Urthel Hibernus Quentum
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Belgian Tripel
4.07 | pDev: 10.57%
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of Viaduck
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not much of a pop when uncorked, not much of a head, the cork smells pretty, aroma & taste are pretty much the same: grain & honey. Those 2notes are pretty much it, even hiding its 9%. Tastes like a sweetened breakfast cereal. Feels almost flat, very little carbonation. I expected a little more but still very good

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Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not going to review this beer. But I will tell you that MJ's review of the brewery and its female brewmaster (a brewster) is a master-stroke of understated humor.

MJ's "Great Beers" called this Tripel "especially seductive... it has a wheat crispness and a lively interplay of hop and coriander."

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From: Binny's, Chicago, IL
Date: "K07B7 10:56" on label
Glass: Tulip

Urthel's Hibernus... is a fairly malt and ethanol-heavy beer, and I agree with others that have suggested this comes across more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than a tripel. The beer does not contain certain flavors I've come to expect in a tripel: it's a bit heavy in terms of malt, but not remarkably complex in flavor as it is missing the bright sweetness, complex Belgian yeast and floral hop qualities. Combined with the $4.30 price of a 11.2oz bottle, I do not expect to pick this up again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is below average at about 30 seconds, the foam fading to a very thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is good, with many small dots clinging to the glass' walls. Beer is a dark golden orange color, with light bringing out paler orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the slightly opaque (20-30% opacity) body, low in number and activity.

Aroma is pleasantly fruity with a bit of pineapple, apple, and pear, these joined to sweet malt and light caramel syrup, honey, and peppery ethanol.

Very little Belgian yeast phenolics, mustiness, or "funk," instead Urthel's Hibernus is of moderately dark caramel-like sweetness, baked pears, light honey, and peppery ethanol. Opens on the front of the palate with caramel syrup and honey-like sweetness, baked pears, apples, and ethanol. Mid-palate of fairly heavy malt and caramel syrup sweetness, baked pears, peppery ethanol, slight pineapple. Back of palate continues with the caramel syrup and honey sweetness atop the baked apples and pears with peppery ethanol. Aftertaste of caramel and honey sweeteness with baked pears and apples.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, surprisingly, with carbonation that is medium to medium-high in intensity, resulting in a beer that is at first fizzy, then fading to foamy (9/10) and smooth (1/10). A bit overcabonated, in a style that is already known for being highly so. Ethanol easily felt as heat in the nostrils and as a gentle burn on the tongue and back of throat. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my firestone tulip and what i got was burnished amber color beer, hazy since I poured in the sediment too. The head is tall and dense and quite white. Definitly well carb'd leaving an abundance of tattered lacing.
The beer is quite dark to me as far as tripels go, but the color contrast is very nice.
Aroma has sutle hints of vinagar and sour notes, lemon juice tart, malty sweet and some candied sugar.
In the taste, I think it drinks more towards a dubbel then a tripel probably because of the sugar content. I say that because it drinks heavy on the palate and velvetty smooth. The taste has a sweet candied fruit vibe with some yeasty esters and malts.
It does hide the alcohol well. At 9%, you would never know it.
A very good beer but too sweet. Worthy.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. A minor pop off the cork.

A nice honey amber orange color, somewhat cloudy with a mix of small cola bubbles that then dissapears to show off lots of tall streaming pin head bubbles all along the side of the glass that crawl slowly. Head is really small, barely manages a finger, very soapy, and settles to a small collar maybe 3mm thick, with a little bit of a white top.

Nose is interesting. Classic Belgian sweetness, lots of interesting caramel and spicy notes, and good white wine grape like dryness.

On the palate this has a real nice wine like crispness. Density of malts is totally missing, but does let the flavors come out. Sweet candy and malts in the mid palate, with a floral crisp finish and hints of sweet apple. Nicely carbonated, almost effervescent and playful if hinting towards wet territory. The lighter body seems to match the flavor profile on this nicely even though I probably would want something thicker.

Overall kind of a light tripel, but a good one to know about, it would make a good wine like pairing for food on top of it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Retired?!? How long has this been in my cellar? A stamp on the back label reads "03JA". Is that "best by' or "produced on"? Let's hope for the latter.

