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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Photo of bskrtz
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, served cold. Poured into traditional glass beer challis

A) Shoe leather brown, hazy & dark. Cannot see through. A sea of tiny, suspended bubbles

S) Sour dough and sweet burnt malt. Root beer.

T) Sweet caramel, brown sugar, espresso, stewed prunes & figs. Medium body but the alcohol is apparent.

M) Thick and delicious w/ample bottle conditioned carbonation

D) Called a Bock, the taste and consistency is a Belgian Bruin Dubbel. Call it what you want... either way an excellent beer

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is brown sugar, alcohol and dark fruits. I also get some toffee from the malt. The flavor is heavy on the Belgian yeast, brown sugar, darker fruits, toffee, earthy hops and a little bit of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice caramel and roasted malt scent. It's sweet with a touch of roasted character along with a nice fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth caramel sweetness that goes down with some prickly carbonation and a bit of yeast fruitiness in the finish. It's also dry with a roasted malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinking Belgian dark. It's true to style and quite smooth.

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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 ATPete
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

Pours a deep brown color with some red highlights and a medium sized and strong brown head. Sweet, malt dominant nose, some rich fruity Belgian yeast esters and a roasty malt note. Sweet, creamy and well carbonated, rich fruit notes and powerful malts make up most of its flavor profile. A big bock unlike any other ive had with plenty of Belgian influence. A great beer time after time from a great brewery.

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Photo of yossarian14
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottled on 3/15/08
Bought on 2/13/09
Drank on 9/29/09
This is my first taste of Vlaemse Bock so I don't know what effects age has had on its intended flavors.

A - Thick hazy cola with a creamy head that doesn't last but leaves frothy lacing
S - Sticky sweet, almost sour. Fallen fruit, raisins
T - Sweet, but not overly so. I was hoping for a little more sour notes
M - med/full body it needs a little more carbonation
D - Very drinkable but not very memorable

I made my first attempt at Carbonnade Flamande using this Flemish Bock...its still cooking, i'll report back later.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a dark cola brown color with a massive 2 inch tan head that stays frothy for a good while. Leaves thick puffs of lacing as the head fades and gets rockier.

S - Sweet candied sugar and molasses come to mind immediately. Some belgian funk and fig add to the mix. Fairly sweet and cola-esque.

T - Sweet dark flavors such as fig, molasses, raisin and plum pop out. Candied sugar mixes well with the belgian yeast used to add some intricate spice and funk. However, its not the most complex Belgian you'll ever taste. Still pretty tasty, although it might be slightly too sweet.

M - Mild to medium carbonation with a dense body and a residually sweet mouthfeel. Finish is a touch sour and a touch dry.

D - A nice Belgian beer and another interesting selection from Urthel. Worth trying. Pretty refreshing for how dark and sweet it is. Alcohol is kept in check at 7.5%, so its not much a factor.

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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 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 praufs01
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy chocolate brown with a big frothy tan head.

Aroma - Green apple, some banana and dark chocolate, and lightly charred oak

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied ale with a moderate amount of fizzy carbonation that mellows out after a few minutes.

Taste - Fruit flavors of tart green apple and sweet banana on a smoky oak charred small batch bourbon backbone.

Overall - This was a lot smokier than expected. The noticeable alcohol along with the smoke gave it a very nice small batch bourbon characteristic, which was offset rather nicely by the tart apple and sweet banana overtones.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. production code of 15/03/08, with the rest of the batch information printed unclearly on top of the UPC. poured into tulip.

murky dark brown with ruby amber tint visible under the light. voluminous and rocky light tan head, fades to creamy thin layer. amazing lacing.

aroma: fruity raisins and dark cola caramel, with hint of spice. mild grassy hop, moves into gentle phenols and more fruity cola. diacetyl note is almost like seared butterscotch - a touch of burnt character.

taste: fruit, caramel and phenols upfront with more cola notes, followed by grassy hop with moderate bitterness, and then accentuated by phenolic note. hint of spices in the background. trace of coffee notes in the finish.

nice and substantial feel, creamy at times. light astringency towards the finish. moderate carbonation is prickly upfront but adds moments of fluffiness later.

glad to see this is more properly categorized as a belgian dark ale.

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

Picked up a 33cl bottle for $4 at Abe's Cold Beer. ABV on bottle says 7.5%. I sort of agree with both of the previous reviews. The taste does come off a little flat, but if you let it sit on your tongue it slowly expands. I mean, I don't know why the label calls this a "flamy dark ale." Nothing else reminds me of flames or smoke. Anyways, what I do taste is mellow caramel with subtle raisin and date notes. There's a hint of the typical earthy bock roast, but there's no dry bite. The beer rather very balanced, with a slight lean toward the sweet end of the spectrum. Worth a try.

