Urthel Samaranth | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian 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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Ranking:
#6,158
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
576
pDev:
10.4%
 
 
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36
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63
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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Everydayoff
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Hazy dark brown in color with a little amber tinge, the pour forms up thick foamy tan head with good retention, it slowly subsides to everlasting bubble sheet on the surface along with plenty of sticky lacing patch on the glass-side.

Prune, plum, cherry, dark grape, and dried dark fruits combine into mellow fruitiness affair. Solid malt aroma with a sweet breadiness and caramelized sweetness remind me of fruit cake when combines with the aforementioned ester from yeast. Others than that, there are also sugar, spice, and slight chocolate.

Deep fruity ester covers whole the taste buds, it reminds me of dark fruits, cherry, dark grape, prune, and plum. Thereafter, significant bready sweetness from malt takes over the palate together with a caramel, honey, vanilla, chocolate, and sugar. That is very sweet overall. Anyway, there is some peppery and spice to counterbalance in the middle where same time hop also provides a wee bitterness to fight against that sweet taste. Alcohol is hidden at first but gradually exposes from the middle until reach its peak at the finish with a dry boozy sweetness.

Rather full body with velvety smooth mouthfeel from its soft effervescence that nicely sweeps all over the palate, finish is dry and with some residual sugary sweet.

Complex as Quad standard while same time tasty, hefty, and intense as Quad standard too, it develops on the palate and grows on me sip by sip. No doubt this is a great brew and perfect for sipping in any special occasion.

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Photo of thatsmyspot
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pingchoi
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emeyer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
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 Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In reading through some of the reviews, I'm guessing this yeast and other undetermined variables make this beer somewhat unpredictable.
That's OK, that is part of the charm of Belgians... particularly their Quads (which I usually like... a lot in winter.)
One aspect makes this an average Quad: its sweetness doesn't really get controlled until the very end... after I sipped the last of the ale, the bitterness came out. By then, it was too late.
I enjoyed this and recommend it to Quad lovers, but this one is not balanced enough to be a champ.

Samaranth is listed among the "1001" and deserves to be there. Its got all the quirks Flemish brewers (but actually is contract-brewed by the Dutch Trappists at La Trappe.)

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Photo of PatrickCT
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown, with not a lot of head, but it doesn't dissipate quickly
Smell: full of molasses and sweet maltiness.
Taste: Really alcoholic, announcing the hideous level in there. Nevertheless, lot of sweet molasses taste, some chocolate. A little bit to sweet actually. Not that much hoppiness, but it does appear after the molasses taste went away.
Feel: full body. A lot of sweet aftertaste. Become bitter after a while, but not from the hop.

330ml bottle in wishbeer, Bangkok
A good quad, but somewhat to sweet for me.

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flyingpig
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£3.39):
A very nice Quad from Urthel & one that was quite an easy beer to drink despite the fact it came in at over 11% abv. The balance of the beer was a good one with the dark fruits working well with the caramel sweetness & the warming alcohol touches were mainly right at the end, although it was easy to tell it was a strong beer from the start; an excellent beer & on that surprisingly was even better than the bottle of Hop-It I tried from the same brewery back in 2014.

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Photo of Brend91
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Zacht-zoet, verfijnde bitterheid en een vleugje chocolade in de afdronk

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ivixor
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drmeto
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
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 bigorange
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
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 desint
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 576 ratings