De Graal Speciale

Formerly brewed at De Graal
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Brakel, Belgium


on tap


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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (5087) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
Another addition to the Graal range, since 2007. Creamy, moussy, light beige head, colour a deep, misty bronze. Sweetish aroma of pear, caramel, chocolate, pepper, yeast, cinnamon, dates, flowers. Sweetish fruity taste, soft caramelly and chocolatey maltiness, bit nutty, typical Graal yeasty spiciness, ending in a mild, herbal, flowery hoppiness with a glow of warming alcohol. Very decent and pretty well-balanced without being world class, like most De Graal beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robforbes (2228) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2012
pours a semi-clear maroon with a small beige head that dissipates, and some lacing. smell is of wild yeast, dark fruits, and a touch of caramel. taste is of dark fruits, some caramel, a little cocoa, and wild yeast. ends slightly tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
14-Mar-12 (750-ml bottle)
This dark Belgian ale has an extremely complex, intriguing, and enticing nose. Its very fruity, malty, and candy-like, with prominent aromas of fig, date, and raisin, but also toffee, brown sugar, caramel candy, treacle, clove, nutmeg, aged wood, leather, nut shells, dust, and old books. Unfortunately, the beer doesnt taste nearly as complex or enjoyable as the aroma suggests. Its still quite fruity, again with the not-uncommon trio of fig, date, and raisin, plus some red apple, and the sweeter elements such as brown sugar, holiday spices, and caramel are also present, but apple skins and the slightly roasty, woody, dusty, and vinous aspects are strong throughout, but especially dominate the finish, creating a rather bleak and dreary final impression. Theres also a noticeable suggestion of hard alcohol that doesnt help either. Its full bodied on the palate and delivers moderate carbonation, but despite the suggestion of sweetness from various flavors, the mouthfeel is actually quite dry. The beer pours a hazy, amber-brown body capped by half an inch of tan-colored head that recedes to a thin ring. Overall, its an interesting beer, but the nose is the absolute high point. Too bad the beer doesnt taste as good as it smells.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (4181) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2011
From a bottle which gushed the beer pours a crimson color with a medium tight head. The aroma is musty and nutty with some fig and rotting leaf notes. The flavor is malty and for lack of a better term "rustic". Lots of fig character is displayed here without being overly sweet, in fact it finishes dry and has light peppery and roasty notes throughout. On all accounts a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (24173) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2011
25th May 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Dark and sumptuos beer. Rich and slightly treacly. Dark malt chocolate finish. No bitterness. Smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, dark ripe fruit, slight toasting, slight toffee, slight brown sugar, and a hint of yeast. Poured very deep amber/brown in color with a medium-sized, dense, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small, medium, large, and huge-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, slight chocolate, light roasting, slight wood, dark ripe fruit, and slight cocoa. Medium body. Thin, slightly tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (6307) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Pours deep brown with a rocky tan head. The aroma has lots of dates, raisins, plums, brown sugar, sourdough, Belgian yeast, light molasses, anise and cream. Medium / thin body thats slick and has very light carbonation for the style. The flavor starts as an ultra-watery version of the aroma with some sourness. The finish adds some spice and caramel. Fair at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Tasted at Extreme Beerfest. Clear brown with apricot lights. Tasty with a thick sweet malty nose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 Crescent Moon Extreme Beer Festival. Hazy brown with a medium beige head. Oxidized caramel aroma. Thin in body. Mild caramel flavor. Im not so sure what is so special about this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009

Date: November 11, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Greens, Atlanta
Appearance: gusher, hazy brown, fine beige head, sticky lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, dark fruity esters, light spicyness
Body: thin body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, fruity esters, touch of chocolate, caramel sweetness, light earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

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