Urthel Samaranth | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Urthel SamaranthUrthel Samaranth

Brewed by:
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 Gobearswalter34
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

P- what is a murky burgundy red with a fin off-white bubbly head.
S- smells like heaven! Loads of dark fruit raisins dates cherries. Tons of melted caramel and Belgian yeast.
T- Taste follows the nose. Tastes like heaven. Fruits are candied. Slight alcohol and hop burn.
M- goes down like Silk. Medium to full-bodied quad. Nice warming from the alcohol. This is a great winter beer.

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

Served into a mini Chimay goblet at Lucky Baldwin's.

Interesting quad. For one, it's a dirty blonde color. I didn't even realize it was a quad until looking it up online here. Taste is pretty intense - definitely on the sweeter side. Got some toffee, some bananas - kind of tropical fruit sort of flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and full, even a bit syrupy, but in that satisfying, dessert beer sort of way. Drinkability remains good for this sort of beer - you won't be sessioning this, but it's easy enough to drink a glass of.

There are better quads out there, but this is still a great one. Recommended.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Mahogny colored, clear, beer with a small, beige, head.

Nose: Caramel, brown sugar, raisin, fudge, molasses an chocolate.
Taste: Caramel malt, burned sugar, dark fruit (plum, raisin), spices and cocoa.
Body: Full body and crisp carbonation. Smooth, warming finish.

Great Quadrupel!

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Photo of RedHaze
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of Sspeer1
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Poured into a snifter and got a huge bubbly, almost white heat about three fingers thick that would not go away! ... it has some very dense lacing and it covered a nice deep amber body that was full of carbonation. It has a very faint fruity aroma with a faint alcohol and some sweet scents as well, but that's all I got room it. It has semi-smooth feel with a thick body and some a strong carbonation feeling on your tongue. It has a good earthy taste mixed in with some dark fruits, a few spices and a dry aftertaste, and it warms up your mouth as it goes down, but you can barely taste the alcohol init.

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

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 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 PatrickCT
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dnichols
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I shared a corked and caged 750 ml bottle with imacoug.

A: It poured a creamy and cloudy brownish-orange body. It had a large two finger white head that was sticky and lasted for a long time.

S: It was rich in aromas of toasted malts, caramel, oranges, raisins, and dark yeasty bread.

T: It started with a rich thick caramel flavor that blended well the the dark roasted malts. These flavors were complemented by sweet oranges, a thick bready dark yeast flavor, and a dash of dark spices.

M: It was a full bodied beer that was creamy and smooth. It coated the tongue and finished sweet, dry and warm.

D: It was a rich, flavorful and complex beer that left me wanting more. I'm prone to keeping this one in my stash for special occasions.

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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 YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acrawf6
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light orange amber with a lightly tan head. the aroma is very fruity, orange and apple. It smells sweet. The taste is also quite fruity, apples and grapes. Is pretty sweet and lightly spiced, just a touch yeast. I dont taste any of the alcohol. The aftertaste seems to be fruity and more on the tart side than sweet. It's got lots of carbonation. I didnt expect this one to look or taste anything like it does when i bought it. But still good to enjoy.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of ski271
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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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 lmaduells
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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 JackieKu
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Jmamay22
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Neat bottle 33 cl. bought at my local liquorstore. They had about 4 from this brewery, but i had to pick the big one.

Dark copper colour, clear with a beige head, not too much carbonation.

Smell and taste are of lightly roasted grains, coffee and burned sugar, a little dark fruits, hops that make it bitter in aftertaste. It's not bad at all.
However, this beer is also very boozy. The alcohol is rather upfront, and with 11.5% abv it's a lot.
This disappoints the whole drinking experience. After half a glass, the buzz this beer gives makes up a lot: I don't think this beer will give a headache like the harsh alcoholic strong lagers i've had... but it doesn't make me happy either.

It could very well be the other brews from De Leyerth, that are lighter in alcohol, are more to my liking.

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