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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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow / orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet with a slight fruit and yeastiness. In the taste, just like it smelled, sweet and yeasty, with a fruit like hint. A smooth and medium to bigger mouthfeel, with a semi dry sugar flavor in the aftertaste.

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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 Sigmund
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle, now available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. ABV is 9.0%. Pale straw coloured beer, huge to big white head. Nice fruity and spicy aroma, moderate notes of Belgian yeast, hints of honey. The flavour is distinctly spicy on a moderately sweet and fruity background. The beer is fairly light bodied for its strength, alcohol is noticeable but not too much. Slightly peppery finish. A decent tripel! Will buy again.

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Photo of BobZ
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Frothy rich head ends up with a nice 1/2" in depth. Good lacing but not as rich as other Tripels.

Smell: Really complex nose, flowery hops, citrus, alcohol, spice, maybe even some honey.

Taste: Another solid example of the style, rich, sweet up front, nice balance with hoppy bitterness at the finish. All of the notes from the smell are there, very well executed.

Drinkability: The Belgian Tripels are smooth and creamy, nice but I notice the alcohol in the flavor (more than the Kasteel at 11%).

Yet another solid Belgian Tripel! If you plan on touring the Tripels include this stop on the ride.

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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 dstc
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge, frothy white head. Head falls slow but stays. Decent clinging lace.

Smells great. Spicy and herbal with a bit of earthiness and hops.

Taste is awesome. Sweet and spicy with that typical, yet great, Belgian Triple taste. Ends with warming alcohol and finishes dry.

Medium bodied and sharp on the tongue. Bit of alcohol.

Great beer. I love a triple and this one is a great example.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 22oz. Bottle

Smell: Pear and bread, some caramel, a wiff cidery,

Taste: Quite spicy up front, in contrast to the nose but as it warms it blends into ripe pear and tropical fruit, some apple, and caramel. More spice, slight almond, noticeable alcohol, more apple, and toast in the middle that is nicely integrated. Light and both fruity and spicy overall and not too crisp. Finish is dries out a lot, has some noticeable alcohol, and is moderately bitter with slight grapefruit peel characteristics from the hops, but very also spicy. A lingering semisweet caramel finish that goes and goes.

Notes: A real nice, complex spice character to this with no particular spice note dominating.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a bright white head that's about 2 fingers tall in my tulip glass. Does quickly settle to a thin cap of foam. Some sparse visible carbonation quickly rises to the surface.
Clear bright gold beer. A spot or two of lacing, but not much.

Aroma is sweet, very fruity and also has a deep beer (malt aroma) Fruits include pear and maybe white grape juice.

My first impression of the flavor is that it's slightly sweeter than I expected (or hoped) Lots of fruit. Almost an almond flavor, some spice notes and a malt flavor. By malt here, I mean like malted mik. Interesting. Not so much candied sugar like I get in some.. I'm sticking with the pear and white grape I had in the aroma. The malt (beer) flavors are really nice and as it warms, this turns more bread like. This flavor really lasts with you for a while. Some bitterness at the end, but not a great deal.

Medium body, slight prickly carbonation and a wonderful feel on your tongue. It lays there with a long flavor....

Enjoy this beer. Very good Tripel, but not my absolute favorite.

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Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Poured with a nice off white thick foamy frothy head and good lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is hugely yeasty and malt spice. Flavor is like aroma and licquorice; not overly sweet. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of some length. A little boozy at the end too.

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Photo of Rayek
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Urthel tulip from a 2008 vintage bottle.

A: Hazy apricot with a fair amount of yeast, despite a careful pour. A fizzy eggshell head comes and goes quickly. Leaves no lace.

S: Quite white wine like, but spicier. Pear and green grape bring a lot of pale fruit to the table. Clove and coriander bring a nice spiciness. Alcohol adds a little booziness to the equation. The yeast rounds things out with a sourdough note.

T: The flavor is predominantly made up of a sweet fruitiness of pear and green grape. A well balanced moderate coriander spiciness provides offset to the sweeter flavors. An alcohol warmth comes on late to add an extra kick. A mild sourdough presence adds yet more complexity. Finishes very dry and warm, with lingering coriander and pear flavors.

