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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Photo of yelterdow
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just in from the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club, in a cork finished 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle. This brew is marketed as "Belgium's Newest Cult Classic". We'll see....

Appearance- A color reminiscent of raisin, or a dark sherry. Pours very light, with terrific head retention. The lacing is small and not very clingy, as the head settles to a lovely Belgian sudsy mat.

Smell- Typical of the style. One thing about Belgian ales is their unmistakable scent... it is getting fuller as the beer warms up.

Taste- Delicious. At 7.5%, the alcohol is totally understated and barely noticable. This beer drinks like a "light" belgian, as the overall weight is not what you might expect.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, toasty, but light... an exquisite balance. Near perfection.

Drinkability- In this size bottle, one would be foolish to open a second one all by themselves. This is a beer to be shared with friends any time of the year. This strong ale makes its presence felt early on, and I suggest you take the time to enjoy it.

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Photo of marburg
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why even call this a bock? What possible service could that particular appellation serve what is basically a decent Belgian ale?

Pours to a moderately dark brown color with hints of red and a puffy, tan head that simply never dies. Remarkable carbonation; the cork burst out of the bottle, and the stream of bubbles was constant.

Mild caramel malt aroma and a bit of sweetness are present for anyone expecting an actual bock (I wasn't since I had some literature on the beer, but let's be honest -- someone's going to buy this and be very confused). But beyond that, this is fairly well spiced with an arid raisin aroma and a bit of a peppery tingle.

A bit light up front, there's some dried fruit and a wheaty zest through the mid-palate. More raisins! Some phenols lead through to a spicy, Saaz-inspired, archetypal Belgian bitterness for a bone dry finish. A bit too carbonated, I think. This fizzes dramatically in ones mouth -- but drinkable nonetheless.

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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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Urthel Vlaemse Bock from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
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