Urthel Vlaemse Bock | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Urthel Vlaemse BockUrthel Vlaemse Bock
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Urthel Vlaemse BockUrthel Vlaemse Bock

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LuckySevens82 on 01-29-2005

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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 Andbrew
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly I bought this because as I was shopping, I happened to see it and remembered it was on BA recently. In any case thanks BA for bringing me this wonderful brew.

Poured from a chilled bottle into a wine glass, the creamy caramel head was retained nicely, such that it could be set aside while watching a movie or doing another activity without fear of air contamination. Reddish almost Cabernet like color with brown hues toward the bottom of the glass. No cloudiness and amazing clarity for a dark beer with even color distribution.

Very slight almost fruit and malt smell with a hint of some spice I cant pinpoint; only a slight hint of alcohol on the nose. Drinking is comfortable with the carbonation fairly low in comparison to some, yet bubbles slightly on the palate to keep your drinking pace slow. A tad acidic on the sides of mouth and tongue at first however upon warming very soothing to the palate. Light bitter aftertaste from the hops to let you know it is there without being intrusive. The beer is sweet but not so much as to make it sugary or over the top, there is a nice balance between sweet and strong to balance the two. The alcohol is present but light and warming, not overpowering and does not aggravate the mouth like some.

This is a beer I could drink at a regular interval. The alcohol is there but not so much that it is overwhelming or obnoxious, and the smoothness of flavor and drinkability could almost make this a session beer. However with the price tag I doubt I would try that. I would pair this with lamb, pork or possibly beef however it is too lively for a chicken or fish dish.

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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 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 tavernjef
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkly set mahogany tone with a tall capping of tannish hued fluffy, creamed over foam that keeps for good length. Tons of lacing coats the glass in thin layers of thick and thin stringy things.

Aroma is mellowingly lofty and dark with purple grapey candy, slimming banana hints, and nut bread.

Flavors are mellow and darkly set in a mild fruit mood thats easily taken in. Touches of bread and candy sugared beets, grapes, figs, and banana. But mostly grapey in the purpled, pruney fashion. Nicely darkened and rounded sweetness ensues after each sip long into the finsih where only a whisp of yeast drys it up a tiff. Other then that, it stays pretty well forward and maltishly sweet and tameingly breadish.

Feel is well-rounded within the area of medium bodied and a longing stature of malt Bockishness. Has a short tanged snap at the middle and has a long, dark, sweet finish. Bready too; in its own sugared, light toasty way which also has its blended area of body mixed in with the dark sweet stuff.

A very solid beer but needed just a little extra something, what I'm unsure of, but it could have been broader, deeper, and more complex. In a manner of character of course. Yet, this is still a solid beer and quite enjoyable. It just didn't knock my socks off. But not every beer doesn't have to. So...I guess I liked this one. T'was hard to put numbers to this one.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice,dark brown in color. great tan head that holds it own all the way down the glass. Yeasty and spicy aroma. Good flavor-somewhat of a hot mix of spiciness and alcohol. Somewhat sugary sweet. Good body-somewhat thin considering but still holds up quite well. Very drinkable. A great blend of a bock and a Belgian. Just like the Hop-It from Urthel this is a great mix of two styles. Really done well all around.

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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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was shockingly sourish, almost like a Flemish, with a secondary bock sweetness. It worked, whether its intended or not. It was not long in my cellar. Poured a dark red, aroma was a bit like a flemish. Some rich spice, and it did not freeze the tongue. I finished the bomber.

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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 carln26
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark mahogany color with deeper ruby highlights. It is topped by a thick, chunky tan colored head. The head leaves a cloud of lace on the side of the glass as it recedes into the glass. The nose is like candy. It has licorice, dates, figs and a load of dark berry. Dark caramel and light citrus blend on the finish. The flavor has more of the fig, and more of the licorice. Really nice full flavor. The dark berry shows up well, but the citrus only shows late in the finish. The mouth feel is thick and smooth, no alcohol heat at all. Really nice beer.

