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


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RATINGS: 435   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle @ Kerstbierfestival 2006 in Essen, BE. Hazy medium amber color with a white head. Aroma is heavy yeast, ginger and coriander. Flavor is sweet with a spicy note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (33792) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2007
From 33 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown/orange with a white head. Aroma is orange fruity and sweet. Creamy and carbonated mouthfeel. Flavour is slightly spiced, orange and slight liqourice flavoured. Mild spiced finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2004
A hazy dark red beer with a fine off-white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of nutmeg and cloves - a really lovely aroma. The flavor is sweet with notes of nutmeg, cloves, yeast, oranges, wood, roasted bread, caramel and corriander. A great flavor that is rounded off by a light bitterness. The palate is good - and it warms very nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Reddish amber with a tall, frothy head and lots of sediment. Extremely full-bodied and potent Christmas beer with a good dose of hops to balance things. Has a lightly perfumy, refined touch - maybe coriander. An excellent brew. 080698

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22447) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 Draft. Cloudy amber coloured with an off white head. Sweet aroma of berries, malts, fruits and spices. Sweet fruity flavour with notes of berries, caramel and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21814) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange colour, foamy head. Aroma is sweet caramellish with hints of malts. Flavour is quite dry fruitish and hoppy. Aftertaste is dry and hoppy. Quite pleasant, Alcohol is not noted too much in it, but gives a nice sweet touch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (17099) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2006
Corked bottle, 2006-12-11, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Hazy amber color. Nice aroma, perfumy, malty, a bit fruity. Soft and mellow taste, with some good malt, a dash of fresh fruitness, some toffee; the bitterness is not very high, but on the end there is a touch of sweet liquorice root.

Draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen; 2006-11-27; vintage 2005, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Cloudy amber color. Malty aroma, a bit fruity, sweet caramel, candy like. Good body, quite malty, with a lot of sweet and fruity caramel, and a rather complex mix. Peculiar, very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle, 33cl. (trade with Storm)(pre-RBNAG-07) Pours a golden body with lots of small floaties and intense carbonation. Beige, medium-sized head. Typical Belgian strong ale aroma, spiced and fruity, with some notes of black tea. The fruityness is mostly of the tropical kind. Nice, sweetish, spice and fruity flavor, finishing fruity and spiced, and lasting for a long time. Full body. A lovely beer, not my kind of Christmas beer, but I sure like it. (071102)

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