Urthel Samaranth | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Urthel SamaranthUrthel Samaranth

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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 craftbeersweden
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogny colored, clear, beer with a small, beige, head.

Nose: Caramel, brown sugar, raisin, fudge, molasses an chocolate.
Taste: Caramel malt, burned sugar, dark fruit (plum, raisin), spices and cocoa.
Body: Full body and crisp carbonation. Smooth, warming finish.

Great Quadrupel!

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Photo of arkanu
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid beer, with a consistent foamy head that lingers for a while, even though the initial thick layer dissipates quickly.
Caramel-dark amber colored, little light passes through. The taste of alcohol is poorly masked and pretty strong upfront, but caramel and spices are also present. Carbonation is ideal, makes it easy on the palate and well balanced overall.
Distinct aftertaste of smoked plums, giving an unexpected sweetness that makes it very drinkable, despite the high ABV. A must try!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a chalice, the beer is an opaque, caramel-brown coloring, with a foamy, light, fluffy head on the pour that disappears after only a few moments in the glass. Aromas of cherry, apple, rich caramel, molasses, date, raisins, and hints of chocolate. Wow, this is rich! Flavors are very smooth and sweet, with a heavily roasted forward note enhancing the following apple and caramel blend. It's like a delicious apple pie. Candi sugar, molasses, brown sugar, dates, fig, and cherry all blend in nicely, as well. This is a very layered, rich palate. The body is huge, but kept in check with a healthy dose of carbonation to lighten it up without sacrificing any of the feel. The aftertaste is rich and sugary sweet, heavy on the fruit, like a piece of fruitcake. The finish is smooth, slow, and soft, with a solid fruity linger. This is a really good beer.

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Photo of stevoj
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
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 RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows sweet caramel, solvent-like booze, brown sugar and treacle.
Sweet and boozy flavour. More brown sugar, booze and some bready malt.
A little harsh and boozy.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy red/brown, rich head. Dark fruits, rum, candies. Very sweet and boozy, like Gulden Draak or La Trappe Quad. Nice dessert beer, but not on the same level with Rochefort, Westvleteren, Chimay or St. Bernardus strong dark ales.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the flass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Frothy, resilient lacing clings to the glass.

S- Usual dark fruit aroma of a quad with a bit of a metallic smell. Slightly sweet and slightly boozy.

T- Very smooth flavor of dark fruits including raisin, fig and plum. Somewhat sweet with the alcohol being very well concealed. Some vanilla tones are in there as well.

M- Somehow creamy and crisp at the same time. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A dangerously drinkable quad. Can easily hang with the best of the Trappist versions of the style. Very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of cratez
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Urthel Samaranth - 11% ABV Quadrupel - Consumed November 25, 2014.

A: Dark ruby hue with one finger of beige foam and chunks of sediment in the body. Head and lace dissipate about halfway through. Just an okay look, not particularly enticing.

S: Red plum, doughy yeast, blueberry, pancake batter, black cherry, alcohol esters, pruney-grapey notes, cream, and a hint of pear. A very appealing nose.

T: Pruney-plummy flavours, blueberry, doughy yeastiness, estery alcohol, pear, and grape skin with some warmth going down. Light cocoa notes develop as the beer warms, with more dark fruit, ethanol, and pear on the cough. A tasty and nuanced quadrupel.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, medium-high and slightly prickly carbonation, long, drying and chalky finish with a little heat in the throat. Solid palate; probably the best aspect of this beer.

O: A flavourful and enjoyable sipper that falls short of classics like Rochefort 10, Westvleteren 12, and St. Bernardus Abt 12. Still a good quaff, though.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Look: Dark brown, white lacing.

Smell: Mild dark fruits, roasted malt, cocoa nibs, toffee, candi sugar, earthy funk, wood, alcohol.

Taste: Toffee sweetness, grape medicine, toasted bread, cocoa, spices, funk, alcohol.

Feel: Full bodied, soft tight carbonation.

Overall: This is a strong brew for sure. Not one to have daily. Have one on Fridays or share a 750 ml. bottle with someone that is close to you. The alcohol is noticeable, yet it is not offensive in any fashion. This brew is very worthy.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Transparent dark copper. 1-finger head that dissipate fast. A lot of lacing

SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Piney, herbaceous, sweet.

TASTE - Piney, herbaceous, sweet. Rounded, well balanced. ABV very well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE - Light on the tongue. A bit thick, but not gooey. Just a little carbonation

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A very drinkable ale, well balanced. Not heavy or boozy, despite very high ABV.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: loose foam from start to finish....reddish-brown, relatively clear till a few yeasts slipped in....

