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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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878 Ratings
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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 11
Gots: 93 | 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:
ABV 5.1 to 5.4%

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002)
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Reviews by jerryjeff:
Photo of jerryjeff
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, I'll admit when I was in Belgium I had one of these and wasn't as impressed but I purchased a six pack in the U.S. and was much more pleased. I don't know that it deserved the lower end reviews I've seen on here anyway. It's meant to be a sessionable belgian pale ale and I think it fulfills that pretty well, is it a wonderful trappist or even as good as Affligem? likely not, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth having.

Aroma
Sweet caramel maltiness with a bit of fruity overtone, not overpowering but strong and vibrant. Very nice.
Mouthfeel
Higher carbonation with a slight amount of presence, maybe a bit of oiliness on the palette. Some bitterness along the sides of the mouth. Could have a bit of improvement here, but I don't like a lot of carbonation.
Appearance
Amber with reddish tint, poured to stark white head which quickly dissipated.
Taste
Some sweetness on the palette with the malty caramel toffee flavors coming through, this is a rather drinkable beer.
Drinkability
I'd like to see how many I could get through, light on the palette with a pleasant and not overpowering taste.
Overall
Affligem still likely my favorite of the sessionable belgian pale ales but this is really good and drinkable. Nice scent which is belgian in style with the fruitiness but not too far. Meant to be a session beer and I agree…

jerryjeff, Sep 23, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

oberon, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -9.4%

cam477, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Tiernan, May 24, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
3/5  rDev -9.4%

csmartin6, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of bellce0
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

bellce0, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -9.4%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of petewheeler
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

petewheeler, Aug 16, 2014
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...

Billolick, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Guinnsslvr
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Guinnsslvr, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

tigg924, Jan 29, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

JC333, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Spotupfor3, Jun 18, 2012
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.

magictrokini, Jun 23, 2009
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

dankjohn, Aug 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Hugh37, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

standardcherry, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of deebo
4.35/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

deebo, Apr 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

ccurrid, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Milkysunshine, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Janeinma, May 09, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

doremite, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 26, 2011
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Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.