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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Added by Todd on 01-06-2004

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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 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 Mar02x
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber pour with about a finger of white fluffy head. Lots of bubbles racing from the bottom of the glass.

S - Very sweet, fruit grapes and champagne

T - The flavor is balanced, subtle but nicely complex. Alcohol is present.

M - On the lighter side of medium with a nice amount of carbonation, good but not spectacular.

O: Not bad, well put together. A bit more sweetness would do the beer good.

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Photo of jtingue
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Hazy copper red in color. Pours with a nice finger and a half of head which quickly reduces down to a thick layer on top of the brew. This is retained well. Some alcohol feet present, but not retained well.

Smell. Very sweet, with an emphasis on fruitiness. Smells reminiscent of maraschino cherries and grape jelly. Also somewhat of a caramely sweetness behind this.

Taste. Quite tart up front, with a surprising bitterness that builds for a short time. This bitterness is then accompanied by a dry figgie sweetness. The bitterness is balanced by this but still present throughout. There is a significant alcohol presence that builds throughout the experience that contributes to a dry alcohol burned finish.

Mouthfeel. For me a near perfect mouthfeel. Medium body with plenty of almost effervescent carbonation. Drinkable but full flavored.

Quite a different quadruple. Maintains the complexity that you would expect, but differs from the trappist examples. The bitterness helps with this. It is not a bitterness that you associate with hops but one that goes perfect with the dry fruity flavors of the beer. Very enjoyable indeed.

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Tripel Karmeliet Tulip glass.Enjoyed on apr´11.Pours reddish light brown in color.Foggy.Crown is a close,dense,big bubble,2cm thick layer foam.Yellowish in color.Yeast,raisin & acid fruit on nose.Spicy,sweet burning mouthfeel while dark fruits play on palate.Full body.Good carbonation not bothering at all.Prune & apricot on the aftertaste soften the ABV.Well balanced & complex flavors & aromas.Pleasant drinkability.Look out!.alcohol level is gentle but actually present.

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

Urthel Samaranth 12 Quadrium, sounding in name more like a star in the Horsehead Nebula than an ale, announces its presence to the nose with all the subtlety of a supernova. Huge sugars, noticeable from several inches away, float from the bottle and smell of brown sugar, candied figs, lychee nut, and cognac.

On the tongue, the brew is as complex as wine and quite penetrating. Fruit esters including bananas, oranges, lychee nut, and white grape stream through the mouth, orbiting a huge caramel and brown sugar malt base. Vanilla and nut meteors pound the earth, and strong cognac flavors streak the sky above, setting the atmosphere awash in what is, unfortunately, quite a strong alcohol burn (11% ABV). The aftertaste is a blister of the above, dominated by alcohol-laced candied fruits. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while the flavors in here are superb, the ale is hindered by the poorly-disguised alcohols, which tend to overpower everything else--especially as one gets deeper into the bottle. The tastebuds simply can't handle the strain, and collapse into Urthel's vodka-sting event horizon. Approach with caution, and drink very slowly.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber pour with about a finger of white head. Lots of bubbles racing from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is great, retention is alright.

S: Very sweet. Belgian yeast mixes with a nice malt backbone and some booze to balance the smell out. Seems to be decently balanced, but a bit muted.

T: Dark fruits, very boozy. Rounded out nicely by caramel. While the beer is sweet, it is certainly not overly done. The flavor is balanced, subtle but nicely complex.

MF: On the lighter side of medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: Not bad, well put together. Very good representation of the style, I only ever saw it once and held onto it for around 6 months. Might pick another up if I see it again.

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

Look: the beer pours a dark brown-amber color with medium light brown head
Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits and red fruits, nut and some spicy alcohol
Taste: Follows the nose. Clean and malty, spicy notes and a bit sweetness, alcohol notes and a nice spicy bitter finish
Mouthfeel: full body and medium carbonation
Overall: Nice beer, will age some for later

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brewers claims that Urthel Samaranth is brewed in a way that only Belgian Brewers can and, indeed, considering the level of lush, creamy head present in an 11.5% percent beer, I'd have to agree (especially seeing how ornate the lacing turns out to be, like Corinthian pillars). Otherwise, however, this deep, dark body doesn't provide much to look at.

