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RATINGS: 955   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Urthel Samaranth 12 Quadrium Ale is a malty, full-bodied special Ale, brewed in a way that only Belgian Brewers can. Huge mouthfeel and layers and levels of flavor make Urthel Samaranth the perfect beer for the end of a meal or at the finish of a special day. And when you want something different, Urthel Samaranth 12 Quadrium Ale is with its fine bitterness, definitely something different... Try it! First brewed at Van Steenberge, now brewed at Koningshoeven - La Trappe brewery.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Not the tip-top, but definitely worth the purchase and the experience. I’d have it again, gladly. Bottle from the Hendersonville (NC) Food Co-Op, served in a Unibroue tulip glass. Appearance: golden, apple-juice color. Thick, foamy, meringue-ish head, and a bit cloudy throughout. Immediately it says, "pay attention to me!" Nose: A veritable smorgasbord of olfactory delights is the calling card of this Quad. Apples, cherries, spring lavender fields, faint mild hops, and a pleasant oat-grain hint all greet the nose and say, "dive in!" Taste: "oooohhhhh" is my initial reaction -- caramel, raisin, almond, the slightest bit of butterscotch, and a strong reminiscence of oloroso sherry greet my tongue. A warm finish that reminds me of fine wood rounds it out. Definitely on the sweet side, but I’m impressed by how the 11+ % alcohol is so well masked. Palate: Dry like champagne, bubbly all the way through -- nice. Overall: quite nice, a bit sweet but not cloyingly so. A definite winner. Pairing suggestions: good with mild goat cheeses. I’m imagining it a solid winner with: grilled scallops, creme brulee, salmon, pork terrine/chops (esp. with cherry sauce), duck with cherries, sweetish mushroom napoleon, or a fruit tray: apples, pears, kiwi fruit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HermanW (1066) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2008
750 ml fles. Gedronken op oudjaarsavond in Golmbach. Geen tot weinig alcoholsmaak. Niet erg veel smaak.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
750ml bottle from Bevmo Carmel MountainLight copper pour with a slowly fading off-white head. Potent fruity aromas, highly yeasty and candyish, a cake of esters going from yellow apples to pineapple, from honeyed grapes to lime. The highly effervescent body bites at first, but calms the sweetness down a bit. Warming palate, spicy through a doughy yeast dominance. Medium bodied, strong and not particularly polished.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (1250) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Drank from a large, corked bottle, poured into a trappist glass. Pleasant, if not powerful, aroma of light fruits like pear, grapefruit and orange, with some herbal notes too. A clear, golden-orange color with a big foamy white head with good retention. Flavor was pleasantly sweet and fruity, with a touch of bitterness at the end. Moderate carbonation, and a wetter, fuller mouthfeel, definitely meant to be sipped. I enjoyed this bottle a good deal, and the high alcohol content was dangerously unnoticeable. Still, at $9 for the bottle, hard to justify buying this beer with any frequency.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Production code 17JE (I’ve had this for at least a year and a half)
A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a strangely orange tinged, pale amber colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a very pretty, lightly hazed, reddish-tinged, very orange, slightly gold color. Interesting aromatics of concentrated pale malts, caramelized orange zest, dusty malt, pear notes, a touch of melon, slightly musty / funky and a slightly tart note that is a bit like pears or perhaps even a touch of tamarind. The nose on this is not quite as aromatic as I might have hoped, but it is interesting enough.

Somewhat sweet, but definitely rich and chewy (especially as it moves across the tongue). Lots of pale malt character here with notes of toasted grain, crushed soda crackers, honey notes and a biscuit like note in the finish. The honey notes play up a light herbal note somehow; really the malt and herbal notes combine to make me think of a herbal varietal honey. The texture of this is interesting, it is thick and somewhat creamy, but has enough carbonation to fight this, almost to the point of discord; while I like the texture overall it can be a little disjointing at times. The malt character has an almost aged character to it (though age probably has nothing to do with it); notes of golden raisins, stale yet still moist apricots, dried and oxidized pears, and even a bit of star fruit. At times this can have hints of butterscotch to it, though this really seems to be a mix of the other flavors.

Somehow this is a bit dull tasting; certainly not bad and nothing seems particularly off, but I is just not quite as well balanced and flavorful as I expected.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours brown with off white head. The Aroma is full of candy sweetness. The taste is also very sweet whiach may be to uch for some but I found it just about right with hints of the Alcohol and fruit in the taste to make me want more. Nice finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5247) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
ruby amber pour with a small head. lots of malts and some fruits on the nose. great on the palate in thickness, very fruity but it’s balanced out by the malts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Russo (2012) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle. Amber color with a beige head that disappear quickly. Aroma is fruity and malty, notes of dark fruits, sweeteness and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and very presence of alcohol, some roasted malt and a smooth chocolate note. Mouthfeel is sweet and dry. good..

Português: Cerveja de cor âmbar, com espuma bege nada persistente. Aroma frutado, e maltado, com notas doces e álcool. Sabor doce e álcool bem perceptível, algum malte torrado e um suave chocolate amargo. retrogosto doce e seco.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2007
the pour is dark copper with ample tan head. The nose is dark fruits, candy sugar, and malt. The flavor is typically sweet as with most quads, has a nice alcohol warming finish with a nice nutty flavor. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2007
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark amber color with a thin tan head. Aroma is very strong with lots of alcohol, sweet malts, candy, and bubblegum. Flavor is very sweet and powerful with a heavy malt kick and a strong alcohol burn. Very easy to sip.


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