Urthel Saisonnière | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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Urthel SaisonnièreUrthel Saisonnière

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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- half a glass of clear lemon yellow body and half a glass of snow white head that billows up over-the-top the glass but holds its form. Sea of microbubbles support the head and foam clouds stick to the glass with each sip.
S- The perfumed yeas aroma comes through even during the pour. There is an estery banana note with hint of cloves and some dry bubble gum fullness that finishes with a dry spicy and green herbal hop bite.
T- The dry pale malt has a fresh and crisp flavor to it with a green pungent hop finish. There are softer well blended yeasty qualities to the pale malt that adds good depth.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel but the foam really makes it much more full and a tight crisp fizz enhances the hops snap and cleans up the finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a crisp thirst-quenching flavor with a wonderful blend of hops, yeasty esters and malt that makes this great for warm temps and taking a break.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean, pale yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, lemon zest, earthy, and a small sourness. In the taste, lemon zest and an earthy malt. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry to small tart lemon aftertaste. Quite refreshing, small earthy tart that lingers.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
"22:15 K18A10" on bottle. Thanks, that's helpful.
Poured into a standard US pint glass

An overall pleasing, tart, acidic saison produced by Urthel. The recipe blends good lemon flavor, acidity, with hop tartness and balanced malt sweetness for a unique saison with multiple layers of depth.

Pours a huge head of large bubbles, slightly yellowed-white in color, that coalesce at the top to produce a meringue-like effect. Decreases over a few minutes to leave substantial lacing along sides of glass and a modest cap atop the beer. Body is light golden yellow meets orange in color, transparent (unless you pour in the yeast, after which it is a cloudy pale yellow-orange-brown), and with very active carbonation.

Aroma is dominated by sourdough bread before being baked, pale malt sweetness, floral hop aspects, and a bit of apple cider combined.

Taste opens with unexpectedly sharp tartness of citric and also light stomach acid. Tongue gets used to the sharpness and this allows for pleasant lemon juice or lemongrass sweetened with malt sugars. Neither are over-extreme or cloying, lending a refined taste to this. Lingering aftertaste of bitterness, light acidity and sourdough bread, which I find enjoyable, but others may not.

Body is light to medium-light with busy carbonation that foams this up quite well across the palate. This leads to a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that goes well to counterbalance the tempered, acidic flavors of the beer. Finish is dry and pleasing.

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Photo of drpimento
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Superb beer! Poured with a huge off white foamy frothy thick fluffy head and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is yeast bananas malt candy sugar hop. Flavor is fairly dry and like aroma, minus the banana. Body is excellent, mouth filling and crisp carbonation. Finish is bitter dry with only suggestions in there somewhere of some sweetness and has short to medium length. Very thirst quenching.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack of these at the Delhaize across from de Heeren in Denderleeuw.

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter.

Light yellow hazy with a full finger of foam that doesn't stick around too long.

Smells of wheat, lemon and yeast funkiness.

Sweet taste with the wheat and lemon I found on the nose. Hints of spices and a very mild bitter and sourness.

A medium body and the carbonation tickled my tongue a bit. Dry finish.

Great beer. For some reason I have been drinking Saisons and really enjoying it. If you are a fan of the style this is one to pick up. Recomended.

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Photo of pat61
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 750 ml bottle and on tap at the Pig & Fiddle.
A: Persistent, briliant clear gold with a 1” off white foam cap that mounds up over the rim.
S: Over ripe fruit, citrus, light funk, floral, earthy hops.
T: Light malts, a touch of sweet and sour, lemon, large pitted fruits, big hop accent on the finish. M: medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: a hop lover’s saison.

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Photo of alexkeil
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Blue Monk in Buffalo. A nice straw to gold color with thick white head that lasted to the bottom. The aroma was mostly belgian yeast with hints of citrus and belgian malt. The mouthfeel was medium with slight creaminess, highly carbonated. The flavor was a smooth balance of belgian yeast, bready malt, and hint of citrus, with a nice dry finish. I didn't get a lot of hops in flavor or aroma but it was there for the hop bitterness backbone. Wonderfully made beer that was refreshing on tap.

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Photo of Spider889
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly.

Arrived in a signature Saisonnière glass. I really wish I had taken a picture - the glass was awesome - but my senses were on overload that afternoon.

Very pale, nearly clear in color. Reminded me of some hard ciders at how light in color this was. Excellent clarity. Lots of vigorous carbonation was visible. Had a small cap of dissipatory white foam.

Smelled very light and airy. Nice clove and funky barnyard esters.

This might be one of my all-time favorite tasting saisons. It was simply the lightest, most crisp and clean tasting saison to grace these lips. Nice funky herbal notes but these aren't in your face or vying to cover up the precision this beer must have required to brew.

I'd happily session this beer for hours on a warm summer day.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A somewhat fruitier aroma than I expected (considering this is a saison), but very pleasing.