M: The medium body is somewhat syrupy, yet dry and has the vigorous carbonation I expect.

D: At first, I wasn't terribly impressed by this. But as it warmed, things got much better. The appearance is the only weak point; although I've tweaked its score to bring the final tally to where I think it deserves to be. A very nice Tripel overall.

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Photo of trbergman
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pale orange-gold with one finger of fluffy white head.

S - Honey, orange blossom, a touch of citrus (lemon?) zest, some clove, and other yeasty spice.

T - Spicy and floral, with sweet citrus and floral elements. Yeast adds a lovely phenolic dimension, with a nice clove presence. Hop bitterness is moderate and hops lend an earthy tone to the palate. Complex, but not complicated. Very nice taste, although I think it falls just a bit short of a 4.5 mark.

M - Medium body with lively, fine bubbled carbonation.

D - A very enjoyable drink, and one I'd gladly have again. Recommended.

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

A - Hazy golden, tangelo color with a large foamy, sticky white head. A little below average retention but it leaves a nice whispy level of lacing that sticks to the glass.

S - Good level of slightly tart apple, citrus, and a touch of peach along with the other typical Tripel golden fruit smells. Hints of vanilla, maybe a touch of bubblegum, and coriander along with faint smell of other Belgian spices and yeast. Predominantly golden and tropical fruit sweetness with a spice background.

T - Loads of citrus and tropical fruit (tangerine, grapefruit, melon, peach, and some pineapple) with a strongly spiced (coriander, slight clove and pepper) aspect. Some apple, pear, banana, and apricot in the background as well. Mid sip, a touch of hops come out. The finish has some vanilla, candi sugar, and a bit of bubblegum.

M - On the lighter side of medium body with above average carbonation. Pretty smooth, creamy, and mellow taste.

D - Easy to drink beer. Smooth and mellow flavors blend together. Sweet and fruity, but not cloying, rather quite balanced and smooth. Very enjoyable and could have another one no problem.

Notes: Nice fruity, sweet, and smooth beer. Really enjoyed this beer. It didn't blow me away, but it was a very solid Tripel. Really enjoyed all the fruitiness, especially the inclusion of tropical fruit, and how it was all balanced. Definitely worth a try as it is a very tasty beer from a solid brewery.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy sun-yellow with a fairly thick, though not too persistent Aroma is rich and crisp, fruity and yeasty with some malty undertone and a whisper of sweetness. Flavor is mainly fruity with yeasty and malty undertones, a hint of butterscotch, and just a little sweetness. Texture is smooth as silk but has a good edge to it and is quite tingly and fizzy. Recommended.

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Photo of soco7tyx7
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not sure on the date of this bottle but i'm thinking its upwards of a year or so...

A - Dark cloudy orange copper
S - Pineapple, tropical fruit, alcohol
T - Pineapple as in nose, tangerine, alcohol finishes with frozen orange juice concentrate that sticks to the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth
M - Light medium body, very sticky
D - Very drinkable and exceptionally smooth

Notes: Overall a great tripel, very enjoyable to drink and a great candidate to age IMO

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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 BlackHaddock
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 07-2011, drank 02-2010, poured, including whatever was at the base of the bottle, into my Westmalle chalice.

A dull orange body, which was misty and murky filled the chalice, a clean, fairly thick, white head sat on top, the head soon fell to a thinner wispy covering with a lacing collar. Hunks of sediment could clearly be seen gambling through the cloudy body of the beer.

Belgian yeast esters could be sniffed, along with the sweeter end of the citrus fruits (oranges and pink grapefruits).

The taste was a heavenly mix of flavours, the aforementioned citrus fruits, Cloves? Cinnamon? and a sweetness that isn't pushy like some Belgian beers, sugar is however listed as an ingrediant.

The body tries to counter the heavy alcohol and almost manages to hide it, but fails, so the 9% ABV rears its head mid-way through the mouthfeel, getting stronger as the mouth dries.

