Palm Royale | Brouwerij Palm NV

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Palm RoyalePalm Royale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierschenker on 05-05-2005

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 64
Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light Amber with a gold tint and a smidge of white head. No retention but big sheets of lacing. The aroma is light and fruity. The taste is also light, fruity and a little grainy. Light bodied and crisp.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw gold with a hint of cloud, it looks like ginger ale with its carbonation. Half a finger of white head.

Bananas, light fruitiness.

Phenols, bananas, clean linen.

Medium body, soda like carbonation, dries the tongue on the finish.

Found at Rimping today, drank in Chiang Mai, Nov 21st, 2015.

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Photo of Wanne
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is between golden and amber, with a white head. Aroma of malts and fruit. Initial taste of malts and sweet fruit turns into a light metallic taste. Despite this, it's a nice thirst-quenching beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Being a Belgian beer lover I quickly jumped at the opportunity to try this on tap in a growler.
Especially after the trouble my local growler stop had trying to figure out how to tap this

Ale pours a light amber with thin white head and very nice clinging lacing. Nose is of pears,
sweet breaded malts, light herbal hops, and mild caramel malts. Taste is up front sweet with
a pear like taste on the back blending with very mild hops on the aftertaste and slight alcohol
warmth. The ale finishes mildly crisp with a lingering sweetness. Decent quaffable Belgian
"strong pale". Reminiscent of many of the golden Russian brews out there. Will try in a bottle
when the opportunity arises to compare notes.


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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden copper color with a white head and plenty of lace. Aroma of sweet malts, phenolic Belgian yeast and a bit of hops. In the taste, well balanced brew of toffee like malt, saccharine like yeast malt interaction. Toffee, citrus, marshmallow and caramel. Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Overall, a nice beer, but not amazing.

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Photo of PZUCKER
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite type of beer is vienna stye amber beers. the best of them in my opinion come from Belgium Palm being one of my regular favorites So I was delighted when I walked into a local establishment and found Palm Royale among the offerings.
At first look is very good, darker than regular Palm and with a very good smell I truly thought I was about to sip a new favorite unfortunately it was not to be while the beer had a familiar cool delightful taste and feel it unfortunately also had a bitter after taste not at all common to vienna style beers,
Strong promise but unfortunate let down, Oh Well I will have to continue my search for the perfect liquid refreshment

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep golden, honey-like; clear; effervescent; no head; no lacing

Aroma: Not a lot of aroma; some hints of cider; slight hops; some honey

Taste: Juicy; syrupy; warming alcohol; not very complex; overall, not that great

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Douberd
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle of 330 ml at home, served into a tulip glass. Name on the label is Palm Royale and ABV is stated as 7.5%.
Very deep golden colour, almost copper like. Two fingers of white, creamy head with an average retention and average activity in the glass too.
Aroma is of belgian yeast, with some faintly fruity notes.
Taste is sweet, with the fruity notes of the aroma present but again, very faintly. Quite a malty flavor as well.
It has a very full and rich body, that's what I liked more on this one. It is fairly carbonated.
Not that bad, but I was waiting for something much better from Palm, or from whatever beer uses the word "Royal" on the label.

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Photo of stevoj
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very smooth palate, color is amber with a nice thick, creamy head. Aroma is on the light side; honey, bread and malt. Taste is malt, and crackers. Very malty for a Belgian...

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Photo of Filosoof
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label and the story behind this beer let me expect more from this bottle. I think it is a very average beer, with a non-inviting smell.

L: great;
S: very metallic, next to the known Palm smell;
T: in line with the taste; very round;
M: good; nice alcohol, but nothing to write mama about;
O: good, but not more than that; I will pick up other beers next time.

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Photo of treque
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A a dark gold , traslucent, carb permanent , white head With golf retention, waste left behind on The glass

S some caramel, malty and alcohol

T lots of sweety notes, crispy on tongue, bitter at The end long final, The alcohol presence is noticed. Nice warm sensation

Médium body

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Photo of benfons
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV 7.5 Palm Royal

A: Clear range-blonde colour nice thick head

S: Lots of fruits, banana, apple, some hops

T: Banana sweetness up front, some citrus and apple with a bland hoppy finish, a bit singlesided this

M: dry, abv is fine

O: Everything with this beer is fine, but there's nothing special about it that makes me think i need to have this one again

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nose very fruity with delicate banana suspicions. The hop aroma is less than in Palm Special but the body is here, more fruity and warm with a finish so dry. Unfortunately, it is much harder than his little sister and did not drink this very nice refreshing side of Palm. It's the biggest problem in this beer.

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Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just had as few glassed of this last night. It's a very good drinkable beer especially for a belgian. Can be drank as a session beer almost with a great belgian flavor. Appearance is great, smell is awesomoe. Taste, mouthfeel and drinkability is also good. If you find this on draft you should get it. Recommend.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 75cl bottle from a few euros in Ghent. This is basically a simple, but fruity strong pale ale. It has the thick body of a heavier beer and with all the juicy (apple, grape, cherry) taste, it reminds me a bit of a double wit. So while this is a nice change of pace (albeit not a huge one), this beer lacks the complexity of a great pale ale.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : amber color with a white foam head.
Smell : malts and caramel aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : notes of caramel, malty and sweet in the finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just got back from a cruise on the Royal Cribbean ship Enchantment of the Seas, and I tried a beer that is supposed to be exlusively brewed for Royal Cribbean...after much searching on the internet, I can't find any info about who brews this beer for them. I just read on RateBeer, that many think that Royal Caribbean repackaged this beer from Palm as thier own brew. If I'm way off base here, someone please beermail me!

