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a touch of pepper and lemon zest. It's fruity with a spicy edge. The taste is good as well. It's a light and easy drinking beer; yet it's full of complexity. It has the dry, earthy, peppery character with a bit of lemon. The farmhouse funk is mild and well received. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good saison. It's true to style without over doing it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:32:05 | More by WesWes
Photo of baldycmu


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had an 11.2 oz bottle in a small Urthel goblet at Resto in NYC
A-hazy yellow straw in color with a light white head
S-earthy sour lemony aroma
T-Earthy and lemony with a touch of pepper
M-good carbonation present with an finish that sticks in back of your throat and lingers
D-All in all a good beer, very decent representation of a Belgian saison

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:32:21 | More by baldycmu
Photo of BEERchitect


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

With a bold lemony zeal, spicy flavor, and dry finish- this saison hits all the marks for high quality and authentic beers of its style.

Saisonniere starts with a glowing straw color, airy/froathy white foam with very good retention. Moderate lace is left on the glass as the beer falls. A mild haze showcases the unfiltered nature of the beer.

Lemony aromas strike the olfactories first wit a follow of grass/lemon grass, understated pilsner malt sweetness, and mild tart apple scent. Quite perfumy and herbal to the nose.

Lemony flavors also start the taste profile, and with the powdered sugar malt sweetness- gives the impression of lemon drop candies. Lemon and sweetness turn herbal, grassy, and bitter with a even fade to spicy white pepper, curracco, and lemon zest. Alcohol bitterness seems to amplify the moderate hop balance, but also bring a mild solventy/soapy flavor going into finish.

Creamy and expansive in early textures, the beer makes a quick transition past a lightening mid palate and into a dry, evaporative, and minty finish. Alcohols give a light warmth and soft prickle on the tongue along with a mild bite in the throat- all leading to a highly drinkable ane enjoyable session.

In true saison form, this characterful and easy drinking beer carries all of the spicy, fruity, earthy, yet clean and dry character for which Belgian golden ales strive. And it does so in effortless and confident fashion. I'm very impresses with this ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 18:29:43 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of JMad


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured an 11.2 oz bottle into a glass tulip...

The beer is a hazy, pale, yellow with a lofty, pillowy white head that remained throughout the process.
Smells of wheat, lemon, banana, clove and some hints of sourbread.
This is the first farmhouse ale that I've had so I don't know what to compare it to. In my opinion it tastes pretty good, there is some grassy hop flavors followed by hints of lemon, and wheat, it ends up being salty followed by a slight bitterness.
It is full bodied but still light, lots of soft carbonation and a very dry finish.
I enjoyed drinking this but the salty flavor and high carbonation would limit me from drinking more than one.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 00:29:17 | More by JMad
Photo of mmmbeer


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle with a batch code on the back; contract-brewed in the Netherlands. Brewed with 20% wheat, unfiltered, bottle-conditioned, and the website recommends serving with the yeast. It pours a hazed dark straw, with an inch of whitish head that leaves nice lacing. Hoppy and spicy in the nose, with a bit of malt and wheat. The flavor is earthy, minerally, and quite bitter, almost harsh, with grassy/spicy hops and a light backing of wheat. Starts light and highly carbonated, yet it smooths out a bit by the end. This is quite punchy, and if you like them bitter, then this is the saison for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 15:09:35 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Derranged

New York

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 330ml bottle into a 22 ounce wine glass.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow a medium white head, little lacing on the glass.

Strong smell of cloves and spices.

Taste is very spicy, and kind of boozy for 6.0. Cloves, cinnamon and fruity flavors are present.

Mouthfeel is thick and very carbonated.

I guess the drinkablity is decent.

While it isn't anything spectacular, its a decent beer but overpriced in my opinion. The spicy/clove flavor was a little too much. Maybe I'd buy it again to give it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:32:52 | More by Derranged
Photo of Rayek


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

Poured into an Urthel tulip.

A: Hazy peach with light carbonation. Small bubbles hold up a big and rocky eggshell head. The head slowly settles to a rocky blanket of foam that sticks the whole way down the glass. Leaves substantial lace.

S: Slightly musty and funky. Lemon and sourdough are the big themes. Straw and fresh cut hay finish the story.

T: Starts out with a hay-like malts. Bitterness is spicy, sharp and slightly metallic. Sourdough bread flavors come on late and linger through the finish.

M: The medium body is slightly doughy and has a nice level of prickly carbonation.

