La Binchoise Spéciale Noël (Reserve Special - USA) - Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
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4/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle poured into snifter
Reddish brown beer with off white head, that goes from four fingers to lacing in less than 30 seconds.
Smell: Malts, Belgian Candi sugar, and hops
Taste: Apples, Raspberries, Cherries, hints of raisin, followed by Belgian Candi Sugar
This is a beer for special occasions. Pursue it for a moment of merriment or celebration.
05-02-2012 20:13:04 | More by BierStein711
3.75/5 rDev -6.9%
This beer poured out with a big foamy off white head. The color of the beer was a reddish brown color with some sediment floating around in it. The smell of the beer has plenty of Belgian yeast aromas comin off of it, there is also a spicy note as well as a subtle sweetness on the nose. The taste was pretty good, there was a semi-sweet caramel flavor to this one. There was also some mild spice in the aftertaste along with some fermented fruit. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty nice, it was well carbonated and had a typical Belgian softness to it. Overall it was a pretty good holiday brew.
08-30-2011 13:42:38 | More by Knapp85
British Columbia (Canada)
4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
A: Exploded out of the bottle and foamed up into my tulip glass into a massive 2" tan coloured head which dissipated over about 3 minutes and left minimal lacing. This was all over a reddish-amber liquid.
S: Yeast and spice.
T: Cherries, caramel, and spice; with a somewhat acidic finish that is reminiscent of some amber ales, but is quite a bit sweeter.
M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.
O: A good drinker that is somewhat sweet. A better than average Belgian Strong Pale Ale.
08-03-2011 23:46:40 | More by DaftCaskBC
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a burgundy brown in color. About a finger worth of white head. A lot of floaties in this. Smells really sweet. Tastes like caramel or cotton candy. Some fruit jumps into the mix as well. Dangerously smooth, medium bodied and easy drinking for the ABV. The ABV is actually barely noticeable.
06-27-2011 19:00:05 | More by polisanl
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
A: Pours a hazy, marmalade orange/honey color, with a solid, frothy 2-finger head; leaves marvelous, sticky lacing and looks like a witbier with a punch
S: aromas are similar to a witbier as well, but even stronger; orange peel, citrus, honey, floral notes, spices, and a dry, hoppy note
T: the aroma flavors are strong up front; as the beer warms, a sweet caramel maltiness becomes noticeable; also, the spicy notes become enhanced, as the alcohol comes through
M: bold and velvety, with a sticky sweet warmth on the back of the throat at the finish
O: a great beer; in typically wonderful Belgian fashion, a complex and deliciously sweet/bitter combo
03-23-2011 02:18:46 | More by boudreaux
4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy honey orange. Dense head subsided fairly quickly, nice lacing.
Aroma rich in white bread yeast atop orange peel, the skin of light fruits and spices, quiet coriander. Hop aromas abound.
Tangy taste, literally, a hint of Tang. Minor hop bitterness contributes to the mildly dry lingering aftertaste, pleasant . Alcohol appears absent. Thin yet creamy mouthfeel.
The best Noëls are dominated by strong darks, this is a superior take from a strong pale brew. Not the typical Noël spices but it works well !
12-31-2010 05:40:14 | More by impending
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
330ml stubby abbey style brown bottle.
It pours a murky reddish brown. There are a few floaties and a thick off-white head that recedes decently quickly with some very nice lacing.
The smell is pretty good. It smells like a mix of candied orange peel, nutmeg, and corriander. There is also a hint of raspberry and caramel.
The flavor is sweet and caramally with a ton of fruity esters. It has an almost fruity pebble-like presence. There is a hint of ginger that seems very apparent along with some other spices.
It is sweet, but not overly decadent, it is supremely drinkable for the abv, a solidly crafted brew.
12-28-2010 08:09:06 | More by crossovert
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
750 mL Belgian, cork and cage presentation, with D 7 07 notched. This "artisanal amber ale" is brewed with direct fired kettles, neither filtered nor pasteurized, and bottle-conditioned. Popping the cork releases a wonderful bouquet and a lively, nearly crystal-clear chestnut brew, capped with a half-inch tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Its beautiful hue is marred only slightly when a few floaties get into the second glass. Smells of fruit cake, rum bread, cookies and orange zest, backed by light caramel malt and yeast - it's a holiday in a glass. Miscellaneous sweet spices on the palate - notably orange zest - along with cherries and other stone fruits. Mildly bitter, with a dash of caramel malt, cork and a lightly yeasty finish. Very tingly at first, with a medium body and a fairly dry, spicy finish. This is a very nice ale that makes skillful use of the spices - they are quite noticeable, but (other than the orange) none stand out too much. It is also deceptively smooth. Nine percent? It drinks like a six at most. And you can sense that this brew can age for years more quite gracefully. Definitely worth a try.
