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

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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Speciale Noel 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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (7219) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2013
Sampled @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2013. Clear orange copper color, small white head. Not a whole lot of aroma. Taste malts, sweetness, lightly herbs or spices. Average to medium body and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdwinLitzau (319) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2013
Roodbruine kleur, veel residue. Amper schuim, weinig koolzuur. Ruikt zoet en naar wijn. Smaakt super!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (1664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany with moderate head of small bubbles and lots of carbonation. Aromas of spice, raisins, brown sugar and sweet toasted malts. Flavors of ginger, vegetables, and toasted malts with a hard to place sour finish. A good Belgian base but with a strange twist.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (1924) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle from The Bier Temple, Brugge, Belgium. An amber/brown coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Sweet, fruity, malty, spice, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, fruity, malty, spice, caramel. slightly sweet and a little boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trappist1 (420) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2013
clear, amber, small off-white head. fruity, sweet fruit in the aftertaste. nuts, slightly roasted touch, caramel. Lack of puch and body, sweet finish, but has a bitter touch. complex beer. Nice one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (450) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 1, 2013
Couleur ambrée et trouble. Mousse dense. Nez de miel et/ou gingembre et épices. Texture assez speciale et fraiche. Gout épicé avec note de clou de girofle. Pas mal

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kryon (1323) - SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2013
Pours dark amber with high frizzy yellow white head Aromas of honey, sweet dried fruit, bananas Taste has sweet bubblegum, caramel, Bit lame body and cant really find any x-mas spices ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kiagoto (2) - - NOV 23, 2013 does not count
Bottled. Brown colour with a beige head that dissapears. Aroma is yeast, red fruits and alcoholic. Flavor is sweet, citrus and red fruits. Dry final with a mild bitterness. Medium carbonated with an average to high body.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
rfranssens (29) - Hulst, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2013
Is this a Christmas ale?? The taste had some sour red fruits en a bit caramel in the after taste. But I didn´t like this beer at all, I was expecting a heavy full complex Christmas beer as all of them, but this was more a refreshing beer.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
corkyrory66 (512) - BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2013
Bière de Noël de 75 cl, bouchonnée de liège, à la jolie étiquette aux angelots, qui titre à 9 % abv. Voilà des éléments de bon augure … mais tout est dans le liquide, alors voyons. Couleur ambre profond. Clarté limpide. Bulles par milliers fines partout. Mousse beige moyen bien crémeuse et épaisse. Arômes de prune, châtaigne, mûre, pointe de framboise et de muscade. 1ère bouche soyeuse assez prenante sur l’amer, voire l’aigre (?), puis du pain grillé. Arrière-bouche plus sur les fruits blancs. 2ème bouche où la pointe d’aigreur passe en avant, surprenante. 3ème bouche un peu plus à l’équilibre. Plus de malt et de houblon. Arrière-bouche avec des épices et des herbes. Longueur avec des gorgées fruitées et d’autres plus aigres, curieux. Levure trop faible et trop aigre pour une Noël. Alcool bien dosé, adéquat, mais il ne peut soutenir l’idéal..... Finale où l’aigreur revient en 1 (on avait cette crainte depuis la 1ère bouche). Conclusion : bière largement insuffisante pour une Christmas, dommage parce que beaucoup d’éléments etaient réunis … Mais trop d’aigreur nuit au développement des saveurs (c’est bien connu …).


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