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 Travlr
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw colored with a very scant white head than disappears rapidly. No lacing. Aroma of raw hamburger meat. Taste begins with citrus and grapefruit, then adds a bit of pepper and spice. Very faint bitter finish, but not enough for a supposed tripel.

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Photo of erz316
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle into la chouffe snifter.

A - nice clear golden honey body, big fluffy white head of two fingers, and pretty carbonation flowing up from the bottom. the body has a bit of haze to the clarity, maybe its from a chill or some rogue yeast got into my glass. either way, a tripel usually has a duller, more mustard or brown-yellow colour to it, this guy has a bright amber, with a touch of more orange, colour that makes it all the better.

S - the nose is quite stellar: really really pungent and powerful. big hoppy presence which confers notes of pine, spice, and some cloves. there is a blend of yeast and malts in the back ground that makes a really interesting sweet smell: a bit of cantaloupe if you ask me. a nice change of pace for such usually weak-nosed style.

T - this is a good beer, but as a tripel there have been better ones. the initial taste is quite sweet and boozy, and odd combination. the intensity of the booze offsets the sweetness which is quite sickly, and vice versa. a bit of yeast in the mix, but mainly the very sweet and slightly astringent bitterness with the booze. the finish is quite more like a tripel with the classic taste that they eyast and malts impart: like a caramel booze bomb with a kick of hops in the ribs. the aftertaste ius mostly malty, not much more.

MF&D - the feel is extremely creamy and good. a medium body with ample amounts of carbonation make this brew easy to drink. the only thing keeping it back is the harshness of the brew, which I like, but I deem unacceptable for the style.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours light golden, with a great large white thick head that sure takes it's time to dissipate, leaving great lacings.

S: Floral hops and lots of fruit (Citrus and green apples). Some faint sweetness.

T: Very refreshing, with some sweetness and floral hops. Some fruit and a bit complex.

M: The aftertaste is both bitter and sweet, not as long as I thought it would be though. The carbonation is rich and the body is light to medium.

D: A tripel is a tripel, a great beer style. But this one is just an average tripel - much better than the best beers in other styles but just an average tripel.

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Photo of kegger22
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark yellow with an moderate head that dissipated to a collar. The aroma was fruity and sweet, nice. The taste was also fruity...apricots, and malty sweet. I wish I had a cooled La Fin du Monde available to compare because I think that's what Hibernus Q reminds me of. Feel was medium bodied and very smooth. Drinkability was very good. highly rated, however I preferred La Fin du Monde as a tripel and I spend over $5.00 for 11.2 oz again, it will be for Peche Mortel, not Hibernus Q.

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

Tasted on September 20, 2009.

Golden yellow color, slightly veiled. Nice head with nice big bubbles. As the head settles down, it leaves a big foam mass in the middle and looks like ice cream. The aroma is fruity with the presence of hops. I get the bitterness in the nose. Nice. On that taste side, if you like hops this one is for you... Bitter, dry and thin bodied. I don't get the alcohol 'tho so this one is dangerous... I would say the hops are floral. It reminds me of a pislner.... a tripel pilsner! :)

The drinkability is very good. A great beer... and I'm glad I bought a case of 24! :)

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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 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 augustgarage
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Liquid is a light golden poppy with a massive white fist of foam which leaves behind a fault scarp of thick rocky lacing. Perfect clarity, acrobatic carbonation.

Very mild aroma (this bottle has a little age on it): lemon pepper, vanilla and clove along with a slightly floral yeastiness.

Yeast and hops offset the rock candy/honey base on the palate - leading into a slightly bitter and ultimately dry finish. Has some odd similarities to a piña colada (a Tiki Tripel?). Alcohol intensifies the flavors, but is otherwise invisible.

Smooth bodied, creamy, and palate-coating, but still light bodied and effervescent.

Almost cloying, and the spicy aromas and flavors could be more assertive, but a very nice Tripel none the less.

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

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow, with a big white head that leaves plenty of lacings.

S: The smell is rather clean and crisp with notes of white bread, spices, phenols and citric hops, and a mild yeastiness. Not overly powerful, but still nice.

