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 MisterClean
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 750 with duffman, oh yeah!

A - Pours dark mahogany, with a 3 fingered mocha head. Leaves really nice lacing and good retention.

S - Plums, dates, dark belgian candi sugar, tons of caramel, and some bittering hops. As it warms up, you can start to smell alcohol and the domination of the caramel.

T - Heaps of caramel, dates, dark belgian candi sugars, bittering hops, nutmeg, a light breadiness, and light alcohol. As the beer warms up, it becomes harsher (from alc) and the bittering hops open up a bit more.

M - Full bodied - it's very rich and creamy at first, smooth, and there is the presence of light alcohol. As it warms it gains more alcohol, hop bitterness, and astringency.

D - Drink it while it is cold. It's a good beer cold, but as it warms, you can really note phenolic flavors and slight astringency.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle in Brugges into a chalice.

It pours with good head big head, and an amber colored body.

The aroma is heavy and spicy, with some cherry hints.

Sipping beer, would drink again in moderate amounts, but can't drink a lot of it.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice cloudy copper body...smallish, creamy, off white head forms and falls into a ring...leaves some lacing

S - Sweetness hits your nose first...lots of dark fruits and yeast

T - This is a nice tasting quad...the fruits are definitely present...grapes and apples...next comes along some caramelized malts making the beer a little sweeter...yeast and bread notes come to the palate next and mix with some spices...pepper maybe which leaves a nice finish

M - Medium bodied...complex and creamy

D - This was a nice quad and is for sure a sipping beer...sweet but boozy...it really gives off that warming effect

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Photo of aristeros
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased this because I heard Good Things, although the label looks somewhat silly. Poured into a pint glass, has about a finger of off-white head, it's a deep amber color, copper when held to the light.

Smells great. Has both light and dark fruit aromas, pears and apples over raisins. Sweet bread, and alcohol evident, though it doesn't smell too much of the latter.

Alcohol hits you up front, sort of like being greeted by a punch to the jaw. I taste the sweet dark fruit in particular--cherries, raisins, maybe dates, and the light fruit is mixed in with malty and yeasty notes on the back end. One thing I notice that I've never had in a beer before is the tobacco-like note that goes right through the middle of it. Different, but interesting.

Light- to medium-bodied, moderate carbonation compliments it well. No way this can be a session beer with the high ABV, but it'd be nice to compliment an evening conversation by having this one to sip.

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

Haven't had anything from Urthel since their Hop-It about 3 years ago, so this should be a welcome return. 11.2oz bottle into a snifter, listed at 11% ABV.

A loud hiss after opening, and I nearly lost some beer as it came gushing out the neck. Still, Samaranth pours a beautiful sepia-amber color that brightens to blood red in the light. Tons of yeasties swirling around the bottom of the vessel, while up top the creamy, sawdust head retains well and splashes lace along the inside of the tulip. Nice floral aroma of rose petals and dogwood bark backed by a toasted toffee malt note. Suggestions of wet earth from the hops along with some fresh cut pine and rum-soaked prunes.

Big flavor, nice and boozy without falling prey to extreme heat or harshness. Sip this baby slow, and it will undress on your tongue to reveal sweet amber malts coated in molasses, sticky caramelized raisin rum, and a finish of breathy ethanol and spiced hop leaves. Creamy, chewy body, but not so viscous that it impedes on its drinkability. Alcohol begins to wear on the palate slightly after half a glass, but I can see this sexy beast of a beer being a perfect candidate for a few years in the cellar. Highly recommended Quad.

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Photo of arizcards
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked upa 750 ml bottle at Total Wine back in late January for $8.99. 11% abv.

Copper color beer poured a thin off white head and dissapated quickly. Nose is quite nice, light and dark fruits, belgian yeast, and alcohol. Taste is apples, pears, figs, finishing with a nice dry hop. Mouthfeel is lighter than hoped but has a pretty good belgian yeast smooth feel as it goes across the palate. Drinkability is good, the beer was hot with the first sip but subsequent sips present a nice winter sipping beer.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle without any sort of best by date/bottled on date poured into a duvel tulip. i miss my chalice...

A- this one pours a dark copper colored body with a large fluffy off white colored head. the head lasts a very long time and leaves messy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- lots of sweet and bready malts. lots of fruits also. cherries, plums, figs, raisins/tobacco, and maybe some pear. a bit of alcohol comes through in the nose, but at 12% its expected.

T- a sharp bite from the booze is the first thing i notice. after that, its really quite pleasant. bready malts and yeast. lots of sweet fruits. cherries are the strongest, but there are plenty of plums, figs, and raisins/tobacco. a bit of apple and pear in it as well.

