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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 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 (3267) - 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 (500) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (5947) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle from Belgisk Bryg. Dark amber colour with an off.white head. Aroma and flavour of spice, malt, caramel, hops and fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3287) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2012
Smallish head but solid misty orange pour medium carbonation aromas of grapes yeast strain citrus brown sugar spice bright alround flaours are fizzy a sautern grape taste sauvignon also woody vinous lemon orange brown sugar clove ginger nutmeg really tasty ale finish bright enjoyable the aftertastes grape tastes sweet yeast citrus and spice a lovely tingle on upper palate very good ale

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (1470) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2012
330 ml bottle a orange amber colored beer with a white head aroma malts fruits oranges vanilla spicy citrus and hops flavor malts fruits caramel oranges vanilla spicy and citrus

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martinrumsam (537) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2011
330ml bottle bb 8/ 2012 poured into leffe goblet . nice frothy head that soons thins to a white outer ring . nice golden amber colour slight haze . slightly spicy aroma with a hint of orange . full carbonation carries the alcohol well - it’s not too sweet and very refreshing especially for 9% abv . finish is spicy fruity . it’s a classy little beer actually . could down a few of these in one go .

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (1597) - FINLAND - DEC 25, 2011
Lasiin kaatuu tumman ornassista nestettä muodostaen valkoisen vaahdon. Tuoksussa on hedelmäisyyttä, mallasta, yrttejä ja mausteita. Maussa on kuivattuja hedelmiä. mauseita ja hieman humalan puraisua. Keskihapokas olut ja kohtuu reilu runko.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (12462) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle. Hazy amber brown color, small white edge head. Aroma of sourdough bread and spiced caramel. Taste is caramel and spice. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vinegar92 (61) - Matera, ITALY - DEC 12, 2011
Una buona birra natalizia con un’alta gradazione alcolica. Perfetta la scelta di utilizzare la bottiglia da 25cl, perchè forse una bottiglia classica da 33 sarebbe a mio avviso diventata un po pesante. Ripeto, una buona birra, ma a mio parere non ha niente di particolare. Il classico Belgian Ale, forse sarebbe stato meglio se avesse avuto una punta di dolce in più.


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