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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 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 mjc410
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Monk's. The pour into a tulip yields a marvelous long-lasting head, light tan, and not rocky. Body is brown/ruby.

The nose is cocoa and caramel malt, with floral hops. Pretty light.

Taste is very earthy, with chocolate caramel biscuit. Finishes yeasty.

Medium-light in the mouth, with a high carbonation tingle.

A nice drinker, but the alcohol burn starts to be overwhelming.

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Photo of unclederby
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is poured into my piraat tulip. A nice frothy, once finger cap sits atop a darker amber colored ale... and patches of carbonation cling to the inside of the glass. Smells like a really nice quad; belgian candy sugar, molasses, vanilla and raisin compote. A bit like apple/pear too...
Taste is much the same, with a bit of sour on the finish. Overall, kind of dry in the taste for all of the sugar activity in the nose. Mouthfeel is on the full side, with lots of viscocity. Heavily carbonated, which is filling...
The bottle says this is 7.5 ABV but i think it's closer to the 9 listed on this site. Pretty heady stuff, really. I'm a bit surprised, but i like this beer.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap's at Monk's in Philly. The beer was poured into a great Urthel glass. The bock poured a hazy brown / amber color with a medium tanish head. The aroma is sweet malty goodness. There are some fruit hints in the aroma and a nice toasted toffee smell. Very enjoyable. The taste is toasted and sweet and hides the high abv very well although there is a bit after every sip which rounds this beer out very well. This beer has a medium or slighty heavy body but is very drinkable despite the high abv.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Max's 72 Hours of Belgium, pours a dark hazy brown, thin head, but some pretty nice lacing. Nose is a strong fruity malt, dark cherry and plum. Taste was a rich sweet malt, big flavors of plum and fig, hints of caramel and butterscotch, slight woody hop finish, overall very sweet but very nice tasting. Medium bodied witha slightly syrupy, coating mouthfeel. This was a nice beer, no hint of the big alcohol, dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a short 1" head that falls quickly to surface foam. Some spots of lace stick to the glass.

Smell: aroma was of sweet malts and hints of ripe black plums.

Taste: very malty with pitted fruit tones like plums, cherry, and prunes. The sweetness is up front, but alcohol and mild bitterness nicely balance it out.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth and syrupy on the tongue at the start, and the finish coats the tongue in malty sweetness. Absolutely wonderful.

Drinkability: pretty decent for the high alcohol levels. Since I had this at Max's during the Belgian fest, one was all I could muster with the list of beers available. But I could have had another - it was so good.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess Monk's isn't the only place to enjoy this brew. Sampled today, on tap, at Max's during their "72 Hrs. Of Belgium" Festival. Since it was only 9% and a bock, I went with this one first, opting for an initial round of sweet maltiness. Poured a slightly hazy dark brown. A finger full of head died quickly to ooey sticky lacing. Served in a wide bottomed official Urthel tulip.
Aroma of dark, hearty/malty, and some dried fruit.
This was incredibly rich, much like the recent brown ale on tap at Olivers. One might argue that malto-brews are one sided, this one is a whole other level. You have dried fruits (cherry plum) along with some molasses and bready flavors. Hops might be evident as some spiciness on the finish. A hint of alcohol is here.

Smooth, medium bodied, and easy drinking. The keg was lucky I was only there for a few tastes at lunch and had to return to work.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very well carbonated, it pours with a frothy, mousse like, four-finger thick head that is a tan to dirty light brown color. The beer itself is a deep amber brown color that shows ruby highlights around the edges when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of yeasty spiciness and rich dark malt notes. I get notes of toffee, caramel, figs, prune, notes of clove, a hint of ginger, perhaps some cardamom, a wisp of orange peel, and some spicy higher alcohols. Overall I would say the concentrated fruit notes are the dominant aromatic.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, but this sweetness is quickly magnified by the concentrated fruit notes of prunes, figs and even some raisins. This has a medium heft to it as it rests on the palate, but it is light enough that there is not a sticky lingering note to it. Actually I think the ample carbonation helps to clean the palate. The finish is quite spicy in character there is a mix of pepper, ginger, and spicy carbonation; this morphs into a lingering earthy note that reminds me a bit of the earthy part of coriander. As the beer warms it gets a bit lighter on the palate, it looses a bit of the sweetness, but still retains that forward concentrated fruit note.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at Monk's tonight. Apparently they're the only place in the U.S. where one can try this brew.

