Palm Dobbel | Brouwerij Palm NV

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Brouwerij Palm NV

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-01-2003

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Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody has really belched forth one from the past this time! My late Pops, who died on 28 July 2001, was an avid bicyclist & requested that some of his ashes be scattered at the foot of both The Arc de Triomphe & The Eiffel Tower so that he could be present for the finish of The Tour de France every year. It fell to me as the estate executor to carry out his wishes & since it was post-9/11, air fares were dirt cheap. I flew into DeGaulle, scattered the ashes, visited the Normandy beachhead again & went on to Brussels for a few day before flying home out of Schiephol in Amsterdam. This bottle, as well as a massive assortment, came home with me & have been in The Beerfrigerator ever since. I figure that as I approach the 16th anniversary of Pops' passing that I will delve into that stash.

From the bottle: "For more than 5 years, the Palm Brewery has been brewing not only its Speciale Palm, but also for the festive season, its Dobbel Palm. This high fermentation amber beer with its own special aroma and taste brings warmth into your glass. Enjoy the festive season and ... cheers!"

I Pop!ped the cap & began an incredibly gentle pour into an awaiting chalice. Once sufficiently decanted, an in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of light-tan head that quickly reverted to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite sweet, clearly malt-driven, with notes of both bread and caramel, almost like rising dough. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very bready with hints of caramel and dried Mediterranean fruits, like dates and figs. It was kind of like a liquefied fig newton. Finish was semi-sweet with the yeast having continued to help the beer ferment in the bottle & drying it out from what was probably originally a sugary malt bomb. There was still a good deal of sweetness to it.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petermethot
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of ccrida
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is amber with a small white head leaving very light lace.

Smell is sweet, kind of dirty dishwater, ethanol.

Taste is generic, a little sweet, and heavy phenols.

Mouthfeel is lighter, a little sticky.

Drinkability is easy in that there is nothing too it. On the other hand, it's generic cheap ale. The label had snow on it, I thought it would be more of a winter warmer, and perhaps that is the intent, but it's way to thin and generic.

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Photo of desint
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Todd
2.04/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

Apparently one of the more popular Christmas beers in Belgium. Brewed since 1947.

Dark orange-y / amber. No head. Flat. Warm urine aroma. Touch of herbal. Dry, light-bodied, with a very weak malt character and sweetness. Very tea-like with yeast and herbal notes. Grainy and full of tannins in the finish.

Not impressed.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear, brown beer with a small head and a small ring of foam sticking to the glass.

Smell is malty with caramel and some woody suggestion.

Taste is malty and caramellic, with a small alcohol burn. More than the normal Palm has. This beer is pretty clean and somewhat boring. There are simply not enough exciting tastes present. There is some maltbitterness and aftertaste is dry and bitter, which is nice. This is not an improvement compared to the normal Palm, the extra alcohol should be more complementing, but is more distracting from the nice malt and caramel profile the normal Palm has.

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Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of impending
2.72/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous clear reddish copper, stunning color. Minor cream colored head receded slowly, minor lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet and spicy, quiet, subdued.

Taste is wholly unexpected, unknowing I may have guessed an american amber ale with a slightly different yeast profile. Minor teabag in the aftertaste. Lacks complexity. Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of paterlodie
1.75/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

BB08-10-05. Hardly any foam comes out of this brew, poored in vertically and still hardly any head that has a yeloww color. Brew is amber and clear. Nose is oxidised, sweet and muffy. Litle alcoholic but no freshness at all. taste is like water, hardly any taste only litle (bad)maltyness and musty with litle alcohol and sugar. This one has nothing in it and mouthfeel is like sparkling water. How can anybody drink this. As bad as the regular( and dunno what the differance is).

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Photo of brutalist
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

300 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 6.0%. Nice amber / redddish brown colour, decent off-white head. Pleasant aroma of lightly roasted malts with some caramel, fruits and spices. Rounded and lovely flavour, again lightly roasted malts with a subtle touch of fruits and spices, hints of yeast. Moderate bitterness. Easy drinking, impossible to dislike. However, you might want MORE of the pleasant aroma and flavour elements.

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Photo of jonb5
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into Leffe chalice. One finger head, dark mahogany colour, dense but clear. Had a slight citrus aroma, I could't detect anything else. Fairly similar taste to Palm Special, had a bit more malt and a more bitter finish. Despite this I'd say it had a weaker taste with less flavour. The mouthful was slightly heavy but nice, average carbonation.

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Photo of TeachChefs
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BJSmit
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of RuudJH
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Palm dobbel, probably best qualified as a dark ale, but nevermind:

it's dark copper, brown colour, creamcoloured head, thin, but decent carbonation.
Smell and taste are of sweet malt and caramel, some dark dried fruits too. Grassy hops as well.
Aftertaste has a bite to it.
The whole brew is ok: it's warming as a winterbeer should be, it's 6% abv is easy going down. Not very complex or exciting , but it will surely do on a Xmas party where tasting and sampling is not the the point.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Douberd
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 300 ml bottle.
The colour is light amber, transparent, with a one finger head which quickly dissolves leaving light lacing on the glass.
Light fruity and caramel aroma.
Taste is lightly bitter.
Quite thick on the body, a bit oily too and medium carbonation.

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Photo of GRUUMSH
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of frontalot
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.69/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The smell of malt, plum fried. Foam poor.
Plum also like taste, but watery, weak bitterness, a little sour and malt. The end like even more watery.

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Palm Dobbel from Brouwerij Palm NV
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 42 ratings