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Special Block 6 - Brouwerij De Block bvba

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with pomegranates.

(Beer added by: truthbrew on 04-22-2006)
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BeardedRiker

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit suspicious buying this beer. It was down at the bottom of the cooler with the large brews. Add to that I don't like some Belgians, but I'll never turn down trying a new beer.

It pours like a soda with lots of carbonation and being very bubbly. A fine bubbly film remains on top and the color is golden-honey.

This one reminds me of a Flemish sour. It has a wine-like aroma with cherry and apples being prominent. Do I smell cinnamon?

It tastes very much like a Flemish sour to me with a strong sour apple taste and hint of sweetness, but barely noticeable. It is smooth but the carbonation gives a bite. I'm not yet used to this style of beer. It's not complex enough for me and too sour. Perhaps, later in my life, I will be able to appreciate this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 19:05:13 | More by BeardedRiker
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

07-24-2012 13:28:27 | More by harpus
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chasmandocharles

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-26-2012 20:11:06 | More by chasmandocharles
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that settles into a light bubbly film overtop of the beer. The smell of the beer smells sour. Not really sure why, I wasn't expecting that from a Pale Ale. The taste of the beer gives of some tart wine-like flavors and some light spice also. The mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and medium bodied. Overall this beer is decent in my opinion. I wouldn't have to have it again though.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:02:01 | More by Knapp85
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xylophonica

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice glass.

A - Lovely head with excellent yeast patterns forming. Golden amber colour with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Excellent lacing as well.

S - Mild berrys with malt.

T - Sweet berry flavour. Smooth at first but then a very strong carbonation feel takes over. Tastes a hell of a lot like an alcoholic dr pepper!

M - Carbonation bursts onto the tongue. Solid feel but not overly harsh.

D - Light and fruity.. easy to drink a few.

My initial reaction to this beer was that it tasted like a sweet cherry without the tang. According to the label however this is brewed with elderberries and pomegranate so those are probably the flavours... either way a good beer and slightly different to your average BPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 10:43:32 | More by xylophonica
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Spineypanda

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a some what magenta color and has little head with large bubbles. Not usually a great sign.
Smells of pomegranates and some bitterness.
Taste has a very fast finish and not a whole lot of flavor. Not a horrible beer, and a goof attempt at what it is, but not really my cup of tea.

I probably wont be able to find this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 03:05:59 | More by Spineypanda
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ADZA

Australia

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had alot of trouble opening this beer for some reason really annoyed me anyways it poured a deep redgum honey colour with sparkling carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and a nice layer of lacing around the sides of the glass,i know this beer is brewed with pomegranates and elderberries but the first aroma i get is fresh raspberries with some feint hoppy pomegranates,it has an average mouthfeel with a nice big hint of raspberries first up and some subtle malted barley hops right at the end i swear if i didnt look at the bottle id be drinking a more beefed up version of Maltida Bays new framboise which isnt really a good thing but this brew does have more complexity to it and could easliy drink a few of on a hot summers day but am very confused on this beers style as its definately no ordinary belgian pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 10:50:14 | More by ADZA
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour begins a clear gold with an almost unmanageable off-white head. About half way through the pour turns dark brown, resulting from settling I suppose. I give it a few good shakes and finish the pour, which ultimately turns, you guessed it, golden brown. The head is stubborn and leaves behind various sized chunks of lace all over the place. Smells fruity and phenolic with some cinnamon and caramel underneath. Tartness envelops the palate with some light and dark fruits (including sour apples) finally showing through. A certain breadyness comes into play and offsets the dryness that is hinted at. Some alcohol comes into play after a few drinks. Mouth-feel is medium bodied. Not always a big fan of BPA's, but this isn't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 19:24:54 | More by stephens101
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tall tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy orangish-red body with a brown hint to it. There is a spongy snow white head that last for about half of the beer. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a bright tart fruit note with a nice berry quality that finishes in a jammy aroma that is more dry than sweet.

