Palm/Palm Speciale

Last night was St. Patrick’s Day and I had all these wonderful plans to go to different Irish bars. Well, it didn’t happen. I was exhausted Saturday and ended up hanging around the house. My sister and I went to this really nice restaurant in Sea Bright and then I went out with Katie after she got out of work. We were thinking of trying a new place in Red Bank, but it was ugly in Red Bank. There were people falling into the road and faceplanting. So, we ended up at this dive bar in Shrewsbury that had an okay beer selection. This was one of the beers that I hadn’t had before.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to, “The De Hoorn brewery was not spared the violence of World War I, and it was completely destroyed in 1914. However, Van Roy decided to rebuild it; bigger and better than before. He chose to still top-ferment his beer in the old Brabant style rather than brew it using newer methods, such as those used to brew Pilsner. In 1929, Van Roy decided to give his beer a proper name, calling it Speciale Palm. Speciale refers to the style of beer ‘Special Belge.’ In 1930, and Arthur Van Roy decided to teach his son, Alfred, how to brew beer. He was taught how to brew it so that it was not only generous and tender, but full of taste and flavour as well. This, coupled with what Alfred learned at the Brussels brewing school, led to the first copper brewing room with a mill being built. This brewing room is known simply as ‘Brewing Room 1’ today.”

Random: I’ve always loved Palm glasses. I don’t know why. I have a thing for pairing the beer with the glass from the manufacturer.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head on a mahogany, clear body. There was lots of active carbonation on this bad boy. The nose had a bit of spice, hop and Belgian yeast with some tart fruits. The taste had a bit of floral hops to it without any real spice to it. The yeast was very present on the taste with mild bitterness. I also got a bit of malt sweetness to it and maybe even a bit of honey. The floral taste to me was a bit odd and even a hint medicinal. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. The finish was relatively quick with some bitterness. This beer just really didn’t do anything for me. The flavors were a bit off, but I finished it. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0