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


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RATINGS: 425   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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle labeled as La Binchoise Reserve Speciale (bottle notched at 5/11). Pours with a medium haze and an burnt orange hued body. Medium sized off-white head good lace, a bit rocky. Aromas of raisins, musty, cork, melanoidin and some caramelization. Esters, figs, dates, sandalwood, bready, peppery alcohol. Flavors are dry, spicy, dates, currants, figs, a touch earthy and woodsy. Jammy fruit, tobacco. A bit vinous. A bit musty as well. Dried blueberries. Lively, full carbonation, medium bodied, a bit warming. Slightly shorter duration of flavors than expected. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Pours a nice dark reddish murky brown color. Aromas of fruit, and some other hints, maybe some spices, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
In short: A superb Belgian copper ale with a light spicy touch. Underrated superior example of the style
How: Bottle 330ml. Winter 2010/2011 release, consumed when approximately 8 months of age. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: A small beige head over a cloudy rust color body with many darker medium size particles
In long: Nose is cookies, spicy bread (gingerbread-ish), and freshly cut grass. Taste is a lot of tasty toasted cereals, a bit of toffee, spiciness, lemon muffin, raisins, citrusy and fresh grassy hops. The body and carbonation is simply perfect, full and very lively, why can’t non-Belgian breweries get that mouthfeel on their Belgian beer is a mystery to me. Unlike many Belgian Christmas beer this one goes easy on the spiciness. A nice Christmas beer to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who loves each of us equally and the work of Santa Claus who loves rich kids a lot more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sulawang (641) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2011 pours chestnut brown, largish high-retention head, lots of sticky lacing. Some malts on the nose. Tastewise, very smooth, highly spiced of nutmeg and cinnamon, honey, creamy velvet CO2,. Malted honey 5/10 sweetness up front, spices in the mid, minor bitter metallic finish. Medium complexity, med-high depth, short-medium length. The spices don’t particularly carry on, mainly the maltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2011
There is nothing christmasy over this beer. Do not separate from other Belgian beers. a little too much alcohol in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maledictum (637) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - JUL 9, 2011
Hazy dark orange/brown colour with a thinnish off white head. Zesty aroma of fruit and yeast. Very nice complex flavour; sweet (honey), oranges, roasted malts. Full bodied with high carbonation. Interesting and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 9, 2011
(750 ml bottle from Bootleggers) Pours lightly cloudy amber with a couple of fingers of off-white head. Aroma of spice and sweetness. Mouthfeel smooth, light and a little spritzy. Flavor is sweet, touches of caramel, hints of fruit, a bit spicy with a little pepper/spice in finish as well as lightly bitter. Hints of ABV but pretty well-integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2637) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Copper color with white head. Aroma is yeasty with yams, caramel, candi sugar, spices. Flavor rather sweet with candi sugar, molasses, and caramel. Overall pretty good beer,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
330ml stubby abbey style brown bottle. It pours a murky reddish brown. There are a few floaties and a thick off-white head that recedes decently quickly with some very nice lacing. The smell is pretty good. It smells like a mix of candied orange peel, nutmeg, and corriander. There is also a hint of raspberry and caramel. The flavor is sweet and caramally with a ton of fruity esters. It has an almost fruity pebble-like presence. There is a hint of ginger that seems very apparent along with some other spices. It is sweet, but not overly decadent, it is supremely drinkable for the abv, a solidly crafted brew. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-28-2010 08:09:06

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