Urthel Parlus Magnificum (was: Vlaemse Bock)

RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottle conditioned.
Brewed under direction of Hildegard van Ostaden, formerly at Van Steenberge, now at Koningshoeven - La Trappe brewery.
With its rich foam, hoppy flavour and fine bitterness, Urthel Vlaemse Bock is a special ale with a high drinkability for lovers of the authentic Flemish brewing art. Vlaemse Bock as originally brewed for the winter, but is now available in 33 cl. (330 ml./ 11.2 FL.OZ.), 75 cl. (750 ml./1 PT. 9.4 FL. OZ.) and kegs the whole year. You can only buy Urthel Vlaemse Bock in the United States. This heart-warming dubbel of 7.5% of alcohol, traditionally top fermented and bottle conditioned flamey dark ale has a tastefully rich, malty, slightly sweet flavour. Vlaemse Bock’s very fine distinctive bitterness makes you forget the long cold winter.
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 11, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. Vlaemse Label. Very active carbonation. Pours a murky brown color with a frothy, bone colored head. Somewhat bready, sweet malt aroma with some prunes and a hint (slightest hint) of some bubblegum phenols. A rich, c hocolatly dubbel with big caramel, toffee and fruit notes. Charcoal-like dry finish. There’s not much bock-like about this beer; it’s a strange name. I really enjoy the beer.

Patrickctenchi (6630) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle: Pours hazy brown with a thin, off-white head. Sweet, dark fruit and toasted bread aroma. Flavour is sweet....plums, chocolate malt.....a slight hint of spice. Very rich.....great tasting.

shrubber85 (11460) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle. Chocolate fudge malt and hay aroma. Dark brown with small head. Very sweet molasses/chocolate syrup malt and mildly bitter grass flavor. Good body. A bit too sweet.

altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2015
12/1/2006 11:53:14 AM Bottle at home. Very spicy Bock. Scent is deep alcohol and dark fruit. Full-bodied, prickly with mild finish.

jamaty (2192) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 11, 2015
Marrón oscura, coca-cola, posos evidentes. Aroma agradable y complejo, frutas rojas, whisky... El sabor es igualmente complejo y estupendo. Caramelo, chocolate, uva, y algo de especias. Bien carbonatada y con cuerpo medio. Muy buena

keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Nice beer with strong notes of chocolate and lesser notes of fig with an aftertaste of chocolate.

HourGlass13 (951) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Pours a murky brown copper color, with a small head and nice lacing. Lots of sediment floating around in the pour. The aroma is caramel, malt, yeast, honey, and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is malty, woody, and creamy, with a hint of alcohol on the finish. The taste is well rounded, with a earthy character that lingers in the mouth. Good stuff.

Alengrin (5451) - BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2014
The first new Urthel since they are brewed at Koningshoeven and the bottle and label style changed; apparently identified here with Urthel Bock Exclusief, but I doubt this was precisely the same beer, as the latter mentioned 7% ABV on the label and this one 7.5% ABV, apart from - admittedly subtle - differences in flavour. Anyway, this beer is a rich dubbel with a creamy but rather thin and opening, yet stable head and deep, clear burgundy colour. Aroma of dates, pear, blackcurrant, coriander, cloves, medium dry sherry, brown sugar, ’speculoos’, pepper, honey. Candied fruits in the mouth, sweet but not in a sugary or cloying way, drying coriander, pleasant finish with soft herbal hops and some warming alcohol. Well balanced and very enjoyable, like most Urthels.

hackobock (4045) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2014
September 19, 2014. Bottle from tderoeck, thanks! Pours dark red/brown with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is dried fruits, caramel, licorice, spicy and light chocolate and alcohol. Taste is sweet dried fruits, caramel, light bitter dry spicy and light roasted notes. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

melush (4239) - SPAIN - SEP 18, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color marron oscuro. Sabor a levadura, malta tostada, caramelo.

ads135 (4731) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Dark brown, thick head. Lots of dark fruit flavor, some raisins, prunes, licorice, and honey. Bready backing.

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