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Spécial De Ryck - Brouwerij De Ryck

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41 Ratings

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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

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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2/5  rDev -36.3%

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

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Beergogglesoftheworld
4.75/5  rDev +51.3%

Beergogglesoftheworld, Jan 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

GRUUMSH, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

UncleJimbo, Dec 01, 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
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

dcmchew, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +27.4%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

desint, Oct 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

Archemedies, Oct 03, 2013
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
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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
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Ciocanelu, Apr 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

Elbrownbag, Apr 13, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

IRONRakkasan, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

AdamP, Oct 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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

rekel, Jul 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

SalMineo, Jun 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

JohnK17, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of halfP1NT
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

halfP1NT, Feb 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

BeerArchivist, Nov 20, 2011
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Spécial De Ryck from Brouwerij De Ryck
75 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.