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De Ryck Special

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


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RATINGS: 150   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (4896) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2014
150th rating for this brew, from 11.16 fl oz bottle -- that takes the cake. Nose is sweet and somewhat straight-ahead pils malt with sugary overtones, muted back-end fruit. Beautiful dark amber (not quite brown) with a soapy beige head. Crisp, lightly acidic (and lactic!) fullish body with watery character, some caramel and earth light spice, light yeast, very overripe fruit in the back, but generally malt heavy and weight heavy, too. One to let warm a bit, for sure, and one to be met without expectations; there is a certain simple allure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Excalibur123 (133) - Soria, SPAIN - AUG 26, 2014
Color naranja oscuro con media cabeza de espuma de retención media; en nariz aromas a levadura belga, fruta ácida y pan; en boca entrada suave y refrescante con ligero amargor; notas ácidas y algo de miel; cuerpo ligero con carbónico medio; una belgian ale que no tiene matices destacables resultando bastante anodina.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Moravius (486) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 24, 2014
Flasche (33 cl). - Bernsteinfarben, trüb. - In der Nase Karamelmalz und milde obergärige Fruchtigkeit (reife Frucht), beides sehr verhalten. - Antrunk mild karamelmalzig mit ganz leicht scharfer, muffiger Säuerlichkeit, was nicht allzu gut zusammenpaßt. Frucht- oder Hopfenaromen sind kaum vorhanden. Etwas zu stark rezent, dünnes Mundgefühl. Schwach fruchtige Herbe im Abgang, schwacher aber dennoch unangenehmer dumpf-bitterer Nachtrunk. - Nicht mein Geschmack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrodooo5 (1016) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 20, 2014
A pretty unique & different style of Belgian! Pour is a hazy rustic orange w/ a thin white head w/out much lacing. The aroma is nearly sour & that follows through in the taste. There’s not a whole lot else going on here & I would expect more complexity from the style. Different but I don’t think it really works!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
Een lekker biertje met een goede smaak aan. Dit is een bier dat ik zeker nog ga drinken

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ForlornHope (48) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4350) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Splitenz (331) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (6827) - Tampere, 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Erzengel (2608) - 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

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