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


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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2528) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (336) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Slightly cloudy. Light brown with a huge head. Big malt aroma and flavor. Not just big...HUGE malt presence. Very creamy. Nice. Not exceedingly complex. Quite easy drinking for such a big beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 Slightly hazy deep amber liquid with a lasting, tiny bubbled off white head. Floral and fruity(blueberries) at first w/ some slight plum. Malty, bready yeast, faint clove, lemon peel citrus and hints of ginger aromas in the finish of the nose; very nice complexity; Alcohol hidden from the aroma for 9%. Very well balanced, finishes on the malty sweet side, but just slightly. Malty, plums, and lemon citrus flavor seem to come through first then a slight alcohol flavor after, but very well hidden. It also has a little leathery flavor in the finish and aftertaste as well as a slight bitterness that compliments the malt very well. Medium full body and well carbonated with a warming alcohol mouthfeel, very smooth and clean. No astringency or prickly carbonation. Overall a very well made beer. I like this beer! I really, really do! Very smooth and easy to drink. Bad combo for a high ABV beer though. The only minor drawback is that the nose is more complex than the palate. I was expecting more flavors since the nose was so complex, but I still like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2003 Big nose full of orange, peach, and iron. Moderatre carbonation. Very sweet on the palate with a load of tropical flavors. This beer reminds me of a dark belgian wheat beer cut from the same cloth as Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit. I find the La Binchoise to much better than the hff. I find this beer to be a good dessert beer.

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