Urthel Hibernus Quentum | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Belgium
urthel.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 05-09-2002

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Ratings:
261
Reviews:
216
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of duff247
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 barnzy78
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bigred89
2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of bkoch81
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -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 Pegasus
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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 -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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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 jayhawk73
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +9.9%
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 -15.1%
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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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:
09:40
K19F7

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 -9.1%
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%
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 +4.4%
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 -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 beeragent
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
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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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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Urthel Hibernus Quentum from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
4.05 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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