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


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RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (9211) - 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 (1556) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, 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 (7496) - 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 ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (11374) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2015
330 ml bottle. BB? From saveur-biere.com.
Lively cloudy bright orangey golden colour with huge foamy off-white head. Grainy malt, yeast and mild hops in the aroma. The flavour is yeast, mild hops, mild bitterness, mild spices and malt. Quite indifferent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gygatron (2) - Valladolid, SPAIN - JAN 10, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2016 Cuando prob eata cerveza por primera vez, me atrajo su aroma ligero. Pens, seguro que me ofrece algo. Nada ms lejos de la verdad, un gusto inspido y voltil que no deja mas que un regusto a flores pasadas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (4955) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle. Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Hazy, lumpy, reddy amber. Thin, fairly dense, lasting, white head. Soft, fruity, caramel malts. Banana and toffee ice cream. Some cherry, too. Beyond the sweet, there are elements of raisin, granary bread, and nuts. Taste is light sweet, and fruity dry. Soft, smooth, luscious palate. Finishes chewy, soft, and fruity dry. Goes really well with Stichelton cheese. Im about to go overboard on both...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (10285) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2014
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear golden amber, thick off-white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, spice, grainy notes, light citrus fruit. Taste is more of the same, light boozy note at the end. Prickly carbonation. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (19201) - PCastle, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2014
Sampled @ O.B.E.R. Kerstbierfestival 2014, Essen.
Trbes rtlichbraunes Bier mit geringer beiger Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr s, fruchtig, malzig, reifes Obst. Geschmack wrzg malzig, reife Frchte, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
33cl bottle shared in a tasting glass. Pours a nice orangey colour with a generously voluminous (slightly) off white head. Aroma is spicy, estery notes with some nice fruitiness in the background. Taste is more of the same with a lovely mouthfeel which complements the luxurious flavours very well. Overall a sterling example of a Belgian Christmas ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (9267) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2014
15 cl. Sampled from 330 cl. bottle @ O.B.E.R. Kestbierfestival 2014. Very hazy reddish amber. Nose is warming sweet dark fruits & spices. Taste is sweet syrup, malts, light herbs, dark fruits, lightly warming sweetness, little to no complexity, slightly fizzy. Pretty nice still.

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