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

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available

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RATINGS: 426   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


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (3791) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a moderate off-white head. Nice maltiness to it, though it has the characteristic odd sweetness of the Belgian yeast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (3818) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle at home. Clear red-amber with a white head, some yeast. Aroma medium malty (caramel, notes of spices). Flavor medium sweet, light spicy, medium hoppy. Medium to full body, quite heavy carbonated.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StouterRick (32) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Hazy, pinkish amber, loaded with yeast swimmers: it’s pretty low in carbonation. The head shrinks quickly, no big deal at 9%.. It has a predominant sour cherry aroma mixed with yeasty bread and little coco. The taste is sour cherry blended with a candied malt followed by a slightly bitter hop taste that evolves into a dry blend of everything. .The alcohol taste is present but it doesn’t kill it, at 9% it will sneak up on you, though!. This is an outstanding beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3629) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy gold with a quickly receding white head. Aroma of sour blue cheese. Funky flavor of sourdough and orange peel. Short finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (2852) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours dark reddy brown with no head. Aroma is sweet and slightly sour, cider vinegar and cherries. Taste has dark cherries to start with a sour, cider vinegar finish.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ContemplateBeer (1580) - 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 (2069) - 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 (675) - 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 (2451) - 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 (10775) - 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.


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