Urthel Saisonnière | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

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De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ToasterChef on 02-25-2010

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
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 markb33
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--Pours a huge fluffy white head. Clear golden yellow body with light visible carbonation.

S--Very sweet and bready punctuated with faint alcohol esters, pepper and a touch of lemon grass.

T--Crisp and clean, a bit yeasty to start. Lemon grass and pepper notes through the finish. Overall really smooth, clean, and straightforward.

M--Smooth body with nice light carbonation. Very slight drying effect at the finish.

D--Modest 6%. Very light and crisp. It would be good for a warm spring or summer day, but lacks the complexity to keep it interesting.

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Photo of schuim
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

looks: firm white head and a light blond color.

smell: dry yeast smell and a little fruityness, abricot and aplle.

Taste: peppery and yeasty start with a medium body. the beer is warming, althoug only 6%. long lingering dry (yeasty) bitterness.

Good brew, but I prefer more complexity in the taste.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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 sweethome
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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 corby112
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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 beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brassy-gold with a swirling haze that soon settled to a medium state. A sudsy, eggshell white capping sits atop, 2 fingers high that stood for a brief while. Tightly knitted carbonation bubbles rise in unison in several streams. A few sudsy trails crawl down the glass for a light lacing.

S: The nose was clean, with only a light yeasty presence followed by only moderate regards of dry wheat and orange scents that really didn't add much to the overall perception. The aroma was promising on the pour but became a moot factor in the glass.

T: Tart and tangy flavor filled with oranges and dry wheat along with a soft sourness of citrus (grapefruit). A flowery bitterness with dry lemons and black pepper soon moves in midway through the palate. The bitterness and sourness continue to increase during the course of the drink where the finish finds a sourness of dried grapefruit pulp and dry wheat. A nice level of acidity overall and small traces of sour fruitiness are noted but not defining.

M: The mouthful was a bit of a let down and not as crisp as maybe it should be. I previously had a Great Divide Colette the previous night which was very sharp and crisp while this was a bit lazy with a medium body and not as lively offering only a moderate appeal as it sat on the tongue just waiting for the swallow.

D: Moderate drinkability along with moderate enjoyability. One was enough for me at any sitting and would rate as an unlikely repurchase. Not bad, just a bit disappointing considering the brewery. A single purchase recommendation.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden yellow with a thin foamy white head that descends, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of mild funk with tart lemon, some grainy sweetness and a touch of grass.

The taste is tart - lemony with some cotton candy/bubblegum sweetness. It has a dry finish, with a touch of alcohol.

It is effervescent, bubbly. Light-to-medium bodied.

It is tart - but mildly so. It has a nice balance. It's a nice interpretation with plenty of flavor. Refreshing.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Huge cloud like head. Dark straw and a very slight haze. lots of tiny bubbles rising through the glass.

S- Really peppery. Lemon rind.

T-Firmly bitter. More pepper. slight earthiness. Light crackery malt.

M-Bone dry. Super high carbonation (prickly). Slight astringency.

D-Great summer beer. Very bitter and bone dry.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This one pours a golden color with a huge white head and a bit of haze in the glass.

S: The typical Saison aromas of pepper and lemon with some pleasant yeastiness. A bready malt and hint of sugar round things out, but not all that much in terms of funk.

T: A nice refreshing beer with a mild sweetness to go along with the citrus and spice components. The bitterness is moderate and works nicely the mild funk. Unfortunately, a bit too much alcohol comes through on this one.

M: Crisp and refreshing on the tongue with a bite of bitterness on the finish.

D: This was a really nice beer to have on a warm day out in the sun. Pretty refreshing as a Saison should be and one that I would have again.

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Photo of danmouer
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 DoubleJ
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to find this one on tap at American Flatbread in Burlington, Vt a few weeks back. It arrived lighter almond amber in color, with a light tan head, that left plenty of fine sheeting. Floral hop nose. Another tasty offering from Urthel, this one is dry, delicate and tasty. Notes of light pepper and more floral and drying hops. Nice Belgian sessioner went great with the flavorful pizzas at Flatbread, a nice counter point to the salty cheeses and charred crusts. Yummy combination.

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Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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 tempest
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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 regspeir
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
Nose is peaches, clove with some yeast evident. Sweet is the dominant impression.
Pour yielded a light, lemon-colored brew with a large 1 1/2 inch head with good retention and lasting lacing. Carbonation was evident. Taste reveals honey, lemon and cloves but with the funkiness you would expect in a saison. There is a slightly bitter, metalic, dry finish but some citrus stays throughout. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer all the way through. This is VERY drinkable, sessionable beer, particularly for a summer day.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a snifter at the Brass Rail.

A: The saison is a pale straw color, hazed over by the cold pouring temperature. As the ale warms, that haze disappears, leaving a radiant color that looks like autumnal leaves in Central PA. A sizeable head, nearly a finger, is billowy, leaving thick strata of lace behind.

S: The nose leans towards Belgian IPA territory, offering both candi sugar sweet tripel notes and dry, earthy hops. Also along for the ride are fruity yeast by-products, cloves, etc.

T: The body is very dry, noticeable from the first sip. It is, though, pleasantly hoppy, far hoppier than most saisons (supporting my Belgian IPA call earlier). There are sugars and yeasty fruits floating around but they never make much of a mark before being swallowed by the hops. An interesting beer that I can't quite get a pulse on. Probably need to find a bottle sometime soon.

M: The mouthfeel seems hop-driven, pleasantly bitter before allowing sweeter yeast notes to come through.

D: The ale is quite quaffable, a moderate 6% price tag. It's nice to see Belgian brewers embrace the hoppier side of things.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 silentjay
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of spratmi
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow/gold appearance full of carbonation with a foamy three finger head that has plenty of staying power and leaves a a thick film of sudsy lacing around the glass.
S: Strong notes of cloves blended with light citrus and a sweet fruitiness (bananas and Juicy Fruit gum).
T: Follows the nose - in a slightly scaled back form. A nice presence of cloves blended with a sweet fruitiness that closes with a dry citrus bitterness.
M: Medium-to-full bodied with good carbonation.
D: Very enjoyable - nice drinkability.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 ToasterChef
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. I was served a 6oz pour in a small wine glass. The kegged version of this beer has been filtered, but the bottles are unfiltered. It possesses a light straw color with a head of white soapy foam. Some pretty lacework was left behind as I enjoyed my pour. It has a strong yeast aroma with a hint of citrus; typical of the style, but of a high quality. The flavor is slightly biscuit-like, but has some sweetness to it as well. There is a slight tartness in the finish that is rather interesting. I could taste some peppery spices as well, but they were subtle. The body is a bit heavier than I expected, based upon the transparent appearance. That's not to say it's a heavy beer--I still classify it as light bodied--but it is not as light as I thought it would be. It has a perfect level of mouthcoating. I find it to be quite drinkable. I don't see myself sticking with this one particular beer for multiple rounds, but I will enjoy this glass very much.

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Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 323 ratings