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rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.01%
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Belgium

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 nukem5
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber color with tan foam cap.

S: Aroma is slightly hoppy and a well balanced malt backing.

T: Taste buds are very pleased with the awesome balance between hops and malt, just the right amount of sweetness of malts and bitterness of hops.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good carbonation.

O: Overall a great example of your typical Belgian Ale, nothing to extreme or awesome but good beer. (415 characters)

Photo of tomdavistoronto
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served at Bier Market in Toronto. Paired with chicken schnitzel and Belgian waffles. Very weak ale. Amber colored with a film of a head, just an average sweet malt taste. Would not recommend with a sweet food such as the honey drizzled waffles, however was a good match for the chicken schnitzel. (296 characters)

Photo of brewcnc
1.58/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

At least it looks pretty in the glass. Had it in Holland at my hotel ( very limited selection).
The body and flavor are thin and lifeless. Head dissipates quickly , Arroma has a touch of biscuit but overall an insipid beer. Why would they do this to water? (257 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a tulip glass. Poured to a nice biscuit head which dissipates shortly with little lacing. Appearance was a clear, amber to copper color. Aroma was light with hints of sweet malt. Taste was grainy and lightly hopped with hints of caramel. Mouthfeel was medium to light with a nice dry, bitter aftertaste. (317 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.23/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I picked up a bottle of Palm's Palm Speciale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've seen this beer around a lot, but I've always overlooked it for some reason, so i decided to finally give it a try, so lets see how it goes. Best by June 20th 2013. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks ok, it got a clean classic look to it, but it's not that eye catching. It poured a darker golden yellow color that took on an amber hue when held to the light with a finger and a half of slightly off white head that quickly died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some patchy lacing behind. This was an ok looking beer, nothing really stuck out as being well done, but it wasn't bad either.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts that impart a stale caramel malt aroma along with some grainy and bready aromas. Up next comes a metallic like aroma followed by a pretty noticeable skunky aroma. I also get some orange zest towards the end and a little bit of Belgian yeast. This beer had a pretty disappointing aroma, the malts smelled stale and the metallic and skunky aromas were unwanted.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts out with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by some malts that impart some stale malt flavors along with grainy and bready flavors. After that comes a pretty heavy metallic flavor followed by a medium skunky flavor that wasn't as bad as the aroma led me to believe. On the finish I get a slight bit of Belgian yeast followed by a light amount of bitterness with a grainy and metallic aftertaste that was slightly skunky. This beer didn't taste good, the Belgian Pale Ale flavors didn't show up as nicely as I would like and there were far too many off flavors.

M- Smooth, sharp, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it seemed to be fairly true to style.

Overall I thought this beer was pretty disappointing and I don't think it's a good example of the style, the Belgian Pale Ale aspects that I like about this style were on the light side and there were just too many off flavors for this to be a decent beer. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down smooth and the body was on the lighter side, but the flavor didn't hold my attention and I was over it after the first couple sips, if I had to I could drink a few of these, but there's nothing about this beer that makes me want to grab another, so one is more than enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was the only aspect of this beer that I thought was fairly true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the flavor and aroma, they both weren't good with too many off flavors and aromas. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's pretty easy to find a much better Belgian Pale Ale, it was pretty inexpensive and now I know why, not recommended to anyone. All in all I was pretty let down with beer, it wasn't what I expected and the added metallic and skunky flavors and aromas really hurt this beer. This was my first experience with Palm and it made for a poor first impression, I'm still down to try more of their brews, but after this one I for sure won't be in a hurry to. So far this is my least favorite Belgian beer, it needs a lot of work. (3,400 characters)

Photo of Beerstorian
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Malty and thin, but crisp. Low hop aroma, but definitely in the background. A bit of floral grass. Aroma was not strong.

Appearance: Copper color as per style. Very bright and clear, also as per style. Very little head that dissipated almost immediately. No lacing. Points off there.

