Palm

Judges Ratings 
2 Reviews
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

The “Spéciale Belge Ale” beer style is one of the better Belgian beers of the early 20th century. This smooth-drinking, amber-coloured, top-fermentation beer has a reasonable alcohol content.

Special PALM malts are responsible for its honey-like mellowness, and PALM’s own selected yeasts give it a fruity yeast aroma. Fine aroma hops from Kent afford a subtle harmony.
Characteristic features

Unique amber-coloured malts determine the basic flavour of PALM: mild caramel flavours with a honey-like mellowness. The malting process adheres to PALM’s specific instructions, which aim for the natural caramelisation that gives the beer its specific flavour.

Profile

ABV: 
5.2%
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This pretty, amber, Belgian ale begins with elegant Vienna-like malt aromas. It smells lightly caramelized with notes of toffee and floral hops. This beer's flavor has a lightly sweet malt character that is toasty and bready. It is very well-attenuated and finishes semi-dry, with a hint of strawberry and pleasant, generic phenol. There is no apparent hop flavor. The moderately high carbonation level creates a very refreshing crispness that enables this beer to be drunk in quantity. Although this beer does not pretend to be in the style of a traditional Belgian ale, the yeast character is very tame in all respects, leaving one wishing for more expression. For the Euro Pale Lager drinker, this beer is a nice alternative and an introduction to new flavors. 

Garrick van Buren's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The brilliantly clear amber body and the slowly dissipating ivory head delivers an aroma of biscuits, caramel, toast, and honey. The esters dominant in other Belgian styles are not present here. The flavor is a delicate, complex, well-balanced blend of bread crust, honey and floral hops with hints of fruity esters. The finish off the medium body and medium-high carbonation is crisp and dry. This is a subtly complex and versatile session beer worthy of exploration. This beer is also quite comfortable complementing a plate of fries, a picnic with friends, or the sunset on the back deck.