Urthel Samaranth
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #40
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,121
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 10.32%
Reviews:
345
Ratings:
585
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Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  64
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Reviews by Asgeirr:
Photo of Asgeirr
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dark ruby colour, beige tan head with lacing aplenty along the chalice.

S: Dark fruits (figs 'n' plums), with hints of cherry. Lots of cedar wood along with hazelnuts and overall nutty draping. Dulce the leche-sweetness wraps it up neatly of what is mostly malt notes -- me likey!

T: Firstly a caramel and honey sweetness which is quickly subdued to a peppery and somewhat yeasty tartness. Then the aforementioned sensation of dark -- dried -- fruits appear. However the do not dominate or replace as the simply integrate with the other flavours. Finally, during the stages of the aftertaste,
the caramel/Dulce de leche comes right back with a remarkably balanced ending.

M: Full, round and very creamy. Noticeable, yet subtle amount of carbonation with a warming finish.

O: Extremely equilibrated, poised like no other. Belgians sure know how to make a beer tasty beer full of a disparate amount of sensations without having to compromise one taste over the other (take note, Yankees).

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Figs, raisins, dark fruit influence throughout and the alcohol at 11% is well hidden. Of course it gets better and better as it warms. Well executed!

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Photo of DJoe
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the Urthel Samaranth Quadrum Ale from a bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance was smooth: chocolate brown, with a 1.5 finger head

Aroma was great. Mixture of chocolately sweetness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel was spiked a bit by the high alcohol content

Taste: definitely a sipper. Strong alcohol is notable but not overwheliming. Some obviously hints of chocolate and caramel. Well balanced.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Urthel Samaranth has a thin, cream-colored head, a medium brown, murky appearance, and not much lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sweet, candied fruits, such as fig or dates. Lots of bread, as well. Taste is of sweet bread crust, spiced bread, fruits, fruit bread, some bitterness, and brandy notes. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Urthel Samaranth finishes between wet and dry, with a sure alcohol presence.

RJT

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Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. "Belgium's Newest Cult Classic" on the label. 11.5%.

Pours a cloudy (I almost always pour in the yeast) amber orange with a two finger head of off-white foam. The head falls to a nice coating and a ring, with very good lacing. Carbonation looks medium.

Aroma is dark malt, brown sugar, and spices like black pepper, cinammon, and vanilla. Pretty decent phenolics and some alcohol in there also. Smells great.

The first flavor is huge brown sugar/molasses and yeast, followed by some good phenolics. Hop bitterness is low. Spices like pepper, cinammon, vanilla, and maybe nutmeg are right there. Sweetness is high, , and the alcohol is very well hidden. Too well! Aftertaste is sweet, dark, and warm. (Sounds like a good woman!)

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with medium carbonation. This has a HUGE mouthfeel; lots of residual sugar. The finish isa warm, with great burps.

This is a delicious beer; huge, but very well made. It has some Belgian funk, but not much. Malt is the star in this one, along with the work of the yeast. Highly recommended.

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Photo of drmeto
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:
-pours a slightly hazy dark red with a medium to big,frothy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,plum,raisins,figs,chocolate,strawberry,vanilla
T:
-caramel,toffee,chocolate,grainy,figs,sugary,strawberry,toasty
F:
-high carbonation
-full body
-alcohol warmth
O:
Great Quad with a little too much sweetness

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a chestnut, raison burgundy color with a thick, ivory colored lacing ring.

S - Plums, raisons, toffee, dark Belgian candy sugar, cherry. Nice dark fruit aroma.

T - Follows the nose: raisons, plums, dates, cherries, some dark toasted Belgian candy sugar sweetness, toffee, and some minimal traces of alcohol (but overall well hidden). No alcohol heat permeating on the way down.

M - Big and full bodied, silky smooth texture.

O - This is a fine Quad.

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Photo of stevoj
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This was spectacular with chunks of sediment suspended in the glass. Medium brown with thin beige head. Heavy body. Thick, slick mouthfeel. A sipper, but delicious.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quitea nice beer, and although high alcohol is very smooth and drinkable.

Poured a honey color with a fairly small head, but excellent lacing in the glass.

Smell is a little astringent, but warming with definite alcohol presence and a strong malt note.

Taste is very nice with a malty yeasty taste typical of belgians. Very winey with a hoppy finish and primarily a malty body. There is also a typical stone fruit taste in the middle and a yeasty sourness at the end.

Very nice mouthfeel. Just right on carbonation and body.

Extremely drinkable. Has a nice winey taste, but very balanced, dep and rich while retaining a nice smoothness.

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Photo of ChanceK
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Estarrio
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Hildegard, the head brewer of Urthel. This is the one Urthel creation that I have yet to try and I'm honored to taste it in a glass provided by the brewing Goddess herself.

Poured clear gold with a medium, silky white head. The creamy head retained throughout, leaving sticky lacings on the walls of my glass. This is rather light for a quad!!!

Cherries, muscat and currants dominate the estery aroma. The sweet fruitiness is tempered by a big malt presence and a doughy, funky yeast quality.

