Urthel Hibernus Quentum | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Urthel Hibernus QuentumUrthel Hibernus Quentum

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After popping the 750 ml cork, it foamed over, though not overally head in pour,and left lace. Fruity yeast in aroma and taste, but not overwhelmingly so. Good tripel. Some sweetness and spicyness from hops and yeast. Liked it better than my drinking buddies.

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Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a pillowy white head that leaves oodles of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Yeasty, with hints of melon, banana, vanilla and hay; pleasant, but not as "big" as I would have expected for the style

Taste: Toasted malt up front, with a developing, but understated light fruit sweetness, accompanied by the vanilla; at the same time a grassy bitterness balances the sweet flavors; after the swallow, the malt returns, with melon, banana and pear flavors adding to the grassy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: This is my kind of tripel, as it does not show either a lot of alcohol or candi sugar sweetness; it has complexity, but the dry finish is really nice; I like the nod to some German elements, with the grassy hops and banana wheat notes

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Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, golden yellow color with a lightly foamed, bubbly, white, two finger head. It left small rigns of lace.

S - It smelled of clove, yeast, candy sugar. There was also a light sweet caramel aroma.

T - It was dominated by clove and yeast taste. It had hints of caramel and a subtle spiciness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a fizzy mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good tripel. Nicely balanced and very good.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of nickfl
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Three fingers of white head on a crystal clear gold body. Average head retention, but not much lace.

S - Refreshing, herbal hop aroma with notes of pepper, vanilla, and light malt.

T - Malty with lots of yeast character up front. Pepper, clove, banana, and mango notes from the yeast. Sweet and malty in the middle with a long wait until the earthy hops notes begin to assert themselves in the long, dry finish.

M - Thick, chewy body, high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Extremely drinkable, smooth and very well balanced. Not overly complex, not that it really should be, but the bottle empties quickly. The hop character is a bit subdued, but I can live with that. Definitely a worthy example of the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hops and spice in the nose with some sweet malt as well. Very nice. Pours with a hazy golden-orange color with a fluffy white head. Some spiciness in the flavor along with a full, sweetish maltiness. Some clove, some candy - bubblegum? Well balanced
bitterness. Alcohol is well cloaked, but becomes apparent at the finish; and is definitely present mid-goblet. Good firm body and carbonation level. An exceptional beer in all regards.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling tangerine peel capped with four fingers of French vanilla colored foam. Most tripels are some shade of yellowish amber, so I was somewhat surprised when Hibernus Quentum exited the bottle. The majestic crown is the usual Belgian ale beauty, complete with thick sheets of tattered lace.

The aroma is too laid back to really get my attention. It features the expected golden fruit and a moderate amount of spiciness, with no trace of alcohol to my nose. This is the small bottle, so the goodies at the bottom have already been added to the glass. I'm still underwhelmed.

The beer makes something of a comeback on the taste buds. Having said that, it isn't among my favorites. It's sweeter than most and doesn't have the staggering depth and complexity that make tripels my favorite of all the Belgian styles. Perhaps it will tempt me to bump the flavor score as it warms, but I'm not holding my breath.

Interestingly, the beer tastes 'orange' rather than 'yellow'. Instead of pears and apples, I get apricots, peaches and catelope. Well, maybe those first two are present, but not to the same extent as is usually the case. A modicum of hop bitterness does what it can to counter the malt sugars (and candi sugar, no doubt), but fights a losing battle.

What spiciness is present is on the musty side. If this bottle was old, I'd expect to see those dark flecks and flakes that indicate a bottle-conditioned beer that's past its prime. However, the liquid is still as clear as a cloudless sky. Maybe I'm not thrilled with the yeast strain. One would think, reading the above, that I don't like UHQ. I do, I just don't love it like I expected to.

The mouthfeel is much more full and viscous than is typical. Part of it is the relative shortage of carbonation (given the country of origin). Since I like full-bodied beer, I'm okay with it, even if I'd prefer something more voluminous and more lively.

Hibernus Quentum is little more than an average Belgian tripel. Given the high-rent district that it occupies, that still makes it enjoyable beer. I fully plan to give this one another go round and will make every effort to locate one of the corked-and-caged 750s to see if I got a less than representative bottle.

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle with a date code of 17 3E, whatever that is??

