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

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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (863) - 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’intensitŕ č 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (4567) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2013
Thnx to miek Pours very clear and very light amber No real smell Taste is rather sweet . Not too much taste . Bit buttery Low carbo Good drinkability but not too much taste

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 22, 2013
22-Sep-13 (330-ml bottle, Best before Dec 2013: Free sample bottle for stewarding the 2012 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA)
This beer is quite hazy and golden-amber in color, pouring an inch of bubbly, off-white head that recedes to a quarter-inch blanket that’s propped up by a significant amount of carbonation rising through the beer. The nose is unexpectedly fruity and tart, smelling like dried apricots and pink grapefruit with quite a musty, attic-like aroma as well. Smells interesting, but unfortunately, it fails to follow through on the palate. The initial flavor does have some light fruitiness, perhaps gently tart stone fruit, and the malt is light and toasty, but the dusty, musty character takes over quickly and tastes like I’ve licked a dirty floor. The beer is light and somewhat watery in body, medium in carbonation, and fully dry with a dusty mouthfeel. Overall, I can’t say I’ve enjoyed this beer. It certainly smells better to me than it tastes, but there’s just nothing pleasant in the flavor, nothing warm, inviting, or delicious, so I have no desire to finish the bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle @ home. Aroma is fruity esters, some malty caramel. Flavour is dry malty fruityness. Nice.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Zupastan (94) - Kortrijk, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2013
33 cl bottle @ home, bought from Maes (Dendermonde), amber coloured, big white foam, medium carbo, watery, yeasty and long dry aftertaste. Not my cup of tea!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JefVerstraete (2102) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2013
Dark amber colour, typical speciale belge. Medium carbonation, notes of caramel and dry bitter aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thanatosti (1149) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2013
33 cl. botle @ heom, bought @ Hogerdijk Culemborg. Hazy amber with a thins white head. Malty aroma. Quite thin taste and aftertaste. Some malts, some hops, nothing more really.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Barreras (1269) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Pours a golden orange color with a slight fruity aroma. Taste is sweet and refreshing with a melon aftertaste. A light Belgian beer that was easy drinking and hid the alcohol content as well.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
suprchunk (2607) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Amber colored pour. No head. No lacing. Musty aroma with yeast. Slight bitterness up front with a slight sweetness. Okay. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2559) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2013
33cl bottle, sampled post ZBF 2013. - Pours a near-convincing orange-amber with good lively white foam. Somewhat flat and cardboard aromas. Taste is split up between upfront herbal spicy hops and timid caramalts imparting a thin body for the style. Thin, but/and thus sessionable. Decent quality B-hop aftertaste. This is in the midrange, but any brewery that helps along the revival of the style Spéciale belge beyond Palm has my support.


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