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Brewed by Brasserie La Binchoise
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Binche, Belgium

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RATINGS: 443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Speciale Noël could only be a Christmas beer. It is a classic, warming winter ale with plenty of depth and a roasted, fruity malt character.
A.K.A. Reserve Speciale


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (10353) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2015
330 ml bottle. BB? From saveur-biere.com.
Lively cloudy bright orangey golden colour with huge foamy off-white head. Grainy malt, yeast and mild hops in the aroma. The flavour is yeast, mild hops, mild bitterness, mild spices and malt. Quite indifferent beer.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gygatron (2) - Valladolid, SPAIN - JAN 10, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2016 Cuando probé eata cerveza por primera vez, me atrajo su aroma ligero. Pensé, seguro que me ofrece algo. Nada más lejos de la verdad, un gusto insípido y volátil que no deja mas que un regusto a flores pasadas.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (4236) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle. Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Hazy, lumpy, reddy amber. Thin, fairly dense, lasting, white head. Soft, fruity, caramel malts. Banana and toffee ice cream. Some cherry, too. Beyond the sweet, there are elements of raisin, granary bread, and nuts. Taste is light sweet, and fruity dry. Soft, smooth, luscious palate. Finishes chewy, soft, and fruity dry. Goes really well with Stichelton cheese. I’m about to go overboard on both...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9447) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2014
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear golden amber, thick off-white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, spice, grainy notes, light citrus fruit. Taste is more of the same, light boozy note at the end. Prickly carbonation. OK.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (16977) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2014
Sampled @ O.B.E.R. Kerstbierfestival 2014, Essen.
Trübes rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer beiger Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr süß, fruchtig, malzig, reifes Obst. Geschmack würzg malzig, reife Früchte, leicht alkoholisch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
33cl bottle shared in a tasting glass. Pours a nice orangey colour with a generously voluminous (slightly) off white head. Aroma is spicy, estery notes with some nice fruitiness in the background. Taste is more of the same with a lovely mouthfeel which complements the luxurious flavours very well. Overall a sterling example of a Belgian Christmas ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (7895) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2014
15 cl. Sampled from 330 cl. bottle @ O.B.E.R. Kestbierfestival 2014. Very hazy reddish amber. Nose is warming sweet dark fruits & spices. Taste is sweet syrup, malts, light herbs, dark fruits, lightly warming sweetness, little to no complexity, slightly fizzy. Pretty nice still.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2014
Aroma: caramel, straw, hay, bread and cereal malts. Appearance: hazy amber, massive, frothy, white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: grain, cereals, caramel malts, lively carbonation. Overall: decent Belgian Strong Ale, yet not quite playing in the top league. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boxereddy (476) - BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2014
Donker amberkleurig bier met veel gistpartikels en snelzakkende gelige schuimkraag. Zeer fruitig in de neus met serieuze pruimen- en rozijnentoets samen met karamelmout. In de mond zeer moutig en fruitig. Pittige afdronk met bitterzoet einde. Goed kerstbier!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1353) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass. Best before 09/2013 in the bottle. Perfectly conserved. A: Pours a dark and cloudy amber color which is also dirty with many particles floating inside the glass. Forms a huge and bubbled light yellow head leaving some lingering and molasses lacings in the glass S: Very fruity in the nose. Strong notes of plums and raisins. Toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts. Belgian-style bready yeasts. A bit spicy. Some alcohol can be felt in the very end T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront: Very malty and fruity. Strong notes of plums, raisins, caramel malts, crystal malts and bready yeasts. A bit spicy. Mild hoppy bitter end. In overall, a sweet beer with a Belgian bittersweet profile. A bit of alcohol can be felt in the end M: Heavy and bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste: Mainly fruity and malty O: Good drinkability. Solid Belgian Strong Ale [ BA Review @ 8/17/2013 ]


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