Palm / Palm Speciale | Brouwerij Palm NV

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Palm / Palm SpecialePalm / Palm Speciale

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Brouwerij Palm NV

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV 5.1 to 5.4%

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

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Photo of the3rdtriumph
5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

76? Poor? Preposterous!
This is my new favorite beer!
Poured into a pilsner glass. Looks like a light amber lager. I don't know. Looks run of the mill. But that head is inviting! Super charged (in the words of Ronald Theriot), after a few sips it dies down so you don't get it all over your face. But you can really smell that aroma during those first few sips. If you've ever had a Blegian anything, you'll notice that familiar scent when it first hits your nose. But the aroma as a whole is earthy, grassy, there's some fruit in there... amazing. Did not expect it.
Taste is phenominal. I payed for what I thought and what was priced to be a Heineken competitor, but got so much more. Can't describe it. Just go buy some and try it.
Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, but not lacking. The flavor packs a wallop, and it is 5.4% alcohol, a tad stronger than your typical beer it is placed next to in the cooler. After taste is pleasant and sparkly. Some floral hops lingering in the background?
Overall, I'd say get this beer!

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.8/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Palm branded chalice on tap at Kodiak's.

Bright copper/amber body with a finger of off white head. Soda-like carbonation, nice lacing of glass. Scent is lightly citrus, fruity. Taste is sweet, apricot the barest hint of hops. No aftertaste or bitterness. A nice "dessert" beer.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.58/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

palm belgian pale ale

A/P= pours a clear amber hue with a two finger white head with carbonation sticking to the sides of the glas

S= a faint smell of caramel

T= clean and light with a light sweet taste on the back.

MF= bubbles everywhere

i like this beer, it tastes best in a glass extra cold, its a whole different beer when you drink it from the bottle , very pleasant tasting, the box that the six pack comes in is a brillant idea and more brewers should use it, it is the ultimate way to protect the taste of the beer.


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Photo of deebo
4.34/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a review of the unfiltered version served on draught in a restaurant in Gent. This ale has the appearance of many unfiltered wheat beers. Cloudy and dark straw colored with a weak white head. Aroma and taste is a very nice balance of wheat and barley malt. Very slight spicy hop character. Extremely high drinkability. Haven't tried the filtered bottle version but this baby was solid. Recommended.

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Photo of erosier
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours an orange amber color with a medium bodied and short white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down. I was expecting a lot of yeast on the bottom but I did not see any.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some fruity aromas, some slight yeast aromas, and then a nice slight hop aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, hints of biscuity flavors, some fruit flavors that yield some slight green apple flavors and a faint hoppy finish.
M: Crisp finish, medium bodied yet full flavored, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, I liked this one a lot since it had a lot of mild flavors coming together and making it quite drinkable.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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Photo of NODAK
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has an aroma of cereal grains and a honey-like sweetness. Fairly sweet on the nose, which differentiates it from other Euro lagers.

The taste of the body of the beer has a mixture of a cereal grains with the honey sweetness that was found on the nose. During the initial part of the taste, the two go together and provide a pretty good balance. Towards the finish, the sweetness really comes out and becomes dominant, allowing the beer to end on a sweet note. Again, this is the defining characteristic of this beer in my opinion and what will make it identifiable versus other beers like this. In fact, the website even boasts about the "honey-like sweetness".

Very drinkable beer here, albeit a pretty simple one. I'd choose this one any day versus most of the Euro lagers that I see in mass quantities when I go to the store.

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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly thick brown with a nice head. Smells of lightly sweet, toasted malt: peat, caramel, bread.

Tastes like it smells: a lot of nice, subtle malt complexities balanced out wonderfully by spicy hops.

Someone told me this is the beer that Fat Tire is based on. I believe them. The malt profiles are quite similar--and quite good--only Palm doesn't have any of that weird, burny dryness that affects the back end of most of New Belgium's brews. A very nice, malty session beer.

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Photo of therica
4.15/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sitting here in a hotel room in Leuven Belgium, actually drinking from a bottle (gasp!), because I grabbed a few various bottles to sample, at the grocery last night. It's warm, not chilled.

Yes, very nice!

First-- the head-- warm and all, okay-- 3/4 of the glass full of a nice firm off-white head! It tastes great-- basically true to the taste of the beer to follow.

Appearance-- (oops, glass empty, pouring some more...) darker than most blonde's, except this one is more of a darker reddish-orange. As I pour it, it's basically a thin yellow stream out of the bottle, but magically turning darker in the more dense arena of the glass. The head is still hanging up the sides of the glass, by the way....

Taste-- not quite sweet, but close. The carbonation is fine, leaving a nice feel on the tongue, not bubbly-bity-gassy at all. There are some tastes here that I can't quite identify. (pours more-- bottle empty, damn!). There's a slight hint of hops and bitterness that I have to struggle to even find-- ie, not overly bitter or hoppish, just a slight trace thereof. There's some sort of flavor in the taste here, that I can't quite identify or describe-- maybe a bit of burnt rose-hip or something? Not fruity, just nice.

I don't think I'd be up for drinking this one nonstop all night, but it sure is nice for a few bottles' worth. Maybe I can try to find this stuff on-tap while I'm here.

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Photo of joedon
4.15/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer seems to be considered a "premium" choice in a lot of restaurants in Amsterdam. I found it to be very good and drinkable; better than most of the other reviewers seem to think.

Pretty amber color with a not so thick head. Usually served in a goblet of 25cl.

Nice malty aroma with some hoppiness. Good flavor, malt and bitterness in balance. Also, some crystal malt, roastiness and a hint of sugar.

