Cornet | Brouwerij Palm NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV
Belgium
palm.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Brabander on 06-29-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
41
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
28.89%
 
 
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2
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14
For Trade:
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Photo of ant1
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tux_alin
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattfancett
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has yeast esters, some phenols too, quite boozy. Taste starts slightly sweet and floral but transitions into some cloying yeast esters / rotten fruit / musty hay mix. Aftertaste is ok though with some nice hay and flowers. Medium body with high effervescence. Not my type of beer, to estery and boozy.

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Photo of Antyk
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frontalot
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours vibrant gold with a small head.
Nose shows soft grainy wheat-like notes, faint vanilla, confectionery notes.
Flavours include more sweet light malt mixing with vanilla and confectionery followed by more of the grassy and earthy hops.

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Photo of desint
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of RuudJH
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BdM
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of theja8989
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of windypete
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JTuomi
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of janubio
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden colur, with a big head that holds for a while and a great lacing. ARoma of oranges, vanilla, banana, herbs. MEdium body, lively carbonation, rich creamy palate. Taste of oranges, banana, the aging in oak is noticeable (not so much in the aroma). Fruits. Good one.

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Photo of jonb5
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pale golden, clear, large foamy head, good retention, left lots of lacing.

S: Initially there was a slight noble hop aroma which gave way to phenols, booze and tangerine.

T: Basically it followed the nose before a lingering boozy finish kicked in.

M: Crisp texture, light body for the high abv.

O: Looked good, felt good but lacked something.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of xtonytx
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PeetPP
4.79/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of dmacjam
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The story of this beer originally being made for a Count and aged in oak barrels deep in the crypts of his castle all sounds very fantastic. Indeed, Cornet does look quite glamorous: its beaming yellow complexion is both pristine and polished, while its puffy, pillowy, cloud-like head sits atop the liquid quite regally, in fact rather like a crown.

The difference between new and used oak is quite pronounced. Brand new barrels or wood chips typically provide lush tones of vanilla, coconut or even spicy/smoky notes, whereas used oak, depending on just how used it is, doesn't necessarily impart any flavour at all. It also depends where the wood is sourced from; different place means different taste.

In the case of Cornet, the oak influence is relatively subtle. Mind you, the base beer is pretty extravagant: perfumy, highly peppery, well seasoned yeast phenols fly all over the aroma and peak-ripeness orchard fruit flavours (pear, peach, apricot) yield all kinds of sweetness. Then there's the grainy, corn-tinged aftertaste that completely dried out the palate.

But it works. Belgian Strong Pale makes a good candidate for oak. Similar to Chardonnay, the style's innate characteristics are actually very well suited to those of the barrel. Here, the breadiness of the pale malt, lemondrop esters and almost sugary sweetness pair wonderfully with the soft biscuity toast and vanilla qualities (however subtle) of the wood.

That being said, Cornet is not aged in oak barrels but rather with oak chips - heck, you didn't think they still made it the same way they did back in 1686!?! Regardless, the story is interesting and the modern incarnation pretty darn enjoyable and undeniably well made. Fans of the style are advised to seek this one out if locally available.

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Photo of Darkhnum
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Cornet from Brouwerij Palm NV
3.6 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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