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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 86 | 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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4/5  rDev +20.8%

ElGallo, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

guillemiro, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a light amber color. Tight head. Slightly off-white. Leaves speckles of lacing.

S-Toasty. Very slight hops. A bit skunky. Light yeast too.

T-Much like the nose. Has a strange twang to the taste. Was unsure if I liked it or not when drinking it. Lightly breaded. Barely any hop presence.

M-Bunches of carbonation. Medium to light body.

O/D-Mediocre and unmemorable. Not awful. Just pretty bland. Could have been much worse.

VelvetExtract, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of karait95
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow with some amber hue color, the head is white and big more than four fingers with a medium dissipation, carbonation is not to intense and therefore no permanent layer is on top of the beer. Body looks light more than robust.

S: Not to intense smell for a Belgium at the beginning but more intensity is added while time passes, at last is very intense and with some sugar, barley and minimum of hops.

T: Clear flavor, again it increases its intensity as time passes for a full malty with some alcohol.

M: Sweet in general with some balancing points of hops basically but not to bitter balanced and with good medium lasting.

karait95, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Low lacing, and moderate to low head retention. Golden color, with touches of light ice tea. Nice clarity, with close color to a nice copper ale.

S- Strong belgian yeast characteristics. Notes of moss, and grassy aroma. Slight hints of mineral / salty.

T- Light amber malt. Front end is bright and acidic. Middle notes blend to a medium malty taste. Finish washes out to a very mellow taste. Interesting blend of the Belgian flavors and the amber maltyness, but the finish is a bit too light.

M- Bubbly on the front which is nice, overall it is pretty light. The finish is nice, has a very smooth feel which adds to drinkability.

O- Very drinkable, a nice blend of two styles (amber / belgium). Very smooth and mellow. This would be a great beer for someone looking for a smooth and malty alternative too the average ale. I would not look to this as a true belgian ale offering, but as a beer that is more interesting and has a wider appeal this is a great.

vfgccp, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

30 cl. bottle poured into a Palm tulip. Thanks to my aunt for bringing this back from Europe for me to try.

A: Pours a clear amber hue with a cream-colored head that settles quickly to a thin froth on the surface. Sticky lacing coats the side of the glass.

S: Caramel and fruity notes are dominant, along with some floral, grassy hop aroma.

T: Caramel and toast malt notes, along with a fruity yeast character. Hops are floral, and also lend just a hint of citrus on the tail end.

Notes: This moderate-bodied beer has a very soft mouthfeel, and is quite easy to drink. It's not the most flavorful beer in the world, but it's still pretty good. A great session brew.

WYVYRN527, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of jerryjeff
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, I'll admit when I was in Belgium I had one of these and wasn't as impressed but I purchased a six pack in the U.S. and was much more pleased. I don't know that it deserved the lower end reviews I've seen on here anyway. It's meant to be a sessionable belgian pale ale and I think it fulfills that pretty well, is it a wonderful trappist or even as good as Affligem? likely not, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth having.

Sweet caramel maltiness with a bit of fruity overtone, not overpowering but strong and vibrant. Very nice.
Higher carbonation with a slight amount of presence, maybe a bit of oiliness on the palette. Some bitterness along the sides of the mouth. Could have a bit of improvement here, but I don't like a lot of carbonation.
Amber with reddish tint, poured to stark white head which quickly dissipated.
Some sweetness on the palette with the malty caramel toffee flavors coming through, this is a rather drinkable beer.
I'd like to see how many I could get through, light on the palette with a pleasant and not overpowering taste.
Affligem still likely my favorite of the sessionable belgian pale ales but this is really good and drinkable. Nice scent which is belgian in style with the fruitiness but not too far. Meant to be a session beer and I agree…

jerryjeff, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Paincane
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber golden color with thin white head and not much lacing. Poured into pint glass.
S: Grain, malt, musty aroma with some hops presence. Not much nose really. On second tasting: Bread, biscuit and allspice aromas emerge.
T: Grainy with some bready malt. Slight hops bitterness at the back end to balance a caramel presence in the mid.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
O: updated: This beer was better than I remember the first time. Initial review: Frankly, I was disappointed in this beer. It was well balanced but not very flavorful.

Paincane, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Back label stamped 03-22-2012. Since this is a negative review, I will also say that the batch seems to be 3.23 08:55. Got it at Hendershot's Coffee in Athens, GA.

Appearance - Light clear copper amber body. Small white head with decent retention.

Smell - Mostly corn. Almost no hop presence, especially for a pale ale. Nutty with some banana. Smooth with no off smells.

Taste - Boozy and astringent. Reminds me of what I remembered Budweiser used to taste like when I was little and tried a sip for the first time. Aftertaste is a bit copper or metallic.

