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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 15, 2002

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
REDDOGICE (243) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2004
It’s a good summer beer. I like summer beers... they taste fruity and sweet. and delicate they are nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2003
If you like your Belgians high in alcohol with lots of oomph, don't try this beer, the beauty and complexity of this beer is there precisely because this beer is not a super charged 'American' Belgian ale.
This beer was batch #7. This beer pours a hazy orangish gold to copper color, it has a lively carbonation and a dense cream colored head. The aroma is fruity but grassy, with a floral hop note, there is a yeasty-musty-herbal note to it as well, basically it has a pretty complex aroma. This is a light refreshing brew, a style that so many breweries do not pay attention to or just do plain poorly. It is slightly sweet, but mostly dry, and the carbonation just dances on my tongue. There is a hint of banana in the finish, a bit of sharp biting carbonic acidity (from the carbonation obviously). At only 5% alcohol by volume this is a wonderfully complex Belgian ale. This beer is lightly bittered in the finish and it seems to have some woodiness to it as well. This would pair really well with a light nutty creamy cheese. As it warms up the malt brings a certain softness to this beer. There is still a bit of barely perceptible acidity and a fruitiness that, in combination, remind me a bit of cider. This beer has a definite malt backbone to it and though light and refreshing it has a wonderful mouth coating feel to it as it flows down my throat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2002
Aweseome cidery and spicy aroma. Champagne like mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Flavor of cider, apples, grapes, bready yeast, and a light hop finish. Very refreshing , very enjoyable. I don’t think i will ever tire of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Batch #10. Pours a light copper color with a great, lasting head and good legs. Aroma is of toasted malts, apples, and a floral boquet, perhaps roses. A slight hop nose. Taste includes apples, apricots, orange peel, and a strong malt flavor. A good mouthfeel with a carbonation packed afterbite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
socoguzzler (11) - fort collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 I tasted this beer in a 12 ounce bottle. I thought it was a tasty and delightful beer. The taste of wet cardboard was a bit over-done but the yeasty finish washed my palate of the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2005
A woderfully cloudy appeaance within a gold color with a thick, tight head when poured but dissipates into a thin, white layer. Big clovey spiciness at the forefront of the aroma with lemon and a slight soapiness. Flavor is big belgian spiciness not unlike a saison with clove, ginger, pepper, lemon, cedar, and an earthy mustiness....yum. It is dry but there is also a silkiness to the overall palate. The flavor is much more complex than the aroma, but this is a nice beer and deserves extreme kudos for this level of flavor and that low of an alcohol content. This ale has the balance of Dupont Moinette and less alcohol than Dupont Saison.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2002
Batch 1. Very light straw with a thick foamy head. Aromas of apples and grass, earthy and fruity. Flavors of cider, light caramel, earth, and lightly toasted hazelnuts. Finishes light and refreshing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Light amber in color with a small white head.Malty,bready,biscuity aroma and a touch of yeast.It's flavor is of malt,spice with a dry finish. Quite a shelf life for a summer ale.

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