keepersj12 (2460) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good but not special as the label suggests. Typical fruity aroma and a very nice fruity taste with a tart end. Nice looking cloudy amber with a big head. Quite tasty but nothing truly special
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Hazy dark copper color with a large, foamy, rocky off-white head. About average retention leaving a very thin layer of lace with a bit more sticking to the sides of the glass.
S - Good amount of malt with a fairly strong caramel aroma. Strong fruity aroma as well with apple being strongest and some orange and other golden fruits in the background. A bit of musty aroma and some yeast.
T - Pretty strong fruity flavor with apple being the strongest and some other golden fruit. Also a good amount of caramel and pale malt. Pretty strong musty flavors with a touch of earthiness. Some yeast and candi sugar flavors as well.
M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy, but a little on the light side.
D - Pretty easy to drink. Flavors are pretty good, but not great. A little too musty. Nice to drink, especially for the ABV, but it wasn’t necessarily making me want more.
Notes: Not exactly sure what style this is, but it is fairly tasty. Not an amazing beer but alcohol is well hidden and flavors aren’t bad (not great either though). This is decent and I would drink it again, but I wouldn’t seek it out. For the right price, it would be worth getting.
drowland (5719) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/27/10. 750mL labeled "La Binchoise Reserve." Thanks to Lance at Liquor Loft for sharing! Cloudy orange pour. Spicy, bready, malty Belgian here. The flavor is light bready malt, not much going on. Eh.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso. Bubbly orange-red pour with very little head. Lots of cherry on the nose, almost medicinal and candy-like. Fruity flavor with lots of cherry and maybe a hint of chocolate. Tastes almost like a cherry jolly rancher. Bitter finish.
anders37 (14818) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange small white head. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty finish.
glennmastrange (2044) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate aromas of caramel for the malt, orange and herbs for the hops, barnyard for the yeast and background notes of dates, wood, toffee, vinegar a hint of alcohol. Head is large, fizzy, off-white with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is very sparkling, clear reddish amber. flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightyl acidic, then finishes lightyl sweet and bitter, moderately acidic and a touch sour. Palate is medium, a little slick which is hidden by the fizzy carbonation and has a lightly alcoholic finish. A very well rounded Belgian Strong Ale with some nice aromas and is very easy to drink.
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice reddish brown pour in glass. Nose and taste is pleasant toffee, molasses and breads. Rated 3/7/03
DrinkEmUpJones (1057) - Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours Red-Orange with medium aromas of Fruitcake/candied fruit. Lots of toffee and more candied fruit on a viscous palate. Really delicious on the first few sips, but then it gets to be too much. I couldn’t drink more than one of these.
dylan88 (223) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle. Pours a foamy, almond head with a mahogany body. Nose of peaches, apricot, whiskey, caramel malt and marshmellow. Sweet, peachy flavour with tones of apple malt and creamy peaches.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cheerful clouds of hazy orange and rose swirl mischievously underneath a fluffy head of pithy foam, fading into a thin collar while scattered dregs float suspended. No lace can be found, but she puffs nicely as I tease her cheery depths, releasing a cacophony of glorious aromas. Heaven-sent best describes what I am basking in with cheeks rosy and pure. Apricots, tangerines, cantaloupe, honeydew, and kiwi zest transport me to the tropics. Resting under a warm sun, golden wheat crackers bring to mind one of my favorite snack crackers; Ritz. A whisper of salt in the finish while her tropical delights meld and mend above a solid standing of wheat and Ritz crackers. Honeycomb plants a sweet kiss on my nose and my lips which are more than eager to dive into such inviting depths. A surprisingly frothy mouthfeel greets me first before parting to release an ocean of tropical fruit delights tinged with honey and freshly shaved coconut. Light in the front and finish, her flavors gather in the center while spice and pith tease my breath; cumin, baking powder. Her carbonation settles into a long soft embrace. Apricot, peach, mango, honeydew, and pineapple continue to delight while I notice my glass emptying far faster than I had planned. Rich and robust, honey undercurrents carry her tropical delights to a clean, lightly spiced finish which leaves my lips a-smacking and my heart a-flutter.
Rich with just enough complexity to make each quaff a brand new delight to study, savor, and reminisce, the La Binchoise Reserve Special Artisanal Amber Ale is truly Belgian in every single possible way. I feel that mischievous little cherub with the twinkle in his eye knows as well as I do just how delightful said brew was.