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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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dolty (15) - SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2006
Tasted on tap at The Rover, Gothenburg, Sweden. Although it may be that this beer might not always travel well-- and I have tasted a mediocre keg of it-- the proper Urthel 12 is simply my favourite beer of them all. It is everything that Belgian Ale should be for me: slightly sweet, rich, full, loaded with malt flavours and complexity. It was perfect-- a Karmeliet of Karmeliets.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2012
The perfect beer. Full body with many interesting layers. Taste immediately makes me think of raisins and alcohol. Aroma has hints of raisins as well. Pours with an amazing head.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (512) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2013
Le seul problème pour donner un avis sur cette bière est de savoir qu’elle est brassée au sein de Bavaria, qui n’est certes pas une valeur en matière de brassage, mais c’est tout de même dans l’enceinte des trappistes de Koningshoeven, donc ça aide un peu... Mais il faut dire tout de suite que cette bière était brassée auparavant chez Vansteenberge, et que nous avons donc affaire à des brasseurs belges... Soyons sérieux, puisque cette bière est très sérieuse (11,5 % abv!!!!), et disons que nous sommes dans l’art du brassage au sens plein du terme … Affichons la donne d’emblée : je vais avoir le très grand plaisir d’accorder à ce breuvage très digne sa 3ème note de 5 sur ratebeer. Pourquoi ? D’abord nous sommes devant une bière quadruple, ce qui doit toujours forcer le respect, et être quadruplement prudent avant d’exprimer un avis … Donc on se calme, on regarde la bouteille : très jolie étiquette avec un zombie barbu qui tient sa pinte comme sa petite amie... Nous savons qu’elle est très jeune puisqu’elle a une ancienneté limitée à 2000... Au verso, nous lisons trois jolis mots « rare quality brew ». Ceci nous met dans l’ambiance indiscutablement.... La belle est d’une belle couleur roux profond avec un rien de châtaigne... Elle est d’une clarté limpide. Les bulles voltigent partout dans le verre, et nous avons au centre la fameuse fontaine des grandes éditions, avec une provision de cartouches fines, fines et pétillantes. La mousse est d’un très beau beige et crémeuse : elle va très rapidement napper le breuvage et le protéger des intrus, qui voudraient nuire à sa saveur... Odeur et arômes superbes de finesse, avec une pointe de whisky, des céréales et des amandes. Le volume d’entrée est soyeux, mais est vite dépassé par la 1ère bouche qui vous prend littéralement d’assaut.. On est sur des épices mais avec un côté plein. Cette bouche n’est pas agressive, mais poivrée et avec un rien de réglisse. La 2ème présente une pointe de sureau et de groseilles noires avec des herbes, mais on vous laisse deviner lesquelles … La 3ème vient à l’équilibre mais très particulier, sur des notes de speyside, témoignant d’un brassage extraordinaire. La longueur témoigne vite de la force alcoolique, mais celle-ci soutient le sujet, preuve toujours des grands brassins. La levure est soyeuse, bien faite, veloutée et d’une finesse ultime. La finale, vous l’avez compris, est entière et parfaitement gracieuse. Comment expliquer qu’un breuvage pareil était en train d’attendre sur ratebeer sa 3ème note maximale ? Il y a des choses étranges dans le monde de la bière.... Des vins de ce niveau-là auraient déjà reçu des avis éclairés de claironneurs qui les auraient placés sur un piédestal en plein milieu du château de Versailles, mais nous, en Belgique, on est comme ça, on boit tranquille et on ne se préoccupe pas de décerner des brevets de qualité outrecuidants, et qui pourtant sont à peine mérités... Petit pays, petites coutumes et petits avis … Qu’on se le dise !!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (84) - ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
