Urthel Hibernus Quentum | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Urthel Hibernus QuentumUrthel Hibernus Quentum

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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 261
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
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 sopor
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not much impressed.

Cloudy straw colored ale with an active frothy head of pure whit. Smells of grass yeast and alcohol.

I think this may be the worst tripel I've had yet. Sweet and some fruitiness followed by a hint of sourness and some bitterness that I did not like at all. Moderately light body and foamy carbonation.

Any beer this strong needs to taste better to be worth drinking again.

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Photo of bark
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is deep yellow, the liquid clear. The high foam sinks to a two finger thick head, leaving thick layers of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy for a Belgian-style beer; it reminds a bit of a Czech pils. Some sweet fruity notes, hints of caramel, green apples and orange peels. There are some hints of alcohol, too.

The taste is hoppy and sweet. Some anonymous fruity flavours, quite a lot of alcohol. There is something odd about the bitterness: Strong metallic notes comes and goes, leaving place for a somewhat earthy overripe flavour. The body is rather thin. The sweetness passes quickly, the aftertaste is mild with some dried apples, minerals and some light bitter flavours. Wheat flour in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to strong, the bubbles are small. The liquid is thin to medium.

Well... Too hoppy.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.02/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/25/2007 (25.4oz bottle):

Pours a cloudy/clear pale yellow colored body, fizzy, with a white medium head, somewhat diminishing. Has a floral dark fruity aroma. Sugary sweet, but not too strong an aroma. Has a sugary soft taste. Mild but a little too sweet.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a tulip glass late at night.

A- liquid is dark tan hazy somewhat bronze with a 1/2 inch of kinda loose white foam that left minimal stick. Not much in terms of sediment

S- A melange of dark fruit with plum, apple and pears and some alcohol. A small amount of yeast thats tame for the style. Not very pungent.

T- An odd triple here, it's lighter in taste than most triples. Dark fruits are up front but not ripe tasting, all the above fruits are in play. Small amount of malt with a touch of caramel. A odd yeast strain that just does not bode well. It's better than alot of american triples but pales in comparison to some other Belgians.

M&D- Goes down easy with some heat towards the end and just a few sips in. An odd yeasty aftertaste with fruit and a slight grassy taste. Medium bodied with moderate carb. Not very drinkable, I was waiting for it to end.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.14/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden, clear beer with an enormous amount of carbonation and a bog, frothy head.

Smell of green apples, apple pie and cinnamon, but all in a pungent way, like a lot of fusels. Some alcoholic whiffs.

Taste of apples, green and red with some honey. A little solvent and fruity. The pungent smell is just a little noticable in the taste. After this the malt starts to come out. Alcohol is warming. Body is medium. It is different from other tripels I had, but not in a good way.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$6,99 Whitlock Pkg Marietta, Ga. USA 750mL corked and caged.
Fairly average all the way around on this one. Poured a much lighter yellow colour than I am used to seeing in this style. Very cloudy, though, and quite alot of fine particles and other debris floating about. Snow white head lasted all of thirty seconds, before collapsing and fading away, leaving only a frosty patchwork and some sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Looks quite nice, but par-for-the-course, really. Smell is little cooked fruit, little yeast, medium alcohol. Taste is mild, but certainly noticeable alcohol up front, some sweetness in the middle, and bitter finish. That metallic characteristic that I notice with so many Tripels is present here, too. Mouthfeel is certainly full bodied and smooth, but there is a pleasant level of carbonation here, as well. Not bad, but not a smashing example of the style, either.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle from 2006 poured in a Duvel tulip.

Pours a very cloudy light wheaty color with a very thin light white head and some bubbles. Nose is very sweet bready, really weird though.

Taste is very bready and yeasty. It's really sharp and sweet. Quite carbonated but overall not too exciting. I think age hasn't done this beer well.

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Photo of akorsak
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The ale is a hazy golden-orange color with a good sized head and lace.

