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Urthel Samaranth | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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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 rekel
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of jondeelee
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
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 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.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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 joaopmgoncalves
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a Duvel glass.

A: Body is coppery with a two finger thick white head. Average retention and no lacing.
S: The aroma is very strong on belgian candi and malts' roastiness.
T: Taste is very sweet due to the high sugary contents on this beer. Both the malts and belgian candi. It ends with a high alcohol finish. Could be smoother.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is medium. Alcohol presence is very high. Sweetness is high.
O: Not sure if this can qualify as a Quad but could be an interesting Belgian (Dark?) Strong Ale.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Undated 11.2oz poured into a chalice.

Bright copper with a white head that is bigger than expected given the abv. Decent retention with spotty lacing.

Smells of belgian yeast, alcohol, bitter fruits, and sugar. Not much complexity, and the alcohol aroma is a bit off despite the style.

The taste is very alcoholic upfront and in the finish. There's some chalky yeast and suggestions of unidentified fruit in the middle. Not bad tasting, just awkward. Perhaps a year or two in a cellar could help smooth this one out.

I found the mouthfeel to be a bit light for a quad. I'm guessing the alc renders a numbing effect. Not impressed with the drinkability.

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Photo of nomad
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale orange color with sparse bubbles for a head, it is as pale and clear as a high alcohol Belgian you might ever find.this Smells strongly of booze, bushels of floral hops, and a sickly sense of fruit esters. Maybe only one scent came at a time, but each was repelling on its own though even moreso in succession. Unfortunately this carries over to the palate which is hot with bare alcohol. The body is sweet in a light cordial fruit-wine way but then barraged with prickly stings of floral hops.

Appears that I should cellar one for awhile and then re-assess. A bit brazen and sharp at this point.

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

Corked and caged 750.

Appearance: Clear blood orange. Really nice thick rocky head with good retention and sheets of lace.

Smell: Very boozy. Also, actually a little hoppy. Sweet dark fruit and spice. Bready yeast.

Taste: Yeah really boozy. I like to taste a little hot alcohol (I like straight gin), but this is quite a bit for a beer, even a big one. The alcohol makes for a little bitterness, but again, I swear there's hops bitterness like I've never tasted in a quad. The booze lasts somewhat dominates the palate, but sweeping spicy dark fruit and yeasty bread come in midway, and stick around until everything fades away. In some ways, its less complex than my favorite quads, but its very different and I like it quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: Its pretty big and chewy. The carbonation is right where it should be. This is nice.

Drinkability: Well, this is a weird quad. I really like it, but its not St Bernardus or Rochefort. This 750 was $11, so it aint cheap either. Would I have another? On another day, sure, if price was no issue. Would I choose this over a superior, similarly priced one? No.

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Photo of rallison
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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 PatrickCT
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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.

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Photo of Antyk
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sspeer1
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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 rvdoorn
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dnichols
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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 lmaduells
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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 acrawf6
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +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.

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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!

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Photo of sfprint
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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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Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 567 ratings
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