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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 985
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 31.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 166 | 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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Reviews: 273 | Hads: 985
Photo of mrmagoo157
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am trying different brands of this style and found this to be almost misplaced. Although a nice looking amber ale, I found the taste to be out of the norm for the style. It reminded me of a hoppy version of Amber Bock, but with a little more complex ale flavor. The esters and fruitiness of traditional Belgian ale yeasts do not come through in this beer. Some may like it but I will pass for a Leffe Blonde any day...

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Photo of ghisty
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

appearance- basic. normal beer looking. nothing visually stands out greatly, very little head on the pour, decently carbbed. light. yellow. average.

moreso than appearance this beer has a strong nose, not neccesarily a great one, but it is present, and that says something at least..heavy corn notes, fades out to almost nonexistant nose quickly.

my first impression of its taste is an overwhelming euro lager..
on par with its competitors with a slightly more noticeable ABV,
reasonably refreshing, as with appearance, nothing stands out greatly.

its a euro lager. with zero foam. it burps well, and drinks easily.
i could quickly drink this, even if it a bit flatter than id expected.

if it is a euro you are after, you could do alot worse, but its not outstanding,
everything about it just lacks something, I dont mean to sound negative, as I
easily will be finishing my 6 pack, it's just lacking in charectar, and reminds me of dos equis, which is in my opinion very boring basic beer. this although similar to dos equis is considerably better. it would be a very good beer for the purpose of drinking at a sports event or outdoors, fishing ect, It will not be making it into my regular rotation, but I'd buy it again. there is nothing false or over done in this beer, so overall I'd say despite its low side of the average review, it is slightly better than most euro lagers.. just perhaps a bit too pale and not enough hops or charectar.
a session beer indeed. with its higher ABV.. good party beer.

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Photo of goochflies
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Standard Belgium Ale lacking imagination. Bready, seedy with almost no hops aroma. 1 finger white head that dissipates slowly with no lacing. Lovely amber color. Medium body with oily finish. Very lager like with very little hops bitterness. Gets a bit more complex aroma if you let it warm up a little.

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Photo of Act25
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This Belgique, like all, definitely MUST warm to be interesting. That said, I think it's probably the Bud of Belgique, as opposed to the 1st craft as claimed, it's brewed to be light and pilsner like which it is with a Begique flare.

You know a beer needs help when you reach for food to complement it because you're unhappy with it alone. In this case I found perfect comlement in Dr Petes Honey Praline Glaze Mustard with pretzels - however, this discovery threatens my waist line.

A: Clear amber in color with a finger high head that quickly dies down. Nice color, plenty of bubbles, no lace. Martinelli apple sparkler? 3.25

S: Aromas of earthy, flowery, and grassy hops but very subtle against bread background. Too subtle and medicinal when cold, so wait and let it warm to bring this belgique character out. It's actually a great pilsner / Kolsch / light style, but not until it warms up. 3.25

T: Really well balanced, but ho-hum. Sessionable. The taste offers grainy malts with notes of caramel malt and bits of apple juice sweetness. Balanced w right amount of bitterness in the finish. Apple juice comes to mind. 3.5

M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Good finish. A fair beer. 3.25

D:Easy but unremarkable. I had to try it, glad I did, but now need to trade some of it away. 3.25

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear, dark amber with a fluffy, creamy white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing in the glass.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar are most noticeable initially, though they are joined by aromas of honey, herbs, leather, and tobacco as the beer settles.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, minerals, honey, and biscuit are balanced by notes of tobacco, lemon, herbs, leather, and grass. The finish is decidedly mild and clipped with herbal, tobacco-tinged hop notes mingling with traces of minerals, biscuit, and caramel.

M: Medium-bodied and somewhat oily on the entry, though it dries out a bit on the finish. Carbonation is active and firm. Given the strength of most Belgian ales, I could see this almost being a session beer to many Belgians. Incredibly easy to drink.

