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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Allagash Speciale Reserve is a refreshing, light-copper colored beer brewed in the tradition of the Belgian ales of Brabant. We brew it in limited quantities each spring, and its distinctive toasted malt flavor, and herbal and fruit bouquet make it a perfect beer for a warm summer day. Suggested Food Pairings: Enjoy Allagash Speciale Reserve on its own, or with a light appetizer. Also try pairing it with shellfish, such as the traditional Belgian dish, Moules-frites . Serving/Pouring Suggestions: Allagash Speciale Reserve is re-fermented in the bottle in the traditional Methode Champenoise, and therefore contains a natural yeast sediment. Allow the bottle to rest upright for a few minutes prior to serving, then carefully decant the beer off the yeast. Style: Brabant Style Ale (Belgian Pale) Available In: 750 ml Bottle - Seasonal Alcohol Content: 5% ABV Original Gravity: 1047 Recommended Serving Temperature: 45-60 degrees F Recommended Cellaring Temperature: 55 degrees F (Not recommended for long periods of cellaring)

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Tmoney99 (14985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured hazy amber color with a large fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate yeasty orange citrus aroma. Light to medium body. Medium citrus sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Special Reserve
Date: 04/03/2003
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

hazy yellow, whispy white head, sweet malty flavor, touch of spicyness

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: *4
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mcallister (31) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Cloudy copper orange with some ruby at the edges. Carbonation is heavy and is highly populated in clumps toward the top of the glass. Nice white head is crisp and fine and has good retention. Fruit galore in the nose. Green apple, apple cider, pear, peach, spicey and herbacious, and showings of apricot. Fruit bomb just great smelling. Not at all what I expected in the taste. Cramel malt is chewy, heavy, and thick. Chewy mouthfeel yet light and spritzey. Still overly suprised with the depth of malt which wasn’t noticeable in the aroma. Fruit is much more laid back in the mouth then compared to the nose. Not enormously complex but genuinely refreshing. More pear than apple unlike the nose. Nice zesty finish.

nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007
4 year old bottle shared by shared by shigadeyo, thanks again! Hazy orange pour with an off white head. Aromas of yeast, pale malt, light citrus, and spice. Flavors were mainly pale malts, yeast and some spices...perhaps a bit of grass. SMooth and soft mouthfeel with a slight boozey quality and a sweet finish. Not bad.

shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2007
Allagash Speciale Reserve Ale (Batch #8 from 2003?)

Date: 3/28/2007
Serving: 750 mL corked and caged bottle (brought by me).
Event: Columbus Wednesday night tasting.
Location: nolankowal’s place.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: Fruity with some herb and spices. Slight oxidization noticeable as well.
Appearance: Murky golden color with a small white crown and some suspended yeast specks (this stuff had been rolling around in a cooler all day).
Flavor: Light malts, fruit, and spice.
Palate: Medium to light body and generously carbonated.
Overall: Refreshing and crisp. Not too bad for a 3-4 year old bottle of Wit beer! It has been stored in a refigerator ever since it arrived at the store I got it from, so I think that helped...

sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Speciale Reserve Bottle that I’m told is 4 years old, shared by shigadeyo: Pours a hazy gold, with a white head. Aroma, some pale malts, spice, some grassy and herbal notes. Flavor, some light malts, bready, some spice. Pretty good for a 4 year old belgian ale.

SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 3, 2007
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. This was called "Speciale Reserve" by the brewer and is way higher in ABV than the 5% listed on this site. In fact, I question whether this is even the same beer as the "Summer Ale" as listed here in Ratebeer. Dark cloudy amber in color with a thick fluffy off-white head. Big fruity aromas and a medicinal back wash. Smooth and clean finish.

boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2007
12oz btl. Hazy amber pour, substantial white head, nice retention. Allagash yeast present and accounted for. Nose also has aromas of toffee, dry malts and light fruit, like you might smell walking through an orchard. Palate is light to medium, as is the carbonation, very dainty but as refreshing a summer beer as I’ve sipped. Fruity component is amplified in the flavor, as is the yeast character and dry, crisp malt. Still very light, with a soft finish. Yum.

danfosha (52) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Foam disappears fast. Pours golden amber, aroma of hay, wet granite, pineapple. Balanced hops, touch of bitter, medium bodied. From the bottle. Really tasty.

DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2006
Fruity hops and malt nose, apricot, wearing a small tan head, loads of carbonation. Spicey malt flavour, quite hoppy, medium bodied,complex , nicely bitter. Very interesting little beer. Thanks Dave Steen.

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