Lots of lees evident in the bottom of the bottle, calling for a gentle pour. No head as a result and color was a deep golden-yellow, of a shade to make King Midas and Croesus jealous, with NE-quality clarity and a good bit of carbonation in evidence. Nose had an interesting musty honey-like scent. Mouthfeel was medium and it tasted strongly of honey in the mouth. Wow, but this really held up nicely. Finish was extremely dry with hints of anise to accompany the honey taste. I have bad news for the PETY (People for the Ethical Treatment of Yeast), but LOTS of little yeasties died in the production of this beer. A moment of silence will follow.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, 07/08 dating on the cork. Pours a very cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Thin wisps of lacing on the glass, with slight carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big apricot, lemon, bread, pear, pepper, earth, herbal, grape, apple, honey, floral, and white wine funkiness. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big grape, apple, apricot, pepper, herbal, earth, bread, orange, grass, candi sugar, honey, and slight white wine tanginess. Very nice balance of flavors, with good complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9% with only a slight warming after the finish. Very easy to sip on. Overall this is a very nice Tripel! Age definitely took some of the traditional peppery flavor from this; but it was still nicely balanced and very smooth. Too bad they discontinued this one, I would really like to try this fresh.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Trappist glass.Enjoyed on may´11.Bronze color.Toasted beige crown.Brief lasting.Hop & dark fruit aromas.Spiced notes.Green dark fruit flavor with added sweetness.Hints of spices.Full body,medium carbonation. ABV heat.Not a well balanced beer as expected from a Tripel one.

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Photo of parchedjay
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good lord. Every sip is heavenly with this Urthel. Soft belgium with honey and phenols. It's no longer made so stock up if you find it. Very, very well worth it. Leaves my mouth wanting more. That good. Haven't aged it, a bottle is in the cellar. A follow up in the works. Head...spinning...so...good...

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Urthel tulip glass.

I was told this stuff has aged very well, so I had to see it for myself. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by over a finger of dusty cream foam The nose comprises toffee, dark fruits, light maple syrup, figs, raisins, orange zest, pumpernickel spices, rye bread, and a touch of sweet flowers. The taste consists of a blast of dark-fruited sweetness, with veins of vanilla and maple syrup rolling through the proceedings. It reminds me of a yeasty, hoppy madeira or some sort of PX-based sherry with a much lighter body. It's unlike any tripel I've ever tasted, but it's not actually bad, just unnervingly irreverent (I guess that's a nice, poetic, and pointless way of putting it, right?). The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a strange, surprising brew, one that I could see both enjoying and tearing down for being different from my expectations at the same time.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin white mousse. I would have preferred to see greater head retention, but as this bottle has been cellared for some time, I would be asking a bit too much. Still, it looks nice.

S: Aromas of orange, lemon, and spice are present on the nose. As the beer warms, there is a slight alcohol aroma, but nothing too off-putting. This smells simpler and much more mellow than many tripels, but I kind of feel that the simplicity and sweetness of the nose sets this tripel apart from the mostly bitter tripels that have become popular in recent years.

T: Notes of mandarin orange, lemon, white pepper, grass, herbs, and coriander are balanced by a quick punch of warming alcohol. The finish is fruity and spicy with lemon, orange, and coriander notes dominating. Very straight-forward and approachable, but with just enough depth to be memorable.

M: Full bodied, dry, and rather firm. Carbonation is still surprisingly crisp and prickly. Alcohol sharpness is moderate, but is not distracting.

O: This is a very nice tripel, one that is neither too sweet nor too bitter. It's a real shame that De Leyerth has retired this ale. If you can find a properly stored bottle of this, give it a shot.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Thick white foam, with zero lacing.
Smells earthy; like a white wine...banana, grape, melon...and alcohol.
Tastes similar to a white wine, banana and melon. fig and earthy aftertaste. you can really taste the alcohol. Nice beer, but prob wouldnt buy again.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazy apricot color which is a bright blazing orange when held up to the light. cream colored foam settles quickly to a thin bubbly membrane edged by a dense soapy ring. lace is of the non-existent variety.

