Urthel Vlaemse Bock | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by LuckySevens82 on 01-29-2005

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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 158
Photo of russpowell
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle BBD of 03/15/08

Pours a beautiful maroon with great effervesence & rocky tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: big-time caramel & oak & slight lactic notes

T: Intense Caramel/cherry & toffee sweetness, then vanilla, oak, & slight alcohol bite. Bourbon surfaces along with molasess notes. Finishes dry & rock candy sweet

MF: Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated & balanced

Great drinkability, why the hell is this beer retired? This is a great a dark belgian ale. I hope rumors of its demise are premature!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a few bottles of different varieties of Urthel to try out and then picked up an Urthel glass at the local liquor store. A cylindrical, tall glass, with a fat bottom and narrow at the top. That shape compresses the foam from the pour, but what a foamy pour it gives! And the foam lasts for quite awhile. Pours amber brown with brown colored foam and lacing that clings to the glass. Smells like a flemish ale, with notes of sweet honey and sour fruits. The taste is sensational, presenting the roasted malts and very clean. The moutfeel is like a flavored whipped cream, very evenly distributed throughout the regions of the mouth. A bit of hoppiness at the beginning, but it finishes sweet as pecan pie and then the lingering taste of sweet cocoa. A great lingering malt flavor that is what I like in a strong dark Belgian ale. I will get another of these soon, and I think it is an excellent choice for a food pairing, maybe pecan pie and whipped cream.

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Photo of specksnreds
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
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 josefnewsong
4.76/5  rDev +19.6%
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 KarlHungus
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a shiny brown color. The head is massive, billowy, and recedes slowly into a half an inch of lacing. The aroma is of Stilton cheese, caramelized malt, and funky yeast. The taste is less cheesy than the aroma, and a very relaxing yeast tones. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and extremely silky. Overall, this is a very good beer, that I will certainly drink again.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, ruby to a light source, with a full light brown head, and very active carbonation is consistent throughout. Careful ! The cork popped to the ceiling immediately after untying the cage ! Dark fruits, raisins, and roasted malt aromas. Nice robust dark fruits and raisins ... a la a strong dubbel. Light bodied due to airiness from carbonation.

Yummy !

Per Bottle: 7.5% ABV. "Flamy Dark Ale". "Belgium's Newest Cult Classic (c)"

Per MJ notes:
Malts: Pilsen, Pale Ale Malt, Russet, and Caramel
Hops: Saaz at the end
27 IBU

(25.4 oz. tall yellowish-brown champagne-like bottle, corked, and caged)

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle via Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club.
Poured into a Stone Imperial Stout glass.
Pours a very nice dark brown with very noticeable hints of ruby. Head and retention is impressive. Lacing is great.
Smell is VERY wine like, grape, dried fruits, some sweetness, a very little bit of grassy hop aroma.
Taste is impressive. Exceptionally fruity, a bit of sourness to the flavor which is actually not a bad thing. Some cherries, grapes, apricot are prevalent. The hop bitterness is also very prominent.
Overall, I would say that this is an unbelievable example of a Belgian dark. Perhaps one of the best that I've ever had. However, this is no where near a bock beer. For one, it's an ale, not a lager, but the tastes are really not anywhere near a bock beer. As a Belgian dark, though...amazing.

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Photo of naderator55
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber color. Has about half an inch of head that maintains. Smells of blackberries.
Nice smooth malt character. Hints of chocolate, but does not overpower. A berry flavor is also present at the back end of the drink. This beer is quite light in body compared to traditonal bocks. The alcohol content is very hidden. I could find myself getting in trouble with this.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

undated 11.2oz stubby purchased at Bello Vino and poured into a tulip.

Dark chestnut with a huge head of light tan that shows strong retention and leaves lots of webby lace.

The nose is very fruity with dark cherries, ripe red grapes, and plums. There is also a strong aroma of sharp spice that I just can"t put my finger on. Suggestion of wood in the back with some peppery alcohol aromas. Somewhat vinous but the chalk aromas from the yeast bring it bvack into perspective. Whatever the case I really like the complexity and overall range of aromas.

Tastes a lot like it smells with an added dimension of bread like flavors. This tastes a lot like a very good Belgian X-mas ale. It has that pleasant character of fresh homemade fruit cake that just came out of the oven. Dry and spicy finish.

Full mouth that has enough carbonation for balance. I really like this beer and wish I had picked up much more than one bottle.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Monk's in Philadelphia, PA. According to the Monk's website their's is the only place to find this Vlamese Bock on tap in thte USA.

Appearance: Dark and seemingly hazy brown but when backlit it actually looks clear with a ruby tint to the brown. Creamy tan head on top that clings nicely to the sides of the tulip glass.

Smell: Malty sweet with scents of candy sugar, and a light fruity note of strawberry.

