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 Aethien
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into tulip
pale yellow colour, massive white head that fills half the glass even with a careful pour.
Smells like fresh lemon, wheat and spices. Some traces of alcohol as well.
There's a citrus like freshness to the taste, along with yeast and some initial sweetness and a dry ending. The taste combined with plenty of carbonation makes for a very refreshing brew.

This is the only Saison I've had so far so I can't compare it to others of the same style, but I definitely enjoyed this beer and I'll be looking to pick up some other Saisons because of it.

Also, the dwarf's beard creeps me out a little. Actually, everything about him is just creepy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

This gnome-person's beard is starting to get to me... Anyway, the beer pours a partly cloudy amber-gold topped by plenty o' white froth. The nose comprises wheat, clove, light grass, light sweet flowers, coriander, light lemon zest, and a touch of sourdough. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a pinch of nutmeg, a half-pinch of cinnamon, light cardamom, and a twist of orange. There is a sort of vaguely sweet spiciness throughout. It's a good thing (I really hope that's not trademarked somewhere...). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a very solid saison, one of the better brews from Urthel, indeed.

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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 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 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 MoreThanWine
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" white velvet head which good retention. Clear straw yellow colored body. Nice malt smell with a touch of sour. Taste repeats the smells but there's very little sour and instead some dried fruit. Finish shows the hops and lasts well. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bruery Tulip with initial 3 fingers of head with subsided quickly to a heavy lacing that is still present after 5 minutes.

A- almost yellow orange hue with sediment floating around. Holding its heavy lacing with almost no effervescence.

S- true farmhouse nose with a lite hint of spice

T- light bodied saison with a warm backing as it rolls down the tongue, light spice but mostly yeasty notes.

M- medium light mouthfeel not sticky or dry.

O- I like it, its not the best saison I've had but its something I would consider getting again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 Durtdiggler
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Belgian style tulip. Light amber color, clear with noticeable presence of yeast. Pours a massive 3 finger head with strong retention.

Smells of orange, clove kind of sweet with slight Peppery overtones from Belgian yeast. Very inviting.

Taste is much less complex than the aroma but has tastes of the same overtones.. Finishes clean with some hops aftertaste. Flavor just isn't very complex, even for the Abv level. Missed out here.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected a bit creamy with a quick clean finish, well balanced. Slight carbonation noted in feel but no much.

This is a nice beer to grab with some friends after work. Not a session beer but not as big as other saisons I've had in flavor.

Not my first choice but I enjoyed it. The aroma and mouthfeel was the best part of the experience but thought it missed on flavor.

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Photo of marty21
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow colour with two fingers worth of bright white foamy head. Settles to a very thick head and left tons of thick foamy lacing.

S: Lot’s of lemon and yeasty scents. Also a bit of pepper and spices.

T: Lot’s of lemon and pepper with the yeasty tastes coming in a bit afterwards. It’s pretty dry. Really enjoyable taste.

M: Medium Carbonation with a medium body.

O: Very delicious beer. Could easily drink many of these.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A somewhat fruitier aroma than I expected (considering this is a saison), but very pleasing.

T: Tasted of malt, a big fruity component (pears, maybe apples), cloves, and the typical funk you get with this style. A slightly different flavor, but very vibrant and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an easy to like, flavorful beer. Very well done.

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Photo of skypup
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4-pack of bottles purchased from Grocery store in Belgium

.33L Bottle served in Saison Dupont glass

A- Clear amber with a dense headthat dissipated quickly. Medium carbonation.

S- hops and malt.

T- Sweet malt with distinct hops.

M-fairly smooth with mediumcarbonation. Mild bitter aftertaste.

D-I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, great drinkability.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy light golden color with a medium sized white head that quickly fades away to a light ring and leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma of honey and lemon upfront with some banana and pepper in the back.

Taste starts off with some bubblegum and banana then gives way to faint hops and spices with notes of citrus in the background.

Medium body with medium carbonation. A nice saison but I've had better. Good to try but not worth coming back to in my book.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw-like colour with a sizable two-finger marshmallow-like foam head. Very good lacing with good retention.

S: Similar to a belgian strong ale, except with a more earthy (grassy) quality to it. Belgian spice aromas of clove, corriander, and pepper coming through on this. Detecting some honey and bit of tropical fruit (pineapple and passion fruit).

T: Surprisingly rather bitter with that earthy grass-like taste coming through and a healthy dose of pepper. Faint hints of pineapple, along with a slight clove taste but not as strong as the smell suggested. Also picking up a slight nut taste. Finishes with a noticeable dryness.

M: About average carbonation with a good light mouthfeel that's slightly oily.

O: A decent Farmhouse Ale that's not exceptional or anything, but still worth a try. Not as complex tasting as I would prefer in a farmhouse, but still OK.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a LaChouffe tulip. See-thru gold with a delicate meringue head that leaves attractive scattered patches of lacing.

Lively fruity nose full of clove and peppery spice. Lively flavors as well. Yeasty and tangy with a flourish of bubblegum, spices and clove before a crisp and toasty finish. Nice bite of hoppiness and some mild funk. Lightish bodied with active carbonation. Easy drinking saison here.

