overall
93
92
style
Brewed by Brasserie La Binchoise
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Binche, Belgium

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

distribution
unknown

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 444   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

A tick is a star rating
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5


3.6
PushEject (42) - Palmdale, California, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Mildly cloudy with a sweet and caramel nose. Hints of brown sugar. Tastes very full and rich, almost candied like rock sugar. Lingering notes of licorice.

3
diabel (1723) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2004
Clear amber body. Off-white fizzy head, virtually not lacing and mostly lasting. Sweet hoppy aroma. Moderately bitter, moderately acidic initial flavour. Lightly bitter, lightly acidic (long) finish. Lively mouthfeel.

4.1
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Off orange color with decent ivory head. Big sweet aromas of bubble gum, honey, coriander and orange. The maple syrup sweetness hid the 9%. I liked it so much, I shared bottle #2.

4.6
JoeMcPhee (9553) - 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 can’t 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.

3.8
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Nice and orange color. Big yeasty malty flavor. Coriander notes. Citrusy Spicey aroma. Enjoyable.

4.1
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Nice orange color with an off white head. Christmas spice aroma of cinimon, nutmeg, and pine. Big malty flavor with the initial spice followed by a big candi sugar malt flavor that lingers on the palate. Nice beer.

3.8
BIGC (29) - USA - FEB 19, 2004
I'm enjoying this one right now. My father recently brought back a bottle from Belgium. Quite possibly the best artisinal beers for the price. This one however is not as impressive as the reserve. Aging is a must for this one. A great pour but short. Deep amber in color it's floral aroma and champagne like mouth feel was good. Not enough malt but a good warm finish with a lingering aftertaste. Try one.

4.5
ARMed (625) - 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.

5
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.

3.5
JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2004
1996 Vintage - A friend of mine opened a bottle he had since 1996. The years of cellaring mellowed this beer a bit. Sweetness and citrus flavor were evident but not overbearing. Plenty of flavor, happy it wasn't drown out by an overwhelming sweetness. It may be best to cellar this beer a bit to let it mellow.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 36 37 38  39  40 41 42 » 45
A tick is a star rating
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5