Taste: Malty, some caramel, a bit of earthiness, moderately sweet with a hint of hop flavor. The taste was "thin," and did not linger. This is not the "big" flavor one normally associates with e Belgian Pale.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light-bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: Well, I have something of a soft spot for this one. When I went to Belgium last year I checked into the flat we rented and walked straight out to find beer. This was the first one I came across. Yes, it's like the Budweiser of Belgium, but you never forget your first. I like it in part for the nostalgia. (873 characters)

Photo of monkbrewed
1.43/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Another Inbev disaster. Had this on-tap at an American wood-fired pizza venue. Decent amber color, but ultra-thin tasting. Nothing Belgian about this. No odor or nose to speak of either. I kept wanting a hint of flavor- but practically no grain and no hopping evident. Watery mouthfeel too. As the menu had no prices for drinks, I had to ask the waitress what I was paying for this beer- hoping it wasn't a $6 pint- she assured me it was only $3. You get what you pay for and I won't make the mistake of ordering this again. As a fan of Belgian beers from Gulden Draak to Maredsou to Kwak, this beer delivered nothing of the character or malty goodness of those- a bit of research online shows this to be another Inbev disaster which means to find it on-tap at a mainstream bar means this is Budweiser product. This one is to be avoided. (837 characters)

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Copper penny, clear...1 inch white to off-white head that faded to a cap over a minute. Wispy lace.
Malty with a slight grassy hop background.
Very one dimensional - - not alot going on in the flavor...some malt and a little iron/metal type of twinge to it. Dissapears quickly but doesn't leave a cloying sweet after taste, that is a plus.
Somewhat thin mouthfeel - clean though.
Overall - not very impressive, I had never had it before today and I think I had higher expectations. Could be a pizza, burger beer - - something to not think too much about as it washes down the chow. (581 characters)

Photo of smokinyodas
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle looks nice with the red, green and horse art. This beer is amber clear color, foamy head, hint of sweet honey, medium carbonation, bit dry aftertaste and slightly skunky. Notes of caramel, grain and light hops in taste, overall decent average beer. (255 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
2.16/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Part of a mixed 12 pack called "Belgium's finest" for $19.99 @ Bevco. 11.2oz bottle labelled "Speciale Belge Ale. ...the complexity of an ale, brewed to be refreshing like a pilsner or lager." BBF 9-10-2013. Pours out to a brilliantly clear, apparently filtered, very pale caramel, forming a modest white head with ok retention and some lacing. Carbonation is moderately brisk, ~3.0 carbs. The aroma doesn't have much to describe...a little malt, a little corn (adjuncts or DMS), a faint whiff of fruity esters, and no appreciable hop aroma. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, lightly acidic, with a medium-light body. The taste recaps the aroma...not much of anything, but it has a "beer-like flavor" with a touch of caramel (crystal malt) and fruit esters. Mild bitterness. Tastes like a domestic malt liquor...it really does.

A beer that could only be dreamed up in a lab after copious tasting panels and adjustments to ensure that it appeals to the market...which is to say...a lame market. Not something that I would ever buy, but hey, this is "the finest of Belgium". Ummm, ok. Not much above a drain-pour unless it's ice-cold. (1,130 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Hurricane Wings, Hauppauge, NY.

Served in a Palm snifter. Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light stale caramel.

The taste consisted of the same full caramel malt with a faint grassy hop and no esters to speak of.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a basic pedestrian ale with not much to offer flavor wise. Uneventful. (458 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle served in its own tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark orange to amber color. Clear. Forms a medium bubbled white head with medium to low retentions and some lacings formed and left

S: Sweet caramel and malts in upfront. Very grainy. Notes of corn. Followed by bready yeasts and flowery hops. Hops are a bit citrus reminding a British Bitter somehow. Very light notes of sourness in the end and a bit metallic too

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Again, very grainy in the mouth with a light sourness in the background. Interesting. Corn. Toffee. The hops are quite citrus giving it an air of a British Bitter. By the way, bitterness is quite light too. In overall, a quite balanced taste

M: Light to medium body. Slightly molasses. Medium carbonation and grainy/toffee aftertaste

O: Easy-drinking. Smooth and pleasant. Nothing special but, at the same time, an "above the average" Belgian session Ale. Recommended (918 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.77/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 5+ minutes.

