Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale - Flat Earth Brewing Company
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Reviews by cadenwhitaker:
3.75/5 rDev 0%
I pulled this out of my cellar, after having it in there for about four months. Popping the top resulted in a quick, but not explosive, gusher, only a little run over the side.
Poured a deep, clear amber with a bubbily fizzy head that quickly dissipated down to almost soda-pop like effect.
Taste is muted, tastes like a belgian, nothing spectacular there. Though it was terribly fizzy... and that's not something I really go for in belgians.
Overall impression. I wish the head retention was better, this beer would be better served with a sticky-fluffy-white-head instead of a soda-pop fizzbomb. Aside from that, the taste was there. I will get this again, but I think it needs a bit of work.
--- older review
It took a few drinks, then I realized I must have been drinking this beer way to cold because I wasn't getting any of the flavors.
The pour is a clear golden amber, and the taste is very muted at first but the flavor comes out in the end. Very sessionble.
05-22-2009 20:44:45 | More by cadenwhitaker
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2.75/5 rDev -26.7%
Purchased from Blue Max Liqours in Burnsville, MN. Pours a bright orange copper body with a fizzy thin head that quickly disappears. Aromas of fruity esters from the Belgian yeasts and also some clove. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a high, spicy carbonation level. Flavors are very pedestrian. Malt has a slightly spicy flavor reminiscent of rye. There's nothing special going on here.
01-07-2010 18:52:41 | More by blackearth
3.6/5 rDev -4%
A - Pours clear orange/brown with almost two fingers of tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves some lacing, but not much.
S - Nice Belgian yeast aroma, a bit earthy and some bubblegum and faint banana. Also some biscuit malt.
T - A nice yeast spiciness up front, along with some noble hops that I didn't notice in the aroma. Biscuit aroma, a bit of banana. Pretty easy drinking.
M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium. Finishes semi-dry.
O - Pretty enjoyable, but not a standout. Just a nice easy drinking beer with enough Belgian influence to make it interesting.
03-11-2012 03:44:32 | More by warnerry
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
Serving glass: Poured from growler into new Summit Pint.
Appearance: Bright orange-amber with moderate head at first but dies down quickly with very little lacing.
Smell: Mainly fruit and toasted malts. Some slight Belgian funk.
Taste: Very malty backbone of biscuit, toast and fruit. Slight banana and clove undertones, but not too much. Fairly light on the Belgian spectrum, but quite delicious nonetheless.
Feel: Lower carbonation than expected for a Belgian beer, medium body, slightly dry finish.
Drinkability: Great everyday beer. Nice to have a Belgian flagship for once.
07-28-2009 02:51:21 | More by bsp77
4.5/5 rDev +20%
Tried this one at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Pours a nice amber to copper red color with a light tan head. I smelled a solid but not overbearing Beligian yeast note in the nose with some toasty malt. My first taste starts with that nice Belgian yeast and leads to some complex flavors of toast, raisin, spice, and a hint of chocolate. The finish is clean and dry which makes me thirst for some more. Yum! It seems I taste something new with each sip, but the flavors leave my tongue almost too quickly and I want to go back for more. VERY drinkable and thirst quenching. I look forward to my next pint!
06-12-2007 03:31:11 | More by beerkittycat
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Appearance: Deep golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head that has great retention and lacing.
Smell: Caramel malts and biscuit with a good amount of belgian yeast, banana, clove, and spices. Hints of raisins and other dark fruit. Light hint of citrus hops.
Taste: Big taste of Belgian yeast, bananas, spices, and clove up front followed by hints of dark fruits then a big malty finish. Bitterness is very light. It tastes a lot like a combination of a saision and a malty lager. A very interesting and tasty combination.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.
Overall: A solid take on this style. Very tasty.
06-08-2011 05:24:28 | More by MattyG85
2.45/5 rDev -34.7%
22 oz. bottle purchased 3 days ago, and poured into a Belgian snifter.
Appearance: Amber-orange hue with a huge, foamy, durable off-white head. Gobs of lacing, but the bottle foamed over after opening, and again after pouring about 10 oz. of beer.
Aroma: Yeasty with suggestions of banana and bubblegum. These clash with some earthy/spicy hops.
Flavor: more sour than expected which, together with the over-flowing bottle lead me to suspect some contamination. Mildly bitter finish and aftertaste. Plenty of hop kick for style.
Mouthfeel: near medium body; high carbonation.
O: perhaps a bad bottle and worthy of a re-test, but not so bad that I can conclude this with confidence.
