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 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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Photo of tmitch75
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny amber color with creamy white head and sheets of sticky lacing.

Sweet honey/maple smell with figs, dark fruit, and a spicy musty element. Distinctive smell for sure.

Spicy sweet flavor with dark cherries and a bit of tart green apple. Very unique and delicious.

Smooth medium body with good carbonation. Overall, this is a tasty beer and a good example of the quadrupel style.

Sampled on 4/12/08.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a rustic golden orange color with big fluffy white head.

S: On the nose was a fresh lemony-orange aroma with a nice yeasty funkiness with some sour oranges.

T: For flavor there was some sweet spiciness and honey malting followed by subtle pepper notes. Ther as a nice complexity of spices as well yeastiness (bananas) with some light cloves. Nicely balanced overall with some citrus and sourness (apples), with a big alcohol finish.

M: The mouthful was lively with a good spicy hoppiness.

D: Very good drinkability considering the abv with a nice complexity leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at Bethlehem Brew Work's Steelgarden. Recommended by the bartender. Good choice.

Served in a coblet style glass. Poured to a medium sized head with a copper color. It kept its lacing while being tasted.

While it weighs in at 12% ABV, it is rather smooth tasting, not overpowering for its "size". There is an balanced blend of fruity sweetness and punch to the flavor, reminscent of a fine whiskey perhaps. The high alcohol content is not too overwhelming, which makes it quite drinkable.

A good sipping beer. Just don't drink too many too early if you are planning a long night out!

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Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quircky little gnome-looking dude on the bottle looks like he's enjoying this one. Have a feeling I will too. Pours a hazy copper with a fleeting and thin off-white head into a goblet. Biscuity aromas up front with some phenols, fresh baked cinnamon bread and apples as an afterthought. This creates an interesting smell that I have not quite experienced before. Big and edgy malts fill the palate. The alcohol heat is present. I like to know it's there, so that's cool with me. Apples, white grapes and pears mix in well with some sour candy while a very inconspicuous hoppiness lurks in the background. Carbonation is quick, huge and excellent. Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied. Drinkability is as expected in a beer of this magnitude. That is, it makes you respect it's complexity. All that being said, there is something about this beer that doesn't totally suit what I'm looking for in a quadrupel. It's something I can't quite put a finger on, but that in no way makes it lesser of a beer, and is probably due more to personal preference than anything else.

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

Pours from the 750 ml a surprisingly clear amber-burgundy color propping up a solid 1/2" tight beige head. Admirable retention throughout the chalice with some spotty lacing noted.

Aroma was fruity sweet with a rich nose of ripe red apple, pear, banana, toffee, brown sugar supported by fainter notes of chocolate, spices, vanilla bean and oak.

Mouthfeel was full and round with just the right level of spritzy carbonation as expected for the style.

The first sip seems to be a huge blast of alcohol which backs you up a bit. But as you venture further you realize how deeply complex and layered this Belgian Ale is. Starts out with a gentle ripe fruity and brown sugar sweetness with background notes of caramel candy, toffee, toasted malts and spices. This gradually settles into a firm, earthy, herbal hop bitterness in the long finish.

Deceptively easy to drink. Once you start sippin' the alcohol seems to settle way into the background

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Photo of willer
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark golden color with a persistent light tan head.

Smell - Complex blend of ripe fruits, rich malt and lightly toast.

Taste - Rich sweetness flavors (fruits and malt) with the alcohol well hiden.

Mouthfeel - Full, smooth and a well balanced alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - Very nice for a beer with high alcohol.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a chalice style glass.

A: Clear pale ruby-brown in color. Rougher pour produced about a 1/4" of off-white head with low retention and good lacing. Light ring of bubbles rings the glass.

S: An interesting mix of candied brown sugar, fig, malts, and a clear presence of alcohol. Nothing in the way of hops comes forth.

T: Complex malts and a heavy sense of alcohol dominate in a semi-dry taste profile. The warming in this is closer to a red wine than beer and the mouthfeel isn't far off either. Aside from the alcohol, the flavors are relatively mild and mingle well with each other.

