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%

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Photo of Gajo74
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a bottle, this is not a bad looking drink. Clear light amber with a sudsy cap that retains well and leaves lacing.
In the nose there are initially grassy Pilsner like aromas. Then, the pale malt and some sweetness from the caramel malt aromas take over.
The taste is grainy with some grassy hops presence. There is a slightly sour apple feel. The body is medium to light, fairly smooth and easy to put down.
Obviously with all of the wonderful stuff coming out of Belgium, this doesn't really compare. Although some of the flavors are slightly off putting, it is easy to drink and not the worst session Ale.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Giant Beer Garden and Eatery, enjoyed chilled from the brown bottle with best before date 7/14/15 in a tulip.

The color is dark amber with good clarity and quick dropping white head with fine bead. The smell is very interesting-sweet cherry-like scent with light malt ester with a slight spice note in the yeast ester with gentle toast: interesting and inviting smell. The feel is semi-dry with malt texture and has medium high carbonation with light sweetness and mild spice in the texture with semi-dry finish.

The taste begins with a good malt flavor with light toasted quality with a slightly phenolic yeast with gentle fruitiness and slight spiced flavor with a dry and mildly medicinal taste in the finish. This is a simple amber -no frills yet easy to drink with some Belgian yeast character. I would drink this again, better than most amber ales in my opinion.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.29/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass, this standard Belgian pale pours a clear light amber with a nice white head that lingers and solid lacing. Rather clean nose of light caramel malts and light mild hops. Flavors are sweet up front with a hair of bittering to the back. A little light bread flavor comes through the aftertaste. Good carbonation makes for a lively effervescent mouth feel. A decent session Belgian pale, but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This dismal 'ale' was the only alternative to Heineken in Amsterdam airport - watery and tasteless - borderline drinkable, but would choose pretty much anything Belgian over this.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours a clear yellow/orange with a fizzy head that doesn't leave trails down the glass. The smell was very clean with some malt and yeast scents but nothing too overpowering. The taste was well balanced between sweet malt and bitter hops with some bread flavors from the yeast. Overall a very decent beer that does everything well enough.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium bronze amber with a thin patchy white head that leaves a thick ring around the glass and light patchy lacing. Aroma of bready and caramel malt, light overripe stone fruit, Belgian yeast, a hint of toffee. Flavor is a lighter version of the aroma with a similar mixture of flavors, but rather attenuated. Light to medium bodied. Hits all the notes for a Belgian pale, but the flavor is light and rather bland with the semi-sweet malt dominating the fruit flavors despite being light itself. I'll hope this is an old bottle, else this is one of the more underwhelming Belgians I've tasted. Satisfactory, with no off-notes, but nothing I'd ever try again.

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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 BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Appearance – Amber in colour and with a fairly small head and some evidence of light carbonation.
Smell – Palm smells quite like a working farm in summer. There is malt smells earthy notes and some spice
Taste – Taste is also much like the smell. There are the earthy notes hiding behind malts and mild spice.
Mouthfeel – Medium body, with medium to high carbonation
Overall – It tastes quite like I imagine the child of Amstel and Kilkenny would if they could have a child. It feels almost like a beer that has some growing up to do. Not a bad beer at all but at the same time far from the best thing to ever come out of Belgium.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Golden to amber, some carbonation, a little light yellow head.

S: Smells of malts, sweetness, spice, but much like a typical American lager.

T: Malt, with a slight sweetness, a little spice but mostly like a typical American lager.

M: Light to medium body, with medium to high carbonation.

O: Is it a watered down Belgian or a glorified AA Lager??? I lean towards the later in spite of its classification and that way I am not disappointed. Not nearly the gusto, flavour and impressiveness of others in this category such as Orval, or Petrus. From that perspective it leaves much to be desired. Its not as good as a De Konninik, also in this category. However, I was expecting Labatts and was pleasantly surprised this went beyond that. Worth a try but not too many accolades from me. Would go well with pressed sandwiches that are still hot.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.63/5  rDev +10%

Sampled a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A light golden amber with a half-finger or so of white bubbles on top. Aroma largely fruity, apple, pear, and peach notes yielding a gummy bear-like effect that is accompanied by a light orange and lemon rind citric note. I am puzzled by the lack of spicy notes on both nose and palate. This is a Belgian ale, correct? Drinks light and fizzy like a lager or macro-brewed pale ale, bubblegum fruity and slightly floral. Semi-dry and almost no Belgian yeast phenols, although Micheal Jackson writes that the Palm yeast strain yields a dry orange character and I can certainly taste that here. Some of this citrus carries over into the semi-dry finish. Forgettable when compared to many other Belgian brews although enjoyable enough on a hot patio.

