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 bunnyhustle
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second Urthel beer and it beats the pants off of Hop It if you ask me. Pours copper/amber mix with thick, off-white head. Good retention, lacing was so-so. Smell is of yeast and dark fruits, some alcohol as well, almost vodka like. Taste was complex as a good quad should be. Nice mix of yeast, bread, dark sweet fruit, and an alcohol kiss. Warming as it goes down. Mouthfeel was thick and silky. Overall an easy drinker given the massive ABV. It was too strong in the nose, but well hidden in the taste.

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Photo of spencerberus
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this for a long time, but there was always something else more urgent, some seasonal or anniversary or limited edition brew that couldn't wait, while I knew this wasn't going anywhere. I also remember thinking it was quite expensive, I thought it was around $15 for a 750mL bottle, so I was pleasantly surprised to see they had it for $10.49.

Now I regret waiting, this is an amazing beer with a very rich, complex taste and aroma that, for me, puts to shame most of the beers I passed this up for in the past. Thick, somewhat heavy, and sweet, tastes of dark berries and dates, plus quite a bit more but unfortunately I didn't take notes while drinking so I'm working off memory. There are other reviews here with excellent details of the aroma & taste though. If you enjoy wines, the complexity & richness of the tastes reminded me of the first time I had Jarvis Cabernet Sauvignon, but at about 1/10th the price. High alcohol content (my bottle says 11%, not the 12% listed here) that's very well balanced with the multitude of other flavors.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed as part of an eight-way blind Quadrupel tasting on 2/12/09. This scored number one for me, beating out the coveted Westy 12 by a nose. It was the surprise winner and a completely outstanding example.

Appearance- The first, and most obvious, attribute of this beer is the unusually gold hue to it. Most of the Quads we sampled were chestnut brown and very deep amber... so this stood out in that regard. The second thing is the phenomenal crown, thick and yeasty, never moving once it was poured. Gorgeous.

Smell- Dark fruits mingle with a yeasty, bready nose... full and beautiful, it's a sensory treat.

Taste- Cookies, leather, figs, dates, and plums. Fantastic, and especially surprising considering the color.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- As with most of the Quads we sampled, this mouthfeel was absolutely sublime. A soft, seafoamy texture that brings the best out of the beer's flavors. This won best in show for me, and I can't wait to enjoy another one soon with a wedge of good Trappist cheese.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at Novare Res Bier Café earlier this week. Came served in a Urthel Hop It glass. I figure this is close enough... Poured with a luxurious head that was off white in color and showed great retention. Lots of nice lacing. Deep amber color that was hazy with mostly maroon tones...
Aroma is of dark fruits and grapes. Figs... yeasty tones.... Deep Aroma.
Really nice flavor and very deep. Dates for the sweetness and black cherry for the fruitiness. Some concord grape flavors.. And lots of malt tones.... Some real earthy and spice tones... Good...
Large mouth feel yet refreshing and inviting. One to take your time with and explore..

I enjoyed slowly making my way through the bottle.

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

I was probably too far down that intoxicated role to open this beer. But my courage was peaking so I'm a jumpin' in. This beer was a serious kick to the teeth... and I enjoyed it immensely.

The pour delivers a burnt orange, rusty hue with a light haze, airy head formaiton, and the retention that is expected of great Belgian beers. Not as deep browns and ruby colors as expected, but a good look nevertheless.

Even before the appearance is observed, the fruity, malty sweet aromas grab me and drag me into the glass. Big scents of grapes, anise, apples, appricots, and lesser aromas of figs, raisons, dates, and pineapples. The esters are what sets this beer apart. Mild spicy notes of corriander, curraco, and white pepper round out the aromas and promised great depth and variety in flavor.

Super sweet maltiness hit the front of the toung and garner attention just before the fruity onslaught arives and eventually dominates the glass. Maltiness gives way to sugary sweet tastes that give even more rise to the fruits. Neither the spicy flavors nor the low hop rates give any validity to the balance leaving this beer super sweet.

The sweetness leaves the beer a bit cloying and causes a residual sweet film on the entire mouth. Thinning and warming alcohols gradually rise and eventually give a bitter taste in the back of the throat.

This beer is everywhere at once, but always giving a confectionate sweetness and wine-like fruitiness that makes it difficult to drink. It's sweetness, along with the disjointed nature of flavors and the inbalance keeps this beer from competing with the St. Bernardus and Chimays of the world. Definately prefered to the La Trappe and most American attempts of the Dark Strong Belgian styles.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared with my mom in snifters. From notes.

