Urthel Vlaemse Bock
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
4.01 | pDev: 10.72%
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of utopiajane
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was completely flat. It poured with some sediment to fall to the bottom and opaque not clear. Rusty brown. Big loose tan bubbles that burst upon hitting the glass. No head. Good nose that had everything it should. Tempting firm caramel, soft sweet bread, fruity from dark fruits and an ester or two from yeast. Tasted ok except it was washed out watery with no bubbles. The mouthfeel was flat and the flavors also fell flat. No finish and a mild linger from dark fruits. The malts all wasted in the swallow. Touch of warmth from the alcohol shows up here.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a soapy, slightly off white head. Sediment reserved in the bottle, there was not too much. The aroma has Belgian yeast and dark fruits paired with molasses. In the taste, distinct fruity Urthel yeast strain with big dark fruit notes. Date, fig and raisin rule the day here. Bready but also very fruity and quite enjoyable. Dark fruits and sticky brown sugar. Full bodied, well carbonated ale. Finishes clean and a bit fruity with a slightly chalky yeast. Overall, this is a stellar example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of kristiekatk
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark and fruity treat. It pours deep brown with tons of foam that quickly dissolves into a sticky, creamy surface. Deep layers of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, sweet malts, and dark fruits like prunes, figs and plums, suck you in. The aroma is just so ripe. I love it.

An alcoholic sweetness and a burst of fruits and raisins make this almost a mix between a bock and a belgian strong ale. It has a medium body, is very smooth & creamy, and its high carbonation make it quite effervescent. Total bummer that they stopped brewing this last year.

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottle code K17A7. Pours very cloudy dark reddish brown color with a very nice 2-3 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of raisin, prune, toast, biscuit, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, and earth. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and weak strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, raisin, nuttiness, toffee, molasses, prune, herbal, and earth. Lingering notes of raisin, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, molasses, and herbal on the finish for a good. Fantastic balance of flavors with nice complexity and robustness. No cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale! Great robust and balance flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of bnes09
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber, chocolate color and hazy. Unrelenting ivory colored head. Limited lacing.

Roasted, nutty aroma.

Deep, rich caramel malt flavor. Roasted almonds, toffee, rich chocolate and dates. Hint of hickory smoke. Subtle hop. Just a touch of alcohol. Complex and well blended.

Smooth in the beginning and somewhat coarse in the middle and finish. Medium to full bodied and highly carbonated.

Good brew. Pretty complex for a bock and true to the style.

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Photo of Hachiman
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 out of 3 bottles gushed. Lost about 50ml each time. Poured an opaque medium, walnut brown with a short lasting off-white head.

Odor was weak. Yeasty bread and licorice after deep inhalation.

Tasted very good. Malty and sweet, with a rather heady alcohol note. No perceptible hop taste.

Seemed inadequately carbonated, but that may have a result of the gushing. Rather heavy mouthfeel. Sticky on the lips.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills an Urthel tulip glass with a muddy brown beer that builds a creamy beige head. The head turns to sea foam while leaving abundant silky lace concentrated in rings.

Initially reminds one of Kahlua, then transitions to nuts with molasses, vanilla, plums and raisins in the background.

While the flavor is quite enjoyable I would never consider this to be a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Vlaemse opens malty and sweet with plums and raisins and a hint of coconut. Lighter fruits dwell in the background. The finish is lingering with a light sweetness.

Well-tamed alcohol for this medium to full bodied beer with a velvety texture and high carbonation.

Easy drinking and very enjoyable. Sit back and enjoy this while conversing or with casual entertaining.

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Photo of vande
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a dirty well water brown that had a bit of head, yet quickly disappeared leaving behind a "flat beer" look.. we shall see

s - smells of alcohol, which is funny since its only 7.5%...but it truly does.... some caramel and brown sugar, maybe a bit of dark fruit - but light...

t - strangely reminds me of a wine or cognac as it finishes... odd... there are subtle notes of dark fruits, caramel, warming alcohol, roastedness..

m - a lighter medium bodied beer that disappears down the throat without much notie...

0 - not sure what I expected...glad I tried it, not sure if I'd search it out again...although, I see its retired...could be too, that this one is a bit old as I'm sure i've had it for at least a year, probably longer [closer to 2?]

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin, quickly receding beige mousse. Chunks of yeast quickly accumulate at the bottom of the glass.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, and roasted grain are present on the nose. The smell combines the roasty, toasty aspects of a stout or porter with the sweet, fruity aspects of a typical Belgian strong dark ale. It's an interesting effect to say the least.

T: Complex notes of raisins, prunes, figs, cocoa, and roasted grain gently wash across the palate. This beer finishes in a manner that is simultaneously sweet and toasty with dried fruit and roasted grain accents.

M: Full bodied, silky, and smooth with highly expressive carbonation. Deceptively drinkable for the style.

