Urthel Samaranth | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Belgium
urthel.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 01-06-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
565
Reviews:
337
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
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35
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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good but not outstanding yeast makes for a much better than average brew. SIgnificantly spicy, orange-pineapple citrusy, nice orange with pretty lace. Liquorish. biscuit medium mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Nice hops, noticeable alcohol. Barleywine and citrus yeast aroma.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking brown color with a good looking head on top. The retention wasn't too bad, but there wasn't much lacing. The smell of the beer is a little sweet and had some nice light caramel aromas and dark fruits. The taste is a little tart upfront but settles into a nice sweet and rich vanilla like aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is nice as well, it had a solid carbonation to it and a soft mellow feel to it. Overall this was a pretty nice Quad, doesn't beat La Trappe but still very nice.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was probably too far down that intoxicated role to open this beer. But my courage was peaking so I'm a jumpin' in. This beer was a serious kick to the teeth... and I enjoyed it immensely.

The pour delivers a burnt orange, rusty hue with a light haze, airy head formaiton, and the retention that is expected of great Belgian beers. Not as deep browns and ruby colors as expected, but a good look nevertheless.

Even before the appearance is observed, the fruity, malty sweet aromas grab me and drag me into the glass. Big scents of grapes, anise, apples, appricots, and lesser aromas of figs, raisons, dates, and pineapples. The esters are what sets this beer apart. Mild spicy notes of corriander, curraco, and white pepper round out the aromas and promised great depth and variety in flavor.

Super sweet maltiness hit the front of the toung and garner attention just before the fruity onslaught arives and eventually dominates the glass. Maltiness gives way to sugary sweet tastes that give even more rise to the fruits. Neither the spicy flavors nor the low hop rates give any validity to the balance leaving this beer super sweet.

The sweetness leaves the beer a bit cloying and causes a residual sweet film on the entire mouth. Thinning and warming alcohols gradually rise and eventually give a bitter taste in the back of the throat.

This beer is everywhere at once, but always giving a confectionate sweetness and wine-like fruitiness that makes it difficult to drink. It's sweetness, along with the disjointed nature of flavors and the inbalance keeps this beer from competing with the St. Bernardus and Chimays of the world. Definately prefered to the La Trappe and most American attempts of the Dark Strong Belgian styles.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served into Pache goblet in a cafe near Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: Four finger head of nice cream and thickness. Amber-brown colour; non-transparent. Appealing.

Sm: Yeasty, nutty hops. Maybe some esters. Alcohol is not detectable, a good sign.

T: Estery hops on the finish. Hoppy balanced body, some nuts. Alcohol warms in the aftertaste. Well built. I quite fancy it. The nuts are layered near-perfectly against the esters, which themselves refresh after the climax. It's gloriously complex and delicately crafted. Wow. Love the fruit.

Mf: Smooth and warm. Wet and dry at various points, but definitively neither. Very nice and complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Covers up its high ABV very well. You could easily down it because of how good it is; I did! Give this one a go, lads. You won't be disappointed. I'd love to try this on-tap.

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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 50ยบ, it's not making a good impression. Harsh alcohol, overly sweet, unbalanced. Not planning to revisit this.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a modest head that leaves some lace, nevertheless

Smell: Figs, cinnamon, candi sugar and alcohol

Taste: Sweet and figgy up front, with the growing influence of candi sugar by mid-palate; some hoppy bitterness builds as well, but this is very sweet; after the swallow, the bitterness takes a back seat to the figgy sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Not up there with the other Urthel beers I have tried; just too cloying

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy medium brown ale with a huge head with great retention. Aroma is mix between spices, great malt and strong yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average. Very sweet taste (probably a tad too much) with some subtle raisins in the background. Yeast is very present and may hides a bit of overall taste of this. Alcohol is not detectable which I always appreciate from brewers. Great for the style but still not up there with the greats (Westy, Rochefort, St-Bernadus).

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, dark copper color with some yeast sediment. It had a thick, foamy, tan, three-finger head that left behind good Belgian lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruit - plum and raisin, tart apple and a roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted spicy and of biscuity malt. The fruity flavors tasted of pear and tart apple.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a really nice quad. Another good one from Urthel.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into chalice; bottle code K08E8. Pours super clody reddish brown color with a small 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass; with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big molasses, caramel, dark candi sugar, pepper, fig, raisin, toffee, and light yeast spices. Big malty aromas here with a good amount of complexity. Taste of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, prune, dark candi sugar, pepper, roasted nut, biscuit, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and roasted nut on the finish for a while. Great flavor balance with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is fantastic. Very smooth to drink but is still definitely a sipper. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is an outstanding quad. Big flavor, complexity, and balance. Very smooth and highly enjoyable to sip on.

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Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Urthel Samarath

Pours a beige head. Color is a clear copper gold.

Aroma: Sweet and inviting. Caramel, plums, raisins, dried cherries. Malty with no hops showing.

Taste: Very bready and malty. Toffee and caramel with some spices. A lot of dark fruits. Plums, raisins, and cherries.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a bit of alcohol.

Overall, a decent quad with a lot of solid flavors. I dig it. I really enjoyed all of the fruit flavors here.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at State Line in Elkton. Served in an Urthel tulip that looks straight out of a cartoon someone on acid would imagine.

Pours a fairly-clear reddish-copper color with a good off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some mild caramel and a nice date character. Raisins there as well. Nothing too spectacular; fairly weak. The flavor really improves upon that. There's a mild amount of booze that works well with the raisin and date character. Really quite nice. Medium body and really smooth. Booze is nice. Really nice all around. Thanks to Amyliz4 for being gifted these glasses and picking this bottle out.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey,
Big fluffy 2 finger creamy head with thick lacing, clear mahogany brown color.

Nose of candi sugar, dark belgian malts, raisins, plums, dates, brown sugar, light booze, light mild hops,

Taste creamy rich belgian malts, a bit of candi and brown sugars, more fruits raisin, fig, light cinnamon and nutty malts, bit of booze, semi sweet but drier than I expected, a bit of a bitterness with a slight earthy taste and bit of mild spicy hops. Finishes a bit drier and sticky, lingering malts and just a hint of the dried sugars.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied with decent carb and warming booze.

Drink is decent, some booze but better than 11%, dry finish, bit of bitterness, nice.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pourrs ashiney orange with a fluffy head that leaves globs of lace down my tulip glass,aromas of toasted grain and very fruity banana really comes out along with some very ripe sweet pineapple even noticed a little chocolate in there.Spicey flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg with a light tropical fruitiness with the alcohol burn really coming thru as it warms.Quite yeasty in the Belgian tradition a good cold weather sipper here on Xmas eve a nice quad.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, much lighter than other quads. Aroma is yeast forward with a slight alcohol presence. Taste starts sweet, with hints of liquorice and gets more balanced to the end. Carbonation is on the higher side. Overall it's a good beer, not the best of the style but still a good choice.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02CF is the date code, whatever that means?? Decanted into an orval glass

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with 2 fingers of fluffed up/pudding skin-type white head.

S: Slight caramel & booze notes that fades once this warms up

T: Caramel, oaky dryness & some boozey warming up front. Toffee & maple syrup follows as this warms. Herbal; leafy hop presence as well shows up. Cakeyness, vanilla, & more oakyness follows. A faint peatty smokeyness, brown sugar, jammy apricot & pear + booze notes in the finish. Got better as it warmed

MF: Slick with low carbonation & some wetness

Drinks a little slow, due to dryness& little too much booze profile. But not for 12%. Not my favorite quad, but reccomended none the less. This brewery has yet to dissapoint me

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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
4.03 out of 5 based on 565 ratings.
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