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

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

One finger head that dropped pretty quickly to a ring of foam around the dark opaque body. Lacing drops quickly down the sides, no real stickiness here. Some alcohol on the nose, fruits, belgian yeasts. Taste was a smooth chocolate initially, transited to a smooth belgian yeast flavor. Alcohol is hidden decently well, balance is decent, mouth feel is great. Easy to drink.

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Photo of lyttleb
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one reminds me of North Coast Old Stock Ale. Mine had a lot of crap at the bottom. Sure, it could have been yeast but it was probably old. To all of you quality beer selling stores - monitor the freshness of your expensive imports!

For a beer with such a high alcohol content, this one was pretty smooth. Certainly dark. Strong malt presence.

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Photo of AltBock
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork finished 750ml bottle with a fiery orange and black label. On this label is their symbol of a big nosed smug bust of a gnome wearing a grey fur coat and gloves holding a big foamy mug of beer. I don't care for gnomes of any sort. There's another symbol in the top right hand corner. This symbol looks like an 80's cartoon super hero symbol. Underneath this symbol is the words "Belgium's Newest Cult Classic." Below the gnome is "Urthel" in big black letters and "Bock" in big bold red letters. The back label has all the mandatory US information, correct temp, and the proper glassware. The back label is stamped with either a best before or born on date. It was stamped 15/03/08. I bought it at a reputable beer store about a month ago, so that's why I thought it was a born on date.

Appearance: I poured this Belgian "Bock" beer into my tall Urthel tulip glass. It should be the correct glassware because it was pictured on the back label. This Belgian beer poured a dark and murky reddish orange color. I guess I could also say that it was a dark beer, but the cranberry red was on the pale side and was mixed in with a small tint of orange. It was a very interesting color! On top of this beer was a tall pillowy and creamy 2 inch off white colored head of foam. It was so creamy that it looked like there was a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of my beer. This head had terrific slow retention that left behind a 3/4 of an inch off white colored film and a wealth of sticky streaks of lace around the glass. A top notch appearance indeed! The color of the beer was just as nice as the wonderful head of foam.

Smell: As soon as I popped the cork, I got a strong whiff of green and red grapes. Not quite wine like, but it was getting there. When the beer was poured, the red and green grapes were still there, but they were backed up by milk chocolate, a hint of sugar plums, a subtle touch of sweet yeast, a pinch of dark roasted malts, and then this aroma finishes up with the scent of alcohol. Malts and grapes in the same beer together? They sure were. The aroma was just as interesting and as unique as the splendid appearance.

Taste: Man was this beer dry! I wasn't expecting that. It wasn't as dry as an Irish Dry Stout, but it was on the dry side. This interesting beer was dry and roasted with sweet milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, a hint of sweet yeast, a splash of raspberry, chocolate covered grapes, a pinch of sugar plums, crispy and slightly bitter floral hops, and a big bite of dry roasted alcohol at the finish line. I thought the taste was over when the alcohol came through, but it wasn't done just yet. After the alcohol, I noticed there was a slight dry taste of rust in here as well. There wasn't enough rust in here to completely ruin the beer. Actually, the rust didn't do anything to the beer. I just shrugged it off. A unique tasting beer all the way.

Mouthfeel: I would say that this was more of a medium bodied beer than a full bodied beer. It was low on the carbonation and it featured a dry aftertaste of roasted malts, a hint of milk chocolate, a few sugar plums, and a small bite of alcohol. Only the milk chocolate and alcohol will stick around. This beer beer didn't bother to hide it's 9% ABV. Urthel put the alcohol in plain sight.

Drinakbility: It was another unique Belgian beer you won't forget about any time soon. You're not going to find many Belgian takes on the German Bock style. Was it a true Bock? It wasn't anywhere near that, but couldn't care less about that. It was a great unique Belgian beer. I liked how it was lightly roasted with grapes and malts. Where else are you going to find that? Now I know why this beer has a cult following. Try it out for yourself.

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

A: Poured a lovely dark chestnut brown (dark mahogany when held up to the light) with a billowy creamy tan head.

S: a big roasted malt and caramel that was sweet and dry with some dried fruit and chocolate.

T: Very prominent sweet malt flavor upfront. Malty lacing with a dark rich toffee and chocolate flavor. Dark malt and dried molasses with dried fruit (rum raisin) and dried tart cherries were also present. There was a nice alcohol warming in the finish as well toffee and some spicy hops.

M: A light-medium mouthful that was smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation.

D: Dark and very rich malt backbone makes this a great example for this style. Very good drinkability and a pleasure to consume.

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Photo of bcolflesh
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in beer trade at work.

Really foamy and slightly thick - no lingering aftertaste, at least not as much as I expected - I drank this with whole wheat pasta smothered with homemade pesto sauce.

I'd try this again - pretty tasty and would be a good choice instead of the old Guinness on tap.

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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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Urthel Vlaemse Bock from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.98 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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