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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
A "Belgian Speciale", their 10th Anniversary Ale is a spiced Belgian Strong Pale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Kennett 06. Pours a cloudy golden body with a fluffy almost pure white head and some nice lacing. Spicy peppery yeast aromas- which seem like they are becoming a trend in thier beers- almsot like a house belgian character- slightly citrus with a bit of lemon essence. Hay, grain and spice in the flavor, light pils malts, some other spicy notes like cinnamon, and some other yeasty phenols like clove. Pretty good and smooth mouthfeel. Nice overall belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5787) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Draught samples at Kennett Fest on 10/7/06
Lovely, soft, hay-yellow body shows medium-low clarity and boasts an immaculate white head, dense and creamy with very high retention, modest lacing. Reminds me almost exactly of Unibroue 10ís appearance, though more hazy than that one.
Lemongrass, saffron, coriander, white pepper and very modest ginger are all things that come to mind, not sure which one(s) of those are actually in there. But itís done with delightful moderation, allowing very dry honey and baked white biscuits to emerge, providing a strong balance to the spices. Dry, creamy wheat seems apparent, giving that smooth, nutty, almost vanilla-like note. Yeast apparency is not heavy, but it is noticeably Belgian, contributing light pears, peaches and a hint of clove. No alcohol noted in the aroma and a medium strength to it overall.
Spicy flower petals, muted ginger and fresh, somewhat acidic herbal notes dot the palate, upon the first sip. Light baguette-like malt notes creep in slowly, but are kept minimized by a brisk carbonation. Snappy finish shows light fruit esters (more peach/nectarine and some light apple) and plenty of coriander and white pepper-like dryness. Great level of attenuation, possibly even too dry for my tastes, so thatís saying a lot. Honey atop biscuits is about the extent of the malt. Just a dry, sort of grainy/biscuity flavor and texture with moderate touches of sweetness. Spices linger on, but the usual spice astringency in beers like this does not seem to build up. No alcohol apparent. Very clean and refreshing. No wateriness or alcohol noted. VERY drinkable for its size.
Toning down the carbonation a touch and maybe even stepping back on the spices, while getting a little more succulent honey notes from pils malt would be my reccomendations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1176) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Wonderful mix of friuty and piney spiciness. A bit of an alcohol kick, but normal for the type. Fruity upfront, tasty all the way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 9, 2006
KSBF 2006. Pours a hazy golden amber with a large foamy off white head. Aroma of Belgian spices, yeast, pilsner malt, bready and some "holiday" spices. Flavor was spicy, cinnamon, bready and more of the holiday spices along with some citrus and pine from the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
On tap, Kennett Square Brewfest 2006. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold colored body under a moderate foamy off-white head with decent retention. Aroma is citrusy hops, soft pale malt, some fruity belgian yeast, and belgian spices. Flavor is fairly aggressively hoppy, citric and piney, with alot of fruitiess and spices. Finishes with more spice and some light yeastiness. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a good bit of fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was pretty decent, but it didnít really have any real stand-out qualities that I could hang my hat on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
On tap at KSBF í06... Appears a hazy gold with a small off-white head that slowly fades away. Spots of lacing are left around the glass. The smell is of cinnamon, coriander, saffron, cardamom, and a spicy apple and citrus aroma that feeds off the doughy, Belgian yeast. Taste is of the given aromas with a nod to the Belgian yeast, which sets the style up for being a spiced Belgian Ale. Mouthfeel is smooth with gentle spicing flicking the tongue during the swallow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11552) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
On tap at the KSBF í06. Poured a deeper orange / amber color with large sized off white head. Fruity aroma (apples) with spices and some citrus. Tastes of spices, fruity and citric.

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