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Palm / Palm Speciale | Brouwerij Palm NV

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Palm / Palm SpecialePalm / Palm Speciale

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 287 | Ratings: 1,053
Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale malt scent with hints of low lovibond crystal malts as well. The yeast esters are quite low and the aroma is earthy and dry. The taste is average. It has a very plain pale malt flavor with a super dry finish. The esters are again subtle with little to no fruit character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbnonation. This is an average Belgian ale. There's nothing too exceptional going on here, just a solid well balanced beer.

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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 Billolick
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle, with best before dating on the rear label. Pours clear (no yeast on the bottom of this one) typical almond amber, quickly departing off white head, minimal lacing left on the glass. Bread dough nose. Malty brew, lacking the spicing/interest of other Belgians. Doughy malt theme continues. Slightly watery, I dont pick up spice, hops or much else...one and done on this one...with so many other more interesting Belgians out there I highly doubt I would ever go for one of these again...

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Photo of JayQue
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Only had half a bottle of this beer. It was the only bottle available in my son-in-laws quick supermarket beer run in Aruba. This is a pretty average, malty beer. Pours an amber color with an average head and some light lacing.

Smell is not impressive. Taste is mild and malty, a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability is ok, but this is a pretty average brew.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap @ Pizza Port SB. First beer from this brewer. Poured clear amber with a short ring of white bubbles. Decent lacing. Musty malt and caramel nose. Some apple and dry hops give it a floral feel. Taste is flat, watery. Biscuity malt with a fruity malt companion. Couldn't tell if the metallic bitterness was from the hops or possibly crystal malt, either way it was flat. Coincidentally, the beer was not. It was very carbonated. Overall, this tasted like a watered-down macro version of a Belgian pale.

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Photo of foles
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this for a while, as I love Dekoninck.

Quite malty, bit biscuity with sticky malts on the tongue. A little estery - with a touch of plum and raisins. A touch skunky. The hops are a little light on - not sure if I have the freshest example here. Tastes like english hops may have been used, which is nice.

Where you would expect hops on the finish, this beer gives dark fruits, which I think it due to the yeast character. Interesting.

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Photo of MAB
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Special(e)? Not really...

Interesting beer. Nice color- deep gold almost amber.
Hops contribute some bitterness but not much in the way of aroma. Reasonably sweet but not cloyingly so. Way less fizzy/ carbonated than most other Belgian brews.
I kind of got some caramel/ butterscotch notes.
Not a bad beer, just not good enough to recommend over a Delerium Tripel, say.

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Photo of hegelec
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Chaucer's; branded 50cL tulip. The keg was tapped 2 hours before I sampled, so this is as fresh as I will probably ever taste this beer.

Appearance is clear amber with one half-inch of white head that dissipated slowly. Great lacing!

Smell is malt-forward -- strongly grainy with soft caramel notes. A hint of lemon rind, apple and floral hops is present too. Nothing special is jumping out at me yet.

Taste follows smell, with strong grainy flavours and very subdued hops. A few faint glimpses of fruit, mostly the aforementioned citrus and apple, assure me that this is an ale and not a lager. Alcohol is strangely apparent for a beer of this low strength, but is not distracting. It threatens to finish sweet at first, but it quickly turns an exquisite, mouthwatering bitter that leaves me wanting another sip. So that's where all the hops are!

Well carbonated brew, medium-light body.

Drinkability is fairly high: there's nothing unpleasant about the taste, the body and ABV are lighter, and the finish is fairly dry. A fairly standard brew that doesn't intrigue my palate, but certainly satisfies it.

