Urthel Saisonnière | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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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 mactrail
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rusty, musty, metallic malt liquor flavor. Is this the wave of the Belgian brewing future, or a ghost from a faded past?

If I'd poured this out of a bottle I'd say it was old and aged in the back of a pickup truck. It has that flat, oxidized taste. Expecting the skunk. Instead, a surprising and unpleasant bitterness.

This is a truly weird beer. If it's an authentic piece of history with special heirloom yeast, I guess we should be grateful it still exists. But nobody in America would deliberately make a beer that smell like this. Old sneakers? old tires?

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Photo of ElegantRose
2.62/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

While this is a blonde/saison hybrid, it seems, at least to moi, to incorporate some of my least favorite aspects that one can find in a beer.

While is is quite pretty, resembling a blonde Leffe, the taste is somewhat one-note; like unripe tangerine, where one tastes the pith without the fruit or the juice.

At 6.0% ABV, it can be sessionable, which I do like.

The aftertaste is not as lasting as some that I have tried, but the aftertaste to me, is most similar to ear or shoe wax.

To be fair, at first on the palate there is some refreshing acidity. Also, the lacing is lovely, and the bubbles are tight.

I think that there are some who will truly enjoy this beer, but I am afraid I needed a little more hops or alternatively candy ester sweetness, or additionally an unexpected aspect to make me enjoy this beer just a little more. And no, I don't like my beers too sweet either. Balanced and tight and floral are some of the characteristics I tend to cherish.

The warmth of the beer, caused by becoming closer to room temperature, does make this beer open up more, and become more balanced. I find I am liking it closer to it's prescribed temperature (which is not unusual, of course). And as I sip more, the earwax flavor note is dissipating. Though I will not change my review numbers, I will be more open to this unusual beer's flavor profile in the future. :)

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Photo of FreeKansas
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a VERY light clear blond, even though I see some heavy dregs at the bottom at the bottle. Color looks like an American macro light beer. (i.e. Coors Light)

S: I'm, not even pouring this too cold but there is very little nose here. Slight lemon, slight raw wheat smell, but really not much here.

T: Light. Crisp. slightly malty with a bit of pepper. Lemon. Cut grass. malted rice.

M: Light and bubbly lick a nice crisp champagne. No real head. The high carbonation matches the super light body.

O: At $4 for a 11 oz bottle this was very underwhelming. It honestly comes across as a very complex Miller High Life. Unless under $2 dollars a bottle I would not bang again.

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Photo of Guden
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Slightly cloudy blond color with a small white head that sits around.

S- Fruit (banana and bubblegum) and wheat are the first smells with a little bit of clove and coriander spice in the mix. Not really what I expect from a saison but not bad.

T- Bright sweet wheat and barley malt stand in front with nothing to really balance it. Not getting any of the earthy or peppery tones I expect in a saison, just sweet bland malt.

M- Kind of thick for a saison, again the sweetness and wheat proteins seem to dominate over a dry body I would expect.

O- This one really missed for me. Not terrible if I wanted a sweet Belgian blonde, but this one really didn't seem like a saison to me and I wouldn't go for it again.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a white head. Good head retention and lacing with a light, fluffy texture. Some yeasty particles are floating in suspension.

The aroma and taste are neither bad or good. Both are fitting of the style, but are a bit boring, especially for the lively saison style. The nose brings some slight, pear-like fruitiness, with a touch of funk. It reminds me of an old, maybe even moldy pear. Nothing about the aroma is vibrant or interesting, and there is a touch of skunkiness. The taste is incredibly bland. A touch of grainy sweetness in the middle and assertive bitterness is found in the back. There is a touch of fruitiness, but not nearly enough yeast character for the style.

The mouthfeel is very dry and light in texture, fitting with the Saison style. It's a bit overcarbonated, and a little less fizziness would have helped, but it doesn't hurt the beer too much. I won't be getting this again soon, unless I revisit it in fear that I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Leffe style chalice for tasting, giving off a darkish yellow/brown with and opaque quality. White creamy head with about one and a half finger lace with average staying power. Decent lacing as well, slight carbonation.

