KATY VS. SASHA: Palm by Brouwerij Palm NV

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Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Palm by Brouwerij Palm NV.

Katy:

First things first, Palm is not made from Palm trees and it's not imported from some place warm where palm trees are native – come on, I couldn't have been the only one who thought that. Palm is a Belgium Pale Ale brewed in Steenhuffel, Belgium where brewing can be traced all the way back to 1747!

Palm pours a wonderful amber colour, very similar to the colour of the bottle it's packaged in, with a sudsy head that quickly disappears. There are sweet aromas of caramel and honey mixed in with roasted malt and a pleasing herbalness. The sweet malt flavours play with a slight crisp fruitiness and enough bitterness to lend balance making a very refreshing drink.

This beer isn't overly complicated, but it's tasty, it's great with food and it's kind of fun to think of people enjoying it in a Belgium castle.

 

3.5 out of 4 bottle caps

 

Sasha:

Considered a Belgian amber beer, Palm mirrors the color of it's style, pouring a translucent amber with very little head.

The aroma was barely there with just a hint of yeast on the nose.
 
One thing that struck me with this beer is the difference in taste when it was cold versus when it warmed. On first pour, you got a hint of sweet and a slight metallic taste, however once the beer warmed, the fruity notes – which reminded me of apple juice, came through. 
 
Overall a light refreshing beer with a high carbonation and subtle tartness on the finish. At 5.4% ABV this would be a great alternative to some of the more run of the mill type pilsners.

3.5 out of 4 bottle caps

 

 
Palm is available at the LCBO and select pubs and restaurants.

Palm

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