Urthel Saisonnière - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
11-17-2010 00:54:32 | More by jbertsch
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
11-07-2010 16:00:08 | More by tbeckett
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
10-30-2010 14:41:40 | More by CanuckRover
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
10-22-2010 11:10:39 | More by GRG1313
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
10-05-2010 15:04:38 | More by Gueuzedude
3.18/5 rDev -17%
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.
10-01-2010 14:01:45 | More by ThaCreep
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
A - Pours a great crystal straw colour with loads of little bubbles. Great big three finger fluffy white head that hung around for the duration of the drink leaving heavy side lacing. Just picture perfect.
S - Really nice citrus/lemon notes with a heavy, heavy background of that funky yeast.
T - Light on the citrus but strong on the funky, yeasty flavors. Nice solid barnyard funk in the mouth. Loving the brett.
M - Really nice carbonation. Really works great in a saison.
D - Just a great session beer. Nice carbonation but smooth. Very drinkable and shareable.
09-28-2010 06:01:41 | More by rudzud
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
09-25-2010 16:57:12 | More by emsroth
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
Another Saison, 33cl bottle poured into my Brother Thelonious goblet. Finding a new Belgian saison always makes me happy. In general, i just find them better then their American counterparts.
This beer pours a slightly hazy golden straw with a massive 4 inch sparkling white cap that leaves some seriously sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. For as hazy as it is, no yeast particulates to the bottle of the glass. The aroma is rather hop forward for a Saison. Nice grassy hops upfront, with citrusy lemon, yeasty biscuits and Belgian candy sugar. The flavor isnt really traditional in terms of the specific Belgian Saison but its tasty none the less. Hops are up front. Tangy lemon cuts through fresh grass. Slight graininess mixed with sweet and drying candy sugar. All tied together with freshly baked yeasty biscuits. Tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is the most negative aspect of the beer. It finishes just to sweet, especially the colder is is drank. As it warms, it dries out a bit, just not enough for my liking. While not the most traditional for the style, its still damn tasty.
09-19-2010 00:50:22 | More by hwwty4
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a bright golden yellow with a big flufftastic head that was like a cloud of deliciousness.
Smelled of lemon zest, some hay and bit of earthy hops a bit subdued compared to other saisons though
Taste was mostly of Lemon, pepper, earth and hops. Fairly simple and clean and definitely delicious
The beer has a nice light feel to it but I would not call it thin. It is the kind of beer you can drink all day.
Would certainly buy more of this and a great one to introduce someone to the style.
09-18-2010 12:13:26 | More by thepeter
4.53/5 rDev +18.3%
Pours a clean, pale yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, lemon zest, earthy, and a small sourness. In the taste, lemon zest and an earthy malt. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry to small tart lemon aftertaste. Quite refreshing, small earthy tart that lingers.
09-13-2010 20:18:17 | More by OWSLEY069
4/5 rDev +4.4%
A: Poured a hazy pale pineapple yellow with a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: The coriander was really noticeable right away with apple sauce types notes, sweet malts, various grains, clove, and some slight underlying booze notes. There was a slight brett character in the nose as well.
T: The bretty funk diid add tartness to the spice party consisting of coriander and cloves but still had the applesauce character in the taste: not a bad thing. It also had slight funk, citrus zest and slight booze notes.
M: The brew was light to medium body that had a good amount of carbonation with a fruity, spicey, funky, and slight dry finish.
D: It drank really good and was a good interpretation of a farmhouse style beer.
09-11-2010 07:40:22 | More by Gobzilla
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
Golden colour, very modest carbonation, but a good white head.
Smell is a bit faint. It's of malts, floral garden smell in the hops, but not very pronounced.
Taste is dry bitterness. Very hoppy, with a tough bittersweet aftertaste.
Overall this is an uncompromizing beer. It's not strong in alcohol, but it's strong in malts and hops.
Interesting ale indeed.
09-10-2010 12:56:34 | More by RuudJH
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
A 333 dl bottle.
Poured into a large wine glass. Beautiful white head and lace everywhere with slightly cloudy yellow body.
Nose is quite flowery and hops.
Taste is very Belgian hops with fruit and spice. After taste is strong Belgian hops.
Mouth feel is fine with average carbonation. This is one of the more subtle of the Saison group. Not very funky except for the Belgian hops. It is still a pleasure to drink.
09-09-2010 23:08:30 | More by daledeee
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
pours a slightly hazy gold with a thick white head that laces well.
the nose has a lot of nice flowery hops and some grainy funk along with some faint tropical fruits.
this is one bone dry hoppy saison. the flavors are subdued, but there is a pleasant hay flavor, touches of wheat character, some tropical fruit, a bit of lemon and nice noble hop flavors. packs a bitter punch at the end.
the mouthfeel is a tad soda like. the carbonation is just a bit to course and active.
great drinkability. it's wonderfully crisp and refreshing with plenty of nice, but light flavors.
09-03-2010 00:52:14 | More by kmo1030
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
33cl bottle into a Stella Artois goblet.
