Urthel Samaranth | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Urthel SamaranthUrthel Samaranth
565 Ratings
Urthel SamaranthUrthel Samaranth

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 01-06-2004

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 565 |  Reviews: 337
Photo of brdc
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

 738 characters

Photo of NCSUdo
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle

A: Big creamy head, very clear dark ruby, average lace. Head dies down into a "crunchy" texture and slightly covers throughout.

S: Bready, in your face aroma. Some clove and sweet dark fruit with some hints of alcohol.

T: Bready maltiness with a dry alcohol finish. Balanced on the palatte but not very complex. Alcohol has some warming characteristics. Caramel and some spices, alcohol is subdued as temperature rises.

M/D: Carbonation is just right, smooth. Drinkability is OK considering the ABV. Medium bodied and incredible smoothness.

 558 characters

Photo of MiScusi
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Urthel tulip glass. Pours a dark gold with a webby, fluffy, sticky white head. The aroma is somewhat similar to a tripel, though a little more sweet and less earthy. The taste is pretty fruity and really sweet. There is a slight earthy finish and then the alcohol finishes it off with some authority, adding its own bitterness to the finish.

The glass started out pretty good at first but the alcohol finish got to me after a while.

 448 characters

Photo of cokes
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Generally clear burnt umber sporting a wan and ashen puff of diminishing cream.
Spiked dark fruit punch nose, which doesn't unfold fully until it warms and reaches room temperature, full of pineapple, kiwi, fig, golden raisin, pear, and black cherry, doused liberally with calvados and dark rum.
A whole grain bagel coarseness initiates things inside the mouth. That only lasts a few moments as it turns fruitier towards apple butter and pear and black cherry. In all, the depth of fruitiness is a Cliff's Notes version compared to the aroma, and one is left to wonder where the rest went. Yeast adds limestone, white pepper and clove, then malt seems to regroup and conjoin with chocolate covered bananas. Booze careens in on the latter portions, with a heated, sharp and drying vapor. Calvados is strongest, but exotically spiced dark rum, and the hazelnut-vanilla-toasted-butter oakiness of bourbon are also featured. It's all enjoyable, but, honestly, this drinks far too much like a cocktail. Hops are phased entirely out and it carries that evaporating syrup texture of liquor: Fat and blanketing up front, then vanishing into a thin mist of sting and potency.
It's drinkable solely because the flavors work. And it's actually very tasty, in many aspects. But it's too much like a good mixer at some dive bar--all searingly raw and hot-- and not enough like a quality Belgian ale.
This has a good deal of promise and allure, and I'm rating it decently, because I feel the good outweighs the bad. Ultimately, it probably needs many years to settle down. And even then, I have a feeling the sparse body will have a hard time dealing with its firewater tendencies.

 1,669 characters

Photo of jdubjacket
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An exceptional quadrupel.

Not the traditional color but still an outstanding beer. Tastes of citrus fruit and spices. The sweet alcohol is very pronounced but complements the beer well in that it's not overpowering.

This is definitely a beer to keep around during the winter months.

 285 characters

Photo of jwc215
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours clouded orangeish/amber with a thin off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of carmelized grain and tropical fruitiness (banana and pineapple). Spicy.

The taste follows the nose incredibly well. Carmelized grain and tropical fruits intermingle with candi sugar and spice. Alcohol present, but not raw - It's quite complementary in fact. It finishes with a balanced, sweet spiciness.

Full-bodied, almost syrupy, this is very smooth for abv level.

This one is decadently delicious! A power-house of a quad with a wonderful smoothness! Very complex - almost an overload. A work of art!

Try this one with glazed ham (sounds unusual - but it works!)

 712 characters

Photo of bradybeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown orange with a good crean colored head. No real hop aroma to speak of but I do detect sweetess in the aroma. Taste reminds me of burnt candy sugar-carmel? I don't expect hops-and don't get them. Mouthfeel is edium and drinkability is high. I am no a huge fan of Belgium beers-but this is one of my favs.

 323 characters

Photo of bosco7
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper almost like a barleywine. Off-white creamy head. Striking.

Apple, coriander, peat, pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and a hell of a lot of malty aromas.

Starts off with a crap load of malty flavors-caramel, rum, toffee, and brown sugar come to mind. After this bombardment some fruit flavors are able to come through, which include baked apple, fig, and raisins. Chocolate and booze in the finish. Quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel is full and luscious while maintaining a reasonable amount of drinkability. It accomplishes this with a dry finish. Highly recommended.

 579 characters

Photo of gmcfarre
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Urthel Samaranth Quad
Poured from an 11.2oz into St. Bernardus Chalice
Bottle says 11.5% ABV, not 12% as stated on this site
Poured at 48 degrees F

A - Pours a deep garnet color that is almost gray in some respects. Head begins surprisingly bubbly at 1 inch and quickly fades to a thin layer of whispy bubbles. Lacing is moderate.

S - Strong yeast spice with some sweet raisin scents and a hint of alcohol. Cloves and brown sugar are evident.