Mom is an aspiring beer geek who has been drinking craft beers mainly over the last 15 years, after a lifetime of macro lagers. She mainly drinks whatever decent porter is on sale, but likes stouts, and when introduced to some Belgians recently, seems to like them as well. She's not a hophead and doesn't like bitterness generally. She doesn't experiment much when I'm not around, but she is open to it. When asked what she thinks about various ales, she often pulls common descriptors off the top of her head. I think she is a bit of a natural, and could make a great reviewer.

Cloudy, dark amber, good head and retention. Leaves lacing.

Boozy, sweet and malty, apricot, (mom got apple), and generally quite pungent. Has legs.

Sweet and malty up front, hint of bitterness and a bit of boozy heat, and a slightly dry and bitter but clean finish. Balanced and complex.

Smooth, consistent, creamy, pleasant texture. Mom: "I like the feel." "Some bitterness in the middle."

Yum. Mom and I found this 12 oz to be tasty tease. Other than the strength, no impediment to drinking more than one. Even though I mentioned booze in the nose, mom had no idea it was high abv until it was gone and I told her.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Strong fruity esters and sugary grape juice up front. Grape bubblegum notes hit the nose hard. Dark dried fruit notes abound. No hops or alcohol on the nose.

Appearance: Amber effervescent pour with a tight white head. Yeasty floaties throughout the beer.

Flavor: Dark cherries, raisins, and figgy notes. All dark fruit flavors on the first draw. Mild spicy and earthy hop notes balance out the sweetness and assert themselves as the beer warms up. The finish is clean and bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. A strong warming sensation on the back of the palate.

Overall impression: A big, fruity, Belgian Strong Dark Ale. This one is a sipper and dangerously drinkable. Nicely done.

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Photo of illidurit
2.91/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into my Westvleteren goblet. Pours a sort of ashen goldenrod color, sort of sickly to be honest. Certainly far lighter than any standard quadrupel. Creamy tan head displays great retention and leaves films of sticky lacing. Aroma is diacetyl and caramel. And that's it. Flavor is very similar. Old butterscotch and caramel make this a very sweet beer. There is also a whisper of dark fruitiness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and sticky from the sweetness. Pretty one-dimensional, and possibly suffering from a brewing flaw with all that diacetyl. Not really mindful of the style either.

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Photo of fostwal
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Urthel Samaranth is definitely a quadrupel ale. The color is a dark amber and is opaque. It has a scent that I can't place. Not bad. Just different. The flavor is very similar. There is a destinct malty flavor and you can taste the alcohol. But, there is something else that I can't quite put my finger on. There is a fair amount of carbonation. The combination of the malt and carbonation give the beer a good feel. Overall, it is a decent beer. It is very strong in both alcohol (11%) and malt flavoring. Not something that you are going to drink several of. Just a nice beer to sip and enjoy. Cheer!

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Photo of Klgkenny
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Medium aggressive pour.

Medium aggressive pour produces a light, light red head which dissipates quickly leaving an intricate, but thin lace behind. The beer is almost perfectly amber-red.

The smell is light and sweet, like an alcoholic honeysuckle. There is a secondary aroma of flowery hops, and finally aroma of... Beer! Yeah, beer.

The beer tasted like it smells-- flowery hops, sticky/sweet, beery. Yeah. Not everyone will enjoy it, and I won't enjoy it everytime, but it is better than average, especially for the price!

The beer produced a thin carbonated feel in the mouth, but it was perfectly matched to the taste.

This beer, even with the high abv is highly drinkable. That is one of the hgh points. Taste vs. Drinkablility v. Price is amazing. Have one. Give it a try.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice longneck bottle, nice logo, nice price.

Pours quadish. Indistinguishable from a good Belgian dark, actually. Very dark red, very hazy, nice little white head.

Smells good, but also a tad too strong and a tad too uneven. Big, giant sugar with lots of spicy malt and fiery alcohol.

Tastes like a little kick of quad malts and yeast and then you're about to think about to review it but BAZAMO you get sacked by a ton of burny alcohol on the back end. Don't get me wrong; I like a nice burn in my heavy Belgians. But this is unbalanced. The dark malt flavors taste more like a dubble than anything, richly sweet with huge sugary nodes and very light banana and spice, but man oh man is that alcohol overpowering.

Not bad, but like I said at least twice already this is way too unbalanced.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle. Pours with a small rocky head , some lacing. Getting a few floties, which is odd because this doesn't appear to be bottle conditioned.

Aroma of wet dog , cardboard, sweet malts and alcohol.

Good grape flavor, some alcohol comes through.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick. Good carbonation.

A pretty easy drinking quad , worth trying.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy, dark-orange, tarnished copper color topped with a creamy, light tan, one finger head. The foam retains for a little while then recedes to a thick & creamy ring and faint skim.