Pours an efferevescent golden/bronze with 2 fingers of rocky white head. Also, loads of floaties no matter how carefully I pour! Great lacing & head retention, no doubt, the floaties helped

S: Fruitty with apple skins

T: Honey & fruitty up front with some lemon & apple skin notes. Sweet bready malts & a slight warming alcohol, pears& slight peach flavors, & a hint of toffee as this warms. Finishes with lemon/slight grapefruitty hoppyness & a nice honey malt sweetness

MF: Effervescent, yet some slickness as the ale warms. A nice slight warming alcohol feel & superb balance

Drinks very easy, has a few asthetic faults but I like this better than most trippels & haven't had a beer from this brewery that I didn't really like!

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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 womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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 TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
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 woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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 smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, with cork. Explosive cork release. Pours faint yellow and cloudy. White head, large bubbles under small bubbles, mellows to a small bubble sheen which stays and stays.

Nose is of bananas, yeast, coriander, and melon. Soft mouthfeel, medium bodied. Notes of banana, melon,lemon, slight pepperyness. NIce, mild hoppyness in finish, along with more of above flavor notes. High class triple, Alcohol obviously present, but well in back ground. Nice example of the style. A definite fine quality Belgian brew to seek out and enjoy.

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Photo of jwc215
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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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 GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/19/06- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle with no freshness information. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden orange in color with a full white very creamy head. Nice ufo circle in the middle of my glass. Lacing is very nice as well.

Smell- Slight bit of citrus with a healthy dose of bitter scented hops.

Taste- Sweetness and a bit of tropical fruit flavor hit you at first. But that quickly goes away when the heavy bitter hops come in to play. After that it drys your mouth out quick.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, extremely drying with a sharp bitter aftertaste.

Drinkabilty- If the sweetness lasted a little longer and wasn't as dry this would be pretty damn good. As stated it's just a slightly a bit above average tripel.

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Photo of Gavage
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yellow color with a one finger head. Some lace spots stick to the glass during the session.

Smell: the nose picks up fruits, mostly sour apples, and yeast.

Taste: biscuits with a fruity combo of apples and sour green grapes, paired with a mild bitterness and some light alcohol tones.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry throughout. Medium bodied. Short fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability: this slow sipping beer was a little too fruity and lightly sour for my tastes. Overall taste was not bad, just not a beer you can have several of.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer for $4. Poured from a skinny 330ml bottle, there's a tall white head with loud (relatively speaking) bubbles. On my tongue the beer is a little flatter than many Belgian, but that, I think, brings out more flavor instead of simply stinging my tongue. The flavor starts with a wonderful mixture of fresh baked white bread and earthy honey and ends with a hint of spicy hops for balance. In the aftertaste, a slight orange and cream flavor develops that's quite nice. The aroma has a slightly simpler profile with a mild perfume of Belgian candy and fresh (mild) herbs, like I've got one nostrel in a candy store and another in a garden.

This is a very well made Belgian tripel, though the complexity comes from its subtleties, so be prepared to stop and ponder the depths of this beer to enjoy to its fullest.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a sweet pale malt scent along with an earthy yeast aroma. It's dry with touch of hops. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter with some excellent yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed tripel. It's true to style and damn enjoyable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some alcohol and yeast. I also get some fruit which I believe is peaches. The flavor is a lot of Belgian candi-sugar, yeast, peaches, alcohol and some spices. The alcohol is right up front in this beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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 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 flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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 Gueuzedude
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange-gold color with lots of floaties to it (which are undetectable in the mouthfeel). It is well carbonated and has a frothy pale white head. The aroma is very intriguing; spicy yet lightly tart with earthy herbal notes that spring from the glass like a fresh mown field of lavender, honeysuckle, dandelions and a bit of vanilla (fields of vanilla you ask, it exists in my minds eye). There is a sharp note that hits my tastebuds as I take the first sip; the beer is spicy, tart, and herbal, yet it is still softly fruity with notes of peach, vanilla, passion fruit and perhaps some guava notes. This is really nice; a great balance between the sharp spicy notes and the fruitiness that is accentuated by the sweet malt character. This beer is incredibly complex and ripe; what a wonderful explosion of flavors that just grab a hold of my mouth.

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