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

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RATINGS: 421   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


2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ContemplateBeer (1540) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2012
A ValuMarket special. Aroma of tootsie roll, sweet breads, gum, cider and tart cherry. Appearance is amber brown with tan head. Flavor is pretty cidery up front with very muted malts; alcohol is sharp. Palate is thin and slightly bubbly. Probably too old.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1932) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Poured from 330 ml. bottle at Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, MD. Hazy, burgundy with small tan head that did not linger long and fair lacing. Aroma of spice, orange peel, citrus, light fruits, honey, yeast, bread, sweet malts and floral hops. Taste of sweet bready malts, brown sugar, caramel, spice, orange peel, citrus, cherries, yeast and mild bitter hops. Medium/light body and light carbonation. (Hmm, I remember this beer being fuller in both body and carbonation with an almost velvety mouthfeel. Not tonight.) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stantheman (652) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
A cloudy medium dark amber color. Nice off white head.Nose is fruity and a bit spicy. Tastes of caramelized fruits, mild spices and malts. Very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Pours a beautifully clear deep amber color with a huge bubbly beige head that takes forever to get to a manageable level. Smells fruity and syrupy sweet with lots of light sugars and juicy fruits. Sweet oranges, cherries, light brown sugar with a hint of earth to it. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Lots of lighter sweet fruits with hints of light sugar, and butterscotch. There is a touch of warming alcohol but that adds to the experience rather than detracting. Light spices and a bit of a quick finish. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I’ve seen this a hundred times and never though twice about picking one up. Thanks Jeff for turning me on to this, I really enjoyed it.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HenrikSoegaard (10530) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Light malty and hoppy strangely sour aroma. light bitter very sour flavor. Must be off. Average finish. Oily palate.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
Nice quality brew. Enticing aroma. Sweet caramel sugar, plums, prune and other fruit. Graham cracker malt. Rich and full flavored. Fruity Belgium beer. Dubbel aftertaste is superb. Light body. Very drinkable. If you like beers with a spicy plum character. Do not skip it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1463) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2012
THOUGHTS: Wow. Passed this by for years not realizing it was a Christmas beer and after I found out it was, I didn’t see it again until now. Both sweet and dry. Hid alcohol incredibly well. Very sweet and fruity. Very glad I finally picked this one up. Ripe to overripe fruit. So tropical. It just kept getting better as it warmed. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium, almost glowing amber with beautiful carbonation and a small to average, off-white head that kept a thin sheet, but left virtually no lacing. The aroma was moderate orange and spicy hops; light to moderate earthy and dusty yeast; grape; apple; pear; peach;pineapple; honey; and slight butterscotch. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, light to mod acidic and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was peaches, honey, apple, pear, grapes, white wine, pineapple, spicy yeast, dusty yeast, sugary syrup, a little pepper, just enough herbal hops to keep it from being cloying, mango and passion fruit. The medium to full body was sort of creamy, but also a little sticky on the lips and then very dry with lightly tingly carbonation and a slightly astringent and slightly alcoholic finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Very very fruity aroma, clear amber very lively small white head... Limited retention limited lacing... Light creamy aroma, fruity flavor.... Decent medium body...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (3199) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 25, 2012
cereal, spruce, barnyard, raisin, butterscotch, amber, sparkling, frothy, heavy cloying sweetness, very bitter, full body, average carbonation, bitter,

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
psilosophy (491) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - JAN 20, 2012
Bouteille de 33 cl. Une ambrée très légèrement trouble, mousse moyennement, n’a pas beaucoup de tenue. Malts torréfiés, caramels, épices, un arrière goût fumé qui ne m’est pas très agréable. La texture manque un peu de "peps". Bref, un peu déçu par cette noël trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.


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