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


on tap

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RATINGS: 421   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1276) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7811) - 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...

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - 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.

   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.

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