S: Big aromas of caramel, dark fruit, roasted malt, molassas, apple, and alcohol.

T: Caramel and dark fruit dominate. Along for the ride is molassas, milk chocolate, roasted malt, slightly tart fruit, and more than a hint of alcohol.

M: Sweet and sticky with a surprising amount of rough bitterness. I'm thinking this is due to the ABV and not the IBU's.

D: Given the heft, this was surprisingly drinkable. Would love to try this on draft.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark Ruby/Amber color with a glorious head. Stays finger width for quite some time. Lots of action in this beer.

Smell: Mollasses and a fruity overtones.

Taste: Carmel with some citrus that goes away quickly. Leaves some cherry behind.

Mouthfeel: Sort of creamy with a cherry aftertaste.

Drinkability: As far as Quads go, this one is just a bit too sweet and syrupy for my taste, but I would still buy it again. Seems complex enough where if paired correctly it would be delicious.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice light brownish-yellow color with a two finger head that lasted a while. Nice bubbles on top with some lacing.

Smells malty, roasted caramel, slight banana, raisins.

Taste a little spicy, fruity, a little banana like with apples. Nice earthy taste to it.

Mouthfell was medium body with hint of spiceness and alcohol which it hides very well for the percentage.

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Photo of dnichols
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I shared a corked and caged 750 ml bottle with imacoug.

A: It poured a creamy and cloudy brownish-orange body. It had a large two finger white head that was sticky and lasted for a long time.

S: It was rich in aromas of toasted malts, caramel, oranges, raisins, and dark yeasty bread.

T: It started with a rich thick caramel flavor that blended well the the dark roasted malts. These flavors were complemented by sweet oranges, a thick bready dark yeast flavor, and a dash of dark spices.

M: It was a full bodied beer that was creamy and smooth. It coated the tongue and finished sweet, dry and warm.

D: It was a rich, flavorful and complex beer that left me wanting more. I'm prone to keeping this one in my stash for special occasions.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep hazy amber color with a thick off-white crown of head.

Smells like molases and rich caramel malts.

Tastes like a dopple, the molases and caramel are there hard at first but quickly mellow out; it ends with a light hoppy finish.

A bit thick on the tongue, a bit creamy in the mouth.

I could drink a couple of these.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, it was a hazy dark red with a good white head that was retained over the entire length of the drink. Could see some slight streaming of carbonation to the top of the glass. The aroma was sweet and fruity. The taste had some fruit flavors, I could swear that it was cherry, mixed in with malt a every so slight mention of the alcohol. A little too sweet for my taste. Carbonation was good and the beer was easy to drink, but you probably don't want to drink too many at one time. Overall, a very good beer.

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

A 750ml bottle served in a tulip glass. This beer was a ruby red color with a medium-sized white head that left a little bit of lacing. It had a sweet, fruity aroma. I would describe the aroma as that of cranberry orange bread. The taste was fruity, with a strong malt presence. Hops kicked in late. Maybe a little bit on the sweet side, but a truly enjoyable beer.

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

Pours dark copper with fine particulates in suspension. A massive, four-inch porous head kept the whole bottle from being decanted into the glass. The beige froth settled down quickly to a mostly placid surface, leaving behind some errant dots of lacework.

Candied malt, grape jam, bubblegum, and dried figs in the nose. Sweetish and juicy, with a hint of alcohol.

On the thick side of medium bodied, sticky, tacky and mildy syrupy.

Juicy malt, dark candy sugar, raisins, grape jam, and brandy-like alcohols on the pallet.
Plenty of sweetness and warming alcohol follow through, with rum-soaked raisins and more red grapes.

Finishes with some mild heat on the throat, juicy malt, and plenty of residuals.

Tasty and strong, but it could definately dry up a bit. Too sweet.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter and got a huge bubbly, almost white heat about three fingers thick that would not go away! ... it has some very dense lacing and it covered a nice deep amber body that was full of carbonation. It has a very faint fruity aroma with a faint alcohol and some sweet scents as well, but that's all I got room it. It has semi-smooth feel with a thick body and some a strong carbonation feeling on your tongue. It has a good earthy taste mixed in with some dark fruits, a few spices and a dry aftertaste, and it warms up your mouth as it goes down, but you can barely taste the alcohol init.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from an 11.2 oz. bottle with a listed ABV of 11.5% into a 25 cl 'La Chouffe' tulip glass. Love the label illustartion and the one on the cap, too - mostly love the 'Belgium's Newest Cult Classic' statement beneath 'QUADRIUM ALE'. Brash? Yes. Truthful? Maybe. Let's see...