I suppose that all those years of drinking Duvel and Chimay and Rochefort have spoiled me. I tend to expect alot of insanely complex fruit and spice in my Belgians. Palm doesn't have that; in fact, it has more in common with a British pale ale than it does with its bolder Belgian brethren. That said, it is a well-brewed beer which lends itself to drinking with dinner. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of goblet
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured this out into a pint glass from a 330 ml brown bottle.

appearance.it`s clear with little to no carbonation the color is amber golden bronze with a decent white frothy head that leaves lite lace.

smell.i got some nice lite caramel malt and hops aroma with i bit of fruit like pears and apple even a bit floral.

taste.the fruit flavor is very mild and the caramel malt is also the hops are fresh and smooth .

mouthfeel.lite body and very mild feel the most dominant flavor on the palate is the floral hops that leave a dry after taste.

drinkability. this is an ease to drink beer almost like a lager to me,nothing special but worth a try.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On- Tap

A- Palm has a nice bright golden, slight bronze look to it out of a Palm glass. A nice frothy white head sat on top looking rather thick. Once the foam faded into nothing a few swirls would bring it back. Tight lacing.

S- Deep caramel from toasted malts and some bittering hops giving off a rather earthy aroma. Some bisquits and bread with faint fruit like apple. Rather straight forward but gets better as it opens up.

T- Not a whole lot going on but I get a nice blend of malts and apples, with a nice bitter hop taste to make it a nice quaff. Sweet caramel is up front and makes a dent while lasting on the tounge for a bit. nice floral and earthy notes from this.

M- I did not care for this cold but as it warmed the flavor came out on the mouth more. Medium bodied with not over the top carbonation. Goes down easy and big gulps can be taking without being over whelmed.

D- Extremely drinkable with low alcohol, making it even easier to drink alot. Palm tasted kind of bland to me fresh off the tap but 10 or so minutes in the flavor just came together making me smile. A good Belgian Pale Ale of which there are alot.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/18/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices and touches of fruit & hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, apples and spices. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's a good beer but there are better Belgian ambers out there.

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Photo of drtth
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Palm glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a copper/dark gold color with a 1 1/4" fluffy off-white head that persists for a reasonably long time. Sipping creates thick coating of lacing on the side.

Smell: The immediate aroma is that of caramel malt with hard to detect spice from the hops.

Taste: The taste is caramel malt with some underlying noble hop bitterness. The flavor is light, refreshing and well balanced

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is short with light dryness and a touch of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: I found this one OK for drinkability and could easily have had a couple more. It also paired well with the spicy shrimp dish that was lunch. However, that being said I'd probably not make any special effort to seek it out to have again.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color me unimpressed. Had a glass while watching Gent-Wevelgem in Ghent. This was a thin, but drinkable Belgian pale ale with less flavor than usual for the mass-produced Belgian-style ales. I was hoping for a little more, but alas. Watery white bread malts with a hint of caramel and Belgian spice. Not worth trying, but not a horrible option.

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Photo of JoeBloe
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$9 in a branded tulip glass at the brass monkey in nyc - not impressed with this one - thought it was a little flat - could've been the tap - thin head, no lacing, micro-carbonation, - tasted very biscuity and a little cloying - worth a try, but not second glass -

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Photo of Sigmund
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.4%. Clear reddish amber colour, decent off-white head. Moderate aroma, some malts and caramel. The flavour has quite a bit of caramel with moderate hops, some grain and fruit. Hints of alcohol. Not too bad, but Palm Dobbel was more to my liking.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a relatively pale, clear amber/ more like copper color. nice slightly off-white massive head, with a good retention level and a gorgeous lacing pattern.

S: big earthy notes, solid fall fruit notes, mostly apples. hops aromas are of rich soil and flowers.

T: light apple notes, with some nice pale and amber malts. very earthy flavors brought on my the hops. slight sweetness, light caramel notes.

