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 sfprint
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Exp, Sept 2013

A: Cloudy light peachy honey with nearly no head, no carbonation.
S: Tripel and hefeweizen like, yeasty but like unsweet apricot/peach.
T: Half of it is a cross between a tripel and a hefeweizen, but also quite grassy and tart. a bit of spicy christmasness as it warms up.
M: a hair of sparkle, lightish medium body. not dry.
O: decent, better when its warmer. like a grassy tripel.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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 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 LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Zorro
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed lemon yellow colored beer with a puffy white head.

Smell is slightly sweet with a lot of yeasty aroma. Lemon hops and pepper scents with some coriander. Some grass aromas and a light honeysuckle malt scent.

Starts out mildly sweet and very yeasty with a lemon and grass flavor. Good amount of bitterness. Fairly herbal hop flavor. Pretty competent Saison.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a pretty good Saison. Not going to make me give up Hennepin but I could drink this when I can't find my favorite.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This tangerine hued brew is cloudy with yeasty protein and topped with a beautifully bubbled fluffy one-inch head. Soft lace slides down the glass, and the head retention is excellent.

S - Gentle summer fruits, a hint of lemon-y wheat twang, and that rural-smelling belgian yeast note that I love.

T - Lemonheads candy, sweet caramel underneath. Nice yeast notes too.

M - Soft and finely bubbled. Very gentle and smooth at fist, then lingeringly sweet with a hint of lemon acidity. Nice looong, but gentle aftertaste.

This is a really nice summery brew. Soft, gentle, and smooth. Light in body, but still really interestingly yeasty and somewhat complex. Good stuff! Probably not as good as (IMO) the paradigm of the style.... Saison DuPont, but still a really well made beer.

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

330ml bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

A: Pours a pale and slightly cloudy yellow color forming a big fluffy and creamy white head. Good retention and tons of lacings left. In fact a thin layer remains forever on the top. Beautiful beer

S: Very spicy on the nose. Notes of pepper, honey, cloves, Belgian yeasts and flowery hops.

T: Pretty much as the nose. Very spicy in the mouth too. Slightly sweet grains upfront followed by notes of honey, pepper, cloves, bready Belgian yeasts, flowery and bitter hops. Finish is considerably bitter

M: Medium body and carbonation. Hoppy bitter aftertaste which is also quite grainy and spicy

O: Great drinkability. Excellent Belgian Saison specimens. Recommended

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle taken at the 2012 Diester Bierfestival (20 Oct): this was my first beer of the day.

Good golden colour, slight haze but not enough to spoil the view: the white crown went on to produce some good lacing on my glass.

Strange mix of smells: spices, herbs, fruit and nuts all rolled up in a bag of yeast.

The taste was also a plethora of flavours: herbs and spices leading the way with the yeast and fruity nut tastes not far behind. Corriander, cloves and exotic fruits like passionfruit and vanilla pods coming through but with some dirt still on them all to give the beer an earthy/ground feel throughout the whole thing. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clouded straw colored beer. A high white head with small lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of spices, clove and dill.

Tasting sweet white bread, sugar, clove and orange peel.

Medium low carbonation, a fresh texture. A small body with a slight dry finish.

A rather nice, easily accessible saison.

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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 Guden
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
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 endovelico
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold color with high perceived effervescence, thick white head and good lacing. Appetizing looking.

S: Medium high in intensity. Notes of vegetables, bubblegum, coriander seeds, white grape, lemon, exotic fruit and yeast.

T: Medium high in taste intensity. Hop vegetables, yeasty, coriander seeds, white grape, grape fruit, hay and some exotic fruit play.

M: Medium body. Finishes sweet-ish. Yeast bite. Low bitterness. Some acidity. Some sourness. high carbonation. Chewy. Angular. Alcohol doesn't disrupt the balance.

O: Overall, i think it's a pretty good Saison. It has oomph and complexity, and all of this while complying with the style guidelines. Very good to style. Good to taste.

