Sunday, May 13, 2018

Palm Spéciale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 10/2/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 24B Belgian Pale Ale

AROMA: Moderate toasty/caramel/biscuity malt base. Also has a significant honey/lemon character (though this is likely due to oxidation). Hops are quite low with just a floral/fruity character, nothing spicy. No yeast esters or phenols. Slight lightstrike character. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful, clear copper hue (9-13 SRM). Moderate off-white foam never completely dissipates and leaves some lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Overall palette is similar to a British strong bitter with similar toasty/biscuity/caramelly malt profile. Sweetness is moderate with a honey/lemon flavor in the background (likely due to oxidation). Hops are rather subtle. I detect a low dry bitterness throughout and a general floral character. The Belgian yeast is quite subtle with just a touch of fruity and peppery esters and phenols respectfully. Though more malt-balanced, it is far from cloying and finishes clean and dry. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Smooth and comfortable whilst slightly refreshing. Highly drinkable and tempting to session at 5.2% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely one of the prime examples of the style. Even an old bottle exemplifies it well. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE: See my 2011 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/05/palm-speciale.html

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