M- light bodied and watery with a high level of carbonation. a strong warming from the alcohol.

D- this one is a slow sipper that would be perfect in the colder months. very enjoyable, but i should have found someone to split this one with. about halfway through i was ready to try something else, but too buzzed to attempt it. this one makes me want to try the other urthel beers that are sitting in stores here.

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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 Jeffo
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

Into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a bit 2+ finger medium-thick off-white head with very good retention. Colour is a burnt umber brown with little carbonation. Head slowly fades to a thick film cap and leaves lots of immediate lacing. A think film stays until the end a leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Very nice looking quad.

SMELL: Some brown sugar and caramel malt with lots of spicy notes; cloves, coriander, white pepper and some spicy alcohol notes. Hints of raisins and dates as well, on top of a base of Belgian yeast.

TASTE: A touch of caramel malt followed by lots of spicy elements. Cloves, coriander, white pepper and some spicy alcohol at the end. Some sweet brown sugar as well, along side the customary shot of Belgian yeast. Long lasting aftertaste is spicy with a touch of alcohol the whole way. Quite nice.

PALATE: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of an alcohol scratch at the end. Finishes with just the right degree of stickiness on the palate.

OVERALL: Another solid effort from Urthel. Definitely a drinkable quad, and the 12% ABV doesn't get in the way of enjoying this one. Urthel consistently makes good beer, and this is one that is certainly worth re-visiting in the future. Recommended.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours cloudy copper with amber highlights and a thin, creamy tan head.

S - Big, brown sugary malt, dark fruit, golden raisins, plums. Very, very sweet and complex.

T - Dark brown sugar, dark fruits, almost a light rum quality to it. Dry alcohol finish.

M - Viscous, medium bodied, mild carbonation.

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

750 ml cage and corked bottle. Poured with a nice foamy head. Brown to amber translucent color. Dark fruit aroma. Raisins. Plums. Figs, figs for real! Figs in the flavor. Oh no, I am stuck on figs. A little bit boozy in a great way. Some sweetness, and some bitterness. Some dryness. Thin to medium body, quite perfect. A deadly drinkable quad at 11%. You might wanna share this 750 with a buddy, or your wife.

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Photo of lilbug09
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 bomber to Duvel tulip

It poured a copper amber color with a cream colored bubbly head. Definite lacing on the glass. The smell was very malty, what you would expect from a quad. it is a full bodied beer and over takes your mouth. The carmel and banana are typical and overpowering. It is a good belgium beer and a true example of a quadruple - high abv and high sweetness.

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

Appearance: Murky brown with a medium tan head. I notice lots of sediment suspended everywhere in my glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel, brown sugar, plums, rasins, and dates. Not powerful like some but very pleasant.

Taste: A little tart and bitter and not near as sweet as I was expecting. I can feel a good alcohol burn, which I like but at 12% ABV I guess that is expected. Rasins, pruins and the usual dark fruits make an appearance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very full and creamy. The carbonation is very lively in this one. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Limenitis
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is a reason this beer is one of the top rated Quads. It is unbelievable. The head is foamy and a full opaque color that takes minutes, not seconds, to dissipate. The taste is crisp, full, and sweet. Truly, this is what I expect to pay a little more for when I purchase a beer from Belgium. Fantastic beer. You should at least try it once.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork and caged 750 bottle.
Pours a dirty brown in color. There is a huge 4 inch off white head forming on the pour and taking several minutes to die down so I could top off the glass. Smell is candy. Lots of belgian candy sugar abounds in this beer. Small amount of yeast in the flavor as well. This is incredibly smooth and creamy. You only get a hint of the ABV in the flavor, but boy do you feel it about half way through the bottle. Very good beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.86/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/15/2008 (bottle):

Pours a strong brown body, hard to see through. Average head, tan-whitish, diminishing. Heavy aroma of grape juice, that's all I get, and not very strong. Alcoholy grapey taste, heavy, but not too bad an aftertaste. Very strong mouthfeel, a little fizzy but not soft. As it warms up, more fruit flavor, but also much alcohol flavor. A little smoother.

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Photo of Dulliwhig
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a Mad Elf chalice. There was a burst of foamy bubbles, layed on thick, but they disappeared into a ring of medium sized whitish bubbles with a constant spring of bubbles rising from the depths. It was a distinctive color - sort of amber/orange/purple, hazy, very lightly colored for a quad.

It smelled like black cherries dipped in caramel with brown sugar sprinkled on top. Some dull sweet spiciness in the background.

