Urthel Samaranth | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 01-06-2004

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Limenitis
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is a reason this beer is one of the top rated Quads. It is unbelievable. The head is foamy and a full opaque color that takes minutes, not seconds, to dissipate. The taste is crisp, full, and sweet. Truly, this is what I expect to pay a little more for when I purchase a beer from Belgium. Fantastic beer. You should at least try it once.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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Photo of generallee
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has no freshness or born on date, only a bottle number. (k28c7)

Appearance: It has a deep reddish burgundy colored body with a small beige head. The body also has a very hazy or cloudy appearance with lots of yeast sediment in it. Its head is short lived and leaves just a small ring of foam on top, around the edge of the glass. Lacing is very minimal.

Smell: In the nose I get nice fruity esters of golden raisons, figs, fig cake, liquorish and candy sugar. There is also a mellow brandy like boozy note that surrounds all the nice fruitiness.

Taste/Palate: With complexity like this it's hard to find a place to start. It has a deep rich full body with complex bready and fruity maltiness. Within it there are nice notes of golden raisons, dark sweet cherries, fig/fig cake, red liquorish, caramel and some raw grain maltiness. These notes all slowly reveal themselves with each sip and they are embraced by a pleasant brandy like warmth. The finish is still some what sweet but there are some dryer earthy yeast tones moving in here as well as some lightly spicy hop notes that bring mild bitterness. Its texture has a good firm smooth feel with plenty of soft carbonation to keep thing lively and set up the palate for the next sip.

Notes: Overall this is an outstanding Quad in my opinion. Its complex, it's big, it's pleasantly boozy, it drinks well, and the only thing I can really pick on here is the head retention and lacing. Well done!!!

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4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of being introduced to the brewer of Urthel and her beer at Toronado in San Francisco a month ago. Ever since then, I've been trying to get my hands on (no, not her although Hildegard is a sight for sore eyes) her Hop It creation, but I have yet to find a store in my area that carries it in the 1 plus pint bottle. While my search continues for that precious gem, I came across this accomplishment and what an accomplishment it is. This quad with the funny name was popped from a corked bottle and instantly got me pumped to experience its flavor. Lots of fruit, particularly strawberries and sweet fruit in general, but not in an overpowering way. And this is not to suggest this headed into lambic country...quite the opposite. It pours into my Duvel tulip glass with a deep copper color and a white head that settles quite nicely. Lace draped the glass throughout the entire experience. A very abundant aroma, again strawberries and sweet fruit gushed from my deep glass. And lots of candied sugar in the aroma too, which introduced itself in the initial taste. Again, not overpowering, but the sweetness balances so perfectly with the slightly boozy finish and the silky smooth mouthfeel. I think "balanced" best describes this quad. It's sweet pleasant flavor makes this a highly drinkable treat, in fact one of the best I've ever had. Although there is some alcohol in the finish and at 11.5% abv, it's a whopper of a brew which will give you a nice buzz, the alcohol is quite subtle. Drink it with a roaring fire in the hearth and a block of room temperature Cabot's Seriously Sharp Cheddar cheese. It simply doesn't get much better than that.

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Photo of brdc
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a small capped bottle into a goblet, it creates a nice, creamy light beige head, atop a murky orange-brown brew. The head comes down to a rim, but that rim stays all the way to the end.
The expected, great aroma typical of belgian abbey ales comes and fills the air from the outset - malty, alcoholic, sugary, but also a bit more spicy than the average.
Taste is exciting, malty, sweetish, bubblegums, caramel, yeasty at times, along with a somewhat unusual spiciness, peppery and even "salty" at times. As it warms up, the flavors get a bit more unusual and complex, nonetheless quite enjoyable.
Easy to drink for such a warmingly alcoholic brew, I can only have one at a time, but I am glad I have a few more in the cellar.

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4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a light chestnut/copper color. Two fingers of billowy, pale tan head with excellent retention and very nice lace. Clear with good carbonation.

S: Ripe pears, and lots of them! Some sweet bready malt behind that. Aromas become a bit muted as the beer warms, but still stay present.

T: Sweet molasses up front, then sweet malts, long finish with a bit of pepper and a ghost of bitterness. As the beer warms, a distinct menthol flavor and mouthfeel emerge, also layers of dark fruits. Alcohol just barely creeps in, some might not notice it at all. Whoa, bergamot slices through, and then guava, finally port! Very intense, and keeps evolving throug the very last sip.

M: Full bodied, but carbonation keeps it light and very creamy.

O: A fantastic quad. Will certainly buy this again.

I understand that the Koenigshoeven quad was the original inspiration for this, and they are quite similar. This one impresses me as a bit spicier and not quite as sweet, but variety is a good thing and I wouldn't fault either for not being the other. This one also seems far more complex in the flavor profile, and I'd give it five and a half on taste if I could. Luscious stuff, makes this quad-lover plenty happy indeed.

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4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I purchased this at the Charleston Beer Exchange.

First of all, I opened this after a long day of work in the sun.

Served in a Tulip glass, it had a 2 inch head with a yeasty smell.

The mouthfeel is smooth with an appropriate level of carbonation. Fruity tones - excellent depth and warmth. High level of yeast, if you like it. Taste is overall excellent.

Extremely drinkable - could easily drink this all night long.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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.


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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of rrski198
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Totally cloudy and deep dark brown. Average off white head, very little lacing. I can see lots of yeast particals floating around, yummy!

S: Very sweet fruit. Cherries, plums, raisins. Traditional belgian yeast scent with the deep sweet fruit smell of an old ale.

T: Biscuity, bready malt up front, then intense sweetness of dark fruits. The booze kicks at the back end of the mouth. Not as dry as expected. Booze bite sticks around.

M: Highly carbonation. Oily and thick. Its like a sweet fillm that coats your mouth. The booze leaves quite the tingle on teh cheeks and gums

D: Damn good beer. This beer is very sweet, however, the finish is clean and it doesn't seem like a sugary mess. As it warms the booze becomes more prevalent but it is quite welcome. Very complex and delicious.

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4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Brs. Dinaburg and McHugh.

The pour into my Chimay chalice raises a lasting two finger head that falls slowly. It's very creamy, and colored very light tan. The beer is barely translucent, and has very visible carbonation streaming from the center of the glass. The body has a murky brown color, but with an odd internal glow, perhaps due to odd light diffusion. The lacing is certainly resilient. There are some ruby highlights, as well. The nose is yeasty, darkly fruity, raisiny, caramel, and has hints of coffee. The taste is very sweet throughout, with many of the above characteristics joining in, plus a lovely cinnamon flavor. The alcohol is hidden very well, and only shows itself when the sips are too closely spaced. Perhaps it adds a bit of a peppery taste, too. The mouth is definitely on the thick side, with very tingly carbonation. Definitely the best quad I've gotten to thus far.

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