La Binchoise Spéciale Noël (Reserve Special – USA)

Very spicy and bitter with pepper being the most overwhelming sensation for me. There’s plenty of other spices in there too, with coriander especially prevelant. Some lemon in the nose as well.

Dark orange pour with a large, ivory colored head that hangs around some. A little lacing, but nothing to speak of.

This is a a bitter, quite harsh beer, with only very minor fruit character. There are plenty of pineapples and mandarin oranges in the aroma, but very little in the taste. Having said that some solid malts back up the bitterness and as a result this is a serious Belgian with depth and intensity.

High ABV is shielded well, but at the same time you know you are drinking it. Quite a serious beer, not for the non-educated palate or taste. Complex.

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02/20/2005
Format:
bottle
ABV: 9.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 4.28
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