Very Spéciale Belge (Allagash Collaboration) | Brasserie de la Senne

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Very Spéciale Belge (Allagash Collaboration)Very Spéciale Belge (Allagash Collaboration)

Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A cross cultural collaboration brew between the Allagash and De La Senne brewing teams on April 12th, 2011.

Added by Thorpe429 on 09-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MRsojourner
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mmsimmons
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable Belgian ale. Malty, creamy smooth mouthfeel, with a spicy hoppy finish. Fuity and grapefruit citrus.Very drinkable. Pours very light brown with lace. Aroma light, pleasant yeast.Carbonation right there. Spicy, lightly bitter and drying aftertaste.

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Photo of cestlavie
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy light amber color, some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is grapefruit hops, lingering bitter aftertaste. More like an IPA than a Belgian pale. $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of trancesk8er
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of fortierv
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has some small particulate matter visible floating in suspension along with a high amount of carbonation. A careful pour was needed to limit the beer from having more than a two finger high dense white head and overflowing from a snifter glass. The head gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of spicy yeast in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of Belgian yeast and spices such as pepper are particularly evident towards the finish and linger through the aftertaste. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because it had a nice kick of dryness and peppery spices but neither of these were overpowering.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. I can see the barrel aged influence from the Allagash side pretty clearly. Reminds me of a lot of their other releases, in a mild way. The wild and uniquely vibrant tone reminds me of De La Senne. Overall, it's a pretty good beer with nice character.

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Photo of tony223366
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light caramel orange colored beer. I poured the whole bottom of the bottle in so I got some yeasty swirls too. Head was three fingers and really rocky. It's a really dynamic head that looks great. Beautiful lacing too.

S: Wow, I definitely get some beautiful hop aromas in here. It smells earthy, piney and very fresh. I get some nice fruitiness as well as some spicy yeasts too. A little bit of caramel and bready malts. But the star of the show really is the hopand fruity presence.

T: I think this is actually pretty good! I really like Belgian Strong Pale Ale's and Orval is one of my favorite beers of all time so Belgian Pale Ale's are right up my alley. The hops provide a piney, earthy spicy flavor and there's a really great fruitiness that you get in Belgian beers. Malts are bready and a little bit of caramel. Finish is bitter. This is a really great beer! I love the finish too.

M: Mouth is medium with great carbonation. No problems here.

O: Way better than I anticipated. I really need to seek out some more Belgian Pale Ale's considering this is one of my favorite styles!

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Photo of cavedave
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recent random pick at Decicco's interesting collab., it pours a very murky and sorta unappealing dark golden, topped briefly by a finger of lackluster beige head.

Luckily the aroma is better, a nice blend of fruity tart that I think is from both hops and yeast, a nectarine/sweet citrus aspect, a bit of candy sweet, some spice comes into my nose on some sips. Pretty nice aroma.

Med. strength taste, not as strong a yeast in the taste as nose, all the other aromas here now as flavors, and quite balanced and tasty they are. Hop flavors do come forward in the end of the sip, nicely, with some righteous notes of herbal bitter keeping it dry, and not too dry. Hardly as fine as some others in taste, but interesting and tasty for sure. Warm, it develops a bit of medicine in end of sip.

Mouthfeel is med. body, med. carb., med. viscosity, with a decent finish, almost as though the brewer aimed to make this beer have average mouthfeel.

Not a great beer, not a terrible beer, an interesting, hoppy take on style. Not recommended for lovers of the finer selections in this style, this one will disappoint.

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Photo of cradke
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Blond with a nice finger thick head.

Smell: Clean malts. A little bit of bitter comes through. Good amount of complexity here.

Taste: Pretty average. Not great or terrible. There is a good sweetness to it but the aftertaste is a little too...murky? It's complexity is good in that it keeps me guessing and looking for nouns to describe it but I've been falling short other than to say a pretty decent Belgian.

Mouthfeel: Again, pretty decent but not stellar.

Overall: A solid belgian but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of JoeBloe
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy apricot and put up a tight pillowy 2 finger head -
smells citrus-ey and fresh, despite it's apparent age - taste is crisp. with some grapefruit up front - good 'yeast' and a little white pepper with a crisp, snappy clean finish - good carbonation and easy drinking -mildly complex - the wife and I enjoyed this one.

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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.Tulip glass.Enjoyed on oct´11. Golden yellow.Hazy.White creamy lasting crown. Resiny,woody,spicy,bready aromas.Very dry hoppy upfront. Helpfully malts provides a soft velvet palate.Lemon zest & coriander in the middle. Medium-light body,quite high carbonation.High astringency no matter malty note finish.Piney aftertaste.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unfiltered hazy amber. Medium shine. Natural carbonation travels up the side of the glass in lines.

Smell: The aroma is complex. My first impression is of a mix of czech and german style pilsner hops. I get grass and hay but also slight tropical fruit and and chamomile. The overall impression is tart and dry.

Taste: Snappy belgian yeast. Big medicinal feel, tingles on my tongue for a while. Some fruits, pear, pineapple. Light citric lemon. Biscuit malts. Backing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter. tart finish.

Overall: Very refreshing and flavorful. It was worth trying. It's slightly expensive but I wasn't disappointed.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in a tulip. Poured a clear gold with a finger plus of fine, white bubbled head. Bottle conditioned. Light Belgian yeast spice with some citrus in the aroma. Lots of spice in the flavor, coriander and a little black pepper. More citrus. Slight hop bitterness. Light bodied and dry. Plenty of carbonation. Tasty.

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