Alengrin (2115) - BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Winter version of Palm Spéciale, a treat to the devoted Palm drinkers since 1947 (when the brewery celebrated its 200th anniversary). A bit stronger, maltier, ’thicker’ and darker than the regular Palm Spéciale. Pours a clear and pure, coppery amber colour, notably darker than the Palm Spéciale, with a bit more fizz; the head has the same off-white colour and moussy structure, but has better retention and leaves more lacing on the edge of the glass. Aroma is more appealing too: less off-putting ’side effects’ of pasteurization, less DMS, less rotting fruit (though it is still there). I get iron here too, next to walnuts, dry cookies, cake, dough, butterscotch, biscuit, plum, banana, dried leaves, orange peel, but everything in a subdued, ’quiet’ way; the aroma is still on the weak side, especially for a winter beer, but in any case stronger than that of the regular version. Taste is also better, restrained fruitiness much like the original (faint hints of banana, pear and orange), but a somewhat thicker and deeper maltiness, cookies, caramel, walnuts, tingling carbonation, metallic ’backing vocals’, a tad more oily feel but equally slick and smooth, with the same subdued grassy hoppiness in the finish, which shows a light bitterness but mostly lingering malt sweetness, like the regular. A bit more complex, a bit more worthwile and a bit more ’filling’ than Palm Spéciale, I’d rather classify this as the archetype of the ’spéciale belge’ style. Still: this is just your average, ’daily’ session ale, so do not bother coming to Belgium just for this (as if anyone would, I know).
ration (1949) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 13, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
041014. Bottle at Kasteel de Berckt, The Netherlands. Pours straight into my mouth from the bottle. Not Bad actually, slightly sweet but not too much. Some spiciness to it. OK
ippers (8) - - OCT 11, 2014 does not count
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Mooie kleur, geur redelijk vlak en de smaak ook. Smaak iets van drop, zoetigheid maar de smaak is ook redelijk snel weg . Niet heel interessant
mjansen1310 (15) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Where the normal palm is an acquired taste this one isn’t that palmish. The looks are quite nice but taste wise it isn’t anything to write home about.
sbron (228) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
25cl bottle at home. Brown colour. White bubbly head. First impression : caramel, little sweet but totally no aftertaste. Too bad.
langeveld12 (238) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is small, off-white and frothy. It diminishes quickly. Body is amber, sparkles are visible.
Aroma contains moderate malts, light hops and light yeasts. Raisins, a bit of forest fruits, brown sugar.
Flavor is light acidic, then sweet and light acidic and finally sweet and light bitter.
Body is light to medium with watry texture and soft carbonation.
Not much going on in this one. Still, good enough for a drink on a Friday evening.
spkevin (391) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Amber pour with ok head. Fruits, sweet notes, caramel. malts in aroma/taste. Okay beer. Not much aftertaste.
PeterFria (16) - - AUG 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
speciaal ieder jaar tijdens de kerst, smaak is hevig maar toch niet slecht ik mis de kerstdagen
miquelcrush (1408) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.
MarcoDL (2280) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet version of the regular palm. Has more fruits and it a bit more yeasty. Boring actually.