M&D: Mouthfeel is moderate really but the alcohol really brings on a heavier feel. Carbonation is relatively light but persistent. The strength of the brew is distracting to me, but the more you drink the more tolerable it becomes. Overall pretty good, but it's something I really need to be in the mood for.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Enjoyed many of this brewery's samples, so I was curious to see what their Quadrupel would have in store...
Unlike many other Belgian depictions of the same style, this one pours a clean, clear, lucid, ruby-red, mahogany brown-colored hue with little carbonation and hardly any head...
Rather bland and subtle, non-descript smell, with not much to write home about here... Some malts and honey are noticeable, with a slight dose of candied sugars...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma... Certainly not the best Quad I've sampled, and a far cry from many of the more well-known Belgian versions out there... Nonetheless, this was a decent brew, gathering some flavor, with a decent mouthfeel, although drinkability took a hit due to the high ABV and lack of exciting and intricate flavors...

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Photo of hero27
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle
11.5% abv

Before I take the first sip, I'm hit with an aromatic wave of brown sugar, ripened fruit, and fresh maple syrup. Very nice.
Flavor is hefty yeast, green apple, sugary toasted malt, and an abundance of spices & dark fruits.
Carbonation is perfectly done, amazingly smooth mouthfeel for a beer of this ABV. Lively enough to keep the spices dancing a bit on your tongue, yet smooth & incredibly drinkable.

Can you say underrated? Maybe I somehow got a bottle that was blessed by the beer gods, but I thought this brew was absolutely wicked. I'll be revisiting this again soon.

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

Served in a goblet at the Steelgaarden.

Overall, this is a big, tasty beer, but the alcohol catches up with it. There's a fusel alcohol feel and big warming feel. The appearance is a dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is an almost creamy sweetness of caramel malt and esters. The flavor is quite complex, with chocolate and cherries, cola, toffee, caramel, and a touch of dates. The fruits are very big, but rather a nice compliment to the sweet malts. It's a shame about the booze, we'd have an otherwise awesome quad here.

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

Cork and caged 750ml. brown bottle with a product code, no freshness date. It pours a rich red-amber with some sediment haze and a light beige long lasting head.

Sweet and fruity nose comprised of apple, pear, banana and strong phenols in the end. The taste is sweet and very red delicious apple like. Lots of malt thats almost overly sweet, until the strong alcohol kicks in.

Full body with a smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Very strong and the alcohol doesn't hind at all in this one. All in all, a nice strong Quad worth your time and money.

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

After a long day at work then school, I finally sit down butt ass naked with my dog to try the infamous Samaranth out of a 11.2oz bottle of fun.

appearance: slightly cloudy dark amber. The head was off white slightly browned. This head lasted about 10 minutes. Longer than most of the head I get. cha ching!

aromatics: very definite toffee, notes of chocolate, caramel. Very very subtle oak smell and fruit.

taste: toffee, molasses, subtle sweet malt, slight roasted nut flavor, subtle alcohol and spice, maybe hints of mild nutmeg.

mouthfeel: very carbonated. but not in a bad way. just very "alive" you could say. not super smoothe. a little scratchy on the way down but again, not in a bad way. about medium to full bodied. nice lingering after taste. it sure can easily hide my garlic breath.

drinkability: very.

chuggability: oooh yaaa

Overall, I would say to head on down to the place where you buy your beer. Request that they start carrying it. Walk in there one day with a ski mask on and yielding an automatic rifle, demand the money out of the cash register. And with that money turn around and buy the Samaranth. You just can't steal beer, can you?

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Photo of liammaloney
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark golden beer, a touch cloudy, with a thin head on a dark winter night with a thin dusting of snow. Smelled like sour fruit (the good kind). The head dissipated by the time I took my first sip, but the remainder left some nice lacing on the glass.

