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Paljas Bruin

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The Brewery

Brouwerij Henricus
Pathoekeweg 7B
B-8000 Brugge
West Flanders

Beer Style

Special Belgian Dark

The Beer

At the request of local horeca (hotels, restaurants and cafés), Brouwerij Henricus introduced the Paljas Bruin (Brown) to complement the Paljas Blond.

This turned into a lengthy quest for beer lover and sommelier Mathias Van Den Poel, as he is not an aficionado of standard sweet brown beers although does enjoy a heavy, dark degustation beer now and again.

Just like the Paljas Blond, the Paljas Bruin emerged as a rather light beer that does not skimp on taste. Paljas Bruin is an unpasteurised, unfiltered top-fermented beer that re-ferments in the bottle.

This beer has been given all the time it needs to ferment and consequently, it contains very few residual sugars and comes with a rather dry, slightly bitter taste. The varieties of roast malt provide the caramel and coffee aromas.

Just like the Paljas Blond, the Paljas Bruin was designed to be a thirst quencher as well as a degustation beer.

The range of Paljas beers also includes the Paljas IPA and the Paljas Saison.


6.0% ABV


Top-fermented beer that re-ferments in the bottle.


Paljas Bruin is brewed with water, yeast, five different malt varieties and Magnum, Styrian, Saaz and Kent hops.

Colour & Transparency

This dark brown beer gives slight pearlisation underneath a cloud of cream-coloured froth.

Serving Temperature

6 – 9 °C / 43 ° F – 48 °F

Serving Glass

In common with most Belgian specialty beers, Paljas has its own branded glass, elegant, tulip-shaped and high-stemmed.

Character, Tastes & Aromas

Brown beer, thirst-quencher, dry rather than sweet. Slightly bitter. Touches of caramel, coffee and chocolate.


Paljas bruin makes a valued table companion with grilled meats and typically Belgian stews made with beef or rabbit.

Keeping and Storage

Sustainability in the bottle: 24 months. Sustainability on tap: 12 months.

In view of this beer’s specific character and its relatively low alcohol content, there is no point in storing this beer for a number of years. The taste will no longer evolve in a positive way.

Always store bottles vertically in a cool, dark and dry environment.


Bottle ✔       On Tap

The Henricus brewery is having great success in expanding the market for its Paljas beers.

Not only is this beer easy to get hold of through the usual channels: supermarkets, beer shops and cafés, its availability abroad is also increasing all the time.


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