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Urthel Saisonnière - De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

277 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ToasterChef on 02-25-2010

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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 $$.

Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
86 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.