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Urchon | Brasserie Des Légendes

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Brasserie Des Légendes

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 03-20-2005

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of jgasparine
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thin white head, which quickly dissipated to some edge lacing. The body was a beautiful copper color. No carbonation was observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Smells strongly of Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Lesser aromas of leather and nuts were also noted, which made for a very interesting and promising nose.

T- A lovely replicate of the nose... it comes off a little more bready than anticipated (in a good way) with some nice stale hops and booziness punching through in the finish. I must admit that I anticipated a *slightly* bigger flavor profile based on the nose.

M- A thin to medium body... a little more attenuated than I would like. There's also some nice velvety carbonation there too, which puts this just a notch above average in the mouthfeel department.

D- Oh yeah, very drinkable. Nice big aroma and beautiful flavor combine for a dangerously drinkable beer. Watch out... it can sneak up on you!

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While pouring a medicinal scent escaped from the glass.
I used a “Chalice” to serve this quite unfamiliar type of beer.
The colour is dark brown. It’s very hard to see through, but I manage to recognize some small yeast particles on the bottom. I can’t really make out how strong the storm of carbonation bubbles is.
At first, a brown bubble rich head came to be, but it soon collapsed, leaving no lacing. A very thin layer did remain, like brown foam, washed ashore.
The scent is awkward. The different elements are constantly rotating. “Unstable” comes to mind. I recognize yeast, liquor like alcohol, syrup-like sugariness, raisins, bread, cookie dough, figs.
Taste is complex and simple at the same time. Enormously yeasty, dark bread soaked in sugary water.
The aftertaste is slightly metallic, same bread taste => going over to dough, slight chocolate sugariness and bitterness. It lingers and lingers on.
The Mouthfeel is very heavy.
A nice degustation beer, not an everyday favourite.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown coloration, dotted beige head.

Aroma: citrus fruit, hops, spice, dark fruit. A touch sour, a trifle bitter, and then some sweet.

Taste: earthy, gritty entry on the palate, a bit of bitter, and then comes the malt. Great balance here, nothing is too anything, never too sweet, none too bitter. Some dark fruit, plum and fig, tempered with a continual bitter swath.

This is a really unique brew that I can't put into any box, doesn't fall into a category. Feels very rich and flavorful, but is exceptionally moderated. Everything rounds out. Great little bite of fruit and malt, with hops and spice holding it in check.

I like this little hedgehog. Tasty ale. Gotta hand it to them, very nice, this Urchon.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBE 2007. Great poorout with overwelming head with big bubbles but lasting very well and leaving laces that covers most of the glas above the beer. Nice darkbrown beercolor and clear. Nose is very malty with burnt edge and well dosed hoparome with it that gives it litle piney hint. Pepper and cinnamon spiced from yeast alltogether foating in this good caramel and blackberrysauce. Full taste also beeing maltycaramellicsweet and good roastnote and hoppiness afterwards.Altogether well balanced with good carbonisation. Makes it a enjoyable and good brew well worth trying.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Absumaster
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with a fine head and medium carbonation.
Smell was caramellic with roasted/ burned malts which remind me of dark fruits. Also some earthiness of the hops.
Taste was caramellic, dry and maltbitter from the dark malts. Dark fruit and the dryness giving this beer just the right balance for a dark ale. The combination of the malt and hop give the beer the right amount of bitterness.
This is exactly how a dark ale should taste, caramellic, dry and maltbitter, excellent stuff!!

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Photo of windypete
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled from the Bottle and served to me by the Master Brewer, Pierre Delcoigne, during a Brewery Tour of Brasserie des Géants on Easter Monday 28th April, 2005.

Third of the five brews on offer was the Urchon. The third product of Brasserie des Géants, it was first brewed in 2002.

Some history straight from the Brewer….. Urchon, or rather L'Urchon, is “the beer of the marshes of the hedgehogs”. First created in June 2002 it is brewed with four (4) special malts and is a brown beer with a strength of 7.5% abv. The Brasserie des Géants is situated at Irchonwelz. The meaning of the name Irchonwelz consists of "Irchon" for urchon or hedgehog and "welz" for the crossing place across the River Dendre. The castle at Brasserie des Géants was originally surrounded by ditches and marshes. Even today the ground is still very damp and is a favoured place for our friends the hedgehogs. In local dialect, a hedgehog is an "Urchon" and the inhabitants of Irchonwelz are also Urchons.

Appearance: Dark brown body which had some dark ruby flashes when held to the light. Lovely fluffy tan brown head that lightens up slowly, as it gently pops and collapses it leaves a fantastic clumpy lacing on the edges of the glass. Solid conditioning throughout.

Nose: Lovely deep Brune aromas. Spicy aromatic malts, roasted chestnuts and a light fruity back end. Some dark chocolate too!?!

