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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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 158
Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep mahogany color with better than a full finger stiff light tan head that resists fading and is kept alive by visible effervescence. A nice amount of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is full and aggressive. An earthy musty yeast, figs and bits of bock. The mouth feel is medium bodied with a moderate tingle from the carbonation. The 9% ABV is hidden quite well. An easy drinker. The musty fig taste finishes on the dry side without any sweetness. While it isn't my favorite Strong Dark, I've had a good time with this one and would consider it again.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a few bottles of different varieties of Urthel to try out and then picked up an Urthel glass at the local liquor store. A cylindrical, tall glass, with a fat bottom and narrow at the top. That shape compresses the foam from the pour, but what a foamy pour it gives! And the foam lasts for quite awhile. Pours amber brown with brown colored foam and lacing that clings to the glass. Smells like a flemish ale, with notes of sweet honey and sour fruits. The taste is sensational, presenting the roasted malts and very clean. The moutfeel is like a flavored whipped cream, very evenly distributed throughout the regions of the mouth. A bit of hoppiness at the beginning, but it finishes sweet as pecan pie and then the lingering taste of sweet cocoa. A great lingering malt flavor that is what I like in a strong dark Belgian ale. I will get another of these soon, and I think it is an excellent choice for a food pairing, maybe pecan pie and whipped cream.

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Photo of stumac
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours up a red-tinted dark brown. nice cream color head with some retention. nose is deep, roasted malts, notes of caramel. tastes of deep, sweet malt. chocolate, caramel. slight alcohol spice. pretty full bodied, medium carbo. i believe this is a pretty good brew.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked large Belgian style bomber, no freshness info offered. Dark mahogany brown, dark tan head, long lasting and creamy, leaves well developed splotchy and stringy lacing. Mild malty nose with a hint of raisins and ripe fruit. Easy drinking Belgian. Flavorful with notes of more raisins, figs and a melange of ripe fruit, Some yeasty undertones, smooth dark malts. Quite yummy and highly drinkable. User friendly and newbie friendly dark Belgian offering. I liked it and would def. pick up more if I could find it regularly locally.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared a 750 with a buddy. Amber color and a huge frothy white head in the oversized wine glass. Looks good in the glass. Smells of toffee and yeast. Taste was complex-with the toffee there, the yeast giving an earthy taste, there's a little citrus on the back end, and mild fruit flavors. Very complex interesting taste. Kind of thin in the mouth but nice and carbonated. I could drink a fair amount of this in a night.

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Photo of nickfl
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers of light brown foam on a brownish amber body with good clarity. The head settles slowly into a pillow of foam floating in the middle of the glass and leaves behind thick rings of lace.

S - Clean, malty aroma of caramel, chocolate and some raisins.

T - Big malty flavor with lots of dark caramel and some fruity notes as well. Raisins and chocolate in the middle, with some roast flavor and a bit of alcoholic warmth in the finish.

M - Somewhat thick body with high carbonation and some lingering sweetness.

D - This is a big, flavorful twist on the traditional bock. The high carbonation helps the drinkability quite a bit. The roast flavors could stand to be toned down a little, but other than that I can't find much to complain about.

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Photo of daledeee
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had good luck with this brewery. A belgian strong dark ale is always worth a try.

Poured this at 45 degrees and the head almost boiled over the glass. A beautiful brown with a nice head that stays on the glass; you know. lace and all that stuff.

The nose is dark fruit and malt.

The taste is dark fruit like plums with lots of malt. The finish is intense dark fruit. Rather sweet but not quite as full flavored as I expected. Really easy and smooth to drink.

The mouthfeel is very bubbly. Leaves your mouth watery and begging for more. Very enjoyable but I wish it would have had a little more full flavor. If that were the case, the score would have been through the roof.

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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 Brewfan
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle. Poured into my Ommegang chalice, left it on the kitchen counter, went on BA, and came back 20 minutes later, only to find a still perfect rich, frothy light brown 1 finger head. INCREDIBLE retention!!!! By the looks of it, this could sit here for an hour or 2 with no change. It won't though. Fabulous. Lace is just as sturdy, not shifting or disolving.
Murky, light cola color with slight tinges of ruby. No indication of carbonation.
Immediate biscuity, malty nose, slight alcohol comes through. Almost a coppery nose towards the background. Hmmmm...
Caramely on the tongue, sweet and very smooth. Can't seem to discern any hops. Lusciously smooth. 9% never makes itself known on the tongue. So drinkable. Finishes sweet. Glass is now completely engulfed with thick swirls of lace and still has a 1/2 finger of creamy head. God, I wish all head lasted this long. But I digress...