O: This is a rock solid Belgian strong dark ale that presents an interesting twist on the style. The stout-like accents are reminiscent of such beers as Buffalo Belgian Stout (Brouwerij Van den Bossche), Equinox (Brasserie de la Senne), and Noir de Dottignies (Brouwerij de Ranke), though they are a little more restrained in this ale. This is another one of De Leyerth's beers that I would like to see back in production.

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Photo of bpk59
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice dark brown pour with a thick, frothy off-white head which leaves gentle lacing.

Smell has a little bit of Belgian funk and dark fruits. Maybe some caramel or sweet malts.

Love the way this beer tastes, one of my favorites. Herbal spices, dark fruits, cherries, roasty malt all combine into a smooth and surprisingly delicious mouthful. Alcohol is well hidden in the beverage and it does not come across as boozy or overly sweet. Really impressive marriage of flavors - I can't find fault with how this tastes.

Mouthfeel was crisp and pleasant. Could use a little more carbonation in my opinion.

I'm not a huge fan of dark ales generally but this one is really something special in how it playfully combines dark fruits, malts, herbs and spices into something deliciously and surprisingly easy to drink. Don't be turned off by the appearance or slightly funky smell - Urthel's Flamy Dark Ale is tasty.

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Photo of KDawg
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a bordeaux glass. Pours a medium brown color with a 1" head

a bit muted on the aromas with caramel, cherries, some malt tones and a bit of funk

very smooth and polished medium feel. There is a richness to the feel, but you don't feel the alcohol at all. Excellent depth and flavors of caramel, malts, and some warm toffee as well

A real good beer. Has a good malty side that is really enjoyable with a really good feel and flavors

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy chestnut body with a generous tan head that quickly dissipates to fade into the dancing bubbles of carbonation leaving only faint traces of lacing behind.

Robust aromas of dark fruit float from the glass as well as tart berries, and yet sweet nuts as well. Some of the yeast comes forward as the beer warms and the previous aromas fade.

The flavor consists of sweet, dark fruit, herbal spices; perhaps woody notes, and is it warms it turns sweeter versus woody, focusing more on the raisin or plum notes.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side with generous carbonation and a sweet and thick finish that leaves the palate coated quite nicely.

A very nice Belgian Brew, with characteristics of both a dubbel and a Strong Dark although I would lean Strong Dark. Tons of character greets the senses and it only gets better as it warms.

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Photo of DavidST
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet.

This pours a hazy slightly dark tea colored with a decent off white head. The smell is a little sweet, some caramel, honey and brown sugar with a slightly must smell. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is wonderful, lots of dark fruit and brown sugar with some caramel and burnt toffee, a very tasty beer.

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Photo of mryuk
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered brown with two fingers of head and lots of floaties.

smell is sweet brown sugar with some hops.

taste is sweet honey and brown sugar with hints of apple...no hops.

mouth is medium with good carbonation.

overall actually very good even though it is definitely not my preferred beer type.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, murky brown. Slight burgundy hues. Fully opaque and full bodied with no head.

S - An interesting aromatic profile, with notes of honey, tart cherry, and roasty wood. A certain fruit acidity and sweetness about, and some dried dark fruits too.

T - Burnt toffee, roasted nuts, dry wood. Grape skin and dark syrup. Bitter hops paired with a dark honey side. Wine like flavors bouncing around.

M - I think something went wrong with the bottle I got. There was ZERO carbonation. This beer was sturdy and smooth and had everything I look for, but the complete absence of carbonation bummed me out. Ive had low carb beers but this one needed help.

O - A very complex, dark brew. I love BSDA's and this one had everything I look for in them. Sweet and bitter, dark and flavorful.

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Photo of NurseJody
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11oz. bottle to a snifter....

Great dark color with a 1 1/2 finger head. little to no lacing. The nose is very subtle. Hints of caramels and fruits..

On the palate, this is quite the beer. Again, subtle tones of malts, but a soothing fruit taste, which finishes it off. It is somewhat high in ABV, but you really can't 'taste' it.

Overall, I would recommend this to those who like dark ales, or those who wish to try something different..You won't be disappointed~ I wasn't!

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

A hard pour produces 2cm of off-white head, recedes within a minute and a half, but leaves some lacing along the side of the glass. The beer is dark brown with orange highlights around the edges. Opaque, so carbonation is not visible.

Scent is heavy on the malts with some Belgian yeast funk. Some roasty, chocolatey character tucked far into the back, along with date-like sweetness. For all the ingredients and energy that went into the making of this beer, I would have appreciated a more aggressive aroma.

Taste is a fairly complex mix of syrupy sweetness, Belgian yeast secondary metabolites, fruity esters that come across as plums and dates, and a very mild sourness. This is quite enjoyable and the beer goes down easily, finishing with a sour caramel apple flavor.

