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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV
Belgium
palm.be

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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#44,998
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294
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1,093
pDev:
16.62%
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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

OK beer,yeast and water.Belgian macro, Nothing special, a little toasty is interesting for a sip. LCBO bottle, pouring medium yellow hued body with lots of foamy off-white head. A tad funky aroma. Creamy, oily mouthfeel, heavily carbonated. Not super drinkable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain/malt, caramel, and some slight yeast aromas. Taste is pretty much the same and a bit watery overall. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but at least it looks good in the glass.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure why this is rated so low, I like everything about it. the pour is gorgeous, clear pale red color with an inch of white fluffy head in a proper palm globe. bubbles shoot up and tickle the nose like a soda pop. the nose on this is lighter than expected, not a high dose of Belgian yeast and rich red malt I expected, but rather an understated mix of both. the malts aren't sweet at all, gentle and earthy, and the hops are floral and subtle as well. the yeast gives this beer a great lightness of feel, and an easy drinkability. sure its not the most dynamic flavor profile out there, especially coming from the beer motherland, but this is a perfectly sessionable beer, far superior to so many American reds. its got a very clean feel and finish, refreshing. overall this beer probably deserves a little more respect, although ive never had the bottled version and the tap might make it a whole lot better.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Palm pours out as an amber colored brew with a tannish white head that had some pretty good retention. The aroma of the beer had some sweet malt and yeast in it. The taste of the beer followed the same guide lines. This beer had a decent amount of flavors in it. There was a sweetness in the beer that was pleasant and it had some hops in the background. This beer wasn't too bad but it wasn't the greatest Belgian beer by any means. It's an average brew to say the least.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this on a whim and I loved it. A perfect session beer.. very crisp and refreshing with my lasagna. More light bodied than heavy bodied and well balanced, it has a nice kick to it and goes down smooth. I'm glad I picked this one up out of nowhere.. much better than any other generic import out there.

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly died down. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of earthy and grassy hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts with notes of caramel and hints of apples and sweetness. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: It isn't that difficult to drink this beer given its low alcohol content and light amount of bitterness.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, a single from Zyn in Calgary.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium red-brick tinged amber hue, with one finger of densely foamy beige head, which leaves a low sinking iceberg profile of lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of somewhat biscuity and grainy pale malt, a touch of sour caramel, mild corn husk - sort of un-Belgian, IMHO - and some earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is a sweet corn and barley malt mish-mash, doing no one any favours, but harmless at the same time, with some caramelized apple notes, mineralized honey, a hint of earthy yeast, and a bit of musty leafy hops echoing in the distance.

The carbonation is mild, barely generating a basic frothiness, the body a wavering medium-light weight, plainly smooth, and generally ineffectual. It finishes off-dry, and a bit skunky, kind of a wonder-inducing occasion for a Belgian ale (but not for their lagers - bonjour, Mlle. Artois!), as previously noted, but supported well enough by the adjunct-laden pale malt.

Wow - the most American styled (in a particularly unflattering way) Belgian offering that I've ever tasted. Not worthy enough, though, to actually recommend beyond the curio factor, as Belgium has so much more better stuff to explore.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served into a generic pilsner glass in Antwerp, Belgium in June 2011. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of no cream, bad thickness, and crappy retention. Colour is a semitransparent gold-amber.

Sm: Very light aroma of barley is all me broken nose picks up; all apologies, lads.

T: Simple moderately full-bodied barley foundation with cream, hops, and slight caramelized malt. Balanced well. Built alright.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with decent coarseness on the climax. Partially complementary of the flavours of the body.

Dr: Too simple even for its low price. Easy to drink but a poor quality brew. I wouldn't get it again.

D+

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Photo of oline73
2.34/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/29/2019. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium orange amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, golden raisin, light pepper/clove, honey, bread dough, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, golden raisin, light pepper/clove, honey, bread dough, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/floral/grassy hop bitterness and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red apple, golden raisin, light pepper/clove, honey, bread dough, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a nice Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malts, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Balanced yeast and nicely rich Munich malts; with solid hop bitter balance against sweetness. A nicely enjoyable offering. A bit underwhelming, but spot on style example in every way.

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Photo of Boone757
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear dark orange to copper in color with moderate amounts of carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that has very good retention properties - leaving about 75% of what was there originally covering the entire surface and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel, toasted, and pale malts with some light amounts of sweetness. Additionally there are hints of light fruits (green apple) and Belgian yeast. Hop aroma is grassy.

T: Similar to the smell, this beer starts with the pale and caramel malt sweetness. After that, there is a light amount of light fruit (green apple). Light amounts of bitterness from the grassy hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is very easy to drink, enjoyable, and sessionable. The beer has a very good appearance and I feel like I needed to review this one since I frequently review from my Palm glass.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
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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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 1,093 ratings