Special Block 6 | Brouwerij De Block bvba

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Special Block 6Special Block 6

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Block bvba

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with pomegranates.

Added by truthbrew on 04-22-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by BeardedRiker:
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit suspicious buying this beer. It was down at the bottom of the cooler with the large brews. Add to that I don't like some Belgians, but I'll never turn down trying a new beer.

It pours like a soda with lots of carbonation and being very bubbly. A fine bubbly film remains on top and the color is golden-honey.

This one reminds me of a Flemish sour. It has a wine-like aroma with cherry and apples being prominent. Do I smell cinnamon?

It tastes very much like a Flemish sour to me with a strong sour apple taste and hint of sweetness, but barely noticeable. It is smooth but the carbonation gives a bite. I'm not yet used to this style of beer. It's not complex enough for me and too sour. Perhaps, later in my life, I will be able to appreciate this style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudish amber with a reddish hue. Nose is...huh...weird. Smells like an overly disinfected hospital. Antiseptic and just massively chemical. Wait. I think it actually might smell more like a home for retired and extremely old people. Flavor is slightly fruity, but damnit that weird chemical character gets into the beer as well. I am drinking old retiree home beer. Also seems to be an almost cherry syrup flavor to it that does not taste natural and tastes extremely fake. Feel is normal. Not sure if I will be able to finish this one, so is it drinkable? No. Can’t say I suggest this one. And would never go back to it. Bad.

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Photo of ADR
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brownish-orange appearance, mostly translucent in character. Big puffy and rocky head, rises up almost an inch in the glass. Lots of sticky lacing. Sweet Life Savers aroma, a little too candyish. Body is lighter, carbonation verges on high, comes off as airy and a little fizzy. Some suggestions of pizza dough yeastiness, but like the aroma, the flavor is very fruity, but with a plasticky artificial note to it, almost like cherry cough syrup. Becomes slightly more astringent close to the end, like a shot of lime juice, but it doesn't really approach dry in tone. A little different, but to me, average.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tall tulip glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy orangish-red body with a brown hint to it. There is a spongy snow white head that last for about half of the beer. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a bright tart fruit note with a nice berry quality that finishes in a jammy aroma that is more dry than sweet.

T- The dry earthy berry flavor, with notes of black currants, has soft pale malt flavors with it and a soft green leaf flavor to follow. The taste of soft acidic berries and a carbonic acid finish lingers in the form of a light berry note.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big fizzy finish that is a bit to much.

D- This beer has fruity qualities without being really fruity in flavor. There are not really any Brett tart flavors but more berry tart notes that are similar. The beer is very dry with little flavor from an malt but it still as a nice depth and some mystery to all the flavors.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Block's Special-Block 6 has a beautiful, kind of antique-looking label. And the name is kind of cool too.... Special-Block 6 ... it sounds like some kind of fancy gun, or a remarkably high security prison. Unfortunately, the beer itself is not quite as powerful; and in fact, it pours a bit of a pinkish color. It's amber, but there is a kind of a rosey cast to it. The head retention is really good, however, and it leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose is a touch perfumey - floral, fruity, lightly sweet, subtly tart - but otherwise vacant. It's clean and inviting, but at the same time a bit odd. In the mouth it's light to light-medium bodied, and it's gentle carbonation gives it a crisp edge. The flavor is as the nose suggests it might be, with a delicate fruity, floral, and sweetish character that's remarkably balanced by an underlying bitterness. I can't tell if the berry-like fruitiness is real or artificial, which is a little distracting, but apart from that it has brilliant finesse! It's quite subtle and passes easily from it's fruity and candy-edged side to a dry and mildly bitter finish with a residual frutiy edge. Remarkably drinkable! I don't know if it's that I just keep looking for more in it's flavor, or if it's just that it's delicate nuances have me hooked, but I can't seem to put it down! It's quite unusual. A remarkable Belgian pale ale. Think of it as more of a souped-up pilsner or fruit beer and you'll be in the mindset to enjoy it.