Ottimo esempio di barley wine. Il corpo è strutturato e in bocca si percepiscono chiaramente decise note di frutta secca, cioccolato e marzapane, ma soprattutto note vinose. Da non perdere!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has no freshness or born on date, only a bottle number. (k28c7) Appearance: It has a deep reddish burgundy colored body with a small beige head. The body also has a very hazy or cloudy appearance with lots of yeast sediment in it. Its head is short lived and leaves just a small ring of foam on top, around the edge of the glass. Lacing is very minimal. Smell: In the nose I get nice fruity esters of golden raisons, figs, fig cake, liquorish and candy sugar. There is also a mellow brandy like boozy note that surrounds all the nice fruitiness. Taste/Palate: With complexity like this it’s hard to find a place to start. It has a deep rich full body with complex bready and fruity maltiness. Within it there are nice notes of golden raisons, dark sweet cherries, fig/fig cake, red liquorish, caramel and some raw grain maltiness. These notes all slowly reveal themselves with each sip and they are embraced by a pleasant brandy like warmth. The finish is still some what sweet but there are some dryer earthy yeast tones moving in here as well as some lightly spicy hop notes that bring mild bitterness. Its texture has a good firm smooth feel with plenty of soft carbonation to keep thing lively and set up the palate for the next sip. Notes: Overall this is an outstanding Quad in my opinion. Its complex, it’s big, it’s pleasantly boozy, it drinks well, and the only thing I can really pick on here is the head retention and lacing. Well done!!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (3195) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
A very drinkable ale with an inviting, dark honey-gold appearance. The taste is smooth yet sharp, with just a hint of bitterness. Because it is a strong ale, it does have a bite to it, but it goes down very nicely. Worth tracking down.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jb (2143) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2010
One of my favorite styles and oh boy this seems to be done nicely. Light orange brown, thick head, thick retention, some lacing, very very hazy and small bubbles visible top outside of the tulip glass, truly a beautiful specimen. Nose is toffee, dark fruit, deep boozy sherry/port, brown sugar. Palate is impressive, it comes together beautifully. Starts sugary, bubbly, molasses taste, thick mouthfeel, sour touch, candyish, then a bit hoppy and dry. Beautifully done, start to finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
artyom (417) - Osijek, CROATIA - JUL 12, 2013
0,33l bottle (tnx to my GF Matea, she always brings me the best beers!). Hazy copper color. Aroma is fruits, raisins, spices, hint of yeast and some alcohol notes. Taste is a little bit sweet with fruits, spices, caramel and raisins. Alcohol is notable, but not too exposed. Overall this is very interesting and complex beer, one of the best I have ever tried.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (86) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Poured from a 350ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear reddish brown, with a moderate khaki head that quickly dissipates, leaving a disc on the surface. Nose is caramel and dark malt, with a hint of Belgian yeast banana and clove notes. Taste is malt forward, with many different layers. Thick, creamy mouth feel, with a long finish. Just a slight touch of hops on the finish. Delicious. An outstanding quad, but not surprising coming from La Trappe.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
generallee08 (506) - New York, USA - JUL 2, 2014
It has a deep reddish burgundy colored body with a small beige head. The body also has a very hazy or cloudy appearance with lots of yeast sediment in it. Its head is short lived and leaves just a small ring of foam on top, around the edge of the glass. Lacing is very minimal. In the nose I get nice fruity esters of golden raisons, figs, fig cake, liquorish and candy sugar. There is also a mellow brandy like boozy note that surrounds all the nice fruitiness. With complexity like this it’s hard to find a place to start. It has a deep rich full body with complex bready and fruity maltiness. Within it there are nice notes of golden raisons, dark sweet cherries, fig/fig cake, red liquorish, caramel and some raw grain maltiness. These notes all slowly reveal themselves with each sip and they are embraced by a pleasant brandy like warmth. The finish is still some what sweet but there are some dryer earthy yeast tones moving in here as well as some lightly spicy hop notes that bring mild bitterness. Its texture has a good firm smooth feel with plenty of soft carbonation to keep thing lively and set up the palate for the next sip.


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