Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 977
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 153 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

ABV 5.1 to 5.4%
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Photo of irishking1977
2.64/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The last six pack at my preferred beer store. Thought I'd give Palm a try since it's from Belgium, and many if not all the Belgium beers I have had, had been decent to excellent.

A: Poured into my Unibroue chalice with a golden, amber hue, with a moderate head that eventually dissipated. Some lacing left on the glass. The appearance met my expectations.

S: Moderate grassy bitterness with a metallic-like scent. Not too appetizing.

T: The smell does not correlate to the taste; while it is not a bad tasting brew, there seems to be something missing. It's just ho hum. This seems to be a run of the mill pale ale.

M: Good balance; not flat and not too carbonated. Pretty, pretty good.

D: This could be considered a session beer, but after awhile, getting past the smell could be difficult. (799 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer very often, as you can buy it in every supermarket in the Netherlands and almost every pub has it on tap. Now it is finally time to review it. I had this beer in an original palm glass. The beer pours a clear amber color with a decent white head which leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: A bit weak. Caramel malts, strong grains and bread, and some floral hops. I also think I smell some citrus fruit.

Taste: Mainly grains and sweet malts, together with some fruits (apple, citrus), caramel, and some mild bitter hops. A bit malty and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, medium-light bodied. Very easy to drink

Overall: This is a nice session beer. Not too complex. This beer doesn't cause a taste explosion in the mouth, but has a well balanced taste. Recommendable to start a drinking evening in the pub, or just together with a dinner. (860 characters)

Photo of MikeRa
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Here is what I can say about Palm:

A: This ale has a Pale Amber color.

S: I couldn't smell anything from the hops.

T: It has a tart taste that's not too bitter

M: The mouthfull is tangy from the start

D: This beer is a very drinkable ale that I'll drink again. (265 characters)

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

A 330 mL bottle from Al's of Hampden.

A: The Belgian pale ale is, well, a pale amber color. The autumn-looking ale is heavy on brown and yellow notes. A finger of head didn't last. Nor did it lace.

S: The nose is pretty uninspiring, mainly grainy malts that don't have a big selling point.

T: The ale is incredibly sweet, but not from a yeast strain, as you'd expect. Instead, the ale is bready sweet with all the flavor driven by the malts. That's too bad, as it robs the ale of depth. Exotic fruits come out of the body, pineapple and, well that's about it. Close to being good but not there yet. A very sweet finish.

M: The mouthfeel is malty from start to finish. Some more diversity is needed, some yeast or sugars or anything, to improve things.

D: I'll finish my glass but this won't be on my shopping list next time around. (836 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is also mild, a tad bitter, not a lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre offering. (259 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice session beer. As I was told on New Belgium's tour, this beer was the inspiration for Fat Tire. And like Fat Tire, people need to appreciate this beer for what it is trying to be.

Is it very complex? No. Is it a revelation in your mouth? No. But it is a great easy-drinker. Less biscuity than Fat Tire.

Touch of pineapple on the nose. Small amount of caramel followed by slight amount of Belgian yeast esters.

Really nice lacing with a good amber color which matches the body. Not too deep a color.

Very nice "gateway beer." (549 characters)

Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent amber color beer if that's what you're looking for but a bit of a disapointment if you want something more belgian in character. This beer has good amber color, a pale ale aroma and can be quite drinkable but you don't get the belgian quality you expect from this style. (279 characters)

Photo of almychristopher
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this peer pours a crustal clear golden color with a barely off white head that recedes to a ring of lace, without much adherence to the glass. the aroma brings a bit of yeastiness, pale malt, and a bit of hops. the taste is again just the pale malt, yeast and a bit of hop bitterness. the light mouthfeel and good co2 make this an easy drinker as is attested to by the condensation on the empty glass. (401 characters)

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. (294 characters)

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. (595 characters)

Photo of joedon
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer seems to be considered a "premium" choice in a lot of restaurants in Amsterdam. I found it to be very good and drinkable; better than most of the other reviewers seem to think.

Pretty amber color with a not so thick head. Usually served in a goblet of 25cl.

Nice malty aroma with some hoppiness. Good flavor, malt and bitterness in balance. Also, some crystal malt, roastiness and a hint of sugar.

Excellent for sipping in an outdoor cafe and goes well with spicy or ethnic foods. (494 characters)

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 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... (505 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Only had half a bottle of this beer. It was the only bottle available in my son-in-laws quick supermarket beer run in Aruba. This is a pretty average, malty beer. Pours an amber color with an average head and some light lacing.

Smell is not impressive. Taste is mild and malty, a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability is ok, but this is a pretty average brew. (371 characters)

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. (503 characters)

Photo of foles
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this for a while, as I love Dekoninck.

Quite malty, bit biscuity with sticky malts on the tongue. A little estery - with a touch of plum and raisins. A touch skunky. The hops are a little light on - not sure if I have the freshest example here. Tastes like english hops may have been used, which is nice.

Where you would expect hops on the finish, this beer gives dark fruits, which I think it due to the yeast character. Interesting. (456 characters)

Photo of MAB
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Special(e)? Not really...

