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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1289) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeff789 (1408) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (3543) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 25, 2012
cereal, spruce, barnyard, raisin, butterscotch, amber, sparkling, frothy, heavy cloying sweetness, very bitter, full body, average carbonation, bitter,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
psilosophy (571) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (8523) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3677) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (1940) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martinrumsam (562) - 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 .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaboon (1786) - 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.

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