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

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

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

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

Photo of Fatehunter
3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is grain and sour smell. Okay.
The taste is mild grain sweetness and some lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp but too fizzy.
It's okay.

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

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 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 Drknight
2/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of mattfancett
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of Beergogglesoftheworld
4.75/5  rDev +49.4%

Photo of GRUUMSH
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

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 dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of brandonld23
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Archemedies
3/5  rDev -5.7%

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 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 InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Elbrownbag
2/5  rDev -37.1%

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Spécial De Ryck from Brouwerij De Ryck
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 51 ratings