The pledge made earlier this year by Palm to launch itself into the world of innovative craft beers has borne its first fruit. Arthur’s Legacy is a planned range of beers named for Arthur Van Roy, the great-uncle of current owner Jan Toye, described by the company as “a visionary” who stubbornly, and ultimately correctly, continued believing in the potential of top-fermented beers despite the onslaught at that time of pils.
The first beer of the range is called White Widow, brewed with blond malts and 40% wheat, and with an alcohol level 7.1% ABV – unusually high for this type of beer. The beer is cloudy and more golden than the average witbier, with a smooth round flavour containing subtle notes of coriander and curaçao orange peel, medium-dry with a just a hint of bitterness in the finish.
Arthur’s Legacy beers will be brewed in limited quantities in the De Hoorn brewery adjoining the huge Palm complex in Steenhuffel in Flemish Brabant, where as well as brewmasters, there will also be four designated ingredient-masters, each specialised in the use of either herbs, hops, fruit or wood. The former village brewery will have a capacity of 1,000 litres at a time, and White Widow will be sold in 75cl bottles numbered up to 8,000. It will also be available at certain locations on draught.