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 BeardedRiker
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's still my birthday so it's time for me to drink a beer that my brother and his girlfriend got me. How many quads have I drank in my whole life? I bet I could count them on one hand, if that.

I poured the Samaranth into my goblet, bringing up a little off-white head that fizzed away very quickly. The beer is a lovely clear bronze. A fair amount of bubbles rise to the top throughout drinking.

She smells of sweet apples, white grapes, plum, and intense caramel sweetness. There is a breadiness in there as well, like a sweet bread (not to be confused with sweetbread).

Wow, this is sweet as Hell, if Hell was like a candy store. All of the fruits I mentioned, it's as if they were all sugared and then put into a carbonated beer. It's so sweet it's as if honey was poured in. Caramel malt! It's definitely boozy, which makes it have a warmth, but you can barely taste it because of the sweetness.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The insane sweetness makes the mouth slick on the cheeks and sticky on the tongue.

I'm sorry, but this just isn't my style. I'm not sure what else to say. I hate to give a rating that's so below the average, but if I don't like it, what the heck else am I supposed to do?

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Photo of sfprint
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

exp March 2013
A: Short head, dark hazy thick chestnut brown, gloating bits of sediment, slow rising single bubble columns of carbonation.
S: Mild, slightly sweet scent, plum
T: A little tart, flavors hang back which i find pleasing. slight plasticy edge, but otherwise a very nice quad, implied lemon.
M: Alc astringent tartness, low carbonation, but thick.
O: Good for a quad, but i'm not in love.

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Photo of DARIVA
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown beer with a small head.

S: Caramel with raisins and the smell of cola.

T: Mild beer but with body, taste something of nougat.

M: Good tingling, delicious aftertaste, beautiful relationship.

O: Delicious beer with a distinctive flavor.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Needed to get another bottle of this to review. Had it on tap almost 2 years ago. Straight into my Brewery tulip. Let's see if it's what I remember.

A - Dark ruby brownish color with that sweet sweet head.

S - Well, this is lacking. It has that dark fruit, but it's almost like it's spoiled dark fruit. And you get that malt caramel sweetness as well.

T - There it is. That's what I remember. An absolute splendid mix of caramel deliciousness and dark, dried fruits. You also get that nice, subdued brown sugar that is well integrated. The alcohol is hidden and this is a really top notch tasting quad. Exactly what it's supposed to be like.

M - Creamy and a great balance for a beer this big. It is dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

O - This is on my upper quad tier with Bernardus 12, Westy 12 and Pannepot. I'd love to throw this into a blind tasting with those and let them fight to the death.

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Photo of RollBounce
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big sherry like mid-palate, creamy head lasts, very tiny carbonation bubbles, ABV starts to show after 6oz or so, long finish, caramel-like sweetness, great Belgian yeast flavor, hint of dustiness.

overall, this beer is so good, if you're a fan of big Belgian beers, little sweeter than a Rochefort #8, but more hoppy than a sweet barley wine. A beer well worth checking out and well worth it's price ($9). Really enjoying it.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely to have an appropriate Urthel glass for this.

Best head on a quad, ever. Two-and-a-half fingers of light beige head. Sticky lacing. Dark amber body with reddish accents.

Caramel, fig, and brandy. Dank yeast, hazelnuts, and buttered bread. Vinous. No alcohol noticeable.

Rich toffee and dark fruits. Tannic with an oakiness. Vanilla, dates, raisin, and grape must. More brandy notes. And, the alcohol is big now. Pretty sweet and fruity. Drier middle. Hard to think this has mellowed, because I think this bottle is over a year old. Still dee-lish.

Medium-heavy body with nice spritz. Sticky sweet. Somewhat cloying.

This is a first-time-having-it. And, pretty happy about it. Long time coming. Recommended.

