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Urthel Samaranth | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. "Belgium's Newest Cult Classic" on the label. 11.5%.

Pours a cloudy (I almost always pour in the yeast) amber orange with a two finger head of off-white foam. The head falls to a nice coating and a ring, with very good lacing. Carbonation looks medium.

Aroma is dark malt, brown sugar, and spices like black pepper, cinammon, and vanilla. Pretty decent phenolics and some alcohol in there also. Smells great.

The first flavor is huge brown sugar/molasses and yeast, followed by some good phenolics. Hop bitterness is low. Spices like pepper, cinammon, vanilla, and maybe nutmeg are right there. Sweetness is high, , and the alcohol is very well hidden. Too well! Aftertaste is sweet, dark, and warm. (Sounds like a good woman!)

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with medium carbonation. This has a HUGE mouthfeel; lots of residual sugar. The finish isa warm, with great burps.

This is a delicious beer; huge, but very well made. It has some Belgian funk, but not much. Malt is the star in this one, along with the work of the yeast. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle. Love the "Urthel" gnome on the front.

Pours a rich, deep, translucent gold color with a nice foamy two-and-a-half finger head in my tulip glass. The head is tenacious and stays for the remainder of the glass.

Aroma is a fruity and astringent, with some almost sharp maltiness. Smells a bit of slightly underripe red cherries, maybe a hint of green apple and some spices - cardamom, maybe a tinge of clove. Taste hits tongue sharply with the astringent fruityness. Again the cherry and tart apple with an underlying spicy flavored base. As it warms you can begin to taste the nuttyness of the yeast, and it becomes even more complex.

Mouthfeel is amply carbonated, smooth but tart, and the 11.5% ABV is masked very well. Very drinkable for a Quad, perhaps dangerously so. An excellent offering from Urthel.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330ml Belgian fattie. Picture of red-nosed gnome on the bottle and cap.

BA says this is a quadrupel, and the bottle says quadrium ale... But all the quads I've had before were dark. I was surprised at the light color of the beer.

This tasted sweet and just slightly bitter. Not too different form a golden barleywine, like Hair of the Dog Fred. About the only thing similar with other quads is the alcohol content.

Really good and unique strong ale.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in a tulip glass with a slight head that fell to ring quickly. It’s honey gold in color. Smells of apples, candy, sweet malt and a touch of spicy yeast. Tasted of oranges, honey and sweet cream. The finish left the back of my tongue dry with hops along with a little warming. Mouth feel was heavy with little carbonation.

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Photo of Derek
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lighter than other quads I've tried. Not much darker than some tripples. Not a lot of head, but some nice lacing.

S: Fruity, like a sherry.

T: Warming, fruity sweetness is nicely balanced by the hop bitterness. No hop flavour. Unrefined sugar, with light coloured fruit/christmas cake flavour. Very warming, but not overly alcoholic in flavour.

M: Moderate, slightly syrupy body, with a moderately high amount of carbonation.

D: Taste isn't overwhelming, so it's easily approachable, but the slight alcohol flavour is a little prohibitive. This ones for sipping... like a sherry after dinner, or a night cap.

I wouldn't be surprised if the colour only comes from dark, caramelized sugar.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml - Solid toned color of lightly burnt orange and semi opaque in its glow. Gorgeous crown of fluffy smooth off-yellow sits tall and thick and man does that sucker keep its hold. It maintains its presence at about a 1/4 inch thee entire time it had liquid. Impressive. Lace is light and intricate with thin ink splotchy patterns.

Aroma is peppery and alive with fruity zazz and highly effervescent with spices. Cracked pepper, both white and black, make a noticeable spice over some custard zingyness, yeasty esters tend to be earthy and floral. Mild undertone play of pear, orange rind, and apple make up the fruit side thats hepling create a close balance. But the spices win out by alot.

Taste is smoothly inclined with broad fruity flavors of pear, apricot, apple, and orange. Gently musty and earthy overscore. A wonderfully delicate nature to its character overall as it rounds off very nicely into the spices while maintaining its fruity base. Balance is better in the taste dept. then what I perceived in the aroma. Finish is a complex glide of alcoholic spices, floral dryness, and lightly fluffy kick backs of the fruity stuff. Kinda lemony with pear and apple. One tasty treat. Mildly complexing with a well balanced forum of flavors.

