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Spécial De Ryck - Brouwerij De Ryck

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BA SCORE
75
okay

41 Ratings
THE BROS
72
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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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 GRG1313
3/5  rDev -4.5%

GRG1313, Oct 01, 2012
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 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 InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -4.5%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33 cL bottle,

A: Pours a nice burnt orange with a fizzy white head, limited retention, no lace.

S: Spiced orange, cardamom, gingerbread.

T: Lemon zest with a lot of bluestone and minerals. Light notes of orange, thin somewhat acidic flavour.

M: Quite thin, spritzy fizzy carbonation dies quickly. Structure is off.

O: Not terrible, but there are tons of better BPAs, this one is just average at best.

Halcyondays, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of wl0307
3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

wl0307, May 20, 2006
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 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 dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

dcmchew, Nov 08, 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 UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

UncleJimbo, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Ciocanelu, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

JohnK17, Mar 28, 2012
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 Drknight
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Drknight, Sep 22, 2014
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
Photo of mattfancett
3.8/5  rDev +21%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of AdamP
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

AdamP, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of impending
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dull dirty orange, minor dense head subsided fairly quick, large bubbled carbonation.

Mild yeasty fruity aroma.

Nearly devoid of flavor, not worth of trying to describe.

In the realm of pale ales they all tend to be staggeringly unexceptional . . . and this is no exception.
cheers
jd

impending, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Archemedies
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Archemedies, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of brandonld23
4/5  rDev +27.4%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of rekel
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

rekel, Jul 05, 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 desint
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

desint, Oct 03, 2013
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Spécial De Ryck from Brouwerij De Ryck
75 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.