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

Got this bottel at bierparadijs in Meer
33 cl bottel poured into my cantillon tulip glass

Pours amber with a smal off white head.
Aroma is fruity, spicy, lots of toffee and caramel.
Flavor is lots of caramel malt, some honey, vanilla, fruit (cherries, raisins), a fair amount of alcohol, not too much tartness. Finishes surprisingly dry and malty/sweet
Palate is thick but not overly so. Complex and tasty.
Liked it a lot , good brew !

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

Poured a 3" beige head with good retention. Deep clear burnt orange colored body. Smells of malt and dried fruit. Taste is classic big quad with toffee, caramel, malt, dried fruit, and fig. There's higher alcohol but not to the point of distraction. And a fairly long fruity finish. This holds up against many other quads.

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Photo of deebo
2.52/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle with a BB date of 01-2014.

A-Murky reddis-brown color with lots of bubbly carbonation and a filmy tan head.

S-Strong whiffs of sweet malt (grape and plums) with a hint of alcohol.

T-Alcohol definitely there, not nearly as well hidden as some other quads. This overshadows the sweet malts-a strong rum raisin taste.

M-Somewhat thin bodied for a quad. Heavily carbonated.

D-This ia definitely a sipper, I enjoyed it a bit more as it warmed, this is a nice night cap. Not a beer to start your night with.

O-The smell is better than the taste experience. Lacks malt backbone and is overburdened with the high alcohol. I'll give it a try after it sits in the cellar for a couple years.

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

I bought this bottle a week ago at the beershop in Meer, Belgium calles the bierparadijs. Nice shop to buy some nice beers.

Poured this one in my Struise glass tonight. The first thing i notice is that it certainly does not look like quad i know from other brewers. The fluid is like tea, head is nice foamy with very little lacing.

Smell of banana. Taste is good, no questions about that, a bit sweet but that is what most quads have. Drinkability is very good thanks to it's super mouthfeel.

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

On tap into tasting glass.

A: Deep amber with creamy head. Decent lacing.

S: Strawberry, wine. Dark toasted malts. Smokey at end.

T: Deep fruity malts. Red jammy fruits -- strawberry with sugar. Caramel, slightly milky.

M: Creamy, velvety smoth. Low attenuation, carbonation low but spicy. Perfect but slooow sipping. No session beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slender 11.2 oz. bottle, "Quadrium Ale" neck label, strangely no front label. $4.99 from Artale. Production code: K05C10

Glinting rusty copper red, thick layer of foam across the surface. Smells like sherry, baked spice apples, brandy or other wine-based liquor. Drippy Belgian lace, lasting skim across the top. Long lasting retention.

Seems a little bit oxidized, notes of prickly booze, baked apples, cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and clove that numb the tongue. Sweet and sticky on the lips, overripe fruit and spiced apples soaked in brandy. A bit dry and fusely in the aftertaste, can't really get down with this. The booze is more than apparent, though somewhat appropriate for a Quad. Going to sip for a bit to see if it changes at all. Served around 50º, it's not making a good impression. Harsh alcohol, overly sweet, unbalanced. Not planning to revisit this.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking brown color with a good looking head on top. The retention wasn't too bad, but there wasn't much lacing. The smell of the beer is a little sweet and had some nice light caramel aromas and dark fruits. The taste is a little tart upfront but settles into a nice sweet and rich vanilla like aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is nice as well, it had a solid carbonation to it and a soft mellow feel to it. Overall this was a pretty nice Quad, doesn't beat La Trappe but still very nice.

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Photo of Squelch
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Murky cloudy brown. No head.

Smell: Sweet smelling. No aromas.

Taste:Complex caramels. Spiciness. Funkineess in here as well

Mouthfeel: Heavy. Alcohol heat.

Overall: Not rally digging this one. Alcohol too strong. Too sweet. Needs work.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber pour with about a finger of white fluffy head. Lots of bubbles racing from the bottom of the glass.

S - Very sweet, fruit grapes and champagne

T - The flavor is balanced, subtle but nicely complex. Alcohol is present.