M: smooth and creamy. medium bodied ale. carbonation level is higher than normal.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

from morel's in beijing

330ml bottle. importer's label has date of may 2008, with a "best by" of 1 year later. poured into tulip.

clear, golden, dark straw, with copper tones. decent head, but soon fades to wisps and a sudsy ring. splotchy lacing tends not to stick.

light sulfurous aroma, weak hop grassiness. faintest trace of esters and phenols. smells like a generic pale lager, frankly.

taste also follows. seems like a pale lager or generic pils with a hint of ale quality. backend starts with touch of acidity, then a dry bitterness and faintly phenolic finish.

only slightly watery, but its texture feels grainy. fizzy carbonation.

wtf is this crap?

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Photo of yelterdow
3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Over the last few months, Palm has become available all over North Jersey. Sold in a boxed six pack, this goes for $7.99 locally. Served at just over fridge temperature in a tasting tulip, the freshness date on the bottle reads 10.15.09.

Appearance- Straight up amber and perfectly clear, this beer pours nicely with a solid three finger white head. Excellent retention, with tons of lacing that clings to the inside of the glass.

Smell- Maltier aroma than most other BPAs I've sampled... the twangy hops that usually define the style are instead replaced by husky, straightforward grain notes.

Taste- There is a honey-like initial sweetness that very quickly defers to a hefty malt profile... there isn't much nuance in the way the flavor is coming across, it remains even for the entire duration in the mouth. Average at best, but notably uninteresting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Alive and crackly, this beer's texture is really quite fantastic. While the pin-size carbonation sizzles the tongue, it also immediately pulls back and rides like foam in just seconds. If there were more complex, interesting flavors going on here, this stage would be set for a wonderful exhibition. Not a bad beer overall, just unmemorable and pedestrian.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.29/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with dense fluffy head and light lacing. The smell is strange, almost beefy, like a grilled steak. The flavor is light, malty and biscuity, a whiff of slightly sour floral hops, with a little sweetness on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and insubstantial. The beer is Ok, sessionable perhaps, but it's drinkability is hurt by the weird smell and a slight sour unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a lt. froffy tan head with good lacing. I got tropical fruit and roasted chesnuts. This ale looks great in the glass,it has a nice blood orange color and a nonstop flow of tiny bubbles. The taste has roasted nuts and caramel that quickly fades into a spicy hop finish. The mouthfeel is med. body and leaves a soft baked grain aftertaste. The drinkabilty has a high score due to the fact this ale is only 5.1% abv. and this pale ale is well balanced and mighty tasty.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/almost hazel color.
Nice fluffy head with very good lace retention.
The aroma of fruits/apple. Malts and grains.
The taste was sweet with pale malts and fruit tones. Yeast was also present.
The feel was zesty,crisp with light to medium body and a medium amount of carbonation. Grains dominate the finish.

Notes: Very good beer. Sessions are o.k with this one.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : golden amber color, with white creamy foam head.
Smell : fruity, notes of roasted malt, grain and caramel.
Taste and mouthfeel : malty, with a slight bitterness.
Drinkability : an good beer in the style Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Georgetown Saloon, West Redding, CT; served in the new Sam Adams glass

My first experience with the new Sam Adams glass. A lot smaller than I had originally thought. But still cool nonetheless.

Poured a nice amber color with a slightly less than 2 finger head. Head was off-white in color and a good amount of bubbles pushing north due to the nucleation points (a given I guess.)

Malt dominated with some mild floral hops. Also get some notes of vanilla and caramel.

Taste was a little subdued with the malts holding strong and the floral hops providing a nice bittering on the back end. A little bit of sour yeast pokes its head out too.

Light bodied, good carbonation. They found an interesting balance of smooth and thin.

Easily drinkable. This was hard for me to slow down. A good session beer.

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Photo of deanhead
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color with an adequate head that eventually reduced to no head.

Aroma is slightly biscuity.

Tastes is bready hints of baked biscuits and shortbread. hop flavor is extremely subtle, horse blanket.

Very lightmouthfeel almost thin.

Highly drinkable beer. Not your usual Belgian beer. More English or American in style in my opinion.

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Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
3.3 out of 5 based on 1,053 ratings.
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