Mouthfeel - Astringency is offputting on the first sip, but on subsequent sips starts to mellow out a bit.

Overall Drinkability - This beer is really strange. I really want to like it. It has some different qualities that make me like it, but on the other hand the off-characters are so prominent that I can't help but admit I can't enjoy it. It's really a chore to drink, and I would really never again try this in my life. But it's definitely interesting. It's entirely possible I just got a skunked bottle, because based on the other reviews, it doesn't seem like I'm supposed to be getting what I am.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of argock
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date although numerals for notching on back label. Received as a gift from a thoughtful friend -- thanks Anne!

A: Pleasing, clear amber with 1-finger of off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention and numerous small spots of lace all around the glass.

S: Light but malty aroma with only some mild herbal hopping.

T: The maltiness really comes through nicely in the flavor with caramelly, lightly toasty, and mild nutty character. The hopping is very mild in flavor but with light-medium bitterness that grows with more tasting. The aftertaste is a little cardboardy in nature.

M: Very smooth with lively carbonation and light-medium body. Very easy to drink and a nice coating quality as well.

O: I liked this beer pretty well for its malt-slanted character, but I wish it had a little more malt complexity and maybe some Belgian yeast notes. All in all, I am glad I got the chance to try it and wouldn't shy away from it in the future. Palm would be a good gateway beer for people moving from BMC to better beer.

argock, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Delaney's, served in its proper branded glass. The only 2-for-1 happy hour beer I hadn't reviewed already, so why not.

A: Crystal clear medium amber body beneath a very nice three-finger head of soft, frothy white foam. Great rocky retention, and plenty of lace. Gorgeous beer.

S: Bready malt, a touch of caramel, and grassy hops. There's a distinct vein of harsh huskiness that distracts me from the rest of its elements, though. Not terrible, but far from great.

T: Rough grainy sweetness dominates (sadly), with some welcome caramel leading in to a bittersweet, sticky finish. Even more boring and disappointing than the nose. Weak.

M: Hugely lively, prickly medium body. Meh.

O: I didn't have high expectations for this one, and it didn't even live up to them. Not a good beer at all, although not quite terrible enough to slam unrestrainedly.


woosterbill, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.22/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has an aroma of cereal grains and a honey-like sweetness. Fairly sweet on the nose, which differentiates it from other Euro lagers.

The taste of the body of the beer has a mixture of a cereal grains with the honey sweetness that was found on the nose. During the initial part of the taste, the two go together and provide a pretty good balance. Towards the finish, the sweetness really comes out and becomes dominant, allowing the beer to end on a sweet note. Again, this is the defining characteristic of this beer in my opinion and what will make it identifiable versus other beers like this. In fact, the website even boasts about the "honey-like sweetness".

Very drinkable beer here, albeit a pretty simple one. I'd choose this one any day versus most of the Euro lagers that I see in mass quantities when I go to the store.

NODAK, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of rel
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You can skip the rest: Very well rounded beer.

If you're still reading, this beer pours with a little frothy head, amber and copper colors, minimal retention or lacing.

The smell is the nicest part of this beer. Sweet bready malts, lightly toasted, with hints of honey and fruits.

Crisp. I really like that word. It sums the beer up pretty well. Not too sweet and not too bitter makes a beer easy to drink. I hope this replaces Budweiser for the people, I guess they'll just have to make a Palm Light.

The beer leaves a little metallic aftertaste. Well carbonated, leaves me and my mouth feeling bubbly.

rel, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured on-tap at Brasserie Beck in DC into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a healthy looking dark copper, clear body; well carbonated; pleasant two finger white colored head formed; held very, very well; ringed lacing formed around the glass

S - Very smooth and delectable scents of toasted malt and biscuit; slight fruit aroma

T - Smooth biscuit malt flavor; touch of sweetness, fruit; well-balanced taste and clean finish; not much bitterness, but very enjoyable

M - Creamy and effervescent; lingering biscuit flavor

D - Great drink; very enjoyable; low alcohol content, but packed with roasted malt and biscuit flavor; give it a shot, you won't be disappointed

ferrari29, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Luigi
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a two finger head at first then settles down to a small lace around the glass.

The smell is slightly toasted malt, sweet, and a hint of hop bitterness. Oddly enough, the hops remind of an English pale ale more than a Belgian pale ale.

The taste is dominated by the sweet slightly toasted malt. Again, a hint of hops pull though as well a hint of Diacetyl.

Lightly carbonated and pretty smooth drinking

Overall, for a Belgian Pale Ale this ale fails. If this was an English pale ale, I would give it an average score.