M - On the lighter side of medium with a nice amount of carbonation, good but not spectacular.

O: Not bad, well put together. A bit more sweetness would do the beer good.

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Photo of jtingue
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Hazy copper red in color. Pours with a nice finger and a half of head which quickly reduces down to a thick layer on top of the brew. This is retained well. Some alcohol feet present, but not retained well.

Smell. Very sweet, with an emphasis on fruitiness. Smells reminiscent of maraschino cherries and grape jelly. Also somewhat of a caramely sweetness behind this.

Taste. Quite tart up front, with a surprising bitterness that builds for a short time. This bitterness is then accompanied by a dry figgie sweetness. The bitterness is balanced by this but still present throughout. There is a significant alcohol presence that builds throughout the experience that contributes to a dry alcohol burned finish.

Mouthfeel. For me a near perfect mouthfeel. Medium body with plenty of almost effervescent carbonation. Drinkable but full flavored.

Quite a different quadruple. Maintains the complexity that you would expect, but differs from the trappist examples. The bitterness helps with this. It is not a bitterness that you associate with hops but one that goes perfect with the dry fruity flavors of the beer. Very enjoyable indeed.

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Tripel Karmeliet Tulip glass.Enjoyed on apr´11.Pours reddish light brown in color.Foggy.Crown is a close,dense,big bubble,2cm thick layer foam.Yellowish in color.Yeast,raisin & acid fruit on nose.Spicy,sweet burning mouthfeel while dark fruits play on palate.Full body.Good carbonation not bothering at all.Prune & apricot on the aftertaste soften the ABV.Well balanced & complex flavors & aromas.Pleasant drinkability.Look out!.alcohol level is gentle but actually present.

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

Urthel Samaranth 12 Quadrium, sounding in name more like a star in the Horsehead Nebula than an ale, announces its presence to the nose with all the subtlety of a supernova. Huge sugars, noticeable from several inches away, float from the bottle and smell of brown sugar, candied figs, lychee nut, and cognac.

On the tongue, the brew is as complex as wine and quite penetrating. Fruit esters including bananas, oranges, lychee nut, and white grape stream through the mouth, orbiting a huge caramel and brown sugar malt base. Vanilla and nut meteors pound the earth, and strong cognac flavors streak the sky above, setting the atmosphere awash in what is, unfortunately, quite a strong alcohol burn (11% ABV). The aftertaste is a blister of the above, dominated by alcohol-laced candied fruits. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while the flavors in here are superb, the ale is hindered by the poorly-disguised alcohols, which tend to overpower everything else--especially as one gets deeper into the bottle. The tastebuds simply can't handle the strain, and collapse into Urthel's vodka-sting event horizon. Approach with caution, and drink very slowly.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber pour with about a finger of white head. Lots of bubbles racing from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is great, retention is alright.

S: Very sweet. Belgian yeast mixes with a nice malt backbone and some booze to balance the smell out. Seems to be decently balanced, but a bit muted.

T: Dark fruits, very boozy. Rounded out nicely by caramel. While the beer is sweet, it is certainly not overly done. The flavor is balanced, subtle but nicely complex.

MF: On the lighter side of medium with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: Not bad, well put together. Very good representation of the style, I only ever saw it once and held onto it for around 6 months. Might pick another up if I see it again.

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

Look: the beer pours a dark brown-amber color with medium light brown head
Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits and red fruits, nut and some spicy alcohol
Taste: Follows the nose. Clean and malty, spicy notes and a bit sweetness, alcohol notes and a nice spicy bitter finish
Mouthfeel: full body and medium carbonation
Overall: Nice beer, will age some for later

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brewers claims that Urthel Samaranth is brewed in a way that only Belgian Brewers can and, indeed, considering the level of lush, creamy head present in an 11.5% percent beer, I'd have to agree (especially seeing how ornate the lacing turns out to be, like Corinthian pillars). Otherwise, however, this deep, dark body doesn't provide much to look at.