The aroma has some dark fruit and malty richness, but it smells like someone pulled its batteries out. It lacks the complexities, strength and dessert-like qualities of many of the style's best. It's still worth smelling but the return on your sniffs is considerably higher with other quads. Most of what I'm taking away is a savory herbal element and some esters.

These type ales are very strong indeed, but they're not the kinds of beers designed as if to say: “look! My dick is bigger than yours!” They are complex and mellow, not brute. While their strength is perceivable, the alcohol is integrated and the profile offers plenty of rich fruitiness in the shape of prunes and dates as well as tremendously sweet maltiness that's like liquid caramel. While it would hold up in the cellar, I don't see a need - this is sublime!

Quad is a style that's very easy to brew too sweet - ask just about any American brewer. It's meant to be sweet, to be sure, and this one is nothing if not sweet, but unlike weaker examples it has a complex web of flavours and lots of malty depth to back it up. The finish therefore, despite the brown sugar and fruity notes, is not cloying, but instead quite decadent - a beer equally worthy of desserts as it is hearty, slow-cooked meats.

Urthel Samaranth has all the rich sweetness and sensual qualities that have made the Quad legendary in the beer world. It is, for my money, every bit as good as the household names and definitely deserves more limelight than it's currently given. This is one import worth the extra few dollars - you'd be hard-pressed to find such quality from non-Belgian brewers.

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Photo of bfields4
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber body. Medium sized head decent lace.

Dark fruit and quite the funky aroma I can't quite put my finger on. A bit of hops even which is strange for the style.

Dark fruits rule take the show here too, but there are other flavors going on in the background. A sweet malty body reminiscent of a dopplebock or barleywine. A bit of a spicy characteristic as well.

A tad hot. A decent brew, but nothing to get too excited about. I think I'll stick to hop-it.

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Photo of skylab
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I know the numbers may not exactly add up here but hear me out.

Poured out of a 12oz bottle, that was more long-necked than the picture provided, into a generic pint glass. Bottle may or may not matter. I am not knowledgeable enough to know.

Smells a bit sweet but pours a nice amber with at least an appreciable head. First sip is warm with alcohol which is a surprise. I thought this would be a higher ABV brew because of that but it still mellows quickly to a cane syrupy and fruity middle. It then drifts to a sort of glossy damn-it's-all-gone-should-have-bought-more finish.

I like it. Not a session beer, but not meant to be. Very nice.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dense deep copper body with a reddish glow at the base and a super thick light tan head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S-The smell of dark sugar and a vinous note comes through during the pour. There is some dry sweetness and more dark sugar layers as the beer opens.

T- The dry brown sugar flavor has some caramel notes and a roasted malt flavor that is soft but grows a bit as the beer warms. There is a soft cream cheese note and a sherry taste to the finish with a soft sweetness to the finish. The aftertaste has a touch of bitterness but I'm not sure if it is hops or dark malt. There are some cherry cola notes to the dark sugar as the beer warms a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz and a warm alcohol heat that turns into a soft burn as the beer opens up.

O- This beer has some nice flavors but not a great deal of depth and a pleasant alcohol that works with the soft sweetness.

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Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce glass of this on a recent visit to a local bar. I like the products from this brewer as they try to marry Belgian qualities with those of American brewers. Overall this beer was very good and I'm not a huge quad fan.

Appearance was a deep copper, almost brown with nice, light tan carbonation that left great lacing behind.

Aroma was a combination of strong belgian yeast as well as dark fruit and heavy malt. Maybe a little bit of hops as well.

Flavor was intense but very well balanced among the malt, fruit, hops and yeast.

Overall a very good beer, a little on the strong side for me and better for winter, but something I'd wholeheartedly recommend.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Urthel : Samaranth

Poured into its branded glass. A rich amber/copper in hue, some small yeast particles are suspended. Soapy white head forms and recedes to a fine layer. Sweet whole grain bread in the smell along with some brown sugar. Complex beer, roasted malt, caramel, fig, raisin. Very little alcohol presence for an 11% beer. Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied. A good quad, true to style, and is a detriment to sobriety.