Luigi, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
1.75/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Pours a nice copper color with a thin foamy head, and moderate lacing emanating from the laser etching on my glass.

S: Aroma is very thin, with a noticeable hint of creamed corn. Instead of an esterful presentation of fruit and spices, I am dealt a mess of overcooked veggies and cardboard.

T: Low flavor, to appeal to the masses, with plenty of cardboard and corn to go around. Not only is it not flavorful, it is offensive.

M: watery and lifeless...

O: A pathetic brew that doesn't deserve to associate itself with its great country. At least Stella, while light, is well composed. This brew is a mess.

Avagadro, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one has an pure amber color with gold hues, active with a rather thin and small head for the style. minimal coverage.

The aroma is mostly honey-amber sweet malt, bready, toffee but tangy with a strange metallic smell.

A tangy, sour yeast, metallic edge, overlly sweet bready and honey malt takes control. Very strange balance, rather low complexity for Belgian yeast, very neutral. the hops are pretty hidden and the malt is overpowering.

crisp feel at first but also a bit mundane and dull for a Belgian brew.

Not one of my favorite Belgian experiences that's for sure.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear copper color into a palm balloon glass with a thin amount of light khaki hear that tries to hold on for a while but really can't.

S: I don't get much in the nose. Ok caramel malt qualities some sweet orange and I bit of bitter peel.

T: a lot like the nose only more so. Deeper malty sweetness and a better hop character. Tastes more like a pale ale than it looks or smells. More citrus notes.

MF: smooth, medium body, ok effervescence saves it from being too syrupy.

O: too sweet for my taste buds, for a pale ale that is. It seems to me this is more of an Amber ale than anything. I thought at first I was reviewing the wrong beer but this is how it is titled so it must be right.

nickthetick, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber pour, average head. Usual blase amber aroma, slight toastiness, not much hopping.

Mild carbonation, mild taste, even less hops than average, or US version. Didn't bring the appreciated yeast flavors from that region, but nothing offputting either. Watery at times.

Just didn't bring it. Too expensive to be part of a regular lineup. Glad I got to try it at SDIBF and not drop serious cash. Pass.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of badun
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was really looking forward to this beer as I've been in search of a good summer session ale for a while. I'm very disappointed in it based on price and what could have been. For $8.50 a six-pack (11.2 ounce bottles), I expect something more than a thin, nearly tasteless ale. I was not expecting a flavor punch in the mouth, but what taste there was mainly came from a slightly metallic and sour aftertaste. Nice looking head, pretty amber color liquid, and decent amount of alcohol (5.4%) but totally blah when it comes to taste.

badun, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a goblet. Color was dark red, almost brown. About 1 3/4 inches of head. Smelled fairly hoppy. Heavy smell, but rich and flavorful. Not too much carbonation. Pleasantly bitter and didn't taste much like the smell. It somehow got better as it went on. Very smooth taste for the high hops.

BucannonXC5, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at the Sharp Edge Bistro On Penn, a crystal clear amber body with a white head fine even lacing. Aroma has a mild nuttiness with tame fruits, nice cereal grains with a pretty bland nose as a whole. Flavor wise is very much like any boring amber ale but with a heavy price tag in this case it was like 7.50 for a standard pour in a signature glass. Semi sweet grassy herbal hops a bit of caramel biscuit malt backing it all up let me down a very one dimensional snooze alert flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied light carbonation really no fireworks. Overall really not interesting enough to peak my interest ever again, a beer that is Belgian but the age of mass produced marketing campaign in Belgian ales.

WVbeergeek, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of jkrich
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived at my table a clear, deep reddish copper with a foamy white head that dissipated quickly.
The aroma tells you all you need to know about this beer: malty sweet with fruity aromas.
That theme carried over to the flavor which was malty sweet but kept refreshing by the fruity notes. Not at all complex, and I doubt I would drink many. Still, it was refreshing on an unusually hot day in Grand Rapids, MI. This tastes more like a malty amber style ale.

jkrich, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - The beer pours with half a finger of off-white foam on top of an amber colored body with excellent clarity. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Slightly tart, toasty malt with lots of musty, herbal European hops.

T - Bready malt notes up front with some toasty character. Musty hop flavors show up in the middle and some thin, light caramel notes add character as well. Things finish up with more bready malt and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not terribly impressive, it looks good but it really goes downhill from there. The aroma is very lightly malty with a good dose of musty hops. I tend to associate this hop profile more with British ales, but it is not entirely out of place in a Belgian. The flavor is disappointing with a weak malt profile that turns a bit sour in the finish and hops that are, again, a bit musty for the style. Not a very good beer and not one that I would drink again.

nickfl, Jul 04, 2011
Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.