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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 68 | 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 mnrider


3.33/5  rDev +0.9%

11.2 oz brown bottle

A: Pours a clear honey amber with a large white head. Poor retention and little lacing. Carbonation is on the weak side.

S: Malty with grains and some floral hops. Nothing special.

T/M: Sweet and malty. smooth going down as it is a little watery, with a weak hop bite. Not that exciting. Low carbonation with an overall clean aftertaste.

D: Not that great, yet nothing really that about it either. Just overall plain. For a pale ale it needs more hops. Very easy to drink, and I think worth a try.


03-03-2011 23:06:49 | More by mnrider
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance- copper and amber color with white head that quickly faded to thin lacing with small amount of carbonation,

Smell- very malty and bready in smell, overall a very sweet nose

Taste- Alot of sweetness and maltiness really dominated the flavor more then anything else, really overall just not easy to describe cuz in a word its not offensive but rather bland and simple

Mouthfeel- fairly heavy and very smooth with low carbonation,

Drinkability- overall this beer was in offensive certainly and had some decent aspects to it but was really just to sweet lacking more other aspects, would be really hard to imagine sitting around drinking this beer all night because would really just become to much, its smoothness is its strong point but its sweet malt bombyness is for me anyway bit to much, didn't hate it but probably wouldn't buy it again

03-01-2011 00:57:03 | More by Stunner97
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.55/5  rDev +7.6%

appearance: yellow-gold. Slight white head. Clear
smell: Bright with subtle floral.
taste: No hops to speak of, a subtle malt. Easy and clean.
mouthfeel: Some carbonation. Light.
drinkability: A nice session beer. Not something I'll revisit often but an occasional addition.

02-27-2011 00:48:02 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of Wegomlegging


3.6/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours amber and clear, with very good head. Scent of slightly skunky hop and malt. Flavor was slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness, and maltiness in the finish is nice. Great soft mouthfeel, not a bit unpleasant. But not for the sweetness, very drinkable. I'd recommend 1 or 2, but no more.

02-10-2011 13:51:56 | More by Wegomlegging
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -20.3%

This review comes from tasting notes from drinking at the Cloverleaf on 1/14/11. The beer was served in a Palm tulip

Palm pours a totally translucent amber to burnt orange. There's no head to speak of, but that may be at least in part due to a bad pour. There's just a bit of bready malts in the aroma (not bad, but where are the pears and green apples), along with a pinch of clove and a noble hop herbal note Everything really struggles to come through at all though. The flavor brings more of the same. It's not awful, but the malt profile is wrong for the style and the overall impact is still a bit dull. The beer's got a little bit of body to it, just enough heft for the style. The carbonation's not ideal for the style, it's a little bit light, but it's still got enough presence to be serviceable. Palm's not a terrible beer, but were it not for the Cloverleaf's MBA program I don't think I'd bother ordering it.

02-01-2011 05:26:15 | More by axeman9182
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -14.2%

Pours a deep amber colour, 1/4 - 1/2" white head nice lace left at the top of the glass. Looks nothing like the picture on the box. Smells of thin malt, corn, and a slightly sweet note come through. Taste is weak. Mild malt and little hops come through followed by a corn taste. Medium to thin mouthfeel, comparable to Beck's or Lowenbrau. I could drink one of these, but thats it. The best part of this beer is the way it looks in the glass.

01-26-2011 22:03:29 | More by peensteen
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%

330ml bottle, a single from Zyn in Calgary.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium red-brick tinged amber hue, with one finger of densely foamy beige head, which leaves a low sinking iceberg profile of lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of somewhat biscuity and grainy pale malt, a touch of sour caramel, mild corn husk - sort of un-Belgian, IMHO - and some earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is a sweet corn and barley malt mish-mash, doing no one any favours, but harmless at the same time, with some caramelized apple notes, mineralized honey, a hint of earthy yeast, and a bit of musty leafy hops echoing in the distance.

The carbonation is mild, barely generating a basic frothiness, the body a wavering medium-light weight, plainly smooth, and generally ineffectual. It finishes off-dry, and a bit skunky, kind of a wonder-inducing occasion for a Belgian ale (but not for their lagers - bonjour, Mlle. Artois!), as previously noted, but supported well enough by the adjunct-laden pale malt.

Wow - the most American styled (in a particularly unflattering way) Belgian offering that I've ever tasted. Not worthy enough, though, to actually recommend beyond the curio factor, as Belgium has so much more better stuff to explore.

