Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Urthel Samaranth

In Quad, Reviews on March 4, 2010 at 6:16 am

Urthel Samaranth is a Belgian Quadrupel style ale.  The Quad style is a newer, stronger addition to the Belgian Trappist/Abbey style beers.  My review of Rochefort 8 talked a bit about Trappist beer, and this is an Abbey beer, as it does not fit into the legal restrictions for it to be called a Trappist brew.  Urthel or “De Leyerth Brouwerijen” is located in Belgium and I’ve always liked their funky labels and their more modern, less traditionally Belgian style.  Here is my review:

Pours a dark mahogany with an off-white dense and creamy head.  The nose is of fruity esters, malt and brown sugar.

The first sip reveals a very delicious and creamy brew.  There are strong notes of dark fruits such as fig and dates.  Great malt flavor with a dry and warm alcohol finish.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, and the yeast flavors are not as overbearing as I find with some Belgians.  This Quad has a mellowed alcohol taste with a pleasant sweetness.  I found it to be comparable to a sweet red wine, perhaps like certain Chiantis.  Like a red wine, I would pair it with a hearty dinner.

I think that this would go well with a steak or maybe some roasted chicken with rosemary.  For cheese, personally I think that it would go well with Cheddars as well as some pungent cheeses.

This is one of my favorite beers from Belgium.  It highlights great Belgian yeast aspects like sweet dark fruit and has really delicious malt flavors.  The creaminess and subtle complexities of this beer make it extremely versatile and great for pairing with meats and cheeses.  Get some today and find your favorite pairing!

Style: Quadrupel

ABV: 11%


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