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


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RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Speciale NoŽl 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3409) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2003
A champagne and beer mix looking beer while poured. Sweet and sour aroma matches a flavor with the same characteristics. The aftertaste is worth the drink itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4531) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
A small sized ivory head with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was transparent and uncarbonated with a copper hue. The nose was malty, sweet, fruity and some hops. The flavor was sweet, bitter, a bit sour, fruity and malty. The mouthfeel was smooth and a bit tingly. This was a medium bodied beer with fair amounts of lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5214) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2003
This bottled brew with a cork labelled 02-09-24 brought to the Three Floyds Birthday Gathering 12/27/2003 poured a large head of foamy fine to medium sized off white colored bubbles that left behind a transparent light brown colored uncarbonated body. The aroma wwas a mixture of malt fruit and soices while the mouthfeel was initially tingly and vinuous yet smooth in the finish. It had a thick vinuous caramel malt hop flavor. Quite a nice beer. Merry Chistmas!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
HildigŲltur (5104) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2003
Cloudy amber coloured. Banana aroma. Very yeasty flavour. Quite sweet. Thin and watery finish.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8800) - Ursel, 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.

   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!!

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