T: Tasted of malt, a big fruity component (pears, maybe apples), cloves, and the typical funk you get with this style. A slightly different flavor, but very vibrant and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an easy to like, flavorful beer. Very well done.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out a darker shade of hay yellow with an ecru head that is well maintained by the ample carbonation. The smell is wonderfully heady with scent of fresh cut grass, lemon, strawberry and yeasty earthiness. It is very fresh and intriguing scent.

The beer's flavor is more intense than expected. It builds from a simple and light bread like malt flavor and gives way to a fruity yeast presence. The flavor finally finishes with a mix of very fresh flavor of grass and grapefruit combined with a barnyard musty flavor that is completely enjoyable. The mouthfeel is very light, clean and fresh. I was very surprised at how enjoyable this beer is and find it undervalued.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First I've ever heard of this beer. On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a light gold color with pretty good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is prototypical saison, with light honey, citrus, clove and significant pepper. The combination of aromas is impressive in this beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but I want to tell you the combination is impressive in this excellent saison. There is a boatload of honey and spice, but with just enough hoppy bitterness to completely dry this saison out on the finish. There is some good bitterness in the finish, where the flavors persist. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and is surprisingly good for this low (relatively) abv. beer. Drinkability is just excellent.... it's unusual to find this amount of flavor and complexity in a 6% beer.

Not that I'm surprised, coming from Urthel, but needless to say this is an impressive saison.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a rather cloudy, light yellow body with a finger or so worth of soft-looking, white foam.

Smell: Soft scented barley, delicate wheat with a thin slice of lemon, a small dash of ground spice, and a teensy hint of perceived sweetness.

Taste: Crumpled rock candy atop faintly bready, lightly malted barley and wheat, remaining a bit sweet as the citrus and spice come in. Faintly soiled yeastiness. Lightly grassy hops, lightly bitter, though it is fanned a bit by the crackling carbonation. As it warms and as your acquaint yourself with the beer, the initial sweetness dies out and the lemon turns a bit citric. Closes out nicely dry, quite crisp, and with a subtle, rural spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: I'm a fan of the subtle yet satisfying tastes present, but would prefer a fraction of the upfront sweetness we have here. Actually, scratch that last part, as the beer grew drier as it went along, hitting a nice level of refreshment.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Saison, 33cl bottle poured into my Brother Thelonious goblet. Finding a new Belgian saison always makes me happy. In general, i just find them better then their American counterparts.

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden straw with a massive 4 inch sparkling white cap that leaves some seriously sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. For as hazy as it is, no yeast particulates to the bottle of the glass. The aroma is rather hop forward for a Saison. Nice grassy hops upfront, with citrusy lemon, yeasty biscuits and Belgian candy sugar. The flavor isnt really traditional in terms of the specific Belgian Saison but its tasty none the less. Hops are up front. Tangy lemon cuts through fresh grass. Slight graininess mixed with sweet and drying candy sugar. All tied together with freshly baked yeasty biscuits. Tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is the most negative aspect of the beer. It finishes just to sweet, especially the colder is is drank. As it warms, it dries out a bit, just not enough for my liking. While not the most traditional for the style, its still damn tasty.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours a translucent yellow with a fizzy yet firm rocky white head, great thick lace.

S: Fruity, with Bartlett pear, passionfruit, and banana, with a light earthy hop note.

T: Some mild malt flavour, not very estery. A lot of hop character - hay, earthy, almost Brett-like in it's dryness. Lots of coriander and white pepper.

M: Very dry, smooth, creamy mouthfeel from the carbontion, medium-bodied. Moderate hoppy aftertaste. Tad overcarbonated initially.

D: A pretty hopped up dry saison. More in the Fantome or De Ranke line than Dupont or Hennepin. Good beer, definitely a food beer and refreshing.

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Photo of
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy bright gold with a thick, rocky head.
Aromas are of bread, pear, earth, spice and musty herbs.
On the palate the texture is creamy at first, and finishes very dry, almost powdery.
Flavours are of pear, noble hops, and spice with a nice mildly funky tartness.

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Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a moderately hazy golden straw color. It was served to me with a frothy cap that faded to clumpy lace.

s: Beautiful combination of leafy, lemony hops, wet hay, banana, and a hint of candied sugar. All that plus a little funk.

t: It doesn't taste quite as fresh and zesty as it smells, but this is still very appealing. More earthy and less hoppy than the smell would suggest. I tasted phenolic clove and banana, citrus, and some funky grains.

m: On the creamy side with a nice lingering hop bite.

d: I'm really liking hoppy saisons lately, glad I got to try this.

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Photo of danmouer
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saisons remain one of my very favorite styles. In true Belgian fashion, Hildegard van Ostaden, co-owner and brewmaster at Urthel in West Flanders, likes to mix things up. While Saisons tend to be a touch hoppier than most Belgian ales, this one truly features beautifully tasty and aromatic noble hops through and through. I don't think it ould be wrong to say this is a beautifully made hybrid of a Saison and Pilsner! (By the way, Ms. van Ostaden is as gorgeouas as she is talented as a brewmaster!!)

