Urthel Vlaemse Bock | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Belgium
urthel.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
158
Reviews:
128
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
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Photo of smurfyou
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, interesting label calling itself the "new belgian cult classic"....we'll see about that.

Ok, first off, be careful opening this thing! Like some others mentioned, the cork popped out while I was untwisting the cage....haven't been that scared by a cork since opening my first champagne bottle!

Very foamy beer, a couple of inches of tan head with each pour. Carbonation was very prominate in the taste (not suprising). Decent, dark burgundy color. Aroma was a little sweet, but nothing special. Taste was likewise a little sweet, with cherry-like fruitiness and a hint of sour (but a good sour). Mouthfeel was quite pleasant. Very easy drinking beer, and recommended. Not if you're wanting a classic bock though. I actually want to see if I can pick up another bottle of this one.

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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 ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged.

HOLY MOLY! Exploded open upon releasing cage, complete with mark in ceiling from projectile cork/cage and spewing foam. Calmed down now, me and the beer, so time for reviewing.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, started making foam like nobody's business, formed more than 2" of light tan head over the dark burgundy brew. Head lasts super, due to tremendous bubble generation from the bottom of the glass, settles down to a meringuey, uneven inch of foam, with heavy foamy lacing. Aroma is sweet, with dark fruits. Taste is creamy, lightly sweet dark fruits, with an effervescent close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. An interesting and enjoyable brew, but as noted by many others, not like any other bock I've run across.

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Photo of lou91
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the first time I have seen a cork levitate once the cork cage was taken off. It poured beautifully with a chunky, bubbly head and a beautiful rich dark amber/red/brown. Nice nose of sweet Belgian sugar and malts. The taste is definitely a hybrid of a rich malty bock and a Belgian dark ale. The label says to serve chilled but it needs to warm a bit to appreciate the range of flavors. This is a pretty good effort but not exceptional. A bit too sweet to drink on its own which limits its drinkability. This was a part of the Michael Jackson beer club.

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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 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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