Urthel Hibernus Quentum TripelNovember 1, 2002 Flanders, Belgium
De Leyerth Brewery
Imported by: Artisanal Imports, Inc.
Available: AZ, CA, AK, NY, PA, NJ, OH (Oct.), IN, IL, WI, MN, TX, OR, WA, CO, ID, MD
Hildegard van Ostaden started brewing what is now known as Urthel Tripel in the kitchen of her brick farmhouse. Her husband Bas, an artist who specialized in marketing, soon joined her. The label he created was inspired by the legend of the gnomes, little forest dwellers called Urthel. The brewery has developed into a joint husband-and-wife industry.
Alcohol by weight: 7.2
Removing the cork is letting a genie out of the bottle—misty vapor bursts forth and perfumes the air with a bready, herbaceous aroma. The spun-gold robe has orange highlights. The flavors are balanced and easy to like. Dry enough to enjoy throughout the meal, it's powerful enough for curries and chilis or delicacies like fresh fruit from the garden, and challah with golden sultana raisins and rich organic butter.
- Charles Finkel
Wonderfully Belgian! Deep, earthy, full aroma that brings back all kinds of comforting memories. Aroma a bit acidic, fruity, malty, even a hint of floral hops. Full bodied, full flavored. Wonderfully complex balance of sweet and sour, fruity and floral, toasted grain and zestful spiciness. Though full bodied, this beer is deceivingly drinkable; light on the palate and leaves a refreshing aftertaste that allures. A Belgian classic.
- Charlie Papazian
A 9% beer from Flanders, Belgium, it comes with a cradled cork that blew right out of the bottle and nearly took my head off. A hazy gold color, with a dense, rocky head; it has a delicious sour and fruity (sour pears? peaches?) aroma. The palate is tart, slightly sour, with hints of almonds and is wonderfully refreshing. The finish is dry and the fruit is now decidedly of the apricot variety. Sour and quenching, a beer that bows in the direction of both West Flanders sour red and Senne Valley lambics.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.