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Photo of Bierschenker
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The colour of this one is a light strange pink orange. A lot of carbonation running through. The head development is very strong. A large head remains and collapses from the sides, leaving an isle in the middle. Very creamy.
Smell is quite awkward to. Fruit, but I can’t really recognise what. Probably because it’s so artificial. It reminds me of vitame tabblets. Also hop and very strong malts.
I find the taste to be rather vulgar. Strong malts and yeast come up and get abruptly blocked by artificial berry aroma’s.
The aftertaste gives some malt and berries. Yeast in the background. Overall dry feeling.

I can’t say I like this brew, on the contrary. I find it just drinkable. Sorry, they can’t all be good.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle has some nifty "Alley-Oop" font that I like.

Pours a hazy pink/peach combo with a healthy head made up of tight bubbles that stays fluffy and leaves thick, raised lacing on the glass. Smell is grainy, crisp, estery, and fruity from the added pomegranate. Drinks kind of light and sweet with a drying finish. Fruit comes out the most in this with some toast in the end. Has a weird, flat baker's yeast flavor in the end. Mouthfeel is light, but somewhat sticky. The carbonation could be a little more lively. All-around decent, but I don't know if I'd buy again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker shade of apple juice, a little too bright to resemble cider. Head retention is good, with random swashes of lacing around the glass.

Smells a little sweet and fruity, vaguely musty. After a swirl and deeper inhale it's more sugary and medicinal.

Apricot or apple flavor, dry paper pulp, slight tartness in the end. Seltzer feel, visible carbonation in the glass, but it fizzles out halfway through. Just a flat and wimpy flavor profile. The fruit is a nice element, but it's very brief. It's light enough to be quenching, but I found myself forgetting the full glass was even sitting there...not a repeat experience for me.

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Photo of TexIndy
1.96/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 33cl bottle with a really cool label with best by date on back into a pint glass. The color was mostly amber with a grapefruitish tint to it. Had a massive head that stuck around forever and had good lacing. The mouthfeel was thin and too bubbly almost like champagne bubbly. The smell was very fruity and was a god awful mix of baby aspirin and my kid's berry juicy juice. The taste was just as bad as the smell. I don't mind fruity beers and love the cherry ones but this just didn't mix well. Best thing I can say about this one is that it didn't cost me anything as I got it as a free sample from Rick at LoneStar. Recommend you skip this one and get New Glarus Belgian Red instead. (2, NA, ML, N)

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish-ruby in color, medium. Candied fruit nose -- not of the artificial variety, but sweet and fruity nonetheless. Also some spicey phenolics on the nose.

Bright citrus fruits on the palate -- however, this finishes dry. An interesting marriage of a citric fruit flavor profile and a decidedly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, allowing the flavor to be the thing you remember.

Pretty easy drinking for 6% ABV. In this case, not necessarily a bad thing. Not a spectacular beer, but it's a decent Belgian for summer.

Beware the fruitiness.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden orange color, with a persistent white head, thick, glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Earthy, with phenolic alcohol, sweet malt, cloves, orange rind, and wood.

Taste: Light fruits open the taste, followed by cloves and earthy yeast notes. The taste closes with a mild, lingering spiciness, and a slight floral bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, with rather zesty and slightly stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite pleasant and well-crafted.

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Photo of smcolw
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Almost soda-like fizz for a head; absolutely no lace. It pours a cloudy orange amber.

Slight candy sugar aroma; Light malt smell and no hop.

The fizz is present in the taste--too much so. There is no corresponding body to balance this. There is a small sourness to this beer. It's also showing the begining of skunkiness.

This is a clear miss. It shows some potential but there are plenty of flaws.