This saison has an at first yeast smell, very faint malt in the background, and a very hidden almost macro corn/alcohol like smell in the end. Bouquet though is kind of a chewyness that hangs in the air not as really aromatic for a saison, light aromas nevertheless. Grass is also apparent sometimes.

Taste is odd, for a 6% ABV though the alcohol appears very forward and extremely predominant as the first taste. At only 6 it masks everything smelled before it, but does finish with a nice but not too powerful lime bitterness and not from any hops. The alcohol domination I feel is weird cause it's still low at six.

Mouthfeel is not too bad some wetness.

I wish that this wasn't so alcohol forward or at least masked better cause it would otherwise be even more drinkable but I'll say it's average for that.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a Pilsner glass from a 11.2 oz bottle, reviewed live.

A- Very thick white fluffy head. Four finger head. Some soapy linger and a two minute retention. Clouded amber color, yeasty remnants at the bottom. Nice steady but subtle carbonation.

S- Grainy smell, wheat and rye possibly? Slight hint of booziness. Some malty and sugary notes as well.

T- Malty and very sweet. Not like any other saison I've had before but very drinkable.

M- Grainy and light bodied. Mediocre carbonation.

O- Drinkable but not all that great. Glad I tried it though.

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Photo of FourQuarters
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Pale, opaque yellow/gold with a large, foamy white head and lively carbonation.

Smell - Overall pleasant aroma with fresh lemon and hop with grassy malt and cereal notes.

Taste - Lemon, spice, some banana ester ending sharp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - overall light, dry and smooth and finishing with scouring carbonation

Drinkability - For me this was an average saison that I would drink again, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of Samp01
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden with a nice long lasting creamy head. Aroma of citrusy hops with some sweet light malt. Taste is light bitter hops and sweet nutty malt. Palate is light and crisp with good carbonation. Finish is bitter hops some spiciness, with light sweet nutty malt, a bit on the bitter side. Overall a drinkable brew.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color. A very sweet nose of hops as flavoring plants, especially those that scent the sweets. In the mouth, the hops are almost non-existent and the beer lacks body slightly even if we do not fail to note that alcohol is not very noticeable and makes the drink so easy to drink. The finish is very persistent and the slight touch of hops that accompanies it, reminding the local side, is far from being transcendent and spicy touch that emerges is also unpleasant.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 bottle poured into a tulip.

Murky dark gold with tons of yeast fallout. Has 2 fingers of white head that dissipates quickly.

Buttery sweet, Pilsner malts, bubblegum, caramel and lemongrass.

Has some buttery sweetness and butterscotch off-flavors. Pilsner malts, bubblegum and lemongrass. Maybe a touch of dried grass and Saison yeastiness.

Light-medium bodied, smooth and oily.

Not really what I expect out of a Saison. Tastes like an old Pilsner.

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Photo of Brabander
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this beer at the beershop of the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks normal but with five fingers head there is a bit of a difference. Yellow fluid with some carbonation. The beer feels like you are drinking a whitebeer. Dry and crisp.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle picked up at the COOP over the weekend.... Poured into my Delirium goblet....

Huge foamy head... tons of crusty lace.. the brew is hazy very light golden.... the lace looks like spider webs.. seriously beautiful...

More like a BSPA .... the pale malts and the pretty abundant clove and banana are too heavy for a saison.. much akin to a Hefe... a bit skunky and funky.. too phenolic.. band-aid.

The clove phenols are pretty heavy... some Hefe banana.. minor pale malts pull flavors out, but there is a deep "clinical" flavor that show funky band-aid ... eeehhhh... I'm trying to like it. Some pink bubblegum notes show with warmth...

The finish is really not that good... metallic... and too phenolic.... tastes like beer with a bag of pennies with some mild sugar cookies... metallic burps ... no where near a good saison.

I honestly wanted to like this one more, but this is my third bottle and I'm underwhelmed at best. It's not too expensive is my only real positive at this point. I hope we get a new batch into Boise so I can give it another try.


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Photo of Derranged
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 330ml bottle into a 22 ounce wine glass.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow a medium white head, little lacing on the glass.

Strong smell of cloves and spices.