Rather than the light amber/orangy hue I associate with many Saisons, this one has the very pale hue that yields a straw-green brew, suggesting to me (as do the flavor and aroma) that this beer was probably brewed with nothing but Pilsner malt and wheat.While some saisons are quite clear from long aging, this one has the cloudy, unfiltered haze of a wit or hefeweissbier.

The aroma that greets you pouring is spicy, decidedly Belgian, but loaded with fresh grassy noble hops. I'm guessing dry hops very well done!

The glass pushes up a creamy white head that falls slightly and lingers forever, leaving threads of lace behind.

The flavor is rich, creamy, dry, and refreshing. Beautifully balanced between malt sweetrness and a dry hop-bitter backbone. Mouthfeel is medium full and perfectly effervescent. A touch of creaminess followed by a long, flavorful, cleanly dry finish.

I am going back for more--lots more--of this beautiful beer.

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Photo of sweethome
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is quite hazy golden color. Big frothy head, then it settles quickly and not as much of an explosion with successive pours. Limited nose of honey and hint of bread dough.

Nice building entry - most flavors of saison jump out, bready malts, fresh hops, a crisp spiciness. Honey malt flavors. Crisp and refreshing, yet doesn't hold back. Enough flavor to satisfy. A little tartness for refreshment.

A well crafted saison with a bow to tradition.

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Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a great crystal straw colour with loads of little bubbles. Great big three finger fluffy white head that hung around for the duration of the drink leaving heavy side lacing. Just picture perfect.

S - Really nice citrus/lemon notes with a heavy, heavy background of that funky yeast.

T - Light on the citrus but strong on the funky, yeasty flavors. Nice solid barnyard funk in the mouth. Loving the brett.

M - Really nice carbonation. Really works great in a saison.

D - Just a great session beer. Nice carbonation but smooth. Very drinkable and shareable.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a whitish-blonde color with a thick, frothy head that seems to be the norm for a bottle conditioned ale. Head is long-lasting and appealing.

Aroma is full of citrus, nice and clean. A bit of spice as well. Honestly, very appealing.

Taste is full of spice, citrus and slight hops. Woody, leathery flavors come to the forefront but are certainly not overpowering. Adds a bit of character to this style.

Mouthfeel is full of sour notes but nothing overpowering. Interesting mingling of flavors.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light golden amber with a massive fine white head with good retention and pillowy lacing. Nice aroma of wheat, Belgian yeast, clove and light lemon. Flavor is sweet bready malt, Belgian yeast, light fruit, cloves, and just a bare hint of wild yeast. Mildly bitter light fruit finish. Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. I hadn't thought about how much I'd like a melding of saison style with a Belgian pale, but this is how this tastes and I'm really happy. Sweeter and maltier than many saisons, but very nicely done. This will be a regular for me.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear straw yellow with two fingers of bright white head. Bright aroma of banana, clove, lemon, and wheat.

Highish carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel with a dry, crisp finish. Gentle sweetness up front with banana, wheat, coriander, and some lemon tartness mixed with earthy spice on the finish.

Very pleasant and refreshing. Lots of flavor without being too heavy.

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Photo of tempest
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Abe's for $4.45.

This beer is gorgeous. It poured a brilliant clear gold with a big, tall head. As I drink it down, there's a perfect web of thick lacing. Thankfully, the beer character delivers as well. The flavors holds a floral and spicy mix of coriander, pepper, lemon, while there's a mild toasty note from the malt. This saison is complex enough that you could sip it for hours, yet light and lively enough that you can easily enjoy a few. Check this fine Belgian out.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clay at 38 Degrees pushed this beer as a recommendation. Thanks Clay! Served in its own Urthel glass from draught, on to the beer:

Beautiful! Shimmering golden color with a huge, billowy head on top with excellent retention and lots of creamy lacing sticking to the glass. I'm smelling lots of mint in the aroma; it's what I've come to expect from the saison style. Tastes like; spice and mint. There are even notes of cherry cough syrup, but in a good way. Very easy in the mouth, light-medium bodied, not quite as creamy as the head would leave me to believe. Easy drinking.

Not too heavy, not too light. Urthel Saissonière makes a good choice to do on a Sunday afternoon in April, and I know this because those are the conditions I drank this beer under.

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Photo of silentjay
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light gold with tremendous thick white head that will not go away. You could almost scoop it with a spoon and chew it. bubbles stream to the top, this beer is definitely alive in its appearance.

smells like a belgian beer. lots of cloves and bananas, but there is some honey and lemon in there too with a bit of moldy, earthy funkiness. Yep, its a saison.

Tastes like the aroma with a bit more honey and less earthiness. clove comes through on the back end. aftertaste is a bit too strong, though, as the cloves stick around a bit too long.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, definitely bottle conditioned. gives enough carbonation and enough creaminess to really accentuate all the flavors that are going on here.

Drinkability is hindered by the aftertaste, but is still very high.

A very solid saison. pretty affordable too. will definitely seek this out as the weather warms. picked it up on a whim, and I am not disappointed.

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