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Urthel Samaranth (321 of 1001)

Rating: 4.6

My second beer to fall under the Urthel banner now, this one follows on from the bottle of their Hop-It that I tried back in August 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed at the time. As I’d mentioned then, there was some confusion as to where this beer should be listed as it is now brewed at the brewery of La Trappe in the Netherlands (since 2007) despite hailing from the town of Ruiselede in Belgium but I’ll continue to list it here as a Belgian beer. This is one of quite a few beers that I ordered from the Beers Of Europe website in December 2014 with a view of trying soon after purchasing but given I’d ordered so many strong Belgian offerings I was unable to work my way through them all and ended up having to keep hold of a few until it was winter again and it felt right to try them. The beer is a full-bodied and year round offering from the De Leyerth brewery and it will be my seventh quadrupel and my first since try bottles of La Trappe Quadrupel and the fantastic Westvleteren 12 in Amsterdam earlier this year; here’s hoping that this one can rank alongside those two outstanding beers.

Urthel Samaranth

Appearance (5/5): Pouring a deep mahogany colour, this one is topped with a thumb-sized head that is a creamy tan colour and quite thick looking; there is a little lacing on the sides of the glass as well and retention is excellent over the opening minutes.
Aroma (9/10): Quite a sweet beer and definitely a strong, malty one that comes through with plenty of sugars early on. There was some nice biscuit malts showing themselves around the middle and the darker fruits weren’t far behind, I managed to detect some figs, plums and a little raisin too with some figs in there as well. The sweetness of the beer was further complimented by some nice caramel malts and touches of toffee before some alcohol notes seen things out.
Taste (9/10): This one was quite a rich and malty beer that came through with good complexity and some nice sweetness early on thanks to some sugars and plenty of ripe, dark fruits that seemed to include all the usual; namely figs, dates, plums and raisins. There was some nice caramel malts not far behind and these went well with the toffee flavours that appeared from the middle onwards. Some alcohol and further sugars also began to make themselves known towards the end, as did some touches of spice.
Palate (5/5): Quite a strong beer with a solid, well-rounded taste that had a lot of complexity in there and a pleasantly warm and boozy feel, particularly towards the end. It was a finely carbonated beer that seemed well balanced and was easier to drink than I’d expected with a rich, smooth finish that sat on top of this full bodied beer.

Overall (16/20): This one was a very nice Quadrupel from Urthel and one that was quite an easy beer to drink despite the fact it came in at over 11% abv. The balance of the beer was a good one with the dark fruits working well with the caramel sweetness and the warming alcohol touches were mainly right at the end, although it was easy to tell it was a strong beer from the start; an excellent beer and on that surprisingly was even better than the bottle of Hop-It I tried from the same brewery back in 2014.

Brewed In: Ruiselede, West Flanders, Belgium
Brewery: De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
First Brewed: 2002
Full Name: Urthel Samaranth 12 Quadrium Ale
Type: Quadrupel
Abv: 11.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: BeersOfEurope.co.uk
Price: £3.39

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