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 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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at State Line in Elkton. Served in an Urthel tulip that looks straight out of a cartoon someone on acid would imagine.

Pours a fairly-clear reddish-copper color with a good off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some mild caramel and a nice date character. Raisins there as well. Nothing too spectacular; fairly weak. The flavor really improves upon that. There's a mild amount of booze that works well with the raisin and date character. Really quite nice. Medium body and really smooth. Booze is nice. Really nice all around. Thanks to Amyliz4 for being gifted these glasses and picking this bottle out.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Urthel : Samaranth

Poured into its branded glass. A rich amber/copper in hue, some small yeast particles are suspended. Soapy white head forms and recedes to a fine layer. Sweet whole grain bread in the smell along with some brown sugar. Complex beer, roasted malt, caramel, fig, raisin. Very little alcohol presence for an 11% beer. Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied. A good quad, true to style, and is a detriment to sobriety.

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

Bottle served into Pache goblet in a cafe near Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: Four finger head of nice cream and thickness. Amber-brown colour; non-transparent. Appealing.

Sm: Yeasty, nutty hops. Maybe some esters. Alcohol is not detectable, a good sign.

T: Estery hops on the finish. Hoppy balanced body, some nuts. Alcohol warms in the aftertaste. Well built. I quite fancy it. The nuts are layered near-perfectly against the esters, which themselves refresh after the climax. It's gloriously complex and delicately crafted. Wow. Love the fruit.

Mf: Smooth and warm. Wet and dry at various points, but definitively neither. Very nice and complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: Covers up its high ABV very well. You could easily down it because of how good it is; I did! Give this one a go, lads. You won't be disappointed. I'd love to try this on-tap.

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

Urthel Samarath

Pours a beige head. Color is a clear copper gold.

Aroma: Sweet and inviting. Caramel, plums, raisins, dried cherries. Malty with no hops showing.

Taste: Very bready and malty. Toffee and caramel with some spices. A lot of dark fruits. Plums, raisins, and cherries.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a bit of alcohol.

Overall, a decent quad with a lot of solid flavors. I dig it. I really enjoyed all of the fruit flavors here.

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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a light chestnut/copper color. Two fingers of billowy, pale tan head with excellent retention and very nice lace. Clear with good carbonation.

S: Ripe pears, and lots of them! Some sweet bready malt behind that. Aromas become a bit muted as the beer warms, but still stay present.

T: Sweet molasses up front, then sweet malts, long finish with a bit of pepper and a ghost of bitterness. As the beer warms, a distinct menthol flavor and mouthfeel emerge, also layers of dark fruits. Alcohol just barely creeps in, some might not notice it at all. Whoa, bergamot slices through, and then guava, finally port! Very intense, and keeps evolving throug the very last sip.

M: Full bodied, but carbonation keeps it light and very creamy.

O: A fantastic quad. Will certainly buy this again.

I understand that the Koenigshoeven quad was the original inspiration for this, and they are quite similar. This one impresses me as a bit spicier and not quite as sweet, but variety is a good thing and I wouldn't fault either for not being the other. This one also seems far more complex in the flavor profile, and I'd give it five and a half on taste if I could. Luscious stuff, makes this quad-lover plenty happy indeed.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had this quad before and after trying the UrtheL Saison and Urthel Hop it I thought it be time to try this one. I picked up a few bottles from the bottle shop around the corner.

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter.

It came out copper brown with a full two finger head. Enthusiastic carbonation visible.

Strong caramel scent. Very sweet. Malt and yeast are also detectable on the nose.

Very sweet candy like flavor. A surprising amount of alcohol heat on this one. I feel the 11% go down pretty good.

A creamy medium to full body. Lots of carbonation. Dry to neutral finish. Leaves my mouth pretty well coated with the candy like flavors and a alcohol burn.

Not the king of quads but a good quad. Since I also have great acces to Rochefort, St Bernardus and even Westvleteren I don't see myself picking up this one more often.

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

This is my first Belgium Quad. Poured into my crystal mug the color is a rich deep amber gold, with a creamy beige colored head, about one inch and lasting for awhile.
The smell announces a very complex palette. Malt, caramel, butterscotch, dark fruits, brown sugar, fig and you probably could go on in finding aromas. Very inviting!
The taste is just vas complex and is dominated by sweetness, but not to a level of discomfort. All of the above flavors and more balance each other quite nice. You can feel the alcohol.
Very dangerously drinkable. Good mouthfeel and nice tingle. Certainly will buy this beer again, and will add one to my collection to be aged. Great job!

