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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Photo of avaldivia
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Tap Room in the Coddingtown Whole Foods in Santa Rosa.

A: Murky brown. Little to no head or lacing.

S: Super light. I let this sit for a while and still could barely smell anything. I got a little sweet malt.

T: Same as the smell, but less pleasant. Brown sugar, a little fruit. But none of it tasted particularly good to me.

M: Light. Low carbonation. Smooth.

O: Nope. I was not a fan. The flavors just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a light white head with good retention, some lace.

S: Very light, I get a hint of roast and dark fruit.

T: As with the nose, light. There is a bit of maltiness, some earthy hops. Nothing yeasty about it, if given this blind I'd be hard-pressed to think this was Belgian.

M: Medium-bodied, soft on the palate, easy drinking for what's there.

O: This a fairly pedestrian effort. No complexity, not bad tasting, just boring.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bottle bought at Beer Mania in Brussels this autumn poured into a tulip glass. It poured an attractive garnet color with a top of thin, ivory-colored foam and persistent streams of bubbles rising up the side of the glass like Champagne. I think I smelled cherries, toast, a foresty mossy underlay, some yeast. Sadly, this was the best of it. The beer was effervescently carbonated but not light in body, coating the mouth, leaving metallic hop bitters. The flavor was strongly root-beerish, a bit astringent, with some orange pith. I felt more than tasted the malt character as a sort of syrupy coating.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Brown clear beer that turns red and yellowish in the light. Eggshell colored head leaves sheets on the side.

S - Dark fruit, brown sugar, little bit of yeast. Smell is all very muted.

T - So boring. Someone tell me what is going on here. Tastes like a lot of nothing. Watered down caramel, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. Yawn.

M - Smooth, low carbonation. Medium bodied.

O - Doesn't taste bad, just doesn't taste like much. I'll pass.

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Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured from 33 cl bottle. Roasty aroma. Pours a dark brown with a good amount of head. Medium to heavy bitter taste. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation, with a bitter finish. Overall it is a bitter take on the strong dark Belgian style.

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Photo of lgmol
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, spice, and nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing really stands out to me.

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Photo of janubio
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled. Brown reddish colour, medium head with big bubbles, but not lasting much. Aroma of chocolate and plums, not very complex. Taste of caramel, some spicy, pepper. Body is lighter than I supposed. It's not bad, but I find it a bit dull and plain.

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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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Photo of Ciocanelu
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 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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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | 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 desint
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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Urchon from Brasserie Des Légendes
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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