I had a sip and had a tiny "wow!" moment with myself. The opening taste was very malty, fruity, and sour, right in the front o my mouth. That was nice, familiar. The finish is what got me, however. It was very dry, and pretty bitter, with a long hot burning finish that ended with an unfortunate medicinal flavor, rather like cough syrup. Actually, cherry cough syrup.

Overall a nice and warming pint, but the finish had me drinking a glass of water and ordering something else new.

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Photo of Onslow
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was drunk in Schiphol Airport at about 8:30am (1 1/2 liters worth) while waiting for my plane...this was a real treat....well masked alcohol..great lacing...real warming...honey-tea-malt-molasses flavours...

.complex and delicious...

a fitting beer for the last while in Amsterdam!

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Photo of bigeyedfish
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice. No freshness date on bottle (although there is a 15:10 where dates normally are, so who knows) Alcohol 11% by volume in the bottom right corner.

This is a quad? Really? Real nice ruby red body(they weren't lying when they dutch with a flemish touch- it looks like the classic sour ales) with some awesome dense white head that is pretty slow to fade away, and when it finally does it leaves a thick ring of lacing. If I didn't know this was a quad, that would be my fifth or sixth guess if this beer was put in front of me and I was told to guess what it was; still, an awesome looking beer, no matter the style.

First, the smell is noticeable from a distance (about half an arms length); smells of a Flemish sour from afar. Up close it smells different, but equally fantastic. The main smell is I will be completely honest, the smell of a fresh grannysmith apple that you have just bit into, the smell of the flesh oozing juices. Absolutely fantastic. There are also some dark fruits that are part of the quadrupel experience, some dates and figs, plus some clean grape smell (purple not green grapes) and a little hint of flemish sour ale. Wow, great smelling beer, again though, not the traditional quad.

It tastes like a quad, but at the same time, again there is that component of a flemish sour ale. The major taste is plums and dates, and it is a flavor sensation that absolutely explodes on the mid palate. The front third of the beer is a noticeable build up, but somewhere around the mid-palate the flavor just absolutely explodes and there is no denying that you are drinking a quad. The finish is lacking- the flemish components come into play a little too hard and a little too noticeable. There are periods of unpleasantness, where it is sour but not the refreshing sour, just sour kind of vinegar-sour. It's not refreshing though. There is some kind of trace elements of cherries and plums, but to be honest it's a lot of just bad sour that is a little discouraging since the beer starts sooo well but finishes almost equally bad. It's very two faced and the flemish influence finally off-sets the delicate balance that this beer had going for a long time. Really disappointing too.

There is some mouthfeel to this one. There's a harsh spot of carbonation that precedes the huge plum/date explosion of flavor on the mid-palate; in a way it kind of destroys every flavor (it's mildly uncomfortable) and maybe that is why the flavor is so intense- either way, it's a little bit much. It's a pretty smooth drinking beer other than that- if anything it is a little thin on the body, definitely not a traditional quad-like body.

This beer is a pretty significant let down for me- I just kept building it up, and getting more excited for it, and to finally have it is a little disappointing. First, I saw that it was a Quad (awesome) made by Urthel (pretty awesome) from Holland (not Belgium, but a small Euro nation- almost down right awesome) and it has a touch of flemish in it (i love flemish ale's- my favorite beer ever. If I had to pick a beer to drink for the rest of my life, it very well might be magnum's of Rodenbach Grand Cru) anyways, so waiting to open this beer was tough enough. Then i poured it (it doesn't look like a normal quad- awesome) and smelled it (oh my god that's awesome) and had that first sip (the plum explosion on the mid-palate is like nothing I've ever had before!!!)

...and then I kept drinking it. And I realized that the sourness became the major element. Only that the Flemish touch was the sour part of Flemish, not the entire flemish style (read- none of that sweet, refreshing, good part); and all of a sudden a beer I thought might very well becoming one of my favorites of all time became a beer that was interesting, but one that I don't think I could see myself drinking at a significant frequency (<1 /year) It was pretty close. Although it does smooth out as it warms, it's not enough.