Excellent for sipping in an outdoor cafe and goes well with spicy or ethnic foods.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Palm Breweries NV "Palm"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 01.26.2017" and sampled on 6 AUG 2016
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Now labeled as "Belgium's session ale" in the U.S., Palm displays a deep amber/copper colored body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves a wide range of spots and splashes of lace behind. The aroma suggests sugary dusted dark skinned fruits such as plums and black raisins over a golden caramel malt base, and that carries over into the flavor with the addition of some mineral, earth, and spice (clove, soft black pepper). The malt widens a bit, revealing more of a medium caramel character with a touch of nuttiness and a hint of toastiness; and some leafy hops can be found in the background as well. It's bitterness rides the center of balance, leaving it sweetish up front and then bitter in the finish. Quite nice, perhaps the best way to think of this is as a Belgian version of an English pale ale.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer always came in the cups crystal clear medium amber with a nearly white frothy and long lasting head which absolutely coated the glass.

The aroma contained a nice caramel component and a lightly spicy hop presence. The caramel was coupled with a light fruitiness.

The flavor was caramel with a low peppery spice character and a well done bittering that balanced the malt and kept the fruity part of the flavor in balance.

The finish was dry wtih a lasting low hop presence and light spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. An average BPA, but darn refreshing and very easy to consume, expecially on a hot day and brewery fresh.

Multiple cups at the Palm Open House in Steenhuffel on 9/10/06.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Through a rather convoluted set of circumstances, managed to get a bottle brought back after a native of Belgium made a visit home. I think this is my first Belgian beer that was not what I typically think of as "Belgian" in character (i.e. characteristic yeast flavors). To me, this hit me as ESB-ish, and was quite good. Nice, bold hops with sturdy, toffee malt marching along in step. Lively carbonation - very drinkable.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.09/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a nice coppery orange colour... Slightly off white head poured fairly thick then faded quite quickly to thin layer. Very faint carbonation drifts to the surface... Some light lacing...

Aroma - Strong toasted caramel maltiness, light biscuitiness, honey sweetness, some bready notes, spicy hops, nutmeg hints, spicy fruits (figs and apples mostly), some faint almond / marzipan notes... all very typically Belgian..

Taste – Spicy caramel maltiness, light toasted biscuity motes, light toffee sweetness, some spicy hop bitterness, nutty, slightly salty notes, juicy fruits (spicy apples, oranges)...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy.. Light / medium bodied. Very very drinkable...

Overall - An excellent and very quaffable ale.... nothing groundbreaking but certainly recommended...

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Photo of BarryNL
4.06/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Excellent - clear copper coloured beer with a super fluffy Belgian style head which never seems to fade and laces all down the glass.

S: Fairly bland - some nice aroma from the crystal malt - no real hop detectable.

T: Fairly well balanced - starts with some sweetness of crystal malt and finishes with a clean bitterness. A refreshing beer.

M: Typical big fluffy Belgian beer with fairly high carbonation, but no harshness.

D: Inoffensive, and very drinkable. You could easily drink it all night, but you might get bored of it before long.

I've edited this review to increase the scores after having the canned version. There seems to be more flavour and more aroma when this beer comes from a can - it probably deserves this higher score for the on-tap version too, strange that it always seems to me a little less impressive in the bottle.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very very similar to Leffe Brune Belgian Ale- Which is a good thing.

Look: A deep brown with a shallow (perhaps 1cm) head.

Smell: A little spice, a little wheat. definitely a pungent alcohol smell.

Taste: A vague sweetness that gently tapers off into a lightly spiced wheat taste. A slightly strange after-taste I couldn't put my finger on.

Feel: The carbonation could be a bit better, as it felt a little "heavy" for an ale.

Overall: If you can't get a Leffe, this is a swell Belgian Ale!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant tea colored amber under a thin white foam collar.
S: Has an earthy malt nose with some fruit.
T: Initial soft malty sweetness with some biscuit and some bubblegum-candi sweetness in the middle, light hops, no clove or banana. Finishes with a touch of sweetness – drier in the middle with a slight tart note.
F: Medium to medium light body and medium to a little above carbonation.
O: Flavorful, innofensive and easy to drink

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Photo of Alissa2579
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Started enjoying this beer while earning my MBA at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. This is a nice light and refreshing beer with plenty of flavor but not overpowering

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in a large tulip glass at Casa Dijanna in Watertown, CT this shows a clear copper color with a decent off-white froth on top and very nice lacing. The nose picks up a mild wheat and nutty clove, a hint of alcohol, and just a touch of citrus/pine hop. The flavor offers a smooth almond malt with bright lemongrass hop. It has plenty of tingly carbonation with a medium body plus feel. It's mostly grassy but with a nice neutralizing malt and a pleasant dry finish. An enjoyable option that is especially nice with food.

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Photo of cpolking
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling amber in color and is well-carbonated. The aroma is bright, both sweet and tart at the same time. The beer drinks light, refreshing, with a nice slight caramel sweetness balanced with a slight, tart hoppiness. Very well balanced and proportioned. This could be used as a session beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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 ordybill
3.99/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy Palm, it has a great crisp taste and stands up well as an accompaniment to food or as a solo act. It has a good clean aroma and has a nice golden sheen when poured. There is no aftertaste and pours well. It does not have the full body flavor of its neighbor Heineken but it is very satisfying.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
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 zoolzoo
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this tonight at a local spot. It was the most interesting thing on tap, had to give it a go.

This is just a simple, tasty, and refreshing beer. Great compliment to warmer weather.

Light toasted malt, grains, and candi sugar. Notably sweet up front. Mild hopping for balance. No classic Belgian yeast qualities to be found. Its not as spicy as most Belgians, especially without that yeasty characteristic. In this case, that is totally not a bad thing.

Light bodied, prickly carbonation, pretty mild overall - I enjoyed it!

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