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Urchon - Brasserie Des Légendes

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Des Légendes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-20-2005)
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Reviews by shapudding:
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3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hand carried back from the brewery by a great friend!
Best before end 2009. The label reads “The beer of hedgehogs’ marsh. Natural beer referenced in the bottle. Pure malt and hop, yeast, water”. Poured out with a decent amount of frothy, creamy eggshell head. Sparkling explosive fireworks of carbonation in the glass. Deep chestnut, almost ruby, clear and very dark. Deep and richly scented, malty, spicey, merlot. Smooth and light to medium body, tight carbonation. The creamy head sits on your lips after each sip. You feel just a touch of warmth as it sits on your tongue. There is the slightest bit of hop bitterness at the back of your tongue and the sides. Very balanced on the average, and nicely drinkable.

shapudding, Mar 20, 2005
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Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -16%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Ciocanelu, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Bierschenker
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While pouring a medicinal scent escaped from the glass.
I used a “Chalice” to serve this quite unfamiliar type of beer.
The colour is dark brown. It’s very hard to see through, but I manage to recognize some small yeast particles on the bottom. I can’t really make out how strong the storm of carbonation bubbles is.
At first, a brown bubble rich head came to be, but it soon collapsed, leaving no lacing. A very thin layer did remain, like brown foam, washed ashore.
The scent is awkward. The different elements are constantly rotating. “Unstable” comes to mind. I recognize yeast, liquor like alcohol, syrup-like sugariness, raisins, bread, cookie dough, figs.
Taste is complex and simple at the same time. Enormously yeasty, dark bread soaked in sugary water.
The aftertaste is slightly metallic, same bread taste => going over to dough, slight chocolate sugariness and bitterness. It lingers and lingers on.
The Mouthfeel is very heavy.
A nice degustation beer, not an everyday favourite.

Bierschenker, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of ManforallSaisons
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bottle bought at Beer Mania in Brussels this autumn poured into a tulip glass. It poured an attractive garnet color with a top of thin, ivory-colored foam and persistent streams of bubbles rising up the side of the glass like Champagne. I think I smelled cherries, toast, a foresty mossy underlay, some yeast. Sadly, this was the best of it. The beer was effervescently carbonated but not light in body, coating the mouth, leaving metallic hop bitters. The flavor was strongly root-beerish, a bit astringent, with some orange pith. I felt more than tasted the malt character as a sort of syrupy coating.

ManforallSaisons, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -16%

Poured from 33 cl bottle. Roasty aroma. Pours a dark brown with a good amount of head. Medium to heavy bitter taste. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation, with a bitter finish. Overall it is a bitter take on the strong dark Belgian style.

Nightwing, Aug 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

CWhite, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark mahogany with a light white head and light scattering of lace.
Smell is of cocoa, currant, raisins, light cherries.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with slight hops and sweetness.
Drinkability is ok. I'm on the fence with this one but I think I like it.

weeare138, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of MoustacheHero
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A draft offering from all the way across the pond.

A: The Urchon pours almost black, and against light turns deep red.

S: The smell in dominated by the banana and clove scents characteristic of Belgian yeast, with a touch of smoke.

T: Mild notes of the Belgian yeast, caramel, and malt. Not much going on here.

M: A very thin, somewhat oily mouthfeel.

O: Overall a middle of the road beer. I wouldn't refuse one, but I don't think I would buy one again.

MoustacheHero, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Absumaster
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with a fine head and medium carbonation.
Smell was caramellic with roasted/ burned malts which remind me of dark fruits. Also some earthiness of the hops.
Taste was caramellic, dry and maltbitter from the dark malts. Dark fruit and the dryness giving this beer just the right balance for a dark ale. The combination of the malt and hop give the beer the right amount of bitterness.
This is exactly how a dark ale should taste, caramellic, dry and maltbitter, excellent stuff!!

Absumaster, May 20, 2006
Photo of AgentZero
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Brown clear beer that turns red and yellowish in the light. Eggshell colored head leaves sheets on the side.

S - Dark fruit, brown sugar, little bit of yeast. Smell is all very muted.

T - So boring. Someone tell me what is going on here. Tastes like a lot of nothing. Watered down caramel, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. Yawn.

M - Smooth, low carbonation. Medium bodied.

O - Doesn't taste bad, just doesn't taste like much. I'll pass.

AgentZero, May 11, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours something of an amber brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The beer looks fantastic, but things went down a bit from there. On the nose I get some brown sugar, a hint of chocolate an vanilla, and some underlying citrus and spice. On the palate this beer is not much more impressive, with some brown sugar, a hint of licorice, maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg. Although the beer starts out as if it will be moderately sweet, it finishes with a fairly dry and spicey finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, and drinkability is pretty good. Alcohol is barely an afterthought in this beer.

There are a lot of unusual and interesting flavors in this beer, which I appreciate. On the other hand, I wish this beer had a bit more flavor, and that the flavor profile wasn't quite so thin. A solid enough beer, but probably not something I would order again.

