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Spéciale Belge - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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83
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rfgetz on 06-04-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ste5venla, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

hubster712, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Monks. Review from notes.

A: Pours a brown/copper/amber color with a small off-white head with decent retention. Some thin, but sticky lacing forms down the glass.

S: There is some faint dark fruit upfront with lots of caramel and candied sugar rounding it out. A bit of Belgian yeast as well.

T: Lots of caramelized malt up front mixed with a bit of bready malt in the middle. The Belgian yeast is a bit more prominent, faint candied sugar and fruit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, rather smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O: Pretty good BSPA, seemed a bit darker than most in the style, almost more inbetween BSPA and BSDA.

mdaschaf, Jul 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Sammy, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

PaBeerLover, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of aflyershckyfan
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

aflyershckyfan, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of chrisrhoppe
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at La Taberna Lupulo

Pours a luscious but frothy white head with loose packing bubbles. Head dissipates to a thin foam that rests throughout the rest of the beer.

Smell is predominantly grain and hay with a backdrop of lemon grass, pear, and spicy yeast.

Mouthfeel is refreshingly bubbly with a slight toasted doughy grain flavour that balances nicely against the slightly sour and bitter hop finish.

Overall this is a great beer to beat the heat and would love to drink several of these if it wasn’t $8 a tulip.

chrisrhoppe, Jul 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

JohneHoodlum, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber color. Caramel, butterscotch. Signature Dupont barnyard funk. Light smoked character. Plums. Refreshing acidity. Dry with a touch of caramel sweetness. High carbonation. Overall, a delicious, highly drinkable beer. I may even prefer it to the original Dupont, but I'd prefer to have both as an option.

jibbyvonjibb, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Collaboration with Iron Hill Brewery. Brasserie Dupont’s first collaboration in its history. Spéciale Belge is the featured beer of Philly Beer Week 2012.

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber color, big plume of off-white froth, decent retention. Scent brings fresh toasted grain and grassy hop notes, hints of smoke and char are delicate, light caramel. Taste brings a unquie flavored brew with good amounts of fresh grain, earthy and grassy hops, light spice, light caramel sweetnes, faint watery fruits, all hit with a delicate layer of smoke. Medium bodied, dry. Solid and unique brew.

rfgetz, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Iron Hill Chestnut Hill. Pours a medium amber color with a good off-white head and some heavy lacing on the way down. The nose is a bit bready with some hop dryness. Very light pepper. A bit leafy. Light pepper and floral. Very slight bubblegum. Light body; dry finish. More malty than I expected, though still fairly dry. Really interesting all around.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Philly Beer Week McGillin's "Contest Winner" Collaborations:
2011 - Broederlijke Liefde, De Proef / Sly Fox
2012 - Speciale Belge, Dupont / Iron Hill

Served in a nondescript gueuze/lambic tumbler, a clearish copper liquid, capped with an inch of frothy white head that retained well and left rocky lacing on the glass right 'til the end. Aroma of toasted grains and bread, earthy, with leafy hops. Taste is similarly bready, nutty, a bit stale and cobwebby, with notes of dry yeast and cardboard. Not too impressed. Medium body, with a watery feel, has substance but lacks flavor. Decent overall, but nothing amazing or memorable.

Rifugium, Jun 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

mportnoy, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Lemme preface things by saying I will always try a new offering from DuPont. Wait, an avowed ticker admitting to trying all sorts o' new things? Yeah, I know, but DuPont offerings are more highly-regarded in my head than others. Just sayin'...

This stuff pours a clear golden-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, straw, Belgian yeast, a pinch of black pepper, and a faint hint of singed toothpicks. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spicy yeast and straightforward grains really working well together, cooperating, neither seizing full power over the other. A relatively sharp (for the style, anyway) stabbing of earthy hops comes in at times, a touch boisterously, but never making too much of a nuisance of itself. Near the finish comes rushing a stronger bit of smoke, a darker version of the usual beech, which lingers for a bit through the finish, but somehow without detracting from the rest of the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice brew: the smoke adds a healthy bit of complexity to an already customarily active Belgian beer without forcing me to remember this bottle as holding a smoky beer. Good times, as expected.

TMoney2591, Oct 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. Review from notes. Collaboration with Iron Hill 2012.

Pours a shimmering, nearly clear orange color with a small off-white head that settles quickly, leaving creamy sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Prominent trademark Dupont yeast character pops out of the glass in the aroma. Citrusy hops blend well with the spicy yeast notes and lots of fruity esters. Aspects of caramel and dark fruit; black pepper; grass, grainy and lightly toasted malt. Semi-dry finish, both caramel sweetness and hoppy bitterness lingering just a touch in the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, crisply carbonated. Pretty darn tasty, methinks.

tobelerone, Oct 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

InspectorBob, May 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

brez8791, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of ToasterChef
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cellar temperature bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A very large white head fills the top half of the glass. Below is a clear, golden brown liquid with a good amount of tiny rising bubbles. Pretty good lacing remains behind.

The beer has a interesting spiced candi sugar aroma. It is more complex that a standard sugary smell. Also mixed in is a touch of smoke.

The beer is very tasty. Toffee and caramel malts are the strongest flavors, although there is a bit of smokiness. There are some spices, probably provided by the yeast. I don't know if I could identify them specifically, but the importer's website sayd that there are notes of clove, and I can agree with that claim.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. It is a dry beer without much coating or stickiness.

This is a very enjoyable Belgian ale. It's unlike other beers I've had from that great beer-producing nation. I highly recommend it.

ToasterChef, Nov 20, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is much the same but the overall flavor is a bit watery. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavor is pretty thin in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Nay
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice lace, highly carbed, 750ml bottle just a few months old. Pils malt aroma plus mild fruity phenols, nicely unified. Flavor initially lagerish, touch of sulfur from the malt, seems more ale-like and sulfur gone once warmed. Flavor also very nicely blended flowing from pils malt, into brett pepper, hoppiness, touch of sweetness, with a dry, hoppy finish and a medium full mouthfeel.
Although I'm not a fan of the sulfury pils or lagers, with a little warming this ale is excellent.

Nay, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a fun time the night I tasted this. It was a mystery beer from the boards and those in my party shared in trying to guess which of the beers on tap it was. Here’s to blind tastings!

From my notes:

This poured a light amber-golden color with tight foam. It had a barley tea-like aroma, honeyed and with some barley sweetness. Light and estery. Orange blossoms, honey and a light barley note came across in the flavor, balanced by an orangey-hop note.

elNopalero, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with dark golden orange edges and a two finger, frothy yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with an interesting combination of farmhouse funk, floral hops and delicately smoked malt. Surprising hop presence for the style with a spicy, grassy character that compliments the Saison yeast really nicely. This is followed by peppery spice, light fruit notes and subtle smoke.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with tight carbonation and an earthy hop presence that lingers over the farmhouse funk, zesty spice, light fruit and smoked malt into a slightly dry finish. There's a surprising spicy hop bite that gives off a good amount of dry bitterness, complimenting the other notes without overpowering them. Good farmhouse/Saison character with earthy funk, grass and straw along with subtle peppery spice. Toward the end of the palate there's a really tasty smoked malt flavor that lingers long after the finish. It's a bit stronger than the nose suggests but doesn't get in the way of the other notes. This beer is really complex and flavorful yet remains light and extremely drinkable.

corby112, Sep 06, 2012
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Spéciale Belge from Brasserie Dupont sprl
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.