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Dupont Spéciale Belge

Formerly brewed at Brasserie Dupont
Style: Belgian Ale
Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 172   ABV: 5.75%
Spéciale Belge is Brasserie Dupont’s first collaboration in its 166 year history.  Spéciale Belge is the featured beer of Philly Beer Week, and will debut during the Opening Ceremonies at Independence Hall on June 1, 2012 in the presence of Mayor Nutter.  Doing the honors of tapping will be Iron Hill Brewer Chris LaPierre – fitting since they are the collaborators on this beer.  All Iron Hill locations (Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) will be pouring Spéciale Belge throughout June.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2582) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle from Decicco Ardsley. Hazy dark copper with nice head and lace. Spicy herbal sourdough aroma with a hint of skunk and a touch of smoke. Subdued fruity sweetness (cold) witha touch of honey vanilla with herbal hoppy dry finish and slight lingering toffee smoke. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (7830) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2013
Sampled draft @ ZBF 2013. Intended for export usually apparently – nice to get to try this one too. Hazy orange caramel appearance with a fading white head. Nose is sweet malts, caramel, touch rye and all-grain bread, somewhat herbal with spices, fruity, interesting & different. Taste is bitter herbal, rye & all-grain bread, caramel, thick malts, hint sweet liquorish, spices, even a hint of soy sauce, quite bitter EU hops, lightly fruity. Creamy body. Very, different and special indeed, glad to have tried this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerre (3223) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2013
From draft @ ZBF sun 28.04.2013. Hazy orange color, with a darkwhite head. Aroma: sweet malts, caramel,grainy, some spices, fruity. Medium body. Taste sweet malts, bitterness, some herbal touch,grainy, bit caramel, spices, hops, lightly fruity. Good original brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21403) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Draft at Eulogy, courtesy of kkearn, thank you sir. Flew up to Philly just for this beer. From Idaho. Hazy golden color, tiny white head. Arona is typical of the Dupont teroir, with dusty and sour banana bubblegum. Taste is barnyard dust, animal parts and hay. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 23, 2012
bottle. complex aroma of black pepper, earth, wet hay, and a old dusty cellar. touch of sweet dough and hazelnut. really nice. like a lot. fresh floral lemongrass character brightens things up. refreshing. tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9136) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2012
750ml bottle. hazed orange-amber body with a tall-building off-white head. vivid esters all over the nose, it’s fun to smell this one after seeing it in such poor shape on tap last month. the clean foam dish soap esters have a soft and rustic nature, and combined with the brown malt and vibrant hop aromatics, it’s quite the appetizing smell. the approach is high effervescence and semi-sweet toasted grains, turning more dry and bitter, and more layered, as it crawls back. washing acid and prickly white pepper phenols do a marvelous job scraping the tongue, while musty pollen-like hops prick the tongue. toasty grains, dried leaves, a bit of bark, etc.; wonderful malt throughout. quite good overall, and in fantastic shape; I’m happy to have tried it again. probably one of the biggest score differences I’ve experienced between draft (3.0) and bottle (4.0).

previous rating: draft at Hopleaf, Chicago. murky dull brown. heavy caramel and toffee malt presence gives it an unexpectedly strong malt extract syrup and nut flavor with any Belgian yeast character (light mushroom, dough and spice) taking a back seat. low bitterness, medium sweetness, low acid.. flabby and lifeless body, I’m sad to say. a touch of browned banana and overripe peach show up to play but it’s almost all semi-dark / amber malt syrup. (3.0)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Pale amber with big. foamy, beige head / Elegant, complex nose of sour malt, caramel, brett, and orchard fruit / Medium body, a touch watery, smokey, with good balance and bitter finish / Flavors of smoke, caramel, apple, pear, dried green herb, and hay / Resolve the weak body issue, and this would be terrific.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Pours an opaque amber with a thick lt tan head...excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is earthy/wheaty with light yeasty spice. Flavor is tangy/wheaty with some fruity spice and a faint touch of leather. Mouthfeel is light and lively and the finish is dry and lightly spiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3075) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Pours out an attractive, clear light amber/golden color with a small to moderate white head. Aroma is of soft spices light peat earth, some light fruit and yeast. Taste is very complex for the ABV being on the lower side, notes of apples, spice, light grains, smoky/earthy peat in there with a little bit of dry yeast on the finish, with some more of the light earthy notes creep in there. A lot going on, but definitely in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJestersBeer (2391) - SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2012
Bottled. Pours a pale amber, with a beige head. Spicy, malty aroma, caramel, smoke, apricot, yeast, hops, wood (?), faintly buttery, candied sugar, leather. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, creamy CO2. Malty, spicy taste, caramel, smoke, toffee, hops, yeast, faintly acidic. (2012-06-18)

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