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RATINGS: 975   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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3.2
Silphium (3198) - 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 (4932) - 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!!

3.4
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Aroma of mostly citrus with hops and little malt. Taste was extremely sweet. It consisted of citrus and raisins with a strong alcohol finish.

4.6
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Pours amber in color with little head.
Very strong alcohol taste along with a sweet malty flavor. Aroma consists of raisins, clove, caramel and very strong alcohol. A very strong beer and not for the light hearted.

3.5
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Tap served in proper De Konongshoeven glass (grass on drawn on the glass?). Small, off-white, fizzy head (pattern of belgian?) Murky light brown body. Aromas of yeast, bubble gum, alcohol, maltiness, and some cloves. Flavor is sweet all the way. Solid brew but something in the finish that is a little off.

3.8
NachlamSie (3582) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Draught in an Urthel snifter at the Brick Store. Pours a hazy bright orange with a massive white head. Aroma is wild and yeasty with hints of pineapple, grass, cloves, nutmeg. Carbonation is medium. The description on the menu claims this a quad, though a unique one. That is definitely stretching the imagination, I like the broader "Belgian Strong Ale" classification this site has given it. This is nice bright ale with tons of pineapple, cloves, nutmeg, some banana, doughy notes, and honey. I found the flavor to be tamer and less sour than the aroma. This is a great drink.


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