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Photo of Spineypanda
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a some what magenta color and has little head with large bubbles. Not usually a great sign.
Smells of pomegranates and some bitterness.
Taste has a very fast finish and not a whole lot of flavor. Not a horrible beer, and a goof attempt at what it is, but not really my cup of tea.

I probably wont be able to find this again.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice orange amber with just a little hazw, and a light and frothy white head that rests a good while on top.

Smell. My first impression was is was sweet with fruits, but astringent. But after a few whiffs, that astringency bit went away to very familiar aromas of fruity and yeasty many belgian beers have. I do get some pomagranite that at first i thought was cranberries (until i saw it has pomagranite).

Taste. Light and sweet up front, but seems to thicken up in flavor, and texture, as it rests in my mouth. Still fruity, but i do not detect one particular fruit, a peach flavor is what i think dominates the fruity esters, but as it warms up more, i can detect an obvious tartness that is pomagranite-like. Again, a moderately strong yeastiness for this belgian pale ale. Aftertaste actually has a small spice to it that goes along with the tartness of the pomagranite, which i think is at its strongest and most noticable point in this beer as it tastes fresh and juice-like.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium to slightly full with lots of carbonation. There still is a crispness to it though.

Overall, a good and interesting beer. Flavors are not very complex, but are still quite interesting. The pomagranite gives it a nice uniqueness that i certainly do enjoy. This is one i would like to buy, but would not get it often.

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Photo of jvdineen
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On bottle from Bukowski's-Boston served in a Unibroue thin tulip glass. Pours pinkish-red like grapefruit juice. Champagne-esque carbonation slinks up the sides of the glass. I love pomegranates so I love the dominate flavor of this fruity Belgian brew. Not cloyingly sweet but sweet enough to be refeshing and sort of hides whatever hops and malt are used. Not a everyday beer. Not for someone that is looking for something hoppy.

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Photo of albern
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is an odd Belgian if ever there was one. The beer pours a wonderful frothy white, thick head with prodigious lacing that lasts and lasts. The color is deep reddish, orange, and quite nice. The smell is subdued but it does smell like yeast and cherries, with an emphasis on the former. The yeast is clearly what drives this beer. The taste I thought was either cherries, raspberries, or some combination, but pomegranate explains everything. The taste is really driven by the yeast, the overly carbonated yeasty bite, the dryness, and the pomegranates. There isn't tons of complexity in this beer and I can't say I would buy another. If I want a dry, sourish Belgian it is to the Flemish Reds I will wander everytime. If I want a fruity beer it is in the lambic direction I will head. This one seems to embody weaknesses in that it neither satisfies my urge for either of the above. As the beer settles, the dryness gets more pronounced and there is a tangy, almost chemically flavor present. Worth a try for an interesting Belgian stop on the journey, but keep going.

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Photo of JDV
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smell was big on berry like fruitiness which apparently is the pomegranate. Poured a nice reddish maroon colow with some light head. Taste was incredibly mild, dry, and light with a fruity taste. It was incredibly fizzy in the mouth. Champagne like feel in the mouth. More like a fruit flavored sparkling water than a tradition belgian ale, I thought, and didn't have the traditional yeast tastes I normall recognize. A bit too mild flavored for me overall, but interesting.

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Photo of stephens101
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour begins a clear gold with an almost unmanageable off-white head. About half way through the pour turns dark brown, resulting from settling I suppose. I give it a few good shakes and finish the pour, which ultimately turns, you guessed it, golden brown. The head is stubborn and leaves behind various sized chunks of lace all over the place. Smells fruity and phenolic with some cinnamon and caramel underneath. Tartness envelops the palate with some light and dark fruits (including sour apples) finally showing through. A certain breadyness comes into play and offsets the dryness that is hinted at. Some alcohol comes into play after a few drinks. Mouth-feel is medium bodied. Not always a big fan of BPA's, but this isn't too bad.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is... interesting. After opening and pouring the beer into a Duvel tulip, I see and hear lots of carbonation, but it and the pretty head go away pretty quickly. The nose has similar notes of cough syrup, but with apricot, grapes, and cherries. It's just a little bit off, though. Taste is interesting, with lovely heavy carbonation, but again, medicinal flavors are throughout. It just isn't quite right, but has a great fruity aftertaste that peps this beer up a bit. A tiny bit of bitterness at the end, with some sweetness lingering on the tongue. Perhaps this bottle was a bit off.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of allengarvin
2.69/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear walnut color with a lot of fine streaming bubbles and a rocky, long-lasting head. Smells like sweetened cereal (fruity pebbles or something). Very berryish flavor, though tart and not too sweet. An odd fruit beer, none too balanced. Thin body and mouthfeel.

