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Urthel Vlaemse Bock | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.44/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The head is thick and strong with a very good lacing. The color is dark dark brown. The smell has grape flavors with Belgian candy sugar tones and is very flowery. The taste is good, a little watery and hard to taste. The mouthfeel has a bit of a bite to it. I don't think I'll ever have this again.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.63/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

BB 16-08-06. Dark redbrown beer that's opa;izing and a good yellowish head. Nose is candy sugar, amber and carramellic malts, lots of cherries, sourish and a sharp yeastautolysation smell. Taste also has lots of cherry, quiet sour, dark candysugar, blackberry and for a dark beer very light bodied and quiet bitter. No this is not in balance at all especially with the high amount of carbon dioxide makes mouthfeel totaly off to me. Well can drink this without a problem but IMO are there lots of better bocks that I rather drink then this one.

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Photo of ohmybock
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't impressed with this brew. I figured it wouldn't be in the traditional German-bock style and was correct. It turns out this is an OK dark-ish Belgian ale...which I had assumed would be the case. Still, there's not much for me to appreciate in this brew. It just seemed so pedestrian in flavor.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
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 Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It seems to me that the Belgian versions of non-Belgian styles never quite get away from tasting like a Belgian style beer. This "bock" is no exception...it is more like a dubbel than a bock for sure. Not bad though.

This beer poured a red-brown color with a a soapy head. It had a red wine aroma, by which I mean I thought I got some tannin, a touch of sour and some grapiness. Flavor was some sourness with a full red-wine mouthfeel. It wasn't very bock-like; rather it was more like Grand Cru to me. Not bad.

Weakly recommended.

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Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of bigkahunas4
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
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 leftmindedrighty
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged, best by date of 15/3/08

Smell, very fruity, touch of tart/sourness, very sweet. Overall, not an inviting smell

Taste, Very sweet up front, that Belgian yeast twang hits hard, mild tartness in the finish. Some bitterness, more pronounced than other examples of the style. The flavors just seem to be all over the place, no real definition of any of them.

Overall, I have been a huge fan of Urthel for some time, I was drinking their Tripel and Quad before anyone had ever heard of them. I love the brewery, and Hildegard is the type of woman I would love to marry, but this beer just misses the mark on almost all counts. Luckily, I love their other brews, so I'll have to be content to limit myself to those.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of bigjohn
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was rather disappointed in this one. Fine appearance, dark brown with reddish highlights with a moderate head. Roasted malt and fruity notes in the nose. The taste was the disappointment for me. The fusion of the belgian yeast strain and the dark malts didn't add up for me. There was a hint of sourness which I found unpleasant. Overall, fairly thin for a beer that I expected to be stronger and more robust. I made it through the bottle, but I certainly did not want any more.

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Photo of NurseJody
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
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 claspada
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
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 DarkerTheBetter
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a beautiful glowing well blended brown and red with a fluffy off white head that left a good deal of lace behind. Simply one of the most beautiful beers I’ve ever seen. Smelled slightly of cherries and peaches with a slight bread dough. Smells nothing like a Bock what so ever. Very sweet in the flavor with a dry smokey malt mixed in. Feels thin with slight carbonation.

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Photo of erz316
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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 utopiajane
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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 bucklemyshoe
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
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 scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a corked and caged 750ml bottle.

The appearance is a ruby, mud with a beige head. Hard to see the bubbling, but the head lets you know that carbonation is there.Mild lacing helps bridge the gap between a bock and a dark Belgian ale.The aroma is a very sweet Belgian bread, brown sugar, and faint spices. The taste showcases the malts, but then it becomes a little too sweet.I think they didn't use enough hops to better balance the sweetness of the awesome malts.Lotsof sugary malts with hints ofmolasses, chocolate, and caramel. Because of the sweetness of this beer, it was really good for just sipping. Had a solid body though.I could only have one of these a week.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of horshack7
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a snifter with about one finger worth of head that disapears quick. The color is dark amberish brown.

Aroma: Raisins ripe fruits a sweetness from the malts. A light bit of floral hop aroma but mostly malts. Underlying notes of molasses.

Taste: A very smooth mouthfeel to start. Maltiness is up front with ripe fruitiness. A little bit of a breadiness.

Notes: Not too shaby of a beer I was expecting a bit more bite to it but over all it's decent. Cheers.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a ginormous tan head that filles the glass. Thick, sticky lacing left behind as the head recedes.

Aroma is slightly nutty and chocolatey with mild dark fruity tones. A bit of hops appears as it warms as does a boozy smell.

Dark fruity flavors upfront with some sweetness, chocolate and nutty flavors. A medium bitter bit hits midway along with a bit of hop flavor. Finishes boozy, especially as it warms.

Full body, creamy texture.

Overall a decent Belgian strong ale and pretty drinkable for the ABV. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of dherling
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark amber brown with a light tan head, creamy with good retention. The nose offered malt, sweetness, mollasses, and a big fruity blast. The taste starts malty, sweet from a mollasses like flavor, bitterness, dryness, and stone fruit. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a sour bite on the finish.

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Photo of jsled
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Urthel Vlaemse Bock: Flamy Dark Ale
1pt. 9 floz caged and corked.
Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Pours: Moderately hazy deep dark amber red. Rich tan head recedes pretty quickly, with minor lacing on surface.

Smells: Sweet rich raisin, with notes of plum. Hints of spice. No strong hop, floral, malt or alcohol notes.

Taste: Sweet, rich fruity taste. Little malt. Noticeable alcohol. Bitter taste, which lingers for a while, but eventually recedes. Fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good. Not too thick, which is good given the strong and bitter nature. Not too carbonated.

Drinkability: Medium-high. An interesting set of tastes that don't overstay their welcome. Not as overpowering as a 7.5% might otherwise be.

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Photo of dgallina
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml brown bottle with coded freshness date that I could not interpret.

Pours clear dark chestnut with large inch high but very filmy head that quickly goes away. Smell is malty, sweet / sour and winey. Medicinal alcohol, strong plum and prune notes, and anise are primary in the nose. The flavor is less overtly fruity. Chalky cocoa, oak, and carob powder at the start. Carmelized cherries and medicinal prune notes in the finish with significant off-putting alcohol burn for the weight. Medium body displays good balance; more creamy than carbonated. pretty nice in the end, though the flavor is a little thin in places and the boozy sting too strong.

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Photo of trbergman
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Chestnut brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of cafe au lait colored head.

S - Earthy, dark bread, chocolate, dark fruits, and a touch of spice - anise, perhaps?

T - Sweet and creamy with tastes of both chocolate and malt. Rich fruit flavors of raisin and plum. Hops are earthy and leafy, with surprising bitterness. Yeast is spicy and unfortunately a tad medicinal.

M - Full body, but too fizzy for the beer to really coat the tongue.

D - A decent, but certainly not great, BSDA. I wouldn't turn it down in the future, but neither would I actively seek it out.

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