T: The taste is quite good, but it lacks a little balance. It's rather sweet in the mouth with notes of white bread, lemon-peel and yeast. Notes of phenols and floral hops. The finish is quite bitter - more so than many other Tripels - with citric hop notes and herbs. Sweetish and lightly phenolic alcohol raps it up.

M: Medium body with a crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation isn't as sharp as in some other beers of the same style.

D: This is just above decent. It lacks some complexity and balance, but it's quite tasty.

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

A mild touch of sweet mellow malt in the nose...much milder and tamer than Golden Monkey, Affilgem, Westmalle and other better known offerings. A touch of maraschino cherry in the back of the nose as well. Color is cloudy and reminds me of a homebrewed Zwickel I once tried. Burnt orange hues add some luminosity. Flavor is not forceful, however full of details. Some flavors of dried pear, marshmellow, green apples and some white pepper in the finish.

Very good.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy straw/pale golden. excellent retention on the 3 finger rocky white head

S - honey, appleskin, pear and soft peppery spice

T - more orchardish(i like making up words) fruit esters, some spice and bitterness in the finish and some warmth from the alcohol. i really appreciate the honey highlights. overall taste is much drier than the smells leads on.

MF - highly carbonated w/ lots of tiny bubbles, medium body and a very crisp feel

D - good, only thing holding it slightly back is the higher abv. very refreshing and delicious.

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pour a bright pale orange color with an average soapy white head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma is of sweet tropical fruit, though not too strong. There is also a yeasty spice aroma and floral notes as well. Nothing crazy aroma seems subdued. The flavor starts off with kick of belgian candi sugar, sweet but not cloying, and some tropical fruit. Some metallic and banana flavor, and hints of grassy hops. Again nothing outstanding. A nice firm feel with plenty of carbonation makes the brew easy to drink (and burp), good balance between sweet and dry. Overall I was a little disappointed in this brew. Not very strong with the tripel flavors. Still a good beer, no real bad characteristics but lacking. Worth a try.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light golen, clear, but suspended yeast is bouncing around in the carbonation, delicate puffy white head, good retention, leaves a bit of lace behind, not much though

S - fresh summery fruit, tart orange, hay, gentle spice, crisp pilsner malt,

T - clean and crisp malt, well attenuated, light citrus fruit, real tasty yeast spice, aftertaste is spice and alcohol, hops add some earthy complexity (possibly saaz?) and a hint of bitterness

M - nice and light, smooth, but crisp, alcohol is noticable, but does not slow you down at all, med high carbonation, any more and it could be harsh, but this is about perfect

D - just a gorgeous, fresh summer beer

Urthel isn't breaking any new ground with Hibernus Quentum, but they sure have done a damn fine job. Just superb, I love tripels that have that "summer fresh" character, nothing is heavy handed, it just sort of dances around and delights. Excellent stuff.

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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 bunnyhustle
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter, massive white rocky head, great retention and lacing. Hazy golden in color, a little more on the yellow end of the spectrum. Smell was suprisingly sweet. Candi sugar, some yeast, some alcohol, and ripe sweet fruit. Taste had a tartness to it, some sour apple or grape, along with a nice sweetness (some pear?). A good earthy taste with the yeast, alcohol as it goes down. Medium mouthfeel, very smooth and warming as you swallow (thats what she said?). Back to a serious note. A very good, easy to drink beer. The alcohol is so well hidden its scary. Consider me freaked out!

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Photo of ChillMike
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A golden hay color that pours nicely into my chalice. Has a nice bubbly white head that recedes quickly however does leave some nice tracing of lace around the rim of the glass.

S: Scents of bananas, cloves, pepper and some sugary malts but not as much as I'm used to in a tripel which is fine with me. Nice smell.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells, lots of banana flavor accompanied by a nice kick of clove and pepper, a bit more sugar in the taste than in the nose but it's nice. A bit of an alcohol overtone, but it's still quite nice tasting.

MF: Light bodied and full of carbonation, pretty nice, I might take the down the carbonation just a wee bit but it's still a fun feeling beer.

