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RATINGS: 962   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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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 (1631) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2013
Le seul problme pour donner un avis sur cette bire est de savoir quelle est brasse au sein de Bavaria, qui nest certes pas une valeur en matire de brassage, mais cest tout de mme dans lenceinte des trappistes de Koningshoeven, donc a aide un peu... Mais il faut dire tout de suite que cette bire tait brasse auparavant chez Vansteenberge, et que nous avons donc affaire des brasseurs belges... Soyons srieux, puisque cette bire est trs srieuse (11,5 % abv!!!!), et disons que nous sommes dans lart du brassage au sens plein du terme Affichons la donne demble: je vais avoir le trs grand plaisir daccorder ce breuvage trs digne sa 3me note de 5 sur ratebeer. Pourquoi? Dabord nous sommes devant une bire quadruple, ce qui doit toujours forcer le respect, et tre quadruplement prudent avant dexprimer un avis Donc on se calme, on regarde la bouteille: trs jolie tiquette avec un zombie barbu qui tient sa pinte comme sa petite amie... Nous savons quelle est trs jeune puisquelle a une anciennet limite 2000... Au verso, nous lisons trois jolis mots rare quality brew. Ceci nous met dans lambiance indiscutablement.... La belle est dune belle couleur roux profond avec un rien de chtaigne... Elle est dune clart limpide. Les bulles voltigent partout dans le verre, et nous avons au centre la fameuse fontaine des grandes ditions, avec une provision de cartouches fines, fines et ptillantes. La mousse est dun trs beau beige et crmeuse: elle va trs rapidement napper le breuvage et le protger des intrus, qui voudraient nuire sa saveur... Odeur et armes superbes de finesse, avec une pointe de whisky, des crales et des amandes. Le volume dentre est soyeux, mais est vite dpass par la 1re bouche qui vous prend littralement dassaut.. On est sur des pices mais avec un ct plein. Cette bouche nest pas agressive, mais poivre et avec un rien de rglisse. La 2me prsente une pointe de sureau et de groseilles noires avec des herbes, mais on vous laisse deviner lesquelles La 3me vient lquilibre mais trs particulier, sur des notes de speyside, tmoignant dun brassage extraordinaire. La longueur tmoigne vite de la force alcoolique, mais celle-ci soutient le sujet, preuve toujours des grands brassins. La levure est soyeuse, bien faite, veloute et dune finesse ultime. La finale, vous lavez compris, est entire et parfaitement gracieuse. Comment expliquer quun breuvage pareil tait en train dattendre sur ratebeer sa 3me note maximale? Il y a des choses tranges dans le monde de la bire.... Des vins de ce niveau-l auraient dj reu des avis clairs de claironneurs qui les auraient placs sur un pidestal en plein milieu du chteau de Versailles, mais nous, en Belgique, on est comme a, on boit tranquille et on ne se proccupe pas de dcerner des brevets de qualit outrecuidants, et qui pourtant sont peine mrits... Petit pays, petites coutumes et petits avis Quon se le dise!!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (474) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Ottimo esempio di Quadrupel, anche se sembra quasi una barley wine. Il corpo 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 its 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, its big, its 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 (5342) - 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 (3064) - 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 (1046) - 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 (476) - 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 (772) - 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 its 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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