Interesting beer. Nice color- deep gold almost amber.
Hops contribute some bitterness but not much in the way of aroma. Reasonably sweet but not cloyingly so. Way less fizzy/ carbonated than most other Belgian brews.
I kind of got some caramel/ butterscotch notes.
Not a bad beer, just not good enough to recommend over a Delerium Tripel, say. (370 characters)

Photo of hegelec
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Chaucer's; branded 50cL tulip. The keg was tapped 2 hours before I sampled, so this is as fresh as I will probably ever taste this beer.

Appearance is clear amber with one half-inch of white head that dissipated slowly. Great lacing!

Smell is malt-forward -- strongly grainy with soft caramel notes. A hint of lemon rind, apple and floral hops is present too. Nothing special is jumping out at me yet.

Taste follows smell, with strong grainy flavours and very subdued hops. A few faint glimpses of fruit, mostly the aforementioned citrus and apple, assure me that this is an ale and not a lager. Alcohol is strangely apparent for a beer of this low strength, but is not distracting. It threatens to finish sweet at first, but it quickly turns an exquisite, mouthwatering bitter that leaves me wanting another sip. So that's where all the hops are!

Well carbonated brew, medium-light body.

Drinkability is fairly high: there's nothing unpleasant about the taste, the body and ABV are lighter, and the finish is fairly dry. A fairly standard brew that doesn't intrigue my palate, but certainly satisfies it.

I suppose that all those years of drinking Duvel and Chimay and Rochefort have spoiled me. I tend to expect alot of insanely complex fruit and spice in my Belgians. Palm doesn't have that; in fact, it has more in common with a British pale ale than it does with its bolder Belgian brethren. That said, it is a well-brewed beer which lends itself to drinking with dinner. Pretty good stuff. (1,518 characters)

Photo of goblet
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured this out into a pint glass from a 330 ml brown bottle.`s clear with little to no carbonation the color is amber golden bronze with a decent white frothy head that leaves lite lace.

smell.i got some nice lite caramel malt and hops aroma with i bit of fruit like pears and apple even a bit floral.

taste.the fruit flavor is very mild and the caramel malt is also the hops are fresh and smooth .

mouthfeel.lite body and very mild feel the most dominant flavor on the palate is the floral hops that leave a dry after taste.

drinkability. this is an ease to drink beer almost like a lager to me,nothing special but worth a try. (648 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On- Tap

A- Palm has a nice bright golden, slight bronze look to it out of a Palm glass. A nice frothy white head sat on top looking rather thick. Once the foam faded into nothing a few swirls would bring it back. Tight lacing.

S- Deep caramel from toasted malts and some bittering hops giving off a rather earthy aroma. Some bisquits and bread with faint fruit like apple. Rather straight forward but gets better as it opens up.

T- Not a whole lot going on but I get a nice blend of malts and apples, with a nice bitter hop taste to make it a nice quaff. Sweet caramel is up front and makes a dent while lasting on the tounge for a bit. nice floral and earthy notes from this.

M- I did not care for this cold but as it warmed the flavor came out on the mouth more. Medium bodied with not over the top carbonation. Goes down easy and big gulps can be taking without being over whelmed.

D- Extremely drinkable with low alcohol, making it even easier to drink alot. Palm tasted kind of bland to me fresh off the tap but 10 or so minutes in the flavor just came together making me smile. A good Belgian Pale Ale of which there are alot. (1,138 characters)

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. (716 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Palm glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a copper/dark gold color with a 1 1/4" fluffy off-white head that persists for a reasonably long time. Sipping creates thick coating of lacing on the side.

Smell: The immediate aroma is that of caramel malt with hard to detect spice from the hops.

Taste: The taste is caramel malt with some underlying noble hop bitterness. The flavor is light, refreshing and well balanced

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is short with light dryness and a touch of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: I found this one OK for drinkability and could easily have had a couple more. It also paired well with the spicy shrimp dish that was lunch. However, that being said I'd probably not make any special effort to seek it out to have again. (865 characters)

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. (344 characters)

Photo of JoeBloe
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$9 in a branded tulip glass at the brass monkey in nyc - not impressed with this one - thought it was a little flat - could've been the tap - thin head, no lacing, micro-carbonation, - tasted very biscuity and a little cloying - worth a try, but not second glass - (264 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.4%. Clear reddish amber colour, decent off-white head. Moderate aroma, some malts and caramel. The flavour has quite a bit of caramel with moderate hops, some grain and fruit. Hints of alcohol. Not too bad, but Palm Dobbel was more to my liking. (312 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a relatively pale, clear amber/ more like copper color. nice slightly off-white massive head, with a good retention level and a gorgeous lacing pattern.

S: big earthy notes, solid fall fruit notes, mostly apples. hops aromas are of rich soil and flowers.

T: light apple notes, with some nice pale and amber malts. very earthy flavors brought on my the hops. slight sweetness, light caramel notes.

M: smooth and creamy. medium bodied ale. carbonation level is higher than normal. (490 characters)

Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
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