This is very drinkable, the alcohol is evident, but the whole package seems to cope well with it, sadly I don't have another to follow this one (but I do have two more beers from this brewery to review, maybe even tonight).

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Photo of THORN
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1Pt 9 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into Westmalle goblet. Cellared about a year. Served about 45F.
A: Hazy pale brown and gold around the edges. Many CO2 trails on bottom of goblet. Pours thick half-inch of head and retains a thin bubbly layer. Stringy lace left around most of goblet.
S: Phenols are noticeable. Sweet pineapple, lemon, and spice.
T: Sweet pineapple is followed by very sweet malts. Yeast is very chalky. Somewhat nutty. Slight bitterness fades to nothing.
M: Light on tongue. High amounts of CO2 collect on tongue. Warmth from alcohol sweeps across mouth and throat. Dry, but refreshing.
D: Very big beer, but not overwhelming.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is rather spicy with notes of fruity yeasts and peppery hops. Taste seems to be a bit of spice, booze, fruits. Medium to full in body--lightened a bit from all the active carbonation lending a spritziness and crispness to the beer. Pretty drinkable.

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

pours a nice clear golden amber with maybe a hint of yellow. the head is white and mountainous. good lacing.

smell (I'm having some sinus troubles so i may not be getting everything) is of lemon, grass and booze, very light hint of malt.

lemon up front on the taste with a much more malty backbone than the nose suggests (or maybe im just missing it in the nose). a nice piney hop finish, good stuff.

slightly creamy mouthfeel, a little effervescent and crisp.

drinkable beer, not excessively heavy nice. 9% abv, might want only a few though.

this beer makes me want to do the urthel! hahaha... you know the guy on friday night tv early 90s?..."got any cheese?"... anybody?... you'll laugh later.

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

A: Gold with a white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Earthy & floral with some honey from the malts; Very little fruit or phenolics from the yeast; Alcohol is perceptible.

T: They yeast byproducts seem to more earthy than fruity or spicy. Well-hopped (floral & spicy) with a honey-like sweetness; good bitterness; warming alcohol.

M: A light residual sweetness with a drying, alcohol finish.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Sunday night we did a blind tasting of four tripels at Shawn's place. Facing off against each other were Allagash Tripel and Urthel Hibernus Quentum, and La Fin du Monde and Tripel Karmeleit. Allagash won its battle and Tripel Karmeleit took the prize in its contest. It would be difficult for me to pick an overall winner, as they seemed to be at opposite ends of the style spectrum, and showed that there is variation within the tripel category.

In general, I noticed some consistency between samples when it came to appearance and mouthfeel. On pouring all the samples displayed a brilliant light gold, with a tight white head that produced some spots and streaks of lace. Some of the samples were cloudier than others, but I'd put this down to disturbed sediment (I'd just brought a couple and they may have been a bit shaken up). Only in taste and aroma did they seem to differ - falling into either a dry graininess, or a sweeter honey-like profile. The bodies were invariably medium-light with a high, pillowy carbonation.

The Hibernus Quentum was certainly at the dryer end of the spectrum. A clean, lightly fragrant graininess resulted in a more apparent alcohol finish, which didn't appeal to the ladies in our group. A spicy bitterness adds depth, and provides a crisp feel. This spiciness was certainly apparent in the nose, along with the grain. Going up against the Allagash, the Quentum just seemed a little harsher, though I quite enjoyed it. In spite of this, I would probably place it bottom of the four examples we had - fair enough... the other three are all ranked in the top 10 tripels!

Thanks to zorprime for the bottle!

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

750ml, caged and corked. Bottle is at least 2 years old.

Pours a straw yellow color with a large head, fades at a good rate and leaves some decent lacing along the glass.

Smell is an aromatic blend of sweet malt, banana and clove.

Taste starts off with the banana and clove, not over the top or assertive either, slight spice kick afterwards, the carbonation is just right and yet it has a soft mouthfeel, can't tell this is 9% at all.

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Urthel Hibernus Quentum from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
4.05 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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