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

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RATINGS: 421   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


MesandSim's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, - DEC 2, 2005
a sim rate: (bottle @ Quinns) Tastes like sherbet with several fruits - plum, strawberry and raspberry. Tastes like fruity gelly sweets. Fizzy, sticky finish. Very drinkable for a 9% Christmas beer!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1164) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours amber with a frothy off-white head with a serious amount of suspended particles despite having plenty of time to settle and a careful pour. The taste is good with notes of banana, caramel and a little liquorice. Plenty of spiciness too. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1719) - BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2014
Classic Wallonian Christmas beer since 1994. Fluffy light beige head, fruity and spicy aroma, caramel, apple, sweet cherries, walnuts, yeasty too, taste malty with candied fruits, yeasty, mildly herbally hopped finish with some warming alcohol. Very agreeable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1829) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle, about 8 months after purchase. Labelled as La Binchoise Reserve

Orange amber pour with a lovely tan head, relatively fine. Nose of yeasty bread and alcohol and (overripe) orchard fruit. Flavor is sweet, Christmas-ale-style, plums, alcohol prevalent, mildly spicy. Fairly active on the tongue. Perfectly nice Belgian holiday ale, but the prominence of the alcohol in aroma and flavor keeps this out of the higher echelons, at least at this young age.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle at YNWA Beershop. High creamy white lasting head. Hazy amber body. Dusty sweet fruity aroma. Dry malt straw fruity and bitter flavor. Low carbonation, lon sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adster (341) - HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2014
Opálos színnel rendelkező, igen élénk karakterű, savanykásan élesztős illatú, tömött habbal rendelkező, ünnepi díszbe öltözött ital. Testes és összetett formátum, ha hagyjuk kibontakozni, teljesebb élményt nyújt, melyben a kezdeti savanykás és pezsgő jelleg lágyan vált át egy élesztővel átitatott, gyümölcscukros és enyhén mézes, vajas színezetű édeskés ízvilágba, összességében azonban kiemelkedőnek tekinthető jellemvonásokat életének egyik fázisában sem mutat fel. Már-már unalomig ismert, de mindenképpen élvezhető karakter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (858) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Boozy, bready, caramel/toffee aroma. Flavor is bready and sweet with caramel, cherry, and apple. Some drying alcohol in a sweet finish. This is a fine beer, but without the character of the best Belgian ales.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5641) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2014
Amber, big creamy tanned head. Green cheese aroma, honeyish and spicy. Medium to light body.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
freretoc (686) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 28, 2014
Bue ŕ la pression en 2012, couleur brune et mousse trčs déliquescente, une bičre dans laquelle on ressent beaucoup trop la réglisse c’est pile ce que je n’aime pas... dommage

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcoDL (2184) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
Nice christmas beer, lots of malt and fruits. But not in an overly dominant way.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moravius (486) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 Flasche (75 cl) vom Bierzwerg-Onlineladen. - Orangerot, trüb. Nase würzig-weinig und mild fruchtig. Im Antrunk milde Frucht (Beeren, reife Birne) und leichte Würze (Lebkuchen, Anis) über zart honigsüßem Karamelmalz, aber nicht dick sondern vornehm zurückhaltend. Schaumig-rezent. Auch die Weihnachtsgewürznote ist erfreulich dezent, das Bier ist bei aller obergärigen fruchtigen Aromenfülle erfrischend leicht. Im Nachtrunk eher fruchtig-herb als bitter. Zuletzt macht sich noch der Alkohol mit einer unangenehm spritigen Note bemerkbar. - Kein typisches Weihnachtsbier: nicht schwer und süß, sondern gediegen würzig, fruchtig und elegant.


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