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 baldycmu
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had an 11.2 oz bottle in a small Urthel goblet at Resto in NYC
A-hazy yellow straw in color with a light white head
S-earthy sour lemony aroma
T-Earthy and lemony with a touch of pepper
M-good carbonation present with an finish that sticks in back of your throat and lingers
D-All in all a good beer, very decent representation of a Belgian saison

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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 JMad
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured an 11.2 oz bottle into a glass tulip...

The beer is a hazy, pale, yellow with a lofty, pillowy white head that remained throughout the process.
Smells of wheat, lemon, banana, clove and some hints of sourbread.
This is the first farmhouse ale that I've had so I don't know what to compare it to. In my opinion it tastes pretty good, there is some grassy hop flavors followed by hints of lemon, and wheat, it ends up being salty followed by a slight bitterness.
It is full bodied but still light, lots of soft carbonation and a very dry finish.
I enjoyed drinking this but the salty flavor and high carbonation would limit me from drinking more than one.

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

11.2 oz. bottle with a batch code on the back; contract-brewed in the Netherlands. Brewed with 20% wheat, unfiltered, bottle-conditioned, and the website recommends serving with the yeast. It pours a hazed dark straw, with an inch of whitish head that leaves nice lacing. Hoppy and spicy in the nose, with a bit of malt and wheat. The flavor is earthy, minerally, and quite bitter, almost harsh, with grassy/spicy hops and a light backing of wheat. Starts light and highly carbonated, yet it smooths out a bit by the end. This is quite punchy, and if you like them bitter, then this is the saison for you.

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Photo of Derranged
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Rayek
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Urthel tulip.

A: Hazy peach with light carbonation. Small bubbles hold up a big and rocky eggshell head. The head slowly settles to a rocky blanket of foam that sticks the whole way down the glass. Leaves substantial lace.

S: Slightly musty and funky. Lemon and sourdough are the big themes. Straw and fresh cut hay finish the story.

T: Starts out with a hay-like malts. Bitterness is spicy, sharp and slightly metallic. Sourdough bread flavors come on late and linger through the finish.

M: The medium body is slightly doughy and has a nice level of prickly carbonation.

D: This is a nice beer that has just enough funkiness. A quality a pickup.

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Photo of Samp01
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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 imbibehour
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
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 FourQuarters
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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 jbertsch
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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 bylerteck
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a nice yellow/gold colour and a huge fluffy head which leaves nice lacing streaks. Bright.

S - Lot's of grassy hop, orange, and banana.

T - A zesty characteristic compliments the fruitiness. Hop is more subdued. Very refreshing. Sort of a letdown in that it doesn't go any further.

M - Nice carbonation that comes in around mild-medium.

D - You could definately slug a few of these back. On a hot day it'd be even more refreshing.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Certainly one of the best looking saisons I've ever had. Kind of dark gold. Visible and lively carbonation. Huge marshmellow head, seafoam like. Lavings coat entire glass.

The sort of fresh fruity aroma with dusty yeast character you like to get in a saison.

Nice wet grain up front. Followed pretty quickly by a good crisp continental hopping. Finish is a dry yeastiness.

Super drinkable. If it wasn't for the price here in London I'd drink it all the time.

A pretty standard saison. A good introduction to the style I think if you've never had one.

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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 Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a brilliantly clear, pale blonde color and is topped by a frothy, barely tan tinged, off-white colored head that is dense and creamy and leaves quite a bit of lace. The beer smells of lemon-like hops, and a nice grassy-grain pale malt character.

The beer is soft and creamy feeling, but a fizzy carbonation brushes the palate quite clean. A touch of pale-malt sweetness is here, but this finishes dry with a grassy, herbal like hop character and firm bitterness in the finish that dries things out considerably. There is also a hay-like grain note in the finish. Lemon like hop flavors compliment nicely with the pale malt sweetness as well as with the grassy herbal hop components. While soft and creamy textured, this beer is still quite quaffable and light; I have been drinking lots of Lambic so this seems heavy comparatively, but really it is quite light and drinkable. Yeast derived notes contributes a spicy, clove-like, earthy, rustic yeast flavors to the beer.