Smell - Malts, skunk, breads/grains, metallic, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and corn mixed with some slightly harsh herbal/metallic notes. It ends with a grainy corn syrup type aftertaste.

Overall - It's been a while since I've opened a beer and smelled such a high amount of skunk. The scent seemed to die down and the beer got better as I progressed through my glass, but this is still nothing that warrants drinking again. (730 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Matchbox out of a Palm sifter glass.

A: Pours a clear copper hue with a thick 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates in to a wispy lace.

S: Slightly malty biscuit aroma with faints hop scents.

T: Good mix of malt and hop flavors. Good background tastes of grains, toasted honey, and, fruits.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent Belgian Pale ale. Not my favorite Belgian brew but worth the try. (438 characters)

Photo of Fairwin
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The quote from the US distributor describes Palm as, “a great alternative to traditional pilsners and lagers for the beer drinker looking for something a little different.” If you have this little bit of knowledge before assessment, the beer actually grades a little bit better, in my opinion.

The aroma of this beer is very mild with the subtle hint of grassy malt and spicy undertones. In the glass, Palm Amber Beer appears as advertised. The beer pours light amber with a creamy head that dissipates quickly. It displays good lacing that remains in the glass until the last sip. The taste is somewhat more watery than anticipated, but nice malty tones and pepper elements prevail. The finish is quite dry and warm.
Palm has a medium body mouthfeel with good effervescence, but has more alcohol warmth than anticipated.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer as an “alternative to pilsners and lagers”, and found it to be a pleasant easy-drinking beer that deserves more than a single try. (991 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass.

At a dive bar that only had Budweiser, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, and this on tap, I had only one option.

The head was pretty small -- about a finger's worth, and it pretty quickly fell down to less than that. It's a nice, deeper amber color, with very good, sticky lacing that lasts to the last drop.

The smell is what you'd expect form any typical pale ale, to be honest... take that as you will.

Slightly above average taste and mouthfeel -- medium carbonation, decent mouth feel... but I wouldn't seek it out. I don't typically drink imported beers, but this was better than a Bud or Shandy.

Overall, Palm is a decent beer. I like pale ales, and this one's not too bad. Nothing sticks out that would make me go to a store and buy a six pack, but I still enjoyed it. Not too heavy on flavor or aroma, but very drinkable. (862 characters)

Photo of srv33
2.81/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with a creamy head, good lacing. Scent of grassy malt, a bit of oak, and some earthiness, with a touch of hops. Taste is somewhat weak for the style, tastes kind of watered down, with some light hoppiness and a sourdough taste. Light mouthfeel, the carbonation is somewhat strong and detracts even more from the taste. Has a sharp aftertaste too. Wouldn't recommend when theres so many more in this style that are arguably far better. There might even be a few mass produced beers I'd consider over this one. (529 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pub in Amsterdam, May 2012:

The beer appeared to be light copper in color with noticeable carbonation rising to the top of the glass. The beer produced a nice foamy, white head that was well retained that subsided into a nice half finger cap that lasted throughout the beer. The aroma was light, sweet malts mainly with an ever so slight earthy/grassy hop. The flavor of the beer followed the aroma, a light, mainly sweet malts and some yeast. The beer had a light feel to it, but had good carbonation. The beer was very easy to drink and was crisp and refreshing. Overall, a decent beer, and one that I would probably pick before your typical mass brewed American beers. (684 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden/ copper color with about a one finger white head that reduced into a filmy layer. The aroma has just a hint of caramel malt with some grassy hop in the background, some earthy tones as well along with bread. The taste is smooth, nice and easy drinking with some more of that caramel malt and a hint of lemony hops, more bread and a slightly metallic finish. The beer is light/ medium bodied with nice carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I honestly thought this beer would have more flavor, it didn't but nonetheless it is a simple easy drinking beer that I could enjoy again. (598 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a tulip. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, earth, earth hop, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, cream, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I had heard quite a bit about this one from numerous people, but I have no idea why they were raving over this one. The aroma and flavor on this one were very weak in intensity. There were some good notes in the aroma, but you had to work so hard to find them it was ridiculous. The flavor on the otherhand wasn’t bad, but it was definitely average for the style as nothing stood out at all. Worth trying, but I doubt I will be doing so again. (858 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear dark orange to copper in color with moderate amounts of carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that has very good retention properties - leaving about 75% of what was there originally covering the entire surface and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel, toasted, and pale malts with some light amounts of sweetness. Additionally there are hints of light fruits (green apple) and Belgian yeast. Hop aroma is grassy.

