La Binchoise Spéciale Noël (Reserve Special - USA) | Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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La Binchoise Spéciale Noël (Reserve Special - USA)La Binchoise Spéciale Noël (Reserve Special - USA)

Brewed by:
Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 02-08-2003

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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of mlazzaro
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the oldest beers in my cellar. 750ml cork and cage - label indicates 2007.

Solid carbonation, very little head. Amber color body as advertized. Quite hazy despite aging, chilling and a gentle pour.

Smells awesome! Candy and spices. Caramel aromatics. I have never smells anything like it. Just a hint of tart in there too.

Taste has that candy flavor as well. Not sweet, but very similar to caramel hard candies. It also has a very unique menthol thing going on. Spice flavor most likely from yeast and not actual spices. Very simple flavor profile. Tasty stuff.

Thin body. Minimal sweetness. Alcohol was well made. High ABV but a smooth mouthfeel. Warms the esophagus.

This beer was nothing like I expected. Other reviews mentioned fruitiness. My beer is not fruity at all. I imagine there is serious variation bottle to bottle. Especially after 5-6 years in different cellars. But quite good!

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Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully clear deep amber color with a huge bubbly beige head that takes forever to get to a manageable level. Smells fruity and syrupy sweet with lots of light sugars and juicy fruits. Sweet oranges, cherries, light brown sugar with a hint of earth to it. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Lots of lighter sweet fruits with hints of light sugar, and butterscotch. There is a touch of warming alcohol but that adds to the experience rather than detracting. Light spices and a bit of a quick finish. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I've seen this a hundred times and never though twice about picking one up. Thanks Jeff for turning me on to this, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of deldad
2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

Photo of BierStein711
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

M: Moderate

This is a beer for special occasions. Pursue it for a moment of merriment or celebration.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CaptainHate
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of hays99
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ckk527
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Blanco
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of polisanl
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle.

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.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of impending
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 !

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Photo of crossovert
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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La Binchoise Spéciale Noël (Reserve Special - USA) from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 153 ratings