Urthel Hibernus Quentum | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 05-09-2002

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Photo of bkoch81
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of kaseydad
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to try this beer as I have seen the moustached dude looking at me at the store many times.

Bought at a restaurant by the glass and after the initial pour, it has a nice foamy small foamy head with a moderate cloudy pour.

The smell is awesome! Pears are the major aroma with a whiff of apple as well. I love pears so this was a nice surprise.

Nice carbonation and a refreshing crisp yet fruity smooth taste. It quenched my thirst and I was thirsty for more but at $7 a 12 oz. my wife made the decision for me.

Excellent beer with a high drinkability score. I honestly could hardly notice the 9% alcohol content.

Very pleased and I will be looking to try more from the moustached dude.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours a cloudy golden orange with tinges of brown and one finger of white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves little lacing
S - pineapple and orange-juice concentrate, booziness, and belgian yeast
T - pineapple, orange juice/acidic flavors, alcohol, clove, a touch of honey and clover, and some floral notes...gets much more complex as it warms. at one point i tasted candied sugar and it tasted like something in between a double and a tripel, it was thoroughly enjoyable.
M - medium/light body, a little heavier than some tripels, and very sticky
D - dangerously drinkable, as this style tends to be...however, the alcohol is more present than other tripels I've had.

Got it for $1.59 a bottle. I will be aging some, as it seems like it could be amazing after 6 months to a year...and then maybe 3 years...

Edit...wish I had picked up more of this back when I could find it. Only two 750s in the cellar now :(

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Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of thehappybelgian
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Belgians sure know how to build a beer with a big head that's also loud, snapping and crackling as this one is. It's fluffy, rocky, very thick, and very white. Quite a few floaters, which I'm thinking is yeast, and between those and the zillions of bubbles, there's a ton going on in the sunny burnt-gold body.

Fragrant aroma brings in a clean floweriness, dirty yeastiness, and a prevailing spice that reminds of mustard seed. An earthy aroma, a bit raw and wild.

Peppery spices meet with something almost minty; anise and clover appear, offset by something like candycanes dipped in cumin. A ripe fruitiness pervades throughout. Mouth feels slightly hot, yet the alcohol doesn't bowl you over; yeast adds an enigmatic edge to this strange brew. Mouthfeel is light and buoyant, well-carbonated but incredibly smooth. I have to give the flavor a 5, as this is one of the most unique tripels ever, with no offending characteristics, yet plenty of identity. Unlike other tripels, but still a tripel. When do you ever feel like drinking a beer is a mysterious adventure? This one feels like that.

This tripel is NOT one to use as a gateway beer, if you're trying to convince a macro-swilling buddy to cross over. This is a wild flavor, and much like Urthel's quad, a roaring beast of spices, sweetness, and a certain undefined, unrefined edge. All of it delicious. Leyerth is becoming one of the most intriguing breweries in all of Belgium. Yummm.

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Photo of kundabuffer
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle looks different than the one pictured...more "normal"-shaped with a red background, anyway...

Smells of apple cider and nutmeg (?) That may be b.s. but what do you know, peon. Complex fruity flavors with stinging carbonation and a substantial hop profile blend together nicely. The alcohol is very well hidden and the finish is dry and refreshing.

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Photo of Onslow
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Killer Cork! almost took out my eye! ..Pours with very nice lacing, Has a big white fluffy marshmallow head

wow! this is delicious original gansta stuff! nectar!

The ABV is very well hidden! One of the most easy flowing and mellow-ist beers i've had

lots of sweet flavours, a good blend of fruits

Overall, very delicious, a great buy, almost a shame to drink it!

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Urthel Hibernus Quentum
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Style: Tripel, ABV: 9.00 %
750 ml > Duvel Tulip glass, live review

A 5.0 - Once I popped the cork, a small stream of foam crawled out the bottle neck. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass to produce a fine brew with golden honey color, excellent lacing. Solid beautiful stark white pillowing head. Some minor traces of suspended sediment.
S 4.5 - Clovey spicy-ness as expected, traces of citrus and hops.
T 5.0 - Awesome example of a triple in my book. A very good job of hiding the 9.0% ABV, semi sweet without cloying, nice mellow balance of hops, yeast and malts. Light in color but respectable body and character.
MF 4.0 - high carbo as expected, a bit slick on finish.
D 4.5 - right on for a triple in my book. Take it slow because it's 9% baby!

