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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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896 Ratings
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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 11
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV visit their website
Belgium

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 Fairwin
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of ZachBurns
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of kindbill
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Mark5252
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Alextricity
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.

Photo of Jose9e
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of snowsurfer422
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of kingslotty
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Garlicjosh
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ErrandWolfe
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of jjauga
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of srv33
2.78/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of vegasmac99
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of JMad
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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.

Photo of thehyperduck
2.65/5  rDev -19.9%
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: 2.65, 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.

Photo of brureview
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Giggy
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of andrewj17
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
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