T - Sweetly spicy from the beginning, with many expected Belgian yeast notes along the way. A touch of dark fruit, such as raisin. Shocking bit of alcoholic bite at the finish, following by some dryness and residual spice. A tad abrasive throughout.

M - Begins smooth and oily, with a full mouth coating feel. Finishs much dryer and with a bite from alcohol.

D - Not my favorite quad, and not my favorite urthel product. A bit rough on the palate with a strong alcoholic taste, perhaps some more aging could do this one well. Sort of a light take on the quad, and although its interesting, its a bit of a let-down.

 1,077 characters

Photo of Jmamay22
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours leaving a thin head that remains throughout the glass and leaves sticking lacing behind. The beer itself is a light brown typical of a spicy belgian.

Smell: Malts and spices dominate the nose. First thing that came to my mind was cloves and cinnamon. Quite a delightful scent even during the heat of summer.

Taste: The spicy smell follows into the taste and starts of slow building into a full out spice assault, but well done. Hints of hop resin and malts that begin balanced, but the malts win out. I really enjoy this after it warms up. Don't drink it at refrigerator tempature, but much closer to cellar and even room temp.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Mouthfeel is light to medium light and the carbonation serves only to enhance the beer's flavor. While not drinkable it was enjoyable to finish the 750ml bottle slowly by myself while enjoying a baseball game.

I'd consider buying it again, but for this style I find it more exciting to explore than to settle on one brew. Something that could be thoroughly enjoyed around the holidays.

 1,078 characters

Photo of ski271
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, medium golden-amber with a small, white head, rapidly diminishing to a light film. Good lacing.
S- Fruity and sweet. White grape, raisins, prune, alcohol, and light malts.
T- Full and complex. Belgian yeast and malts and apricot most notable. Finish is sweet with warming alcohol.
M- Medium body, smooth texture, soft carbonation.
D- Can’t put my finger on it… I mean, at first it seems like a decent beer… but something about this one kicks ass. I loved it!

 475 characters

Photo of techdiver
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep amber brown with a huge head that dissipates slowly leaving a thin cap and modest lacing.

Sweet malt, caramel, and dark fruit to the nose.

Taste echoes the nose with the alcohol making it's presence known in the finish.

Medium bodied, the carbonation almost makes it feel light.

Good drinkability for this ABV. This new style 11.2 oz. bottle reads 11.0% ABV.

 388 characters

Photo of baggio
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark-honey with a minimal lace.

S: Lots of smells from this one but apricot and malt dominates everything.

T: Yummy... A very fruity first taste but also brown sugar, apricot, bread and raisin. Also a bit of alcohol.

M: Very smooth mouthfeel with almost no carbonation and a long and quite
dry aftertaste.Varms you up quite a bit.

Wow, this was the second time in 5 years i had the pleasure to sample this brew. For a quadruppel it is very drinkable and perfect for sipping late
at night.

 505 characters

Photo of RedHaze
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy, funky amber tinged brown with a two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap. As the head settles it leaves behind a thin webbing that only sticks to the glass for a few seconds.

Smell; tons of dark fruits and sweet caramel and brown sugar malts. There's a slightly dusty yeasty presence, as well as some spices.

Taste; there's a big hit of alcohol and sugar at first. Some dark fruits, with plums and raisins come out, along with some caramel and brown sugar, but the alcohol and overly sweet sugar never really fade. Between the alcohol presence and the overwhelming sweetness, this has to be my least favorite quad to date.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy/sticky, and the drinkability is only so-so.

 740 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy amber body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Light, toasted maltiness with white grapes, a mold-smelling yeast character, and light sherry notes.

Taste: Moderately sweet, with bready malts and a distinctive, yet peculiar mélange of fruits: white grapes, quinces, and pineapple. Some slight bitterness in the sharp finish.

Mouthfeel: Straddles the fence between medium and full-bodied. Low carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: I can't properly explain it, but this bizarre beer saddens me.

 547 characters

Photo of Crosling
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught. Red-Orange. Aroma of sherry, caramel, salty almonds, raisins, prunes, Belgian malts, citrus hops and big, big, alcohol. Tastes of big, caramel-like Belgian malts, toffee, sugars, fruits (prunes, raisins, plums), coconut and pineapple. Well hidden alcohol. An enjoyable beer and this pounds very well. It’s like drinking water.

 336 characters

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02CF is the date code, whatever that means?? Decanted into an orval glass

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with 2 fingers of fluffed up/pudding skin-type white head.

S: Slight caramel & booze notes that fades once this warms up

T: Caramel, oaky dryness & some boozey warming up front. Toffee & maple syrup follows as this warms. Herbal; leafy hop presence as well shows up. Cakeyness, vanilla, & more oakyness follows. A faint peatty smokeyness, brown sugar, jammy apricot & pear + booze notes in the finish. Got better as it warmed

MF: Slick with low carbonation & some wetness

Drinks a little slow, due to dryness& little too much booze profile. But not for 12%. Not my favorite quad, but reccomended none the less. This brewery has yet to dissapoint me

 773 characters

Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

04/01/07- Purchased at Booze Bros. in Reno, NV.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Date is stamped on the cork. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Fairly light and hazy peach-orange color. Soft and creamy looking 1/2 inch head. Lacing is light and spotty.