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Photo of Viking
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-golden brew that pours to a huge, rocky head. Think Mt. Everest. Spicy herbal aroma with a hint of fruit. Alcohol aroma apparent as the brew warms. Flavor is simply amazing! Spicy and smooth, with a dry alcohol filled finish. The bottle is a must for collectors.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I held the bottle up to the light to check the clarity and there was a ton of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. It reminds me of my first attempt at homebrewing. The first glass might be okay but after that it's going to be a hefetripel.
Poured a clear golden brew with some flakes of yeast and a foamy white head that writhed under the barrage of the fine carbonation. The aroma was of tropical fruit and a light malt crispness with a touch of alcohol. The flavor is very different from chimay and i like it very much as it seems a lot more balanced and clean. There is a crisp bite of a fruity flavor and a very light grain flavor with no indication that it has nine percent alcohol. The mouthfeel is so wonderful i find it hard to believe a brew so clean and refreshing could be so viscous and silky with a high carbonation as well. There is absolutely no carbonic acid bite to attack your taste buds yet this beer is carbonated pretty heavily carbonated. This is probably my favorite Tripel that i have tried so far.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this one so much that my notes were, shall we say, minimal. They go thusly: "Huge, fuzzy white head. Amber color. Spicy nose. Fresh, fruity..which ones?--fruits--peach, melon..Soft and mellow,...YUM, YUM!!" So take me at my drunken peak of admiration: a worthy brew.

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Photo of Jason
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml brown champagne magnum, product code on the back label states “01JA” is just as vague as it looks … no big deal being that this beer is a 9.0% abv tripel. Odd looking buzzed gnome on the label also.

Appearance: Hazed golden orange colour with a brisk looking carbonation, from that carbonation comes a head that will not budge.

Smell: Good clean blast of spicy phenolics, touch of tropical fruit and a soft earthy hop within the aroma also.

Taste: Big on crispness with a viscous from the frothing carbonation that makes this moderate bodied brew puff up to seem full bodied. This not only accentuates all of the flavours but also helps to cleanse the palate. Phenols are soft to medium but don’t leave a marked presence, light tropical fruitiness all around with esters and a faint solvent alcohol to boot. Flavours of mango and clove come to mind the most with trace raw honey and pineapple. Hops drop a powdery bitterness and leave with a hint of leafy flavour. Yeastiness stays to a minimum even though it is everywhere, more of a soft earthiness and almond like nuttiness. Warmth from the alcohol really kicks in towards the finish and then the mouth goes bone dry in a blink of an eye.

Notes: Definitely more of a Triple than a Strong Pale, it holds great complexity with out anything leaving to bring something way out of balance. Truly this is one damn fine brew and it is well worth a try and may prove to be a brew that could frequent your fridge more than others.

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Photo of neobassman
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle into a tulip glass produced a good head and a honey color. Really - this beer is a dead ringer for the color of clover honey, though a bit cloudier in my pour of this bottle-bubbled Belgian. My sense of smell was muted by allergy season, but what I could smell was yeasty, malty, and pleasant. The taste was distinct. A spicy, almost hot flavor was accompanied by one of the most subtantial mouthfeels i have experienced this side of a porter. I kept smacking my lips to get the full effect. This was in distinct contrast to the color which advertised something lighter (welcome to the land of tripels, I guess). The taste was fruity and malty, with hints of apricots, honey, and even fainter hints of banana. The 9.0% ABV lent truth to the hot-ish mid-taste. but generally speaking the high ABV was masked by a full, almost chewy mouthfeel and fairly sweet taste. I really enjoyed this bottle and was sad to see it go. At least I did not have to share it with anyone. Definitely one of the more distinctive and pleasant Belgian tripels I have tried.

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Photo of DPFRD
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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 nikosm
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed after my 3rd time tasting this amazing brew.

Bought online it reached me just after it's expiring date. No worries I opened it and poored it in it's special funky urthel glass. So much head in that tiny bottle... Amazing! It seemed that it 'd stay there forever. That big bubbly head kept it's height for several minutes, to give it's place to a strong and everlasting lacing.
This hazy orange colored godess has the most amazing looks you could expect from a triple. Aristocratic I 'd say!
The smell... Ohh that smell! It is wonderful and a true apostole of what 's coming next.
The taste... just delisioussss!!! The aftertaste... more than I can bear.

A true diamond! Seek and Grab it!!!

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky straw color, with tons of yeast particles floating about. The head is monstrous and fluffy, the consistancy of whipped cream, and does not ebb in the slightest. Wonderful appearance.

