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


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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (7517) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2010
bottle, vintage 2008. Hazy golden colour with floaties, large white head. Fruity-dusty nose. Malty, very fruity (tropical fruit, orange marmalade), slightly dusty with a shy hoppy touch oin the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4277) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2010
(Bottle, 0.75 l, at the 16th Kerstierfestival) The beer poured dark and cloudy. Its head ws medium sized and white. Aroma was spicy and malty. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, caramel, spices, sweetness, little bit of hops and low bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and mildly bitter. Nice Christmas beer with good balance between the malts and the spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (3497) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle 33cl @the Nelson. A lightly cloudy amber beer with good head. Smell is fruity on agrume side. Aroma is medium sweet and medium malty, mostly fruity, orange and cassis, the malty side comes more at the finish. Not bad beer but low complex and very basic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (5362) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2010
330mL bottle, pours murky dark orange with a big white head. Spicy aroma of winter spices, fruity malts and caramel. Flavour is initially of spices, with a little caramel, but with a weak metallic finish (as manuchampions denotes). Not as good as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
manuchampions (1227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2010
330ml bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Exploded on opening. Pours an amber colour (a bit cloudy). Flavor has caramel as well as a few spices. Sadly it also had a metallic aftertaste that made me wonder if it was past its prime. Decent but not as great as I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (1916) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
drjay44 (2481) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2010
750 ml. bottle. Pours a short lived, off white head, over a clear amber (SRM 8) body....nose is light dried fruits, bit of brown sugar, cellar mustiness...taste is light fruits, cherry, fig, slight sweet finish....mouth feel is light, alcohol hidden, carbonation medium. This is a perfectly drinkable, but rather light, and not particularly complex (boring), Belgian Strong Ale. If this had been called a Pale Lager it would have been rated about 4.8. BJCP 5/3/11/4/5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2560) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2010
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Bottle. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
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.

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