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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 10
Gots: 51 | 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%

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Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at fiddler's NJ :

An unexpected find at a local after work watering hole.

Tapped a copper color with a large 'Belgian head', long retention and great lacing.

Aroma is simple but ample and fresh; bready malts, fruit notes and woody hopping.

Flavour is unpretentious as well; big malts in the front, twiggy-spicy hopping compliments but allows malts to sit forward, middle has some fruit tones and earthyness, rich malt and fruity finish.

I like this kind of a thick malty beer even though it's out of profile for what one would expect from a Belgian ale...malt is prominent and a welcome...a satisfying approachable ale. I'll be back for more

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 22:07:46 | More by pootz
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my tulip glass. Picked up for free at a tasting event.

Appearance: Light golden orange in color. One finger white head that quickly recedes into a thin white, foamy lacing around the edge of the glass. Steady strem of carbonation flowing toward the top, and no haze at all.

Aroma: Tart green apples and some pale malt. Some medicinial notes in there as well.

Taste: First sip was tart green apples, with some strong medicinial notes and pale malt backing. After a couple more sips, the tartness of the yeast almost completely disapppears and the medicinial and pale malt notes become the focus. Also some lemon zest notes began to show. Clean finish, but also watery.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: Very light, both ABV and flavor, for a Belgium beer. The medicinial notes wear thin wuickly for me though.

Overall, a cheaper tasting and feeling beer than the typical Beglium. Hot awful, but rather bland and the flavor profile is too medicinial. Not up to par with the best of the style.


Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 21:55:01 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of konadrinker


3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Pours a clear, copper colored body with a short-lived white head.

S - Not much there. A faint bread smell with a little malt

T - Mainly bready maltiness accented with touches of notably sweet sugary. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.

M- Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

D- Palm is a simple brew, lacking many of the rich complexities of most belgians. It is however well balanced and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:39:54 | More by konadrinker
Photo of OtherShoe2


3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received a tulip of amber/dark copper brew with a decent beige head and good clarity. Head dissipated to a skim, slight spotty lacing.

I tried very hard to get a scent out of this one. Some bread crust at best.

Thinner flavored. Some toasted malt, brown bread crust, light bitterness, some whole grain. Maybe a little fruit. Nothing off or out of balance, but not alot there.

Medium to medium-light bodied, some fair carbonation.

Overall, this one could have been substituted with water for accompanying a meal. On it's own (before food arrived), it really didn't have much going for it. More intensity in the flavor would have helped. this was the featured beer on tap. I'll never have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 11:50:28 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper-hued body with a small, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Unfortunately, the aroma presented is a tad anemic, smelling only modestly of day-old baked loaf bread, delicately toasted sugars, and far-off, distant stonefruits.

Taste: Chiefly bready maltiness accented with touches of notably sweet sugary. Small hint of grain. Light fruitiness akin to apricots. Teensy pinch of baking spices. Subtle, faintly leafy hop character with ample bitterness to provide some balance. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Palm Not-Particularly-Speciale is a very simple brew, lacking many of the rich complexities, but it does excel at being well balanced and easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 16:16:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of zoolzoo


4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this tonight at a local spot. It was the most interesting thing on tap, had to give it a go.

This is just a simple, tasty, and refreshing beer. Great compliment to warmer weather.

Light toasted malt, grains, and candi sugar. Notably sweet up front. Mild hopping for balance. No classic Belgian yeast qualities to be found. Its not as spicy as most Belgians, especially without that yeasty characteristic. In this case, that is totally not a bad thing.

Light bodied, prickly carbonation, pretty mild overall - I enjoyed it!

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 01:55:34 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of RuudJH


3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Palm amber beer, 30 cl. bottle. Reasonably cheap in the supermarket. I heard good things about it.

Amber colour clear, disappointing head, hardly any carbonation.
Smell of dark fruits, syrup sweetness. Taste is roasted malts and hoppy bitter. Not too sweet at all.

Smooth, allthough watery; I found this one a bit disappointing. It's not at all as complex as i had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 11:00:45 | More by RuudJH
Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in a large tulip glass at Casa Dijanna in Watertown, CT this shows a clear copper color with a decent off-white froth on top and very nice lacing. The nose picks up a mild wheat and nutty clove, a hint of alcohol, and just a touch of citrus/pine hop. The flavor offers a smooth almond malt with bright lemongrass hop. It has plenty of tingly carbonation with a medium body plus feel. It's mostly grassy but with a nice neutralizing malt and a pleasant dry finish. An enjoyable option that is especially nice with food.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 22:12:02 | More by Durge
Photo of mrcarterxxl

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

palm belgian pale ale

A/P= pours a clear amber hue with a two finger white head with carbonation sticking to the sides of the glas

S= a faint smell of caramel

T= clean and light with a light sweet taste on the back.