S- fruity and yeasty, melon, pear, red grape, apricot, black plum, honey, sugar cookies, sandalwood, orange blossom, pineapple, vodka, alcohol esters come out quickly as the beer begins to be not-so-cold.

T-sweet and strong. this was definitely evidenced through the aroma. overall it's not cloying thanks to the 'strength' of the alcohol on the palate, but the only balancing hop bitterness to be found is deep into the finish after the alcohol bitterness fades. i wish the website would offer more information about the beers instead of speaking almost solely of hildegard and the awards she's won. i'd like to know what's in this thing so i can put a handle on it although i'm guessing that malt, hops, yeast, water, and candy sugar play a major role. i wouldn't call it idiosyncratic, merely different. of course the sugar doesn't offer complete fermentation but the sweetness that's left behind is less than desirable. the lovely aromas found in the nose have a hard time pushing through the honeyish sugar and alcohol and what do make it out are a meager admission of sweet melon and pear with a vinous grape skin edge. not what i expect from a 9% tripel.
finishes the same as it started.

MF- full and luscious, sticky on the lips and wonderfully carbonated. alcohol dryness.

D- not bad and the alcohol isn't too hot or boozy, but some more complexity would be appreciated.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a small white head, thin glass-coating lace, moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of light tropical fruits, and an abundance of sweet spiciness, a bit of phenolic alcohol as well.

Taste: The opening of the taste is dominated by light fruit, peaches, nectarines, and golden raisins. As the taste progresses, phenol alcohols and earthy and spicy hops appear. These carry to the end of the taste, where some musty, earthy hop notes present themselves. The finish is a bit dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant, drinkable, and potent.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 335ml brown glass bottle, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel glass

Pours a nice copper color with a decent amount of a thick cream colored head. There is a lot of sediment floating around, I may have disturbed it while struggling with the cork.

Fairly intense smell when it was uncorked. It's very sweet smelling, floral, fruity, and a bit like fresh mown grass.

Kind of a strange taste for a tripel. I was expecting more fruit and spice, but while there is fruit there, I am getting more of a floral hops taste. Underneath it all there is some orange and just a hint of spice.

The feel is good and solid, pretty much as expected for the style.

Very much a different tripel. It isn't bad, but think it's more a BSA than a tripel. It is an interesting beer, but not one that will repalce my favorite examples of this style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Urthel Tripel

Stubby bottle into an Urthel branded glass. Pours a hazed golden color, soapy frothy head that recedes to fine film. In the aroma, fruity yeast esters and a pinch of floral hops. Tastes almost juicy upfront, cidery with green grapes, appleskin and Belgian yeast funk. Not overly sweet, the beer achieves a good balance and the 9% is deceptively masked. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, clean finish. Overall, a good Tripel with a fruitier bouquet.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage- poured into my tulip glass. Pours a golden yellow w/ 1 finger white head, which quickly goes away. Smell is that of fruit, and a little spice. Pear, grapes make their presence known. Taste is very smooth- fruit and spice w/ an alcohol aftertaste. Great tasting Tripel- and the fact that it's 3 years old probably helps. This isn't my favorite tripel, but it's right up there. Fantastic beer- can't believe I found it on the shelf in Nashville.

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a considerable amount of floaties suspended. Beautiful two finger white head with tight bubbles.

S- Orange peel, honey, citrus and bready notes. Some candy sugar.

T- Some honey blended with some fruity characters. Earthy spices are also present. Well balanced beer.

M- Light/medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.
No unpleasant or lingering aftertaste

D- Drinkability is great. Very refreshing and complex.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a hazy dark orange color with a huge two-finger head of very thick foam that leaves enormous clumps of lace that hold for a long time.

S: Tropical fruits, apples, pepper, citrus, floral notes, and alcohol.

T: Apples, pears, cloves, apricot, and perhaps some ginger.

M: This has a medium-thick body and quite a sticky, syrupy feel for a tripel.

D: This is a bit different from my expectations. It's a bit too boozy and cidery.

