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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Reviews: 277
Hads: 1,000
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 32.02%
Wants: 19
Gots: 174 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

ABV 5.1 to 5.4%
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Reviews: 277 | Hads: 1,000
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/18/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices and touches of fruit & hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, apples and spices. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's a good beer but there are better Belgian ambers out there.

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Photo of drtth
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Palm glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a copper/dark gold color with a 1 1/4" fluffy off-white head that persists for a reasonably long time. Sipping creates thick coating of lacing on the side.

Smell: The immediate aroma is that of caramel malt with hard to detect spice from the hops.

Taste: The taste is caramel malt with some underlying noble hop bitterness. The flavor is light, refreshing and well balanced

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is short with light dryness and a touch of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: I found this one OK for drinkability and could easily have had a couple more. It also paired well with the spicy shrimp dish that was lunch. However, that being said I'd probably not make any special effort to seek it out to have again.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color me unimpressed. Had a glass while watching Gent-Wevelgem in Ghent. This was a thin, but drinkable Belgian pale ale with less flavor than usual for the mass-produced Belgian-style ales. I was hoping for a little more, but alas. Watery white bread malts with a hint of caramel and Belgian spice. Not worth trying, but not a horrible option.

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

$9 in a branded tulip glass at the brass monkey in nyc - not impressed with this one - thought it was a little flat - could've been the tap - thin head, no lacing, micro-carbonation, - tasted very biscuity and a little cloying - worth a try, but not second glass -

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Photo of Sigmund
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.4%. Clear reddish amber colour, decent off-white head. Moderate aroma, some malts and caramel. The flavour has quite a bit of caramel with moderate hops, some grain and fruit. Hints of alcohol. Not too bad, but Palm Dobbel was more to my liking.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a relatively pale, clear amber/ more like copper color. nice slightly off-white massive head, with a good retention level and a gorgeous lacing pattern.

S: big earthy notes, solid fall fruit notes, mostly apples. hops aromas are of rich soil and flowers.

T: light apple notes, with some nice pale and amber malts. very earthy flavors brought on my the hops. slight sweetness, light caramel notes.

M: smooth and creamy. medium bodied ale. carbonation level is higher than normal.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
2.51/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

from morel's in beijing

330ml bottle. importer's label has date of may 2008, with a "best by" of 1 year later. poured into tulip.

clear, golden, dark straw, with copper tones. decent head, but soon fades to wisps and a sudsy ring. splotchy lacing tends not to stick.

light sulfurous aroma, weak hop grassiness. faintest trace of esters and phenols. smells like a generic pale lager, frankly.

taste also follows. seems like a pale lager or generic pils with a hint of ale quality. backend starts with touch of acidity, then a dry bitterness and faintly phenolic finish.

only slightly watery, but its texture feels grainy. fizzy carbonation.

wtf is this crap?

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Photo of yelterdow
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Over the last few months, Palm has become available all over North Jersey. Sold in a boxed six pack, this goes for $7.99 locally. Served at just over fridge temperature in a tasting tulip, the freshness date on the bottle reads 10.15.09.

Appearance- Straight up amber and perfectly clear, this beer pours nicely with a solid three finger white head. Excellent retention, with tons of lacing that clings to the inside of the glass.

Smell- Maltier aroma than most other BPAs I've sampled... the twangy hops that usually define the style are instead replaced by husky, straightforward grain notes.

Taste- There is a honey-like initial sweetness that very quickly defers to a hefty malt profile... there isn't much nuance in the way the flavor is coming across, it remains even for the entire duration in the mouth. Average at best, but notably uninteresting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Alive and crackly, this beer's texture is really quite fantastic. While the pin-size carbonation sizzles the tongue, it also immediately pulls back and rides like foam in just seconds. If there were more complex, interesting flavors going on here, this stage would be set for a wonderful exhibition. Not a bad beer overall, just unmemorable and pedestrian.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with dense fluffy head and light lacing. The smell is strange, almost beefy, like a grilled steak. The flavor is light, malty and biscuity, a whiff of slightly sour floral hops, with a little sweetness on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and insubstantial. The beer is Ok, sessionable perhaps, but it's drinkability is hurt by the weird smell and a slight sour unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this on a whim and I loved it. A perfect session beer.. very crisp and refreshing with my lasagna. More light bodied than heavy bodied and well balanced, it has a nice kick to it and goes down smooth. I'm glad I picked this one up out of nowhere.. much better than any other generic import out there.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a lt. froffy tan head with good lacing. I got tropical fruit and roasted chesnuts. This ale looks great in the glass,it has a nice blood orange color and a nonstop flow of tiny bubbles. The taste has roasted nuts and caramel that quickly fades into a spicy hop finish. The mouthfeel is med. body and leaves a soft baked grain aftertaste. The drinkabilty has a high score due to the fact this ale is only 5.1% abv. and this pale ale is well balanced and mighty tasty.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/almost hazel color.
Nice fluffy head with very good lace retention.
The aroma of fruits/apple. Malts and grains.
The taste was sweet with pale malts and fruit tones. Yeast was also present.
The feel was zesty,crisp with light to medium body and a medium amount of carbonation. Grains dominate the finish.

