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Spécial De Ryck | Brouwerij De Ryck

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Ryck
Belgium
brouwerijderyck.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-29-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,765
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
51
pDev:
19.5%
Bros Score:
3.08
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
3
Trade:
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Photo of rawthar
1.55/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

One of the only random bottles I picked up in Belgium aside from Christmas brews, I was immediately attracted to the label art, even if the last reviewer didn't like it. Bottle immediately spewed foam after opening, since I stupidly cracked the bottle open less than 24 hours after landing back in the states.

A- Nice thick fluffy white head, a lot of lively carbonation throughout the hazy burnt sunset body.

S- Sharp sour funky bread yeast is intense. Anyone who ever described a saison or a wild ale as smelling like a barn house floor would find that this one takes the cake in the funk category. Like sweat from a horse's taint or even a ripe gorgonzola. I'm not sure whether I find this very good or repugnant.

T- Man, I really wanted to like this...Is this infected, skunked, or just nasty? This is like when you have some nasty chunk of cheese that you forgot about.

M- I just cant go through with continuing to review this.

D- Drain pour.

Damn, this is such a let down, and really has me worried about the condition of all the other beers I brought back from the Bier Tempel. Apologies to De Ryck if this is simply a bad bottle, I'm not sure when/if I'll ever have a chance to try this again, but I would certainly be willing to give it another chance.

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2/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of Elbrownbag
2/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of Brabander
2.18/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

This was a beer for the gutter and i am not a person who pours his beers in the gutter. I bought tis beer last week in Belgium and i wished i didn't.

OPening the bottle it started with a gusher which cost me a third of the contents. The beer is darkyellow with no carbonation and the head disappears fast.

Smell of vomit with sourness. After a few sips we trew this one in the sink. Not worthy.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.28/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: 11.2oz bottle

S: Cinnamon apple sauce. Peppery soap perfume.

T: Semi-sweet apple/pear fruits up front. Fairly sharp acidity and intense carbonation blunts the flavors. Not much hop flavor or grain flavor. Middle is continued fruits along with an iron/metallic twang and earthy phenols that are not terribly enjoyable. Thin body. Finish dries out sharply with a peppery bite and continued metallic unpleasantness.

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Photo of DaveHS
2.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A-Pours light amber with almost no head, just a thin ring of soapy, bubbly head.

S-Ugh. Smells like stomach acid. Or like vomit after you've drank a carton of orange juice.

T/M-Not much happening here, except for the light bready notes mid-palate. Tastes like bready malts/carbonated water. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Nope.

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Photo of lionchow
2.46/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma is slightly metallic and cheesy. Pours quite foamy and effervescent, which increases the not too pleasing aroma.

Flavor is bland. Slight bread, malt, caramel. There is a vague bright yeast note. No bitterness at all.

Overall a fairly bland beer, over carbonated, and what flavors and aroma there were, were not particularly pleasant.

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Photo of impending
2.64/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dull dirty orange, minor dense head subsided fairly quick, large bubbled carbonation.

Mild yeasty fruity aroma.

Nearly devoid of flavor, not worth of trying to describe.

In the realm of pale ales they all tend to be staggeringly unexceptional . . . and this is no exception.
cheers
jd

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Photo of benfons
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy sunset colour, small but stable head.

S: hops, coriander, malts, there is also something earthy, and some citrus

T: there is something off about his one, there are some hops and malts and a hint of citrus, but there is something unpleasant there that's quite noticeable

M/D: not the right kind of carbonation: too thin; light body ABV is fine

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Jose9e
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of GRUUMSH
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of jeranbrews
2.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - The bottle comes with a nice inviting picture of a castle drawn lovingly by a sixth grader. The bottle is that mixture of green and brown glass.
This beer is super fizzy. Carbonation with some to spare, handle gently before serving. After pour the color was golden wheat with copper tones and had a milky cloudiness along with a reasonable amount of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - The initial smells were malty, yeasty, and complex. I noticed coffee and sweet cake smells in there too. There was a mild hop aroma too. The pleasant malty smells died down after a few min and left the bitter hoppy smell of an IPA

T - Initial taste was sour and yeasty. No detectable malt. The aftertaste was just as strong. Like lemon rinds and used hop leaves. The balance of the beer is waaay off.

M - Little body, some continued burping, but you can't notice the mouth feel at all because of the overly dominate sour aftertaste.

D - The Sourness takes away any possibility of drinking more than 2 bottles of this in one day. This is another variation of the Belgian pale ale that leaves me wondering what the real nature of this style is. Despite the immense overly-sour aftertaste I'd still like to give this beer one more try on-tap.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33 cL bottle,

A: Pours a nice burnt orange with a fizzy white head, limited retention, no lace.

S: Spiced orange, cardamom, gingerbread.

T: Lemon zest with a lot of bluestone and minerals. Light notes of orange, thin somewhat acidic flavour.

M: Quite thin, spritzy fizzy carbonation dies quickly. Structure is off.

O: Not terrible, but there are tons of better BPAs, this one is just average at best.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.99/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Best before 5/2013.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy grain and slight sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that smells decent but the flavors are not too pleasant.

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Photo of d_kizzle
2.99/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Archemedies
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of SalMineo
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BeerArchivist
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.6oz brown bottle with freshness date.

A: Shiny copper color, decent lacing.

S: Slightly musty and buttery, vague fruit and spice with some rustic graininess.

T&M: Nice snap from the crispness, thin maltiness that expresses a very dry grainy tone. Some fruit and spice, all subtle for the most part. Hint of chalky yeast in the middle, finishes very dry.

O: The more I sip this beer the more I think "table beer" though for it to be that I would assume the abv would be lower. Not a very memorable brew but still pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of samEBC
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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