The following is the text from RateBeer:

{{{Commercial Description:
Editor's note: The Royal Caribbean house brand "Royal" is believed to be this brew.}}}

A - Slightly haze burnished bronze/gold with a small but persistent head and lots of really nice white lace.

S - Sweet honeyed fruit. Applesauce and raisins with honey. A slight wisp of some subdued hops.

T - Hoppier than the nose, with some nice balancing grassyness, but it's still pretty much "malt-forward" with flavors of honey, raw cane sugar, and rum. Some nice yeasty flavors some out with warmth. Finishes off-dry with a sweet aftertaste that has a hoppy grace note.

M - Soft on the palate with a low to moderate carbonation and relitively full body. Lush.

D - I drank quite a few of these on the cruise since it stood head and shoulders above anythng else on the ship. A pretty damn good beer!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted at the 2007 Zythos fest.

Mid yellow, copper, orange, amber? A mix of all four then, with a small white head.

Yeast, alcohol esters and not a lot more, it's aroma lets it down.

Taste is heavy alcohol, a hint of liquorice with a bitter tang which somehow sweetens as you get into the flavours more. A difficult beer to rate.

Dry aftertaste and slightly bitter too.

A complicated beer to rate, but well worth trying.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this on 6th Feb 07 (best by16/11/07), 7.5% ABV Palm Royale 33cl. The second of 2 bottles of this brought as a present for me from Belgium.
Poured a clear straw coloured brew with a thin off white head, dissapating to leave a thin head with moderate lacing.
No much of a smell; slightly hoppy and a little like apilsner.
Taste: a bit pilsner-like with some rust at first, warming to bring a sweetness versus hops flavour. Buttery also.
Mouthfeel a little syrupy.
Overall; a nice beer, quite drinkable without being very challenging.

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Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprising and perplexing brew – I guessed BPA and was “correct” on the style. This one fits it to a tee.

A whiskey brown pour, topped by a nice ivory head that laced my $200 snifter very well. Also noted on the Belgium label to consume before 23/08/07.

Small notes of malt, and a curious euro pilsner type smell. Tastes along the lines of a charged pilsner greeted me, but the unforeseen hop finish brought this one back to a pale ale status. Sharp & dry, close to champaign consistency. I didn’t notice the 7.2% until afterwards, when the ol’ cheeks turned rosy. Nice, unique brew – first that I had along these lines.

Thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam, for the unique chance to enjoy this one.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this beer at the recommendation of and in the company of Bierschenker in Brugge at Cambrinus. Bottle lists 7% abv.

Aroma: A nice mellow nose, hard to pick much out in a bar though.

Appearance: Clear amber glass, nice white head that lasted and gave a little lace.

Flavor: A solid amber ale, rather middle of the road. Mild flavors, a bit sweet. Clean, no flaws.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall Impression: A gentle and easy beer, one that would make a good session. Nothing wrong with this one, it just was a bit too subtle for me given all the Belgian treats I was having.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another Palm beer, added to the portfolio of the brewery. In general Palm makes more drinkable beer, I mean with less alcohol, so this a pretty good marketing step from Interbrew.

This beer is very clear amber with a nice frotty head and lots of carbonation.
Smell was not very outspoken, somewhat as the regular 5% Palm, some caramel, maltiness and a faint straw smell.
Taste was caramellic slightly bitter and a bit sticky on the lipps. Quite a refreshing beer with maltbitter or chocolate edges, I could not notice the 7,5% alcohol, which make it a very drinkable beer.
I am not sure if this will be as big as the normal Palm, IMO it lacks depth and is not special enough.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB 22-12-05. Not much of a head, not lasting well. Nose is luckily mostly alcohol but with barnmalty, buteric acid, green from yeast and alltogether unfresh. Same yeaststrain used as in the regular( i think) and have to say that I'm not that impressed of the esters it produces. Taste is also empty, litle sweet, litle carramelic buttery, alcoholic and a sweet and low bittered so only sweet alcohol in aftertaste. Drinkability is easy cause of the low amount of flavour but enjoyability is something else.

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice light amber colour. It is very hard to get a nice head, so no need to tilt the glass.
The beer has hardly any odour. It smells a bit like sugar syrup and pine wood.
The beer hardly has any carbonation. The first taste is quite disappointing. There is no real distinctive taste. I was able to find some traces of caramel, syrup and wood. It gives it a medicinal flavour. It’s the aftertaste that is more richer in flavour. It still tastes medicinal because of the syrup and wood taste, but it is enriched with snares of citrus and honey.

All in all not one of my favourite beers. I would personally put it halfway between good and bad. I expected more of this beer because of it’s recent history. It is being brewed by and in honour of brew master Alfred Van Roy. Descendant of the original owners of the Palm brewery. To celebrate his ninetieth birthday and retirement from the brewery this beer was launched on the Belgian market in 2003.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Palm Royale from Brouwerij Palm NV
3.5 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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