T- The dry earthy berry flavor, with notes of black currants, has soft pale malt flavors with it and a soft green leaf flavor to follow. The taste of soft acidic berries and a carbonic acid finish lingers in the form of a light berry note.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big fizzy finish that is a bit to much.

D- This beer has fruity qualities without being really fruity in flavor. There are not really any Brett tart flavors but more berry tart notes that are similar. The beer is very dry with little flavor from an malt but it still as a nice depth and some mystery to all the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 14:24:18 | More by rhoadsrage
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle tried 8 Jul 2007.

Medium sized white head with a pinkish hue. Clear copper orange color. Smells of yeast, alcohol, cherries, bubble gum. Reminiscent of a hard cider, lots of apple and yeast. Some honey in the finish. Oddly, somewhat like a watered down lambic. Improves a little with the addition of the yeast from the last pour. Very light body. Alcohol seems more than 6%.

Somehow I missed that this was brewed with pomegranate until checking here, not really sure I could identify it in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 23:38:04 | More by htomsirveaux
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Intelligentsia

California

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is... interesting. After opening and pouring the beer into a Duvel tulip, I see and hear lots of carbonation, but it and the pretty head go away pretty quickly. The nose has similar notes of cough syrup, but with apricot, grapes, and cherries. It's just a little bit off, though. Taste is interesting, with lovely heavy carbonation, but again, medicinal flavors are throughout. It just isn't quite right, but has a great fruity aftertaste that peps this beer up a bit. A tiny bit of bitterness at the end, with some sweetness lingering on the tongue. Perhaps this bottle was a bit off.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 06:44:58 | More by Intelligentsia
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emerge077

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker shade of apple juice, a little too bright to resemble cider. Head retention is good, with random swashes of lacing around the glass.

Smells a little sweet and fruity, vaguely musty. After a swirl and deeper inhale it's more sugary and medicinal.

Apricot or apple flavor, dry paper pulp, slight tartness in the end. Seltzer feel, visible carbonation in the glass, but it fizzles out halfway through. Just a flat and wimpy flavor profile. The fruit is a nice element, but it's very brief. It's light enough to be quenching, but I found myself forgetting the full glass was even sitting there...not a repeat experience for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 01:01:24 | More by emerge077
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Nic8612

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice golden amber color, not much head, but just enough

S: Smells of flowers and citrus fruits

T: You can definitely taste the fruits and pomegranate that went into making this beer. The carbonation is better tasted and felt than seen during the initial pour.

D: This beer is very easy to drink. Its light but still retains a complexity to make it a good beer

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 22:44:22 | More by Nic8612
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JDV

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smell was big on berry like fruitiness which apparently is the pomegranate. Poured a nice reddish maroon colow with some light head. Taste was incredibly mild, dry, and light with a fruity taste. It was incredibly fizzy in the mouth. Champagne like feel in the mouth. More like a fruit flavored sparkling water than a tradition belgian ale, I thought, and didn't have the traditional yeast tastes I normall recognize. A bit too mild flavored for me overall, but interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 05:32:54 | More by JDV
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudish amber with a reddish hue. Nose is...huh...weird. Smells like an overly disinfected hospital. Antiseptic and just massively chemical. Wait. I think it actually might smell more like a home for retired and extremely old people. Flavor is slightly fruity, but damnit that weird chemical character gets into the beer as well. I am drinking old retiree home beer. Also seems to be an almost cherry syrup flavor to it that does not taste natural and tastes extremely fake. Feel is normal. Not sure if I will be able to finish this one, so is it drinkable? No. Can’t say I suggest this one. And would never go back to it. Bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 21:47:01 | More by RblWthACoz
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Almost soda-like fizz for a head; absolutely no lace. It pours a cloudy orange amber.

Slight candy sugar aroma; Light malt smell and no hop.

The fizz is present in the taste--too much so. There is no corresponding body to balance this. There is a small sourness to this beer. It's also showing the begining of skunkiness.