01-09-2011 03:56:45 | More by biboergosum
Photo of drabmuh


1.85/5  rDev -43.9%

This beer is gross.

Beer is yellow and clear with a lazy thin head of small white bubbles, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation...

Beer has a corny aroma...yuck.

Beer is thin and grainy and sweet. It finishes with this slight acidity and huskiness then the whole thing goes to hell. There is a HUGE aftertaste that is 100% boiled corn. This was HORRID.

12-30-2010 14:36:04 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%

11.2oz. bottle served in my DT snifter. 07-01-2011 indicated on the back label. Pours a translucent copper with a loose, effervescing, quarter inch head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually settles into a dollop and a band around the edges. A few spots and strands of lacing present during the tasting. Nose is nothing special - somewhat macro-esque with a suggestion of pale malts, a light citrus character and a skunky quality. Taste follows nose with some residual sweetness in the mix reminiscent of corn extract. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a little residual carbonation burn at the back of the throat. All and all, a fairly unexciting Belgian Pale Ale.

12-10-2010 02:26:04 | More by Jwale73
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%

12oz bottle. Pours amber color with a foamy, white head. Aroma is of yeast and fruit. Smooth, medium body, medium carbonation. Flavors are balanced between caramel malt and earthy hops. Refreshing and simple, very drinkable. This brew is not bad at all. .

12-07-2010 21:44:32 | More by mikeg67
Photo of Derranged

New York

2.83/5  rDev -14.2%

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a 16 ounce Palm tulip. Bottle read "best by 7/11/10".

A- A beautiful amber color with a thick white head.

S- Not a strong smell. Some dark fruits and grains mostly.

T- Very bland but hard to describe as well. Grainy, with just a little bit of fruits and some unidentifiable flavors.

M- Smooth with medium carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink.

I was disappointed with this beer. Not really what I expected. I most likely won't buy this again.

12-06-2010 04:03:34 | More by Derranged
Photo of metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly died down. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of earthy and grassy hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts with notes of caramel and hints of apples and sweetness. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: It isn't that difficult to drink this beer given its low alcohol content and light amount of bitterness.

11-23-2010 04:23:38 | More by metter98
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

330ml can, poured into my leffe goblet, 1 finger head. Looks like apple juice, clings on to the glass. Smoothish, slight manure smell, not in a really bad way. I can taste lemon, lime and some dairy. Aftertaste is bittersweet. In my past years before I discovered craft/real ale I thought this was the best thing ever and would plough through them, now one is enough. I still like it eventhough I've had much better

11-19-2010 18:13:48 | More by jonb5
Photo of sfprint


2.9/5  rDev -12.1%

A: Carbonation size ranging from teeny to medium. Golden orange. Light carbonation, minimal head.

S: Somewhat sweet, apricot malt. Custard. Not very strong.

T: Interesting. It tastes like a mix of two distinct tastes: One one hand it's a weak, more hoppy amber, on the other a pilsner. Strange, but decent.

M: Sort of sour making it mouthpuckering, astringent,

D: Odd, but not particularly great. Drinkable but I wouldn't jump to it.

11-15-2010 01:25:47 | More by sfprint
Photo of mpm180


2.68/5  rDev -18.8%

12 oz bottle into chalice.

Pours a nice looking amber red color with a very limited head.

Slight smell of belgian yeast and limited fruit.

Taste clean but no real standout flavors.

Medium body with decent carbonation. No aftertaste.

A bit of a letdown if you are expecting a big european taste. Very muted flavor but nothing bad which makes it drinkable. You could easily have a few of these in one session but you wont be blown away.

11-13-2010 04:51:59 | More by mpm180
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +24.2%

Served on tap at a local BBQ joint.

Pours a light golden amber color with a minimal amount of white foam. Average retention, some lacing.

Very faint bready aroma, light malt, otherwise not much. Clean.

Taste is clean, crisp, with a nice malt backbone. Less complex than a typical Belgian Pale, but solid drinkability. Drinks like a lager, tastes like an ale, all told, very nice.

11-06-2010 23:24:41 | More by KTCamm
Photo of John_M


3.65/5  rDev +10.6%

Will assume this is what I'm drinking at Max's tonight. The alcohol is right, and this seems to be the beer most likely to be found on tap here in the US. On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a golden copper color with fair good head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is fairly light, attractive, showing some bread dough, honey, graham cracker and light ginger. Flavors replicate the nose, though I also get a hint of orange citrus that is enticing. This beer sort of reminds me of a lighter, slightly sweeter, and a bit less hoppy version of SNPA. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but the beer delivers a decent amount of flavor for the abv. Drinkability is quite good and is pretty clearly this beer's best attribute. The alcohol is completely unnoticeable, and the beer delivers a decent amount of flavor for the abv.