D: This is a nice beer that has just enough funkiness. A quality a pickup.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 19:10:38 | More by Rayek
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden with a nice long lasting creamy head. Aroma of citrusy hops with some sweet light malt. Taste is light bitter hops and sweet nutty malt. Palate is light and crisp with good carbonation. Finish is bitter hops some spiciness, with light sweet nutty malt, a bit on the bitter side. Overall a drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 15:55:53 | More by Samp01
Photo of smakawhat


2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Leffe style chalice for tasting, giving off a darkish yellow/brown with and opaque quality. White creamy head with about one and a half finger lace with average staying power. Decent lacing as well, slight carbonation.

This saison has an at first yeast smell, very faint malt in the background, and a very hidden almost macro corn/alcohol like smell in the end. Bouquet though is kind of a chewyness that hangs in the air not as really aromatic for a saison, light aromas nevertheless. Grass is also apparent sometimes.

Taste is odd, for a 6% ABV though the alcohol appears very forward and extremely predominant as the first taste. At only 6 it masks everything smelled before it, but does finish with a nice but not too powerful lime bitterness and not from any hops. The alcohol domination I feel is weird cause it's still low at six.

Mouthfeel is not too bad some wetness.

I wish that this wasn't so alcohol forward or at least masked better cause it would otherwise be even more drinkable but I'll say it's average for that.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 00:15:56 | More by smakawhat
Photo of FourQuarters

New York

3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Pale, opaque yellow/gold with a large, foamy white head and lively carbonation.

Smell - Overall pleasant aroma with fresh lemon and hop with grassy malt and cereal notes.

Taste - Lemon, spice, some banana ester ending sharp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - overall light, dry and smooth and finishing with scouring carbonation

Drinkability - For me this was an average saison that I would drink again, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 01:02:48 | More by FourQuarters
Photo of jbertsch


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

This presents a foggy gold color. It's head was a crispy sudsy white, plentiful, and left beatuiful lacing.

Aroma is suprisingly sufficient in the malt department. There's also hints of tea, lemon, and faint banana.

The taste follow suit with the same level of malt found on the nose. There's also moderate hops, and a bit of anise. I felt that that the taste didn't come to play as much as I thought it might. This looks bolder than it tastes.

Thoroughly carbonated mouthfeel.

Drinkability is easy. More drinkable thank other blonde sporting a lower abv. But this isn't something I'd like multiples of beyond 2.

Not band for a blonde, which is usually not a super exciting style for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 00:54:32 | More by jbertsch
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a nice yellow/gold colour and a huge fluffy head which leaves nice lacing streaks. Bright.

S - Lot's of grassy hop, orange, and banana.

T - A zesty characteristic compliments the fruitiness. Hop is more subdued. Very refreshing. Sort of a letdown in that it doesn't go any further.

M - Nice carbonation that comes in around mild-medium.

D - You could definately slug a few of these back. On a hot day it'd be even more refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 16:00:08 | More by tbeckett
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 14:41:40 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of GRG1313


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 11:10:39 | More by GRG1313
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a brilliantly clear, pale blonde color and is topped by a frothy, barely tan tinged, off-white colored head that is dense and creamy and leaves quite a bit of lace. The beer smells of lemon-like hops, and a nice grassy-grain pale malt character.

The beer is soft and creamy feeling, but a fizzy carbonation brushes the palate quite clean. A touch of pale-malt sweetness is here, but this finishes dry with a grassy, herbal like hop character and firm bitterness in the finish that dries things out considerably. There is also a hay-like grain note in the finish. Lemon like hop flavors compliment nicely with the pale malt sweetness as well as with the grassy herbal hop components. While soft and creamy textured, this beer is still quite quaffable and light; I have been drinking lots of Lambic so this seems heavy comparatively, but really it is quite light and drinkable. Yeast derived notes contributes a spicy, clove-like, earthy, rustic yeast flavors to the beer.

It is quite nice to be drinking this beer as I wait for the Tour de France to roll over this small category 4 hill out in the Belgian countryside. The rustic yeast character combines with the hops and characterful pale malt character quite well. This is definitely a beer that fits the situation quite well.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 15:04:38 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of ThaCreep


3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color. A very sweet nose of hops as flavoring plants, especially those that scent the sweets. In the mouth, the hops are almost non-existent and the beer lacks body slightly even if we do not fail to note that alcohol is not very noticeable and makes the drink so easy to drink. The finish is very persistent and the slight touch of hops that accompanies it, reminding the local side, is far from being transcendent and spicy touch that emerges is also unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 14:01:45 | More by ThaCreep
Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.