Taste: Rich and sweet maltiness. Complex fruit flavors rule the middle of this beer. Strawberry,cherry and plum. Faint brown sugar and toffee flavors on top of sweet candy sugar flavors. No hop flavor that I notice but there is some nice spiciness of pepper and nutmeg near the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied and not sticky. The beer starts off quite sweet but ends very dry and clean.

Drinkability: Outstanding. I had 2 of these the other night at Monk's. That's saying a lot considering the enormous number of excellent beers offered at Monk's. Simply lovely and I hope to someday have this beer again. Well done.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Monk's Beer Emporium from a 12 oz bottle on a recommendation from the bartender. Appearance was dark brown with some black and some red highlights, with a nice frothy two-finger head on top of tiny little bobbles. Smelled of malt and grapes, not much hops, but fairly enticing, especially given that it was fairly mild. Taste was wonderful; smooth malt taste, with lots of fruitiness (mostly grape and cherry), lots of spices, very little hops but a predominantly sweet taste. Really excellent and very unique. Feel was fairly thick and syrupy, with a medium but solid amount of carbonation; sits in your mouth for a while after drinking it. Overall, I really liked this one. I'm not sure how quickly it would fall into any particularly style (it makes claims at a bock, but the tender let me know that the brewmaster mixes and matches her beers), but it's really excellent, and highly original.

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Photo of Hachiman
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
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 brdc
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, poured into an Urthel glass - peculiar looking, a snifter-like glass with a long stem.
It pours a beautiful dark brew, with multiple reddish overtones, shiny, and a large, creamy, sticky brown lacing.
Heavily malted aroma, caramels mostly, but some yeasts, pepper, grass.
Close to full-bodied, it opens sweetish and malted as expected, caramelized and peppery, with some grassy notes here and there, but it also has a small hoppy bite to balance it.
Very interesting, not sure if I would call this a "cult" beer, but indeed quite good.

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Photo of Brewfan
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle. Poured into my Ommegang chalice, left it on the kitchen counter, went on BA, and came back 20 minutes later, only to find a still perfect rich, frothy light brown 1 finger head. INCREDIBLE retention!!!! By the looks of it, this could sit here for an hour or 2 with no change. It won't though. Fabulous. Lace is just as sturdy, not shifting or disolving.
Murky, light cola color with slight tinges of ruby. No indication of carbonation.
Immediate biscuity, malty nose, slight alcohol comes through. Almost a coppery nose towards the background. Hmmmm...
Caramely on the tongue, sweet and very smooth. Can't seem to discern any hops. Lusciously smooth. 9% never makes itself known on the tongue. So drinkable. Finishes sweet. Glass is now completely engulfed with thick swirls of lace and still has a 1/2 finger of creamy head. God, I wish all head lasted this long. But I digress...

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Photo of Hex92
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer. Small bubbles. BIG malt, no hop flavor. Reminds me of Trois Pistoles, but it maybe even be better. This bottle has been around for a few years, so maybe its gotten better with age. Definitely a good strong dark ale.
I'll pick it up again if I see it.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a dark but not overly-thick brown in color with a lacing head.

Smell - The malts here are very rich, and I can pick up some bock-like molasses. The yeast is a bit more subtle but comes out nicely as the ale warms. The sugars are mild and dark, but it's the rich, buttery nature of the malt base that stands out.

Taste - This is equally big in the mouth. The stern molasses doesn't let up at the taste, and the sugars fail to cut its flavor by design I'm sure. This is not a sweet or overly yeasty BSDA. It really is more like some sort of Belgian bock than a strong dark ale, though it has components of both.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied with excellent carbonation and a bitter kick in the pants from that unsulphored molasses component.

Drinkability - This was a good drinker if a bit more raw than others of the Urthel line. I really enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend. I think the real Belgian beer aficionados will appreciate the unique flavor of this ale.

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Photo of aleyeast
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a glass urthel mug out of 75 cl corked bottle. Beer is called a Flamy Dark Ale

color is dark brown red, big tan headoverflows mug on medium pour
aroma is fruity, maybe cherry, dried?
taste is malty sweet, toffee, fruity, carbonation ok
mouthfeel is easy drinking, warms nicely

Overall nice, and probably could use a little age, purchaased less than 3 months ago

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, friendly 750 ml bottle. "
Flamy Dark Ale", what is that? that's what the label says, as well as "Belgium's Newest Cult Classic" (C)...they copyrighted that?
Well, let's just drink it and see if I'm any closer to sipping the Kool-Aid...
dark crimson color, sturdy, dark, cola-like head, leaving lace, ...
Nuts and herbs in the aroma, dark fruits and wood, gets headier as we get in, uplifting and arousing. Awfully nice.
Taste...high carbonation, big bite on the palate, bursting with black cherries, grapes and more meaty fruits. Nuts, and raisins, most of all, velvety and delicious, an ethereal feel permeats the flavor. I'm more impressed as I finish it. Full bodied, nice, spritzy, sweet finish, easy drinking, and flush with flavor.
Let the name fool you not, it's not a Belgian bock, closer to a brown, or better, a slightly less alcoholic quadrupel.
Half the bottle yet remains as I type this....I'm a lucky guy!

