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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Allagash Speciale Reserve is a refreshing, light-copper colored beer brewed in the tradition of the Belgian ales of Brabant. We brew it in limited quantities each spring, and its distinctive toasted malt flavor, and herbal and fruit bouquet make it a perfect beer for a warm summer day. Suggested Food Pairings: Enjoy Allagash Speciale Reserve on its own, or with a light appetizer. Also try pairing it with shellfish, such as the traditional Belgian dish, Moules-frites . Serving/Pouring Suggestions: Allagash Speciale Reserve is re-fermented in the bottle in the traditional Methode Champenoise, and therefore contains a natural yeast sediment. Allow the bottle to rest upright for a few minutes prior to serving, then carefully decant the beer off the yeast. Style: Brabant Style Ale (Belgian Pale) Available In: 750 ml Bottle - Seasonal Alcohol Content: 5% ABV Original Gravity: 1047 Recommended Serving Temperature: 45-60 degrees F Recommended Cellaring Temperature: 55 degrees F (Not recommended for long periods of cellaring)


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 750 ml bottle (Batch 10)-Poured an orangish amber with a big white head. Aroma of sweetness, malt, and fruits. Taste of the same with a bit of yeast. This was a nice summer brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5260) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled. Pours a hazy light amber color with a medium off white head. The aroma was sweet fruity, caramel, apricot, peach and citrus. The flavor seemed to show some age inspired oxidation. Still sweet and fruity, but with a little funk. A hint of cork is also present. Iím not sure how old this bottle was.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2008
750 from a departmental picnic - thanks, John! Seems like this bottle was miles better than the bottle shared by the local crew. Handsome orange color, slightly cloudy, and a big head. Not a trace of skunk, and in fact some gentle sweet apple aromas with hints of nut in there. Moderate yeast in the body, abundant carbonation and full mouthfeel. Pretty good quaffer.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Haven’t tried or seen this beer for a while. And the David shows up with a 750 of it with a label I’ve never seen before and its a batch #5. This shit was mad old and showed. Not a great cellar beer. Nose is incredibly skunkified, with old sweaty gym socks, armpit, and mild skunky pot. Flavor is similar, very sweaty and skunky. Haven’t had a beer this skunked out in quite some time. Definitely an experience, but not one I want to have again for a while.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Carolina Crew tasting. Batch 5 Quite possibly the worst/skunkiest beer iíve ever tasted. Flavor is similar to dank marijuana. I like that flavor in my weed, but in my beer no way!

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bottle of Batch 5, labeled "Speciale," so this beer was likely 4+ years old, and it did not age well at all. Smell of skunk, skunky weed, and sweaty gym socks. Notes of sour grass. I honestly spit it out when i tasted it, so I didn’t pick up any flavors when tasting it. I’m sure this was once decent; thought I’d rate to advise against picking up and old botte.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Draft at the Blind Tiger, thanks to MaxDaddy. Brown pour with only a little head. The aroma was bready, slightly earthy malt and grain. The flavor is the same with some yeastiness. Alright, but more of a summer wheat beer than a belgian ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger. Lightly bready, waffle, cheesy aroma. Balanced and dry. Amber colored with a small head. Slightly belgian yeast, with a wet, unassertive, dried prune taste. Unexciting.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger: (Courtesy of MaxDaddy) Deep hazy orange with a thin white head. Mild wheat malt aroma, with a hint of subdued lemon peel and yeast. The flavor has a musty lemon peel character, along with mild yeast presence and a very weak finish. Very mild overall. Simple, not much to it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a medium orange color with microsediment and a quickly dissipating alabaster head that leaves a thin film and a ring. Aroma is of light malts, light spice, light fruits and light brown sugar with grassy notes. Taste is of bread/dough and subtle, grassy hops. Light to medium body and smooth with low carbonation. Ending is of light brown sugar notes.


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