Urthel Saisonnière | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ToasterChef on 02-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
317
Reviews:
156
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
14
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28
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Ratings: 317 |  Reviews: 156
Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft, and therefore filtered, at Prime 16. Decent mouthfeel. Good pepper, spicy mineral tastes.Light yeast. Suitable carbonation. Whitish saison colours. A good drinkable saison, nothing out of the ordinary, they went and succeeded conservatively.Appropriate summer choice.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange-yellow with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Lots of small chunks of sediment settle to the bottom of the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, yeast, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity finish. There is a mild grassy and herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: Bottle purchased September 2010 indicates made in Netherlands (not Belgium) by Hildegard van Ostaden (which is likely Urthel in Holland).

Pours a hazy goldish orange with a super firm, thick and pillowy head that last forever. This is a nice looking drink.

Nose is all green banana to nice cooked sweet banana with some air with light sugary nose and light undertones of herbs; Nose has a nice orange character and tones with some air; nice.

Mouthfeel is medium full with nice carbonation and balance.

Flavors are simply a bit strange. Not at all what nose promises. Flavors are extremely herbal and green grassy with some pine hop bitter. Not bad-just not expected and very strange after the appealing fruity/floral nose.

Finish follows flavor profile in that it is very herbal and vegetable like. Grass, green spice, green pepper and pine.

This is that rare example of a technically very good beer but one that I simply don't like; Looks and nose are very good; flavors are just "too green" for me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a saison and belgian blond hybrid here, cloudy and pale, but still quite brightly yellow colored, and with a very airy and lasting white head on it, it looks lovely. aromatically its a little curious, more belgian yeast than saison yeast from what i gather, but with a bigger wheat malt base, a slight staleness and green bottle skunk, although this is in brown glass. same wight he taste, a touch of stale malt, but the yeast is the main flavor agent here. its a cool complexion, unconventional and definitely efficient, its super dry in the finish, has really cleaned up any sugar, and maintains a very drinkable alcohol content unlike so many of the belgian strong pales and blondes. what i don't like is the apparent lack of freshness. these beers so frequently travel poorly, or don't end up on shelves until they are already fading. such is definitely the case with this one, although i can see its potential and like it quite a bit. summery stuff i will have to revisit again when i can confirm its freshness.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and coats the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of fruit in the nose-apples seem to stand out in particular-and also has notes of bubble gum.
T: Flavors of bubble gum fronm the yeast dominate the overall taste. The finish has notes of lemon citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is noticeable.
O: This is an interesting saison that seems to have some aromas and flavors from the yeast that you would expect from a hefeweizen.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a bold lemony zeal, spicy flavor, and dry finish- this saison hits all the marks for high quality and authentic beers of its style.

Saisonniere starts with a glowing straw color, airy/froathy white foam with very good retention. Moderate lace is left on the glass as the beer falls. A mild haze showcases the unfiltered nature of the beer.

Lemony aromas strike the olfactories first wit a follow of grass/lemon grass, understated pilsner malt sweetness, and mild tart apple scent. Quite perfumy and herbal to the nose.

Lemony flavors also start the taste profile, and with the powdered sugar malt sweetness- gives the impression of lemon drop candies. Lemon and sweetness turn herbal, grassy, and bitter with a even fade to spicy white pepper, curracco, and lemon zest. Alcohol bitterness seems to amplify the moderate hop balance, but also bring a mild solventy/soapy flavor going into finish.

Creamy and expansive in early textures, the beer makes a quick transition past a lightening mid palate and into a dry, evaporative, and minty finish. Alcohols give a light warmth and soft prickle on the tongue along with a mild bite in the throat- all leading to a highly drinkable ane enjoyable session.

In true saison form, this characterful and easy drinking beer carries all of the spicy, fruity, earthy, yet clean and dry character for which Belgian golden ales strive. And it does so in effortless and confident fashion. I'm very impresses with this ale.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with dry Belgian-style malt base. Taste is a nice mix between some dry-Belgian-style malt with nice fruity ester and dry hoppy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very nice drinking Belgian ale with nice complexity but still good drinkability factor.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. The crackly head had some nice retention and left wispy trails of lace.

S - It smelled slightly funky and phenolic with some spicy/yeasty notes.

T - It tasted spicy, funky and yeasty with a nice grain backbone. There was a subtle fruitiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a nice, snappy finish.

D - This is a really nice saison. Urthel does good beers at reasonable prices.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, K18A10 bottle code. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, grape, coriander, floral, grass, honey, pepper, and earthy yeast spices. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/peppery notes. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, coriander, bread, honey, pepper, floral, grass, clove, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, coriander, bread, honey, floral, pepper, and earthy yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of fruity/peppery flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison! Great complexity and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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 mactrail
2.56/5  rDev -33.2%
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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow. Decent head with a highly variable bubble structure, nice lace, and ok retention.

S - Artichoke. Earthy. Mildly sour, but pleasant.

T - Fresh bread, banana, nutmeg, light apple. Honey.

M - Medium/light body. Very smooth. Nice carbonation, but on the low end for the style.

O - Nice, smooth character and a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.83 out of 5 based on 317 ratings.
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