Aroma is of apples and pears, and a hint of cashews. Yeast is evident in the nose, and there is a hint of cashews.

Taste is fruity with pear, white grape, and red apple being dominant, although the ample yeast lends a light nuttiness to the flavor of this ale. Some herbal flavor is also evident, with pepper and maybe the slightest amount of rosemary.

Mouthfeel is solid, smooth, and satisfying. Ample carbonation and wonderful pepperyness make this a wonderfully satisfying tripel. An exceptional offering from Leyerth. Kudos!

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured a cloudy honey yellow with a long lasting bubbly white head that diminished into a small cap in a Chimay goblet.

S - delicious notes of clover honey, pale malts, a hint of citrus, and pears. Alcohol is faint and not prominent at all, even as it warms. Very fruity nose and my first thought was "honey!"

T - very sweet (but not cloying) taste of pale malt grain carried by a strong flavor of honey. Pears are also present and complement the citrusy hops. Clove, orange peels, and alcohol spice lingers in the finish

M - smooth medium body, creamy with bubbly carbonation, but not so much that it tingles.

D - absolutely impeccable. This is simply unbeatable.

Overall - This was a review from notes (April 2009), bottle K07B7 09:37 served at Monk's Cafe. Thanks to Eddie for the recommendation. An excellent example of the Belgian Tripel style ale. I highly recommend this to any Tripel lover.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Duvelian squat brown 11.2 ounce bottle that is actually the same as those are used to contain Piraat, which should be no surprise as this Leyerth beer is actually brewed at Brouwerij van Steenberge. A bald headed gray bearded gnome like character (called an Erthel) fronts the main label. Listed as 9.0% ABV with a product code of 15AC, which presumably translates to a freshness date.

Appearance: Immense carbonation forms a massive white head, humungous in size; it meant that the first pour was short lived as the head filled most of my glass. Incredible staying power ensures that head is long lived. It slowly collapses to reveal a rocky white pot-holed surface with some sticky lacing. A golden blonde body is festooned with fast rising streamers. Looks superb!

Nose: When you can get past the voluminous head, there is a fresh spicy hoppy nose that has some light black peppers and toasted pilsner malts in the background. Has a very organic nose; earthy, spicy, fruity and freshly harvested.

Taste: Wow, this has quite the spicy hop kick at the start, some fresh watermelons and a toasted malt middle occasionally breaks through. Crisp and very clean, bold and flavorsome, it finishes with a kicking spicy hoppiness that has some alcohol in the astringent ending.

Mouthfeel: Powerful alcohols give the body a massive presence. Crisp and forthright, but never overpowering. This is not a beer to be messed with. Bold, with a spicy hop kick in the mouth that finishes warm. Absolutely Solid.

Drinkability: Despite the 9 clicks, this is a very drinkable Tripel. Not exactly a quaffer, but certainly a beer that I could drink slowly all night for several hours, accompanied by the odd plate of mixed cheeses and pickles this one could well see me into a Sumerian Beer Trance.

Overall: A high quality excellent Tripel and a marvelous high-octane brew for a slightly chilly night. Don’t let the rather gimmicky “Erthel gnome” theme prejudice you, put the tacky theme to one side, for this is a highly credible Tripel that should be sought out.

Highly Recommended.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured this and enjoyed as an incoming thunderstorm made its way in the darkness last evening.
Poured a medium yellow with a big head and a extrordinary amount of thick lacing.
The smell of this beer was very doughy..reminded me of when mom baked bread when I was a kid.
Raw dough came to mind.
Taste was awesome...sweet, bready with nary a hint of alchohol...
Excellent beer.

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Photo of NahpunGnome
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - A nice hazy gold, but not too clody. A smallish head.

S - Yeasty, slight alcohol, bananas and dried apricots.

T - I get yeast, but not too much, some candy sugar and a bit of alcohol. The sweetness and bitterness are nicely balanced.

M - Not thick, not thin. There's a nice balance there. The carbonation dances on the tip of my tongue.

D - This is a very drinkable beer. Big gulps are easily taken, but it's best to enjoy this one by taking smaller sips. This is a great example of the tripel style.

Summary - This is a highly regarded beer for a reason. I'm very glad that I've tried it. Urthel has not strayed too far from what a tripel should be and I'm glad they didn't.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three-finger cream head that goes slowly and leaves a very good lace. Cloudy, light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is cidery, starts on the sweet side, finishes mellow, the high ABV is not noticable, taste is difficult to describe but its good! Excellent triple. 750ml bottle for $7.20 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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