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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2001
Notably spicy aroma, and drinks just a little bigger than true session style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Hazy golden body with smallish off-white head. Aroma is sweet, clove, coriander, lemon, wheat. Taste is lightly sweet, some lemon sourness, light coriander, finishing herbal hoppy. Medium/light and watery body (not watery taste) makes for a pleasantly drinkable summer ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2005
12 oz bottle pours an off white creamy head, color is hazy apricot. Aroma is sweet malty, followed by a like taste. Nice carbonation. Very similar to their White Beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Special Reserve
Date: 04/03/2003
Mode: Bottle
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
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: *4
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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2007
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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (9895) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2003
Nice spicey nose with a nice white head. The taste is not what i would expect. a watered down blanche with little caracter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9115) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 Bottle (batch #8)... RBSG2003... Hazy, light golden ale. Huge, white head that retains well. Good lacing. The nose is yeasty with notes of green apple and spices (clove, cinnamon and coriander?). The flavor is light and well-balanced. Lightly spiced and vineous. Light-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and very soft carbonation. Short, refreshing finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Bottle. Pours dark golden with a big white head and great lacing. Aroma of malt, citrus, candi sugar, chardonnay, peat, and corn flakes. Tastes dry, fruity, with citrus, hops, chardonnay, and honey at the finish. Super complex. My glass looked like it was full of floaties, until I realized that it was full of stationary carbonation bubbles. The effect was amazing!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
Some earth-laden spices and tropical fruit…Nice yeast presence…Light summer…

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2005
750mL Bottle (Speciale Reserve, Batch 9). Pours an almost clear golden color with about 1/4" retained white head. Pepper, yeast/bread, coriander, and cobwebs hit the nose. Belgian yeast and a bouquet of fruits & spices come through in the taste. Clean mouthfeel, and slightly dry. Bready finish. A little sweet for my liking, but fairly well-balanced and easy to drink.


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