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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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948 Ratings
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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 14
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

ABV 5.1 to 5.4%
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Ratings: 948 | Reviews: 278
Photo of TMoney2591
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

I know I've seen this stuff around plenty of times, but only now have I found a single (small-format) bottle to sample. It pours a clear sunset brass topped by a couple fingers of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild Belgian yeast, light sourdough, black pepper, lemon peel, and a touch of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, the sourdough, grass, and lemon peel spotlighted, and the yeast overdoing the spice angle. The aftertaste bristles with random bitterness. Things just don't sit right with me here. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this beer seems off to me. Too much spice, strange organic flavors clashing with each others (and my tongue), I just don't know if I'll ever even look at this stuff ever again.

Photo of Bamnenim
2.71/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Good color and bubble
Relatively week taste. good taste of brew. less bitter after taste
contain little sweet taste
Upper normal class

Photo of ljbonadonna92
2.36/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Nothing special. Very crisp but not much there as far as complexity and flavor.

Photo of Jbrennan_01
4.29/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer for people who don't need tons of hops in every beer

Photo of ErikaBockDopples
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfectly good beer. As a bartender, this one is great to use as an introduction to the world of Belgians. Cheers!

Photo of woutervaneijk
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasty and very much drinkable, good pilsener for casual drinking with friends.

Photo of YeahRightt
2.27/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light and sessionable. Pretty decent

Photo of rypkr
4.16/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Outlier detected please enter at least five words"

Photo of YumaLaowai
2.17/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I ordered the palm because I wanted a carribean drink and all they Had was Red Stripe so I went for the Belgium beer that had a palm on it hoping for the best. What I got was thus ultra sweet beer that I would just have to say, was made for the ladies.

Photo of gt7952c
4.27/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth. More of an Irish beer taste than typical Belgian.

Photo of Ashinhoc
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid good tasting beer. Not the best Belgian but good stuff.

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Giant Beer Garden and Eatery, enjoyed chilled from the brown bottle with best before date 7/14/15 in a tulip.

The color is dark amber with good clarity and quick dropping white head with fine bead. The smell is very interesting-sweet cherry-like scent with light malt ester with a slight spice note in the yeast ester with gentle toast: interesting and inviting smell. The feel is semi-dry with malt texture and has medium high carbonation with light sweetness and mild spice in the texture with semi-dry finish.

The taste begins with a good malt flavor with light toasted quality with a slightly phenolic yeast with gentle fruitiness and slight spiced flavor with a dry and mildly medicinal taste in the finish. This is a simple amber -no frills yet easy to drink with some Belgian yeast character. I would drink this again, better than most amber ales in my opinion.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass, this standard Belgian pale pours a clear light amber with a nice white head that lingers and solid lacing. Rather clean nose of light caramel malts and light mild hops. Flavors are sweet up front with a hair of bittering to the back. A little light bread flavor comes through the aftertaste. Good carbonation makes for a lively effervescent mouth feel. A decent session Belgian pale, but nothing too exciting.

Photo of VeganUndead
2.61/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Skunky, wtf did I just drink?

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This dismal 'ale' was the only alternative to Heineken in Amsterdam airport - watery and tasteless - borderline drinkable, but would choose pretty much anything Belgian over this.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a clear yellow/orange with a fizzy head that doesn't leave trails down the glass. The smell was very clean with some malt and yeast scents but nothing too overpowering. The taste was well balanced between sweet malt and bitter hops with some bread flavors from the yeast. Overall a very decent beer that does everything well enough.

Photo of rjs246
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

A better version of Heineken. Still not all that good but totally drinkable.

Photo of martinstannard
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Yummy in my tummy

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium bronze amber with a thin patchy white head that leaves a thick ring around the glass and light patchy lacing. Aroma of bready and caramel malt, light overripe stone fruit, Belgian yeast, a hint of toffee. Flavor is a lighter version of the aroma with a similar mixture of flavors, but rather attenuated. Light to medium bodied. Hits all the notes for a Belgian pale, but the flavor is light and rather bland with the semi-sweet malt dominating the fruit flavors despite being light itself. I'll hope this is an old bottle, else this is one of the more underwhelming Belgians I've tasted. Satisfactory, with no off-notes, but nothing I'd ever try again.

Photo of Alissa2579
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Started enjoying this beer while earning my MBA at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. This is a nice light and refreshing beer with plenty of flavor but not overpowering

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Appearance – Amber in colour and with a fairly small head and some evidence of light carbonation.
Smell – Palm smells quite like a working farm in summer. There is malt smells earthy notes and some spice
Taste – Taste is also much like the smell. There are the earthy notes hiding behind malts and mild spice.
Mouthfeel – Medium body, with medium to high carbonation
Overall – It tastes quite like I imagine the child of Amstel and Kilkenny would if they could have a child. It feels almost like a beer that has some growing up to do. Not a bad beer at all but at the same time far from the best thing to ever come out of Belgium.

Photo of patre_tim
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%

A: Golden to amber, some carbonation, a little light yellow head.

S: Smells of malts, sweetness, spice, but much like a typical American lager.

T: Malt, with a slight sweetness, a little spice but mostly like a typical American lager.

M: Light to medium body, with medium to high carbonation.

O: Is it a watered down Belgian or a glorified AA Lager??? I lean towards the later in spite of its classification and that way I am not disappointed. Not nearly the gusto, flavour and impressiveness of others in this category such as Orval, or Petrus. From that perspective it leaves much to be desired. Its not as good as a De Konninik, also in this category. However, I was expecting Labatts and was pleasantly surprised this went beyond that. Worth a try but not too many accolades from me. Would go well with pressed sandwiches that are still hot.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Sampled a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A light golden amber with a half-finger or so of white bubbles on top. Aroma largely fruity, apple, pear, and peach notes yielding a gummy bear-like effect that is accompanied by a light orange and lemon rind citric note. I am puzzled by the lack of spicy notes on both nose and palate. This is a Belgian ale, correct? Drinks light and fizzy like a lager or macro-brewed pale ale, bubblegum fruity and slightly floral. Semi-dry and almost no Belgian yeast phenols, although Micheal Jackson writes that the Palm yeast strain yields a dry orange character and I can certainly taste that here. Some of this citrus carries over into the semi-dry finish. Forgettable when compared to many other Belgian brews although enjoyable enough on a hot patio.

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly thick brown with a nice head. Smells of lightly sweet, toasted malt: peat, caramel, bread.

Tastes like it smells: a lot of nice, subtle malt complexities balanced out wonderfully by spicy hops.

Someone told me this is the beer that Fat Tire is based on. I believe them. The malt profiles are quite similar--and quite good--only Palm doesn't have any of that weird, burny dryness that affects the back end of most of New Belgium's brews. A very nice, malty session beer.

Photo of ordybill
3.99/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy Palm, it has a great crisp taste and stands up well as an accompaniment to food or as a solo act. It has a good clean aroma and has a nice golden sheen when poured. There is no aftertaste and pours well. It does not have the full body flavor of its neighbor Heineken but it is very satisfying.

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Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.