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Spécial De Ryck - Brouwerij De Ryck

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BA SCORE
75
okay

39 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ryck visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-29-2003)
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4000qtrap

Missouri

2.28/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 11.2oz bottle

S: Cinnamon apple sauce. Peppery soap perfume.

T: Semi-sweet apple/pear fruits up front. Fairly sharp acidity and intense carbonation blunts the flavors. Not much hop flavor or grain flavor. Middle is continued fruits along with an iron/metallic twang and earthy phenols that are not terribly enjoyable. Thin body. Finish dries out sharply with a peppery bite and continued metallic unpleasantness.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:48:22 | More by 4000qtrap
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Beergogglesoftheworld

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.75/5  rDev +50.8%

01-08-2014 00:00:44 | More by Beergogglesoftheworld
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

12-03-2013 07:54:26 | More by GRUUMSH
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

12-01-2013 21:29:27 | More by UncleJimbo
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mhaugo

California

3.59/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.16 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 5.5% ABV. Best before May of 2014.
Appearance: Murky, light cinnamon color with a thin, but persistent, white head. Nice lacing. A few small chunks of stuff eventually drifted to the bottom of my glass (3.25/5).
Aroma: Oranges, but not like American hops. More like the pulp. Also easy to pick up spicy Saaz and a little apple. I also detect a touch of tobacco smoke (4/5).
Taste: Baked apples with burnt edges. Orange pulp and a thin layer of marmalade. Not overly complicated (3.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (3.5/5).
Overall: Nice example of a traditional Belgian Pale Ale, but with an interesting burnt quality to it. Many other traditional examples I’ve had have a “fresh” quality to them, but this one almost tastes cooked. This bottle is slightly oxidized, but I don’t think that’s what I taste. Overall it’s a nice beer, but I probably wouldn’t pick up a second bottle any time soon (3.5/5).

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 20:34:59 | More by mhaugo
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dcmchew

Romania

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-08-2013 15:47:10 | More by dcmchew
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +27%

11-01-2013 01:17:30 | More by brandonld23
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desint

Belgium

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

10-03-2013 15:11:44 | More by desint
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -4.8%

10-03-2013 00:06:38 | More by Archemedies
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Luiz0930

California

4.24/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oh Belgium. Some times people just get beer that are sitting there for long periods of time. I was fortunate enough to get a fresh bottle. Well lets just say this beer doesn't last that long. Taste is crisp (something a good tripel has) ABV is low for a tripel yet harmonious. smells like coriander orange and citrus fruits. taste is rich and mouth watering carbonation of citrus ale. Most guys got older bottles. if you find yourself a resent bottled De Ryck Ale, defiantly pick it up

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 06:22:26 | More by Luiz0930
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Best before 5/2013.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy grain and slight sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that smells decent but the flavors are not too pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:45:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-23-2013 20:44:11 | More by InspectorBob
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Ciocanelu

Romania

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

04-20-2013 12:51:42 | More by Ciocanelu
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Elbrownbag

Netherlands

2/5  rDev -36.5%

04-13-2013 19:03:31 | More by Elbrownbag
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kristenspaintings

California

4.19/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is an excellent example of an ale from Belgium. If you wanted to highlight what you should be looking for, this is it. The head is typical of a beer in Flanders, as is the taste, aroma, color and quality.

Simple put this beer is a very good choice.

The only unfortunate circumstance with this beer is the price. As of the date of writing this (4-3-13), a 11.16fl. oz bottle costs almost 4USD. Due to the European high taxation laws, I bet this beer costs more here than the same product in its native Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 23:29:59 | More by kristenspaintings
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IRONRakkasan

California

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-20-2012 07:43:43 | More by IRONRakkasan
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-05-2012 00:37:10 | More by AdamP
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -4.8%

10-01-2012 00:46:24 | More by GRG1313
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Jose9e

Netherlands

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

07-30-2012 14:04:27 | More by Jose9e
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rekel

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-05-2012 20:11:15 | More by rekel
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SalMineo

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-05-2012 02:11:00 | More by SalMineo
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-28-2012 16:14:08 | More by JohnK17
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halfP1NT

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, dark honey color with a decent sized, fizzy of head that quickly recedes. Fizzy carbonation.

First aromas are yeast, bread and Belgian spice. Slight caramel sweetness.

First taste impressions are light fruit, sweet caramel and Belgian spices. Distinct Belgian yeast aroma and estery flavors that become more prominent as the beer warms. Hops not really present. Sweetness lingers after each sip.

Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. The sweetness becomes slightly cloying but overall an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 02:57:18 | More by halfP1NT
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BeerArchivist

California

3/5  rDev -4.8%

11-20-2011 16:57:09 | More by BeerArchivist
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Brabander

Netherlands

2.15/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

This was a beer for the gutter and i am not a person who pours his beers in the gutter. I bought tis beer last week in Belgium and i wished i didn't.

OPening the bottle it started with a gusher which cost me a third of the contents. The beer is darkyellow with no carbonation and the head disappears fast.

Smell of vomit with sourness. After a few sips we trew this one in the sink. Not worthy.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 16:15:30 | More by Brabander
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