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De Ryck Special

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Brewed by Brouwerij De Ryck
Style: Belgian Ale
Herzele, Belgium

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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An De Ryck has been demonstrating for years that women can stand shoulder to shoulder with men in the brewing world. Her Special is a low alcohol beer in the pale ale style with a soft sweet taste and fresh finish


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ForlornHope (23) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2014
Pours with a small white head. Aroma is malty with little hop. Appearance - an orange-amber colour. Initial taste is sweet which rapidly changes to a medium but persistent bitterness. Medium-bodied with the low carbonation one would expect of a Belgian speciaal. Long dry, bitter finish. Overall, a fine, drinkable beer. The malty goodness gives way to a long, balanced and bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4086) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2014
Tap at the Bonte Koe, Leiden. Poured a hazy straw colour with a frothy white head. The aroma yeast light malt. The flavour is light bitter, with a dry malt, light fruit hop palate. Light bodied with average carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Splitenz (329) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2014
Drawn in by the different looking label. Sort of 70’s looking. Sweet and malty witha middle of thenroad Belgian yeast flavour. A bit dull, but otherwise fine.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (6582) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 31, 2014
330 ml bottle. BBE J/15. From belgianbeerfactory.com.
Hazy brown colour with a small off-white head. Yeast, mild berriness, sweetish malt and mild bitterness in the aroma. The flavour is yeast, mild bitterness, malt and some earthy notes. Yeasty and boring Belgian ale.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Erzengel (2397) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 24, 2014
orange in the glass, sweet and grainy in the nose. The beer starts way to sweet and slightly clove-yeasty. The "typical" Belgian-Ale characteristics are there, but lie under a hard to describe layer of malt and muff. Unround. The aftertaste is sweet. malty, yeasty with clove elements, bitter and highly carbonated.
--> not my beer! Way too undefined for me. --> 7/10/7/7

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GSAP (473) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2014
Hooi, kaas, vochtig en wat zoetigs in aroma, redelijk complex. Smaak is pils plus, wat zoeter in de mond en wat bitterder in nasmaak. Plezant voor terras, niet verassend.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2335) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Hazy golden color, moderate head, good lace/retention. Aroma is light with notes of sugar, yeast, light spice, grass, bread. Medium to light body, quite drinkable but kinda bland.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
psilosophy (484) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - DEC 18, 2013
Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur légèrement ambrée, mousse moyenne de tenue moyenne.Arômes de caramel, très légèrement boisé en début de bouche. Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grzesiek79 (3148) - Radom, POLAND - NOV 14, 2013
Piwo tylko z wygladu jest ladne obfita piana i trwala, metnosc spora. W smaku malo wyraziste, ale spodobal mi sie ten posmak jakby kwaskowaty i cierpkawy po przelknieciu.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (655) - Samarate, ITALY - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle @ home. Colore giallo ambrato quasi perfettamente limpido. Solo una leggera velatura. schiuma bianca fine, di buona persistenza. Profumo di lievito belga, di zucchero candito e di frutta gialla. L’intensità è buona ma di scarsa persistenza olfattiva. Gusto poco intenso, erbaceo e lievemente ferroso. ha una carbonatazione marcata, abboccata all’ingresso, e abbastanza amara nel finale. Scarsa l’armonia, la vedi e annusi e ti aspetti qualcosa, ma all’assaggio si rivela poco complessa e carente di calore alcolico. Discreto il corpo, ma la carbonatazione la rende quasi frizzante. Molto vicina ad essere una buona birra, peccato per la carenza di armonia.


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