Allagash / De La Senne Very Spéciale Belge | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jrenihan on 09-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/20/2013 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, hops, caramelized malts and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not to heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is good for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Belgian-style beer to drink for a long time.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a re-working of a beer previously brewed at De La Senne by Allagash and De La Senne ( This one was brewed at Allagash, and is apparently somewhat different (higher ABV, for example).

On-tap at the Allagash tasting room.

Beer is amber in colour with a moderately-sized white head. Fair retention, a bit of lace.

Nose is nice and fruity. Bright and tropical. Peach, bread.

Taste contains peach and other light fruits. Bread. Notable hop flavours, certainly very hop as Belgian Pales go. Grass, bread. Some pepper.

Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation level. Oily.

Overall, quite good. Something I would happily have more of.

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From 09/18/13 notes. Had this on tap at Proletariat in NYC. 14 oz. pour served in stemware.

a - Pours a hazy deep reddish-orange color with two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, Belgian yeast, fruity malts, bananas, apples, grains, and light floral notes. Nice and fruity with some Belgian notes to it; quite nice.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, apples, Belgian yeast, spice, cloves, bananas, earthy malts, grains, wheat, bread, and dough. More fruit than the nose. Very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink; could definitely have a few of them.

o - Overall another really nice beer from Allagash. Nice Belgian yeast and spice mixing with apples and fruity malts, and very easy to drink. A beer you could have a few of and would want to; would definitely have it again.

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On-tap at Local Option. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and a few specks of lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Peppery yeast, but not excessively spicy. Crackery and bready malt backdrop, with a kiss of stone fruits in the periphery.

T - The taste is a tiny bit sweeter, with more pale malt and stone fruit flavors and some fruity esters from the yeast. Still quite dry and crackery, with a mild dose of hop bitterness late. I like the yeast strain here as it's not overpowering; good balance and malt and yeast.

M - Higher, zesty carbonation that isn't inappropriate for the style but is a bit harsh for my tastes. Medium bodied, with a dry finish, and a touch grainy in texture.

D - Is it very special? Not so much. However, it's a well crafted and competently executed. Reminds me of a bigger version of Allagash's House Beer. Would drink this again if it was more widely available.

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