The aroma has some dark fruit and malty richness, but it smells like someone pulled its batteries out. It lacks the complexities, strength and dessert-like qualities of many of the style's best. It's still worth smelling but the return on your sniffs is considerably higher with other quads. Most of what I'm taking away is a savory herbal element and some esters.

These type ales are very strong indeed, but they're not the kinds of beers designed as if to say: “look! My dick is bigger than yours!” They are complex and mellow, not brute. While their strength is perceivable, the alcohol is integrated and the profile offers plenty of rich fruitiness in the shape of prunes and dates as well as tremendously sweet maltiness that's like liquid caramel. While it would hold up in the cellar, I don't see a need - this is sublime!

Quad is a style that's very easy to brew too sweet - ask just about any American brewer. It's meant to be sweet, to be sure, and this one is nothing if not sweet, but unlike weaker examples it has a complex web of flavours and lots of malty depth to back it up. The finish therefore, despite the brown sugar and fruity notes, is not cloying, but instead quite decadent - a beer equally worthy of desserts as it is hearty, slow-cooked meats.

Urthel Samaranth has all the rich sweetness and sensual qualities that have made the Quad legendary in the beer world. It is, for my money, every bit as good as the household names and definitely deserves more limelight than it's currently given. This is one import worth the extra few dollars - you'd be hard-pressed to find such quality from non-Belgian brewers.

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Photo of bfields4
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber body. Medium sized head decent lace.

Dark fruit and quite the funky aroma I can't quite put my finger on. A bit of hops even which is strange for the style.

Dark fruits rule take the show here too, but there are other flavors going on in the background. A sweet malty body reminiscent of a dopplebock or barleywine. A bit of a spicy characteristic as well.

A tad hot. A decent brew, but nothing to get too excited about. I think I'll stick to hop-it.

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Photo of skylab
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I know the numbers may not exactly add up here but hear me out.

Poured out of a 12oz bottle, that was more long-necked than the picture provided, into a generic pint glass. Bottle may or may not matter. I am not knowledgeable enough to know.

Smells a bit sweet but pours a nice amber with at least an appreciable head. First sip is warm with alcohol which is a surprise. I thought this would be a higher ABV brew because of that but it still mellows quickly to a cane syrupy and fruity middle. It then drifts to a sort of glossy damn-it's-all-gone-should-have-bought-more finish.

I like it. Not a session beer, but not meant to be. Very nice.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dense deep copper body with a reddish glow at the base and a super thick light tan head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S-The smell of dark sugar and a vinous note comes through during the pour. There is some dry sweetness and more dark sugar layers as the beer opens.

T- The dry brown sugar flavor has some caramel notes and a roasted malt flavor that is soft but grows a bit as the beer warms. There is a soft cream cheese note and a sherry taste to the finish with a soft sweetness to the finish. The aftertaste has a touch of bitterness but I'm not sure if it is hops or dark malt. There are some cherry cola notes to the dark sugar as the beer warms a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz and a warm alcohol heat that turns into a soft burn as the beer opens up.

O- This beer has some nice flavors but not a great deal of depth and a pleasant alcohol that works with the soft sweetness.

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Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce glass of this on a recent visit to a local bar. I like the products from this brewer as they try to marry Belgian qualities with those of American brewers. Overall this beer was very good and I'm not a huge quad fan.

Appearance was a deep copper, almost brown with nice, light tan carbonation that left great lacing behind.

Aroma was a combination of strong belgian yeast as well as dark fruit and heavy malt. Maybe a little bit of hops as well.

Flavor was intense but very well balanced among the malt, fruit, hops and yeast.

Overall a very good beer, a little on the strong side for me and better for winter, but something I'd wholeheartedly recommend.

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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
4.03 out of 5 based on 562 ratings.
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