Brewed by Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montignies-sur-Roc, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8110) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 25, 2006
Went to AMsterdam with Hans+Gert-jan and this was the winner overall that night. Now the name was speciale noel and after e-mails and research, i think this is it....was dark and pretty...nice smell...had a sweet delicous warming decadent taste. i liked this alot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2006
Dark amber coloured, small white head. Sweet malty aroma, some light alcohol touches. Full body, nice balance finish, some sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - MAR 28, 2006
Pours a dark red brown and doesn’t have too much head...some yeast and spice floaters. Aroma is very spicey...much more like a vegetable/spice beer. Aroma also has a lot of malt, candied sugar, and a bit of fresh dark fruit...not much yeast aroma. Taste is very spicey and sweet...candy sugar and cloves...and a bit of roasted malt. Again, not much yeast or bread flavor. Hides the 9% unbelievably well. Mouthfeel is smooth and very balanced. Probably one of the more interesting BSA I’ve had...but wish the flavor was a bit more kicking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16523) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2006
Bottled. Reddish brown beer with huge floaties and a lasting beige head. Aroma is complex and mild, with cigar, alcohol, spices, plum, tea and prunes. It is a delicacy just to sit back and sniff the aromas. The flavor is equally complex, but unfortunately a bit short, with candi-sugar, tea, alcohol, bitterness and a slight roastiness. Sweet, full and slightely fizzy mouthfeel. The finish is light hoppy. It is a fresh beer that gives me more spring/easter feelings than christmas feelings, but that is maybe a result of the Norwegian beer habits. It’s wonderful anyhow. (060320)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5951) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2006
Bottle 330ml. Orange/red color with nice, rich beige head. A bit reduced rating points on appearance due to a big amount of rather big floaters, otherwise a lovely pleasant body. A fruity, spicy aroma with prunes and a clear hint of alcohol. The taste is also alcoholic with lots of candy sugar, complex and surprisingly still quite fresh. A bit short on aftertaste, still rather sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Bottle: Poured a muddy dark brown color ale with a huge off-white bubbly head with better then average retention. Aroma of big sweet malt with a distinctive yeast presence. Taste is semi-sweet caramel malt with some faint presence of prunes with a slightly funky yeast presence toward the end. Body is quite full and alcohol is very well hidden. I still feel that it lack a little something to make it truly spectacular but very good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
On Tap at the Borough Arms, Crewe 01/05/2005 Amber coloured and strong in alcohol with a fruit aroma. Slightly spicy flavour. Warming malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2006
[bottle from kulminator] Big sweet fruity aroma, plums, cherrys, chocolate, banana, nutmeg. mouthfilling body, vinous finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green. Deep reddish brown colour. Quite crisp for a Christmas beer. Lots of slightly sour, mushy plums and cherries in the aroma. Didn’t get much in the way of spices, although it was served fairly cold. More fruit on the palate - raisins and plums. The mouthfeel is quite light, which is no bad thing as it doesn’t get too rich or cloying. A lightly acidic sour bite on the finish completes the picture and makes for an eminently (and dangerously) drinkable beer although not as imposing as I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep amber with a large creamy off-white head that lasted. Heavy complex toasted caremel and allspice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Moderate sweet spice flavor with a long finish. Good winter brew.

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