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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 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 AmericanGothic
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had this quad before and after trying the UrtheL Saison and Urthel Hop it I thought it be time to try this one. I picked up a few bottles from the bottle shop around the corner.

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter.

It came out copper brown with a full two finger head. Enthusiastic carbonation visible.

Strong caramel scent. Very sweet. Malt and yeast are also detectable on the nose.

Very sweet candy like flavor. A surprising amount of alcohol heat on this one. I feel the 11% go down pretty good.

A creamy medium to full body. Lots of carbonation. Dry to neutral finish. Leaves my mouth pretty well coated with the candy like flavors and a alcohol burn.

Not the king of quads but a good quad. Since I also have great acces to Rochefort, St Bernardus and even Westvleteren I don't see myself picking up this one more often.

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

This is my first Belgium Quad. Poured into my crystal mug the color is a rich deep amber gold, with a creamy beige colored head, about one inch and lasting for awhile.
The smell announces a very complex palette. Malt, caramel, butterscotch, dark fruits, brown sugar, fig and you probably could go on in finding aromas. Very inviting!
The taste is just vas complex and is dominated by sweetness, but not to a level of discomfort. All of the above flavors and more balance each other quite nice. You can feel the alcohol.
Very dangerously drinkable. Good mouthfeel and nice tingle. Certainly will buy this beer again, and will add one to my collection to be aged. Great job!

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ a one finger chocolate head- nice looking beer. Smell is of fig, licorice, spice, and alcohol. Not crazy about the licorice smell. Taste is that of licorice, spices, mint(?), alcohol. Maybe some clove thrown in? Mouthfeel is clean, w/ fig/alcohol aftertaste. Not the normal quad- this is definitely different than anything in this style that I've had. Pretty good, but not great. Some of my buddies really liked this one (more than me). Glad I got to try this beer.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, served 40 degrees in glass St Bernardus beer challis

A) Very cloudy mixture, burnt milk chocolate with lots of suspended carbonation & yeasties. Slight off white head.

S) Candied sugar, licorice, nutmeg, dark fruit and citrus. Very complex.

T) Sticky sweet malt, roasted nuts, bread pudding, espresso and an ample dose of bitter hopps

M) Very thick and syruppy but lots of fine carbonation that lasts throughout the pour.

D) An outstanding quad with unique hoppiness

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Photo of cooch69
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured into a Tulip form a standard 11.2oz. Belgian bottle.

Lovely deep amber copper color with a nice tan white fluffy two finger head which lasted really long.

Nose of candied sugar, heavy doses of malts, butterscotch and alcohol.
This beers has a deep alcohol warmth to it yet it is still well balanced and complex. Bready malts come through first with a spiciness(nutmeg). Some dark fruits including raisins and figs and a nice warming alcohol to cap it off.
This beer is full bodied with a lovely creamy mouthfeel. A worthy component in the land of Quadrupel's.

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Photo of diamondc
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$11.99 for a 750ml bottle. Cork says 42/08

A: Decent size head, clear copper shade (on the first pour), steady stream of bubbles. Good, but Ive seen better.

S: Butterscotch candy, caramel, mead, misc. tropical fruit punch aroma with some fusel alcohol lurking.

T: Grape, butterscotch, sugary raisins, cinnamon, cider-y sweetness. I cant really detect a hop flavor here since the sweetness overwhelms everything.

M/D: Really easy to drink despite the high abv and almost cloying sweetness. A good beer to try at least once.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best before March 2013.

A: Wine-dark brown, topped by creamy head. Murky enough to prevent anything but a shadow from being visible through the beer. Some sediment. Good lacing.

S: Sweet. Almost too sweet. Candy sugars and faint apricot.

T: Not a let down, fortunately. Sweet, but not oppressively so, with definite dried apricot notes and plenty of candy. Lighter than expected, with some spices and yeast sneaking in. The aftertaste is hopped, dryish, briefer than I'd like, and full of flavour -- predominantly light fruit. Great beer.

M: A bit thin at times, but, on the whole, quite satisfactory.

D: Quite drinkable for the ABV (which is only occasionally noticeable). A good Quad, but not the best. I would drink it again, certainly, but I hesitate to recommend it above more worthy competitors.

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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
4.03 out of 5 based on 564 ratings.
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