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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 982
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 17
Gots: 159 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV visit their website
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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Reviews: 273 | Hads: 982
Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Best by or brewed on date is not notched, but I think this is a fresh box.

ECE/SAE amber with amber highlights and a lasting half finger of beige up top - average retention and lacing.

Faintly grainy aroma with Pils malt and dead grass in the nose. No phenolics to speak of.

Unoffenstive palate entry, though if this is supposed to meld together an ale and a lager I think they went much too far in the direction of the latter - there is very little character to this beer. Crisp but somewhat bland finish, though I get just a touch of mild clean noble hop bitterness and maybe the faintest touch of melon in the aftertaste. The yeast seems to contribute nothing - perhaps excessive filtration/pasteurization steamrolled what little flavor there was to start with? "No off notes" is about the faintest praise I can have for a beer.

Bright, zippy, yet thin mouthfeel.

Much like Jupiler or Stella - to be avoided! (970 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, a single from Zyn in Calgary.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium red-brick tinged amber hue, with one finger of densely foamy beige head, which leaves a low sinking iceberg profile of lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of somewhat biscuity and grainy pale malt, a touch of sour caramel, mild corn husk - sort of un-Belgian, IMHO - and some earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is a sweet corn and barley malt mish-mash, doing no one any favours, but harmless at the same time, with some caramelized apple notes, mineralized honey, a hint of earthy yeast, and a bit of musty leafy hops echoing in the distance.

The carbonation is mild, barely generating a basic frothiness, the body a wavering medium-light weight, plainly smooth, and generally ineffectual. It finishes off-dry, and a bit skunky, kind of a wonder-inducing occasion for a Belgian ale (but not for their lagers - bonjour, Mlle. Artois!), as previously noted, but supported well enough by the adjunct-laden pale malt.

Wow - the most American styled (in a particularly unflattering way) Belgian offering that I've ever tasted. Not worthy enough, though, to actually recommend beyond the curio factor, as Belgium has so much more better stuff to explore. (1,264 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly died down. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of earthy and grassy hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts with notes of caramel and hints of apples and sweetness. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: It isn't that difficult to drink this beer given its low alcohol content and light amount of bitterness. (594 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper-hued body with a small, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Unfortunately, the aroma presented is a tad anemic, smelling only modestly of day-old baked loaf bread, delicately toasted sugars, and far-off, distant stonefruits.

Taste: Chiefly bready maltiness accented with touches of notably sweet sugary. Small hint of grain. Light fruitiness akin to apricots. Teensy pinch of baking spices. Subtle, faintly leafy hop character with ample bitterness to provide some balance. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Palm Not-Particularly-Speciale is a very simple brew, lacking many of the rich complexities, but it does excel at being well balanced and easily drinkable. (763 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - The beer pours with half a finger of off-white foam on top of an amber colored body with excellent clarity. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Slightly tart, toasty malt with lots of musty, herbal European hops.

T - Bready malt notes up front with some toasty character. Musty hop flavors show up in the middle and some thin, light caramel notes add character as well. Things finish up with more bready malt and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not terribly impressive, it looks good but it really goes downhill from there. The aroma is very lightly malty with a good dose of musty hops. I tend to associate this hop profile more with British ales, but it is not entirely out of place in a Belgian. The flavor is disappointing with a weak malt profile that turns a bit sour in the finish and hops that are, again, a bit musty for the style. Not a very good beer and not one that I would drink again. (1,004 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at McCoul's the other night.Poured an orange tinged lighter golden with a thinner white head atop.Aromas were really clean for a beer of this style,light yeast and lagar-like toasted grain with a hint of iron.Again clean on the palate with very mild yeasty spiced notes to mix with some grain and a little honey sweetness.You can tell this is a more mass produced beer, it lacks alot and is very average. (415 characters)

Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of csmartin6
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of bellce0
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of petewheeler
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle, with best before dating on the rear label. Pours clear (no yeast on the bottom of this one) typical almond amber, quickly departing off white head, minimal lacing left on the glass. Bread dough nose. Malty brew, lacking the spicing/interest of other Belgians. Doughy malt theme continues. Slightly watery, I dont pick up spice, hops or much else...one and done on this one...with so many other more interesting Belgians out there I highly doubt I would ever go for one of these again... (505 characters)

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of tigg924
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, red/brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: apples and dark fruit...The smell is very faint.

Taste: apples, hay, toasted malt, and a touch of cherry

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet, light bodied, medium/high carbonation

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer. A good Belgian pale, I liked the way the fruit and the Belgian spices mixed. Very light, I could have two or three. (414 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grain with some toffee, honey and graham cracker notes. The flavor is similar, with the grain coming through the strongest. I also get some sweetness and a touch of toffee and bread. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Fairly bland, but nothing offensive. Easy to drink. (355 characters)

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1.75/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spotupfor3
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of magictrokini
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap @ Pizza Port SB. First beer from this brewer. Poured clear amber with a short ring of white bubbles. Decent lacing. Musty malt and caramel nose. Some apple and dry hops give it a floral feel. Taste is flat, watery. Biscuity malt with a fruity malt companion. Couldn't tell if the metallic bitterness was from the hops or possibly crystal malt, either way it was flat. Coincidentally, the beer was not. It was very carbonated. Overall, this tasted like a watered-down macro version of a Belgian pale. (503 characters)

Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Hugh37
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.