Palm / Palm Speciale
Brouwerij Palm NV

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Brouwerij Palm NV
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #162
Ranked #28,832
3.32 | pDev: 16.57%
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May 04, 2002
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Notes: ABV 5.1 to 5.4%
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Photo of Peach63
3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Peach63 from New York

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
3.58 by misteil from Ireland on Mar 20, 2022
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3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by deleted_user_995920

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
3.24 by Danzifer from Ohio on Dec 03, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Pivopijak from Washington

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
3.13 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 25, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

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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4.14/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by VoxRationis from New York

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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3.96/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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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3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by TheRatCage from Connecticut

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
3.81 by qqq from Rhode Island on May 04, 2021
3.71 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Apr 15, 2021
3.56 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Jan 10, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

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
Photo of Nass
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by Nass from Florida

The pour is dark orange. The taste is apple, cherry, & caramel. cheers! B-

Nov 12, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MGibbons from Maryland

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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3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by janubio from Spain

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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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by BelgianHops from Belgium

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
3.62 by Daniel473 from Netherlands on Aug 07, 2020
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3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by 305STIguy from Florida

For me, more enjoyable than Stella. A refreshing and well crafted brew.

May 21, 2020
3.62 by jacobk1997 from Georgia on Feb 06, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Radome from Florida

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
3.75 by Trboley from Ohio on Dec 24, 2019
3.19 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Oct 19, 2019
3.58 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Oct 14, 2019
4.21 by bmaggot from Lithuania on Sep 06, 2019
3.21 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2019
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2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by marcbosch from Netherlands

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
3.69 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania on Mar 23, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Mar 09, 2019
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3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by elnachooo from Spain

De color rojizo, con una cabeza espumosa que se va en segundos. Tiena carbonatación y cuerpo medio. Aroma a malta y caramelo. En boca es dulce, ligeramente amarga, con una sensación de caramelo además de la malta. Para mí una grata sorpresa.

Feb 27, 2019
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2.52/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by KooVee from Finland

33cl can, 6m old.

Orange-amber, some lace but the foam is quite quickly dissipating.

Nose is sweet, giving dark sugary associations and a bit of underlying grain.

Taste is fruity, banana being the strongest flavour that comes to mind, mouthfeel is quite thin. I have had this on tap and it's superior to the can version.

Overall hard to whip up any particular interest. Too close to an unhopped, thin lager with added on most generic "Belgian" yeast fruitiness. Belgian pale ale can be so much more and somehow the goodness on tap rarely translates to the packaged version

Feb 22, 2019
2.28 by Toynk from Illinois on Feb 18, 2019
2.93 by emerge077 from Illinois on Jan 29, 2019
3.5 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Jan 06, 2019
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3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by mothmanscott from Georgia

From notes 10/31/11: Pours and orange copper with 1/2 inch of off-white, short-lived head that leaves no lace. Aroma: banana, delicate malt, yeast, honey and orange citrus notes. Taste: honey, fruit, sweet malt, banana. Finishes with citrus and a carbonation bite.

Dec 30, 2018
4.55 by jguzman718 from New York on Nov 26, 2018
Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
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