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Palm / Palm Speciale - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%

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 woosterbill


2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 02:30:55 | More by woosterbill
Photo of ferrari29


3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 01:58:13 | More by ferrari29
Photo of nickthetick


3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 23:58:57 | More by nickthetick
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 08:09:20 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 16:58:44 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of jkrich


3.53/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 20:57:28 | More by jkrich
Photo of CoalPorter

North Carolina

1.83/5  rDev -44.5%
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.)

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 15:56:59 | More by CoalPorter
Photo of Hojaminbag


2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 13:57:19 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 00:31:44 | More by tbeckett
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 23:31:17 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of vrushing88


3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 17:42:31 | More by vrushing88
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 15:58:54 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of mactrail


3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 04:17:32 | More by mactrail
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 13:24:05 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 18:44:56 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of oline73


2.3/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 02:01:01 | More by oline73
Photo of Wegomlegging


3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


1.85/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 21:12:52 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Redrover


3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 00:36:04 | More by glid02
Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
76 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.