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Spécial De Ryck - Brouwerij De Ryck

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BA SCORE
75
okay

41 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 21.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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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Reviews by 4000qtrap:
Photo of 4000qtrap
2.28/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

4000qtrap, Oct 02, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.6oz brown bottle with freshness date.

A: Shiny copper color, decent lacing.

S: Slightly musty and buttery, vague fruit and spice with some rustic graininess.

T&M: Nice snap from the crispness, thin maltiness that expresses a very dry grainy tone. Some fruit and spice, all subtle for the most part. Hint of chalky yeast in the middle, finishes very dry.

O: The more I sip this beer the more I think "table beer" though for it to be that I would assume the abv would be lower. Not a very memorable brew but still pretty easy to drink.

Jason, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yeasty caramelly, with a definite Belgian character, tart, acidic, some lemone, dry-ish finish, quite nice. Very drinkable to be honest, with nothing that really offended me or got me bored, really lovely softly fizzy Belgian mouthfeel, well made(Draught- GBBF 03')

rastaman, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of mattfancett
3.8/5  rDev +21%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Ciocanelu, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -4.5%

GRG1313, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

desint, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brownish-copper body topped by an off-white cap. Retention of said cap is fairly good.

Smell: Crusty whole grain bread. Some plum-like fruitiness from the yeast. A little coriander and sulfur. Not terribly aromatic, the toasted malt scent is most prevalent.

Taste & mouthfeel: Like the nose, there's a ton of freshly baked whole grain bread flavor going on here. Grainy, toasty, somewhat yeasty. It's thin, mild, extremely easy to drink but not particularly characterful. The finish is mild and dry, barely exhibiting any bitterness. There's a slight sulfuric quality buried beneath the malt, and a little spiciness. A decent beer, but I feel it would benefit from a more characterful yeast strain. Then again, as a quaffing beer it's rather nice. Sort of reminds me of an English dark mild ale, only with a Belgian yeast strain.

largadeer, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of kristenspaintings
4.19/5  rDev +33.4%
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.

kristenspaintings, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Jose9e
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Jose9e, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

JohnK17, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of DaveHS
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A-Pours light amber with almost no head, just a thin ring of soapy, bubbly head.

S-Ugh. Smells like stomach acid. Or like vomit after you've drank a carton of orange juice.

T/M-Not much happening here, except for the light bready notes mid-palate. Tastes like bready malts/carbonated water. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Nope.

DaveHS, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Drknight
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Drknight, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Luiz0930
4.24/5  rDev +35%
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

Luiz0930, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from State Line, best by August 2012. The front label indicates the ABV is 5.5%, the blurb on the back label mentions 5%

Pouring a clear copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention that leaves a little lacing, this is a fairly attractive beer. The nose is surprisingly decent given the scores here. Yes, there's a little bit of Splenda-like sweetness, but there's a delicate spice character, mildly peppery and clove-like, with a bit of green hop character as well. It's hard to describe, as there isn't much going on here.

The palate opens with a blend of honey, bread and spices. What dominates, though, is the flavor of bread, rich and grainy with a mild nutty and toffee character. Light in body, this highly carbonated beer is drying on the finish with a slightly watery character. A little spicy and a little hoppy, there's a mild bitterness that lingers. This is neither offensive nor particularly exciting, and for the price, I'd rather drink a Duvel.

DefenCorps, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -4.5%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of Elbrownbag
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Elbrownbag, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of rawthar
1.48/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

One of the only random bottles I picked up in Belgium aside from Christmas brews, I was immediately attracted to the label art, even if the last reviewer didn't like it. Bottle immediately spewed foam after opening, since I stupidly cracked the bottle open less than 24 hours after landing back in the states.

A- Nice thick fluffy white head, a lot of lively carbonation throughout the hazy burnt sunset body.

S- Sharp sour funky bread yeast is intense. Anyone who ever described a saison or a wild ale as smelling like a barn house floor would find that this one takes the cake in the funk category. Like sweat from a horse's taint or even a ripe gorgonzola. I'm not sure whether I find this very good or repugnant.

T- Man, I really wanted to like this...Is this infected, skunked, or just nasty? This is like when you have some nasty chunk of cheese that you forgot about.

M- I just cant go through with continuing to review this.

D- Drain pour.

Damn, this is such a let down, and really has me worried about the condition of all the other beers I brought back from the Bier Tempel. Apologies to De Ryck if this is simply a bad bottle, I'm not sure when/if I'll ever have a chance to try this again, but I would certainly be willing to give it another chance.

rawthar, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled in the on-site Old Stables Tasting Room after an interesting tour of the De Ryck Brewery on Saturday 26th March, 2005.

Presentation: Served in a straight sided handled Mug which a blue rectangle logo with has words “De Ryck” in red inside a cream colored oval. Above is the word “Special„ whilst below is the phrase “Da’s Nog Echt Bier”.

Appearance: Clear amber body with a thick Styrofoam covering when first poured. The Head laces well, but always remains uniform and eventually cap-like. Decent levels of carbonation from the tap.

Nose: Pale Ale nose with some hints of wild yeast and a light sweet malt demeanor. Light lemongrass flashes.

Taste: The Pale Ale character in the nose comes through in the Taste. Dry malts mix with hints of caramel and a light grain feel. Yeast in the finish with a sweet caramel toffee feel in the back end. Mellow flavors but it has a pretty good profile given that it is only 4.3%.

Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel has a classic Pale Ale touch to it. The carbonation is talcum powder soft. Middle of the road, but not wanting.

Drinkability: The soft carbonation and mellow flavor profile give this brew a nice attractive Session appeal, after I tried the other De Ryck brews I returned to sink a few more Mugs of this one. Clean drinking.

Overall: A solid quaffable, a.k.a. “Session”, Belgium Pale Ale – but not really Special.

TheLongBeachBum, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of JeremyBrews
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear, copper color. Good initial head that receds too quickly. Very little lacing.

S- Hop aroma is strong. Sour yeast/sweet malt resembling apple juice.

T- Initial hop effect that dries to a sour, yeast aftertaste. Balance seems off: too much hop and yeast, not enough malt.

M- Medium-light body. Carbonation dies down a lot.

D- Goes down easy and light, with hop bittering not too overwhelming, and noticeable yeast flavor. Good BBQing beer.

JeremyBrews, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Archemedies
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Archemedies, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
3.59/5  rDev +14.3%
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).

mhaugo, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of jeranbrews
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - The bottle comes with a nice inviting picture of a castle drawn lovingly by a sixth grader. The bottle is that mixture of green and brown glass.
This beer is super fizzy. Carbonation with some to spare, handle gently before serving. After pour the color was golden wheat with copper tones and had a milky cloudiness along with a reasonable amount of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - The initial smells were malty, yeasty, and complex. I noticed coffee and sweet cake smells in there too. There was a mild hop aroma too. The pleasant malty smells died down after a few min and left the bitter hoppy smell of an IPA

T - Initial taste was sour and yeasty. No detectable malt. The aftertaste was just as strong. Like lemon rinds and used hop leaves. The balance of the beer is waaay off.

M - Little body, some continued burping, but you can't notice the mouth feel at all because of the overly dominate sour aftertaste.

D - The Sourness takes away any possibility of drinking more than 2 bottles of this in one day. This is another variation of the Belgian pale ale that leaves me wondering what the real nature of this style is. Despite the immense overly-sour aftertaste I'd still like to give this beer one more try on-tap.

jeranbrews, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 30, 2013
Photo of Brabander
2.15/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Brabander, Nov 06, 2011
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Spécial De Ryck from Brouwerij De Ryck
75 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.