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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)


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2730) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2006
On draft at Just Sports. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, and spices. The flavor is citrusy, sweet, fruit, and lots of spices. Good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Nose of straw malt and flowery hops. Pours a cloudy orange. Initial flavor is a nice light sweetness with a good hop balance, giving way to a mellow-sweet citrusy flavor (toned down navel orange). Lively carbonation with a watery texture makes it a great, thirst-quenching summer beverage.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Hazy amber/copper/gold. Small white head. Nose of must, light fruits, spicy herbs, and subtle grainy malt. Flavor adds a generous amount of toastiness followed by some nice funk. Great summer brew. Medium palate balances softness and carbonation very well. Solid brew, wouldn’t expect anything less from Allagash.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1853) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Rating for Allagash Speciale Reserve Batch No. 10. Definitive orange hue to the glass. Absolutely huge citrus aromas, with hints of both mango and honey. Has a decently large head and healthy lacing. Citrus flavors clash delightfully with sweet malt, caramel and honey. It has a dry-hopped backend with a medium-bitter finish. This brew is very well-balanced, not heavy, and clean to the palate. It pairs quite well with both thai food and seafood. Nice offering for this batch of Allagash. Extremely drinkable!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Rating for Allagash Speciale Reserve Batch no. 6 (05.04.06) One pint, 9.4 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 5% ABV. Clear orange with medium off-white head. Soft carbonation. Characteristic Belgium ale spicy fruity aroma. Full bodied Belgium-style ale that starts dry with light malt sweetness. Caramel and biscuit flavors from toasted malt. Finished dry with light malt fade. No characteristic Belgium ale funkiness and sourness. Rich and smooth in the mouth. A delicious and eminently drinkable ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Rating for Allagash Speciale Batch #10

Pours a cloudy, copper/amber with a large initial head that fades to a slim film. An explosion of rich aromas is frought with complexity... fruit & candy, pear, cherry, thick caramel and acetic sourness. Light, sugary mouthfeel with yeasty and malty flavors that come across like an Old Ale.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
On Draft at Just Sports. Pours amber\gold with an average sized white head. Aroma of citrus, belgian style spices, and yeast. Flavor is smooth, sweet, fruit, loads of citrus, spices, and some tart acidic notes. Good body, good brew.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2006
12 oz. bottle Aroma: Lightly hoppy with estery apple and banana underneath Appearance: Hazy honey in color. Weak head of off white bubbles that did not sustain well except for around the very outer edge of the glass which did not last long either. Flavor: Roasted malt was present but thin Palate: Finished somewhat bitter and malty with a hint of hops and citrus at the end Overall: Not my favorite beer but certainly not the worst either. You could do a lot worse than enjoying a session with this brew. While it was not impressive it was not poor either.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 23, 2006
Poured an effervescent golden with a large fizzy white head. Aroma is strong, vinous, and sweet. Taste is light and very dry with some fruitiness, some grass, and some floral essences. Nice fizzy body. Clean and refreshing, though one-dimensional. I agree with the marketing here... it’s truly a "summer" Belgian. Overall though, I’d say the White is better crafted.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2006
This is a nice session beer for summertime but it seems like the weakling child of the Allagash family as there are some nice spicy and fruity flavors which are watered down to make it more of a pleasable beer. I once had a case of this for a June baby shower and it was a hit. Bottle at the Banshee @ Scranton, PA.


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