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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Hazy reddish copper hue with a good white head and some lace. Aroma hints of fruit (apple, plum and orange), toasted malt, aromatic hops, wood, ginger, allspice and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts sweet and malty. A twangy fruitness and bitter undertone supports the dry traditional yeast background. Spicy on the finish. Soft and warming feel, enjoyable. This is a very nice Belgian Ale, sublime yet interesting. Thanks to theDM for the taste at the 12/27 party.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2003
Cloudy amber coloured. Banana aroma. Very yeasty flavour. Quite sweet. Thin and watery finish.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Metallic aroma whith hints of sulfur. Starts sweet and malty. There is some yeast and candy sugar coming through in the body. Slight spicyness in the finish. Left a decent lacing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Reddish orangey appearance, thich white head formation. Creamy, malty aroma, tropical fruits, ginger spice. Sweet malty flavor at first, mild citrus fruits. Dry spice in the second half, ginger, toasted mildly bitter dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 Vibrant amber body beneath thick white head. Spicy coriander and citrus fruit aroma. Flavors of orange, coriander and other spices. Fruity after taste. A unique Belgian Strong.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8094) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2003
Red-foxy colour with slight haze; huge fluffy head, collapsing. Nose with caramel, vanilla, fruity as strawberries. Sweet taste, with a bitterish-herbal edge, liqueur-like, combined with a quite strange flavour reminding more or less of cedar or cypress. Again some strawberry retronasal, as well as arachide. Well-bodied, alcohol very obvious. This is a rather strange beer, with strange flavours; but imagining it in a snifter glass after X-mas dinner, it certainly glides in place.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2003
This beer was bringing the love! Man this was terrific, I shared a 16oz draft this evening with my girlfriend, man, what a Stellar Brew! Amazingly full and creamy palate, a nose full of malt and doughy yeast, a GD cornucopia of fruit, Peach, Plum, Apple, Banana, Pear, Tangerine, with large notes of caramel thrown in….. Damn, and to think I have past up the 750’s in the store a billion times; Well now I know, and Knowing is half the battle, GI–Joe!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Cloudy amber color with a light beige two finger head. Orange blossom aromas with undertones of dough and light fruit. Pale malt start with mid fruits of oranch, peach and overripe plums. Small amount of spiciness towards the end with a toucj of iron. Some warmth in the finish and a chocolate linge.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Alcohol/spice nose. Slightly cloudy golden-orange color. Complex spice/malt flavor that doesn't easily allow you to pick out individual elements.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
My bottle simply says Reserve in large green letters above a small red Speciale. Pours a browned-orange with a splash of red added. Nose is almost hoppy but leans towards a flower bed. Perhaps passion fruit. The tongue expands on these it seems. Fruit notes abound, along with fake pine, light malt and hops along with some herbal and medicinal notes in the dry bodied beer. The finish seems to vanish. It goes from flavorful to almost nonexistent in one swallow. Very different beer. Odd Christmas beer. Definitely worth trying, but I'm not sure this is a Belgian Strong.


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