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Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $8.99... Caged and corked, pours a lucid, dark-brown, hazelenut appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated... smell was very thick and rich, with strong plum, figs, and prune aromas... taste really complemented the aroma, with heavy malts, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and dehydrated fruit flavors...flavor was very thick, rich, and full of outstanding flavors... this is an excellent depiction of the style and a truly enjoyable and rich brew... loved Urthel's Hop It, and this one certainly lives up to the brewery's great reputation... an excellent Belgian brew with a great thick mouthfeel and good drinkability... excellent sample... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a dark but not overly-thick brown in color with a lacing head.

Smell - The malts here are very rich, and I can pick up some bock-like molasses. The yeast is a bit more subtle but comes out nicely as the ale warms. The sugars are mild and dark, but it's the rich, buttery nature of the malt base that stands out.

Taste - This is equally big in the mouth. The stern molasses doesn't let up at the taste, and the sugars fail to cut its flavor by design I'm sure. This is not a sweet or overly yeasty BSDA. It really is more like some sort of Belgian bock than a strong dark ale, though it has components of both.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied with excellent carbonation and a bitter kick in the pants from that unsulphored molasses component.

Drinkability - This was a good drinker if a bit more raw than others of the Urthel line. I really enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend. I think the real Belgian beer aficionados will appreciate the unique flavor of this ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dull dark orange with bright orange highlights... that becomes brick red when backlit. The best part about the appearance is a beauteous crown of golden foam that is large and is incredibly sticky. I wish the Belgians would let the rest of the brewing world know their secrets when it comes to the art of head and lace. Outstanding!

The nose is a definite step down, although it's still a good example of the style. Incidently, the brewery considers this a dubbel, not a BSDA. The beer is medium-dark fruity (bruised apples and figs), with an herbaceous mustiness that keeps it out of the big leagues. There's a little yeasty spiciness, but not much.

My impressions of 'Urthel' beer are generally positive. I've had one great one (Hop-It), one good one (Hibernus Quentum Tripel) and one so-so one (Tonicum Finiboldhus BSPA). I think the good vibes are because Hop-It was first and it was amazing. Unfortunately, Vlaemse Bock is merely so-so.

The biggest problem is that there isn't enough malt. Since dubbels (since reclassified as a BSDA) are primarily malt-driven, they need to have some amount of richness in order to deliver the necessary flavors. The same musty herbs that are present in the nose are present on the palate... as is a mild ashiness and a hint of metal. To be fair, both are fading as I enter the middle of the '750'.

Other flavors include sweetened brown bread sprinkled with cocoa powder, bitter peanut skins, earthy tobacco and fallen fruit (again, apples and figs). The beer is coming together nicely as it warms and receive a well-earned bump in the drinkablity score.

It turns out that the loud POP! on cork extraction was merely a tease. There were more than enough bubbles to create a wonderful looking head, but the mouthfeel is less than expansive. Bottom line: too thin and not nearly creamy enough.

Vlaemse (meaning 'Flemish') Bock is a decent Belgian dubbel, but that's as far as it goes. Since there are so many fantastic examples of the style, I'd recommend giving this one a pass.

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, slightly reddish brown with a good-sized beige head, very thick and creamy, that takes some time to settle. A good deal of lacing, too.

Has a slightly weak, roasted malt and yeast aroma.

Taste is overly roasted malt, slightly bitter, plus very slight hints of chocolate and toffee. Some alcohol noted, as to be expected in a strong ale.

Has fairly high carbonation, a good medium-to-full body beer. The feel itself is extremely smooth, very pleasant.

It’s a very good beer all around. Not the most sessionable brew, which can be attributed to the high ABV and being on the heavy end of the medium/heavy body area. However, it’s a very drinkable on a one or two bottle basis, and I’ve found that one of them goes amazingly well with a good burger. Something that I would definitely keep one or two of around on a regular basis.

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

Pours a very dark ruby with a tan head off a firm pour that falls to almost nothing, but still leaves a little bit around. Nose is a mix of alcohol and yeasty fruit. Smooth malty flavor with a good bit of sugar. The beer has a lot of carbonation, but it doesn’t really hit the tongue too much. Liquid feel is pretty smooth and hearty enough.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a shiny brown color. The head is massive, billowy, and recedes slowly into a half an inch of lacing. The aroma is of Stilton cheese, caramelized malt, and funky yeast. The taste is less cheesy than the aroma, and a very relaxing yeast tones. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and extremely silky. Overall, this is a very good beer, that I will certainly drink again.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/28/07- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Poured into my Anderson Valley tulip. Code imprinted on the back label to denote some kind of freshness.

