Cleansing the Palate?

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  1. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (517) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    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 Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
    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. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Lemon sorbet works very well for me.
  4. tolar111

    tolar111 Disciple (381) Aug 17, 2008 New York

    Rumple Minze is a great palate cleanser.

  5. nas4atu

    nas4atu Aspirant (254) Dec 3, 2011 North Carolina
    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 Poo-Bah (3,131) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    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 Poo-Bah (3,320) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    #1 cleanser is water for me maybe some bread
  8. Mebuzzard

    Mebuzzard Poo-Bah (3,458) May 19, 2005 Colorado

    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 Initiate (168) Dec 12, 2009 West Virginia

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

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    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 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    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 (8,108) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    This helps a lot ...

  14. Brewsaic

    Brewsaic Initiate (0) 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 Initiate (155) Oct 21, 2004 New York

    plain unsalted crackers or matzos work well
  16. DavoleBomb

    DavoleBomb Poo-Bah (2,463) Mar 29, 2008 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

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

    bebbcorp Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2010 Kansas

    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 Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2011 Indiana
    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 Disciple (367) Feb 22, 2011 Missouri
    Beer Trader

    BMC is the way to go to cleanse the palate.
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  20. daysinthewake

    daysinthewake Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2010 California

    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. OtisCampbell

    OtisCampbell Initiate (102) Jun 7, 2004 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Watermelon is a great flavor neutral palate cleanser... (in season, of course)
  22. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (754) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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  23. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,290) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

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

    AleWatcher Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2009 Illinois

    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. kwakwhore

    kwakwhore Zealot (514) Nov 1, 2004 North Carolina

    Not just BMC, any BMC light beer.
  26. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

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

    Ndfan1323 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2012 California

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

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,674) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    Personally, I like saltines.

    Saltines <3
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