S: clean ,vodka-like booze... some light, raisin-y fruit.... mellow yet full floral nuance... overall, nice but somewhat subdued

T: super-smooth, velvety-flowery, cookie-ish malt.... brown sugar, granola, background raisin.... superbly mellow and balanced - flavors don't explode, but excellent, nonetheless

M: ethanol-attenuated medium-light body.... subtle, spongy foam wash with each sip... easy-drinking - airy and light around a compact, satiny flow.... fairly restrained swell of boozy warmth midway through each sip

O: one that doesn't bombard the senses with flavor.... gotta let it sit for awhile for it to open up.... even then, dry and quite mellow... nice, if you're digging the subtleties and simply want to quell the swelling in your brain

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Photo of BeerGod27
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel red color.
Figs, rasins and grapes are on the nose. Slight nutty and grassy smells are detectable too.
Taste is smooth but complex as you would expect from a quad. Raisin is the most detectable taste but apple (for some reason) and molasses are present too. Finishes somewhat sticky with a bready aftertaste.
Not the best quad I've had but very respectable.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - clear ruby crimson liquid with beige head

Smell - plums, cherrie, nutmeg

Taste - plums, cherries, caramel, nutmeg, allspice

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, high carbonation, sweet upfront but not cloying nice spice profile as well. Good balance

Overall - very nice quad, I was surprised by how good this was

Price Point - $4.79/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite foamy head but disseapering quite quickly. Good autumn dark brown colour. With some little bubbles dancing in my glass.

The smell is warm, syrup, sugar and caramel. Also I get some milk chocolate as well. a Bit alcohol.

The taste is wonderful. Warm, silky and smooth. a Little bit strong but also quite good drinkable. a Palate of fine sugars, roasted barley and warm slighty alcohol.

Good beer for the cold winter days....

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Photo of Asgeirr
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Blindpigbiz
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: dark chocolate with heavy malts and butter carry thoroughgoing one's olfactory senses

Taste: very heavy dark fruits--ripened plums specifically--with powdered sugar, malty hints throughout, and a warm bourbon spice carries during the duration of this beers life in your mouth

PAIR with a funnel cake and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, or with a pretentious hamburger

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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 haazer
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - A iced tea brown looking brew. Darker by the head, and lighter at the base. The head pours to 1 1/2 fingers of condensed tan foam. Lasts in a 1/4 " layer for some time.

S - Strong smell of dark fruit on first whiff. Plums and raisins mostly, a bit of caramel, and Belgian yeast.

T - A wonderful blend of plum, molasses, carmelized malts and the right balance of sweetness. The yeast makes its presence known and adds another level of complexity. The booze is well masked here but warming to say the least.

M - Mouthfeel is just right. Between a medium and heavy body, and mid level carbonation. Pretty drinkable for the punch this packs honestly.

O - I thoroughly enjoyed this quad. The nose didn't live up to the taste but that'd be my biggest complaint. Great complex flavor, awesome mouthfeel. A case of this could probably last forever but a 4 pack would be a great pickup.

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Photo of MShirokov
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. The main thing this beer had going for it was a distinctly "nutty" aftertaste, which I found interesting. Other than that it kinda tastes like "normal beer" which isn't bad at all, but I was expecting a much more complicated flavor from a "quadrupel."

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Photo of pjwilson
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First days of spring. 750 poured into Chimay chalice.

A: lighter than expected. Amber brown. Nice thin head and fizzy carbonation.

S: nice Carmel and plums

T: classic dubbel taste. Raisins, figs and hints of Apricot.
No alcohol at all

M: very light smooth and drinkable

O: this is a winner for sure. Nice take on the style that is different than the Trappists.

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Photo of DJoe
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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 thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : dark amber color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : sherry and wood aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet, with roasted malts and caramel, alcohol presence in finish.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the Belgian style Quadrupel.

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

Samaranth is a Quadrupel in the vein of other heavy, alcoholic, mead-sweet Belgian brews such as Gulden Draak and Kasteel. Despite the 11.5% ABV, the alcohol isn't that protuberant, but this is more to the credit of the cosmetic effect of the abundant sweetness.

The ubiquitous notes of raisin, toffee and caramel make themselves noticed aswell as notes of orange zest, anise and clove. Within the Quad style, this beer is to the aforementioned Belgian monsters what the West Flanders Ale style is to the Oud Bruin style. A profile more geared towards caramel and dried fruits notes as opposed to dark fruit.

Overall, a great brew but not quite as refined as the elite of the style. The aroma needs some sophistication, the taste could use a bit more complexity and the carbonation is plainly just off.

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

poured from a bottle into a chalice

hazy reddish honey caramel color with diminishing head

smell is burnt coffee, burnt sugar, roasted and smokey malts, and alcohol

taste is dark fruits, roasted malts, spices, sour yeast, alcohol and a buttery finish.

mouthfeel is crispy and sharp, medium body with a long finish of warming alcohol.

overall, slightly to bitter for my taste with a huge alcohol warmth finish. I have another bottle of this that I am saving, hopefully time will help balance it out.

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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
4.03 out of 5 based on 559 ratings.
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