Smell- Light sugary fruity notes. Not really the heavy dark ones like dates, prunes and raisins, but the lighter ones like oranges, cherries and lemons. Seems as if there is a darker malt buried beneath.

Taste- Sweet, mild and fruity to describe it briefly. Seems like some orange liquor and some wild berry notes backed up with a light hopped sensation. Very very light alcohol noticed.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, almost velvety smooth with a lower carbonation rate. Adds a nice warmth.

Drinkability- I do not see 11.5% in this brew. I would have guessed it for a very flavorful Dubbel of around 8%. Exceptionaly easy drinker for a quad and very tasty as well.

 948 characters

Photo of HorseFly
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a beer fan in general, but I LOVE Belgian ales. In fact, I have yet to have one that I don't like. I recently had the Urthel Samaranth at Richo's Pub House (aka New Albanian Brewing Company) during their Gravity Head shindig. I have to say it is easily in my top 3 of this style, Chimay Grand Reserve and Delirium Tremens being the other 2. I was served in the appropriate Urthel glassware and it was very pretty too look at, and it smelled wonderful. It was very sweet and very strong. I'm not an expert at picking out flavors and such like some people on here, but I know that I am definitely going to be looking for it anywhere and everywhere that sells beer.

 671 characters

Photo of Padron4KM
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle corked and caged.
Smudged date code on the back of the bottle.

Clear dark golden, steady carbonation

The latte foam like head recedes slowly and delicate lace patterns trace it’s path down the glass.

Initial aroma is ripe fruits and yeast, later some caramel and light brown sugar emerge with maybe a little bubblegum esters.

Flavor is ripe fruit, (mango, banana) with a slightly sugary sweetness that is balanced by a nice refreshing bitter finish.

Creamy mouth feel. Alcohol is deceptively hidden.

I got this bottle for just over $4, a steal IMHO, if it wasn’t mispriced I’m going back for the lot of them.

 648 characters

Photo of Estarrio
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Hildegard, the head brewer of Urthel. This is the one Urthel creation that I have yet to try and I'm honored to taste it in a glass provided by the brewing Goddess herself.

Poured clear gold with a medium, silky white head. The creamy head retained throughout, leaving sticky lacings on the walls of my glass. This is rather light for a quad!!!

Cherries, muscat and currants dominate the estery aroma. The sweet fruitiness is tempered by a big malt presence and a doughy, funky yeast quality.

Cherries, unripe plum, grainy pear and golden raisins mingle with sweet candied sugar to create a memorable first sip. A big malt character adds some balance to this delightful brew. Caramel, molasses, vanilla and chocolate flavors are also present, along with an earthy yeast quality. A sublte hop bitterness can be perceived in the finish. The flavors are smooth, balanced and complex while the high ABV is barely noticeable.

The ample carbonation creates a pleasing, light, fizzy mouthfeel.

You can tell from the first appearance that this is not your ordinary quad. Urthel continues to impress with solid brews that push the boundaries of existing styles.

 1,208 characters

Photo of beertastegood
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange-reddish color with a large off-white head, low retention.

Aroma: plum, cherry, alcohol, tart, pepper, bubblegum, musty, caramel..very complex

Taste: Lots of fruitiness with a significant tang and then brown-sugar sweetness with a hint of hop flavor, alcohol makes itself known at this time. Finishes slick and sweet on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: full body, high carbonation. Warming down the throat.

Drinkability: Scarily good for 11.5%.

Another outstanding Belgian from what is fast becoming my favorite Belgian brewery.

 552 characters

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey-gold and cloudy. Flavor is rich and smooth with fruity hints and just a whisper of bitterness. The texture is smooth, but it has a nice bite that reminds you this is a strong ale. One of the best beers I have ever tried, worth seeking out.

 250 characters

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, two year old bottle pulled from the cellar

Appearence, strange, a dirty golden color, very odd for a Quad.

Smell, very fruity, sweet, I would swear this was a Tripel, if I didn't open the bottle myself.

Taste, more of the same confusion, very sweet, very fruity, taste is really in line with a Tripel. Very smooth, I can't taste the ABV, but maybe the two years in the cellar took care of that, I'm not sure as I have not had this brew fresh. Regardless, this is a fantastic brew, very smooth, and since I love Tripels, l loved this Quad, if only because it copied my favorite Belgium style.

I'm sure this one is great fresh, but two years really added some smoothness, I'm buying some more of this first chance I get.

 744 characters

Photo of zuggy9
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into an Urthel chalice, and produced a dark reddish brown with a tan dense head. Good lacing. It is very rich in apple and sugar smells, with other fruit as well. Very hearty and strong. The apple qualities prevail in the taste with a nice sweetness and strong alcohol start and a good hoppy finish. Very smooth and very drinkable despite the ABV

 362 characters

Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 565 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.