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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 fmccormi
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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 ccrida
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Cozzatoad
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Pale golden colour, perfectly trasparent. Perfectly white, fluffy, soft looking head that shows great retention until the very last sips. Not much lacing though

S- Smells of sweet malts with a nice earthy/barnyard background feel from the yeast, which also provides a thouch of spiciness (clove). A fresh herbal whiff may also be detected

T- Quite different from what the smell suggested. Still mainly a sweet beer, with what appears to be a good dose of wheat malts in the mix. A prominent amount of citric and light fruity notes (expecially lemon, orange peel, maybe apple and coriander), which i couldn't detect in the aroma, and a quite distinct clovish, spicy feel, kinda remind me of a blanche; at the same time, a slight earthy yeast touch and a quite distinct herbal bitter finish are much more in line with what i'd expect in a saison

M- Light to medium body, medium to high carbonation. Despite dense carbonation, wheat malts and the always persistent head still manage to combine in a super-soft mouthfeel on both tongue and palate

O- Nice refreshing ale for the summer months. Perhaps a bit too sweet for the style, enjoyable but kind of gets boring after a while

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Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yello with great larity and lots of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: apple, pear, vanilla, belgin candy, spiciness, and some citrus too.

Taste: bready and sweet malts, vanilla, spicy yeast, apple, pear, and some citrus and bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, a little chewy, light to medium bodied, and dry.

Overall: Another good saison to add to the mix. I have seen this one for years now and happy to have finally picked one up. Very delicious too.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Ledequad
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I saw this beer on the shelves of my local supermarket I just couldn't resist the urge Maybe it is the lovely spring weather or maybe it was the packaging which boasted about some award that this beer apparently won.

After a light lunch I decide to give this one a try. I poured in a Duvel tulip and was struck by the wonderful floral smell. This is probably one of the most 'springy' smelling beers I have ever encountered. There is yeast in there too and some hints of citrus.

It has an hazy look with a lot off bubbles streaming up producing a two finger white head that sticks around for a good while.

The taste is kinda what I expected. Light and refreshing with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant indeed. I saw a review that talked about a strong alcohol taste but I didn't get that at all. This is a beer that would go very well with fish and salads I recon.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very fresh pleasurable beer. it is not anything more or less than it says it is: a saison.

pours a cloudy yellow with a giant white head that leaves gobs of lacing on the glass. the smell is mild, i would appreciate a bigger hop aroma but true to form this is more yeast and maybe a hint of pilsner malt.

pleasant dry taste to this ale, really perfect for spring and early summer, excellent with a little bread and cheese or olive oil. nice beer to have sitting dockside after you've been out sailing.

not uber expensive but costly and hard-to-find enough that i can't make this an everyday beer, too bad...

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Urthel Saisonnière
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 6.00 %

LOOK: A hazed golden color. Bone white crackling head.

SMELL: Musty, slightly dusty yeast profile, spicy, Belgian, some hop aromas chime in as well.

TASTE: Funky barnyard flavor, musty yeast, pear, muted tropical fruit, and a small bitterness. Almost tart, grassy, herbal.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, high level of carbonation. Dry.

OVERALL: A nice saison with alot of barnyard and musty notes. Slight fruit, bitterness, and alcohol, with a good dose of funk.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale straw with a column of carbonation that builds a three inch, puffy white meringue that slowly drops to an uneven cloud, leaving bit, dense patches of lace on a pint glass.

Spicy yeast oscillates between a light funkiness and fresh hops. There is an undercurrent of coriander.

Spicy with light bitterness and an earthy dryness. Light pineapple flavors are followed by a mild finish. This one warms well, revealing notes of apple.

A light to medium body with watery texture and fizzy carbonation.

An easy drinking beer enjoyed while idling away the afternoon.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.48/5  rDev +17%
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 jneiswender
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westboro MA. Poured into a chalice. Served cool.

Old gold body in appearance with a rocky white head. Smells herbal, medicinal, aspirin, lemon and white sugar.

Tastes like fruit stone, lemon, pepper, some clove.

Well carbonated. Light mouthfeel.

On it's own I am not really a fan. A lot going on, although I respect it in relation to a sea of one dimensional Saisons flooding the market. I will say this is a SUPERIOR beer with food. I had it with a fat burrito. All of the flavors paired well. The carbonation had me ready for the next bite. That said, with food , I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks for sharing this one, Josh!

Slightly hazed golden yellow with a quickly forming, near-white head that leaves dots of lace down the glass. Pretty.

The aroma is a pleasant combination of banana, pepper, bread, and just a hint of funk.

The flavor is similar, with the banana flavors leading the way and the barnyard funk almost entirely hidden. There's a nice malty breadiness and a touch of sweetness. Well balanced and complete.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

A great, drinkable, classic version of the style. Very nice. I thought this was fantastic.

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Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.83 out of 5 based on 314 ratings.
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