It is pretty drinkable for a quad, do not get me wrong; as compared to a more traditional quad (or even a non-traditional one, like the Ommegang Three Philosopher's that I had on Sunday so it's the most fresh-in-my-mind-quad-experience) it is a lot smoother, a lot crisper, a lot easier to drink. The alcohol is there, so if you're drinking a 750 by yourself you'll be feeling it a little before you finish it. But it is a lot easier to drink then a lot of quad's that there are. However, what is interesting about this beer is that I can't foresee a lot, if any, people falling in love with this beer. It's a little tart for quad lovers, a little too dry-sour for flemish sour lovers; I can imagine people who love Geuze's might find this acceptable, but that's a really low in alcohol style, so the alcohol might get to them. It's a tough beer- there are so many things to like about it, but there isn't anything to love about it: dammit.

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

Not the tip-top, but definitely worth the purchase and the experience. I'd have it again, gladly.

Bottle from the Hendersonville (NC) Food Co-Op, served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Appearance: golden, apple-juice color. Thick, foamy, meringue-ish head, and a bit cloudy throughout. Immediately it says, "pay attention to me!"

Nose: A veritable smorgasbord of olfactory delights is the calling card of this Quad. Apples, cherries, spring lavender fields, faint mild hops, and a pleasant oat-grain hint all greet the nose and say, "dive in!"

Taste: "oooohhh" is my initial reaction -- caramel, raisin, almond, the slightest bit of butterscotch, and a strong reminiscence of oloroso sherry greet my tongue. A warm finish that reminds me of fine wood rounds it out. Definitely on the sweet side, but I'm impressed by how the 11+ % alcohol is so well masked.

Palate: Dry like champagne, bubbly all the way through -- nice.

Overall: quite nice, a bit sweet but not cloyingly so. A definite winner.

Pairing suggestions: good with mild goat cheeses. I'm imagining it a solid winner with: grilled scallops, creme brulee, salmon, pork terrine/chops (esp. with cherry sauce), duck with cherries, sweetish mushroom napoleon, or a fruit tray: apples, pears, kiwi fruit.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brouche for sending me this brew in the NoBS BIF ULTRA. Served slightly chilled in my Westvleteren glass, from an 11.2 ounce brown bottle. Poured a deep, almost brown, amber color. A solid inch of thick, bubbly off-white head rose up from the glass. Awesome head retention on this beer, thanks to the very active carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Tons of thick, clingy lace was left behind on the glass. Smell was of plums, dark cherries, a touch of wood, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Very fruity. Flavor was again plum, semi-sour dark cherries, some sweet malts, sweet candi sugar, and some faint yeasty notes. Finishes rather smooth, with some alcohol heat felt in the back of the throat. Tons of carbonation felt as well. A nice full bodied mouthfeel, that was somewhat thick and palate coating. Pretty good drinkability, just becareful, the big ABV will sneak up on you. A solid Urthel offering.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Production code 17JE (I've had this for at least a year and a half)
A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a strangely orange tinged, pale amber colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a very pretty, lightly hazed, reddish-tinged, very orange, slightly gold color. Interesting aromatics of concentrated pale malts, caramelized orange zest, dusty malt, pear notes, a touch of melon, slightly musty / funky and a slightly tart note that is a bit like pears or perhaps even a touch of tamarind. The nose on this is not quite as aromatic as I might have hoped, but it is interesting enough.

Somewhat sweet, but definitely rich and chewy (especially as it moves across the tongue). Lots of pale malt character here with notes of toasted grain, crushed soda crackers, honey notes and a biscuit like note in the finish. The honey notes play up a light herbal note somehow; really the malt and herbal notes combine to make me think of a herbal varietal honey. The texture of this is interesting, it is thick and somewhat creamy, but has enough carbonation to fight this, almost to the point of discord; while I like the texture overall it can be a little disjointing at times. The malt character has an almost aged character to it (though age probably has nothing to do with it); notes of golden raisins, stale yet still moist apricots, dried and oxidized pears, and even a bit of star fruit. At times this can have hints of butterscotch to it, though this really seems to be a mix of the other flavors