This is a clear miss. It shows some potential but there are plenty of flaws.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 01:56:06 | More by smcolw
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Pegasus

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden orange color, with a persistent white head, thick, glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Earthy, with phenolic alcohol, sweet malt, cloves, orange rind, and wood.

Taste: Light fruits open the taste, followed by cloves and earthy yeast notes. The taste closes with a mild, lingering spiciness, and a slight floral bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, with rather zesty and slightly stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite pleasant and well-crafted.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 14:51:20 | More by Pegasus
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apricot with a polished brass glow. The typically abundant amount of Belgian ale carbonation results in an exceptionally large head after my usual pour. The ivory colored foam is light and airy, while still maintaining a whipped egg whites stickiness that allows it to... hmmm... why isn't there more lace? Thankfully, much more is present in the end.

The nose on Special Block 6 is anything but the run-of-the-mill BPA nose. It's perfumy, with a light muskiness, and reminds me of a combination of fruit and flowers. Are pomegranates really utilized in the brewing? An odd choice, but perhaps not an ill-conceived one. We'll see.

Even though the flavor is essentially the nose in liquid form, it doesn't work as well for some reason. The beer lacks a certain spark and a certain depth. It can't be age since the 'best by' date isn't until next year. This is still an interesting, drinkable beer.

I'm reminded of rose petals or rose water. Since I don't recall ever eating a pomegranate (and since I forget what the Shmaltz pomegranate beers taste like), it's difficult to comment on the authenticity of that particular fruit flavor. An underlying tartness isn't too far out of line for the style... considering the weirdness that some Belgian yeast strains provide. If you've ever wondered what a fruit-accented Belgian ale would taste like, here's your chance to find out.

While I doubt that Brettanomyces was added, there's a definite farmhouse character present. This certainly is a unique creation, even if it isn't outstanding beer. I'm going to increase the drinkability score one notch since I wish I had another bottle to try to get to the bottom of this wacky, off-center ale.

The mouthfeel could use a little help. It's too thin by half and doesn't have the mouthfilling character that the amount of carbonation would suggest. It feels a little watery when beer enters mouth and then dissolves into a muddle on the finish. A better mouth presence might have garnered a higher flavor score.

With the exception of Satan Red, I haven't been thrilled with Brouwerij De Block beer. Special Block 6 isn't the best Belgian pale ale on the block, but it is one of the most original. Whether or not that justifies the purchase price is up to you. I love the old-fashioned, art deco label.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 13:26:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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acrawf6

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice orange amber with just a little hazw, and a light and frothy white head that rests a good while on top.

Smell. My first impression was is was sweet with fruits, but astringent. But after a few whiffs, that astringency bit went away to very familiar aromas of fruity and yeasty many belgian beers have. I do get some pomagranite that at first i thought was cranberries (until i saw it has pomagranite).

Taste. Light and sweet up front, but seems to thicken up in flavor, and texture, as it rests in my mouth. Still fruity, but i do not detect one particular fruit, a peach flavor is what i think dominates the fruity esters, but as it warms up more, i can detect an obvious tartness that is pomagranite-like. Again, a moderately strong yeastiness for this belgian pale ale. Aftertaste actually has a small spice to it that goes along with the tartness of the pomagranite, which i think is at its strongest and most noticable point in this beer as it tastes fresh and juice-like.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium to slightly full with lots of carbonation. There still is a crispness to it though.

Overall, a good and interesting beer. Flavors are not very complex, but are still quite interesting. The pomagranite gives it a nice uniqueness that i certainly do enjoy. This is one i would like to buy, but would not get it often.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 21:49:55 | More by acrawf6
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albern