08-15-2013 23:30:38 | More by chinchill
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
Mild gusher upon opening, pour into a glass which quickly fills with foam and then the bottle foams over as well.
Pours with huge head everywhere but it sticks around well and leaves evidence behind. Hazy orange in color.
Aroma is very Belgian in character with spice and yeast.
Flavor is full bodied best described as somewhere between a Belgian pale ale and a saison. Lots of spice and fruity esters floating around.
Mouthfeel is decent but the carbonation is on the high side and it feels high in alcohol than it is. The spice and burn is considerable.
Drinkability is okay but would be higher if not for the Belgian influence. The high carbonation makes it feel more alive but the gas gets to me before the first half is down.
12-31-2008 05:45:14 | More by GilGarp
3.9/5 rDev +4%
This one is excited to get out of the bottle, and gushes several ounces out onto the countertop. Once it settles down a bit (and just a bit), it pours to a smoky copper color stacked with a 4 inch column of ecru. The retention is amazing (for better and worse) and the lacing is filthy.
It smells of flaky pastries, sourdough, peppercorns, lemon, spruce, and iron.
Doughy and crusty at its onset into the mouth, then moving further toward the latter. Sourdough heels and croissants and plain toast. It sweetens a tad in the middle with caramel apples and lime. Yeast adds flickers of lemonpepper and wet rocks. Hops build on the aforementioned citric qualities, and bring some bittering herbal and mint notions, as it lingers with lime peels.
Light bodied with a have amount of CO2. Once it settles down (and be prepared to wait a while), it's taut with a tickling bead.
Once one fights past the gigantic, never-retreating head, it's hugely drinkable.
A little less carbonation and this probably enters "special" territory.
12-02-2008 01:45:36 | More by cokes
3.2/5 rDev -14.7%
Poured from a large 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Deep amber color, clear and carbonated. Nice one to two finger foamy head that didn't last long and left a slight lacing as it receded.
Smell: Toasty malts and slightly sweet and tangy. Not the usual fruitiness or hoppiness of typical Belgian Pale Ale's.
Taste: Like it smelled, malty and slightly sweet and dry. Not much hop presence or strong flavor profiles here, very light and slightly bland.
Mouth feel: Thin light-to-medium body, decent carbonation. Not much happening on the tongue.
Drinkability: Eh, it was OK, but there are far better Belgian Pale Ale's out there. Probably wouldn't seek this one out again.
08-03-2009 03:27:31 | More by ChopperSmith
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
A tasty Minnesotan-made Belgian pale ale here that could just as easily have come from Belgian. The flavor is clean with a medium body thats quite toasty (the malt) with a touch of caramel. The yeast kicks in a woodsy funk and the hops round this beer out with a slight balancing bitterness. This might be heresy, but this beer reminds me of Westvleteren Blonde.
11-24-2007 19:34:35 | More by tempest
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance-Golden orange hue with good clarity and a moderate, off-white head with fair retention and some decent lacing.
Aroma-The first aromas that hit are intense clove, banana, and bubblegum aromatics. Underneath the clove/ester profile, there's a bit of caramel/toffee malt character, along with some light vanilla. There's also a hint of spicy hops to be had. Pleasant, though a bit bubblegummy for my taste.
Flavor-Light caramel and rich toffee malt along with bananas and a faint clove flavor slowly dry towards bubblegum and a low green hop flavor with moderately low hop bitterness. Fairly dry in the finish with brisk carbonation wiping the palate clean and a lingering hop bitterness/bubblegum flavor remaining.
Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high, brisk carbonation.
An easy drinking, belgian style pale ale. I was kinda so-so on this one when I started, but it definitely grew on me as I went-I could drink a bomber or two of this, no problem. Certainly not my favorite BPA, but a solid beer.
11-02-2011 05:28:59 | More by plfahey
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.
Hazy yellow-amber, nice large rocky head,recedes slowly, looks nice.
The aroma has a nice apple-lemon sharpness that gives a definite Belgian twist to this brew. Malty. Nice fruitiness up front, while cold the midpalate had a sour graininess that is not so great; warming, this effect mellows but the lemony tangy grain flavor really contributes to the Belgian feel of this well-made ale.
10-07-2008 02:27:10 | More by kenito799
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
Got this one from FeloniousMonk, cheers Al!