MF= bubbles everywhere

i like this beer, it tastes best in a glass extra cold, its a whole different beer when you drink it from the bottle , very pleasant tasting, the box that the six pack comes in is a brillant idea and more brewers should use it, it is the ultimate way to protect the taste of the beer.


Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 01:08:30 | More by mrcarterxxl
Photo of zoso1967


3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up a wonderful deep amber with magnificent parchment head that climbed up the sides of the goblet and left sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma was very malty with caramel, biscuit and some toastyness, as well as a light herbal hop bouquet. The flavor was quite nice, if not a bit bland. Malty caramel and toffee balanced against a firm bitterness and some floral grassy hops. Spice and fruity esters seem to be nearly absent. Though mild, it is well balanced and a great beer to have with food. The body was medium with just the right amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. Quaffable and tasty, but a bit on the boring side. It was the perfect beer to cap off a long day traipsing around Manhattan.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2010 23:26:41 | More by zoso1967
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber in color with a 1/4 inch off white creamy head that faded rather quickly; decent lacing that left spotty foam on the glass.

Smells malty, grassy and slightly spicy and was on the bland side.

Tastes of light malt, spice, grains, perhaps yeast or hay or corn, grass, a hint of citrus, light hops, a touch of caramel and some very mild spices. Good, but a bit dull for a Belgian even though it's an amber ale. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I remember this tasting better in the past when I've drank it. Maybe it's the type of beer that should be served very cold.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp, on the smooth side, with very high carbonation. The feel was so light that it is almost watery, but still has a little body to make it enjoyable.

High drinkability as this goes down very easy, but the flavor is not very exciting at all. The kind of beer I could drink all night. I have mixed feelings about this beer because it was good, but just so average that it was a let down. I will drink this again since it's quite easy to drink and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 03:02:53 | More by CHickman
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a bright orange with brilliant clarity and a weakly forming head that collapses almost instantaneously before you can distinguish its color. A light show of carbonation rises at a moderate pace. No appreciable lacing.

S: Dried corn on the cobb and cereal grains are present on the nose which gives way to a soft showing of fresh orange peels. A light hop spiciness comes through but overall the general perception is much like the visual, mundane.

T: The flavor was sweet and sugary right from the start, almost to the point of being overbearing. Make sure you have your glucose meter handy. Sugary cereal grains along with a hop spiciness of orangey-citrus notes are present with a light flowery hopping closing things out. Beyond the initial sugar shock this does become a bit more manageable, though maybe I was just in diabetic shock and couldn't tell the difference, much as you can only get so wet jumping into water.

M: A nice tingle of carbonation is present around the tongue's edges despite its calm demeanor. Light bodied but becomes washy the longer you hold it. Only keeps going down hill from here.

D: Limited drinkability, and limited appeal, one would definitely be my limit here, and I struggled even with that. Comes off as a macro attempt at a craft beer rather a true Belgian. This is what I would consider the BMC of Belgium. I would pass on this. A perfect example of mediocrity all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 22:18:48 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours an amber hue with not so much of a tan fizzy head.

S - Smell is caramel and buttery bread with an English style mild hop.

T - Not spectacular or exciting, but a solid brew that is very easy to drink. Like a Brit pub session brew, perhaps (not that I'm an expert on anything British). Taste is similar to the nose; its main feature is mildness.

M - Good feel, medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable, but far from extraordinary.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 15:42:46 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of lester619


3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright and clear deep gold to amber in color. Big thick bright white foamy head. Not much comes through in the smell. Pretty bland. Very nice crisp and balanced flavors. Slightly fruity and citric mixed with a clean bitter hoppy finish. A good malty base holds everything together nicely. This is a very likable beer. Belgian beers intimidate me a little because of all the different exotic ways they can go. This is just a very nice, simple tasting beer. Simple in a good way. I call it beer flavored beer. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 18:23:28 | More by lester619
Photo of BarryNL


4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Excellent - clear copper coloured beer with a super fluffy Belgian style head which never seems to fade and laces all down the glass.

S: Fairly bland - some nice aroma from the crystal malt - no real hop detectable.

T: Fairly well balanced - starts with some sweetness of crystal malt and finishes with a clean bitterness. A refreshing beer.

M: Typical big fluffy Belgian beer with fairly high carbonation, but no harshness.

D: Inoffensive, and very drinkable. You could easily drink it all night, but you might get bored of it before long.

I've edited this review to increase the scores after having the canned version. There seems to be more flavour and more aroma when this beer comes from a can - it probably deserves this higher score for the on-tap version too, strange that it always seems to me a little less impressive in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 19:51:30 | More by BarryNL
Photo of Brabander


3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always had a weakness for this ambercoloured beer. It has been in Holland for many many years. Drank this beer in a pizzeria. I know that this kind of beer in combination with penne gorgonzola is a bit odd, but hey when i have the choice between Heineken and Palm?

