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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV visit their website

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 Gmann

New York

2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Palm snifter. Pours a golden copper color with a short dense head that quickly settles into a light ring.

There is a general fruitiness to the aroma; perhaps some ripe and tart apples and lemon. Kind of has the Euro Lager grainy aroma. Not much in the way of phenols from the yeast. Meh.

Taste is very much in line with a Euro Pale Lager. There is some fruitiness from the assumed ale yeast but everything else is screaming lager. A lot of grass and hay notes. The malt is dry and cracker like. Again no traditional Belgian notes from the yeast.

The feel is light and crisp. Quite dry. Drinks very much like a lager.

Not sure if they were going with a beer to compete against Stella. As a BPA, I find this beer to be extremely boring. I guess I am not digging the yeast that they used. Perhaps a good alternative to a Heineken or Euro mass produced lagers.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 19:44:29 | More by Gmann
Photo of tbeer40

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

06-03-2012 18:29:08 | More by tbeer40
Photo of erha2

New York

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-30-2012 02:20:59 | More by erha2
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear amber with a finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is malty, slightly phenolic, with a hint of fruitiness.

First sip is quite malty, with a harsh middle twinge of phenols, finishing sweet, with a metallic twang. Overall not great. Something just doesn't strike me a right, but I'd prefer a crisper finish and maybe some more pronounced contributions from the hops or yeast.

Overall, a very average beer. No reason to seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 04:11:37 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of Asc255

3/5  rDev -9.1%

05-23-2012 11:15:34 | More by Asc255
Photo of kojevergas


2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
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.


Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 00:16:12 | More by kojevergas
Photo of CoolGuy42

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

05-21-2012 16:27:36 | More by CoolGuy42
Photo of TimH

3/5  rDev -9.1%

05-19-2012 18:17:58 | More by TimH
Photo of Douberd


3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the most widely available belgian beers here in Netherlands, along with Jupiler, I guess. I had it many times before and the supermarket around the corner had it on offer recently, so I grabbed the chance to get a whole crate of it. It was also a good choice for my new tulip glass to be used for the first time.
The small bottle of 300 ml gave me a beer light amber in colour, with slighty beige head of two fingers in height, with good retention, which left some traces of lacing as it was going down.
A sweet aroma coming mostly from roasted malts. That's where the faint caramel aroma is coming from too.
Taste is fruity you could say at first, but then the flavour of the roasted malts overcomes everything else. Slighty metallic aftertaste.
On the body is quite thin, with an average carbonation.
Now, I like Palm and for a moment I thought it could replace my usual lagers and pilsners that I drink after a long day at work, but after having it continuously for almost a week, I find it a bit boring, to tell the truth. Still, a good beer to break the routine every once a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 18:43:25 | More by Douberd
Photo of Lawnboy33


3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-14-2012 00:49:31 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-13-2012 01:42:06 | More by bonkers
Photo of BeerCon5


3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head with decent retention.

The scent is of light toasty grains, some fruit, and notes of yeast.

The taste is also pretty light, mild apple taste, notes of toasted grain and some yeast.

Light bodied, smooth, creamy, and a bit thin. low carbonation.

This was an ok beer, I thought it was much too thin for the style and the flavor was lacking a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 17:41:48 | More by BeerCon5
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2/5  rDev -39.4%

05-07-2012 12:41:00 | More by petluo
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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

04-29-2012 20:44:21 | More by 1mrbeer
Photo of FuturePilot

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-28-2012 17:18:02 | More by FuturePilot
Photo of shockrocker65


3/5  rDev -9.1%

04-27-2012 23:04:08 | More by shockrocker65
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-27-2012 01:38:38 | More by olbubba
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-21-2012 21:36:24 | More by buckyp
Photo of mhaugo


3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-21-2012 13:43:20 | More by mhaugo
Photo of Novanglus

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

04-20-2012 03:28:46 | More by Novanglus
Photo of CrazyDavros


2.05/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours amber with a large, lasting, white head.
Nose shows grassy hops, spicy notes and faint honey. Pretty boring.
Flavours include hay and bready malt alongside faint fruity and spicy hops. Again, nothing interesting..
Could use less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 10:05:19 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of RogerRobertson

4.75/5  rDev +43.9%

04-18-2012 02:23:26 | More by RogerRobertson
Photo of macrosmatic


3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into something (didn't write it down).

A: Nice head, some laciness. Nice amber color.

S: Smells like an average Belgian (the beer, not the person). Yeasty with background of fruit, but seems nondescript.

T: Malt/caramel up front, mildly fruity, with a somewhat dry finish.

M: Carbonation seems a little low. Maybe a little thin on the back.

O: "Average" about sums it up. Wouldn't refuse another but certainly not going to seek one out.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 00:36:03 | More by macrosmatic
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

04-16-2012 23:57:16 | More by kynap55
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

04-16-2012 15:53:21 | More by banwift
Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 757 ratings.