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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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945 Ratings
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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 14
Gots: 143 | 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: 945 | Reviews: 277
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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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Photo of deebo
4.34/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a review of the unfiltered version served on draught in a restaurant in Gent. This ale has the appearance of many unfiltered wheat beers. Cloudy and dark straw colored with a weak white head. Aroma and taste is a very nice balance of wheat and barley malt. Very slight spicy hop character. Extremely high drinkability. Haven't tried the filtered bottle version but this baby was solid. Recommended.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber pour, average head. Usual blase amber aroma, slight toastiness, not much hopping.

Mild carbonation, mild taste, even less hops than average, or US version. Didn't bring the appreciated yeast flavors from that region, but nothing offputting either. Watery at times.

Just didn't bring it. Too expensive to be part of a regular lineup. Glad I got to try it at SDIBF and not drop serious cash. Pass.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at the Sharp Edge Bistro On Penn, a crystal clear amber body with a white head fine even lacing. Aroma has a mild nuttiness with tame fruits, nice cereal grains with a pretty bland nose as a whole. Flavor wise is very much like any boring amber ale but with a heavy price tag in this case it was like 7.50 for a standard pour in a signature glass. Semi sweet grassy herbal hops a bit of caramel biscuit malt backing it all up let me down a very one dimensional snooze alert flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied light carbonation really no fireworks. Overall really not interesting enough to peak my interest ever again, a beer that is Belgian but the age of mass produced marketing campaign in Belgian ales.

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle with a BB date of 15 Oct. 2014.

Pour clear amber with waymore visible carbonation bubbles than average. Not surprisingly then, the head has very good retention.

Aroma: earthy (bristish) pilsner

Flavor: nicely balanced mix of bready malts and English hops.

Feel: lively carbonation; dry; medium-light body.

O: A Belgian ale leaning far towards an ESB or pilsner, with only a faint input from Belgian yeast.

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Young Augustine's in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy yellowish-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of grainy medium malts with good amounts of breadiness and very light indistinct fruit aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Medium malt flavors with hints of toastiness and heavier amounts of breadiness kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of indistinct medium fruit flavors work their way into things before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer. It's not bad but it's also certainly not worth seeking out.

Photo of mrmagoo157
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am trying different brands of this style and found this to be almost misplaced. Although a nice looking amber ale, I found the taste to be out of the norm for the style. It reminded me of a hoppy version of Amber Bock, but with a little more complex ale flavor. The esters and fruitiness of traditional Belgian ale yeasts do not come through in this beer. Some may like it but I will pass for a Leffe Blonde any day...

Photo of anders36
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer from Belgium. It has a nice copper redish colour with a nice white head. The taste is very smooth, like a beer with a smooth flow system. It does not have much bitterness in its taste.
But it is a beer with more taste than Coors... And a beer i could drink alot of. It has a weak smell too. It smells a little of bread. This is not a beer i have seen in Sweden, but when i see a bottle again i will buy it.

Photo of CoalPorter
1.86/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Half pour into a Palm goblet

A - clear light amber color, with a single finger of white head with large bubbles, no lacing at all

S - slightly skunky, smells like a Heineken or other euro-import-lager. Malty sweetness underneath with a slight hint of burnt grain.

T - empty at first, leading into a wallop of lightly sticky malt with almost no hops at all. Tastes like amstel light.

M - thin and watery

O - Forgettable and pedestrian, could give Belgian beer a bad name (Disclaimer, I expect any country/brewery/brewer is capable of making both awesome and terrible beers, but given the pedestal "Belgians" are put on this was a big dissapointment.)

Photo of Ryanm1
3.74/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I want to call this Belgium's version of Budweiser but people would nail me to a cross comparing a lager to an ale. This golden ale from belgium poured out a solid amount of white lacing while not much bubbling appeared in the liquid itself. It was a yellow-ish dark golden color. Mild to sweet smelling, and doesn't have a prescence of high alcohol. No flavoring at the finish. This beer lacks in the taste department. A bit of a session beer with no distinct characteristics.

