A little bit of history: in 1904 the Belgian brewery schools organized a 'brew a heavy, over 5%, beer' contest. Sort of. The beers that won were given the name of 'speciale' (or 'ale'). Palm Speciale was one of them. A light beer by today's standards, the Palm Speciale is 5.2% and a nice , slightly hopped beer. Brewed by Palm, of course.