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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 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 JerzDevl2000
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hard to believe that I never joined the MBA program up at the Cloverleaf Tavern until this week and almost as hard to believe that I never had this beer before. This was they recommend that I start off with on my 45 beer odyssey around the world, so I gave this a go on one of my rare off nights from work. While this wasn't as good as other BPA's that I've had, this was just fine by itself and relatively easygoing on the alcohol as well.

The pour to this was good in appearance and this was served to me in a tulip glass as well. Nice light copper hue to this with a moderately frothy head as well, that faded somewhat quickly. Not a lot of lacing to be seen on the glass but there was enough on the back side as I worked my way through this. A moderate amount of yeast in the aroma, along with some caramel and a pear-apple mix that made feel lighter than I expected it to be. That came out more in the taste, along with a bit of over-carbonation and a rye-like boozy aspect to this. It almost reminded me of a cider with a hint of Belgian sweetness and yeast, along with a hint of stickiness. Went down easily as the light fruit flavors lingered for a while after each sip.

Even though I only had one of these, it would have been possible to down a few more in a sitting. No, this doesn't stack up well compared to the heavier hitters and Trappist beers that fall into this category but as a starter, this worked out fine for me. Some more spice and strength would have enhanced this nicely but I'll probably give this a go again soon, only because it's warm out and it's nice to have a "light" take on a style that can be quite heavy at times!

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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 Pegasus
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Lovely light copper in color, very clear, with very slight carbonation, and a small, dense, and persistent off-white head. The lacing is, appropriately, Belgian in its form.

Aroma: Lightly toasted malts, slight caramel, and modest herbal hops comprise the aroma, which is simple, but pleasing.

Taste: Opens with a modest surge of earthy and herbal hops, these overshadow the rest of the taste throughout. Slight caramel and toasted grains soon follow the hops. There is a faint presence of bitter apple later in the taste. Finishes with a mild, lingering flourish of herbal hops, toasted grains, and caramel.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with slightly sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant, an interesting change of pace, would be a pleasant beer for the cooler months, particularly overcast autumn days.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven point two ounce brown glass Euro-style long-neck bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle with a BB date of 15 Oct. 2014.

Pour clear amber with waymore visible carbonation bubbles than average. Not surprisingly then, the head has very good retention.

Aroma: earthy (bristish) pilsner

Flavor: nicely balanced mix of bready malts and English hops.

Feel: lively carbonation; dry; medium-light body.

O: A Belgian ale leaning far towards an ESB or pilsner, with only a faint input from Belgian yeast.

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

Bottle poured into a snifter

Clear copper russet with a line of bubbles leading to a layer of big bubbles. Settles to a ring of bubbles

Aroma of grassy hops and sweet malts

Malt on the front, slight bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Slight bitterness on the edges and back of the tongue.rush of carbonation on the tongue

Good beer, better in my memory than this tasting. I'd taste it again.

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Photo of mrmagoo157
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am trying different brands of this style and found this to be almost misplaced. Although a nice looking amber ale, I found the taste to be out of the norm for the style. It reminded me of a hoppy version of Amber Bock, but with a little more complex ale flavor. The esters and fruitiness of traditional Belgian ale yeasts do not come through in this beer. Some may like it but I will pass for a Leffe Blonde any day...

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Photo of ghisty
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

appearance- basic. normal beer looking. nothing visually stands out greatly, very little head on the pour, decently carbbed. light. yellow. average.

moreso than appearance this beer has a strong nose, not neccesarily a great one, but it is present, and that says something at least..heavy corn notes, fades out to almost nonexistant nose quickly.

my first impression of its taste is an overwhelming euro lager..
on par with its competitors with a slightly more noticeable ABV,
reasonably refreshing, as with appearance, nothing stands out greatly.

its a euro lager. with zero foam. it burps well, and drinks easily.
i could quickly drink this, even if it a bit flatter than id expected.

if it is a euro you are after, you could do alot worse, but its not outstanding,
everything about it just lacks something, I dont mean to sound negative, as I
easily will be finishing my 6 pack, it's just lacking in charectar, and reminds me of dos equis, which is in my opinion very boring basic beer. this although similar to dos equis is considerably better. it would be a very good beer for the purpose of drinking at a sports event or outdoors, fishing ect, It will not be making it into my regular rotation, but I'd buy it again. there is nothing false or over done in this beer, so overall I'd say despite its low side of the average review, it is slightly better than most euro lagers.. just perhaps a bit too pale and not enough hops or charectar.
a session beer indeed. with its higher ABV.. good party beer.

