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


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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Splitenz (368) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2014
Drawn in by the different looking label. Sort of 70s 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 (11042) - 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 (8177) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GSAP (719) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2014
Hooi, kaas, vochtig en wat zoetigs in aroma, redelijk complex. Smaak is pils plus, wat zoeter in de mond en wat bitterder in nasmaak. Plezant voor terras, niet verassend.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2659) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Hazy golden color, moderate head, good lace/retention. Aroma is light with notes of sugar, yeast, light spice, grass, bread. Medium to light body, quite drinkable but kinda bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
psilosophy (726) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - DEC 18, 2013
Bouteille de 33cl. Couleur lgrement ambre, mousse moyenne de tenue moyenne.Armes de caramel, trs lgrement bois en dbut de bouche. Trouve Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grzesiek79 (4135) - Radom, POLAND - NOV 14, 2013
Piwo tylko z wygladu jest ladne obfita piana i trwala, metnosc spora. W smaku malo wyraziste, ale spodobal mi sie ten posmak jakby kwaskowaty i cierpkawy po przelknieciu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (1178) - 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. Lintensit buona ma di scarsa persistenza olfattiva. Gusto poco intenso, erbaceo e lievemente ferroso. ha una carbonatazione marcata, abboccata allingresso, e abbastanza amara nel finale. Scarsa larmonia, la vedi e annusi e ti aspetti qualcosa, ma allassaggio 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (6874) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DarkElf (3061) - 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 thats 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 Ive 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 cant say Ive enjoyed this beer. It certainly smells better to me than it tastes, but theres just nothing pleasant in the flavor, nothing warm, inviting, or delicious, so I have no desire to finish the bottle.

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