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Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bucko on 02-19-2007)
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Photo of spointon
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a bright and clear copper color with a 2.5" white foam head. The head dropped modestly and left a bit of lace behind. It was a decent looking ale, but didn't really look like a Belgian pale ale.

S= Lots of malty sweetness and nuttiness up front, with a big toasty note in there too. Only a mild estery yeast presence.

T= Taste followed the smell. Big toasted biscuit and nutty malt flavor dominated the front end of this beer. Some mild Belgin yeast phenolics in the middle. The finish was dry and nutty and very refreshing.

MF= Medium bodied, with a moderate carbonation level and decent crispness.

D= I enjoyed this on a hot day after working in the yard. It was very refreshing and I could easily have sessioned a few of these.

spointon, May 31, 2009
Photo of twbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip glass it was a clear deep amber color with
no head but small islands of lacing.

S- Raisins,rich breadlike malty smell,musty,must be the yeast?
Reminds me of a Trappist ale.

T- At first it tastes smokey and herbal then rounds into a nutmeg and clove taste.No hops stand out but is well balanced and seems very complex.

M- Medium\light bodied very smooth,low carbonation. I thought it would be a little heavier.

D- This is a very smooth very easy drinking beer.I've had this on tap many a times and seems even better out of the bottle.
This is a must try beer if you like the Belgian style ales!

twbrewer, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of slyke
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first taste of Flat Earth Pale Ale. The brewery has been getting some positive buzz in the Twin Cities and recently became available in my local stores.

A: Clear, copper-colored with a finger of off-white head.

S: There must be a Belgian yeast strain at work here. Aroma includes dark fruit, sweetness, and woodiness.

T: Biscuit, raisins, and a touch of cherry are present. Quite a nice brew.

M: Seemed a bit thin for the style, but not a deal-breaker.

D: Overall an excellent beer. I look forward to trying other beers from Flat Earth.

slyke, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper with a faint golden hue. Almost no head, save for a few patches in the middle.
Smell is Belgian malts, with a hint of banana. Cherries, apple, and a little bit of spice.
Taste is spicey and malty up front, followed by some tart cherries, melon, and a hint of banana. A little bit of cinnamon and perhaps even a touch of pumpkin.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a nice, dry finish. Fairly light-bodied.
Good on drinkability. Low ABV and good overall profile make this one go down easy.

Parrotbeak, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +6.7%

bigbeers84, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +6.7%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of HANGOVER
4/5  rDev +6.7%

HANGOVER, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of mdwalsh
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into 22 oz heffe glass

A: Pours a big 3+ finger head with lots of action but it goes away quick. Tons of active carbonation that lasts the whole time. Zero Lacing. Pretty much a crystal clear, copper/golden/amber coloring, going red at the very top under the head.

S: Flowery, but also a little floury. Complex, and full of things I can't really pick out, but not terribly strong.

T: Bears some resemblance to a wheat beer, but maltier. Not terribly complex, but still very good. Like the smell, not overwhelming but pleasant

M: Smooth, light on the tongue. Leaves a slightly fizzy afterfeeling. Doesn't feel really there on much of the tongue, but more so around the mouth

D: Good, as long as the carbonation doesn't get you. Would probably be good for BMC drinkers.

mdwalsh, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of bucko
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled (numerous times) at Winterfest in a TINY globe. I made it a point to taste this early as Winterfest is known for lots of big, big beers and knew that the details of this delicate, complex brew might get lost in the fold if I didn't taste it early. This beer pours a golden/straw color with a small white head. I was drinking from a 4 oz. sample glass, so head and lacing are really hard to detect. The aroma is slightly sweet, lightly toasted and showing notes of dark fruit and spice. Very nice. The flavor is more of the same... nice malt, biscuit a nice spicy/yeasty kick and more fruit. Very good. Mouthfeel is consistent with the style... body seems to be medium. Though I only tasted 4 oz. at a time, it went down smoothly and this strikes me as a very drinkable, fresh Belgian-style pale ale. Well done!

bucko, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of morecoldbeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

morecoldbeer, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass at Happy Gnome, poured a nice golden color with a no head, no lacing, even when attempting to coax one with a swirl. Aroma is pretty nice, sweet caramels, fruity esters, some toasted malts, a faint spicing perhaps. Taste is pretty much similar to the aroma, the Belgian yeast more apparent here, the malt turning biscutty, maybe some sugars peeking through. The mouth was a bit thin for me, just under medium bodied, a good feel to it otherswise. I will say though, this is a very drinkable beer, very easy quaffer, and a good impression for a first brew. I'm excited to see whats up next for Flat Earth.

objectivemonkey, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of erwin08
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear copper/reddish color.

S: smells sweet and fruity with a hint of spice as well.

T: bold malty taste with a spicy fruity finish.

M: crisp and refreshing. medium body and well-rounded beer.