Notes: Very good beer. Sessions are o.k with this one.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : golden amber color, with white creamy foam head.
Smell : fruity, notes of roasted malt, grain and caramel.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty, with a slight bitterness.
Drinkability : an good beer in the style Belgian pale ale.

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

On-tap at the Georgetown Saloon, West Redding, CT; served in the new Sam Adams glass

My first experience with the new Sam Adams glass. A lot smaller than I had originally thought. But still cool nonetheless.

Poured a nice amber color with a slightly less than 2 finger head. Head was off-white in color and a good amount of bubbles pushing north due to the nucleation points (a given I guess.)

Malt dominated with some mild floral hops. Also get some notes of vanilla and caramel.

Taste was a little subdued with the malts holding strong and the floral hops providing a nice bittering on the back end. A little bit of sour yeast pokes its head out too.

Light bodied, good carbonation. They found an interesting balance of smooth and thin.

Easily drinkable. This was hard for me to slow down. A good session beer.

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Photo of deanhead
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color with an adequate head that eventually reduced to no head.

Aroma is slightly biscuity.

Tastes is bready hints of baked biscuits and shortbread. hop flavor is extremely subtle, horse blanket.

Very lightmouthfeel almost thin.

Highly drinkable beer. Not your usual Belgian beer. More English or American in style in my opinion.

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Photo of ATPete
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

Pours a very transparent orange brown color with a medium sized wispy white head that leaves some sticking. Some funk, not farmhouse funk but bottle/machine funk in the nose. Other notes include standard lager malt and grassy euro lager bittering hops. Fruity malts arrive upfront first moving into a crisp but mild and balancing bitterness. Again the funk comes in just after the dry finish and lingers long on to the aftertaste. Light bodied and extremely drinkable.

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

I had this with lunch at a cafe in Amsterdam, poured from the bottle into a Palm glass. The beer was clear and copper colored, with a sweet malty aroma. The taste was more malty than hopped, kind of caramel sweet. It tasted like a maibock with a little light fruit. Very refreshing and perfect with lunch.

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Photo of Nickls
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Light copper color, with a thin white head that dissipates quickly

S - Yeasty, bread-like aroma with hints of unripe fruit (apple?)

T - Solid maltiness at first, with citrusy hop bitterness that balances out really well. Good sour yeastiness

M - Lightly carbonated, and not overly mouthfilling...almost thin and slick at the same time

D - This is highly drinkable, and I would even say sessionable.

Overall, this is not the most complex Belgian I've ever had, but it was quite nice. It may be one of the most drinkable, though. I would definitely recommend this, but there are plenty of other things that would take priority for me

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Photo of Beerislife652854
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Palm pint glass produced a clear dark copper color with a thin tan-ish head. The head lasts for the duration of the drink.

S - Mild florals, a good amount of hops.

T - Starts off a bit sweet, malt and barley. Finish is sharp and somewhat bitter.

M - The carbonation is constant and not too overpowering.

D - I could definitely drink a few of these in a row.

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Photo of yesferro
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This used to be my daily beer, I prefer it out of the bottle as to on tap. Very easy to drink, fruity caramel flavors that don't linger for too long. When poored into the older style goblets it's easy to get a really nice thick head on the beer. Very common beer in Belgium, most of any bar you walk into will cary it so it is not the most complex beer out there but certainly worth a try. It is sold in cans also but I only drink it like this out of desperation. Customs seems to let cans of beer slide when they are in international post packages.

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Photo of Biggness
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap this evening @ Once and for all in Patchogue. This beer poured amber, slightly carbonated with a white head. The smell was one a belgian Ale (I am not totally educated on belgian beers so I can not always place the smells) The taste was nice, nicely malted but imo a run of the mill Belgian, nothing compared to the Chimay Tripel I tried before it. This beer feels nice in my mouth, not exactally something I would drink all night but it was an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one from my buddy John whose company will be distributing it in the New York area this summer. Thanks Batman.

Poured from bottle into a Chimay glass an orange dark amber color with light bubbly white foam head that reduced slowly and left some spotty lacing. Mellow grassy smell and malts on the nose. Tasted of malts, caramel and sweet spicy hops. Was very easy drinking light/medium bodied with a crisp finish. I could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Helmer's Cafe in Hoboken...
Presented in the serving glass with a ruddy, dark orange hue with rising carbonation and a decent-sized foamy head that soon dissipated...
Malt-dominated aroma with a nice balance of slight hops, vanilla, and caramel on the nose...
Taste was light, not very assertive, bittersweet, medium-bodied with essences of vanilla and ginger...
Good mouthfeel, although it could've been a little thicker along with a good level of drinkability due to the modest 5.1% ABV...

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Photo of Bobdope
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was served to me on draft in a goblet style glass. It had a light tan color, with a very soft aroma. It had a very light clean after-taste. I would consider this to be a rather social beer. Very light head retention. This beer did not taste strong, or hoppy at all.

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Photo of BBM
2.72/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear, light amber color with no real head into a tulip glass. Very filtered. Aroma was sweet with a slight hint of fruits, but not very strong.

My first impression of this beer was mass-produced Euro amber beer. I don't know much about Palm, but being from Belgium I expected a bit more. There's a sweet bread/corn flavor that is a bit jarring. As the beer warms some of the subtleties with spices become present, but it's too little too late for my taste. Overall a sub par Belgian amber. I would skip this one.

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Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.