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


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RATINGS: 436   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Speciale Noël 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 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
corkyrory66 (970) - BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2013
Bière de Noël de 75 cl, bouchonnée de liège, à la jolie étiquette aux angelots, qui titre à 9 % abv. Voilà des éléments de bon augure … mais tout est dans le liquide, alors voyons. Couleur ambre profond. Clarté limpide. Bulles par milliers fines partout. Mousse beige moyen bien crémeuse et épaisse. Arômes de prune, châtaigne, mûre, pointe de framboise et de muscade. 1ère bouche soyeuse assez prenante sur l’amer, voire l’aigre (?), puis du pain grillé. Arrière-bouche plus sur les fruits blancs. 2ème bouche où la pointe d’aigreur passe en avant, surprenante. 3ème bouche un peu plus à l’équilibre. Plus de malt et de houblon. Arrière-bouche avec des épices et des herbes. Longueur avec des gorgées fruitées et d’autres plus aigres, curieux. Levure trop faible et trop aigre pour une Noël. Alcool bien dosé, adéquat, mais il ne peut soutenir l’idéal..... Finale où l’aigreur revient en 1 (on avait cette crainte depuis la 1ère bouche). Conclusion : bière largement insuffisante pour une Christmas, dommage parce que beaucoup d’éléments etaient réunis … Mais trop d’aigreur nuit au développement des saveurs (c’est bien connu …).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdavidh (159) - California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Served in a stubby bottle as reserve speciale. Poured into a tulip glass. Nice cloudy amber, minimal head. Hoppy, wheaty nose with some roasted nuts. Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Nicely malty taste, great hop balance. Hints of sweetness dance on the tongue but are hard to place. Quite good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2561) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2013
Clear amber coloured beer with small white head and lots of carbonation. Spicy malty fruited aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is bitter spiced dry with sweet hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (3744) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
Flaske fra Belgisk Bryg: jul eller påske, dette er kraftkost for viltre krabater året rundt. Hver nye belgiske jeg prøver gir inspirasjon til sommerens store ølutflukt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VoodooBear (49) - San Juan, PUERTO RICO - MAR 10, 2013
Presentation: 11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle, served in a 5 Rabbit tulip glass. Appearance: Frothy one finger head that goes down a bit but then stays there. It’s a deep amber color and leaves some great lacing. Smell: Very complex, with some fruit sweetness, spicy coriander and some citrus hop notes. Taste: Just like the smell, a great, complex combination of flavors can be sensed. Nothing is really dominant or overpowering, everything is balanced and the end result is fantastic. There’s some citrus fruit notes, complemented by warming spice and a hint bitter hop notes. An herbal taste with an alcoholic finish wrap everything up. Mouthfeel: It feels full bodied and strong with some good carbonation. Goes down smooth. Overall: This is a very well made and complex beer. Despite the wide variety of scents and flavors, everything is balanced really well, so it doesn’t feel messy or like it’s trying to hard. It’s a spicy and alcoholic beer (9% ABV), so it goes better with cold weather, but a great beer like this can be enjoyed at any time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (3032) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Aroma:caramel, nuts, roasty, Appearance:amber, hazy, tan foam, rocky head, Taste:light sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate:medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (4353) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2013
Misty copper brown body with bubbly creamy light beige head. Brioche, sweet sticky yellow fruit, tamarind, roasty malts and cookie spices like cinnamon. Fairly bitter taste, big bubbly carbonation accentuates this but I’d have liked a more darker, sweeter taste. It end fairly quickly. Bit disappointing overall. (33cl bottle from Cave Gambrinus)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 15, 2013
On tap at A La Mort Subite (Brussels, Belgium)
Aroma: Spice, caramel, toast, some basement aromas.
Appearance: A really dark brownish Amber, with a slightly off-white head and nice lacing.
Taste: A little sweet, and a little boozy, with a bitter finish.
Palate: Medium-bodied, with a soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (2857) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 8, 2013
Bottled. Brown colour with a beige head that dissapears. Aroma is yeast, red fruits and alcoholic. Flavor is sweet, citrus and red fruits. Dry final with a mild bitterness. Medium carbonated with an average to high body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (1070) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Ambrée foncé, presque rouge. La mousse se disparaisse très vite. Plein de bulles visible, très belle. Le goût est vraiment épicé et de clous. Au début c’est pas mal fort, comme il a beaucoup d’alcool mais ça change vite en clous. Si tu n’aime pas les bières épicés tu n’aimerai pas ça. Il me fait pensé du Delerium Nocturnum mais avec les épices plus forte mais de bout à l’autre moins complexe.

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