Saturday, May 7, 2011

Palm Spéciale (2011 original review)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (627) - Albany, USA - MAY 5, 2011
I poured a 330ml can into a tumbler.

Appearance: Dark amber hue, clear body with much carbonation. Forms a small, white, soapy head that mostly fizzles away but does leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell: lager yeast, corn, grain, a bit of skunk and underneath it all some malty sweetness.

Taste: This is a Belgian pale ale? If I were drinking this blind I’d think it’s an Oktoberfest or a bock. Seriously, where’s the hop presence that comes with a Belgian pale? This is a malty beer from start to finish. Caramel, toffee and grain are the dominate flavors with perhaps a corn adjunct flavor often found in American macro lagers. Slight sourness commonly found in European green bottle pilsners too. Not that it’s a disgusting palate, in fact, it’s quite sweet and the malts are enjoyable with a mostly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably fizzy and thin for a Belgian ale of this type.

Drinkability: It tastes like a lager and drinks like a lager. Very crisp, and even a little refreshing at fridge temp. As it warms it maintains its fizziness, but grows more sweet and sour. The 5.4% ABV seems right, if not even a little high considering how much this drinks like a macro lager of less than 5%. Overall, it’s a drinkable beer with some redeeming qualities, but extremely strange considering its style and country of origin.

Grade: 6/10

NOTE: See my 2018 re-review to BJCP specs here:

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