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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Photo of deebo
2.52/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle with a BB date of 01-2014.

A-Murky reddis-brown color with lots of bubbly carbonation and a filmy tan head.

S-Strong whiffs of sweet malt (grape and plums) with a hint of alcohol.

T-Alcohol definitely there, not nearly as well hidden as some other quads. This overshadows the sweet malts-a strong rum raisin taste.

M-Somewhat thin bodied for a quad. Heavily carbonated.

D-This ia definitely a sipper, I enjoyed it a bit more as it warmed, this is a nice night cap. Not a beer to start your night with.

O-The smell is better than the taste experience. Lacks malt backbone and is overburdened with the high alcohol. I'll give it a try after it sits in the cellar for a couple years.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy amber body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Light, toasted maltiness with white grapes, a mold-smelling yeast character, and light sherry notes.

Taste: Moderately sweet, with bready malts and a distinctive, yet peculiar mélange of fruits: white grapes, quinces, and pineapple. Some slight bitterness in the sharp finish.

Mouthfeel: Straddles the fence between medium and full-bodied. Low carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: I can't properly explain it, but this bizarre beer saddens me.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.86/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/15/2008 (bottle):

Pours a strong brown body, hard to see through. Average head, tan-whitish, diminishing. Heavy aroma of grape juice, that's all I get, and not very strong. Alcoholy grapey taste, heavy, but not too bad an aftertaste. Very strong mouthfeel, a little fizzy but not soft. As it warms up, more fruit flavor, but also much alcohol flavor. A little smoother.

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Photo of meathookjones
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a squat 11.2 oz bottle this was a surprisingly clear orange with tall white head. Light rings of lace were left as the foamy head receded. Fruits and sugar sweetness dominated the aroma. Some alcohol was there as well. Not much else unfortunately. Sweet candy sugars and light fruit notes made up the majority of the flavor as well. Alcohol was a bit more apparent in the taste. Not much going on here it seems. No off flavors just sweetness and alcohol. Warming with a syrupy sticky sweet feel to it, pretty thick. Drinkability was so-so. Definitely at the bottom of my list for quads I have tasted.

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Photo of illidurit
2.91/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into my Westvleteren goblet. Pours a sort of ashen goldenrod color, sort of sickly to be honest. Certainly far lighter than any standard quadrupel. Creamy tan head displays great retention and leaves films of sticky lacing. Aroma is diacetyl and caramel. And that's it. Flavor is very similar. Old butterscotch and caramel make this a very sweet beer. There is also a whisper of dark fruitiness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and sticky from the sweetness. Pretty one-dimensional, and possibly suffering from a brewing flaw with all that diacetyl. Not really mindful of the style either.

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Photo of Freethyhops
2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a- pours a pretty standard amber color. a bit lighter and reddish. seems an unusual color for this style. the head isn't particularly impressive. it does show nice clarity but this one isn't what I'd expect at all from this style

s- a quite intense mix of fruity yeast esters, moderate alcohol presence, and strong malt sweetness. the sweetness is almost Kool-aid or candy-like sweet. some nice fruit tones enhance the heavy sweetness with some cherry and raisin. it's fairly one-note with just a bit of spiciness pairing with the alcohol.

t- rich strong malt sweetness. it has a slight hint of caramel but the intense fruity esters of cherry and dark fruit completely dominate the sweetness after that. no hop presence I can find. the moderate-strong alcohol is a bit spicy and with strong perfume/floral influence. a slight breadyness. the alcohol really starts to overpower as it warms. the candy like sweetness doesn't cover it up exceptionally well.

m- nice medium-full body with a fairly pleasant high carbonation level. the alcohol bit and warming is just a bit much in this one. it's really knocks this beer down a notch. I don't mind a bit of booze but this one just seems like sugar, fruity yeast and booze.

d- I'm glad this bottle was a leftover for volunteers at a recent brewfest. this definitely isn't worth the premium import price. I'll take any Allagash among many others all day over this one. the alcohol presence hurts this one's quaffing rate significantly, too.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" of eggshell head over the light copper brew. Head is resilient, with good lacing. Aroma is yeasty fruits, with a sweet undertone. Taste is initially slightly spicy malt, which gives way to excessive sweetness. Alcohol is not particularly apparent, but that mouthful of sugar could hide just about anything. Mouthfeel and drinkability both quashed by the sweetness, which for me, even for a quadrupel, seemed over-the-top. Worth a try if quads are your thing, but I probably won't be revisiting.

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Photo of nomad
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale orange color with sparse bubbles for a head, it is as pale and clear as a high alcohol Belgian you might ever find.this Smells strongly of booze, bushels of floral hops, and a sickly sense of fruit esters. Maybe only one scent came at a time, but each was repelling on its own though even moreso in succession. Unfortunately this carries over to the palate which is hot with bare alcohol. The body is sweet in a light cordial fruit-wine way but then barraged with prickly stings of floral hops.