This is the first De Block beer I've not liked. Bleagh.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice glass.

A - Lovely head with excellent yeast patterns forming. Golden amber colour with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Excellent lacing as well.

S - Mild berrys with malt.

T - Sweet berry flavour. Smooth at first but then a very strong carbonation feel takes over. Tastes a hell of a lot like an alcoholic dr pepper!

M - Carbonation bursts onto the tongue. Solid feel but not overly harsh.

D - Light and fruity.. easy to drink a few.

My initial reaction to this beer was that it tasted like a sweet cherry without the tang. According to the label however this is brewed with elderberries and pomegranate so those are probably the flavours... either way a good beer and slightly different to your average BPA.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ottle Inspection: Great label art! Font is all chunky and looks like Soviet lettering from the 1930s. Notes 6% abv. and a date of 2008/01/08 (sampled 2007/07/21).

Aroma: Fruity malt seems tropical, mild candy sugar notes, very mild peppery yeast.

Appearance: Pale orange translucence shows no carbonation streams but holds a fair cover.

Flavor: Orange peel leads the mild fruity taste, much of it malt driven. Bitterness is almost felt more than tasted.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy in the mouth, almost champagne like.

Overall Impression: An enjoyable Abbey Ale. Easy drinking, good summer day fare.

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Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had alot of trouble opening this beer for some reason really annoyed me anyways it poured a deep redgum honey colour with sparkling carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and a nice layer of lacing around the sides of the glass,i know this beer is brewed with pomegranates and elderberries but the first aroma i get is fresh raspberries with some feint hoppy pomegranates,it has an average mouthfeel with a nice big hint of raspberries first up and some subtle malted barley hops right at the end i swear if i didnt look at the bottle id be drinking a more beefed up version of Maltida Bays new framboise which isnt really a good thing but this brew does have more complexity to it and could easliy drink a few of on a hot summers day but am very confused on this beers style as its definately no ordinary belgian pale ale.

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Photo of truthbrew
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 4/20/06 from a 33cl bottle, best before 2008/01/08.

Pink and orange hue with fluffy white head. Slight cloudiness. Head receeds but remains with moderate thickness until completion. Nice lacing. Did not notice sediment.

Smell is of semi-sweet raspberries.... smells much like raspberry extract. Can't tell if it's there on purpose or a side affect of the yeast, my guess based on the pink appearence is that it is intended. Some moderate malt sweetness too.

Easy drinking, semi-sweet malt. Balanced towards sweetness but not cloying at all. Some lingering light hops on the tail. Raspberry fruity notes throughout the drinking experience.

Above average carbonation with tiny bubbles that give some silky impressions.

Easy drinking, could handle several in a session especially in warm weather.

Overall I think this is a pretty good Belgian ale, but nothing spectacular. Considering I am not a large fan of their Satan line of beers, this stands above them. Really tastes like a Belgian blond ale with more fruitiness. The fruit flavors have me confused though, seems like they may have added a fruit extract, much less desireable than real fruit.

Could be a decent beer to start people down the Belgian path though. An easy to approach beer.

Imported to the U.S. by Noble Union

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Special Block 6 from Brouwerij De Block bvba
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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