O: A very solid Belgian pale ale overall and a readily available and authentic commercially brewed offshoot of the sub-style known as speciale. Worth trying.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I want to call this Belgium's version of Budweiser but people would nail me to a cross comparing a lager to an ale. This golden ale from belgium poured out a solid amount of white lacing while not much bubbling appeared in the liquid itself. It was a yellow-ish dark golden color. Mild to sweet smelling, and doesn't have a prescence of high alcohol. No flavoring at the finish. This beer lacks in the taste department. A bit of a session beer with no distinct characteristics.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 16, 2013... GLASSWARE: Ommegang stem... OCCASION: celebrating the unseasonably warm afternoon of football, Christmas lights and fun with my sons... APPEARANCE: opaque, deep golden amber body with a soft, foamy thin white head that rings uniformly; lacing is cirrus cloud and ocean crest... AROMA: aromatic, fruity--sour apple and tart candy... PALATE: light, fizzy as cider; possesses some staying power in the mouth, but rather dry like champagne...TASTE: mildly tart and pleasantly crisp with little exchange of flavor in the exhale; an underlying hint of lager malts, but inevitably this is a clean basket of fruit with enough hops to hint at an ale...OVERALL: This has to be one of those handful of brews I have passed numerous times, always intending to try and never quite trying; its inclusion in the "Great Beers of Belgium" forced my hand, and I am pleased to find it a serviceable, light, cheaper version of Unibroue's wonderful Ephemere (which announces its apple right up front); a single notch below the Estaminet pilsner in the sample, and two below the Rodenbach--but beer drinking isn't really a competition, right?...

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Photo of FLima
2.81/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Copper color with a thin head with short retention.
To my surprise it smelled a bit like an adjunct lager, immediately checked the label and saw the corn addition. Though it is not entirely unpleasant. Notes of caramels, bready malt, banana and floral hops.
Spicy flavor with tangy notes. Hints of minerals, pepper, cloves, floral hops and corn.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
A big disappointment, they are probably trying to get Stella’s market share. But is even worst. Stay away.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear orange, with a one inch head, and nice foamy lacing down the glass.

Smells bready and caramelly, with a touch of typical Belgian yeast.

Tastes a bit grainy, but mostly caramelly, toasty, and bready, with some spicy Belgian yeast flavors, and a bit of alcohol.

Light bodied, smooth, and crisp.

A simple, tasty Belgian beer. Would get it again.

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Photo of rangerred
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a thin one finger head. Not that impressive in terms of head retention or lacing.

Aroma has some banana yeasty notes typical of a Belgian ale. There is quite a bit of bread in there too but not much in the way of hops. Maybe a little toast.

Bready malt flavor along with some banana and light yeast. Some very light toast and a very smooth wheat-like mouthfeel. There is a very light and drying bitterness.

Overall, a very uninteresting beer. It is better than a good deal of Euro lagers but probably the bottom of the barrel as far as Belgian ales are concerned. Not one to waste your time with.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
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 BradMacMullin
3.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had it at Trattoria Newbury that has a $3 draft night all the time. So I reviewing this considering it was cheap. Good start. Pours an amber color from what I can see. The smell is mass market lagerish. This was a beer that stayed well carbonated. Trying to stay positive. Taste is kind of yeasty, a little malty with a chemical kind of taste. This is a very poor beer that thankfully has Belgium on its name. Reminder to me. Stop ordering this!

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Photo of barczar
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving modest lacing.

Floral and spicy hops accompany lightly toasted malt and grainy sweetness.

Light Belgian yeast character begins the flavor profile and is overwhelmed by toasted grain. The finish is fairly dry and bready.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

Lighter in flavor than expected. The malt character dominates, but I anticipated more yeast contribution.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a bright red/copper color with a one finger fluffy white head which does not last long. Light carbonation and very light lacing.

The smell in funky yeast, apples and nutty. Some light piney and peppery hops.

The taste follows the nose with a funky yeast and sweet malt taste up front then a slightly sour apple taste followed by the piney and light peppery hops on the backend.

The mouthfeel is chewy and nutty. Slightly oily on the backend.

