Spécial De Ryck | Brouwerij De Ryck

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Brouwerij De Ryck

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-29-2003

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Beergogglesoftheworld
4.75/5  rDev +49.4%

Photo of Luiz0930
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oh Belgium. Some times people just get beer that are sitting there for long periods of time. I was fortunate enough to get a fresh bottle. Well lets just say this beer doesn't last that long. Taste is crisp (something a good tripel has) ABV is low for a tripel yet harmonious. smells like coriander orange and citrus fruits. taste is rich and mouth watering carbonation of citrus ale. Most guys got older bottles. if you find yourself a resent bottled De Ryck Ale, defiantly pick it up

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

Photo of kristenspaintings
4.18/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is an excellent example of an ale from Belgium. If you wanted to highlight what you should be looking for, this is it. The head is typical of a beer in Flanders, as is the taste, aroma, color and quality.

Simple put this beer is a very good choice.

The only unfortunate circumstance with this beer is the price. As of the date of writing this (4-3-13), a 11.16fl. oz bottle costs almost 4USD. Due to the European high taxation laws, I bet this beer costs more here than the same product in its native Belgium.

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Photo of brandonld23
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of halfP1NT
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, dark honey color with a decent sized, fizzy of head that quickly recedes. Fizzy carbonation.

First aromas are yeast, bread and Belgian spice. Slight caramel sweetness.

First taste impressions are light fruit, sweet caramel and Belgian spices. Distinct Belgian yeast aroma and estery flavors that become more prominent as the beer warms. Hops not really present. Sweetness lingers after each sip.

Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. The sweetness becomes slightly cloying but overall an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brussels Beer Weekend.
Lion blonde with speckles. 4
Dough and flowers on the nose. 3.75
Slight crackery sweetness, some pale malt, a lean bite, and noble grass to end. 4
Almost medium, round, clean. 4

This is supposed to be something of a cult beer, but I’m having trouble seeing what’s special. It’s chalky, grainy, and not especially quenching - though the hops are there. Then again, I didn’t have much of a palate at this point in the afternoon. A distinctive and dry pale ale, if nothing else. 3.75

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Photo of steverx8
3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mhaugo
3.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.16 ounce bottle decanted into a tulip. 5.5% ABV. Best before May of 2014.
Appearance: Murky, light cinnamon color with a thin, but persistent, white head. Nice lacing. A few small chunks of stuff eventually drifted to the bottom of my glass (3.25/5).
Aroma: Oranges, but not like American hops. More like the pulp. Also easy to pick up spicy Saaz and a little apple. I also detect a touch of tobacco smoke (4/5).
Taste: Baked apples with burnt edges. Orange pulp and a thin layer of marmalade. Not overly complicated (3.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (3.5/5).
Overall: Nice example of a traditional Belgian Pale Ale, but with an interesting burnt quality to it. Many other traditional examples I’ve had have a “fresh” quality to them, but this one almost tastes cooked. This bottle is slightly oxidized, but I don’t think that’s what I taste. Overall it’s a nice beer, but I probably wouldn’t pick up a second bottle any time soon (3.5/5).

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled in the on-site Old Stables Tasting Room after an interesting tour of the De Ryck Brewery on Saturday 26th March, 2005.

Presentation: Served in a straight sided handled Mug which a blue rectangle logo with has words “De Ryck” in red inside a cream colored oval. Above is the word “Special„ whilst below is the phrase “Da’s Nog Echt Bier”.

Appearance: Clear amber body with a thick Styrofoam covering when first poured. The Head laces well, but always remains uniform and eventually cap-like. Decent levels of carbonation from the tap.

Nose: Pale Ale nose with some hints of wild yeast and a light sweet malt demeanor. Light lemongrass flashes.

Taste: The Pale Ale character in the nose comes through in the Taste. Dry malts mix with hints of caramel and a light grain feel. Yeast in the finish with a sweet caramel toffee feel in the back end. Mellow flavors but it has a pretty good profile given that it is only 4.3%.

Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel has a classic Pale Ale touch to it. The carbonation is talcum powder soft. Middle of the road, but not wanting.

Drinkability: The soft carbonation and mellow flavor profile give this brew a nice attractive Session appeal, after I tried the other De Ryck brews I returned to sink a few more Mugs of this one. Clean drinking.

Overall: A solid quaffable, a.k.a. “Session”, Belgium Pale Ale – but not really Special.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brownish-copper body topped by an off-white cap. Retention of said cap is fairly good.

Smell: Crusty whole grain bread. Some plum-like fruitiness from the yeast. A little coriander and sulfur. Not terribly aromatic, the toasted malt scent is most prevalent.