A: Interesting, a Quad with an unexpected color. Reddish-copper tint, certainly not the deep brown I'm used to seeing... Capped with a good two-fingers-worth of creamy, slightly rocky, ivory-colored head. I really don't care if it's lighter than 'normal', because the color is gorgeous and the head is never-ending loveliness.

S: An unusual smell, too - a nostril-tingling, alcohol-laced fragrance, like butterscotch and brandy. Not quite sweet, not quite spicy, not quite fruity - I'm definitely curious. There's a sugary caramel, a spicy yeast zest, and a touch of tart funk.

T: A sweet grain blends with a spicier yeast. Somewhat earthy, with yeasts and a light, semi-tart berry flavor. Candi sugars really define this one; it's a sugary mouthful that packs enough spice, toasted cereal grain husk and hops to make it more tolerable.

M: Nice body; seems modest for a quadrupel. Creamy start, but 'chewier' as it warms; this is a stealthy quad that builds slowly, with a pleasant warming and spicy/dry conclusion. A little starchy/sticky on the back-end.

D: An outstanding quadrupel? Probably not. An everyday drinker? Nope. A tasty beer? Yes, indeed. Enjoy this from time to time - perhaps. I wouldn't turn it away, nor would I go out of my way.

Thanks, Jason, for sending this, back in January '07.

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

Juicy tangerine with butterscotch borders. This is the single lightest quadrupel that I've ever laid eyes on. In fact, it looks more like an APA. The attractive crown of orange-ecru foam looks acceptably Belgianesque. It's a good look, but it's definitely 'out there' for the style.

The nose is pale malty and fruity (apricot skins) in a musty sort of way. The lack of depth and complexity is concerning. This is one strange quadrupel. Incidently, the brewer says that it's closer to a quad than a barleywine, and is less sweet than the typical quad.

Samaranth is definitely an odd duck. I think it tastes like a pale-malted barleywine mixed with a tripel (fruity esters and Belgian yeast). There's also the suggestion of some spice that I can't identify. The alcohol is well-buried, making itself known only by a pleasing warmth on the way down. So far, this big ale isn't knocking my socks off.

The biggest problem is a lack of flavor definition. It's all a bit of a muddle and is extremely hard to describe as a result. Sweetened orange is probably the leader, followed by a floweriness that might be coming from the hops. Part of the lack of authority might be due to...

... a mouthfeel that is average at best. It's no more than medium and is seriously lacking in carbonation. Bottom line: average in a general sense and less than average when compared to most big Belgian ales.

Other than the insanely delicious Hop-It (and possibly Tonicum Finiboldhus), I haven't been impressed with De Leyerth Brouwerijen beer. Samaranth is decent, but it's no quadrupel. Sorry, can't recommend this one.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gifted bottle - thanx Matt. No dates just a code (11-15) next to the tiny print stating "brewed for Leyerth of Flanders Belgium.." by some brewery in The Netherlands. "Dutch with a Flemish Touch". Cute, white bearded cartoon drunks on the label. I guess thats ok so long as they dont wear a Santa suit.

Pretty beer poured into a goblet. SUPER high, foamy amber colored head with a dense cap of clotted gunk. Head slumps reluctantly leaving nice trails of off white lace. Deep amber color is very clear - no sediment / trub in the bottle and lazy bubbles of carbonation can be seen rising slowly through what is obviously "thick" liquid.

The first sniff perceives scorched fruit and sugar - apricots and cherries and creme brulee. As it warms ( starting cool at 55F) more alcohol scents come forward in a rude, Tequilla kind of way - more Jose Curvo than Petron too. Finally, its all sugar and higher alcohols, but better than Colt 45 because some fruit still lingers.

MALT Bomb - diabetics take notice. Surprisingly tasty tho not overly complex. Good balance of alcohol quadness and ale-fruity sweetness. Big swallows are cloying but small sips are warmingly alcoholic and satisfyingly full bodied and dessert sweet.

Good, fruity Belgian / Dutch strong ale that just lacks the complexity to make it a really great beer. This one seems very filtered so I doubt aging would make alot of difference, but it may be worth trying. Decent drinkability for such a big beer but the aggressive alcohol aroma detracts and makes me think I could ignite a shot of this stuff every time the glass gets close to my nose.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml caged and corked bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy brown-red body with a thin light tan head. Smells fruity - grapes, plums, and apples most noticeable, with a generous dose of brown sugar and caramel. Tastes very fruity as well, with apple and plum like qualities, along with a generous dose of caramel and toffee... Just a hint of alcohol toward the finish, with a fair bit of alcohol warming apparent. Heavy bordering on viscous body with light carbonation. A sipper for certain, but the pleasing combination of flavors helps the drinkability some. All-in-all a solid tasty quad, no more, no less.

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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
4.03 out of 5 based on 563 ratings.
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