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

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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Speciale Noël 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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4.2
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.

3.9
77ships (9828) - 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.

3.4
MrTipple (4968) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2014
Aroma: caramel, straw, hay, bread and cereal malts. Appearance: hazy amber, massive, frothy, white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: grain, cereals, caramel malts, lively carbonation. Overall: decent Belgian Strong Ale, yet not quite playing in the top league. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.

3.1
Boxereddy (479) - BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2014
Donker amberkleurig bier met veel gistpartikels en snelzakkende gelige schuimkraag. Zeer fruitig in de neus met serieuze pruimen- en rozijnentoets samen met karamelmout. In de mond zeer moutig en fruitig. Pittige afdronk met bitterzoet einde. Goed kerstbier!

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eduardovl (1449) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass. Best before 09/2013 in the bottle. Perfectly conserved. A: Pours a dark and cloudy amber color which is also dirty with many particles floating inside the glass. Forms a huge and bubbled light yellow head leaving some lingering and molasses lacings in the glass S: Very fruity in the nose. Strong notes of plums and raisins. Toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts. Belgian-style bready yeasts. A bit spicy. Some alcohol can be felt in the very end T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront: Very malty and fruity. Strong notes of plums, raisins, caramel malts, crystal malts and bready yeasts. A bit spicy. Mild hoppy bitter end. In overall, a sweet beer with a Belgian bittersweet profile. A bit of alcohol can be felt in the end M: Heavy and bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste: Mainly fruity and malty O: Good drinkability. Solid Belgian Strong Ale [ BA Review @ 8/17/2013 ]

3.8
WVHouseofBeer (1068) - West Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Mmmmmmmmm this beer smells amazing. Strong aromas of dark fruit, caramel and yeast. Looks good too. Pours a very dark amber color with a small white head. Flavors are not nearly as pronounced as the aromas but are good nonetheless and consist of apple, plums, figs, caramel and spices. Body is too thin. Dry finish. Good beer for sure.

3.7
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Serving: Bottle. Hazy ruddy pour with a lasting, creamy off white head. Dried apple, spiced bread, dark caramel, and a little yeast. Full bodied at first but drying on the back end. Nice combination of dried fruit, caramel, and fruitcake. A nice little winter brew.

3.5
gegwilson (3708) - 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
Alengrin (5376) - 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
OldMrCrow (2439) - 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.


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