S: The aroma is thick and malty, caramel-like and unusual for a tripel.

T: The flavor is also un-tripel-like. It starts off with a caramel malt flavor that yields to a spicy, peppery taste. The alcohol is well hidden in the strength of the malts. The spices are present but not to the extent that I'd like to see. As a side note. the caramel flavors make me question if the ale is bad. The only thing holding me back is that the taste is pretty good!

M: The caramel malts are a change of pace, creating a very chewy thick taste.

D: Good or bad bottle? I'm not sure but the end result is decent. As I try the remaining bottles, I will update my review.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque peachy, it sort of looked more like a saison than a tripel. I tend to like them better clear, but it did have a nice amount of froth to it.

Smell: Strange mix of disinfectant alcohol, orange peel and coriander. I wouldn't be pissed off if my homebrewed tripel ends up smelling like this, but I from a commercial brewer, it's nothing amazing.

Taste: Creamy carbonation, orange flavors with maybe a little banana esters, with a boozy, fusel alcohol middle and a bit of spice in the finish. Not too bad afterall.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caged & corked 750ml, Indecipherable date code on bottle, little helpful information; Cork came willingly and with force.
Aroma: Smells like a Tripel, sharp almost lemony twang, sweet almost over ripe fruit smell, hint of pepper and alcohol
Appearance: Nice meringue white head that started at 2 fingers and dropped down to a good half finger on a hazy yellow-orange glass. It formed an odd head that held as a thick sheet, but didn’t lace my New Belgium goblet.
Flavor: Alcohol is noticeable in the taste, up front and in the after, but it is joined by some fruit (pineapple, lemon, white grape) and some Belgian yeasty funk. Some minor spice notes, more peppery than anything else.
Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, almost Champaign level, a bit too fizzy at the beginning. Really a soda level of carbonation, make for happy burps but cuts back on drinkability. The carbonation slowly settled as the beer warmed.
Overall Impression: The taste is rather good, a solid Belgian tripel. From a style perspective, I’m tempted to give high marks, this tastes like it should with its own funky twist, but as a beer in general, I’m just not as impressed as I am from many other Tripel offerings. My outlook mellowed a bit by the end of the bottle. A good beer, just not one of my favorites.

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3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
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 Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A mediocre tripel. Poured out to a hazy golden yellow color with a decent head of about a quarter of an inch. Some minor lacing in the glass. Aromas of malt, yeast and some fruit and floral notes. The taste is where this brew is lacking for me. It's quite bland and boring, with little complexity and body. Flavors of malt and sweet biscuts were present, as was some yeasty notes, but outside of that, I really couldn't get much else. The 9% ABV seems to hide the nuances of this beer, and for me, that's not a good thing. The mouthfeel was lighter than most, leaving something to be desired. Only average drinkability, I don't think i'll be revisiting this brew. Nothing special here, as I think there are much better tripels out there.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $9.99. nice orange color with a super serious white head but chunky floaties throughout much like the Hop-It I had a couple weeks back. Smells spicy but not flowery as the label suggested. it tastes slightly spicy, not much fruitiness, strong. Decent beer but not worth $10 by any means.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
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 ADR
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big 750 bottle...bright medium gold appearance, hazy with a pale rising head of 1/2 an inch. Very thick lace on the glass. Aroma is bright and strident, notes of nutmeg and a medicinal Listerine quality. Fizzy in texture, all the way to the finish. Malts seem straightforward and somewhat lacking in character. Hoppy and medicinal qualities don't work well with the lighter body and higher carbonation. For me, too phenolic and sharp, alcohol moderately well-hidden. Certainly has character, emphasizes Tripel characteristics that I tend to find somewhat offputting.

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3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a cloudy yellow color tinged with a bit of orange, topped by a big off white head. The nose offers orange, spice, yeast, malt, with a small amount of alcohol burning at the end. The taste is spicy at first, yeast and pepper, then the rest is overshadowed by malt and alcohol. Medium bodied, overly carbonated, with a burning finish.

