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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sulawang (621) - 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.

3
   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maledictum (613) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2603) - 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,

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7388) - 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Poured from a 750 ml bottle a very nice amber color with a small white head that laces nicely. Aroma is of cherry, other dark fruits,spice, yeast and candi sugar. Flavor is medium bodied with a very nice finish. I detect hints of dark fruits, malt and alcohol in the finish...very nice.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
11th January 2009
Cloudy brown beer, not much head. Light and dry and frothy. Mildly spiced? A little ginger perhaps! Quite smooth. Okay - just a tad dull.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (7911) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4584) - 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.


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