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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: 416   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2003
Citrus, berry aromas, orange/red, small cream head. Complex, sour/dry, bitter as can be. A fine one. Thanks Jeff at the Bodega in Lacrosse WI!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2003
This Belgian ale pours a murky, dark amber color with a small, off-white head that lingers. The aroma is wonderfully spicy with lots of fruit, including hints of apples, pears, and apricots. It has a full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor is sweet with malts and fruits. Caramel, pear, and apricot flavors dominate the palate. The finish is sweet and spicy with some yeast and alcohol notes. This one is very smooth and delicious. Do not hesitate to give this one a try.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Huge off white head. Floral citrus aroma and a reddish yellow color. Beer had some orange peel and coriander tones that were interesting and finished with a hop lemon flavor. Not too yeasty (relatively speaking) though as it warms the alcohol comes out and there is a clearer sweet malt flavor, which in my opinion gets a little too sweet. Had some problems with carbonation but otherwise a decent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2003
This is a good Belgian ale. Fruity, yeasty, and malty. Finishes dry, clean, and smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2003
As it sets in its special glass, the color a beclouded orange color, the head whopping in size, creamy in texture and the lace a thick sheet that welds itself to the glass. Tons of dross just oozing down the sides of the glass, and floating around like it had nothing better to do. Sweet malt, a hint of yeast, quite a pleasant nose with the start sweet and thickly malt, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a specific acidic bite, the hops present but understated in their spiciness, high ABV gives a nice warming sensation to the tummy, very dry aftertaste that lingers on and on. A quite quaffable beer, not the least intimidating, just a real keeper in my humble opinion.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Tap from the Toronado Belgian beer month. Amber or apricot color. A light spicy, clove, coriander flavor and aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (346) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2003
On tap for Belgian Beer Month at Toronado. Pours a ruby color. Imagine grabbing a handful of pecans while eating at your relatives house during thanksgiving. Or some roasted pecan pie with a heavy layer of molasses poured over it. A small amount of citrus aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Peach and pepper arom. Hazy apple cider in color. Soft fine bubble head. Taste is liglty fruity and lightly spice. Nothing overpowering. Pretty well balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Lighter brown with big head 2 inches. Smells metallic and fruity like Trix cereal. Mild palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Orange-amber body with floating yeast particles, big off-white head, lemons and oranges in the nose with yeast as well. An evolving nose: mostly orange when in the bottle, lemony upon pour; the yeast asserts itself later. Notable citrus in the flavor, with yeasty undertones and a distinctive spicy note. Quite bright and fresh. Nice ale.


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