T: Similar to the smell, this beer starts with the pale and caramel malt sweetness. After that, there is a light amount of light fruit (green apple). Light amounts of bitterness from the grassy hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is very easy to drink, enjoyable, and sessionable. The beer has a very good appearance and I feel like I needed to review this one since I frequently review from my Palm glass. (1,053 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle purchased as a single from the LCBO; best before Oct 18 2012.

Pours a bright, clear orange-amber colour, topped with a modest off-white head, one finger in thickness. Poor retention; it thins out before a few minutes have passed, and other than the collar, it produces little lacing. Malty, grainy aroma, with some honey sweetness and the distinct note of corn syrup. Not especially enticing, and not what I am looking for in this style.

Approachable, simple flavour. As with the nose, the malts are the dominant force on the palate, providing a bready, sweet backbone with some pear, appleskin and corn notes. Not much hop presence, and very little yeast for a BPA. The finish is fairly neutral, with a slightly malty aftertaste that lingers briefly. Light-bodied and pretty watery, with carbonation that feels a bit flat. Reasonably drinkable, but if I'm going to have something of this ilk I'd rather just have a pale lager.

I can accept the categorization only because it's made in Belgium and the yeasty fruitiness does seem to support the idea that it is an ale. It's a little less drinkable than your average imported lagers, and not much tastier. Honestly, it has more in common with American blondes than most of the BPAs I have tried, and that is probably what I'm going to remember it as.

Final Grade: 2.63, an unmemorable C minus. To be fair, Palm's label admits that there is corn in here, so it was a bit doomed from the start. There are so many high quality Belgian pale ales out there to compare it to, and the ones I have tried all compare favourably to this. The relative blandness makes it easy to throw back quickly, but most people who bother will probably find it to be an almost completely forgettable glass of beer. I would drink this again if it were being offered, but I don't plan to revisit it. (1,842 characters)

Photo of brureview
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I recently tried this in an airport. Not bad. Served in a tulip glass. There is no head. The copper color is okay and there isn't much of a smell. It's a bit bitter and very carbonated.

It's a decent beer when nothing else is available. It's certainly better than Heineken. Certainly better than the average American-adjunk offerings. (335 characters)

Photo of Giggy
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would rate this as a very average beer. A lot better than American domestics but fails in comparison to all of the specialty beers. Would put this in the same line as Heineken, Stella, or
Becks.

A: very attractive amber pour with a slightly off white head. It is very clear with very small carbonation bubbles that continue to rise up the side of the glass.

S: not much in this category. Some toasty malt, bread, caramel and honey. Very faint floral from hops that doesn't appear until beer warms up a few degrees.

T: very fresh and crisp. Dry with a slight bitterness in the finish.

M: medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: very drinkable and refreshing. (679 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An average pour yields a finger of cream colored head. Body is a nice amber color with a little bubble action going on. Head keeps a ring and dusting and lacing slowly crawls its way back down the glass to the body.

Sweetgrass immediately greets the nose. Yeast, mild cracker aroma and a bit of bitter green apple compliment.

Grass, yeast and crackers make up the bulk of the flavor. There is a nice green apple finish.

This beer is light bodied. Goes down easy. Makes me feel like I should be mowing the lawn. (514 characters)

Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.