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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Reviews: 277
Hads: 1,000
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 32.02%
Wants: 19
Gots: 174 | 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 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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain/malt, caramel, and some slight yeast aromas. Taste is pretty much the same and a bit watery overall. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but at least it looks good in the glass.

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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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure why this is rated so low, I like everything about it. the pour is gorgeous, clear pale red color with an inch of white fluffy head in a proper palm globe. bubbles shoot up and tickle the nose like a soda pop. the nose on this is lighter than expected, not a high dose of Belgian yeast and rich red malt I expected, but rather an understated mix of both. the malts aren't sweet at all, gentle and earthy, and the hops are floral and subtle as well. the yeast gives this beer a great lightness of feel, and an easy drinkability. sure its not the most dynamic flavor profile out there, especially coming from the beer motherland, but this is a perfectly sessionable beer, far superior to so many American reds. its got a very clean feel and finish, refreshing. overall this beer probably deserves a little more respect, although ive never had the bottled version and the tap might make it a whole lot better.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Palm pours out as an amber colored brew with a tannish white head that had some pretty good retention. The aroma of the beer had some sweet malt and yeast in it. The taste of the beer followed the same guide lines. This beer had a decent amount of flavors in it. There was a sweetness in the beer that was pleasant and it had some hops in the background. This beer wasn't too bad but it wasn't the greatest Belgian beer by any means. It's an average brew to say the least.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of oline73
2.34/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at the Frisco Taphouse poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours close to clear amber color with not much head at all.

Smell: It hardly smells at all. There is some malt and a hint of grape that isn't pleasing.

Taste: There is a good amount of toasty malt. I'm picking up the grape that I found in the smell. I'm not a huge fan of that flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium. There is a mild amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish.

Overall: This beer just isn't my favorite. I was told to compare it to fat tire by a representative, and it falls a bit short. The grape flavor and smell kept bugging me.

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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.

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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.

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

Insipid amber beer.

Pleasant amber in the pint glass. Modest lacing and not much mouthfeel. Faint aroma. Apparent lack of hops, but does have a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Most apparent is the saltiness in the mouth after a couple of swallows. Something like malt, a hint of walnuts, and a slight warmth. Not much going on. I won't quite say it's dishwater, but it is not at all sharp or rich either.

I have no idea what this stuff is, but it does have some beery qualities, so drink up or pour it out, and let's have something better.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this on a whim and I loved it. A perfect session beer.. very crisp and refreshing with my lasagna. More light bodied than heavy bodied and well balanced, it has a nice kick to it and goes down smooth. I'm glad I picked this one up out of nowhere.. much better than any other generic import out there.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served into a generic pilsner glass in Antwerp, Belgium in June 2011. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and crappy retention. Colour is a semitransparent gold-amber.

Sm: Very light aroma of barley is all me broken nose picks up; all apologies, lads.

T: Simple moderately full-bodied barley foundation with cream, hops, and slight caramelized malt. Balanced well. Built alright.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with decent coarseness on the climax. Partially complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: Too simple even for its low price. Easy to drink but a poor quality brew. I wouldn't get it again.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/18/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices and touches of fruit & hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, apples and spices. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's a good beer but there are better Belgian ambers out there.

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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 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.

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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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a thin white head that stays, leaving lacing.

The smell is of caramel, some grassy/herbal notes.

The taste is of mild caramel with an herbal, slightly grassy dryness.

It is light to medium bodied with carbonation rather on the fizzy side.

A mild, well-balanced amber.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear dark orange to copper in color with moderate amounts of carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that has very good retention properties - leaving about 75% of what was there originally covering the entire surface and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel, toasted, and pale malts with some light amounts of sweetness. Additionally there are hints of light fruits (green apple) and Belgian yeast. Hop aroma is grassy.

T: Similar to the smell, this beer starts with the pale and caramel malt sweetness. After that, there is a light amount of light fruit (green apple). Light amounts of bitterness from the grassy hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is very easy to drink, enjoyable, and sessionable. The beer has a very good appearance and I feel like I needed to review this one since I frequently review from my Palm glass.

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Photo of drabmuh
1.89/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is gross.

Beer is yellow and clear with a lazy thin head of small white bubbles, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation...

Beer has a corny aroma...yuck.

Beer is thin and grainy and sweet. It finishes with this slight acidity and huskiness then the whole thing goes to hell. There is a HUGE aftertaste that is 100% boiled corn. This was HORRID.

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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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale malt scent with hints of low lovibond crystal malts as well. The yeast esters are quite low and the aroma is earthy and dry. The taste is average. It has a very plain pale malt flavor with a super dry finish. The esters are again subtle with little to no fruit character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbnonation. This is an average Belgian ale. There's nothing too exceptional going on here, just a solid well balanced beer.

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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.

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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...

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Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.