D: Very drinkable beer, nice tasting nothing to over the top or anything but still very solid tripel!

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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 Jeffo
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger medium fluffy pillowy white head. Medium carbonation evident in the form of big bubbles. Colour is an amber yellow orange. Head fades to a decent thick film cap and leaves some immediate lacing. A good film stays until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A mild nose of sweet toasted malt, wheat malt, and some fruity esters. Some green apple and lemon is evident. Perhaps a bit of pear as well. Some spiciness as well, particularly cloves, similar to a weizen. Some yeast qualities in the background. Nice, but not quite strong enough to make it a whopper.

TASTE: Toasted malt up front with some wheat malt as well. Some fruity esters, sweet red apple and some lemon citrus notes. Some cloves there too, alongside some spicy alcohol at the end. A mild aftertaste of sweet honey and spicy alcohol. The taste is a bit too muted, but very well crafted and balanced.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, perhaps a bit light on the palate, with higher end carbonation. Smooth going down, no bite, and the alcohol is well hidden. Finishes on the drier side, but not too much. Good feel, but perhaps a little light on the palate.

OVERALL: Good triple. Tasty, enjoyable, and certainly drinkable. A thicker palate might push it over the top, but this is certainly one I wouldn't hesitate having again or recommending to a friend. Well done Urthel.

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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 champ103
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color. A one finger white head forms and leaves patchy lace.
S: Fruity, some banana and orange is prevalent. Funky barnyard aromas. Floral and spicy.
T: Fruity flavors that follow the nose. A bit more sour and tart though. Spicy clove, floral, and funky.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Easy and smooth to drink even at the high alcohol level.

This is a good Tripel. It follows that style, and nothing to really complain about. Though I can't say it is among my favorite for the style. Don't hold that against it, something I would still recommend.

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Photo of wl0307
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BB 06/2010, served lightly-chilled in Hapkin's branded tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours an almost 100% clear dark-golden hue, coming with constant streams of fine carbonation ascending from the bottom of the glass, in support of a thin layer of white creamy froth that stays throughout the drink. Gorgeous.
S: only mildly sweet on the side of grainy pale- and sugary- malts in the main theme, underlined by random bits of sweet citrusness and sweet grassy notes of hops; a swirl brings out a lightly spicy esters, fig-jam and coriander-seed-like herbs, as well as a faint whiff of alc. that a 9%abv. ale can't do without. Compared with the "Hop-It" I had yesterday, this Tripel is not only much milder in all departments, but even not like the basis on which the Hop-It might be produced. That said, all's understated yet truly enjoyable and well-integrated.
T: brilliantly mild and soothing on the carbonation, the flavour is quiet, with mainly faint powdery fragrant/flowery esters, lightly tangy citrusness, and mildly-textured cane-sugary malts; slowly & gradually, the flavour turns intensifyingly dry & chewy, as vivid witness to the level of quality hops used and (perhaps) the nearly-complete consumption of all residual sugar by the yeasts. The finish has a bit more mineral-like dry-ish touch to offer as much as zesty tang and lingering aroma of dried figs. All in all, fully in line with a classic, dry Tripel.
M&D: the mouthfeel is perhaps the best I've recently come across for a bottled Belgian ale, that the carbonation is not just well-hidden, but also provides the kind of "massage"-feel on the taste-buds that is, in turn, complemented by the marvellously dry flavour profile... and the restrained warming alcoholic touch only lurks deep in the chest after many a slurps... No, this Tripel is not at all colourfully estery or humongously hoppy (hence not SO... complex); but the integration, balance and even "cleanliness" shown on the flavour are superb, while the dry palate is an indispensable key to any quaffable Tripel at this alc. level. A highly enjoyable Tripel in my book!

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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 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 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 MisterClean
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a bus to some Santa Rosa breweries.

A - Lt blonde pour, 2 fingered head, and it dissipates slow.

S - Nectarine, flowers, and pine.

T - Flowers, pine, nectarine, and belgian candi sugars.

M - Full mouthfeel, pretty good.

D - Really good. Will need to watch for this one so I can pick up my own bottle.

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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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