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Urthel Samaranth | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Belgium
urthel.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 01-06-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,029
Reviews:
338
Ratings:
567
pDev:
10.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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

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

A gift from a local publican, I have had this in standby for a few months and this seemed like a good time to open it.

From the bottle: "Traditionally Top Fermented And Bottle Conditioned Amber Special Ale"; "Dutch with a Flemish Touch".

I employed a very gentle pour as lees were visible in the bottom of the bottle. This resulted in a dearth of head, but a very clean, deep-amber liquid with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a dried, dark-fruitiness to it, like prunes, raisins and figs, very apropos for this time of the year. There was also a yeast-driven mustiness and a definite alcohol burn noticeable on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium and my first thought was "Brown Sugar!" thanks to it s massive malt presence on the tongue. Phew! Next, I got some real heat from the alcohol and once that passed, the fruity esters really asserted themselves. Warming, the fruitiness became even more prevalent and so did the heat. The finish was extremely dry, thanks to the yeast really having done its job. I would bet that there was not much in the way of fermentable sugars when all was said and done. My my my. Many thanks for the hook-up!

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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.

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

Juicy tangerine with butterscotch borders. This is the single lightest quadrupel that I've ever laid eyes on. In fact, it looks more like an APA. The attractive crown of orange-ecru foam looks acceptably Belgianesque. It's a good look, but it's definitely 'out there' for the style.

The nose is pale malty and fruity (apricot skins) in a musty sort of way. The lack of depth and complexity is concerning. This is one strange quadrupel. Incidently, the brewer says that it's closer to a quad than a barleywine, and is less sweet than the typical quad.

Samaranth is definitely an odd duck. I think it tastes like a pale-malted barleywine mixed with a tripel (fruity esters and Belgian yeast). There's also the suggestion of some spice that I can't identify. The alcohol is well-buried, making itself known only by a pleasing warmth on the way down. So far, this big ale isn't knocking my socks off.

The biggest problem is a lack of flavor definition. It's all a bit of a muddle and is extremely hard to describe as a result. Sweetened orange is probably the leader, followed by a floweriness that might be coming from the hops. Part of the lack of authority might be due to...

... a mouthfeel that is average at best. It's no more than medium and is seriously lacking in carbonation. Bottom line: average in a general sense and less than average when compared to most big Belgian ales.

Other than the insanely delicious Hop-It (and possibly Tonicum Finiboldhus), I haven't been impressed with De Leyerth Brouwerijen beer. Samaranth is decent, but it's no quadrupel. Sorry, can't recommend this one.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

On tap at the Sharpe Edge Emporium, appears a deep ruby amber tone sorta cloudy leaves fine belgian style lacing as the off white head dwindles slowly. Aroma contains lucious fruity highlights of plum, raisins, tart apple, and alcohol tones also presents a light herbal hop tone. Taste comes off a bit tart with the fruit tones a deep rich sweetness caramel malts with all of the raisin, apple, plum notes finishes with a mildly alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth easy going brew very soft carbonation and very flavorful. Drinkability very nice another winner from Urthel love the Hop-It as well, great quad not over the top way too drinkable.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

large bottle, caged and corked, no freshness indication, but the label reader is informed twice that this is "Belgium's newest cult classic" pours clear glistening, light almond amber, minimal yeast in the bottle, near white puffy head, leaving, gobs of fine and scattered lacing and high quality sheeting. Nose is full of alcohol, some vanilla and honey. Strong, heady brew, lucious and smooth mouthfeel, notes of spicy honey,vanilla, pepper, warming alcohol. Nicely rounded flavors, fruity, with a spicy hoppy finish, clearly a high quality sipper. More B.A. worthy Belgian brew from Urthel. Well worth seeking out and enjoying

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of AlexFields
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with some suspended yeast. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, tart malt, sugary sweetness, slight fruity aroma, and a hint of raisin. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt up front with some slight alcohol, then a strong sweetness overtakes. There are slight fruit flavors throughout. Overall, the sweetness smooths the alcohol flavors nicely and the finish is amazing.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a chalice, the beer is an opaque, caramel-brown coloring, with a foamy, light, fluffy head on the pour that disappears after only a few moments in the glass. Aromas of cherry, apple, rich caramel, molasses, date, raisins, and hints of chocolate. Wow, this is rich! Flavors are very smooth and sweet, with a heavily roasted forward note enhancing the following apple and caramel blend. It's like a delicious apple pie. Candi sugar, molasses, brown sugar, dates, fig, and cherry all blend in nicely, as well. This is a very layered, rich palate. The body is huge, but kept in check with a healthy dose of carbonation to lighten it up without sacrificing any of the feel. The aftertaste is rich and sugary sweet, heavy on the fruit, like a piece of fruitcake. The finish is smooth, slow, and soft, with a solid fruity linger. This is a really good beer.

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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!)

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

A "Quadrium Ale", according to the label, whatever that is, and also, we are told, this was brewed by Hildegard. Thanks, Hildy! Let's uncork this sucker and see what your talents have wrought...
Looks lovely in my Tripel Karmeliet glass, a gorgeous peachy orange tone, foam filling half the vessel, delicate and lacey, softly collapsing, very elegant.
Aroma tickles the nose, funky, citric, spicy, ripe orange and grapefruit peels, lemons, cherries, quite a fruity combo, certainly a delight.
And a joy on the tongue, as well, a spicy, spritzy dance on the palate, that mellows much from it's initial entrance, but never leaves, just keeps rolling along. Gets a bit bubblegummy later in, not that there's anything wrong with that. This is very tasty, very nice, and I can't taste the 11.5% the label speaks of...can that be right?
I thought this would be like a Quadrupel style, like La Trappe's classic version, and maybe it is, if the only consistent characteristic were alcoholic content. But as for taste, it's surprising and unique. I expected a darker, winey-ier brew, and got something very different, but very delicious.
This 750 ml bottle will be drained with astonishing quickness, and I can be counted for picking up more bottles, to guarantee future happiness.

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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.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a nice dark orange-red amber. Minimal head and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian spicing. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Dark and sweet fruits, malt. Somewhat dry at the very first, blending into malts and fruits. Sweet and dry finish. Very complex and tasty. Alcohol a bit forward, detracting from the overall experience. Still a very nice and tasty quad.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml/Corked

Pours a slightly cloudy orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, tons of lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, slight hops, spices, and slight citrus. The taste is slightly tangy/sweet, some spices, with a slight dry finish, and warm feeling in the throat. Medium body, a well rounded/complex brew, alcohol content hidden well. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Urthel, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gavage
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange amber in color with a thick 2" head. Lacing was thick as a coat of paint on the side of the glass.

Smell: the aroma was fruity, sweet malts and alcohol.

Taste: the flavor is super as bread tones, caramel, raisin, plum, yeast, alcohol, and citrus fruit were all nicely balanced. Very quiet and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start with a creamy dry finish.

Drinkability: nice for a quadruple. Great brew - worth seeking out.

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Photo of tommy5
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of stevoj
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This was spectacular with chunks of sediment suspended in the glass. Medium brown with thin beige head. Heavy body. Thick, slick mouthfeel. A sipper, but delicious.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 567 ratings
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