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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Reviews by rtepiak:
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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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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 LilBeerDoctor
2.86/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet raisin and sweet malt. Flavor is quite malty with some yeasty notes but overall very sweet and raisiny. Some prunes too. This was not very good...way too sweet. Old? Maybe, but I can't tell for sure.

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

11.2oz bottle

Pours a deep brown color with some red highlights and a medium sized and strong brown head. Sweet, malt dominant nose, some rich fruity Belgian yeast esters and a roasty malt note. Sweet, creamy and well carbonated, rich fruit notes and powerful malts make up most of its flavor profile. A big bock unlike any other ive had with plenty of Belgian influence. A great beer time after time from a great brewery.

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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 yossarian14
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottled on 3/15/08
Bought on 2/13/09
Drank on 9/29/09
This is my first taste of Vlaemse Bock so I don't know what effects age has had on its intended flavors.

A - Thick hazy cola with a creamy head that doesn't last but leaves frothy lacing
S - Sticky sweet, almost sour. Fallen fruit, raisins
T - Sweet, but not overly so. I was hoping for a little more sour notes
M - med/full body it needs a little more carbonation
D - Very drinkable but not very memorable

I made my first attempt at Carbonnade Flamande using this Flemish Bock...its still cooking, i'll report back later.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, served cold. Poured into traditional glass beer challis

A) Shoe leather brown, hazy & dark. Cannot see through. A sea of tiny, suspended bubbles

S) Sour dough and sweet burnt malt. Root beer.

T) Sweet caramel, brown sugar, espresso, stewed prunes & figs. Medium body but the alcohol is apparent.

M) Thick and delicious w/ample bottle conditioned carbonation

D) Called a Bock, the taste and consistency is a Belgian Bruin Dubbel. Call it what you want... either way an excellent beer

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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 bcolflesh
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in beer trade at work.

Really foamy and slightly thick - no lingering aftertaste, at least not as much as I expected - I drank this with whole wheat pasta smothered with homemade pesto sauce.

I'd try this again - pretty tasty and would be a good choice instead of the old Guinness on tap.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml into a chalice. Bottle said the brew was 7.5% as opposed to the 9% above. Poured a murkey brown, with minimal head - okay lacing. Nose has some faint fruity esters, nothing jumping out at you.

Taste is a bit flat. There is some spice, some fruit, and a faint bitterness. Well balanced, but an underlying wateriness to it, just doesn't make it very pleasant. A crisp feel to it, nibbling at the tongue. A drying sensation afterward, but pleasant.

Luckily I bought this one on sale. Nothing really jumps out about this guy, and likely won't seek it out again.

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Photo of specksnreds
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A cold pour yields a tan three finger head. Small bubble carbonation. Dark cola translucent color. Big malt aroma obviously, but viciously complex. Lots of ripe fruit, mostly prunes and over-ripe cherries, on the palate. Little or no hoppiness. A bit sweet and scary-easy to drink. I will have many more of these. Seems much more than a bock.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of erz316
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 floz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - the head forms abundantly and easily, starting at the bottom of the golden rotunda logo and going all the way. very dark brown color with light only coming through at the bottom of the glass. appearance isnt bad, certainly not unappetizing, but I think the amount of head is off. head is a light brown, a tanned colour, made of easily recognizable bubbles. for a belgian it looks pretty good.

S - smells very malty, much like a dopple bock (which is what I was told it was at the store). malts quite strong for being ice cold, very nice; they have that characteristic fizz (the only way I can think to describe it) type of scent as per usual. not what I am looking for in a belgian, but I am grading this as something else, for though it looks like a belgian D/S, it does not smell like my favorite type of beer: a high powered malt versions sans the fruit. whatever, let's see how it tastes.

T - well, either the guy at the store was right and this is a dopple bock (albeit a very different type of one), or this is the most confused belgian I have had. I've not yet traveled belguim and I have only had the standard cannon of strongs, pales, x2s, &c., but this one is hardly something I could categorize on my own. nathless, it is still a decent beer. malts are strong up front, and the body is big like a belgian, but there a certain sourness that i can only relate to the deplorable hitachino lacto stout, but it is much less noticeable than the japanese example. there is some alcohol presence in the finish, but the majority of the experince is the sour clashing with the malts, not particularly great.

MF&D - there is too much carbonation for either style. but ill still drink it, mostly b/c I payed for it.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of lyttleb
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one reminds me of North Coast Old Stock Ale. Mine had a lot of crap at the bottom. Sure, it could have been yeast but it was probably old. To all of you quality beer selling stores - monitor the freshness of your expensive imports!

For a beer with such a high alcohol content, this one was pretty smooth. Certainly dark. Strong malt presence.

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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 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 zestar
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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 Hugh37
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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