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ a one finger chocolate head- nice looking beer. Smell is of fig, licorice, spice, and alcohol. Not crazy about the licorice smell. Taste is that of licorice, spices, mint(?), alcohol. Maybe some clove thrown in? Mouthfeel is clean, w/ fig/alcohol aftertaste. Not the normal quad- this is definitely different than anything in this style that I've had. Pretty good, but not great. Some of my buddies really liked this one (more than me). Glad I got to try this beer.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, served 40 degrees in glass St Bernardus beer challis

A) Very cloudy mixture, burnt milk chocolate with lots of suspended carbonation & yeasties. Slight off white head.

S) Candied sugar, licorice, nutmeg, dark fruit and citrus. Very complex.

T) Sticky sweet malt, roasted nuts, bread pudding, espresso and an ample dose of bitter hopps

M) Very thick and syruppy but lots of fine carbonation that lasts throughout the pour.

D) An outstanding quad with unique hoppiness

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Photo of cooch69
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured into a Tulip form a standard 11.2oz. Belgian bottle.

Lovely deep amber copper color with a nice tan white fluffy two finger head which lasted really long.

Nose of candied sugar, heavy doses of malts, butterscotch and alcohol.
This beers has a deep alcohol warmth to it yet it is still well balanced and complex. Bready malts come through first with a spiciness(nutmeg). Some dark fruits including raisins and figs and a nice warming alcohol to cap it off.
This beer is full bodied with a lovely creamy mouthfeel. A worthy component in the land of Quadrupel's.

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

$11.99 for a 750ml bottle. Cork says 42/08

A: Decent size head, clear copper shade (on the first pour), steady stream of bubbles. Good, but Ive seen better.

S: Butterscotch candy, caramel, mead, misc. tropical fruit punch aroma with some fusel alcohol lurking.

T: Grape, butterscotch, sugary raisins, cinnamon, cider-y sweetness. I cant really detect a hop flavor here since the sweetness overwhelms everything.

M/D: Really easy to drink despite the high abv and almost cloying sweetness. A good beer to try at least once.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best before March 2013.

A: Wine-dark brown, topped by creamy head. Murky enough to prevent anything but a shadow from being visible through the beer. Some sediment. Good lacing.

S: Sweet. Almost too sweet. Candy sugars and faint apricot.

T: Not a let down, fortunately. Sweet, but not oppressively so, with definite dried apricot notes and plenty of candy. Lighter than expected, with some spices and yeast sneaking in. The aftertaste is hopped, dryish, briefer than I'd like, and full of flavour -- predominantly light fruit. Great beer.

M: A bit thin at times, but, on the whole, quite satisfactory.

D: Quite drinkable for the ABV (which is only occasionally noticeable). A good Quad, but not the best. I would drink it again, certainly, but I hesitate to recommend it above more worthy competitors.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into a wine glass

A: deep amber, poured with a massive head of loose lace that diminished rather quickly lacing the glass on its way down.

S: alcohol, that typical funky dark Belgian ale smell of the yeast and the candi sugar, spot on for the style just nothing that stands out.

T: it starts sweet and has a boozy finish, and is hot all the way down. it is easy to drink at 11% and gets better as it warms not a bad tasting beer at all.

M: high carbonation lends to help balance things out. boozieness lingers.

D: I am trying to explore more imported beers, so i picked this one up honstly I will never pay money for it again.

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Photo of alkemy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of the 11.2 oz. bottle...

A - Hazy amber with a touch of deep red. Head doesn't stick around too long.

S - Pretty malty aroma. Dark fruits are pretty noticeable as well as strong caramel. Raisins and figs appear with just a slight booziness.

T - Most notable is the fruity breadiness. You can find different flavors in each drink. The raisins and figs are predominant, but you also notice dark cherries and plums. Caramel is rich and buttery. Alcohol was more present on the way down rather than in the mouth.

M - Full bodied, rich, and smooth. The carbonation creates a creamy feel that matches the flavor very well.

D - Very drinkable for an 11% beer...almost scary. The sweetness is there, but it really doesn't build up to a point of unpleasantness.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a duvel tulip

A: Pours a hazy brownish-orangish red that came with 2 and a half fingers worths of off white/light tan head. Left some lacing on the glass, but not as much as most quads.

S: You get your typical quad/BSDA characteristics here: Dark fruits such as plums, figs, currants and raisons but you also get some more hops then you usually get. Some bitterness smell there along with some pretty apparent alcohol.

T: It has a dark fruit (currants and figs mostly) mixed with a pretty big hop character -pretty unusual for a Quad. Bitterness isnt over the top but something new i haven't experienced yet. Alcohol very apparent in this beer; gives it a dry finish. Spices are there to but not over powering. Belgian yeast and candied sugar really masked by the alcohol

M: Creamy and smooth like a quad should be. Very good carbonation. Alcohol very apparent in this beer. Slight burn on the back of the palate. Alcohol could be masked a little better.