John_M, Dec 11, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thin white head, which quickly dissipated to some edge lacing. The body was a beautiful copper color. No carbonation was observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Smells strongly of Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Lesser aromas of leather and nuts were also noted, which made for a very interesting and promising nose.

T- A lovely replicate of the nose... it comes off a little more bready than anticipated (in a good way) with some nice stale hops and booziness punching through in the finish. I must admit that I anticipated a *slightly* bigger flavor profile based on the nose.

M- A thin to medium body... a little more attenuated than I would like. There's also some nice velvety carbonation there too, which puts this just a notch above average in the mouthfeel department.

D- Oh yeah, very drinkable. Nice big aroma and beautiful flavor combine for a dangerously drinkable beer. Watch out... it can sneak up on you!

jgasparine, Nov 25, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Hellpop65, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

leitmotif, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of avaldivia
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Tap Room in the Coddingtown Whole Foods in Santa Rosa.

A: Murky brown. Little to no head or lacing.

S: Super light. I let this sit for a while and still could barely smell anything. I got a little sweet malt.

T: Same as the smell, but less pleasant. Brown sugar, a little fruit. But none of it tasted particularly good to me.

M: Light. Low carbonation. Smooth.

O: Nope. I was not a fan. The flavors just didn't do it for me.

avaldivia, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of paterlodie
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBE 2007. Great poorout with overwelming head with big bubbles but lasting very well and leaving laces that covers most of the glas above the beer. Nice darkbrown beercolor and clear. Nose is very malty with burnt edge and well dosed hoparome with it that gives it litle piney hint. Pepper and cinnamon spiced from yeast alltogether foating in this good caramel and blackberrysauce. Full taste also beeing maltycaramellicsweet and good roastnote and hoppiness afterwards.Altogether well balanced with good carbonisation. Makes it a enjoyable and good brew well worth trying.

paterlodie, Jul 19, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

lgmol, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of janubio
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled. Brown reddish colour, medium head with big bubbles, but not lasting much. Aroma of chocolate and plums, not very complex. Taste of caramel, some spicy, pepper. Body is lighter than I supposed. It's not bad, but I find it a bit dull and plain.

janubio, Aug 02, 2006
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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled from the Bottle and served to me by the Master Brewer, Pierre Delcoigne, during a Brewery Tour of Brasserie des Géants on Easter Monday 28th April, 2005.

Third of the five brews on offer was the Urchon. The third product of Brasserie des Géants, it was first brewed in 2002.

Some history straight from the Brewer….. Urchon, or rather L'Urchon, is “the beer of the marshes of the hedgehogs”. First created in June 2002 it is brewed with four (4) special malts and is a brown beer with a strength of 7.5% abv. The Brasserie des Géants is situated at Irchonwelz. The meaning of the name Irchonwelz consists of "Irchon" for urchon or hedgehog and "welz" for the crossing place across the River Dendre. The castle at Brasserie des Géants was originally surrounded by ditches and marshes. Even today the ground is still very damp and is a favoured place for our friends the hedgehogs. In local dialect, a hedgehog is an "Urchon" and the inhabitants of Irchonwelz are also Urchons.


Appearance: Dark brown body which had some dark ruby flashes when held to the light. Lovely fluffy tan brown head that lightens up slowly, as it gently pops and collapses it leaves a fantastic clumpy lacing on the edges of the glass. Solid conditioning throughout.

Nose: Lovely deep Brune aromas. Spicy aromatic malts, roasted chestnuts and a light fruity back end. Some dark chocolate too!?!

Taste: As with the nose, a simple profile but it works well thanks to being extremely well balanced start to finish. Lovely soft spicy feel to the malts at the start breaks into roasted chestnuts with a bitter-sweet chocolate finish. Lingering aftertaste, some slight warming….one to savor long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Unlikely the prickly variant, the Brasserie des Géants Urchon has a really super smooth mouthfeel; finely dissolved carbonation and a lovely silky feel is the trademark of this Brune.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this one, the previous two offerings were low on the radar and I was beginning to think that Brasserie des Géants may have a “three strikes and out”, but they went for a decent hitter with the Urchon. A lovely Brune that slides down easily.

Overall: Having tried the Saison Voisin and Ducassis before in the USA at the BeerAdvocate Belgium Beer Festival, and not really liking either of them, I was hesitant about this one and did not expect much. However, I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this one. I believe that this one is not exported Stateside, at least not yet. It’s a shame because it’s a damn tasty and very drinkable Belgian Brown Ale.

TheLongBeachBum, May 02, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, spice, and nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing really stands out to me.

UCLABrewN84, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Tinfang, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of EPICAC
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Boulevard in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown with a thick, brown head that fades to a quarter-inch layer leaving patchy but light lace.

Smell: Raisins. caramel, toffee and some light cherry aromas.

Taste: Malty, like the smell there are raisins, caramel and toffee. There are also some toasted malt flavors. The finish has a light spiciness and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite nice.

EPICAC, Dec 14, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

dcmchew, Nov 10, 2013
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Urchon from Brasserie Des Légendes
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