Poured a little foamy, but no beer was wasted!Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. A bot of floaties, at the bottom of the bottle, good head retention & lacing
S: Orchard fruits, a bit of phenolic must
T: Grapefruitty hops hit the roof of the mouth along with apple peels & along with cloves, & white pepper up front. Pears, a touch of lemony hops, dryness as this warms. finishes crisp, with apple peels, a touch of grapefruit & fairly dry
MF: Medium bodied, crisp, great balance, nice fruittyness
Drinks pretty darn easy, a nice low end of the ABV spectrum Belgian PA
09-19-2008 23:48:06 | More by russpowell
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a clear golden copper with 2 fingers of frothy eggshell white head. Retains with a thin filmy layer that leaves a fizzy cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is floral and VERY fruity smelling with the sweetness of the malts giving this some extra tang.
The taste is sweet with bready malts and a lot of gentle fruity accents. There is a good bit of spicy hoppy dryness as well that completely soaks up any lingering moisture in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm sharpness and crisp feel to it. Maybe a bit too much heaviness to this, with the thickness of the sweeter tones really coming on strong here.
Decent but nothing really spectacular, with the syrupy texture of the sweetness here keeping the drinkibility down some for me. Worth a look but I don't think that I'll be going for another bottle anytime soon.
01-21-2010 17:50:17 | More by Kegatron
4.35/5 rDev +16%
Poured a nice vibrant copper with bright white head that builds slightly after the pour. The beer is clear and not very dark. The beer shows some activity after the pour. I liked the look of this beer.
The smell of cloves and bread is the most prevalent. The work of Belgian yeast is not to be mistaken in this beer.
The beer has a wonderful balanced taste of spice and malt. It doesn't assault the tastebuds but enough flavor is there to make this a really enjoyable beer. I can't stress how well balanced this beer is. Feels light to medium bodied, finishes dry, with near perfect carbonation make this an easy drinking beer. My first Flat Earth beer, I am looking forward to trying more of their beer.
11-13-2007 23:58:48 | More by morimech
3.03/5 rDev -19.2%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an amber/orange color with a 2 inch off-white head. Head retention is good, lacing is decent. The aroma is light, it smells like toasted and bready malt, yeast, and a bit of apricot. It tastes like bready malt, wheat, yeast, pepper and some bitter hops. Unfortunately it's not a good bitter taste. There seems to be something a bit "off" with this brew, but I can't exactly figure out what it is. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth but there's too much carbonation in this beer IMO. Drinkability isn't bad, but would be better if the carbonation is lower. I'm not impressed with this beer at all, but I'd try it again in the future.
Edit - I forgot to mention that this beer was more than a year old when I drank it, so it wasn't exactly fresh.
08-19-2009 21:02:11 | More by bluejacket74
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Grabbed this one as a really cool extra recently. I have had a lot of thing from Flat Earth, and I swear what I haven't had just came in the last week! Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/23/2009.
The pour was very nice. Light amber in color, moderate haze with a nice two inches of white foam on top. Settled down into a soft pillow that just barely stayed afloat throughout the day. Light aroma of grain, light grasses and hints of bready touches as well. Some light peach, pears, light fig like notes as it warms with a touch of a peppery spice. As I take the first sip, it is remarkably smooth and very easy drinking. Light prickly carbonation is apparent now with a light bready flavor that coats the tongue, leaving a very nice, and very light fruit flavor to cap off the finish. Lightly dry and very session able, good one to enjoy on a warm summer day.
Overall very solid, and very nice for the style. Not as hoppy as some of the other examples, but very mellow and smooth. I would do this one again.
06-24-2009 19:56:19 | More by mikesgroove
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
pours a beautiful golden apricot hue, crystal clear, with a vigorous three-finger head fueled by never ending carbonation. The head, however, fades fairly quickly, and lacing is only a wish. A thin collar of fizz follows down the glass.
aroma of wet straw, apricot, seville oranges, almonds, champagne grapes, biscuits, clover honey, a bit more belgian mustiness. Aroma is beautiful and earthy in a unique yet undeniably belgian way.
taste echoes the belgian qualities in the aroma fairly nicely. a bit grassy, a bit barnyardy, a little musty, and a healthy bit of fruit. apricots, white grapes, bosc pears and a hint of lemon. A fair bit of spice comes through, almost saison-esque, with some white pepper, cloves and cardamom, and a bit of bitter hopping. complex and well rounded, although a bit muddled at times. a doughy malt backbone holds everything together well.
mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown... the carbonation is just a touch rough and the body thin yet still a touch slick and sticky. Not bad by any means, but a bit more vibrant and smooth carbonation and this would be beautiful.
Enjoyable and fairly drinkable. the harshness amplifies the spiciness, which is delicious yet almost overwhelmingly harsh at times. Just a touch of reworking of the carbonation would improve everything. Still really enjoyable and definitely worth trying.
03-18-2009 02:32:14 | More by djeucalyptus
Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
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