Taste is very spicy, and kind of boozy for 6.0. Cloves, cinnamon and fruity flavors are present.

Mouthfeel is thick and very carbonated.

I guess the drinkablity is decent.

While it isn't anything spectacular, its a decent beer but overpriced in my opinion. The spicy/clove flavor was a little too much. Maybe I'd buy it again to give it another chance.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Picked up from a Belgian supermarket while on a trip over there some time ago. Described on the label as a thirst-quenching blonde beer.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy golden-amber hue with plenty of chunky sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of mild grain, breadiness, subtle spice, a delicate earthiness and a twinge of solvent in the background. So-so.

Tastes of fruity yeast with a lingering dry finish. Notes of husky grain, faint bread, mild fruitiness, a touch of peppery spice, earthiness, stewed leaves and harsh cardboard. Highly attenuated, followed by a dry, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with prickly carbonation and decent body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, cardboard and earthy yeast.

Hmmm - not the best saison I've ever tried, but this bottle might be a tad old. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by dry yeast with a spice and faint fruit character. Body is OK. A bit too dry and harsh to be pleasant, and there's also a twinge of oxidation in the background. Maybe I'll re-review if I get the chance. Nothing special; no need to seek it out.

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Photo of thezach
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had that nice funkiness that makes a saison a saison. No spices, which I generally prefer for the style. Served from a bottle with no freshness date into a tulip glass.

A: Brilliantly light golden, surprisingly clear - virtually no haze, maybe the yeast settled out due to chilling & age? Fluffy white head.

S: Funky, a little fruity (grape, melon? can't put my finger on it), and white pepper. Some others mentioned clove - the sweetness/fruit that I noticed may actually be more clove, though it is very light.

T&M: Lightly funky, relatively clean. I found the taste to be a little light compared to the aromas, which, while light, were more forward. Spritzy and light mouthfeel. Just enough earthy hop bitterness to balance out the grain. No real hop contribution otherwise.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, I could put a few back. It is a little light in yeast and hop character, in my opinion, but that might be more to style for the Belgian saisons. Still very refreshing, I would have liked a little more zip from the hops and some more complexity from the yeast. Again though, perfect for a summer day. A real porchrocker.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a crystal-clear pale yellow. Really, the translucency is impressive. A collection of small, fine bubbles form a two finger head. This is a good looking beer for sure.

I am much less impressed with the aroma. I'm wavering between scoring it a 3.0 and a 3.5; it's very slightly above average. The problem with this bottle of Saisonniere anyway is that it is almost entirely yeast-dominant. That can be fine and good, but not when your yeast is sort of boring or atypical for the Saison style. There's some bubblegum yeastiness, plenty of black pepper and/or other assorted spices, and a fair amount of hops. Some people who have reviewed this beer mention some funkiness, but I don't pick up on any of that. This is straightforward Belgian yeast and very little apart from that.

The taste is a lot like the nose is, only more reductive (and prohibitively so). There's an abundance of spicy hops that meet a fair amount of bubblegum esters. That's about it, unfortunately. Almost none of the nuances that so attract me to the Saison style are found in this beer.

the carbonation is active but on the soft side in terms of physicality. It helps the entire mouthfeel considerable. Overall, this is an average Saison. Considering the level of hoppiness, the experience of drinking it is like that of Boulevard Tank 7, only this beer doesn't come close to entering Tank 7's realm. Sometimes a mix between Saison and IPA can work very well. This beer isn't one of those.

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Photo of ccrida
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is clear pale gold with a big white head that is quick to settle, leaving scattered lace.

Smell is oddly sweet, nougat. Banana esters.

Taste is very heavy on the clove and banana esters, really more like a hefe weizen. Spicy, coriander? A little earthy, with a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's just not really what I look for in a saison, the ester profile is oddly heavy on the banana and clove. Decent beer but just didn't hit the spot I was looking for.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap at Hopleaf into an Urthel Saissonaire glass...The beer is a light straw that is pretty cloudy, very good lacing and retention...The aroma is really light, light hops but that's about it...The taste is also really light, but a distinct sour/bitter finish to it...Super light feel, decently drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 330ml pry-off bottle to a large wineglass; freshness date of January, 2012 clearly printed in black ink along with batch information near the bottom of the back label, right next to the barcode (“01-2014 10:40 K13611”)

Appearance (4.0): A fairly aggressive, cream-colored head rises quickly enough on this beer, reaching about three fingers of really tight foam that dies down slowly to leave a rocky cap on top of the beer’s body. The body is nice, perfectly hazy, peachy, orange-amber color, and not cloudy exactly—just very hazy. Not a ton of lacing here, but the head takes it sweet time dying and never fully disappears.