Appears that I should cellar one for awhile and then re-assess. A bit brazen and sharp at this point.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a duvel tulip

A: Pours a hazy brownish-orangish red that came with 2 and a half fingers worths of off white/light tan head. Left some lacing on the glass, but not as much as most quads.

S: You get your typical quad/BSDA characteristics here: Dark fruits such as plums, figs, currants and raisons but you also get some more hops then you usually get. Some bitterness smell there along with some pretty apparent alcohol.

T: It has a dark fruit (currants and figs mostly) mixed with a pretty big hop character -pretty unusual for a Quad. Bitterness isnt over the top but something new i haven't experienced yet. Alcohol very apparent in this beer; gives it a dry finish. Spices are there to but not over powering. Belgian yeast and candied sugar really masked by the alcohol

M: Creamy and smooth like a quad should be. Very good carbonation. Alcohol very apparent in this beer. Slight burn on the back of the palate. Alcohol could be masked a little better.

D: Fairly good Quad, first that i have had that was fairly bitter. Overall pretty average drinking quad. Not the best on the market but still pretty good.

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Photo of bark
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is medium brown with a tint of brown. Although there are traces of yeast in the bottle, the liquid is clear. The small white head quickly sinks down to a fine lid, leaving some lacing.

The smell is alcoholic and fruity, it males me think of plums-in-brandy candy. Hints of dried fruits, ripe apples, cognac and marzipan.

The taste is sweet with a quickly passing sour note. Earthy notes of ripe fruit, raisins, marzipan, bitter almonds. The aftertaste is sweet with some notes of malt, mixed dried fruits and a slowly growing bitterness. Lots and lots of alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is mild. Small bubbles. The liquid is sticky.

A quadruple just a little above the average. Maybe it gets better after some cellaring?

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Photo of RedHaze
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy, funky amber tinged brown with a two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap. As the head settles it leaves behind a thin webbing that only sticks to the glass for a few seconds.

Smell; tons of dark fruits and sweet caramel and brown sugar malts. There's a slightly dusty yeasty presence, as well as some spices.

Taste; there's a big hit of alcohol and sugar at first. Some dark fruits, with plums and raisins come out, along with some caramel and brown sugar, but the alcohol and overly sweet sugar never really fade. Between the alcohol presence and the overwhelming sweetness, this has to be my least favorite quad to date.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy/sticky, and the drinkability is only so-so.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle in Brugges into a chalice.

It pours with good head big head, and an amber colored body.

The aroma is heavy and spicy, with some cherry hints.

Sipping beer, would drink again in moderate amounts, but can't drink a lot of it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slender 11.2 oz. bottle, "Quadrium Ale" neck label, strangely no front label. $4.99 from Artale. Production code: K05C10

Glinting rusty copper red, thick layer of foam across the surface. Smells like sherry, baked spice apples, brandy or other wine-based liquor. Drippy Belgian lace, lasting skim across the top. Long lasting retention.

Seems a little bit oxidized, notes of prickly booze, baked apples, cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and clove that numb the tongue. Sweet and sticky on the lips, overripe fruit and spiced apples soaked in brandy. A bit dry and fusely in the aftertaste, can't really get down with this. The booze is more than apparent, though somewhat appropriate for a Quad. Going to sip for a bit to see if it changes at all. Served around 50º, it's not making a good impression. Harsh alcohol, overly sweet, unbalanced. Not planning to revisit this.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Undated 11.2oz poured into a chalice.

Bright copper with a white head that is bigger than expected given the abv. Decent retention with spotty lacing.

Smells of belgian yeast, alcohol, bitter fruits, and sugar. Not much complexity, and the alcohol aroma is a bit off despite the style.

The taste is very alcoholic upfront and in the finish. There's some chalky yeast and suggestions of unidentified fruit in the middle. Not bad tasting, just awkward. Perhaps a year or two in a cellar could help smooth this one out.

I found the mouthfeel to be a bit light for a quad. I'm guessing the alc renders a numbing effect. Not impressed with the drinkability.

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Photo of bobsy
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at bier tempel in Brussels and took it back to my friend's place of Stokel.

Poured into a snifter, which I was surpsied to find in the cupboard, Samaranth pours a rich mahogaby with a whispy beige head that left a few streaks of lace. The aroma consisted of sweet raisinsm dry grain and apparent alcohol which did not bode well. Sadly, the taste was far too busy, and the alcohol poorly concealed for a quad. There's a lot of sweet dark fruit mixing in with chocolate and toasty grains, and a good spiciness is provided by the yeast. This is somewhat marred by the alcohol burn of this beer, which appears to be heavy-handed and unfortunate. The mouthfeel is to style, with a fuller feel and moderate carbonation.

With age, I expect this beer would improve, and aside from the blatantly obvious alcohol it does perform well. Don't drink it young.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Shared this beer with Stopper. Sample is a corked and caged 750.