11-17-2010 00:34:39 | More by mmmbeer
3.8/5 rDev -5.7%
Brownish clear enough beer for a very strange Christmas. Citrus nose that also think the drug or the candy by the subtle blend of yeasts. Easy to drink, like other Binchoise but with a lot of spices that enhances the sauce, which is almost typical of artisanal Belgian beers. The finish is somewhat reminiscent of alcohol, which really did not feel as input, and a somewhat syrupy.
10-01-2010 14:09:32 | More by ThaCreep
4/5 rDev -0.7%
A - Hazy dark copper color with a large, foamy, rocky off-white head. About average retention leaving a very thin layer of lace with a bit more sticking to the sides of the glass.
S - Good amount of malt with a fairly strong caramel aroma. Strong fruity aroma as well with apple being strongest and some orange and other golden fruits in the background. A bit of musty aroma and some yeast.
T - Pretty strong fruity flavor with apple being the strongest and some other golden fruit. Also a good amount of caramel and pale malt. Pretty strong musty flavors with a touch of earthiness. Some yeast and candi sugar flavors as well.
M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy, but a little on the light side.
D - Pretty easy to drink. Flavors are pretty good, but not great. A little too musty. Nice to drink, especially for the ABV, but it wasn't necessarily making me want more.
Notes: Not exactly sure what style this is, but it is fairly tasty. Not an amazing beer but alcohol is well hidden and flavors aren't bad (not great either though). This is decent and I would drink it again, but I wouldn't seek it out. For the right price, it would be worth getting.
09-04-2010 03:40:07 | More by FreshHawk
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into a tulip glass that left thick lacing with a light sheet. the body was a hazy and dark copper color. i poured it slowly but got a little sediment in the beer.
s - sweet and malty with a little fruit.
t - caramel, juicy fruits like peaches and apples with a slight phenolic touch and just a hint of spiciness.
m - slick and slightly thin.
d - nice sipper and a very interesting, delicious brew.
05-19-2010 02:08:31 | More by GPHarris
3.95/5 rDev -2%
Poured into a tulip.
A: Hazy amber with active carbonation. A soapy copper tinged head starts out very strong, but recedes to a ring at the beer's edge fairly quickly. Leaves a little lace.
S: Quite vinous, with strong red grape, raspberry and plum aromas. A light pepper spice and a strong dose of alcohol rounds things out.
T: The vinous theme continues with dark fruit flavors. A light chocolate flavor adds some needed complexity. Gets a little thin in the middle. Bitterness is mild and adds a pepper bite. Alcohol adds an extra layer of flavor and warmth going down.
M: The body is quite light given this much alcohol. Very active carbonation is right for this style.
D: This beer was a nice match for the cool and dreary evening I drank it on. Not one of the best beers of this style, but quite solid on its own.
04-26-2010 03:37:08 | More by Rayek
4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from 750ml bottle into Orval chalice.
A. Poured a fizzy 1 finger head. Color is dark orange copper. Average head retention. Decent lacing.
S. Fruit, pears, plums, yeast, sweet malt. A very nice fruity smell. Maybe a little peach.
T. Tast is good. Nice spicy hop punch. Pear, a little peppery spice flavor. A very well done BSPA. ABV is not apparent.
M. Well carbonated. Crisp smooth finish. Mouthfeel is right on par.
D. Very drinkable. A well crafted very delicous beer. Lots of complexity.
03-04-2010 03:26:43 | More by siradmiralnelson
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A: Substantial covering foam, but not a big head, beer is pure dark amber, cloudy, lots of floaties
S: Mild, but very distinct, spice, but sweet too, clove, allspice, but not harsh like some
T: Super good flavor, never overpowering, orange zest, clove, maybe some cinnamon, bittering done more by the spices than hops, but accentuated by the hops - can still taste them, long flavor profile, last forever, could use a little bit of something sweet or malty to balance the bitter spice
M: Nice and light, carbonation makes it feel less than medium
D: Good, but could use more substance to balance spice
Notes: Definitely a good winter beer. I love all the spice. They do a good job of mixing all the flavors together into one coherent note. However, it could use a bit more sweet maltiness, especially in a winter beer. The spice bitterness is a little over powering.
02-15-2010 04:53:13 | More by dpodratsky3
La Binchoise Spéciale Noël (Reserve Special - USA) from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
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