Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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898 Ratings
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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 11
Gots: 103 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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 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.

Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
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