Not bad, but the fact is that there are an awful lot of pale ales made here in the states that are at least as good as this beer, and are sold at a much more favorable price point. Not sure I can ever see myself getting another glass of this stuff.

11-05-2010 21:12:52 | More by John_M
Photo of cpolking


4/5  rDev +21.2%

Pours a sparkling amber in color and is well-carbonated. The aroma is bright, both sweet and tart at the same time. The beer drinks light, refreshing, with a nice slight caramel sweetness balanced with a slight, tart hoppiness. Very well balanced and proportioned. This could be used as a session beer.

11-03-2010 02:19:39 | More by cpolking
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +7%

This was just brought into the Control Board in Ontario. Pours a golden orange colour with white head that dissipates rather quickly with small lacing on the glass. Smells of grassy hops and some Belgian yeast. Quite mild tasting, some bitterness and sweetness. Very smooth carbonation. A nice enough beer, but nothing to be excited about.

10-27-2010 03:59:20 | More by kwjd
Photo of Redrover


3.63/5  rDev +10%

I had several of these while visiting TAP in Atlanta. TAP is a really nice option if your in Mid-town.

Served in a marked tulip/snifter, the beer is a rusty amber color with a big beige head. It has clingy bits of lace.

It has a pleasant aroma of grains, some spice and yeast.

The beer starts sweet and improves as it warms. There are malts, brown sugar and spices.

Fairly High carbonation level works with this beer. I enjoyed it and though it went well with food.

10-22-2010 15:35:51 | More by Redrover
Photo of dasenebler


3.2/5  rDev -3%

30cl bottle, Netherlands.

Pours an attractive and crystal clear medium amber with a tight one finger head. Some lacing is apparent.

The aroma is rather dull: there's some bready yeast, kind of lager-like.

The flavor is balanced and unoffensive. Biscuity, grainy malts are countered by a light earthy bitterness. Relatively clean, and easy to drink. Lingering flavor is toasty malt. It's still missing either another malty layer or some hop flavor, but all in all, this is okay stuff, not trying to be anything it's not. The mouthfeel is light and effervescent, with a good amount of carbonation.

This is truly an amber ale, and definitely not a pale ale. Sort of like a slightly more refined Yuengling, oddly enough. Decent.

09-20-2010 16:36:34 | More by dasenebler
Photo of morebeergood


3.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Had a Palm on tap this past weekend at Brasserie Gaslight in the South End. Served in a branded Palm goblet. Dark orange color with a nice contrasting white head. Good amount of carbonation and some decent lacing. A nice looking beer when served in its own glass. Smell was a bit spicy, and had some grass clippings aroma also. Taste was good. The flavor had a great malt profile. There was also a nice bit of tangy hops at the very end of the sip. Mouthfeel was very crisp and smooth. I can see why this would be an everyday beer in Belgium. It is very drinkable and pairs well with food or can easily stand alone as a beer to enjoy. Nice to see Palm getting into this market. And at $6 for a glass, that easily competes with me for attention while out drinking.

08-31-2010 14:29:42 | More by morebeergood
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.63/5  rDev +10%

Pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a thick, frothy, fairly persistent snow-white head. Aroma is strong and mainly fruity with a malty undertone and a hint of hops. Crisp flavor is malty and just a little fruity. Texture is fairly fizzy, and finish has just a touch of hop bitterness.

08-19-2010 01:40:57 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of jneiswender


4.22/5  rDev +27.9%

Had this beer on tap in Amsterdam. Served in a snifter glass, cool.

A-brown topaz body and an off white head.

S-grain, cereal and mown grass.

T-raisin, cereal and a light hop finish.


D-nice and pleasant. Very drinkable. I would drink this beer again.

08-11-2010 02:57:04 | More by jneiswender
Photo of glid02


3.55/5  rDev +7.6%

On-tap at Young Augustine's in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy yellowish-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of grainy medium malts with good amounts of breadiness and very light indistinct fruit aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Medium malt flavors with hints of toastiness and heavier amounts of breadiness kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of indistinct medium fruit flavors work their way into things before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer. It's not bad but it's also certainly not worth seeking out.

08-05-2010 00:36:04 | More by glid02
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