Palm / Palm Speciale
Brouwerij Palm NV

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Brouwerij Palm NV
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #150
Ranked #29,014
3.32 | pDev: 16.57%
May 13, 2023
May 04, 2002
Palm / Palm SpecialePalm / Palm Speciale
Notes: ABV 5.1 to 5.4%
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Large head that almost overflowed a wide-mouthed glass. Lumpy recession. Good lacing with some thick streaks. Hazy, amber color.

Strong metallic nose initially. Mostly malt with a light Belgian yeast smell.

The Belgian yeast taste is strongest. Again, the malt is the main flavor. The body is oily but there's plenty of carbonation to cut it. The swallow brings the warming effects of the alcohol.
May 13, 2023
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a stemmed glass goblet. Dark reddish-amber colored body, with a couple of fingers of white head that left a curtain of lacing as it settled. You want a beer that "tastes like beer"? This is it. Malty and slightly bitter, with notes of grain, grass, and herbal hops. Smooth and silky mouthfeel, good carbonation. Finish is quite dry and satisfying. The brewer's note says it all: "Full-bodied taste that's easy to drink, perfect with a variety of foods - and always with good friends nearby. Cheers!"
May 06, 2023
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had this on draft 4/11/23 @ the Hopleaf.

See-through ruby red appearance.

Huge khaki head; frothy lace.

Orange peel, rustic wheat & faint berry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild flavors of caramel, orange peel, soft wheat & a hint of berry.

Apr 15, 2023
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Aromas of sweet malt, with a little clove. Very flavorful, subtle cloves and plenty of toasty malt.

BOM 1/2023
Mar 26, 2023
Rated: 3.54 by Kiro from Russian Federation

Dec 09, 2022
Rated: 3.62 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Jul 30, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by cryptichead from Illinois

Jun 25, 2022
Rated: 3.49 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

May 27, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Amber with a 1" white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is biscuit, cracker, grass, yeast.

Taste is bready, slight caramel, Belgian yeast.

Thin body, light carbonation. Semidry finish.

A nice, milder Belgian Ale.
Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 3.58 by misteil from Ireland

Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by deleted_user_995920

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured from bottle into a Belgian beer glass. Nice creamy,off white head,mostly translucent golden/orange color. Smell subtle clove,banana. Taste is banana but very much in the background.Some pleasant malt taste as it warms up. Some bread crust characteristics appear. Feel is a bit viscous for the ABV. This beer seems very one dimensional. Belgian yeast in the forefront. This beer is okay. I now understand the rating-
Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 3.24 by Danzifer from Ohio

Dec 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
bottle into glass
Point Brugge Café - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Medium, ivory head. Lovely, medium orange/amber look. Aromas of sweet malt, with a little clove/allspice character, with a tiny touch of butterscotch. Yummy, mixed and subtle cloves, mace and allspice flavors, with plenty off-dry, medium toast, caramelized malt, in there, which provides a good mouthfeel. Flavors all trail off very well into a fairly long finish.
Nov 12, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle into a 12oz tulip glass.
L: Pours perfectly amber clear burnished copper color w/a 1/2" eggshell white head, good retention, light carbonation, traces of sticky random lacing.
S: Light bread, malts, wild flowers, rather clean.
T: Lightly sweet, roasted malts, citrus zest, honey, toasted crusty sweetbread, a hint of raisins, yeast. Lightly floral, moderately full flavored, bitter finish.
F: Smooth, wet, medium bodied mouthfeel w/a zesty & lightly sharp mildly drying finish.
O: Very tasty & easy drinking. Clean & refreshing. It has a fairly large taste yet is delicate, elegant and refined. It is excellent in it's style.
Oct 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a lightly toasted malt smell mixed with some corn sweetness, a bit of caramel, and a touch of butterscotch candy. Along with these smells is a little bit of apple and pear and a touch of grain.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready malt flavor that is matched by some tastes of caramel and fruit of pear. At the same time there is a light roastiness and a hint of toasted cracker. As the taste advances some flavors of apple replace some of the caramel, and with a touch of hay and herb at the very end, one is left with a slightly toasted and lightly bready taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. For the style the feel is good and makes for a rather easy sipping brew.
Overall – An alright light amber ale overall. Easy drinking with a good flavor.
Aug 21, 2021
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.14/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Served on tap in a conical pint glass at Urban Hamlet in Bronxville, NY.
A: Pours a crystal clear, amber color with a one finger, wheat color head, a solid cap, and sticky rings of complex lacing.
S: Tangy with aromas of caramel, (?orange) citrus, and pumpernickel.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Palate like the nose, but more lightly orange and solidly malty. Solid but subtle bitterness.
M: Light bodies with moderate carbonation.
O: Delicious. A green pale ale, especially for lager drinkers.
Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear, rich Amber color. Huge khaki head had very good retention and left gorgeous lacing.