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Photo of DPFRD
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml, poured into an St. Bernardus Chalice.
Bottle reads:

A- Creamy white head that dissipates leaving signs of activity. Golden and murky... lovely looking.

S- First thing that comes out is the malt and some yeast accompanied by some hop spiciness and a phenol presence. The wonderful mix of grains comes out well in the nose, just letting you know that it will be awesome. The more I dive into it, I detect the slightest hint of coriander. Definitely a tripel, reminds me of a Westmalle, but with a more aggressive malt profile.

T- Malt, yeast, then more malt, followed by some hop bitterness ending with a grassy note. There's a lot of sweetness, but it's mixed very well. This is what I love about Urthel: So intense and complex, but balanced in just the right way. True to it's style, but a bit beefier grain wise.

M- Medium Bodied, generous carbonation but not overbearing, some hotness from the bite of the hops.

D- This beer is great. They discontinued it and I went to my local dealer and bought them out. I have some 08's and 09's the 08's aged great and are even more complex grain wise. It's strong, but that's what you get out of a tripel. I could drink this all night. I love it.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Blonde colour. Bright with small chunks that probably move it over to hazy in appearance. Medium carbonation and a small white head cap.

S - Booze. Petrol. Orange. Yeast.

T - Same as the aroma but with way less booze. Some yeast is there with some grain and a nice orange zest.

M - Full bodied. Really nice. Smooth with not alot of carbonation but a good amount for the style I think.

D - This beer definately lacks a few things and considering the other offerings I've had from Urthel this is fairly weak for their standards. That said I've had much worse Tripels. It could use more hopping to combat that sweetness but otherwise I could have a few but wouldn't seek it out after this experience.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark, cidery orange hue with a fair bit of haze to the body and a solid effervescence. Head is two fingers of creamy ivory foam. Looks pretty solid.

Smell: sweet, malty, fruity aroma. There is definitely a big, fresh malt presence here, almost like a Scotch ale, but it is tempered with some light apple aromas. Different than what I'm used to, but actually quite good.

Taste: much what I'd expect based on the aroma: a huge, sweet, sticky maltiness which doesn't pull any punches, backed up with a fruity tinge that just gives it a hint of personality. This is not a flavor combination I'm used to in a tripel, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: big body with a big carbonation gives this guy a stellar creaminess. I think the texture is what really attracted me to the style in the first place, and Urthel Hibernus Quentum is no slouch in this arena.

Drinkability: big and sticky, this isn't exactly a session beer. Still, it has a good, unconventional flavor and I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This ale was a cloudy yellow in color tinged with a bit of orange and a beautiful, soft head.

Smell - The orange flavor is thankfully light in the nose. The spices are light but beautifully mated with the yeasty malts. The alcohol is light. Everything in this bouquet is delicate and well-balanced.

Taste - The spices get serious at the taste. The booze is a bit bigger. The yeast is right on and, again, this is an extraordinary well-balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-body with great, fluffy carbonation and a big Belgian hop bite.

Drinkability - This is velvet in a glass. There is a terrific range of flavors here and they are all put together quite nicely.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a light golden color with a fizzy white head that sits softly on the top of the beer.

S: Quite sugary on the nose with notes of honey, cand sugar, and caramel-forward malts. There's a slight tropical fruit sweetness along with a bit of banana and melon. Mild spice notes from the yeast, too.

T: Like the nose indicates, a very sweet and sugar heavy beer. Light candi sugar provides that sort of grainy sweetness, caramel, and vanilla help out in that department. Light, sweet, fruits and banana and spice esters.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation that might just be a little over done.

D: Too sweet and really lacking in balance for me. I know Tripels tend to lean toward the sweet side, but this was a bit much for me.

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Photo of beeragent
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a bomber.

A - Pours a light straw, forming a 1 inch white head. Medium spots of lace stick to the glass.

S - The aroma consists of light malts and candied fruit.

T - Light malts coat the palate, followed by a sweet fruit taste and a noticeable candi sugar flavor. Spicey throughout. The flavor is not as intense as expected.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very clean.

D - A good triple all around. Flavor as expected along with the aroma and body. Nothing special about this one but still worth having.

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