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 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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Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

A - Pours a chestnut, raison burgundy color with a thick, ivory colored lacing ring.

S - Plums, raisons, toffee, dark Belgian candy sugar, cherry. Nice dark fruit aroma.

T - Follows the nose: raisons, plums, dates, cherries, some dark toasted Belgian candy sugar sweetness, toffee, and some minimal traces of alcohol (but overall well hidden). No alcohol heat permeating on the way down.

M - Big and full bodied, silky smooth texture.

O - This is a fine Quad.

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

A: Lighter than other quads I've tried. Not much darker than some tripples. Not a lot of head, but some nice lacing.

S: Fruity, like a sherry.

T: Warming, fruity sweetness is nicely balanced by the hop bitterness. No hop flavour. Unrefined sugar, with light coloured fruit/christmas cake flavour. Very warming, but not overly alcoholic in flavour.

M: Moderate, slightly syrupy body, with a moderately high amount of carbonation.

D: Taste isn't overwhelming, so it's easily approachable, but the slight alcohol flavour is a little prohibitive. This ones for sipping... like a sherry after dinner, or a night cap.

I wouldn't be surprised if the colour only comes from dark, caramelized sugar.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark reddish color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a sweet malty scent along with a warm fruity yeast aroma. There is a nice dark fruit character. The taste is good. It's incredibly smooth with lots of yeast character. The malt profile boasts primarily of pale and light crystal malts. There is definitely a dry feel and a nice bit of warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn tasty beer. It's simple in nature, but well done.

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

Quitea nice beer, and although high alcohol is very smooth and drinkable.

Poured a honey color with a fairly small head, but excellent lacing in the glass.

Smell is a little astringent, but warming with definite alcohol presence and a strong malt note.

Taste is very nice with a malty yeasty taste typical of belgians. Very winey with a hoppy finish and primarily a malty body. There is also a typical stone fruit taste in the middle and a yeasty sourness at the end.

Very nice mouthfeel. Just right on carbonation and body.

Extremely drinkable. Has a nice winey taste, but very balanced, dep and rich while retaining a nice smoothness.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish brown with decent carbonation that died quickly and left no lace. A good mix of belgian yeast along with a semi-sweet sugary malt smell along with hints of citric fruit pass for the aroma. Medium bodied with an immense sweet malt body of sugar and caramel and some bitter chocolate. Has a dry, bitterish toffee feel/hoppy taste as well and is slightly chewey as it passes over the tongue. The yeast strain along with the ABV lead to a dry finish that makes this beer a great sipper to enjoy.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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 John_M
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a thick looking, hazy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer positively looks rich. The beer smells quite sweet and rich as well, showing sweet malt, milk chocolate and butterscotch. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though to a lesser extent. Frankly, while delicious, I was expecting a bit more flavor. The beer is a bit sweet and one dimensional, with just a hint of milk chocolate. The beer has a surprisingly soft, light and creamy mouthfeel, and is much more drinkable then one would expect for a beer with this abv. The alcohol is very well disguised, though the warming feeling one experiences is a tip off that it's up there.

Very good beer. Perhaps not exceptional, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear light brown colored ale with a small yellowish tan colored head.

Smells malty and strongly of raisin and fig. Strong brown sugar and fruit this has a bit of fruitcake aroma to it. Spicy ethanol caries a pepper scent. Slight grape but a stronger brandy aroma.

Starts out neutral and woody with a brown sugar after taste. Fruity and on the sweet side has a distinct earthy flavor. Tasty with lots flavor, fig shows up after awhile. Could be a little more complex but it nails the style perfectly.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall very tasty! Very much a sipper and quite good. Not the best Quad but I would never refuse a glass of this.

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Production code 17JE (I've had this for at least a year and a half)
A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a strangely orange tinged, pale amber colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a very pretty, lightly hazed, reddish-tinged, very orange, slightly gold color. Interesting aromatics of concentrated pale malts, caramelized orange zest, dusty malt, pear notes, a touch of melon, slightly musty / funky and a slightly tart note that is a bit like pears or perhaps even a touch of tamarind. The nose on this is not quite as aromatic as I might have hoped, but it is interesting enough.

Somewhat sweet, but definitely rich and chewy (especially as it moves across the tongue). Lots of pale malt character here with notes of toasted grain, crushed soda crackers, honey notes and a biscuit like note in the finish. The honey notes play up a light herbal note somehow; really the malt and herbal notes combine to make me think of a herbal varietal honey. The texture of this is interesting, it is thick and somewhat creamy, but has enough carbonation to fight this, almost to the point of discord; while I like the texture overall it can be a little disjointing at times. The malt character has an almost aged character to it (though age probably has nothing to do with it); notes of golden raisins, stale yet still moist apricots, dried and oxidized pears, and even a bit of star fruit. At times this can have hints of butterscotch to it, though this really seems to be a mix of the other flavors

Somehow this is a bit dull tasting; certainly not bad and nothing seems particularly off, but I is just not quite as well balanced and flavorful as I expected.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Picked up at the Boise Coop probably 6-7 months ago, don't remember the price... probably in the $5 range. Poured into my red wine glass. Listening to Sasha's Involver mix.

3/4" head that goes away quickly leaving behind only a little lacing. Cherry juice/touch of brown... a few little yeasty floaties despite a careful pour.

