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Ciney Speciale

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Formerly brewed at Alken-Maes (Heineken)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Jumet, Belgium

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blackmetal (112) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2012
Standard Belgian except for that distinct caramel taste. Original while not a vast diversion.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matthijs99 (7) - USA - JUN 15, 2001 does not count
the best

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobertVerloop99 (130) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2001

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2005
Light brown head on a deep dark amber-ruby body. Very full taste, fruity aroma and taste, very nice indeed. Berries, citrus, caramel and roasted malts combine to give an exceptional experience. First-class beer, it reminded me of Duchesse de Bourgogne. A masterpiece of a beer. Too bad the bottle was a measly 25 cl !

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6343) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
1996 bottle at Kulminator. This dark brown beer pourd with a thin beige head and a magnificent caramel aroma. The beer has mellowed very well into a sherry-like taste. Plum , raisin, toffee, milk - complex yet simple.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerohen (1977) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 Roasty-malty flavor. A bit heavier than the Brune. Re-rate: Bottled (9%), BB 2003 (bottled 2001?), approximately 11 years old. Still some carbonation, small head, very dark brown colored. Aroma of port, molasses, malts, seems a little bit overaged. Initially bittersweet port flavor, but later on in finish an explosion of complexity, raisins, figs, malts, molasses, barley, wow. Perhaps aged a few years too long (especially for the aroma), but at around 8 years this stuff must be absolutely magnificent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10764) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
The 1996 vintage at Kulminator. Pours dark reddish brown. With a decent beige head. Aromas of reddish fruit and smooth roast malt. Mild, almost no, carbonation. Near full bodied. Finishes not quite dry, and somewhat sherry or calvados. A really smooth and tasty ale. The bottle was crusty from Dirk’s old cellar. Quite a treat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2001

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9270) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 16, 2000

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4433) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2002
Nice sweet taste, like cherries or something. Dying head, very dark colour like a porter or stout. Roasted malt-sour taste. Soft palate. This is definately a very special brew, somesort of a marriage between a porter and a belgian strong ale.


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