Poured in a Heineken glass (and that's as far as i go with Heineken!) the head is very nice broken white. The beer is amber with a nice smell, a malty king of smell.

Good mouthfeel tastes a bit dry. This is a drinkable beer, especial with hot summer nights.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 22:21:52 | More by Brabander
Photo of crossovert


3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. "Belgium's Amber Beer"

Pours into my tulip with a large bright white head that recedes decently slowly but doesn't leave much lacing. The beer is crystal clear amber, the epitome of an amber colored beer.

The smell is definitely underwhelming, it has a light hoppiness, light malt, and some yeasty spice.

The taste has a huge amount of carmally malt and a subtle bit of hops. It is smooth and well-balanced but nothing notably exciting. It tastes like what most American "Belgian styled" pale ales taste like, easy to drink but unrefined. It is a good session beer but not something "to behold" like many Belgian ales are.

The mouthfeel is very clean and balanced with a nice carbonation.

This may be a macro beer but It does a lot more for me than what Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, or Leffe do.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 01:21:36 | More by crossovert
Photo of wahhmaster


3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color with a large, foamy white head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing. There are plenty of carbonation bubbles as well.

Smell: Has a sweet, malty smell to it backed by a slight smell of hops. Also has a strange metallic smell to it.

Taste: Starts bitter. Finishes bitter and slightly sweet with a slight yeasty flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent beer. Nothing special but not bad. Worth a try if you can find it but don't go out of your way.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 20:22:43 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of ThaCreep


3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose very malty, fruity as well, probably the Orange Curacao. There is also a touch of honey which shall end glass. On the palate, is highly aromatic hops and yeast provides citrus flavors. Finish fairly dry, a little taste of hops and lager in the aftertaste. Beer very sweet and refreshing. It's all.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 21:01:55 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of Jesstyr


3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at Ninety9 Bottles in South Norwalk. Pale ale isn't my style, but this mild version is mildly more palatable, even as it exudes mass production.

Pours a clear golden color with frothy white head that is quite thick. The aroma exudes grainy hops. Flavor has a bit of sweetness, balanced by a sour bitter finish. A bit of pear and other fruits are present, but not with any real strength. Mouthfeel is thin like a mass-produced ale, with light carbonation. Overall this beer is light and easy to drink, but lacks anything to truly draw you in.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 02:53:50 | More by Jesstyr
Photo of alexskovan

New York

3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clear pale copper color, with a nice off-white head that slowly dropped to a film.

Aroma is very understated, a little malt and hops.

Taste is very smooth, balanced and creamy, with a bitter finish. Nice.

This is a Euro macro but a nice one. Worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 23:06:45 | More by alexskovan
Photo of Nucleozoid

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I stopped into a Belgian beer only pub in NYC after work.
At $8 for a tulip glass full I was expecting a lot more from this beer. It looked appealing when it was served with its amber color and creamy two finger head. However, it all kinda went downhill from there. The smell was nothing special - as a matter of fact I could barely smell anything - not much character. The mouthfeel was nice, with medium carbonation - taste was quite boring, with a bit of a metallic finish and an almost cheese-like aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2010 15:47:44 | More by Nucleozoid
Photo of tigg924


3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, red/brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: apples and dark fruit...The smell is very faint.

Taste: apples, hay, toasted malt, and a touch of cherry

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet, light bodied, medium/high carbonation

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer. A good Belgian pale, I liked the way the fruit and the Belgian spices mixed. Very light, I could have two or three.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2010 19:55:10 | More by tigg924
Photo of CharlatanSin


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

Served on tap at the bar down the block. They just got this recently, and it's nice to see them get a new beer in for the first time (other than this, they only have Brooklyn Lager and Magic Hat #9, both solid but getting repetitive).

The beer is poured into its very own Palm tulip. It pours a light reddish amber, with a half-finger off-white head that recedes quickly. No lacing to speak of.

The smell is...disappointing. There's a bit of yeasty funkiness, so you know it's Belgian. The rest of the smell, though, is a very harsh, metallic graininess. It smells like a cheap lager, to be honest. The taste is even worse. The harsh graininess is present throughout, and it's got a few random fruity flavors that don't really mix at all. It's like they started with a really poor base beer and threw a few random ingredients in to spruce it up without rhyme or reason.

I got through the glass, and then immediately switched back to the Brooklyn Lager. I can live with that.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 04:42:31 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of Intelligentsia


3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice just-darker-than-amber color, with a nice white head that leaves a slight presenece behind. Not exactly lacing, but something, at least.

The nose is just barely reminiscent of a Belgian pine, malt, spice. It's a bit underwhelming, but at least there's a nose at all.

The taste is pleasant, if underwhelming. The taste changes noticeably with warmth. Malt is very prominent, with caramel, a sticky mouthfeel with significant carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 01:51:54 | More by Intelligentsia
Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.