Feel is quite nice as well. Again the balance is key to its overall welcoming component. Firm, steady, steardy, nearly full body with a great fluffy maltish texture and unfiltered film that coats the mouth with a light grab of spice and floral nuances. The fruity side keeps the overall kinship but always steps aside to let in the other ingredients do the thing.

It's a well balanced, spicy, fruity, firm quad that really sinks its teeth into ya. It goes down just right for its higher ABV and will hit ya late as it dwells in the head. Recommended.

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

Crystal clear copper penny colored brew with 2 fingers of light khaki head that lasts about 5 minutes in my swell new Gulden Draak thistle before deflating into a lasting ring, supported by a steady slow cascade of small bubbles.

Aroma blends sweet malts, caramel, Fig Newtons, raisin, pear, green melon, and hints of exotic spice. Alcohol presence well stated.

Flavor begins with syruppy malts, lightly scorched brown sugar, and toffee. It opens up into fruity notes of green apple, crisp pear, melon rind, dried and chewy dark pit fruit, and sweet pinapple. Alcohol a bit hot, but 11.5% isn't easy to conceal either! Has similar flavor profile as Abt 12, but not nearly as well crafted. Very good nontheless.

Body medium, yet dextrous and coating. Mouthfeel smooth, but with rough edges due to the alcoholis heat. Very happy to finally have this available to me.

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Photo of bashiba
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice goldend/orange with a thick creamy white head and good lacing out of my 750ml corked bottled.

Smell was dominated by sweet fruit flavors like dates and raisons with a slight hop aroma detected as well.

Tasted very sweet and hot a lot of alcohol and sweet malt flavors dominating this beer. Slightly over the top in alcohol and flavoring.

Mouthfeel was slightly light, but still somewhat creamy with a touch of heat from the hight abv..

Drinkablility was good on this one, but just a little too over the top to be a regular.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle, listing abv at 11.5% and an indecipherable date code (why do they do that?!) Cork came off very willingly.
My bottle has a few differences than the listing here. Namely the addition of “Quadrium Ale” and the 11.5% rather than 12%.

Aroma: Yeasty nose with dates, sugary malt, nuts, and a spicy note that might be alcohol.

Appearance: Pale brown glass with a lasting creamy head that leaves spots of lace.

Flavor: Sugary, alcohol spice in the end, hints of nuts and nutmeg. A little bit of the Belgian yeast flavor, but really a pretty clean taste. The alcohol and malt take center stage.

Mouthfeel: Soft palate, medium-light body, low carbonation, odd quick drying alcohol finish that leaves a long lasting coat.

Overall Impression: As a Quad, it’s a bit light in body, a bit lacking in depth. I think this is more of a Belgian-English Barleywine. Ok, I can’t make up styles, but I really think that’s pretty close to what’s going on here. I enjoyed this over the course of a Sunday afternoon, it warms wonderfully (both me and in terms of flavor). I’d recommend this one, just take your time with it.

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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 alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Marcellar's in Idaho Falls. Brilliant, clear deep golden yellow body with a generous, fluffy white head. Nose is outrageously sugary and sweet, but not offensively so. Candyish, but also fruity (apple?), with a definite herbal hop bitterness. Sweet, candy malt flavors up front. Sugary fruits and grain that trend toward trippel-like. Some pepper in there too. Big sweetness demands and receives ample bitterness. Dries out the sweetness with some acidic, herbal bitterness. Finish is warming and nice. Full-bodied, with a thick feel. Not too syrupy though. Like a big trippel. Nice and more drinkable than a 12 % avb beer should be!

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

Just a little note, my bottle say ABV is 11.5%

I poured this beauty into a chalice. This in a very clear brew. A slight head forms the dissipates leaving a light lacing that hangs around until the last sip.

The color is is pure see through red.

The aroma is rich and inviting with hints of alcohol, brown sugar and malt.

The first sip takes you back a bit. My guess is the alcohol content, but there is no bite. There is little carbonation on the tongue and a very milt hoppiness in the finish.

This is a fine drinkable beer. I only ordered 2, but will up that for the cellar.


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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear golden amber with a white frothy head which retreated quickly, but was persistent enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply and uniquely malty. The aromas of the malt were candy with caramel and raisins, prunes and plums. The slight alcohol gave a slight spice phenolic and complexity to the brew. The aroma reminded me of a dopplebock or an eisbock, rich and malty. As the beer warmed a citrusy impression emerged.

