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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 76 | 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 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
Photo of CoalPorter
1.83/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Half pour into a Palm goblet

A - clear light amber color, with a single finger of white head with large bubbles, no lacing at all

S - slightly skunky, smells like a Heineken or other euro-import-lager. Malty sweetness underneath with a slight hint of burnt grain.

T - empty at first, leading into a wallop of lightly sticky malt with almost no hops at all. Tastes like amstel light.

M - thin and watery

O - Forgettable and pedestrian, could give Belgian beer a bad name (Disclaimer, I expect any country/brewery/brewer is capable of making both awesome and terrible beers, but given the pedestal "Belgians" are put on this was a big dissapointment.)

CoalPorter, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Palm Special has a brown body with lots of red highlights, and the tan head rises a couple of fingers above the body. Poured into a Palm Special tulip.

A good bit of sniffing and all I get is a whiff of malt. This isn't unpleasant, but it is pretty unremarkable.

The malt domionates the flavor. Bits of sweetness and a lot of grainy flavors, maybe some biscuit. Some candied sugar in the background. The tiniest bit of fruit from the yeast comes through, but it is barely even a shadow of the flavors you get in a normal Belgian Pale (Amber).

The feel is pretty good, as the carbonation makes the beer pretty expansive.

Palm is a fairly inoffensive beer that isn't very interesting. It isn't worth the price I paid for it either.

Hojaminbag, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of avalon07
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma here. A little malt, but that's it.

T: Like the smell, the taste was dominated by malt and very little else. This is a completely one-dimensional flavor, with none of the usual dynamism you get from most Belgian beers.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is an incredibly average and totally forgettable beer.

avalon07, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured a slightly dark gold with good carbonation, a two finger fluffy white head that leaves just about no lacing, and has weak retention. Bright.

S - Mild aroma. Hops, breadiness, and crystal type malts.

T - Bready and very slightly hopped. A little caramel. Not all that strong.

M - Medium to strong carbonation and a medium body with a sweet finish.

O/D - Not too bad but not overly interesting. A standard beer with more complexity than North American 'macros' but not a whole lot to go on besides that.

tbeckett, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at the local bar on tap in their specially designed glass. The glass is like a mix between a chalice base with a tulip top. It is supposed to make the drinking experience better, but I don't really know how.

Palm is just a typical amber. There is nothing special about it. It isn't bad and it isn't great. This is akin to Heineken or Pilsner Urquel.

The coloring is proper for an amber. The carbonation is pretty thin, and there is no proper lacing. I don't smell much more than mustiness. The flavor is bland. Like I said before: it isn't bad.

This is a good beer for people that can't handle strong beer flavors. If you are a member on here; then this beer probably isn't for you.

ummswimmin, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light brown, goldent somewhat clear. One finger fizzy head.
Smell - slightly skunky...just like a Heineken or Stella

Taste - just like it smells...like a Heineken or Stella

Mouthfeel - the usual nothing to report

Overall - This is just another Euro macro style. Nothing worthy at all. Light watery flavorless and slightly skunky. Not worth the import pricetag at all.

bubseymour, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of biegaman
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Palm is a gorgeous looking beer: its bright brassy complexion is deeper than a pilsner but retains much of the same golden shimmer and a spotless, consummate level of clarity. Its bubbles are few but jaunty and bring life to this ethereal-looking creation. It'd be faultless if only this head would take - it's clear by now, however, that that isn't happening.

This aroma is a reminder that good looks can be deceiving; this thing smells about as appealing as an old sock (and, indeed, shares a similar brand of off-putting mustiness). Corn grits and cereal starch prosper where clean barley malt, effervescent yeast and maybe even a dash of hops should. It smells like something they might feed pigs.

That last comment may sound sarcastic, but there's an ounce of truth to it: to cut down on costs and ensure consistency, industrial brewers like this dilute their beers with starch extracts (which convert to sugar) or things similar to corn syrup. These adulterates rarely go unnoticed, largely because they taste so inferior to pure, actual, untainted malted grain.

And it's not just the flavour! They make for a terribly unsatisfying drink, one completely void of mouthfeel, minus a cloying sweetness and stale aftertaste. It's obvious that corn syrup was used here with joyous abandon. Malt, Belgian yeast and European hops - all elements which respectable, even standard Belgian ales come equipped with - not so much.

Palm gives you an idea of Belgium's rich, distinctive brewing culture only as much as Paris depicts the whole of France or, for that matter, how well you can say you know London because you had a layover in Heathrow. It is only "Belgian" at all in that it's brewed there and because it tries to emulate Stella Artois - and even at that it does a poor job. Definitely pass.

biegaman, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of vrushing88
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted this beer on tap last night. Poured into a Palm snifter-esque glass.

Clear dark golden appearance.

Not much to the smell. Very airy. No hidden flavor notes. Very light hop character if anything. Oddly a yeast smell came through, no malt.

The most impressive thing about this brew was the taste. This tastes like an amber ale with hints of dry champange. Clearly no caramel malt in this, which I enjoy.

Their really is no feel to this beer. It is very airy and light.

From what I understand this beer is made with all European ingredients. It tastes very English, even though it's made in Belgium. This is one of the only amber-esque ales I have enjoyed. This is clearly a beer with a lot of work put into it, but clearly not as special as beers I am used too.

vrushing88, May 21, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small dry roast and somewhat floral. In the taste, flowery, caramel, and just a hint of earth. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry earthy and floral like aftertaste. OK, quite flowery and nice caramel, but overall, eh!