Saisonnière sports a classy, brassy hay-colored body with a moderate carbonation level. A towering cap of sparkling eggshell white head quickly builds even with a careful pour, and slowly subsides to a hefty cap of foam. Erratic lacing clings to the glass. Tart lemon and floral hops greet the nose. Notes of lilac and pie crust with a hint of Belgian yeastiness. Light aroma overall, but it gets the job done.
Starts off slightly sweet and tart with lemon zest, grainy pilsen malt, and mineral water. Grassy and bone dry mid-sip with an emphatic carbonation level. Hops linger after the sip for a while, complementing the flavor profile with a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, crisp, and well-carbonated. Saison DuPont, this isn't. But Urthel has managed to craft a tasty saison nevertheless. Worth a try if the cost doesn't deter you ($5 for a single bottle!!?!--not worth repeating at that price point).
08-31-2010 01:15:00 | More by wagenvolks
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glass. Had a code of K18810 on the back which I think deciphers to bottled on 188th day of 2010 which would be early July. It was a slightly hazy pale yellow color with lots of carb streams especially from the etching. It had a massive, pillowy white head that never settled below a finger and a half. Good sheeting with lots sticking.
The aroma was peppery and spicy with some lemon as well. Good but not very strong. Would have enjoyed a little fruit in there to balance it. The taste followed the aroma and had a good pepper bite to go with the slight tart lemon bite. Good flavor but middle of the pack of saisons for me. Was just missing something to take it to the next level. Mouthfeel was lively with carbonation and peppery aftertaste.
Overall, a good but not great saison. For the price, I'll move on in my quest for a really good and reasonable priced saison for summer. Avail here in TX. Rotation - try on tap at least once then move on [N;O]
08-31-2010 01:01:58 | More by TexIndy
3.65/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours a beautiful golden color, with slight floaties and a small amount of tiny bubbles which lead to a thin, white lacy head. Great head retention as you start to drink this one down slowly.
Only a slight, small, peppery aroma in the nose. Slight floral aroma but very, VERY low and back in the nose. Almost nothing here.
Very nice peppery taste. Black pepper with good hoppy bitterness. No discernible flavors, but absolutely nothing wrong with this either. Very enjoyable.
Pepper and bitterness with some refined, minor brett provided a GREAT mouthfeel with a crispness that just won't stop.
While it's enjoyable, and the dry crispness keeps me wanting more, it's not like this is everything in the world. I enjoy it, but not that much. Will definitely go back for more at some point.
08-23-2010 00:46:39 | More by route66pubs
3.65/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
08-22-2010 21:24:33 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
consistent and beligian quality. has the look, straw color... a tad cloudy. somewhat of a pilsnery quality. grassy hop that out weights the funk... its there but delicate. with the sweet and the twig like bitter of the beer. not particularly fruity... quite zesty and fresh although. not a meaty... hunger inducing saison but crisp as some of the best. not particularly herbal either.
08-21-2010 07:54:00 | More by rtepiak
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
330 mL bottle,
A: Pours a translucent yellow with a fizzy yet firm rocky white head, great thick lace.
S: Fruity, with Bartlett pear, passionfruit, and banana, with a light earthy hop note.
T: Some mild malt flavour, not very estery. A lot of hop character - hay, earthy, almost Brett-like in it's dryness. Lots of coriander and white pepper.
M: Very dry, smooth, creamy mouthfeel from the carbontion, medium-bodied. Moderate hoppy aftertaste. Tad overcarbonated initially.
D: A pretty hopped up dry saison. More in the Fantome or De Ranke line than Dupont or Hennepin. Good beer, definitely a food beer and refreshing.
08-20-2010 01:32:30 | More by Halcyondays
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-07-2010 18:45:59 | More by Augustiner719
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
On-tap at Raleigh Times during a Summer day with a forcast high of 101! Served in a tulip glass a slightly hazy pale yellow with a nice frothy eggshell head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet fruit in front with a nice touch of spice. The taste is crisp sweet malts that quickly gives way to a sweet fruit finish. The beer is very smooth, crisp, and refreshing. This is just what I look for in a Saison, proof that a one can be just as good on-tap as from the bottle.
08-05-2010 16:03:41 | More by atsprings
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4/5 rDev +4.4%
330ml bottle from The Bottle, York..
Poured a coppery orange colour with a slight haze... slightly off white head pours big, billowy and meringue like then faded to light layer... very light carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... lots of sticky lacing...
Aroma - Lots of juicy fruitiness (apples, pineapples, grapefruits, banana), strong belgian yeastiness, earthy, some clove, candy sugar sweetness, light biscuity malts, peppery hops, grassy, some hay notes, floral honey...
Taste - Tart fruits (apples, pears, some lemons), light biscuit malts, again some clove spiciness, banana, light honey sweetness, Belgian yeasty notes, peppery hops, grassy...
Feel - Very sharp and dry when cool but becomes much more mellow when warmed up... very drinkable - the 6% isn't noticable at all...
Overall - An excellent saison and another fine brew from Urthel... recommended...
07-28-2010 07:40:51 | More by mdagnew
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
07-20-2010 17:35:07 | More by nickd717
Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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