Aroma is dark dried fruit... figs... raisins dates... etc. Medium dark caramel with no noticeable hops. A little alcohol as it warms.. expected. sweetness also increases as it heats up. Belgian yeast fruitiness... but pretty restrained.

Flavor is big malty/candy sweetness with more dark dried fruits predominantly raisins. Good bitter backbone, but little hop flavor that is easy to identify. Fruity flavors mid palate... Dark Cherry Juice? finishes with spicy Belgian yeast esters... Fairly thick palate, but enough carbonation to make me want another sip.

I've had this brew probably 6-8 times over the year, and have always been happy with my purchase... tasty and a good value for a Belgian quad. I need to pick up some more for the cellar and promise myself to not actually drink them when I am feeling a jones for Belgian beers.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There are certain things in life that shouldn't be rushed: choosing your wife, buying a house, or drinking a Belgian Quadrupel.

This one came in a 33cl brown bottle (new shape and label to the one shown 20th Aug 2010, and at 11.5%ABV): I poured it slowly into my Westmalle chalice and allowed it to settle, I had too because the bottle brought up all the sediment as I poured it.

The beer was a reddy brown colour, the tanned head soon receded to a weak collar and a wispy covering. The floating grist refused to calm down, so I prepared my food pairing: Organic Cheshire Cheese and Black Olive Biscuits, accompanied with Hazelnuts. The food element wasn't touched until my review findings were complete, but with the sediment messing me around it took some will power not to attack the cheese before I had my first sip.

The aroma being given off was treacle and molasses, a rich fairground toffee apple sort of affair.

Once the beer began to settle correctly I began sampling its delights: very sweet upfront, like the smell, all treacle tart and no custard. The alcohol content reared its head within the mouthfeel but the expected hop bitterness didn't meterialise at all. The beer is a fireside, pull up an armchair sort of brew. Luckily the weather in Shropshire today is foul, wet, windy and very un-August like, so it fitted the bill ideally.

This is the sixth Quadrupel I've reviewed on BA, and I think it slots in midway on character and overall scores (without checking).

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

U: This one pours amber with a large off-white rich thick head that stays for a long time before dissipating, leaving lots of lace.

S: Sweet malt with sweet dark dried fruit. Rather heavy on the alcohol and a bit chemical, but still complex.

T: Sweet light roasted malt (caramell). Fruity, very fruity - both dried dark fruit but also ripe red apples. Complex, and alcohol, but very faint alcohol if you think about the 12%...

M: The aftertaste is sweet and lasts for quite some time. The body is full and the carbonation is moderate.

D: To drink a quad is to drink something very complex. If you're into the adjunct lagers you probably shouldn't bother but for rest of us - try this one and the try an adjunct lager (it's just like water). Anyway this beer style is one of my favourites, and I havn't had a bad one yet...

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a rustic golden orange color with big fluffy white head.

S: On the nose was a fresh lemony-orange aroma with a nice yeasty funkiness with some sour oranges.

T: For flavor there was some sweet spiciness and honey malting followed by subtle pepper notes. Ther as a nice complexity of spices as well yeastiness (bananas) with some light cloves. Nicely balanced overall with some citrus and sourness (apples), with a big alcohol finish.

M: The mouthful was lively with a good spicy hoppiness.

D: Very good drinkability considering the abv with a nice complexity leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Explodes out of bottle and pours a five-finger+ light tan head that stays forever and leaves a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts with a nice mix of malt and hops, finishes with a sweet piney flavor. $7.45 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Belgium-based "Belgian Shop", coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, at 11.5%abv.; BB 06/2010, served mildly chilled in Hapkin's bulb-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a dark russet brown hue with random ruby glows, coming with moderate and fine carbonation, in addition to a 2cm thick beige froth settling slowly to a thin cap.
S: smelling like a traditional English barley wine in lots of ways - the raisiny and apple-ish overripe fruits, the barley candy-ish sweetness, and thick honey-ish scent... Given a swirl, the aroma still retains its integrity/thickness, but revealing a little bit of spicy notes, fig-like aromatic fruits, as well as a faint trace of alc. warmth. Not your "lively" quadruple, but approachable.
T: the slightly effervescent swallow of bitter-sweet malts, slick marinated plums, light staleness, and an apparent input of bitter hops is quickly engulfed by a rich flow of dark sugar and syrupy malts... as the sweetness decreases somewhat, the finishing aroma at the rear of the tongue shows residual bits of Chinese gourd-candy drink, sweet tea, and dried berry-fruits, while a moderately chewy mouthfeel of bitter hops also lingers to add a few extra points to the overall enjoyment.
M&D: the consistently lightly effervescent palate helps greatly to lift the overall heavy body a bit, and also renders a soothing, even semi-refreshing mouthfeel. My criticism of this ale is the heavy presence of the sugary elements on the balance, which come at the expense of a clearer manifestation of fruit esters and spiciness. Having said that, undeniably this ale is very well crafted indeed, not least demonstrated by how attenuated the alc. feels on the palate and down the throat...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the flass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Frothy, resilient lacing clings to the glass.

S- Usual dark fruit aroma of a quad with a bit of a metallic smell. Slightly sweet and slightly boozy.

T- Very smooth flavor of dark fruits including raisin, fig and plum. Somewhat sweet with the alcohol being very well concealed. Some vanilla tones are in there as well.

M- Somehow creamy and crisp at the same time. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A dangerously drinkable quad. Can easily hang with the best of the Trappist versions of the style. Very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Urthel Samaranth from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 568 ratings
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