OWSLEY069, May 21, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Insipid amber beer.

Pleasant amber in the pint glass. Modest lacing and not much mouthfeel. Faint aroma. Apparent lack of hops, but does have a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Most apparent is the saltiness in the mouth after a couple of swallows. Something like malt, a hint of walnuts, and a slight warmth. Not much going on. I won't quite say it's dishwater, but it is not at all sharp or rich either.

I have no idea what this stuff is, but it does have some beery qualities, so drink up or pour it out, and let's have something better.

mactrail, May 15, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle marked 06.10.11-3.24.2300. Sampled on May 9, 2011. The maber pour is clean and crisp as a whole with little head but a fine enough malty aroma. The body is creamy and medium. The taste is full of sweet caramel malts with an OK lighty hoppe ending. It tastes like it supposed to and is pleasant enough in its own way.

puboflyons, May 10, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

OK beer,yeast and water.Belgian macro, Nothing special, a little toasty is interesting for a sip. LCBO bottle, pouring medium yellow hued body with lots of foamy off-white head. A tad funky aroma. Creamy, oily mouthfeel, heavily carbonated. Not super drinkable.

Sammy, May 08, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Palm pours out as an amber colored brew with a tannish white head that had some pretty good retention. The aroma of the beer had some sweet malt and yeast in it. The taste of the beer followed the same guide lines. This beer had a decent amount of flavors in it. There was a sweetness in the beer that was pleasant and it had some hops in the background. This beer wasn't too bad but it wasn't the greatest Belgian beer by any means. It's an average brew to say the least.

Knapp85, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at KJ Baarons to enjoy in my Palm tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear almost carmel colour with a dense one finger head that slowly faded into an almost solid white blanket, leaving minimal side lacing.

S - Biscuity honey malts and just a light touch of fruit to match the light belgian yeast qualities.

T - Sweet malts upfront followed by lots of honey. Not much in the way of hops, but, there is a light belgian yeast/sugar note.

M - Low carbonation, feels almost flat and thin. Nothing special here.

O - This is a fairly impressive big name belgian pale ale. Stuff is very easy to drink and I could put back large quanities of this.

rudzud, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and clear golden amber color, minimal cap of white head, little retention or bready qualities hidden behind a lightly sweet pale malt and musty hops nose. Taste is quite clean, lightly sweet with a touch of musty earthyness comming from the hops, very light vegital like taste. Medium bodied, some slick oilyness to it. lower in carbonation, lightly dry. Joins Stella as no more than a light import to have in leiu of a BMC, not really somehting to seek out if your looking for a Belgian style beer.

rfgetz, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Kromes
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An very clear amber color with a thin soapy head.

S: Biscuity, honey malts with some fruity hops.

T: The bready and sweet honey malt is mixed with a fruity, grape hop flavor. Finish is somewhat bitter. There is a touch of boozy flavor in the finish also. There is also a touch of the belgian yeast flavor in the background but it is barely there and overpowered by the malt and hop.

M: Very light with low carbonation.

O: It's an average Belgian pale ale. It's like a sweet pilsner with a bitter bite. Tastes ok and easy to drink.

Kromes, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of speter
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper with a fluffy one-finger white head that showily fades to a thin layer with minor lacing.

S: Biscuity malt with apple and pear esters. Surprisingly, little Belgian yeast character. In a blind tasting, I might well confuse this with Cooper's Sparkling Ale.

T: Nice ale fruity overtones with a clear Belgian sugar component. The hops are there for bitterness and balance rather than for aroma and flavor.

M: Middle of the road body with a smoothness from the sugars. Rather light on the carbonation.

O: This is a solid Belgian pale ale. The character comes from the sugars rather than the yeast, but it's quite refreshing and flavorful.

speter, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Finnegan's in Yorktown Heights. Truly the best offering they carried; as it was saddled up next to Bud Light, Stella, Blue Moon and a few other adjuncts. Actually, it was a pleasant surprise to see. Dark golden coloring, head had already dissipated by the time the server brought it over. Not a bad beer, but nothing really stood out. Carbonation was moderate and it went down smooth. If I'm back at Finnegan's it is what I will order, but other than that, I'm not searching it out again.

Ralphs66, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of oline73
2.3/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at the Frisco Taphouse poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours close to clear amber color with not much head at all.

Smell: It hardly smells at all. There is some malt and a hint of grape that isn't pleasing.

Taste: There is a good amount of toasty malt. I'm picking up the grape that I found in the smell. I'm not a huge fan of that flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium. There is a mild amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish.

Overall: This beer just isn't my favorite. I was told to compare it to fat tire by a representative, and it falls a bit short. The grape flavor and smell kept bugging me.

oline73, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of billybob
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i see by the reviews it didn't rate to high but sometimes simple and mild are better bold and in your face. that said my review. pours light clear copper in color with half inch off white head and a light lace. smells of sweet malt and a slightly earthy smell to it as well. sweet taste, malty, has a light taste of tea meduim body and nice smooth mouthfeel. very easy to drink and i would buy again.

billybob, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of mnrider
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


mnrider, Mar 03, 2011
Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.