Up front, it is very fruity and sweet - cherries and Kool Aid then a warming and mild alcohol flavor creeps in. It is not hidden, but it works well. There is a slightly numbing hop finish and your mouth goes a bit dry.

Slightly above average body, a wee bit chewy, but somewhat light for a quad. Also, it became undercarbonated as I drank the beer which was not bad, but I would have preferred more fizz.

It went down OK, but the sweetness could deter drinking too much of this.

Overall - I would drink this again, but this is so different than other quads that I have had it does not seem to fit in the category. If you like Troegs Mad Elf, give it a try.

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

A- A clear, deep orange with some red highlights. The ever so slightly off-white head is very creamy with good retention and wonderful lacing.

S- Sweet caramel, floral notes, light fruit, alcohol, some candy, and just a hint of sourness that reminds me a bit of swiss cheese.

T- Sweet caramel, candy, brown sugar, alcohol, and fruits. The sweetness and alcohol work really well together here.

M- A definite alcohol warmth, but it is not harsh. The sweetness is nice.

D- A little unique for the style. It most definitely lacks a certain magic that some other quads have, but it is still tasty.

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

Poured into a snifter from a 750 ml.

Pours a nice brown/burgandy color with a one finger creamy head.

Smell awesome! Brown sugar, dates, syrupy, fruity aroma.

Nice clean taste. Almost no aftertaste at all. A little spicy on the initial taste, but it quickly gives way to a fruit smoothness.

The drinkability is somewhat dangerous. The bottle says it's 11% but it is almost too easy to drink as I consumed the entire 750 ml. by myself.

I have had the honor of drinking two of the Urthel beers and can't wait to find the others. I am a huge fan of the bald-dude.

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Sits pretty in the Palm tear drop glass; beautiful ruby amber color, clear, with a very tight white head that settles into a puffy cap. The aroma is sweet with raisins and candied cherries, some peppery spice and some fusel alcohol. The taste is big on honey and raisins, candi sugar, very light tobacco. A very very sweet brew; hard to separate from a BSDA. Moderate body with prickly carbonation, again very sweet but not quite syrupy or cloying. Nice big flavors but not quite what I expected from a quad, expected more of a malt body and balance to the sweet. Still a well made brew but for a quad I can find better examples.

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

Thanks to jhamilton84 for the hook-up. 11.2oz bottle into a Le Merle tulip, pours a nice hazy dark orange with a thin lasting head that leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is loads of dried fruits and caramel with hints of molasses and alcohol. The taste is a nice complex blend of fruits, caramel and some subtle spice. The beer is certainly on the heavy side, but there is a smooth dryness that eases things up. This is a very enjoyable quad, one of the best beers from Urthel I've had.

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with some suspended yeast. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, tart malt, sugary sweetness, slight fruity aroma, and a hint of raisin. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt up front with some slight alcohol, then a strong sweetness overtakes. There are slight fruit flavors throughout. Overall, the sweetness smooths the alcohol flavors nicely and the finish is amazing.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this for the first time at my favorite store, Tanakaya in Tokyo, and I had to get it. Goofy looking dwarf with a mug of beer on the label. A strong, 11.5% abv Belgian quad for a reasonable price (cheaper than many other of its kind). But I had never heard of it. Obviously I was pleased when I got home and looked at BA to see this one has a decent overall score.

A nice dark crimson-brown with a healthy creamy head. Looks pretty good. Smell is immediately nice, even cold out of the fridge. I'm sure it will just get better as it warms. A very pleasant and balanced fruity maltiness, dark fruits and dark bread. Just a hint of alcohol in the smell. The sweet malt gets even bigger as it warms.

It's hard to believe this is nearly 12% abv! Taste is pretty standard for the style. Not exactly unique, but in no way flawed. Surprisingly bitter finish considering the big malty smell. A terrific balance. Full-bodied and extremely drinkable. I've had worse quadrupels! I would definitely recommend this, and probably get it again if I see it.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Blood red pour, but very little haze to it... nice and crisp, with that nice red hue. Head has some good retention and a reasonable amount of lacing left behind.

S: Holy dark fruits! This is quite a fruity quad with a nice bit of maltiness and breadiness.

T: The fruit flavours aren't as big as they are in the scent. Some raisin and date, but the same sweetness isn't there. It's a little more tart and bitter with a caramel malty sweetness on the down-low, and even a slightly burnt note. Body is a little heavy and it seems to be lacking some of the sparkling silkiness that I usually note in quads, which is unforunate. It makes it seem just a little weighty.

D: Outside of the bit of heaviness I feel from this beer, it is quite good. It can be a challenging brew, but given plenty of time, it should make for an enjoyable evening.

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