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Special Brew - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 29.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-15-2002

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 23
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2.92/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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5/5  rDev +100.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first few cans slipped down beautifully.
The next half dozen were like ambrosia to a demigod.
I awoke several hours later, nestled in a bed of full bin bags, enjoying the company of sea gulls with my beard stuck fast to my overcoat.
A superb afternoon in all respects.

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2.84/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of EmperorBevis
3/5  rDev +20.5%

Bought to drink to my mother who always loved this
theres a malty & syrupy taste that okay isn't great but stops it being flavourless

Photo of captaincoffee
2.45/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This one left me confused. Okay...we're talking Carlsberg here...so expectations weren't too high. Maybe a bit off topic, but if I ever do get to meet one of the Danish royal family, I will have to ask them what they were thinking "by appointment to the Royal Danish Court." If I was King, I would appoint a freaking great beer. Just sayin.
Okay, deep straw/yellow pour with good sized white head. Decent retention.
Smell was...well I thought it smelled like Carlsberg actually. Maybe that shouldn't have surprised me, but it did. Some spice and alcohol. I was secretly hoping I would be pleasantly suprised by a Belgian triple-like flavor.
I did get the alcohol, but not much there to balance out the malty sweetness. Not a very good beer. Funny, they probably could have used a little sugar to dry this beer out and some spices and had a below average, but drinkable, Belgian-like beer.
Pretty much reminded me of US malt liquor.

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2/5  rDev -19.7%

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2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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2/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of flyingpig
1.39/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

320ml Can bought in Kuala Lumpur last year:
Clear with the slightest of yellow hazes, the beer is a golden straw colour and is topped with a bubbly, bone white head that completely disappears soon after.

Not as strong, or as unpleasant on the nose as I was expecting. There is an initial bit of spice and some really sweet notes that is syrup like although the alcohol is fairly well hidden, all things considered anyway. There is some apple malts and even some apples; this one was a million miles better than I had been expecting on the nose.

Boy the aroma was misleading, this is disgusting and offensively strong on the taste buds. I suppose there is some spice and apples from the smell but the alcohol content that I mentioned previously as being well hidden most definitely isn't when it comes to the taste. The beer is overpoweringly strong with hints of sweetness but it's too bad to drink much of at all.

Unbalanced and terribly strong with the alcohol content overpoweringly strong. The beer is light bodied and carbonation is low with the beer just feeling like alcohol with a burning sensation at the end; awful stuff.

As it turns out, my last beer from Malaysia was pretty much like the majority of the others I tried whilst actually in the the country and proved to be a terrible offering. There's not much that can be said from this other than that the alcohol content wasn't hidden at all in the taste and overpowered everything else the beer had to offer, which was a real shame as the aroma was pretty good for the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +50.6%

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2/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +40.6%

Photo of Fieldzy27
1.95/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours ultra gold from a 16oz can little bits floating in it.... Looks concerning.

Smells of straw and alcohol very very subdued.

Tastes like faint malt and slightly bready. This beer is older but the alcohol is very very very aparent. Not enjiyable.

Mouth feel is ultra light, aggressively carbonated.


Photo of tone77
2.9/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Back in my room in Hong Kong and enjoying some beer. Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and grains. Taste is strong of alcohol, some malts, mot paticularly pleasant or enjoyable. Feels light in e mouth and overall there is nothing special about this beer.

Photo of Bouleboubier
2.47/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This is a truly "special" brew. I don't think I will ever forget its taste and how it cleared my sinuses and opened my pores.

It almost resembles a spicy Belgian strong golden ale upon first glance - dull, street-light, off-yellowish glow with a misty haze that slowly rises up over a few minutes, absorbing into the rather pleasant-looking, cottony tuft of white foam perched tall above its decadent nether-nectar... Looks like a good time, that is, until you hoist the glass to your nose.... This is where the real fun begins...

A not entirely disenchanting industrial paint-stripper aroma... but I couldn't help dipping my snout again and again into the fumes resting atop the liquor... there is a certain intoxicating quality, like super-glue, and a hint of peligro.

I use the word "spicy" all too often to describe the hot, aromatic phenols in Belgians, but SB takes it to an all new level. They call this "pilsner - very strong" on the website. Not getting pils here. Closest thing is American malt liquor with the treble and mids jacked up, buzzing the speakers a little. Surprisingly, there is a honey-cookie-ish malt(?) undercurrent which enables at least that second sip.... I have to admit, there are plenty of other beers out there with a more off-putting flavor than this for different reasons entirely... I wouldn't call this sessionable.

The Carlsberg website claims this goes great with salty blue cheeses and "cleans the tongue with alcohol". I don't know about the first part. Eyes watering, face bright red, vision temporarily blurred with each sip - not out of the question.

I can't even remember if I finished it all. Started to feel dizzy.

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2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +10.4%

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2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of cervezango
2.16/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

ok look, lets be realistic this malt liqour is for drunkeness an debauchery, however it is better than alot of beer. ive had alot worse than this, the hops taste is less pussy than bud,and the alcohol taste is actually a litte refreshing. saying all that this is not good beer. its sticky, and syrupy and smells like a pee/energydrink cocktail.

but the hops is actually not terrible.

this is what the alcoholics have in england, so its a cheap and bad beer. however you should rate it as that.

this beer will get you drunk, it will give you confidence and balls, and numbness.

it wont produce two fingers of good head, or challenge you pallet, but it also dosent want to. it is what it is.

Photo of BeerSingh
1.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Carlsberg Special Brew...what was I expecting ? Let me be concise - this was shit smelling cabbage water carbonated with farts, aged in camel balls and coloured with fly squash. This vile liquid exists in its Asian avatar mostly in Malaysia, so unless you are on your death bed because of dehydration and have nothing else around - stay away !

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.94/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is exceptional compared to its American counterparts. I consider this to be the European version of American malt liquor and high gravity lagers, which is the preferred fare of the indigent stateside. If that is so, then the hobos in London are really living it up. They're a bit more posh than American hobos as you might expect. The smell of this was classic bad beer taste and alcohol. The taste was more of the same. Grainy and alcohol, but in addition, it had just enough astringency to accompany the alcohol burn. It was perfect. And the hops were very basic, they didn't add any undesirable flavours to the beer, just a basic astringency. It was the perfect mix of grains, astringency, and alcohol. And it wasn't overly sweet either like the American counterparts often are. It tasted like there may have been some corn syrup adjunct, but it was hard to tell. It certainly wasn't overdone to the same extent as American malt liquors. This is a prize gem in hobo beer. I'm bringing back a pack to the states.

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