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an odd Belgian if ever there was one. The beer pours a wonderful frothy white, thick head with prodigious lacing that lasts and lasts. The color is deep reddish, orange, and quite nice. The smell is subdued but it does smell like yeast and cherries, with an emphasis on the former. The yeast is clearly what drives this beer. The taste I thought was either cherries, raspberries, or some combination, but pomegranate explains everything. The taste is really driven by the yeast, the overly carbonated yeasty bite, the dryness, and the pomegranates. There isn't tons of complexity in this beer and I can't say I would buy another. If I want a dry, sourish Belgian it is to the Flemish Reds I will wander everytime. If I want a fruity beer it is in the lambic direction I will head. This one seems to embody weaknesses in that it neither satisfies my urge for either of the above. As the beer settles, the dryness gets more pronounced and there is a tangy, almost chemically flavor present. Worth a try for an interesting Belgian stop on the journey, but keep going.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 22:46:59 | More by albern
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HardTarget

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ottle Inspection: Great label art! Font is all chunky and looks like Soviet lettering from the 1930s. Notes 6% abv. and a date of 2008/01/08 (sampled 2007/07/21).

Aroma: Fruity malt seems tropical, mild candy sugar notes, very mild peppery yeast.

Appearance: Pale orange translucence shows no carbonation streams but holds a fair cover.

Flavor: Orange peel leads the mild fruity taste, much of it malt driven. Bitterness is almost felt more than tasted.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy in the mouth, almost champagne like.

Overall Impression: An enjoyable Abbey Ale. Easy drinking, good summer day fare.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 02:25:11 | More by HardTarget
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goochpunch

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle has some nifty "Alley-Oop" font that I like.

Pours a hazy pink/peach combo with a healthy head made up of tight bubbles that stays fluffy and leaves thick, raised lacing on the glass. Smell is grainy, crisp, estery, and fruity from the added pomegranate. Drinks kind of light and sweet with a drying finish. Fruit comes out the most in this with some toast in the end. Has a weird, flat baker's yeast flavor in the end. Mouthfeel is light, but somewhat sticky. The carbonation could be a little more lively. All-around decent, but I don't know if I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 04:18:16 | More by goochpunch
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drewbage

California

3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from a bottle bought at Red Carpet in Glendale.

Poured into a belgian chalice with a tall white head that fluffs over the top of the glass and holds rock steady.

Beer almost looks like a cherry kool aid at first glance which matches with the aroma of tropical fruit punch mixed with honey and a spicy hop character.

Flavor is a lightly grainy malt mixed with fruit and a soft hop character that gradually melds with a mineral character and with the aid of an apparent addition of sugar makes for a very dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 07:40:13 | More by drewbage
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Washburne

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle to a pilsener glass

I don't think this has been mentioned yet, but (according to my distributor at least) this ale is brewed with fresh pomegranate juice. This is very evident in both smell and taste, at least to me.

A - Pours a slightly pink golden colour with plenty of foamy head. Leaves a lot of foamy lacing down the glass. Almost looks like a pink champagne, in fact.

S - Lots of pomegranate, but not so it completely masks the hops. Certainly wasn't getting any chemical notes that others complained about.

T - The pomegranate is joined by a hint of strawberry. Slightly sweet, but with a bittering finish very in keeping with the Belgian pale style.

M - A little on the fizzy side perhaps, but also very crisp and clean. Light too, so I imagine this would make a great summer beer.

D - Light, with a reasonable abv. Were it not for the price, I could definitely see myself having a few of these at a summer barbeque or something.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 04:08:00 | More by Washburne
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TexIndy

Texas

1.98/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 33cl bottle with a really cool label with best by date on back into a pint glass. The color was mostly amber with a grapefruitish tint to it. Had a massive head that stuck around forever and had good lacing. The mouthfeel was thin and too bubbly almost like champagne bubbly. The smell was very fruity and was a god awful mix of baby aspirin and my kid's berry juicy juice. The taste was just as bad as the smell. I don't mind fruity beers and love the cherry ones but this just didn't mix well. Best thing I can say about this one is that it didn't cost me anything as I got it as a free sample from Rick at LoneStar. Recommend you skip this one and get New Glarus Belgian Red instead. (2, NA, ML, N)

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 03:47:53 | More by TexIndy
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Special Block 6 from Brouwerij De Block bvba
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