Cherries, unripe plum, grainy pear and golden raisins mingle with sweet candied sugar to create a memorable first sip. A big malt character adds some balance to this delightful brew. Caramel, molasses, vanilla and chocolate flavors are also present, along with an earthy yeast quality. A sublte hop bitterness can be perceived in the finish. The flavors are smooth, balanced and complex while the high ABV is barely noticeable.

The ample carbonation creates a pleasing, light, fizzy mouthfeel.

You can tell from the first appearance that this is not your ordinary quad. Urthel continues to impress with solid brews that push the boundaries of existing styles.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stephendr
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color of clear honey - egg shell head semi frothy - nose of tobacco , red berries , molasses , chocolate , and metallic –Taste of molasses / brown sugar , subtle dark red berries , milk chocolate , and cane sugar – body is frothy , and creamy – aftertaste of molasses , acidic fruit , and is dry

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Photo of RollBounce
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big sherry like mid-palate, creamy head lasts, very tiny carbonation bubbles, ABV starts to show after 6oz or so, long finish, caramel-like sweetness, great Belgian yeast flavor, hint of dustiness.

overall, this beer is so good, if you're a fan of big Belgian beers, little sweeter than a Rochefort #8, but more hoppy than a sweet barley wine. A beer well worth checking out and well worth it's price ($9). Really enjoying it.

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Photo of srrn
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked caged bottle into goblet.

Clear golden straw color, unusaul for the quads I've had so far.

Faint smell of hay and cherries (A slight mark down here as I love the smell of quads and consider it a mark of a great quad, this is just a bit weaker in the nose)

Taste of cherries with a bit of nice bitterness at the end. This has got the quadruple mojo I love so well.

I look forward to trying more of their product as their whole line is available here.

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Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dherling
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a cloudy orange, light-brown colored body with a big off-white head with decent lacing. the nose is citrus, with a yeast and pepper aroma. the taste starts malty with an alcohol bite. It continues to grow into yeast, apricot, peach, plum, spice, pepper, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and oily. Finishes big and long with a burn.

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Photo of neckbracesub
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There are certain things in life that shouldn't be rushed: choosing your wife, buying a house, or drinking a Belgian Quadrupel.

This one came in a 33cl brown bottle (new shape and label to the one shown 20th Aug 2010, and at 11.5%ABV): I poured it slowly into my Westmalle chalice and allowed it to settle, I had too because the bottle brought up all the sediment as I poured it.

The beer was a reddy brown colour, the tanned head soon receded to a weak collar and a wispy covering. The floating grist refused to calm down, so I prepared my food pairing: Organic Cheshire Cheese and Black Olive Biscuits, accompanied with Hazelnuts. The food element wasn't touched until my review findings were complete, but with the sediment messing me around it took some will power not to attack the cheese before I had my first sip.

The aroma being given off was treacle and molasses, a rich fairground toffee apple sort of affair.

Once the beer began to settle correctly I began sampling its delights: very sweet upfront, like the smell, all treacle tart and no custard. The alcohol content reared its head within the mouthfeel but the expected hop bitterness didn't meterialise at all. The beer is a fireside, pull up an armchair sort of brew. Luckily the weather in Shropshire today is foul, wet, windy and very un-August like, so it fitted the bill ideally.

This is the sixth Quadrupel I've reviewed on BA, and I think it slots in midway on character and overall scores (without checking).

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Photo of jzlyo
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Sits pretty in the Palm tear drop glass; beautiful ruby amber color, clear, with a very tight white head that settles into a puffy cap. The aroma is sweet with raisins and candied cherries, some peppery spice and some fusel alcohol. The taste is big on honey and raisins, candi sugar, very light tobacco. A very very sweet brew; hard to separate from a BSDA. Moderate body with prickly carbonation, again very sweet but not quite syrupy or cloying. Nice big flavors but not quite what I expected from a quad, expected more of a malt body and balance to the sweet. Still a well made brew but for a quad I can find better examples.

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Photo of DARIVA
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown beer with a small head.

S: Caramel with raisins and the smell of cola.

T: Mild beer but with body, taste something of nougat.

M: Good tingling, delicious aftertaste, beautiful relationship.

O: Delicious beer with a distinctive flavor.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml caged and corked bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy brown-red body with a thin light tan head. Smells fruity - grapes, plums, and apples most noticeable, with a generous dose of brown sugar and caramel. Tastes very fruity as well, with apple and plum like qualities, along with a generous dose of caramel and toffee... Just a hint of alcohol toward the finish, with a fair bit of alcohol warming apparent. Heavy bordering on viscous body with light carbonation. A sipper for certain, but the pleasing combination of flavors helps the drinkability some. All-in-all a solid tasty quad, no more, no less.

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liammaloney
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark golden beer, a touch cloudy, with a thin head on a dark winter night with a thin dusting of snow. Smelled like sour fruit (the good kind). The head dissipated by the time I took my first sip, but the remainder left some nice lacing on the glass.

I had a sip and had a tiny "wow!" moment with myself. The opening taste was very malty, fruity, and sour, right in the front o my mouth. That was nice, familiar. The finish is what got me, however. It was very dry, and pretty bitter, with a long hot burning finish that ended with an unfortunate medicinal flavor, rather like cough syrup. Actually, cherry cough syrup.

Overall a nice and warming pint, but the finish had me drinking a glass of water and ordering something else new.

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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 585 ratings