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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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3.7
teddybeer (3782) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 8, 2013
Bottled. Brown colour with a beige head that dissapears. Aroma is yeast, red fruits and alcoholic. Flavor is sweet, citrus and red fruits. Dry final with a mild bitterness. Medium carbonated with an average to high body.

3.5
vadie (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Ambrée foncé, presque rouge. La mousse se disparaisse très vite. Plein de bulles visible, très belle. Le goût est vraiment épicé et de clous. Au début c’est pas mal fort, comme il a beaucoup d’alcool mais ça change vite en clous. Si tu n’aime pas les bières épicés tu n’aimerai pas ça. Il me fait pensé du Delerium Nocturnum mais avec les épices plus forte mais de bout à l’autre moins complexe.

2.7
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a moderate off-white head. Nice maltiness to it, though it has the characteristic odd sweetness of the Belgian yeast.

3.5
stouby (4666) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle at home. Clear red-amber with a white head, some yeast. Aroma medium malty (caramel, notes of spices). Flavor medium sweet, light spicy, medium hoppy. Medium to full body, quite heavy carbonated.

4.7
StouterRick (32) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Hazy, pinkish amber, loaded with yeast swimmers: it’s 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 doesn’t kill it, at 9% it will sneak up on you, though!. This is an outstanding beer.

3.4
Iphonephan (6988) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy gold with a quickly receding white head. Aroma of sour blue cheese. Funky flavor of sourdough and orange peel. Short finish.

3.5
tommann (3751) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours dark reddy brown with no head. Aroma is sweet and slightly sour, cider vinegar and cherries. Taste has dark cherries to start with a sour, cider vinegar finish.

2.7
ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2012
A ValuMarket special. Aroma of tootsie roll, sweet breads, gum, cider and tart cherry. Appearance is amber brown with tan head. Flavor is pretty cidery up front with very muted malts; alcohol is sharp. Palate is thin and slightly bubbly. Probably too old.

3.5
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Poured from 330 ml. bottle at Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, MD. Hazy, burgundy with small tan head that did not linger long and fair lacing. Aroma of spice, orange peel, citrus, light fruits, honey, yeast, bread, sweet malts and floral hops. Taste of sweet bready malts, brown sugar, caramel, spice, orange peel, citrus, cherries, yeast and mild bitter hops. Medium/light body and light carbonation. (Hmm, I remember this beer being fuller in both body and carbonation with an almost velvety mouthfeel. Not tonight.) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
stantheman (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
A cloudy medium dark amber color. Nice off white head.Nose is fruity and a bit spicy. Tastes of caramelized fruits, mild spices and malts. Very nice!


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