S---Malty, baked bread. Light hoppiness.

T---Rich maltiness with a tinge of hoppiness. Bread/biscuit flavor with some caramel.

F---Medium bodied with ok carbonation.

O---A fine beer, I just wish they gave me those .8 ounces their Eurobottles are missing.
Jul 02, 2021
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Reviewed by TheRatCage from Connecticut

3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
L: A nice opaque copper color. Minimal head with little to no lacing.

S: light malt. Not much aroma.

T: light malt, heavier hops at the finish. I’m not getting banana like others are saying with this one.

F: light bodied, thin carbonation.

O: it’s alright. I’m a little underwhelmed but it’s not bad per-se.
May 07, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by qqq from Rhode Island

May 04, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Apr 15, 2021
Rated: 3.56 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Jan 10, 2021
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Reviewed by RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Rich amber color with a decent head and minimal lacing. Smells of bread, tropical fruit and yeast. Flavor is similar to aroma with clove, honey and some hop bitterness. Good carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer with a touch of sweetness.
Jan 06, 2021
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Rated by Nass from Florida

3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
The pour is dark orange. The taste is apple, cherry, & caramel. cheers! B-
Nov 12, 2020
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Reviewed by MGibbons from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nice looking beer, poured into a Belgian glass goblet from the bottle. Not much head, just some light foam. But good amber color (4). Light malty odor (4). Respectably malty flavor that's good if it's what you're looking for. Overall flavor is agreeable, but a bit underwhelming (3.75). The beer has light effervescence with a bit of smoothness. The effervescence can be a bit sharp on the palate (3.75). Overall, a solid, malty ale (3.75).
Sep 03, 2020
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in a trappist glass. Amber colour, medium head with long retention, good lacing. Aroma of caramel, citrics, fruits, spices. Medium body, creamy texture, active carbonation. Sweet finish. Taste follows the aroma. Simply good, not too complex.
Aug 17, 2020
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Reviewed by BelgianHops from Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Okay amber beer from Belgium. Well balanced with high carbonation and smooth aftertaste. Hints of bread are the first note you smell. Average ale, good after a hot day.
Aug 13, 2020
Rated: 3.62 by Daniel473 from Netherlands

Aug 07, 2020
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Rated by 305STIguy from Florida

3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
For me, more enjoyable than Stella. A refreshing and well crafted brew.
May 21, 2020
Rated: 3.62 by jacobk1997 from Georgia

Feb 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

L - Dark golden colored beer with some orange highlights; almost perfectly clear. Off white head is fluffy at first but not too persistent, except as a solid sheet on the surface. thick, sticky lacing on glass.

S - Lightly malty aroma whispers of pilsner grain and sweet bread. Low grassy hops dominates the finish. Nothing distinctive but nothing negative, either.

T - Slightly sharp pilsner grain flavors up front, later rounded out by bready malt. Light grassy hops and low fruity fermentation character. Gentle flavors; not overly complex.

F - Medium body; light to moderate carbonation feels creamy. Light hops bitterness barely balances the malt sweetness. No alcohol warmth is apparent.

O - Everything about this beer is light, subtle and pleasant with nothing off-putting. It's just not very interesting or engaging, either.
Dec 28, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Trboley from Ohio

Dec 24, 2019
Rated: 3.19 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Oct 19, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Oct 14, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by bmaggot from Lithuania

Sep 06, 2019
Rated: 3.21 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Aug 07, 2019
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Reviewed by marcbosch from Netherlands

2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
L: Darkish orange, head faded quickly.
S: Very faint, detecting some Belgian yeast (fruity) and malt (bread/biscuit?).
T: Like a strong lager with a bit of Belgian character as someone said before me. Malt with slightly toastiness, yeasty character, and a bit of rubbing alcohol. Somewhat hoppy finish. OK.
F: Low body, high carbonation without the typical Belgian effervescence.
O: Mass-produced ale, cheap but drinkable. If you want a six-pack of something stronger than your average lager and with a bit of "something" go for it. Else, pass.
Jun 06, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Mar 09, 2019
Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 1146 ratings