Smell (4.0): This is a nice, fruity, fragrant saison. Not overly spicy in the nose, it smells more like fresh passionfruit juice with a bit of banana-clove action going on underneath, with a moderate wet hay (like hay silage, actually) character alongside everything. I like it.

Taste (3.0): On the palate, it’s similarly un-spicy, but the malt character has a spicy, rye-like character which slides into a soapy-herbal hop finish which is surprisingly strong. That rye-like spiciness subsumes any spicy character that comes from the yeast, but the herbal, soapy hop note covers up almost everything else relatively quickly. It works, but it’s nothing special, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel (3.5): This has a very dry finish and a body that’s surprisingly light, with a smooth carbonation, a bit too subdued for the style. It’s good, but doesn’t stand out in any way.

Overall (3.5): This is a decent saison. Very little of it really “punches” in any way, but it does what it’s meant to do and drinks easy, and I’d like to try this on draft. All in all, the nose was the best part, for me. Overall I’m a bit disappointed, but it’s not a bad saison by any stretch—guess I was just expecting a lot more.

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Photo of 77ships
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

[email protected]: if I am reading this right, the bottle is less than a week old, certainly possible because it taste like that:

A: very hazy yellow, lots of head on this one but it doesn't stick around for long
S: hops & citrus
T: dominating bitter hops, citrus, wheat, very small hint of spice & banana, minor grass
M: decent carbonation, kind of thin but not watery body
D: sessionable but the bitterness was very dominant which would make me decline a second one

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Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours a very slight hazy golden yellow color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a to finger frothy/soapy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of lacing.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of soil, pine, peppery spice, faint honey, funk and light fruit notes. Hints of apple and pear with slight alcohol and subtle coriander.

Lighter side of medium body with lots of crisp soft carbonation up front that creates a champagne like effervescence. Slightly slick mouthfeel with a syrupy texture. Slightly funky and earthy with subtle tartness. There is some earthy hop bitterness along with some peppery/coriander spice and light fruit notes, mostly banana, apple and pear. Drinkable but kind of like a Duvel/IPA/honey beer hybrid.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sessions Greensboro.Poured into a chalice a lemony color with a nice formed white head that held well,lemon pepper and barnyard funk in the nose,for me a bit off putting but for some great.Grainy and lightly toasted with herbal hop flavors,spiced phenols along with funk take over and linger into the finish.Iam not a huge saison fan but I was intruiged by the uniqness of this beer,in the end the funkiness was the main component of the beer I came away with.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

This presents a foggy gold color. It's head was a crispy sudsy white, plentiful, and left beatuiful lacing.

Aroma is suprisingly sufficient in the malt department. There's also hints of tea, lemon, and faint banana.

The taste follow suit with the same level of malt found on the nose. There's also moderate hops, and a bit of anise. I felt that that the taste didn't come to play as much as I thought it might. This looks bolder than it tastes.

Thoroughly carbonated mouthfeel.

Drinkability is easy. More drinkable thank other blonde sporting a lower abv. But this isn't something I'd like multiples of beyond 2.

Not band for a blonde, which is usually not a super exciting style for me.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light straw with bright yellow hues. Bright white head of one finger depth that quickly dissipates. Fine lacing on the glass.

Bright notes of corn silk, coriander, orange zest, lemon zest, hay all stand out against a light malt background.

On the palate, citrus, dried hay and resin with some lemon marmalade.

Medium- body and a slightly watery feel. Firm carbonation get everything bright without becoming spritzy. A fairly short clean finish shows a touch of alcohol.

It's a nice bottle, but I would have liked a little more from the mouthfeel in substance.

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