D: Fairly good Quad, first that i have had that was fairly bitter. Overall pretty average drinking quad. Not the best on the market but still pretty good.

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Photo of SkipWeathers
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the first Belgian ales I ever tried, and definitely the first quad, but that was in 2006; I drank more of it last night, so here's a review:

A - light brown color, whitish-cream head

S - astringent, dried fruit, coffee

T - Predominant coffee-like flavors, alcohol, vanilla, prunes, brown sugar

M - velvety, boozy, slightly dry, leaves a nice coating on the tongue

D - very strong ale, I recommend sharing with a friend

I really like this selection, and like Chimay, another one of my favorites, I often overlook it because I'm always on that quest for the perfect ale, but I should opt for it more often. Definitely my favorite Urthel.

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

Tap at Armsby Abbey,
Big fluffy 2 finger creamy head with thick lacing, clear mahogany brown color.

Nose of candi sugar, dark belgian malts, raisins, plums, dates, brown sugar, light booze, light mild hops,

Taste creamy rich belgian malts, a bit of candi and brown sugars, more fruits raisin, fig, light cinnamon and nutty malts, bit of booze, semi sweet but drier than I expected, a bit of a bitterness with a slight earthy taste and bit of mild spicy hops. Finishes a bit drier and sticky, lingering malts and just a hint of the dried sugars.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied with decent carb and warming booze.

Drink is decent, some booze but better than 11%, dry finish, bit of bitterness, nice.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A 3 finger rocky head, tan in color. A clear ruby orange body. Uniform horizontal and vertical lacing throughout.

S - Sweet doughy bread, honey, toasted grain, Christmas spices-cinnamon most notable. Pears, oranges, pineapple,

T - Heavily candied/caramelized pale malt. Honey comes through very strong. Bruised apples, pears, pineapple glaze. The spices seem to hit every corner of the mouth and join in with the alcohol to burn the throat. Yeast is way more prominent in the flavor. It almost envelopes everything. Finishes spicy.

M - Full bodied. Heavy carbonation but rich and creamy and at times a bit syrupy.

This is the oddest Quad I've had to date. It reminds me more of a heavier Triple. There's alot going on in this beer. Very complex yet incredibly drinkable. I loved it. It's almost if there was ingredients in this beer that I've never tasted before.

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

I was quite surprised by the light orange color pouring from the bottle, and was further surprised by the restrained carbonation. Defnitely the lightest quad I have had, a burnished copper with lighter borders. The head is quite nice, although not huge. It has pleasing softness, but also appears to be leaving good stick. Redeeming.

The nose requires a little imagination, far too light for the style. There are some notable macerated fruits, decent dose of rum raisin. A hint of orange cleaner, and not much else. The flavor brings a little more potency to the table, with a fair amount of sweetness like candy sugar. In back of the sweetness (my teeth hurt a little) there is a browned sugar with fig and date flavor. On a slightly odder note, there are definitely indications of phenols, like a tripel yeast was used. Hints of banana and pretty potent doses of clove.

Good news: booze is huge but well-hidden, body does not get bogged down in thickness, flavor hits some good notes.

Bad news: not overly complex, color and profile are far too light for style, and flavor hits some strange notes. Not the best, but definitely off the beaten path.

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Photo of rrski198
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Totally cloudy and deep dark brown. Average off white head, very little lacing. I can see lots of yeast particals floating around, yummy!

S: Very sweet fruit. Cherries, plums, raisins. Traditional belgian yeast scent with the deep sweet fruit smell of an old ale.

T: Biscuity, bready malt up front, then intense sweetness of dark fruits. The booze kicks at the back end of the mouth. Not as dry as expected. Booze bite sticks around.

M: Highly carbonation. Oily and thick. Its like a sweet fillm that coats your mouth. The booze leaves quite the tingle on teh cheeks and gums

D: Damn good beer. This beer is very sweet, however, the finish is clean and it doesn't seem like a sugary mess. As it warms the booze becomes more prevalent but it is quite welcome. Very complex and delicious.

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

Poured from the 750mL bottle into a large snifter.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown that is clear with some sediment and carbonation showing through. Head was 2 fingers, light tan and had ok retention.

S: Very yeasty with hints of berry and a very alcoholic rum character. Brown sugar and some earth make an appearance in there which are covered by cloves and plums. Fresh dark grapes fleeting.

T: Fruity and slightly sugary, with your typical plums and raisins, but also an interesting cherry note, as well as a strong malt backbone of banana bread and rum or port. Finishes with a very big yeasty note and lots of spice, especially clove, and an herbal almost medicinal and bitter character.

M: Smooth going down and very bodied. Slightly drying throughout.

D: This could become slightly cloying, but it was a good solid quad.

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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
4.03 out of 5 based on 565 ratings.
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