The flavor was malty with caramel and with a very interesting Belgian yeast spice flavor. Alcohol was medium in the flavor and warming. The flavor also contained fruit flavors of raisins and prunes, but at a lower level than in the aroma. The bittering was well achieved and kept the beer from becoming cloying and was citrusy and slightly earthy, but malty and spice still rule the day.

The finish was not quite dry with lasting fruits and malt impression with lasting Belgian yeast spice. The body was almost full but seemed less due to a nice carbonation level that led to a creaminess in the brew. A very nice beer, wish I had another!

11.2 ounce bottle, code dating on back. Says 11.5% abv on label.

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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 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 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 jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Explodes out of bottle and pours a five-finger+ light tan head that stays forever and leaves a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts with a nice mix of malt and hops, finishes with a sweet piney flavor. $7.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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

Draught @ Papago
The beer comes fresh from the tap a hazy deep amber color with a plentiful head that is a winsome light tan and creamy in texture, after decomposition the resultant lace forms a surrounding blanket on the glass. Nose is earthy from the yeast, an over ripe apple aroma also noticed, spicy and fresh, start is slightly sweet with a nice grain profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops plentiful and the 12 percent ABV leaves a bit of alcohol bitterness at the very dry finish, potent brew, and quite tasty to boot.

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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 granger10
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a peachy golden color with amber shades on the sides. Fairly transparent with a generous bubbly white head. This one seems a little light in color in comparison to style and I'd like to see more stickyness in there.
Aroma is on the weak side but has a nice amount of fruity esters. Notes of sweet orange, apricots, grapefruits and bananas are dominant.
Taste has more bready yeasty notes and alcohol fusels are strong. Fruity flavors still are the main focus in the taste. Finish brings a spicy hop bite combined with more alcohol esters. Nice, lingering finish. The body is a bit syruppy but not as concentrated in flavor as some quads. A nice sipper that really knocked me on my ass.

thanks to crjmellor once again!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a nice orange with a huge, fomay off-white head that clings forever.

Smell: The smell is a mix of earhty hops, sweet malts, and loads of alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a wonderfully balanced mix of sweet malts and spicy alcohol. Yummy!! The complexity is dead-on, and so is the power. This is a strong, sipping beer, but it tastes wonderful enough to enjoy forever. The mouthfeel is creamy and wholesome.

Drinkability and Overall: Wow. This is an incredibly Quadrupel. Altough it's not a West 12 or Rochefort 10, it's still a wonderfully complex and balanced ale that in a few years will be out of this world. Killer stuff.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A "Quadrium Ale", according to the label, whatever that is, and also, we are told, this was brewed by Hildegard. Thanks, Hildy! Let's uncork this sucker and see what your talents have wrought...
Looks lovely in my Tripel Karmeliet glass, a gorgeous peachy orange tone, foam filling half the vessel, delicate and lacey, softly collapsing, very elegant.
Aroma tickles the nose, funky, citric, spicy, ripe orange and grapefruit peels, lemons, cherries, quite a fruity combo, certainly a delight.
And a joy on the tongue, as well, a spicy, spritzy dance on the palate, that mellows much from it's initial entrance, but never leaves, just keeps rolling along. Gets a bit bubblegummy later in, not that there's anything wrong with that. This is very tasty, very nice, and I can't taste the 11.5% the label speaks of...can that be right?
I thought this would be like a Quadrupel style, like La Trappe's classic version, and maybe it is, if the only consistent characteristic were alcoholic content. But as for taste, it's surprising and unique. I expected a darker, winey-ier brew, and got something very different, but very delicious.
This 750 ml bottle will be drained with astonishing quickness, and I can be counted for picking up more bottles, to guarantee future happiness.

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

Pours a glowing dark amber with a nicely building and nicely lacing head. This is a lot like a barley wine as brewed by the belgians. It’s got that sugary sweet caramel flavor common to many British style barley wines (think JW Lee’s Harvest Ale) with a slight bit of that Belgian yeast funk. There’s a noticeable bit of alcohol in the aroma and flavor, but it complements the rest quite nicely. I thought this was top notch.

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Photo of oracle
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrived a clear light yellow with large fluffy head that left large amounts of lacing on the glass.

Amroma was all spice and floral notes. Not of lot of hops present in the aroma at all.

Taste was quite good. Strongly flavored, with a predominating sweetness to it and a mildly bitter finish. Strong alcohol presensce as well.

I will try this again if I get the chance to have it on tap again.

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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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