Taste: As with the nose, a simple profile but it works well thanks to being extremely well balanced start to finish. Lovely soft spicy feel to the malts at the start breaks into roasted chestnuts with a bitter-sweet chocolate finish. Lingering aftertaste, some slight warming….one to savor long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Unlikely the prickly variant, the Brasserie des Géants Urchon has a really super smooth mouthfeel; finely dissolved carbonation and a lovely silky feel is the trademark of this Brune.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this one, the previous two offerings were low on the radar and I was beginning to think that Brasserie des Géants may have a “three strikes and out”, but they went for a decent hitter with the Urchon. A lovely Brune that slides down easily.

Overall: Having tried the Saison Voisin and Ducassis before in the USA at the BeerAdvocate Belgium Beer Festival, and not really liking either of them, I was hesitant about this one and did not expect much. However, I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this one. I believe that this one is not exported Stateside, at least not yet. It’s a shame because it’s a damn tasty and very drinkable Belgian Brown Ale.

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Photo of EPICAC
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Boulevard in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown with a thick, brown head that fades to a quarter-inch layer leaving patchy but light lace.

Smell: Raisins. caramel, toffee and some light cherry aromas.

Taste: Malty, like the smell there are raisins, caramel and toffee. There are also some toasted malt flavors. The finish has a light spiciness and a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite nice.

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Photo of duceswild
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours something of an amber brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The beer looks fantastic, but things went down a bit from there. On the nose I get some brown sugar, a hint of chocolate an vanilla, and some underlying citrus and spice. On the palate this beer is not much more impressive, with some brown sugar, a hint of licorice, maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg. Although the beer starts out as if it will be moderately sweet, it finishes with a fairly dry and spicey finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, and drinkability is pretty good. Alcohol is barely an afterthought in this beer.

There are a lot of unusual and interesting flavors in this beer, which I appreciate. On the other hand, I wish this beer had a bit more flavor, and that the flavor profile wasn't quite so thin. A solid enough beer, but probably not something I would order again.

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Photo of stcules
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby color, lively carbonation.. Beige head, compact, longstanding. Very beautiful.
At the smell, malty, caramel, hop bitterness, roots, liquorice, rhubarb.
Very delicate and inviting.
In the taste caramel, dry figs, dates, cocoa, liquorice, rhubarb. Biscuit.
Again rhubarb and liquorice in the aftertaste. And also some lightly roasted malt.
Very goo beer, great drinkability.

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Photo of wl0307
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. "The beer of hedgehogs' marsh", the label says, so I guess Urchon means Hedgehog? BB 2009, served lightly-chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark russet in colour, coming with a hissing, fluffy beige beer head dissipating within twenty seconds after pouring, settling to a rimmed foam; lively carbonation, but not OTT.
S: slightly metallic initially, and sticky-sweet in its dark-fruits note, with plenty of unfermented malt sugar and candy sugar to boot... Notes of caramel+toffee, chestnut syrup, lightly-roasted malts stay deeper, while quietly a sour edge of plum+lemon joins in, in an attempt to balance with the sweet malty foretaste. The aroma softens from the sweet, malty end towards a more pleasant combination as it warms--the serving temp. suggested on the beer label (8.5 centigrade) surely would prevent this from happening?!
T: a softly-effervescent flow of lovely (lightly) roasted malts, chewy dark chocolates and bitter-sweet edge of caramelised sugar expands on the palate, giving way at a smooth pace to a vertical bitterness and bitter-sweetness of roasted walnuts, licorice, dried tea-leafy hops... going slightly dry-ish even in the aftertaste.
M&D: medium-bodied, moderated fizzy on the mouthfeel, this beer shows a pretty understated flavour profile that is, however, thankfully much more pleasant than the semi-cloying nose! I like the bitter and slightly roasty edge to the overall taste, and the hop entry at the back is of significance to the drinkability of this brew. Not bad at all~~

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Photo of desint
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Tinfang
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark mahogany with a light white head and light scattering of lace.
Smell is of cocoa, currant, raisins, light cherries.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with slight hops and sweetness.
Drinkability is ok. I'm on the fence with this one but I think I like it.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of MoustacheHero
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A draft offering from all the way across the pond.

A: The Urchon pours almost black, and against light turns deep red.

S: The smell in dominated by the banana and clove scents characteristic of Belgian yeast, with a touch of smoke.

T: Mild notes of the Belgian yeast, caramel, and malt. Not much going on here.

M: A very thin, somewhat oily mouthfeel.

O: Overall a middle of the road beer. I wouldn't refuse one, but I don't think I would buy one again.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of leitmotif
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of shapudding
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hand carried back from the brewery by a great friend!
Best before end 2009. The label reads “The beer of hedgehogs’ marsh. Natural beer referenced in the bottle. Pure malt and hop, yeast, water”. Poured out with a decent amount of frothy, creamy eggshell head. Sparkling explosive fireworks of carbonation in the glass. Deep chestnut, almost ruby, clear and very dark. Deep and richly scented, malty, spicey, merlot. Smooth and light to medium body, tight carbonation. The creamy head sits on your lips after each sip. You feel just a touch of warmth as it sits on your tongue. There is the slightest bit of hop bitterness at the back of your tongue and the sides. Very balanced on the average, and nicely drinkable.

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