Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV
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4.19/5 rDev +26.6%
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.
07-14-2014 17:03:53 | More by mynie
3.99/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
07-11-2014 00:36:42 | More by ordybill
3.54/5 rDev +6.9%
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!
07-05-2014 06:19:42 | More by JerzDevl2000
Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.