D: very drinkable version of the belgian pale ale.

erwin08, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.7%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of WallE89
4/5  rDev +6.7%

WallE89, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of demcorhip
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good brew, looks nice too, although this is the first time i ever deducted marks for too much head! Quite finely and vigorously carbonated, multiple pours required to get 22oz into my 30oz mug. First time that ever happened. Hazy coppery amber body capped by an insanely huge chunky off white head that just wants to stick around. Big sticky clumps of lace that also just want to stick around.

Hints of cherry and clove accentuate a solid malt body with bready notes as well as toasted biscuit character. Slightly cheesy finkiness also present, along with a kiss of lemon and herbal hops.

An interesting brew. Nuances of cherry and toffee accentuate the dry malt backbone made up of mostly toasted biscuit flavour. Slightly vinous in character. Mildly funky and phenolic yeastiness with the touch of clove is replaced by the clean, mild hops with their essence of lemon and green herbs, as well as a mild floral character.

Light bodied and insanely effervescent, with an almost pronounced fruity character. Also surprisingly dry, and somewhat powdery or even chalky in feel.

Quite complex for something so light bodied, and quite tasty. Almost session fare, although in this brew's case the complexity limits the drinkablility more than the ABV. Only criticism would be to tone down the carbonation and to clean up the funk slightly. Definitely worth trying, and will be drinking this one again soon.

demcorhip, May 15, 2008
Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +6.7%

HoistinBrews, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Herky21
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Herky21, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Beerlover
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Beerlover, May 30, 2013
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with a cool label and great write-up.

Orange ruby body. Brilliantly clear and clean. Small, off-white head. Smells of sweet, caramelly malt with some fruitcake, spice, and yeast. Some spicy hop zip as well. Taste starts with toasted grain, followed by sugary fruit and caramel malt. Faint spice and suggestions of bubble gum. Yeast and spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Moderate body with subdued carbonation. Easy drinking. I like the Belgian influence on a decent amber ale. Hope to see more Flat Earth bottles in the future!

alexgash, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +6.7%

SaxmanRick, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of cvstrickland
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22-ounce bomber bottle poured into a large goblet yields a pale copper-tinted amber body with an enormous 4-finger cap of pearl-white foam. The towering wallop of fine bubbles deflates without any sense of urgency, lollygagging around, resting at a creamy free-floating hunk that leaves dense webby lacing all over the inside of the glass.

The smell of the drink is sweet and fruity, with notes of juicy green apples, lime zest, tart kiwi fruit and snipped evergreen needles mashed with fresh grated pineapple husks. A fine, mellow malty syrup note underpins the aroma profile, lending a savory heft to the fruit-fest.

The taste is crisp and fruity with a mild pale malt backbone and a smattering of yeasty, lightly musty funk. Softly diluted, mildly-sweet notes of apple and nectarine dominate, and a slippery malty note lightly coats the palate. A mild metallic note and a bit of bitterness languish in the juicy finish.

The drink is light in body with vivid carbonation that fits the drink well. A really fine refreshing brew with great drinkability. Thanks to Dr. Brad for the bottle.

cvstrickland, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 24 Beer Stein

Appearance - Very Clear Dark Orange & Amber color with a very slight haze. Head pours around a 2 finger width with a fluffy like appearance to it; It also fades rather quickly leaving behind no lacing.

Smell - There's some cloves sweet caramel & bubblegum in the aroma, as well as some banana. I can also detect some yeasts and barley too. The smell kind of reminds me of a good Hefeweisen.

Taste - Caramel and Bubblegum mixed in with some banana and cloves flavor. I can pick up on the yeasts and barley in here, but they're fairly subtle. The flavor reminds me of a cross between a Hefeweisen and a Saison, it's interesting and it works out quite well!

Mouthfeel - Carbonation and body are very light in general, so it's fairly easy to drink and it feels very smooth to the palette and mouth!

Overall - It's flavor is less Belgian Pale Ale and more Hefeweisen/Saison, but it still tastes very good and it's incredibly easy to drink. It's bit of an odd-ball combination in terms of flavor but it comes together very well in the end!

NuclearDolphin, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Pours a deep copper color. Light head formation, off white in color. Leaves behind a film. Appears to be extremely carbonated, as there is a vigorous envelope of bubbles streaming from the laser etching on this NB glass.

S - Certain has Belgian properties on the nose. I smell a sweet caramel note, complemented with a strong raisin smell. Some belgian yeast breadiness comes through.

T - Starts off with the raisin belgian note. Sweet. Mid-stream builds some balance of bitterness, but hopping is non-existent. Yeastiness is the counter balance to the sweet. Finishes with a sweeter, bready note that is cut with a strong phenolic flavor - certainly strong for the potency of this beer.

M - Strong in both beer body and a very hefty carbonation profile. Bubbles tickle the tongue. Leaves behind a cloying sweet texture.

D - Moderate to high drinkability. Very manageable ABV. Flavors are smooth, not overwhelming. Only downside is that the carbonation is making this beer a hair filling.

After the disappointment of the angry earth, this turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Happy new year all.

katan, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

russpowell, Sep 19, 2008
Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.