Much thanks to LuckySeven82!

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Photo of bort11
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz stubby bottle poured into a goblet. Massive tan head that jumps to the rim of the glass. It sits for a ridiculous amount of time, the top looking all craggy. Color is a deep, dark mahogany brown with dark reddish brown highlights when held to the light.
Smell is a bold dark fruit sweetness of brown sugar and molasses. A bit of black cherry, raisins and figs. Definite chocolate malt aroma. Taste is a subtle chocolate covered cherry.
Mouthfeel is smooth and evenly carbonated
This is a very enjoyable beer and one I'll be going back to.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle (dated 15/03/08) into a St. Bernardus glass. My bottle says "7.5% abv" though the site lists it as 9%.

A: Dark brown body, light chocolate head. Good staying power. Head looks rich and dense. Great lacing.

S: Amazingly strong malt aromas mix with the yeast derived aromas and touch of alcohol.

T: Slightly sweet, good malt flavor balanced well with esters. A slight dark malt character flies in after the initial hit of yeasty goodness. Finishes a little sweet with almost no bitterness.

M: Small bubbles, maybe because this one's rested awhile. Fairly full.

D: Pretty well balanced, maybe slightly sweet but certainly not cloying.

A really good example of this style for sure.

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Photo of Gusler
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the cork and caged 750ml bottle, the beer presents a lightly hazed red to almost brown color, the head stacks up to about two fingers, a creamy ripe peach color, the lace forms a velum like sheet to obscure the glass. Nose has a malt sweetness, backed my molasses and a touch of grassy hops, quite crisp. Start is sweet with malt, fruity and a nice spiciness at the back, moderate if feel to the palate. Finish has a robust acidity, the hops beefy in their bite, aftertaste is dusty, long lasting, a beer brewed for us stateside folks, and quite good this beer, but all this breweries beers rank high on my master list.

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Photo of Umbra
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bomber bottle with wire cage, purchased from State Line. Pours a deep, dark somewhat cloudy brown with a big fluffy head. Lasted forever and had picture perfect lacing.
Aroma was full of malt and spices.
Flavor bounces around. The first swigs had some phenols mixed with sharp hop/spicy cut. Loads of bready malt, toffee, mixed with wild spice mix.
Finished dry, but the carbonation gave it a creamy medium feel.
Overall, pretty tasty and worth a few.

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Photo of bfields4
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown reddish copper hue. Very creamy head that laces the glass.

Dark fruits hit the nose hard with some nice malty undertones.

Rasiny sweet tastes that are coupled with lots of malts.

Carbonation feels great on the palate. A kind of chewyness that's very appropriate for this beer.

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Photo of Boto
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: Mine poured a caramel-amber color. It was fairly clear and had a small tan head on it. This has a very nice aroma. Lots of caramel malt, raisins, other fruits. The taste is a bit of a surprise. There is a bit of a bitterness to it. There is an underlying sweetness also. Some earthy and pine notes to the taste. Also there is caramel, some fruits and a bit of roastiness to the finish. Very Nice!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just picked this one up in Central Market yesterday. This is the first recent purchase that I have reviewed lately...

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut color with what looks to be decent clarity though it is a dark beer. It had a small head 1/8" after a mild pour, and the head only stuck around for about 45 seconds until it fell back into the beer. There are only a few bubbles rising, but they don't do much to maintain the head.

Aroma: I initially got a lot of dark fruit and some earthy, woody aromatics after the pour. That woodiness may have had something to do with the cork as I don't pick it up a few minutes after the pour at all. After it settles, it takes on a sweet wine like aroma...maybe even a port in some sort of way, but not as grape-like. There are lots of sweet malty notes in this beer, and I really don't pick up any hops in the nose to speak of.

Taste: The flavor is really nice and malty with a little bit of bittering coming from hops as well as some dark grain and alcohol is lending a hand to balance the beer. There is a whole lot of fruitiness to this beer, but it is not objectionable in any way. The alcohol is also a big player in the flavor presentation, but the finish is so sweet that it takes a while for any warming to become noticeable. There really isn't much hops in the flavor at all, and I only get a bit in the bittering. The alcohol is there as I am starting to feel a little warmer after about half my glass.

Opinion: I am really liking this beer. It isn't a Bock by a long shot, but it is still a very worthy beer. I would stick with the "Belgian Strong Dark" description...or even a Dubbel. The beer holds true to a Bock in that it is seriously Malt balanced and there are obvious Melanoidins present. I think that this beer just jumped up to being one of my more favorite Belgian Strong Dark beers available in Houston right now.

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