The beer is medium bodied with relatively mild carbonation. Fairly smooth, it goes down easily. Finish is dry.

Overall a solid beer, nothing particularly memorable or "stand-out" about it, but still quite quality. If I found this again and had a taste for a dark Belgian, I'd give this another go.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.76/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a mostly clear ruddy red-brown color with an inch of off-white/tan head
S - raisins, toffee, roastiness, tobacco, molasses, sweet malts, yeast
T- raisins, toffee, tobacco, vanilla, oaky/rum flavor, very sweet doppelbock flavor with belgian characteristics enhancing the whole thing, sometimes dubbel-like with candied sugar, sometimes quad-like with dark fruits. Very complex and very very tasty
M - medium/light body, slightly sticky and surprisingly creamy
O - a great beer all around. extremely impressive. new flavors kept popping up as I drank

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: It pours a very dark and murky brown color with no head and very low carbonation. It does not look appetizing.

S: Apples, caramel, cinammon, and some smoky notes.

T: Caramel apples, candi sugar, cinammon, banana, clove, and charred oak.

M: It has a medium-thick body with nearly no carbonation.

D: This is quite different from anything I've encountered. The carbonation issues seem to point to incorrect storage by someone. The bottom half centimeter of the cork was soaked, so it appears to have been kept on its side for a long period of time.

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Photo of chickencoop
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Retired, that sucks, just bought it at the store this week, now i feel like a sucker.Big malty fruity nose, raisiny sweet, huge booze on the finish, almost scary. Taste was nothing like I expected with the first impressions, very smooth, continued fruitiness. Overall a pretty good beer, took a little getting used to but a nice interesting brew.

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Photo of claspada
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is fairly muted to be honest, but I should have expected that because it is a foreign lager. Some woody earthy fruit is prevalent. Some lighter sweet grapey characteristics exist. Fairly subtle compared to other offerings of the style.

The taste iis really nice and malty with a little bit of bittering coming from hops; some dark grain is there to balance the beer. There is a whole lot of subtle dark fruitiness, but really muted to be honest, which is a nice treat. There really aren't many hops in the flavor at all, and I only get a bit in the bittering.

Overall, I am really liking this beer. It isn't a great Bock by a long shot, but it is still a very worthy beer. The beer holds true to a Bock in that it is seriously Malt balanced and there are obvious Melanoidins present. With more carbonation this would be an above average beer, but it falls short for me because it comes across to viscous to be a great brew.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a dark brown with orange highlights. Magnificently pitting head, tan in color, with so much stick. Un-fucking-believable look with that head.

Nose is strong enough, even with the cap, to tell me about overripe apple and banana, dark fruit notes of fig and date, an herbal quality, and a hint of a pinching sourness. A little "off', we'll see if it goes a good way or not so much...

It's okay. Somewhat metallic note upfront, with herbs, booze, a hint of chocolate, and the extra sweet fruit notes all returning. I'm shocked by the expansive head given that this is a fairly thin beer overall. Not terribly exciting, and the overripe/bruised fruit takes over a bit.

Wouldn't hurt to try if you find a good price, but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Bock is an ale?

A: Pours out a very dark brown with a bit of red highlights. Head built up tremendously and is sticking around for a while. Just a bit off white. Airy, large bubbles with some tight laced bubbles.

S: Aromas of sweet bready malts, dark fruits and some yeast notes. Also has some sweet fruits...bananas, peach and apple. The yeast character is very nice here, provides a good sweet aroma to the beer. Just the tiniest bit of booze.

T: Ooh, yummy. Raisins and figs, every dark fruit is going on here. Plums and dark cherries. Big malt character.

M: Super creamy, and carbonation is low. Makes for a very enjoyable dark beer.

D: This one is going down quite easy. Flavors and aromas develop even further when it reaches room temperature. 3 bucks was a steal for this beer. Very drinkable and I am enjoying this very much.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Urthel (De Leyerth) Vlaemse Bock

Appearance: Dark brown, medium-large head, and decent lacing.

Smell: Caramel, apple, and a sugar sweetness.

Taste: Caramel, apple, and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

First taste is of a caramel apple with some brown sugar sprinkled on top. As you drink however, it tends to thin out. It finishes with a mild bitterness in the back of your mouth.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a toasty mild sour brew with a malt nose of a dubbel and a look of a poorly carbonated bock. nose rather boozy, honey pollen, toasty malt, belgian sugar. palate of something a tad sour due to smokiness and a tad hop floral crisp. brown sugar and the mineral quality of fig skin. coffee grounds acidic. with that said its abrasive. the finish is a bit leathery of a mild smoke... has a grassy maralade sweet. and a consistent raspberry citrus mild. a bok/dubbel fusion. none the less absolutely food beer. and absolutely confusing.

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Urthel Vlaemse Bock from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 158 ratings