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RATINGS: 979   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Pours slightly hazy, funky amber tinged brown with a two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap. As the head settles it leaves behind a thin webbing that only sticks to the glass for a few seconds. Smell; tone of dark fruits and sweet caramel and brown sugar malts. There’s a slightly dusty yeaty presence, as well as some spices. Taste; there’s a big hit of alcohol and sugar at first. Some dark fruits, with plums and raisins come out, along with some caramel and brown sugar, but the alcohol and overly sweet sugar never really fade. Between the alcohol presence and the overwhelming sweetness, this has to be my least favorite quad to date. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy/sticky, and the drinkability is only so-so.

3.3
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Bottle into Urthel tulip, Hop Leaf (Chicago). Advertised as a quadruple, but not at all like the St. Bernardus or Westy 12 that define the style. Perhaps reminiscent of Rochefort. Smells more like a barley wine or a Samichlaus-esque dopplebock more than anything: portish, golden raisins, brown sugar, maybe some deep plum and chocolate. Pours with a medium head that doesn’t do much. Sweet and overripe in the mouth, with a bit of an off-kilter grain note in the finish which reminded me of something rotten (I don’t know why, but I didn’t like it very much). Smooth in feel. Some spiciness and yeasty notes in the finish as well. I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but it has some things going for it.

3.4
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2007
urthel quadrium..apricot puree body with medium off-white head..aroma of bread and yeast, lemon, and rubber cement..flavor of lemon, spice, yeast, toast, and the same distinct rubber cement...not bad considering this was a bit old or tainted

3.7
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Gold/copper. Small, frothy, off white head. Graham crackers, grains, light colored dried fruits, rich bready malt. Smoewhere between a quad and a farmhouse. Full body, balanced carbonation. Solid.

3.2
Silphium (3269) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Urthel Quadrium Ale. Ruddy orange-red, sediment-laden body, thick cream head. Earthy, dusty aroma with spicy esters, butterscotch, and rubbery phenols. Unfortunately, the flavor profile, too, is tainted by burnt rubber, burying the toasts, spicy breads, and dusty esters. Fairly complex but tainted.

3.4
maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 5, 2007
"Leyerth Breweries, Flanders." Dirty blonde pour raises a mere half-inch dense head that leave leopard spot lacing. Fruit-forward esters: bubblegum wrapper, bitter apple, crackerjack caramel, candied lemon and apricot, sultanas. Some oily/minerally phenols as well, plus a touch of earthy/peppery/barnyard brett. The flavor is almost too slippery for words... sour cherry, spicy and floral, dust, almost-pineapple. Sounds like brettanomyces clausenii, perhaps? Merest spectre of nutty malt that one really has to search for. Body is light yet creamy, and sharply carbonated. Cidery aftertaste. Strange and complex, but not a beer I would pay money for again.

3.4
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2007
This beer pours a hazy orange with a nice creamy white head. There was a good deal of lacing on the glass. The scent was very malty with some yeast and spice. Odd taste for a strong ale...a little heavy on the palate for me, yet still sweet and spicy. This was a different kind of beer...still worth a try.

3.8
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2007
sweet Belgian beer at its finest. alcohol level is dangerous since it is very smooth. highly recommended.

2.9
ChainGangGuy (4949) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy amber body with a small, off-white head. Smell: Light, toasted maltiness with white grapes, a mold-smelling yeast character, and light sherry notes. Taste: Moderately sweet, with bready malts and a distinctive, yet peculiar mélange of fruits: white grapes, quinces, and pineapple. Some slight bitterness in the sharp finish. Mouthfeel: Straddles the fence between medium and full-bodied. Low carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth. Drinkability: I can’t properly explain it, but this bizarre beer saddens me.

2.7
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2007
11.2oz bottle, $4.09. God all mighty this beer sucks!. Aroma is not bad: of sweet malts and citrus hops. Looks great. Average sized white head that mostly diminished and left average lace. Alcohol content is great!. But the flavor? WTF!? Nasty, sweet berries, syrup, medicine, sweaty ass, and dead rat dominate the flavor(well, maybe not dead rat, that’s a little better. Also, please do not regard my reviews of Belgium beers since I despise them vehemently!!) Whose brewing this crap?!! I know I can hardly complain since most yanks drink Bud but WTF Belgium?!! Is this really your newest cult classic?! I actually couldn’t finish this beer!! I KNOW, ME!!!!! NOT FINISHING A BEER!!! Hell must’ve froze over! Great job guys, the first beer I can consciously remember not finishing. I hope you’re proud! And if that doesn’t just kill me, I’ve inadvertently chosen this beer as my 69th rating!! DAMN YOU!!!! You’re so not worthy!!


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