Somehow this is a bit dull tasting; certainly not bad and nothing seems particularly off, but I is just not quite as well balanced and flavorful as I expected.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

clearly by my rating i feel that this beer is severely underrated. I think this brouwerij would do a lot better if they got rid of their goofy ass labels. pours a dark, yet fairly clear and very yeasty brown. nose is of dried fruit. The taste follows with typical dry dark fruit taste with a little bit of spices. very sweet on the lips and very smooth for its 11%. a wonderful example of a belgian quad. Dont be fooled by the pathetic attempts of american breweries at a belgian style quadruple, so far only belgium has perfected this style. not to say those beers arent good cause they are ( the Reverend by avery) but they are a long shot from a real quad. great beer, worth the price, be careful pouring unless you like a little extra nutty flavor.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Picked up at the Boise Coop probably 6-7 months ago, don't remember the price... probably in the $5 range. Poured into my red wine glass. Listening to Sasha's Involver mix.

3/4" head that goes away quickly leaving behind only a little lacing. Cherry juice/touch of brown... a few little yeasty floaties despite a careful pour.

Aroma is dark dried fruit... figs... raisins dates... etc. Medium dark caramel with no noticeable hops. A little alcohol as it warms.. expected. sweetness also increases as it heats up. Belgian yeast fruitiness... but pretty restrained.

Flavor is big malty/candy sweetness with more dark dried fruits predominantly raisins. Good bitter backbone, but little hop flavor that is easy to identify. Fruity flavors mid palate... Dark Cherry Juice? finishes with spicy Belgian yeast esters... Fairly thick palate, but enough carbonation to make me want another sip.

I've had this brew probably 6-8 times over the year, and have always been happy with my purchase... tasty and a good value for a Belgian quad. I need to pick up some more for the cellar and promise myself to not actually drink them when I am feeling a jones for Belgian beers.

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Photo of kundabuffer
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Flavorwise this is more subdued than Urthel's tripel, which is odd, but it still has a great taste. I should note that my bottle is different and the ABV is marked as 11% (since the tripel I bought was also different, I think the pictures/ABV info need to be updated for this brand). The scent is characteristically Belgian with some trappist cheese figuring into the odor. Tastes of candi sugar, blackberry and mild spice; the alcohol is well-masked. I thought the tripel tasted a bit better but this is also excellent.

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

The beer pours a thick looking, hazy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer positively looks rich. The beer smells quite sweet and rich as well, showing sweet malt, milk chocolate and butterscotch. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though to a lesser extent. Frankly, while delicious, I was expecting a bit more flavor. The beer is a bit sweet and one dimensional, with just a hint of milk chocolate. The beer has a surprisingly soft, light and creamy mouthfeel, and is much more drinkable then one would expect for a beer with this abv. The alcohol is very well disguised, though the warming feeling one experiences is a tip off that it's up there.

Very good beer. Perhaps not exceptional, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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

Beautiful to behold in my snifter. Cloudy cream soda color, with small clusters of bubbles that rise to the surface. Head in slightly off-white, and laces great.

Smell is spicy. Hops with some sweet fruity over-tones.

One of the spiciest Quads I have ever had. I like it. Hops are real spicy. Almost peppery in the after-taste. Sweetness does come out though. Candy-like. a bit yeasty and warm as you drink.

A sipper no doubt. But a very interesting one to enjoy.

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Photo of brdc
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a small capped bottle into a goblet, it creates a nice, creamy light beige head, atop a murky orange-brown brew. The head comes down to a rim, but that rim stays all the way to the end.
The expected, great aroma typical of belgian abbey ales comes and fills the air from the outset - malty, alcoholic, sugary, but also a bit more spicy than the average.
Taste is exciting, malty, sweetish, bubblegums, caramel, yeasty at times, along with a somewhat unusual spiciness, peppery and even "salty" at times. As it warms up, the flavors get a bit more unusual and complex, nonetheless quite enjoyable.
Easy to drink for such a warmingly alcoholic brew, I can only have one at a time, but I am glad I have a few more in the cellar.

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