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Special Brew - Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Special BrewSpecial Brew

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.38
pDev: 27.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlsberg Danmark A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-15-2002)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

1.78/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

440ml gold can

This is the bums brew in my opinion, pours with a very light body with head but a fair bit of carbonation

Smell is just of strong dry malt, very strong alcohol aroma

Taste is very rough, very hard to stomach. Burns like a ring of fire and tastes just of strong alcohol and malt

Theres nothing really here that should warrant you buying this beer, if you want to get drunk buy a bottle of bourbon or some strong belgian ale, but not this

Serving type: can

03-22-2004 10:59:45 | More by cypressbob
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2/5  rDev -16%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.33/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-10-2014 13:18:50 | More by flyingpig
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +57.6%

03-02-2014 03:50:48 | More by JohnW58
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

2/5  rDev -16%

01-23-2014 13:47:05 | More by Schmoog
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3.5/5  rDev +47.1%

01-13-2014 09:16:36 | More by BigCheese
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1.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.


Serving type: can

10-15-2013 03:49:01 | More by Fieldzy27
Photo of tone77


2.85/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-16-2013 07:26:41 | More by tone77
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2.46/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 05:55:46 | More by Bouleboubier
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2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

05-08-2013 17:47:28 | More by Oakenator
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2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

03-28-2013 17:28:54 | More by harpus
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2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

12-27-2012 08:15:38 | More by rao2100
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2.75/5  rDev +15.5%

06-30-2012 00:37:40 | More by Unchi
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2.5/5  rDev +5%

06-01-2012 13:51:03 | More by likeemdark
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South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev +5%

05-06-2012 13:41:15 | More by MyKroberts237
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2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

03-31-2012 19:37:02 | More by bh123
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2.2/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-27-2012 18:48:57 | More by cervezango
Photo of BeerSingh


1.83/5  rDev -23.1%
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 !

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 16:47:54 | More by BeerSingh
Photo of ElCommodoro


3.95/5  rDev +66%
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.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 18:42:26 | More by ElCommodoro
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United Kingdom (England)

1.43/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

inspire beer tasting night coventry u.k
park bench rating 5 stars
taste----like licking a balloon
smell----rafa nadels jockstrap
look---shelley winters in a bikini

please try if recently divored/seperated the world will look a better place!!!
please try any chimay trappist beer or any thing not based on euro strong beer

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 20:09:28 | More by mickcov1
Photo of wjimson


3.38/5  rDev +42%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of my brought this beer back to Canada from Hong Kong. The can says 8.6% ABV. A few of us split this into our whiskey tumblers. The appear is flat and unflattering.

The taste is initially clean. A corn syrup like taste is evident, but hides the alcohol quite well. Not much else to speak of, but its quite drinkable.

I will drink the "special" beer again if I ever do get a chance. Its not bad, but not that "special" really. There are much better beers in Hong Kong than this though, so I would call this a "gimmick" beer.

Serving type: can

01-02-2009 03:50:20 | More by wjimson
Photo of Tagger24


3.03/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a restaurant stall in Kuala Lumpur. Served cool (almost at a good tasting temperature) in an hourglass-shaped Carlsberg mug.

Appearance - Darkish yellow pushing on orange colour. Little head or lacing (no matter how much I agitated it) thanks to the ABV.

Smell - Err... not a lot. Sweetish malt in there along with a faint bit of alcohol. Nearly no hop fragrance.

Taste - I think having it warmer certaintly helped after reading some of these reviews. The alcohol was hardly noticeable and, when compared to what little else was in this beer, actually added to the flavour. That slightly sweet malt character was the dominant flavour though. I'm not sure what happened to the hops (perhaps a tad in the aftertaste).

Mouthfeel - Very low carbonation made this beer a similar consistency to water. Not enjoyable.

Drinkability - For a 8.8% ABV it was a bit bland. No real complexity that a beer of that strength can have. Didn't have that nice hoppy bite or crispness a good lager can have either. Not brilliant but when compared to other macrolagers, this isn't too bad and I found it easy to knock back.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 06:15:35 | More by Tagger24
Photo of hoegaardenhero


2.7/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: better than i thought it would be; fluffy white head on top of copper/straw body w. hints of red

s: sweet appley malts w/ just a hint of alcohol

t: a lot less flavorful than the smell would suggest; hints of dryer sweet malts at the beginning of the sip followed by pretty strong alcohol

m: not ridiculously carbonated like other carlsberg beers and pretty thick although a little on the syrupy side

d: overall not so good but still better than i thought it would be; the only upside is that it is a shitty beer that you would only need to chug a few of to be pretty far gone; i think that people slammed tis beer an inappropriate amount probably because it is from terrible carlsberg

Serving type: can

02-12-2008 09:58:25 | More by hoegaardenhero
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Special Brew from Carlsberg Danmark A/S
63 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.