Really tough to get a read on color in Monks' front bar, but it looks dark brown, and when held up to a candle, some clear ruby-red color starts to come out. The head is small, compact, and apparently a beige color. It holds pretty well.

Smell is malty, with a toffee/caramel combo pulling through pretty clearly, a little bit of a cherry aroma, and some light alcohol notes which are surprisingly faint for the ABV.

Flavor is quite pleasant. The bar is billing it as having "toasty" flavors, which I don't read, but there is a big maltiness with lots of the same caramel and toffee that's in the nose, and maybe even a hint of butterscotch. Candy sugar and a little bit of alcohol blend nicely with a light fruitiness that almost has an apricot flavor in it. Overall, it's quite sweet, which I guess reflects the "bock" in the name, but I do agree that it's more of a strong dark ale in flavor. No hop presence anywhere in either the nose or the flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thin for me. Could be a tad creamier, I think, to keep up with the sweetness a little better.

Overall: Glad I got to try this one since it's apparently rare, but it's not one of those "Oh my God, drop your bags and run to try this one!" brews. Still pretty good and a pleasant experience.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear dark amber brown with an almost tan and frothy head which rose tall and lasted forever to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with dark fruits of raisins and prunes up front. Coupled with that was a nice floral character a bit further behind and a Belgian yeast spice in between. The spice was low clove and cinnamon.

The flavor was not as expected at all. The flavor contained a mineral and metallic flavor which detracted until the beer warmed a bit. The flavor contained a dark fruit and dark caramel, but neither flavor was well defined nor overly complex. All the complexity built up in the aroma was muted and lost in the flavor. Alcohol was present in the flavor however. Some chocolate flavor was also noted.

The finish was dry, as was the flavor, and just contained a lasting bit of spice and fruit along with chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was medium but the carbonation level was so high that the drinkability was lowered. The alcohol was present in the flavor and definitely in the warming after consumption. The beer flavor improved quite a bit by allowing to sit and decarbonate a bit. Give it a whirl if you like Urthel, it will not be everyones cup of tea.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. After removing the bail, I did not immediately remove the cork. A minute or so later it dislodged itself and hit the ceiling erupting in a beer volcano. Be sure to have a hand on the cork when opening this one. Also that "pop" sound that occurs when the cork blows will make you run to the bathroom to check the pants.

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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 Foxman
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It came to me a deep reddish brown, with peripheral tones of rich amber. A thick light tan head pillowed down slowly as the carbonation cascaded. The lacing was dainty and plentiful.

The aroma was a malty marriage of caramel, currants, sherry, and dark sugar. A yeasty doughiness came through as it warmed.

The first sip delivered a windfall of earthy roasted malt sweetness pushing sinewy notes of dark cherries, raisins, and browned sugar. Various berries cameoed their way through, joining a wine sensation in the middle, and mated as well with an overall zesty tang. The close neared with a yeast-driven biscuit character that flashed sweet and then finished to a very dry quench. Everything blended well from the start, and became yet more enjoyable as it rose closer to room temperature.

Just short of medium bodied, it came off a bit thinner than expected, and drained away to a general lingering dry ember.

While it doesn't present itself as especially large in body, it has lots going on from the beginning. It has a thick spine of earthy, satisfying flavor that I can tell you stands up well to highly seasoned mussels and pomme frites, and would to many other dishes as well, but that might overpower some more mellow foods. The alcohol never really came out to play with me, that is until I realized my gullet was warming and a buzzy fog was blowing in. Still, it is quite drinkable, bringing a pleasing show to the table. Maybe not what one would expect from a bock, but there's no reason to hold that against it.

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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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Urthel Vlaemse Bock from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 158 ratings
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