Palm Hop Select
The younger brother of the classic Palm is worthy of its 'Select' name, as it is hopped three times. The first hopping is at the start of the boiling process; then, just before the end of boiling, and finally there is a dry hopping towards the end of the main fermentation.
And all done with the Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops that the brewery grows in its own hop field. The composition of the malt and the choice of yeast are reminiscent of the Spéciale Belge beer style, of which the traditional Palm is an example.
The unique amber malts give a mild caramel taste with a honey-like sweetness.
The yeast provides the fruity character. The re-fermentation in the bottle gives the beer an even stronger pearlisation and ensures that its hoppy character is fully preserved.
A top-fermented beer that re-ferments in the bottle.
Palm Hop Select is brewed with pure spring water, Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops cultivated by the brewery, PALM malt based on a proprietary recipe, complemented with 50 EBC amber malts and pale malt.
Colour & Transparency
It is a clear blonde beer with a beautifully firm head of delicate froth that clings to the glass. The carbon dioxide content provides fine pearly bubbles that last very well.
6-8°C / 42-46°F
The hop aromas are done full justice in the branded chalice, tapered towards the top, and supported by a tall stem. In this glass, the head more than holds its own.
Character, Tastes & Aromas
In the nose, there are flowery and fruity aromas of hops with hints of banana. A superb combination of a full-in-the-mouth Spéciale Belge with aromas of hop. The beautiful bitterness of this beer completes the picture.
Taste-wise, the hop bitterness is dominant. A fresh mouth feel with a hint of sweetness. The finish is bitter with, again, sweet touches.
Palm Hop Select makes a great pairing with exotic, spicy dishes from the Asian culinary tradition.
It also tastes great with a zesty unpasteurised Herve 'Le Vieux Moulin' or a slightly salty Camembert Le Gaslonde, another unpasteurised cheese.
Keeping and Storage
Palm Hop Select will keep in the bottle for 24 months. In the barrel, it stores for 6 months. Longer storage is not recommended and will reduce the drink-ability of this beer.
Bottles should be stored upright in a cool and dark environment.
Bottle ✔ On Tap ✔
Available in 33cl bottle and 20l barrels. Palm Hop Select is easy to obtain from specialised beer café's and retailers.
Due to the extensive and successful export activities of Swinkels Family Brewers you will have no trouble finding this "hoppy member" of the PALM family outside of Belgium.
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