Taste & mouthfeel: Like the nose, there's a ton of freshly baked whole grain bread flavor going on here. Grainy, toasty, somewhat yeasty. It's thin, mild, extremely easy to drink but not particularly characterful. The finish is mild and dry, barely exhibiting any bitterness. There's a slight sulfuric quality buried beneath the malt, and a little spiciness. A decent beer, but I feel it would benefit from a more characterful yeast strain. Then again, as a quaffing beer it's rather nice. Sort of reminds me of an English dark mild ale, only with a Belgian yeast strain.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of AdamP
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of rekel
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yeasty caramelly, with a definite Belgian character, tart, acidic, some lemone, dry-ish finish, quite nice. Very drinkable to be honest, with nothing that really offended me or got me bored, really lovely softly fizzy Belgian mouthfeel, well made(Draught- GBBF 03')

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Photo of wl0307
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle-conditioned, coming in a 330ml brown, slim Belgian beer bottle. The strength is at 5.5%abv., BB 19 Jan 2008, served slightly-chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a bright tawny hue; an explosively-effervescent, thick and spongey off-white beer head sustains pretty well; the body is fiercely carbonated... Very lively it looks.
S: lemon-preserve, dried plums, dried mango's sticky fruity sweetness comes with a candyish+creamy maltiness upfront, slightly too sweet but still pleasant; on top of a noble-hop like aroma of dried grass along with a sour-sweet, yeast-drink (e.g. Yakult) like fruity-yeastiness in the background.
T: sharply-fizzy and fluffy-textured, dryish yeasty and softly spicy-hoppy upfront... leading fast to a flatly-textured brown-sugary maltiness with a lingering, residual Chinese herb-medicine-like dryish-sweet edge, like licorice+pine-sprigs but not exactly that.
M&D: the mouthfeel is lively throughout, yet also slightly thin-bodied and hyper-carbonated; besides, it fails to show a clearer structure, just like the same brewery's X'mas Pale Ale; the yeasty edge makes this beer drier and different, though, and does contribute to the overall complexity and drinkability, if not by a large margin. Not bad.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this 30 months past its "Best By" date, so I can't review it fairly.
But, MJ reviews it in his "Great Beers of Belgium." Read that... or at lest this excerpt: "a soft, notably clean, lightly sweet, malt accent; and a delicate hop character."
Special also is listed and reviewed in the "1001 Beers To Drink before you Die."
I will say this: this Special went great with a sandwich at picnic overlooking where the Russian River enters the Pacific. And that view will make 99% of beers taste great.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from State Line, best by August 2012. The front label indicates the ABV is 5.5%, the blurb on the back label mentions 5%

Pouring a clear copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention that leaves a little lacing, this is a fairly attractive beer. The nose is surprisingly decent given the scores here. Yes, there's a little bit of Splenda-like sweetness, but there's a delicate spice character, mildly peppery and clove-like, with a bit of green hop character as well. It's hard to describe, as there isn't much going on here.

The palate opens with a blend of honey, bread and spices. What dominates, though, is the flavor of bread, rich and grainy with a mild nutty and toffee character. Light in body, this highly carbonated beer is drying on the finish with a slightly watery character. A little spicy and a little hoppy, there's a mild bitterness that lingers. This is neither offensive nor particularly exciting, and for the price, I'd rather drink a Duvel.

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Already feeling burned BBD of May of 13 & this beer has spent time in Oklahoma storage conditions, the horror!

Pours an effervescent amber with a sliver of cream colored head. A little sediment, average head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, tartness, a little funk, pears

T: Slight astringency, some cardboard, pears, peaches, a little grapefruit up front, leafy hops as well. Orange peel, a little dryness, still a little cardboard & leafy hops hanging around, more peach as well, little sourness. Finishes a little sour, a little oxidized, some aged hops, some orange peel & grapefruit

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation, alright balance

Drinks alright, I feel I didn't get this beer at its peak, but maybe I did based on other BAs ratings...

I know Belgium makes good stuff, just got used to drinking it way cheaper & better when I was stationed in Europe, this depresses me...

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Photo of lhwjanssen
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JeremyBrews
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear, copper color. Good initial head that receds too quickly. Very little lacing.

S- Hop aroma is strong. Sour yeast/sweet malt resembling apple juice.

T- Initial hop effect that dries to a sour, yeast aftertaste. Balance seems off: too much hop and yeast, not enough malt.

M- Medium-light body. Carbonation dies down a lot.

D- Goes down easy and light, with hop bittering not too overwhelming, and noticeable yeast flavor. Good BBQing beer.

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