Appearance- Chestnut in color. Kinda looks a touch red and like black cherry cough syrup color. Full 3/4 inch head upon pour. Evaporates to nothing pretty quickly. Leaves ultra light spotty lace.

Smell- Scent is pretty nice. Has bock like notes of deep chocolate and dark roasted malts. Also some alcohol noted.

Taste- Tastes like a Belgian style bock if that does exist. Mostly dark semi-sweet toffee malt flavor, plus a dusting of coaco powder. Add a light dark of some dark fig and raisin and you have a belgian bock.

Mouthfeel- Starts out fairly highly carbonated, but calms down during consumption. Leaves a nice chocolate coating on the tongue.

Drinkability- I liked this beer. Nothing tremendous or over the top, but a nice easy drinking bock style beer. My wife liked it even more than I did. Abv has lessened to 7.5% now.

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

This one had been staring at me from the shelf of my local beer store for months and I had never convinced myself to try it until today. Pours a dark brown with nice ruby highlights and a very frothy cappuccino head that lasts and leaves abundant lacing. Aroma is dominated by yeast with some fresh fruits, caramel and vinegar. Taste is sweet fruits with malts and just a hint of hops. High alcohol presence causes some vinegar taste as well. The beer is highly carbonated with a decent amount of alcohol strength. This one is a sipper for sure.

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

A 750ml bottle with the date 15/03/08 stamped on the label, poured into a tulip glass. Pretty chestnut color with some red highlights. Thick tan head. A dark fruit, malty aroma. Pretty malty taste, with the dark fruit background. This was a very enjoyable beer. I paid $4.99 for the bottle, and thought that was a steal.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle.

A - Brown body, thin white head. Decent amount of lacing running down the sides of the glass.

S - Sweetness, breadiness and a heavy yeast scent. Pretty standard for the style.

T - Some chocolate milk qualities stick out immediately. It's creamy, smooth and there's plenty of fruitiness to add to it. Definitely interesting - I'm liking it alot.

M - Very light, tiny bubbles of carbonation. Maybe a slight dryness as it goes down - it's sweetness/fruitiness is well balanced by a medium breadiness quality. Very well done.

D - Drank about half the bottle during this review, and while the 9% has warmed me up a bit, it's not overwhelming in the least. Very drinkable, one I'll be having again in the future.

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Photo of Gusler
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the cork and caged 750ml bottle, the beer presents a lightly hazed red to almost brown color, the head stacks up to about two fingers, a creamy ripe peach color, the lace forms a velum like sheet to obscure the glass. Nose has a malt sweetness, backed my molasses and a touch of grassy hops, quite crisp. Start is sweet with malt, fruity and a nice spiciness at the back, moderate if feel to the palate. Finish has a robust acidity, the hops beefy in their bite, aftertaste is dusty, long lasting, a beer brewed for us stateside folks, and quite good this beer, but all this breweries beers rank high on my master list.

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

750 ml bottle, with a 3/15/08 best-before date, served in a wide-mouthed chalice. The color is deep burgundy, with a small but compact head. From the aroma I assume it's not a literal bock, because there's a huge ripe fruity scent, together with a rich maltiness. The flavor features a superb malt profile, with a sweet toffee taste, a hint of spicy licorice, and a soft caramelized fruitiness. Bitterness is restrained but nicely balancing. Body is full, but texture is very soft and silky.

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

I don't know if it's just my tastebuds changing, but I've been dragged down lately by over-the-top malted bocks. So, this one really satisfied my craving for something different. Beautiful amber color, complex head, downhome caramel malts, and a brilliant balance of hops make this beer very appealing. The mouthfeel is quite refreshing with those smooth malts being peppered by the hop bitterness.

This could easily become a constant go-to bock for me.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. I expected a bock and received something of a mutt, a mixed breed of bock and Belgian dark. I guess it's a flamy dark ale, as that's what it says on the bottle. Flamy gnome.

It looks like a dark burnt amber color, has a thick and creamy tan head, looks very nice. The smell is kind of quad-ish, there's a strong Belgian yeast component (similar tone to St Bernardus). The beer tastes like a quad too, kind of a mix of SB ABT 12 and Koeninghoven Quadrupel. Lots of sweetness from the malt, esters from the yeast, a tiny bit of astringence in the after-taste from the hops or burnt malts. Very nice, not really a bock though.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a tan head. Aromas of a caramel malt sweetness and cocoa. In the taste, cocoa, vanilla, and a nice presence of alcohol. A nice malty mouthfeel, with a cocoa and alcohol aftertaste. Malty with a dry end due to the alcohol. Really dig cocoa and vanilla flavors.

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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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