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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 16, 2013... GLASSWARE: Ommegang stem... OCCASION: celebrating the unseasonably warm afternoon of football, Christmas lights and fun with my sons... APPEARANCE: opaque, deep golden amber body with a soft, foamy thin white head that rings uniformly; lacing is cirrus cloud and ocean crest... AROMA: aromatic, fruity--sour apple and tart candy... PALATE: light, fizzy as cider; possesses some staying power in the mouth, but rather dry like champagne...TASTE: mildly tart and pleasantly crisp with little exchange of flavor in the exhale; an underlying hint of lager malts, but inevitably this is a clean basket of fruit with enough hops to hint at an ale...OVERALL: This has to be one of those handful of brews I have passed numerous times, always intending to try and never quite trying; its inclusion in the "Great Beers of Belgium" forced my hand, and I am pleased to find it a serviceable, light, cheaper version of Unibroue's wonderful Ephemere (which announces its apple right up front); a single notch below the Estaminet pilsner in the sample, and two below the Rodenbach--but beer drinking isn't really a competition, right?...

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one has an pure amber color with gold hues, active with a rather thin and small head for the style. minimal coverage.

The aroma is mostly honey-amber sweet malt, bready, toffee but tangy with a strange metallic smell.

A tangy, sour yeast, metallic edge, overlly sweet bready and honey malt takes control. Very strange balance, rather low complexity for Belgian yeast, very neutral. the hops are pretty hidden and the malt is overpowering.

crisp feel at first but also a bit mundane and dull for a Belgian brew.

Not one of my favorite Belgian experiences that's for sure.

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

OK beer,yeast and water.Belgian macro, Nothing special, a little toasty is interesting for a sip. LCBO bottle, pouring medium yellow hued body with lots of foamy off-white head. A tad funky aroma. Creamy, oily mouthfeel, heavily carbonated. Not super drinkable.

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!

Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

Pours an orangish gold with a soft, white head that has little retention. The nose has a sweet smell as well as notes of apples. The flavor opens up with caramel and apples and is followed by mild clove spice and a bit of Belgian funk. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, but a bit too crisp.

This is as underwhelming as it gets. There isn't anything memorable about this one. I'll pass.

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours amber and clear, with very good head. Scent of slightly skunky hop and malt. Flavor was slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness, and maltiness in the finish is nice. Great soft mouthfeel, not a bit unpleasant. But not for the sweetness, very drinkable. I'd recommend 1 or 2, but no more.

Photo of socon67
2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this on tap at Wild Wings and figured, why not?

A - Amber pour, mild carbonation, no lacing. Is this really a belgian pale? Looks like an amber, but hey.

S - Smells sweet of fruit. A little bit of malty sweetness is present.

T - This just isnn't doing it for me. There is a residual sweet flavor, but I'm used to a belgian pale to have *some* tartness and yeasty component. This has none. I know its a macro generic, but it would be a poor example of an american amber.

M - Smooth, light bodied, and pleasant drinker. Clearly the best quality of this beer.

O - This is a trainwreck that is okay at best, but there has to be better options. Don't expect much.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Palm is a easy drinking euro style lager. Has light body with good carbonation. Poured clear with white head...not much lace. The scent has a slight breadiness to it. The taste was evenly balanced....overall...its decent.

Photo of sfprint
2.92/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Carbonation size ranging from teeny to medium. Golden orange. Light carbonation, minimal head.

S: Somewhat sweet, apricot malt. Custard. Not very strong.

T: Interesting. It tastes like a mix of two distinct tastes: One one hand it's a weak, more hoppy amber, on the other a pilsner. Strange, but decent.

M: Sort of sour making it mouthpuckering, astringent,

D: Odd, but not particularly great. Drinkable but I wouldn't jump to it.

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color me unimpressed. Had a glass while watching Gent-Wevelgem in Ghent. This was a thin, but drinkable Belgian pale ale with less flavor than usual for the mass-produced Belgian-style ales. I was hoping for a little more, but alas. Watery white bread malts with a hint of caramel and Belgian spice. Not worth trying, but not a horrible option.

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Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.