Urthel Samaranth | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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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 atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -3%
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 +4.2%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tim Webb refers to this as a winter barley wine. The label calls it an amber special ale. In any case, it is special and certainly a winterish brew, with a strong alcohol sensation (11% ABV but feels much stonger).

This pours a lovely copper gold, or a dark amber depending on which part of the galss you look at. It has a luscious head that shrinks as it is sipped but keeps hanging in there, leaving lots of lace on the side of the glass.

Smells of dark fruit and malt. Christmas pudding smells and brown sugar. A waft of rosemary--or is that from my dog lying beside me? I think its the dog--he's been running through the fields.

Taste is very good, milk chocolate, raisins, prunes, black cherries and a strong afterglow of ginger--I am talking ginger Altoids, "curiously strong." It has a big warming sensation from the alcohol. After glass 2, I think my front teeth are getting anesthetized. It is borderline annoyingly too sweet, above Coca Cola but less than maple syrup.

Luscious mouthfeel, very full, with foamy, creamy carbonation. It is not as syrupy as I would expect from the sweetness.

This is a great beer, but it would be more drinkable if it weren't so sweet. Definitely a "special ale" for that special winter occasion--drink a bottle when the blizzard starts and by the time you wake up, the blizzard should be over.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +13.1%
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 +15.6%
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 +3.7%
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 -6.9%
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 +4.4%
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 +8.4%
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 -28.1%
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 -10.4%
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 -7.2%
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 -9.1%
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 -4.9%
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 +0.5%
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 -11.1%
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 +6.9%
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 +10.4%
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 -5.9%
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 -2%
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 +7.4%
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 -1.2%
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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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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