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3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
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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3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Maredsous chalice. Appears a clear golden yellow with an inch of dense, fluffy white head. Smells of green apples, and spicy yeast. Tastes of the same tart green apples evident in the nose, along with banana and peppery spice. Medium bodied and a little flat in the carbonation. Still bubbly, just not what I expected. Finished crisp and dry.

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Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The story of the Erthels on the Leyereth webpage is almost as interesting as the beers themselves. Maybe even more so, as this beer is just as Belgian as most others from that country. The webpage’s story is kinda cool: like an interesting combination of Tolkein meets Walt Disney….

Anyhoo, Hibernus Quentum is Leyereth’s tripel, and it looks every bit the part. The deep golden body is capped by a huge, foamy, lumpy cap of lace-prone, white head. The fusel-laden nose is estery and somewhat peachy. No hops to smell of course… The body is prickly and airy, with a big, intense expanding-in-your mouth carbonation. The candi-sugar sweetness, light acidity and high alcoholic warmth combine to create the exactly-as-expected tripel flavor. No spicing that I can detect, though the other flavors I just mentioned combine to create a substantial sour sensation in the corners of my mouth.

Adding the yeast to the glass adds a touch more phenolic, Weihenstephaner character to the already estery flavor, accentuating a touch of banana and passion fruit that was understated before.

This is a fine beer, and a tripel that is done a little better than most, I’d say—somewhat more interesting and possibly a little more complex.

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Photo of Brian700
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a straw yellow with a white head that stuck around for a little bit and then fizzled down to a thin rim around my glass. There was some slight cloudiness going on I think mostly from some yeast particals that I let slip into my glass.

The aroma was estery with some alcohol presence. I could pick up on the sweetness.

The flavor is of belgian candi sugar, alcohol, and almost sour tasting malt notes.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with medium carbonation.

The drinkability of this beer isn't so hot in my opinion. Something about this beer just doesn't hold up to other beer like this that I have had. I drank this beer in the same session as a few others that are comparable and this one fell behind.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured orange/yellow with a big head. The nose is earthy and somewhat yeasty. The first taste was strange with metallic notes too pronounced and a cacophony of old leather and hops. It needed a few sips to balance out with a certain smoothness taking the lead. The metallic flavour really never left but all in all this is a pretty good Tripel.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay challice

A-Typical hazy orangish yellow color with alot of foam that dissapates fairly quickly into about two fingers of head that leaves nice lacing

S-Honey and bananas all the way. My wife says she can smell apples but I am overpowered by the banana scent to the point of failing to notice anything else.

T-The honey and banana flavors come through once again but here I can pick up the apple notes that I missed in the nose. Definite alcohol warmth adds to the sweetness and the tiniest bit of bitterness that just barely balances out what would be an otherwise grossly sweet beer. I am left with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M-Light body, suprisingly mild considering how aggresive this beer foams when you first pour it.

D-Fair. This is obviously a well made beer, but there isn't alot here that would make me beg for more. Fairly typical in its style, but the most remarkable thing to me was just how foamy this beer pours, not how amazing this beer tastes. You should give this beer a try if you have not already but if you cant find it there are plenty of other tripels that are just as good.

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3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cage-corked 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours clouded gold with a thin creamy white head that stays around and leaves trailing lace on the glass.

The smell is musty - a bit "funky" and yeasty with some grassiness, candi-sugar and a touch of lemon.

The taste is rock candy and lemon with some peppery spiciness. Some grassiness with a sweet caramelish graininess mixes in with the spiciness in the finish.

The feel is effervescent - almost airy, with some alcohol weighing in on the palate.

This is decent, but not particularly exciting. A sipper for sure. Not "bad" at all, but not nearly as interesting as the other three offerings I've had from this brewery.

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