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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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Beergogglesoftheworld

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.75/5  rDev +50.8%

01-08-2014 00:00:44 | More by Beergogglesoftheworld
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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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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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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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brandonld23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +27%

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

California

3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2005 05:34:20 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:04:36 | More by largadeer
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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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AdamP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Romania

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
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')

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2003 01:09:23 | More by rastaman
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle-conditioned, coming in a 330ml brown, slim Belgian beer bottle. The strength is at 5.5%abv., BB 19 Jan 2008, served slightly-chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a bright tawny hue; an explosively-effervescent, thick and spongey off-white beer head sustains pretty well; the body is fiercely carbonated... Very lively it looks.
S: lemon-preserve, dried plums, dried mango's sticky fruity sweetness comes with a candyish+creamy maltiness upfront, slightly too sweet but still pleasant; on top of a noble-hop like aroma of dried grass along with a sour-sweet, yeast-drink (e.g. Yakult) like fruity-yeastiness in the background.
T: sharply-fizzy and fluffy-textured, dryish yeasty and softly spicy-hoppy upfront... leading fast to a flatly-textured brown-sugary maltiness with a lingering, residual Chinese herb-medicine-like dryish-sweet edge, like licorice+pine-sprigs but not exactly that.
M&D: the mouthfeel is lively throughout, yet also slightly thin-bodied and hyper-carbonated; besides, it fails to show a clearer structure, just like the same brewery's X'mas Pale Ale; the yeasty edge makes this beer drier and different, though, and does contribute to the overall complexity and drinkability, if not by a large margin. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 02:57:04 | More by wl0307
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:15:28 | More by DefenCorps
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JeremyBrews

Japan

3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 13:35:42 | More by JeremyBrews
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 02:02:59 | More by Jason
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -4.8%

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

California

3/5  rDev -4.8%

11-20-2011 16:57:09 | More by BeerArchivist
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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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Spécial De Ryck from Brouwerij De Ryck
75 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.