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Photo of kjyost
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 16:44 K11C11. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Just deeper than straw yellow with an effervescent white head tha laces wonderfully. Black pepper, corn sweetness, cloves and light Belgian funky seers are on the nose. The body follows similarly expect with less pepper and a very dry finish. Some lemon is evident along with fruity esters too. Nice for the style it claims to be.

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Photo of JLeege
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with three fingers of fluffy white head, that isn’t moving anywhere anytime soon. Lots of active carbonation, very pretty beer. 5 minutes later, the head has not shrunk a centimeter. Clumps of sticky lace are left behind. (I hate describing appearance in so much depth, but this is an epic looking beer)

Smell- Lemon and a nice peppery spice to it. Some orange peel, a little bubblegum, and a pleasant earthy musty note.

Taste- Lemon, banana, and a huge yeast presence. A dry orange peel again, a little clove, with more bubblegum. Slight grass, citrus hops, and a peppery dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Light crisp and refreshing. Prickly carbonation; slightly dry.

Overall- A nice saison, but perhaps too much of a yeast presence to be in the upper echelon. Pretty good overall, and looks stunning, but with so many great saisons out there, I probably won’t buy this again, unless it’s to try it on draft.

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Photo of Miriamrv
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy golden with a large off white fluffy head
aroma: plenty of belgian yeast, bready, a bit peppery with hints of bubble gum
taste: much of the same, quite bready with yeast as the main player. a bit of mellow spicy hops, but the soft malt and yeast character are dominant. some bubble gum. somewhat sweet and candy-like with mild tartness.
mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation. fills the palate but is light enough to easily kick back.
drinkability: highly drinkable and enjoyable.
overall: not the most complex saison; doesn't display much of the funkiness that can be found in many, however, quite enjoyable and straightforward. worth checking out.

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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 Northsider
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've seriously found my new favorite style: saison. Poured yellow with thin head. Smell was of yeast, and fruit, particularly banana. Tasted slightly tart with minimal bitterness. Overall a pretty good beer. Relatively low abv makes this super drinkable...the mouthfeel was relatively smooth and refreshing. I had to slow down my drinking, I just wanted to chug it.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap to stemmed Urthel wine glass
at Pie Whole on St. Thomas, VI on 6/2/11
*From notes

A: Cloudy and glowing golden-lemon. The biggest four finger, ghost white head I've encountered and gobs of thick lacing.

S: Fresh basil, soft malt and rich Belgian yeast.

T: Slightly yeasty up front. The lemongrass kicks in on the mid, as the finish showcases a twist of dark sugar.

M: Bubbly, yet it's soft enough. It doesn't stand out in this category, but is certainly above average.

O: Urthel's Saisonniere is a nice, refreshing and pretty delicious farmhouse ale that paired perfectly with my meal. Considering I had this in the Virgin Islands, I really couldn't have asked for much more.

*Paired with a veggie pizza

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Photo of csiewert
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of white foamy head that retains alright but leaves little lacing. The aroma has notes of spices and banana. The taste has banana notes and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated and leaves a harsh aftertaste. Overall an ok beer worth a try.

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Photo of atr2605
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours hazy golden color with a white head that transitions into a thin lace around the edge of the glass.
S- Sweet malt, touch of honey, citrus, traditionally belgian yeast smell with some earthiness.
T- Unripe citrus with the continued earthiness that was found in the aroma.
M- Fairly dense body. Not too dense but more than I would have expected for being 6% ABV
O- More hops in the flavor than I expected (I mean this in a good way). With the citrus and honey in the aroma I expected it to be slightly sweeter. I liked that the flavor had the complexity that good belgian beers do and that the beer was layered both in the aroma and the flavor. Not the most amazing belgian beer I have had, but still fun to drink and had the basic characteristics it should.

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Photo of Spider889
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly.

Arrived in a signature Saisonnière glass. I really wish I had taken a picture - the glass was awesome - but my senses were on overload that afternoon.

Very pale, nearly clear in color. Reminded me of some hard ciders at how light in color this was. Excellent clarity. Lots of vigorous carbonation was visible. Had a small cap of dissipatory white foam.

Smelled very light and airy. Nice clove and funky barnyard esters.

This might be one of my all-time favorite tasting saisons. It was simply the lightest, most crisp and clean tasting saison to grace these lips. Nice funky herbal notes but these aren't in your face or vying to cover up the precision this beer must have required to brew.

I'd happily session this beer for hours on a warm summer day.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a lemon blond slightly cloudy with some fine carbonation and a nice head. A small swirl really brings out a nice head.

Smell: Lemony white pepper.

Taste: Similar to the smell, almost like a sweetness with a developing bitterness from a lemon rind. Very crisp. As the lemon leaves, the hoppy bitterness develops and lingers. Overall, a nice light beer with a spicy taste.

Certainly no the best Saison out there (Sorachi Ace!) but would be very nice with some grilled halibut or another whitefish.

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Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.84 out of 5 based on 313 ratings.
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