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Photo of goochflies
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Standard Belgium Ale lacking imagination. Bready, seedy with almost no hops aroma. 1 finger white head that dissipates slowly with no lacing. Lovely amber color. Medium body with oily finish. Very lager like with very little hops bitterness. Gets a bit more complex aroma if you let it warm up a little.

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Photo of Act25
3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This Belgique, like all, definitely MUST warm to be interesting. That said, I think it's probably the Bud of Belgique, as opposed to the 1st craft as claimed, it's brewed to be light and pilsner like which it is with a Begique flare.

You know a beer needs help when you reach for food to complement it because you're unhappy with it alone. In this case I found perfect comlement in Dr Petes Honey Praline Glaze Mustard with pretzels - however, this discovery threatens my waist line.

A: Clear amber in color with a finger high head that quickly dies down. Nice color, plenty of bubbles, no lace. Martinelli apple sparkler? 3.25

S: Aromas of earthy, flowery, and grassy hops but very subtle against bread background. Too subtle and medicinal when cold, so wait and let it warm to bring this belgique character out. It's actually a great pilsner / Kolsch / light style, but not until it warms up. 3.25

T: Really well balanced, but ho-hum. Sessionable. The taste offers grainy malts with notes of caramel malt and bits of apple juice sweetness. Balanced w right amount of bitterness in the finish. Apple juice comes to mind. 3.5

M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Good finish. A fair beer. 3.25

D:Easy but unremarkable. I had to try it, glad I did, but now need to trade some of it away. 3.25

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear, dark amber with a fluffy, creamy white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing in the glass.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar are most noticeable initially, though they are joined by aromas of honey, herbs, leather, and tobacco as the beer settles.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, minerals, honey, and biscuit are balanced by notes of tobacco, lemon, herbs, leather, and grass. The finish is decidedly mild and clipped with herbal, tobacco-tinged hop notes mingling with traces of minerals, biscuit, and caramel.

M: Medium-bodied and somewhat oily on the entry, though it dries out a bit on the finish. Carbonation is active and firm. Given the strength of most Belgian ales, I could see this almost being a session beer to many Belgians. Incredibly easy to drink.

O: A very solid Belgian pale ale overall and a readily available and authentic commercially brewed offshoot of the sub-style known as speciale. Worth trying.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I want to call this Belgium's version of Budweiser but people would nail me to a cross comparing a lager to an ale. This golden ale from belgium poured out a solid amount of white lacing while not much bubbling appeared in the liquid itself. It was a yellow-ish dark golden color. Mild to sweet smelling, and doesn't have a prescence of high alcohol. No flavoring at the finish. This beer lacks in the taste department. A bit of a session beer with no distinct characteristics.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 16, 2013... GLASSWARE: Ommegang stem... OCCASION: celebrating the unseasonably warm afternoon of football, Christmas lights and fun with my sons... APPEARANCE: opaque, deep golden amber body with a soft, foamy thin white head that rings uniformly; lacing is cirrus cloud and ocean crest... AROMA: aromatic, fruity--sour apple and tart candy... PALATE: light, fizzy as cider; possesses some staying power in the mouth, but rather dry like champagne...TASTE: mildly tart and pleasantly crisp with little exchange of flavor in the exhale; an underlying hint of lager malts, but inevitably this is a clean basket of fruit with enough hops to hint at an ale...OVERALL: This has to be one of those handful of brews I have passed numerous times, always intending to try and never quite trying; its inclusion in the "Great Beers of Belgium" forced my hand, and I am pleased to find it a serviceable, light, cheaper version of Unibroue's wonderful Ephemere (which announces its apple right up front); a single notch below the Estaminet pilsner in the sample, and two below the Rodenbach--but beer drinking isn't really a competition, right?...

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Photo of FLima
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Copper color with a thin head with short retention.
To my surprise it smelled a bit like an adjunct lager, immediately checked the label and saw the corn addition. Though it is not entirely unpleasant. Notes of caramels, bready malt, banana and floral hops.
Spicy flavor with tangy notes. Hints of minerals, pepper, cloves, floral hops and corn.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
A big disappointment, they are probably trying to get Stella’s market share. But is even worst. Stay away.

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Palm / Palm Speciale from Brouwerij Palm NV
3.3 out of 5 based on 1,072 ratings.
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