It is quite nice to be drinking this beer as I wait for the Tour de France to roll over this small category 4 hill out in the Belgian countryside. The rustic yeast character combines with the hops and characterful pale malt character quite well. This is definitely a beer that fits the situation quite well.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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 rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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 emsroth
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in chalice with the yeast swirled in as directed by the website

App: Wonderful frothy head that likes to stick around. Substantial haze in true gold color.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, and zesty lemon dominate the aroma. Yeasty funk and malted wheat make a strong undertone.

Taste: Matched fairly well to the aroma. Starts fruity with some funk and zesty wheat in the middle. I am reminded a bit of the sweet and sour flavor of starfruit. Ends with a touch of husky malt but otherwise overly bitter; the type of bitterness that lingers on the tongue for some time.

Good medium body with a light dose of natural carbonation.

True to the style, and as it warms the flavor is spot-on. I feel that it's a bit bitter for a saison. I prefer ones that focus on the funky, rustic, farmhouse elements.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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 thepeter
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden yellow with a big flufftastic head that was like a cloud of deliciousness.

Smelled of lemon zest, some hay and bit of earthy hops a bit subdued compared to other saisons though

Taste was mostly of Lemon, pepper, earth and hops. Fairly simple and clean and definitely delicious

The beer has a nice light feel to it but I would not call it thin. It is the kind of beer you can drink all day.

Would certainly buy more of this and a great one to introduce someone to the style.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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 Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy pale pineapple yellow with a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: The coriander was really noticeable right away with apple sauce types notes, sweet malts, various grains, clove, and some slight underlying booze notes. There was a slight brett character in the nose as well.

T: The bretty funk diid add tartness to the spice party consisting of coriander and cloves but still had the applesauce character in the taste: not a bad thing. It also had slight funk, citrus zest and slight booze notes.

M: The brew was light to medium body that had a good amount of carbonation with a fruity, spicey, funky, and slight dry finish.

D: It drank really good and was a good interpretation of a farmhouse style beer.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour, very modest carbonation, but a good white head.

Smell is a bit faint. It's of malts, floral garden smell in the hops, but not very pronounced.
Taste is dry bitterness. Very hoppy, with a tough bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall this is an uncompromizing beer. It's not strong in alcohol, but it's strong in malts and hops.

Interesting ale indeed.

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Photo of daledeee
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 333 dl bottle.

Poured into a large wine glass. Beautiful white head and lace everywhere with slightly cloudy yellow body.

Nose is quite flowery and hops.

Taste is very Belgian hops with fruit and spice. After taste is strong Belgian hops.

Mouth feel is fine with average carbonation. This is one of the more subtle of the Saison group. Not very funky except for the Belgian hops. It is still a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly hazy gold with a thick white head that laces well.
the nose has a lot of nice flowery hops and some grainy funk along with some faint tropical fruits.
this is one bone dry hoppy saison. the flavors are subdued, but there is a pleasant hay flavor, touches of wheat character, some tropical fruit, a bit of lemon and nice noble hop flavors. packs a bitter punch at the end.
the mouthfeel is a tad soda like. the carbonation is just a bit to course and active.
great drinkability. it's wonderfully crisp and refreshing with plenty of nice, but light flavors.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into a Stella Artois goblet.

Saisonnière sports a classy, brassy hay-colored body with a moderate carbonation level. A towering cap of sparkling eggshell white head quickly builds even with a careful pour, and slowly subsides to a hefty cap of foam. Erratic lacing clings to the glass. Tart lemon and floral hops greet the nose. Notes of lilac and pie crust with a hint of Belgian yeastiness. Light aroma overall, but it gets the job done.

Starts off slightly sweet and tart with lemon zest, grainy pilsen malt, and mineral water. Grassy and bone dry mid-sip with an emphatic carbonation level. Hops linger after the sip for a while, complementing the flavor profile with a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, crisp, and well-carbonated. Saison DuPont, this isn't. But Urthel has managed to craft a tasty saison nevertheless. Worth a try if the cost doesn't deter you ($5 for a single bottle!!?!--not worth repeating at that price point).

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Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 318 ratings