Overall this is not a bad beer but it does not have me jumping for joy either. I don't hate it but I don't love it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Palm is a easy drinking euro style lager. Has light body with good carbonation. Poured clear with white head...not much lace. The scent has a slight breadiness to it. The taste was evenly balanced....overall...its decent.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Arrives a dark golden honey/amber color. Short-lived white head leaves no lace.
Smell is weak but with notes of malt, raisins, green apple, and yeast. Well balanced if not pronounced.
Taste is better with the same notes present. Malt first, yeast and hops, light raisin and green apple. Balance is still good but not as good as the nose.
Almost medium body, lightish effervescence. Neither warming nor especially drying, just middle-of-the-road. Won't search for it won't say no to a free one.

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Photo of EagleTalon
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a thin white head and copper color. Aroma is a pasteurized, played out mix of creamy malt and weak hops. Flavor is light and blah with balanced malt and hops. Mouthfeel is light and smooth due to muted carbonation. Doesn't feel like 5% abv. Overall, I am underwhelmed by the weak ass flavor. I've been spoiled by New Belgium. Pass!

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on tap at sams in Durham. into a palm snifter.

dark copper color with no head. crisp, clean smell. malty. taste is the same. very typical for the style with a tad of lemon. its good and drinkable and excellent for a summer day. medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall this is a fine beer that won't blow anyone away, but that everyone should enjoy.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Abbey in Providence RI

Dark orange gourd color with a showy white cap. Looks nice in an appropriate Palm snifter.

Smells like fruit and mild toast. My wife once accidentally bought scented trash bags so now whenever I have a certain type of fruity beer I'm reminded to change the trash bag.

Tastewise this Palm is more fruit and less toast than I remember. Very mild leafy hop for some balance. Fruit = orange marmalade, golden pear and bruised McIntosh apple.

Tough beer to buy because I never know how long it's been sitting on the shelves. Which is why I'm pleased to find it on tap. Even so it's pretty mediocre at its best.

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Photo of augustgarage
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Best by or brewed on date is not notched, but I think this is a fresh box.

ECE/SAE amber with amber highlights and a lasting half finger of beige up top - average retention and lacing.

Faintly grainy aroma with Pils malt and dead grass in the nose. No phenolics to speak of.

Unoffenstive palate entry, though if this is supposed to meld together an ale and a lager I think they went much too far in the direction of the latter - there is very little character to this beer. Crisp but somewhat bland finish, though I get just a touch of mild clean noble hop bitterness and maybe the faintest touch of melon in the aftertaste. The yeast seems to contribute nothing - perhaps excessive filtration/pasteurization steamrolled what little flavor there was to start with? "No off notes" is about the faintest praise I can have for a beer.

Bright, zippy, yet thin mouthfeel.

Much like Jupiler or Stella - to be avoided!

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber; clear; effervescent; small head dissipates quickly

Aroma: Biscuity; peppery; orange

Taste: Juicy malt with citrus and hops on the start and mid; finishes slightly peppery and hoppy, and dry; pretty well balanced overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange glow with clingy and stingy bright white head. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Toasted hearty breads up front with an spicy and earthy hop finish. Hops cut up the malt bill a bit for a clean and pleasant lingering bitterness. A simple beer but with extremely clean and good flavors that I happen to enjoy.

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Photo of lewzer99
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle at Walkers Pub in Athens. My nose is a little stuffy.
L: Pours a clear orange with a thin quickly vanishing head.
S: Not much (could be my nose a bit). Tangy malt, with very slight yeast.
T: Slightly tangy with a mild hoppy bitterness. Finishes with a malty butterscotch sweetness.
M: Very thin and crisp. Drinkable.
O: Good. Better than I had expected. Great for a warm summer day.

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Photo of oberon
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
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 vetdoc1
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first enjoyed this beer in a restaurant on the island of Aruba and looked for it when I returned home to the US - I found it at my local supermarket Wegmans - great beer selection.
I thought this beer was better than many of the other post - not my favorite but definitely one that I will keep stocked in my fridge. It has very a very good amber color, and nice clean, mild hoppy smell, nice crisp smell and taste - different from most of the belgium beers I have had (though difficult to compare this to Orval, Duvel, Corsendonk, Maredsous, etc etc. - not in the same class) but I would have it a more everyday beer that I can drink numerous of - unlike ones like Maredsous with the big alcohol content.

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Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.