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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2005
A "Quadrium Ale", according to the label, whatever that is, and also, we are told, this was brewed by Hildegard. Thanks, Hildy! Let’s uncork this sucker and see what your talents have wrought... Looks lovely in my Tripel Karmeliet glass, a gorgeous peachy orange tone, foam filling half the vessel, delicate and lacey, softly collapsing, very elegant. Aroma tickles the nose, funky, citric, spicy, ripe orange and grapefruit peels, lemons, cherries, quite a fruity combo, certainly a delight. And a joy on the tongue, as well, a spicy, spritzy dance on the palate, that mellows much from it’s initial entrance, but never leaves, just keeps rolling along. Gets a bit bubblegummy later in, not that there’s anything wrong with that. This is very tasty, very nice, and I can’t taste the 11.5% the label speaks of...can that be right? I thought this would be like a Quadrupel style, like La Trappe’s classic version, and maybe it is, if the only consistent characteristic were alcoholic content. But as for taste, it’s surprising and unique. I expected a darker, winey-ier brew, and got something very different, but very delicious. This 750 ml bottle will be drained with astonishing quickness, and I can be counted for picking up more bottles, to guarantee future happiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2005
750 mL bottle (corked & caged): clear, orange gold with a highly retentive, dense, white foam. Caramelized yeasty aroma with figs, raisins, flower petals and a bit of alcohol laced perfume. Sweet, alcoholic cloves balance nicely on velvety carbonation while caramelized brown sugar mix with herbal, peppery notes and thick malt. A lingering stickiness literally glues the malt and dark caramel to the back of the throat while gooey grains slide down…a tasty combination of flavours, but the alcohol is a little too pronounced and I would have loved to see a bit more hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Dark amber pour with white head and some lacing. It has a very typical Belgian flavor and aftertaste. It is smooth and makes a very nice finish down the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Pours a glowing dark amber with a nicely building and nicely lacing head. This is a lot like a barley wine as brewed by the belgians. It’s got that sugary sweet caramel flavor common to many British style barley wines (think JW Lee’s Harvest Ale) with a slight bit of that Belgian yeast funk. There’s a noticeable bit of alcohol in the aroma and flavor, but it complements the rest quite nicely. I thought this was top notch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2005
Bottle. Copper color and a small white head. Light sweet malty aroma and sweet caramel light alcoholic taste. Full body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Pours a clean sparkling copper with a thinly lacing white head. Aroma is rich, caramel malty and sweet, with bready Belgian yeast and a touch of light floral fruit. Body starts with lots of sweetness up front but quickly fades into a more balanced, semi-dry finish. Lightly complex, but could use some more and a little more thickness as well. A nice quadrupel, but I see room for improvement.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (631) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2005
There was not much to this 6 mo. old bottle in either aroma or taste. Standard pour,amber and slightly bubbly. Served at 50F. Slightly sweet,mild malt,mild fruitiness. 11% and easy drinking,so kudos on that part. Probably another brew with potential that needs to sit a year or two or three or more...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 Re-rate
2nd time around wasn’t a charm here. Strange banana aroma with a sweet/sour balance in the flavor. This time, finish thick and sticky, but boring.Bottled, sampled at beer/chocolate tasting
Nice pour with some hefty carbonation. Aroma is spiced honey. Flavor of a Heath Bar. Finish is sizzling and alive, with big bubbles bursting on the tongue. Alcohol hits you only at the bottom of the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1721) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2005
On tap, at Monk’s, in Philly. Deep amber color, with a small, white head. Fruit and spice in both the aroma and taste. Medium body, and relatively sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Clear dark golden with a good head and lacing. Spicy and fruity notes of passion fruit, dough, malt, and yeast. Spice, malt, and bread dough flavor with a nice hop bitterness and some acidity that gives it a bite.

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