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


on tap


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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (2038) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2732) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Speckled coppery orange. Adhesive, rocky, off-white froth. Very aromatic with heavy notes of honey, sweet orange peels, coriander, and ginger. Fairly airy underneath with dabs of minty herbs, anise, and esters coupled with bready malts and powdery yeast. Dense body and fluffily carbonated. Starts with a tingly spice and peachy esters topped with full bready malt and fig notes. Light anise notes and juicy orange pulp appear as the malts gain more of a crackly, lightly toasted aspect. Coriander and clove play right off the citrus, sweet malts, and spicy yeast. Finishes on the spicy and dry side with lingering clove, ginger, light herbs and leafy hops. The lovely yeast tones continue to mesmerize atop a lightly-glazed malt backing. The yeast in this is downright exquisite and the herbs are wonderfully stated. Easily among the most elegant Christmas brews available.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2004 What the he!! is wrong with these people? Why do all of their beers taste like someone spilled orange juice into the mix? The Brune sucked and I gave them another try and this beer sucks. Stay away from this brewery unless you like mixing beer and OJ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (13138) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Orange brown color, steady frothy head. Malty, hoppy aroma. Complex and hard to define. Some pepper, maybe a bit flowery. That also goes for the flavor. Hops, pepper, malt, some licorice, flowers. Sweet, but also complex. Assertive. The alcohol is there, but not to much noticed. Full bodied. Great beer! A 1995 version, tasted at the 6th DRG in feb 2006 showed this beer doesnt survive long cellaring. Dust and sherry in the aroma, sherry flavor with some remaining fruit. Totall loss of its own character, so the rating is for the fresh version. The tap version, tasted at T Pleintje in Hengelo was also disappointing. Lemon raspberry and soap in aroma and flavor. Herbal bitter, especially in the finish. Curacao probably, and coreander. maybe the bottle also needs a re-rate: (6 3 6 2 11 = 2.8)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3669) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2003
A champagne and beer mix looking beer while poured. Sweet and sour aroma matches a flavor with the same characteristics. The aftertaste is worth the drink itself.

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