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


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RATINGS: 443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Speciale Nol 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

cvillebeer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Dont you love the little cherubs? Reddish amber with a respectable head and urgent cabonation, the aromas waft towards the nose carrying scents of mulled fruit, slight alcohol, mysterious yeasty esters and a slight tartness. A full mouthfeel welcomes a combination of sweetness, a strong fruitiness and more sweetness with a slightly sticky finish. Rich and flavorful, if a bit too sweet for my tastes on a general basis. Recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NordicV (1955) - Malm, Sweden, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2016
Dimmig brunorange l med beige skum. Doften r maltig med karamell och mycket julkryddor. I smaken tillkommer viss jstighet och fruktighet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EHSRanders (2008) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle. Reddish brown color with large creamy white mostly lasting head. Malty aroma. Sweet flavor. Oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lello4ever (717) - ITALY - JAN 17, 2016
Color ambra tendente al marroncino, molto torbida e con lievito in sospensione. La schiuma biancastra, compatta e persistente. al naso caramello, spezie intense dark fruits. Birra molto scorrevole nonostante la gradazione elevata, alcol nascosto. Ingresso secco, speziato, malto con retrogusto leggermente amaro, non troppo dolce. Carbonazione medio alta. Una natalizia con tutte le carte in regola.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1431) - SCOTLAND - JAN 12, 2016
330ml bottle from BeersOfEurope website (2.49):
Great stuff with nice floral flavours, touches of fruits & a few bread malts. Nothing was overly pronounced giving the beer a nice balance with strong carbonation & a dry, fresh feel. It falls just short of some of the best Belgian ales but its still a nice one & well worth looking out for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beertobealive (507) - Courbevoie, FRANCE - JAN 11, 2016
Pours a thick and dense beige head. Malt and light candy aromas. Slightly hazy and amber colored body. Pleasant in mouth with managed alcohol and carbonation. Notes of toasted spice bread and nuts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratto (130) - - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle bbe ? Aroma mild, yeast, veggie casserole(!). Taste dry, anise. Finishes dry with spicy soft bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wim (3681) - Weelde, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2015
At Home amber coloured body with a white head and a dark fruit sweet hops aroma a spicy sweet herby hops alcholic dry bitter taste with a alcholic bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (8187) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2015
15/V/15 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ the Abeels (NL) - BB: X/14 (2015-622)

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Clear red amber beer, big aery off-white head, dissipates quickly, non adhesive, chunks floating in the beer. Aroma: lots of caramel, raisins, some banana, dried fruits. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: little sourish, caramel, bit sugary, raisins, alcohol, little bitter. Aftertaste: caramel, some milk chocolate, little bitter, banana, mocha.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VDuquerroux (1272) - Airvault, FRANCE - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A brown orange opaque beer ; some yeast sediments ; big creamy white head ; average retention. Caramel aroma, herbs, biscuit. Medium sweet, acid note, light bitter, a bit dry. Medium body, thin to medium texture, high carbonation, sweet finish, refreshing and yeasty note. Overall, average christmas beer ; lack of depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (6372) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle . Bit astonished by the high ratings this one appears to have . Had no expectations at all , which has changed just now . Pours clear amber, good white head . Smell is sweet, touch of herbal spices . On the bitter side as well . Taste is very sharp bitter, with earthy amber malts . Not as sweet as expected . Full, kinda bread-like character . Not very spiced in the taste at all . Good mouthfeel , yet as in most Belgian beers overcarbonated to me ... Nice one, yes . Not sure why it has a 90+ score though ...

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