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Cleansing the Palate?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Dools9, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. How important is it, and what are some of the better ways to cleanse the pallate when drinking big flavor heavy brews?
  2. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (880) California Nov 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    Its very important. Every brewer makes his beer unique in someway. Its a disservice to not enjoy them with a clean palate. Lots pf water, cheese, crackers, nuts. Every little thing helps.

  3. Lemon sorbet works very well for me.
  4. tolar111

    tolar111 Advocate (675) New York Aug 17, 2008

    Rumple Minze is a great palate cleanser.

  5. nas4atu

    nas4atu Savant (380) North Carolina Dec 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    Some sours are actually pretty decent palate cleansers in my opinion. Haven't fully explored the world of all the different sours, but Triangle Brewery seems to have one that really cleansed my palate after a day of drinking wood aged beers.
  6. drtth

    drtth Poobah (1,180) Pennsylvania Nov 25, 2007

    Its very important if you want to do a fresh start on each beer with minimal carry over effects from earlier beers. The better ways to cleanse the palate when having any beer include having plenty of bottled water on hand for between beers along with some unsalted crackers or pretzels, as bland as you can find them. Using salted food, cheeses or flavorful foods between beers *changes* the palate but does not cleanse it or reset it to neutral.
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  7. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,275) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    #1 cleanser is water for me maybe some bread
  8. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Poobah (1,125) Colorado May 19, 2005 Verified

    How important? Depends on what you want out of a beer, which may depend on what you're eating (if anything). Carbonation and acid cleanse a palate and can go well with creamy cheeses. I like the subtle tartness of a BerlinerWeiss while having a light lunch (or just drinking it anytime). Mr. Oliver's book (The Brewmaster's Table) talks about this aspect of beer quite a bit
  9. raffels

    raffels Savant (310) West Virginia Dec 12, 2009

    Trenton Oyster Crackers. Dab of horseradish optional.
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  10. diesel59

    diesel59 Savant (410) New York Jan 3, 2012

    I have yet to use this, as a cleansing of the palate....................... but my friend Brian swears by it ................... GUINNESS DRAUGHT.......................fuckin Irish............ god bless.....................
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  11. 4balance

    4balance Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2011


    Unsalted peanuts and lots of water…Cheers ~
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  12. lokieman

    lokieman Savant (475) Oklahoma Jan 20, 2011

    Cucumbers...I know it's not exactly bar food but cucumbers work great. Whenever I do a quality check at work (I'm a chef) I eat a slice of cucumber between tasting sauces or what not and it helps a lot to clean the palate. Or I just drink water...
  13. Jason

    Jason Founder (1,525) Massachusetts Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    This helps a lot ...

  14. Brewsaic

    Brewsaic Disciple (65) Mar 15, 2012

    I usually just go with water. Recently though, at a local bar, the bartender gave us a little glass of ginger ale. I would not have thought of it but it actually did a pretty good job. Technically it may not be the best palate "cleanser" but for a quick fix I found it to be better than water. I do really like the suggestion of cucumbers though!!

  15. dirtyfab

    dirtyfab Savant (265) New York Oct 21, 2004

    plain unsalted crackers or matzos work well
  16. DavoleBomb

    DavoleBomb Advocate (670) Pennsylvania Mar 29, 2008 Beer Trader

    Ginger is the way to go. Very tasty too.
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  17. bebbcorp

    bebbcorp Aficionado (245) Kansas Mar 6, 2010

    Sushi helps open the pallette up to different tastes, but have not tried this at a tasting. I would love to be the guy at a tasting that reaches into his pocket and pulls out an unwrapped sushi roll.
  18. tsauce2

    tsauce2 Advocate (505) Indiana Oct 12, 2011 Beer Trader

    Cleansing the palate is VERY important, and you can only do it so many times (that being until you are drunk) in a sitting.

    Most of these suggestions get my stamp of approval, but really water is my primary suggestion. Sour beers work well, and ginger, cucumber, or water crackers/matzos are good as well.

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  19. BilbosNuts

    BilbosNuts Savant (390) Missouri Feb 22, 2011 Beer Trader

    BMC is the way to go to cleanse the palate.
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  20. This isn't far from the truth. We often have a 40 of something to drink during tastings, which cleanses the palate and gives a nice perspective or baseline of beer quality.
  21. Watermelon is a great flavor neutral palate cleanser... (in season, of course)
  22. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Advocate (635) New Jersey Mar 6, 2008 Beer Trader

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  23. This is my answer too. I like the good soldier Schweik avatar.
  24. AleWatcher

    AleWatcher Advocate (730) Illinois Jan 25, 2009

    I tend to bring out palate cleansers that are the opposite of whatever we are drinking at the tasting--
    Recent example; we were at a huge stout tasting... Lots of barrel aged stouts and tons of RIS 15%+ ABV beers. I brought out a couple bottles of goose island Sofie-- worked perfectly. Dry and slightly tart totally worked to reset the palate after huge boozy and sweet.

    Of course, I drink water between each beer and eat plain bread or crackers when desired too.
  25. Not just BMC, any BMC light beer.
  26. Etan

    Etan Champion (765) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

    Tap water and a nice crusty baguette will do the trick.
  27. Ndfan1323

    Ndfan1323 Savant (345) California Jan 26, 2012

    Between beer beers i eat these honey wheat pretzels they work great...
  28. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Champion (835) Maryland Oct 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    Personally, I like saltines.

    Saltines <3