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

bottled
common

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available

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RATINGS: 424   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Cloudy, kinda yellow with a hint of brown color to it. Had a really nice aroma I must say. Seemed to have alot of dark fruits with a hint of floral in the air. The taste was kinda strange. Had a dull bitterness to it, like musk mellon or something like that. Not too bad though I can dig it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2003
There are things about the beer I really loved and things I hated. It started with the appearance. It had a nice gold and apple juice slightly cloudy body that really set off the gold leaf on the glass. The head, on the other hand, was loose, dry looking and small and short-lived for the style. The aroma was very fruity, roses, loads of spices and a little herbal, but also a bit medicinal. The flavor had a nice complex fruitiness with pineapple, grapes and a little melon, but als had that slight medicinal flavor and an aching thin metallic bitterness that cut right through the good qualities. The flavor itself was a bit thin. The beer had potential, but just too many flaws.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2625) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 12, 2003
Aroma of coriander, anise, orange, clove, fresh yeast and sugary sweetness. Medium-dark red-amber color, hazy, with a diminutive head. Sweet, almost syrupy up front, becoming spicy, peppery, alcoholic and slightly bitter, finishing with a blend of banana, orange, lemon and berry fruitiness. Light to moderate acidity. Palate is very effervescent, with a medium-full body. I feel I should mention that I find the flavor and aroma of this beer vaguely reminiscent of Triaminic® syrup; that's not exactly a positive association, but hardly the beer's fault.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Attractive coppery brown color. Sweet malt with some strong coriander aroma. Full bodied, good brown malt flavor with restrained spicing. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2003
I don't imagine I've had a lot of luck with anything Belgian and red since Rodenbach. They are always drinkable, but too often thin or sugary or just boring. This beer is Belgian, red and amazing. It acheives a dynamic balance of fruity sweetness (lots of pineapple and strawberry) with considerable spice to balance it out. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Fruity tangerine,lemon zest,spiced cake aroma.Clear amber appearance.Flavors of orange peel,apple bran muffins and spices.long fruity citrus spice finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Pours deep copper color with a thin, eggshell head. The aroma is rich and sweet. Buttery, dark fruits of cherry, grape, apricots, apple and a touch of citrus. Also plenty of good spice with coriander, anise and cinnamon. Starts sweet and spicy in the mouth like ripe fruits dipped in caramel and rolled in a hodge-podge of spices. The sweetness fades into full malt and then into spice and slightly bitter hops, with citrus and pine becoming evident. The alcohol is seemingly absent until the belly begins to warm and the spirit elevates. Very tasty and a pleasure to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2004 A gingerbread man eating his sweet orange candy...Mango cake is scrumptious topped with a thick apricot coulis...The inestimable value of satiny coriander and citrus meringue cushions...Sharing borders with Maudite and Three Philosophers, but different in its green hop unveiling in the end...Vibrant yet comfortable, scintillating yet solemn, a congruity of delicate diadems...

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.


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