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

bottled
common

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available

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RATINGS: 431   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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 Quite possibly my favorite Belgian, and maybe even my favorite overall. Starts off with a semi murky, amber pour with pillowy head. Great spice and fruit aroma. Sweet at the first sip, followed by a fresh fruit (pear maybe?) flavor, cloves and other spices, bread, bananas, bubblegum and super smooth finish. I wish it was easier to come by, I could drink it every week.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thebeerdoctor (3) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2007 does not count
Probably the best Christmas wassail in the world. Unbelievable depth of flavor, with a complexity that is nearly indescriable. I had this beer ten years ago, only to re-sample this Holiday season. It was the return of a beloved, long lost friend. Prosit!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 14, 2004
the beer that got me back into belgians. an absolute joy as soon as the cork comes off. beautiful orange/red color and an amazing layered smell and taste. enough punch to calm you down. great for special occasions and for winning over beer-haters. found it in upstate NY for 5$ a bottle!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2007
on tap at Eulogy Beligan Tavern in Philly. served in a big beautiful belgian glass. beautiful deep gold body with modest small rim head. OH SO DRINKABLE!! we had these the first day we were in town and then headed back there for some more of em before we headed to the airport. goes down so smooth, so easy, so fast, you gotta watch yourself. smells of sweet gingerbread, herbal and ripe citrus. tastes creamy while not too heavy. real velvety cream palate. tastes of light buttercream, citrus hops, cloves, candy, florals, fruit flavors, apples, grapefruit, but not too sour or too sweet, light corriander, finishes soft and herbal. its just extremely pleasant from start to finish to aftertaste to sip 2 to last sip. Iíve never given a 20 before but theres a first for everything. I only wish they carried this on tap around here. then again, Iíd probably never stop drinking it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adennehy (2) - USA - OCT 25, 2005 does not count
God damm this Cristmas beer is good. And yes the cork is a b#$ch to get out. Alcohol yes, with a taste of apricot. Wow it tast like a dried apricot.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StouterRick (32) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Hazy, pinkish amber, loaded with yeast swimmers: itís pretty low in carbonation. The head shrinks quickly, no big deal at 9%.. It has a predominant sour cherry aroma mixed with yeasty bread and little coco. The taste is sour cherry blended with a candied malt followed by a slightly bitter hop taste that evolves into a dry blend of everything. .The alcohol taste is present but it doesnít kill it, at 9% it will sneak up on you, though!. This is an outstanding beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Wow! Orange-brown colour, slightly cloudy with a nice off-white head. Huge smell of ginger, raisin, bubble gum, and a fair amount of alcohol. I also get some sort of tree resin, cedar or juniper, but I canít quite tell which. More subtle notes include nutmeg and other warm spices. Taste is quite bready and yeasty, fairly sweet with huge candi sugar taste followed by rich maltiness and a very long raisin and apricot finish. Very rich tasting and quite warming. Simply awesome! I drank the end ten minutes ago and I can still taste it.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
Nice quality brew. Enticing aroma. Sweet caramel sugar, plums, prune and other fruit. Graham cracker malt. Rich and full flavored. Fruity Belgium beer. Dubbel aftertaste is superb. Light body. Very drinkable. If you like beers with a spicy plum character. Do not skip it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
The Etruscan (544) - Tuscany, ITALY - FEB 22, 2003
Weak white head. Orange slightly cloudy color. Complex aroma is malty, floral (roses) with strong spicy notes. Flavour is complex too, floral with tones of candy fruits. Finish is sweet and fruity. Medium to full bodied. I bought several bottles last summer at the little brewery in Binche, Belgium.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Finishes with a refreshing taste. Piny and sweet with a extremeley flavorful palate. Cherry red amber with a chambagne "lively" taste. Aroma is sweet but also one of esters.


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