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RATINGS: 965   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2006
33 cl bottle. Yeast et the bottom. Amber colour with a nice rocky head. Nice aroma of dried fruit and some yeast. Flavour of spice, yeast and very alcoholic

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2006
01.04.06 750ml bottle, undated but new. Burnished copper in color, clear, beneath a determined and lasting off white head, fluffy and unending. Sticky but spotty lace clings tenaciously. Aroma is sweet, full, and fruity with plenty of candied and sugared mixed tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, guava) and touches of citrus. The yeast is notably present in the aroma as a ripe dough, and in the flavor with bread and mild spice. Tends toward grainy with more temperature. Some woody notes bring dry and vinous aspects. Citrus sharpness breaks up the sweetness and alcohol adds to the spice, but neither overpowers. The beer feels soft, smooth, and round throughout, not at all unctuous or sticky despite its size. By the end of the bottle, the sweetness actually is over the top and the beer gets tiring. Oh well.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (269) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2006
The halcyon glades from which the Urthel gnome hailed have been, in all probability, lost to the profit of Paul van Steenberges colossal computerized vats. Yet in the confines of his new home this furtive fellow has saved his recipe and brews it today, same as before but on a much larger scale. I wish that was the actual story, indeed I wish there was a story at all. The fact is, this young beer seems to contain more history than its pale 4 years of existence would indicate. In appearance alone the liquid shows a weathered orange-red hue that subtly changes as the forms in the head move from frothy soap bubbles building to a plump and soft mountainous relief. These custard hills roll as the Munros of Scotland, and size permitting you could certainly go bagging for them too with only the dangerously delicious aftereffects to consider. The nose is rich and soft but also fruity. Aromas of citrus, pineapple, pear, banana, mirabelle, apricot and a hint of strawberry are apparent. Some sweet notes of bubble gum esters, soap, butter, corn, almond, vanilla, burnt sugar, caramel and honey create an impressive complexity and a truly delectable fragrance. The light malts become dominant in the flavor providing a very nourishing quality to this beer. The sweet butter, burnt caramel and brown sugar flavors are complemented by a smooth creamy texture that finishes "wet" and leaves a light warm feeling from the alcohol. Genuinely a great beer that demonstrates the talent of one of Belgiums younger brewers, which is especially worthy of praise when the contenders have several centuries of practice!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GarrettB (1534) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Antique shops, an old attic, garage sales and the elderly are a few of the best places to find the rare, exotic and underappreciated. The dual sense of guilt and ecstasy that comes with finding a rare gem and paying pittance for it is thrilling, but it takes a keen eye and overflowing charisma to find the right hunting grounds. However, if youre not up to the challenge of walking through temples made of cardboard boxes, scaling hills of childrens clothing or risking life and limb sorting through old cutlery but still want the satisfaction of questing for a little known treasure, search for the gnome. The Samaranth gnome, that is. The sundown on a fall day color of this Urthel meditates below a light, buoyant tan head that oscillates with a whimsical swirl of the glass. Inside is a wide column of bubbles resembling a sea vent, and gives the beer the appearance of busily preparing itself to be the best taste possible. The gaseous preview contains apples, pears, brown sugar, butter, bubble gum, vanilla ice cream rounded out with a slight strawberry edge. In the mouth this unsung hero absolutely soars, resounding with moderate alcohol dryness, and a distinctive. Then it turns a deep sweet, like baked apples coupled with bubblegum, all upon a calming, smooth texture. When I plucked the Samaranth off the shelf I was making an arbitrary choice among a row of beers all decorated with a gnome. Of course the breweries were as different as the gnomes, and if art is any judge then the Urthel series was a major loser. The cover gnome may have had a strange tumorish growth under his poorly drawn beard, but maybe it was a design meant to give the drinker a mouthful of surprise when the beer turned out to be exceedingly good. Samaranth is a true find, because finding an under praised and unknown bottle of quality beer is a challenge on par with those of other treasure seekers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5976) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2005
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized long lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a poor lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was transparent and golden in color. Its aroma contained notes of nice vinous malty floral caramel. Its mouth feel is initially tingly vinous with a palate and a weird flavor in the finish aftertaste. Its flavor contained vinuous malty spicy caramel notes and was very tasty. Nice mellow over-all balance for an 11.5% brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2568) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Good sized off-white head in my Chimay glass. Fine, dense, creamy bubbles. Very good carbonation. Fruity aroma with apricots, peaches and spices. Delicious aroma. Color is a dark copper. Smeet, malty and delicious flavor. Little bit of fruit and spices. Warming but the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Finish is creamy and syrupy with a lingering warmness and sweetness. I think that I am going to enjoy finishing this 750! A good belgian strong ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6381) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle (330ml). Poured cloudy amber-orange with a small foamy-fizzy head. Aroma of light roast malt, lemon, yeast, spices and apple - very yeasty. Taste - sugary light roast malt, yeast, alcohol, sharp spice, mild fruit, even some citrusy hop bitterness - the alcohol quickly begins to dominate. Mouthfeel lively yet flat, very alcoholic and moderately sticky - not bad, very warming but a little too boozy and the other flavours are too muted for this to be excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2005
11.2 oz.: Speckled peach. Mixture of large and small bubbles blanket the glass with lace. Grapey, rummy, caramelized orange aromas. Some bready malt and meaty yeast hints. Very alcoholic. Spongy, big-bubbled carbonation. Quite viscous. Initially thick, with a full-on sweetness that takes hold, packing a tightly gritty punch of cane sugar and rummy sweetness. Delectable, albeit short lived, floral hop softness. Coriander is poorly utilized and bolsters the alcoholic heat. Despite the active carbonation, the syrupy/grapey sweetness remains prominent. Hint of over-toasted malt hulls lend more harshness to the already harsh alcohol. Flavor wants to become medicinal, but theres just enough dryness and malt depth to eclipse it. Somewhat oxidized, though, and the malt seemingly takes on more mushy, husky notes, as it goes. Anticlimactic finish reveals little more than a twinge of apple acidity, peppery alcohol, and a sharp tannic sting which annihilates the softer malt qualities. Does show some potential, but as is, its too sweet and sloppy.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Rerate (7-4-7-2-14=3.4): Fruity, candied, malt forward aroma is quite musty. Clear deep amber coloured body is topped by a pillowy off white head that lasts well. Sweet and fruity with moderate herbal hop notes and decent bitterness. Medium body with lively explosive carbonation. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie. Original Rating (7-3-5-2-11=2.8): Interesting aroma is herbal in character with notes of celery, brown sugar, green apples and pineapple. Hazy copper-orange coloured body with low white head that recedes to cover with light lacing. Dates, apples, (yellow delicious) in the fairly sweet but somewhat plain flavour with alcohol apparent throughout. Heavy, medium-full body is quite syrupy as initially strong carbonation flees quickly. Bottle sampled with MartinT and Olivier_MTL.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4911) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2005
330 ml bottle from Bello Vino, Ann Arbor MI (Oct 2005). Dark, faintly cloudy amber with a massive frothy slow-diminishing off-white head...fairly yeasty, lightly sour nose, seems a bit worty but not disgustingly so, lightly vinous with some slight pungent wet floral notes...on the tongue, alcohol is warmingly present at first, rather stinging near the finish, alongside wine-soaked caramel and a touch of anise and white pepper...fairly sweet throughout, but not cloying, quite full with moderate carbonation. Good, not great stuff.


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