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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Reviews: 277
Hads: 999
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 31.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 175 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BodiesLexus
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Really an awful beer. Has a smidge of 'brightness' or 'lightness', but it fails in so many ways. Especially in labeling itself as some kind of noteworthy Belgian 'craft ale'. Stella or HineyLite is so much more worth your bad-beer dollars than this.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
1.43/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Uncensored review, children under 18, you may not want to read this.
This was poured into a flared tulip.
The appearance was a semi-clear red color with one finger of foamy white head. Light somewhat speckled lacing slides into the beer in a messy sort of way.
The smell has some burnt biscuits and some caramel that seems sour with some funky earthy thing going on (is this old? have I been "punked?" "Aw, come on guys, wait up, where's the beef?"). Yeah, I think the reader gets what I'm throwing down, I'm not thrilled with this. Hmmm...proceeding for the sake of the review...
The taste was basically the same "where's the punchline," Bubba, no really, Bubba, this ain't funny. Just waiting for someone to throw an online rotten egg to me, well, yeah, that sour caramel thing pouncing on my taste buds saying in an Eddie Murphy voice, "boy, you ain't punked, this is how I taste and if you ain't likin' it, tough crap." Ugh, ya know, I'm not diggin' the graininess in this one.
The mouthfeel that graininess comes back full throttle and slap happy as it takes my tongue and says "boy, I'm gonna make you my (fill-in-the-blank)." Yeah, it sure does. Damn graininess doesn't seem to want to let up as my tongue gets a harshness slapped by a bit too much grains. Light to medium bodied, I'm thinking on this one.
Overall, alright, so here we are, wasn't sure if I could make it this far on this one, but the smell is pretty foul, the taste can't hold up and the feel is just overly harsh. Apologies to those who love this and think it's the bees knees. Me, I do like a lot of Belgian styled ales, but this one, yeah, I can't stand behind it to endorse it for anyone. If this is a Belgian pale ale, then I am Mickey Mouse.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Old MIll in Austin, MN
I was surprised how light this is, both in taste and feel. Nearly watery. Really lacking any distinction that would make it a Belgian Pale Ale. Way too close to European lager. No sense of spiciness in interesting aroma's or flavors. I was rather disappointed in this. Looks good. Clean and refreshing.

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Photo of jhartley
2.67/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this on tap at EPCOT Food & Wine from the Belgium kiosk; part of the offered beer flight.
Kind of dark for a Pale Ale nice amount of head on this one though.
Smells a lot like a a cheap macro lager with a lot of dry grain.
Taste isn't much better than the aroma, while drinking this I am again reminded of a cheap lager. Sweet grain like taste.
Dry finish.
Not a very good beer at all, would definitely pass on this one again.

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Photo of rdilauro
2.87/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I think at this time of year with hot summer days, a Belgium style ale can be very refreshing. I have stayed away from my Stout and DIPAs for now.
This had the typical funky Belgium aroma, which started from the moment I opened the bottle, poured the glass, drank my first sip, more so and then till the end.
This ale was a bit darker than some of the Belgiums I have had recently. It had the color but not the body of a Quad or anything like this.
Drinkable, enjoyable for the summer

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear copper color, 1/2 inch white head that hangs around a while, decent lacing

S: Sweet malts mostly, a little bit of hops in the background

T: Really sweet, I maybe get some banana and bubblegum in there I suspect from the Belgian yeast, slight hop bitterness at the end

M: Light to medium

O: I really like this beer. I tend to favor a sweeter, maltier beer with a good yeast character and this beer is exactly that. I will definitely give this a try in the future.

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Photo of Damian
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a 330ml/11.2 fl.oz. bottle
Best before 09.08.15
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a crystal clear, dark amber color and was topped by a frothy, one finger tall, eggshell colored crown that quickly fell to a thin film. Streaky, spotty lacing clung to the glass.

Not much happening in the aroma. There was a dry, crisp, powdery yeastiness. Some biscuity malts were noticeable. Slightly buttery. This reminded me a lot of a Euro pale lager.

The taste was quite similar to the nose and just as disappointing. Crisp and dry with some caramel and biscuity malts. A touch nutty in the center. Earthy hop notes appeared in the finish and left a lingering bitterness on my palate.

The mouthfeel was respectable. It was medium bodied for the style and contained a snappy, bubbly effervescence. The liquid turned fairly smooth and frothy on the palate.

Calling this beer a Belgian pale ale seems to be a bit strange, as it has more in common with a typical Euro lager than any sort of Belgian beer I have ever tried. Perhaps this is Belgium's interpretation of a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant tea colored amber under a thin white foam collar.
S: Has an earthy malt nose with some fruit.
T: Initial soft malty sweetness with some biscuit and some bubblegum-candi sweetness in the middle, light hops, no clove or banana. Finishes with a touch of sweetness – drier in the middle with a slight tart note.
F: Medium to medium light body and medium to a little above carbonation.
O: Flavorful, innofensive and easy to drink

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very very similar to Leffe Brune Belgian Ale- Which is a good thing.

Look: A deep brown with a shallow (perhaps 1cm) head.

Smell: A little spice, a little wheat. definitely a pungent alcohol smell.

Taste: A vague sweetness that gently tapers off into a lightly spiced wheat taste. A slightly strange after-taste I couldn't put my finger on.

Feel: The carbonation could be a bit better, as it felt a little "heavy" for an ale.

Overall: If you can't get a Leffe, this is a swell Belgian Ale!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't say anything bad about it it's easy drinking I find it has light bitter aftertaste with grassy notes maybe a little caramel to could drink plenty of these in a session

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Photo of timontheroad
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper/amber color, with a good two-finger head that faded pretty quickly and left little lacing. The aroma was mainly sweet malt, with just a touch of grassy hops and some peppery spice notes. The flavor was pretty close to the smell, with just a hint of spiciness. The mouthfeel was fairly light bodied. Overall, not a bad beer, pretty sessionable.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hard to believe that I never joined the MBA program up at the Cloverleaf Tavern until this week and almost as hard to believe that I never had this beer before. This was they recommend that I start off with on my 45 beer odyssey around the world, so I gave this a go on one of my rare off nights from work. While this wasn't as good as other BPA's that I've had, this was just fine by itself and relatively easygoing on the alcohol as well.

The pour to this was good in appearance and this was served to me in a tulip glass as well. Nice light copper hue to this with a moderately frothy head as well, that faded somewhat quickly. Not a lot of lacing to be seen on the glass but there was enough on the back side as I worked my way through this. A moderate amount of yeast in the aroma, along with some caramel and a pear-apple mix that made feel lighter than I expected it to be. That came out more in the taste, along with a bit of over-carbonation and a rye-like boozy aspect to this. It almost reminded me of a cider with a hint of Belgian sweetness and yeast, along with a hint of stickiness. Went down easily as the light fruit flavors lingered for a while after each sip.

Even though I only had one of these, it would have been possible to down a few more in a sitting. No, this doesn't stack up well compared to the heavier hitters and Trappist beers that fall into this category but as a starter, this worked out fine for me. Some more spice and strength would have enhanced this nicely but I'll probably give this a go again soon, only because it's warm out and it's nice to have a "light" take on a style that can be quite heavy at times!

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Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
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