Poured at cellar temp into a snifter the beer is slightly hazy amber color with frothy bleached white head of 2 cm.
Aroma is fruity with berries and pear coming through.
First sip reveals an average body and lighter than expected texture. Carbonation is very soft and mild.
Flavor is also surprisingly mild overall with some grainy malt and light fruit. this time white grape primarily dominates the fruit mix.
I also get a bit of booze but not enough to suspect the 11.5%. This is a very drinkable beer, but a little mild for a quad. I was a little disappointed.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a small foamy cream colored head that fades quickly to a thick film. Smells of toasted malt and butterscotch on top of apricots and apples. Hazy, glowing golden amber colored beer. Flavors of light fleshy fruits mix with a light malty sweetness. The bitterness picks up midway through and becomes almost salty towards the end. Mouthfeel is slightly slick, and the alcohol is warming. The bitterness fades as the beer warms and the flavor really smooths out. Not bad, but I'm not a big fan of strong sweet toasted/butterscotch flavor.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was listed at the Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Festival as a Barelywine. Some much for creative names. Whatever you call it, this beer was interesting at best. It is served in a Chimay chalice with a clear yellow color and a thin head. There is s fruity aroma and a light yeast smell to go along with the barely impressive color. The flavor is sweet with notes of citrus, candy, and light malts. It did not taste like such a big beer. Kudos to the brewer for being able to hide 12% without over doing the flavor. As impressive as that may be, I still was not terribly impressed with the flavor of this beer and consider it slightly above average at best.

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Photo of Squelch
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Murky cloudy brown. No head.

Smell: Sweet smelling. No aromas.

Taste:Complex caramels. Spiciness. Funkineess in here as well

Mouthfeel: Heavy. Alcohol heat.

Overall: Not rally digging this one. Alcohol too strong. Too sweet. Needs work.

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Photo of linnet
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby colour, small white head. Aroma is not good at all, smells like chemical solvents and that ruins it. Apart from that i find Burnt sugar and dark fruit in the aroma, maybe with a hint of honey. Flavour is better than the aroma lets on, but it is overwhelmingly sweet to an extent that it takes over all the other flavours, with that said I do find some nice notes of dark fruit, honey and port that makes this beer interesting enough to get a rather good mark for flavour. Palate is ordinary for the style.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33c stubby brown bottle. Been sitting on this longer than I had intended (a few months) so let's see where it takes me. Clear copper with a thin ivory lacing, surprisingly no yeast in the bottle. Tiny bubbles constantly cascade from the bottom of my Duvel glass, keeping the lacing intact. Spicy, slightly smoky aroma blends with bubblegum and apple cider. Taste is rather one-dimensional; the hops are ever present at the start, but nothing seems to follow but the warming alcohol finish. Highly acidic and quite dry in the finish as well. My stomach is warm. The alcohol is present both in warmth and quickness to the skull. Watch out for this one. Though I believe any beer is worth trying once, this is not one worth seeking out in my opinion. If you can find this, you can certainly find better Belgian examples of the style.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
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 PlutonowyManiek
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color: brown burgundy, with a slight haze. Beige head, high, average life.
The aroma mainly dark fruit, a touch of roasted, delicate liqueur, nuts, fresh-baked bread.
Taste: dark fruit, roasted plums, light roasted nuts, parched crust of bread.
Gentian "burnt", dry, short but intense.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Production code 17JE (I've had this for at least a year and a half)
A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a strangely orange tinged, pale amber colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a very pretty, lightly hazed, reddish-tinged, very orange, slightly gold color. Interesting aromatics of concentrated pale malts, caramelized orange zest, dusty malt, pear notes, a touch of melon, slightly musty / funky and a slightly tart note that is a bit like pears or perhaps even a touch of tamarind. The nose on this is not quite as aromatic as I might have hoped, but it is interesting enough.

Somewhat sweet, but definitely rich and chewy (especially as it moves across the tongue). Lots of pale malt character here with notes of toasted grain, crushed soda crackers, honey notes and a biscuit like note in the finish. The honey notes play up a light herbal note somehow; really the malt and herbal notes combine to make me think of a herbal varietal honey. The texture of this is interesting, it is thick and somewhat creamy, but has enough carbonation to fight this, almost to the point of discord; while I like the texture overall it can be a little disjointing at times. The malt character has an almost aged character to it (though age probably has nothing to do with it); notes of golden raisins, stale yet still moist apricots, dried and oxidized pears, and even a bit of star fruit. At times this can have hints of butterscotch to it, though this really seems to be a mix of the other flavors

Somehow this is a bit dull tasting; certainly not bad and nothing seems particularly off, but I is just not quite as well balanced and flavorful as I expected.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 11?01/2010:

330 ml bottle at 45* into a chalice.

A: This pours a dark red color with lots of sediment and a thick, one-finger, creamy head that is quite typical with bottle conditioning. It also has considerable lacing.

S: It has aromas of raisins, dates, vanilla, and a fair amount of alcohol.

T: It tastes like sweet dark fruits and brandy.

M: The body is lighter than expected and it has some alcoholic "hotness" to it.

D: This is a tough style to nail. This is drinkable but it certainly isn't up to trappist quality.

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