Tmoney99 (13165) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured hazy amber color with a large fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate yeasty orange citrus aroma. Light to medium body. Medium citrus sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Name: Special Reserve
Source: Ale Atlanta
hazy yellow, whispy white head, sweet malty flavor, touch of spicyness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
mcallister (31) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy copper orange with some ruby at the edges. Carbonation
is heavy and is highly populated in clumps toward the top of
the glass. Nice white head is crisp and fine and has good
Fruit galore in the nose. Green apple, apple cider, pear,
peach, spicey and herbacious, and showings of apricot. Fruit
bomb just great smelling.
Not at all what I expected in the taste. Cramel malt is chewy,
heavy, and thick. Chewy mouthfeel yet light and spritzey.
Still overly suprised with the depth of malt which wasn’t
noticeable in the aroma. Fruit is much more laid back in the
mouth then compared to the nose. Not enormously complex but
genuinely refreshing. More pear than apple unlike the nose.
Nice zesty finish.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 year old bottle shared by shared by shigadeyo, thanks again! Hazy orange pour with an off white head. Aromas of yeast, pale malt, light citrus, and spice. Flavors were mainly pale malts, yeast and some spices...perhaps a bit of grass. SMooth and soft mouthfeel with a slight boozey quality and a sweet finish. Not bad.
shigadeyo (3612) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Allagash Speciale Reserve Ale (Batch #8 from 2003?)
Serving: 750 mL corked and caged bottle (brought by me).
Event: Columbus Wednesday night tasting.
Location: nolankowal’s place.
Aroma: Fruity with some herb and spices. Slight oxidization noticeable as well.
Appearance: Murky golden color with a small white crown and some suspended yeast specks (this stuff had been rolling around in a cooler all day).
Flavor: Light malts, fruit, and spice.
Palate: Medium to light body and generously carbonated.
Overall: Refreshing and crisp. Not too bad for a 3-4 year old bottle of Wit beer! It has been stored in a refigerator ever since it arrived at the store I got it from, so I think that helped...
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Speciale Reserve Bottle that I’m told is 4 years old, shared by shigadeyo: Pours a hazy gold, with a white head. Aroma, some pale malts, spice, some grassy and herbal notes. Flavor, some light malts, bready, some spice. Pretty good for a 4 year old belgian ale.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. This was called "Speciale Reserve" by the brewer and is way higher in ABV than the 5% listed on this site. In fact, I question whether this is even the same beer as the "Summer Ale" as listed here in Ratebeer. Dark cloudy amber in color with a thick fluffy off-white head. Big fruity aromas and a medicinal back wash. Smooth and clean finish.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz btl. Hazy amber pour, substantial white head, nice retention. Allagash yeast present and accounted for. Nose also has aromas of toffee, dry malts and light fruit, like you might smell walking through an orchard. Palate is light to medium, as is the carbonation, very dainty but as refreshing a summer beer as I’ve sipped. Fruity component is amplified in the flavor, as is the yeast character and dry, crisp malt. Still very light, with a soft finish. Yum.
danfosha (51) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foam disappears fast. Pours golden amber, aroma of hay, wet granite, pineapple. Balanced hops, touch of bitter, medium bodied. From the bottle. Really tasty.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity hops and malt nose, apricot, wearing a small tan head, loads of carbonation. Spicey malt flavour, quite hoppy, medium bodied,complex , nicely bitter. Very interesting little beer. Thanks Dave Steen.