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

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 143
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Flat Earth Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bucko on 02-19-2007

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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 143
Photo of erwin08
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of demcorhip
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.98/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A well carbonated beer, a careful pour fills up my glass with four-fingers of light tan colored froth. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper color. The head leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass and even forms a rocky surface as it slowly recedes. The aroma is hoppy and spicy with notes of clove, lemon zest, a touch of ginger, some pepper-like notes. This finishes with a solid malt character reminiscent of toasted grain, biscuit like malt notes, dry soda cracker aromas and perhaps a bit of caramelized malt up front that accents the sweeter spice notes. The aroma is definitely dominated by the spicy yeast character and it is quite nice.

Still well carbonated as the beer completely foams up as it hits my tongue. The carbonation combines with some of the hop notes to give this a flavor of something like lemon pepper. Light and easy drinking, especially if you swirl out the excess carbonation. Lightly tart notes definite accent a lemon zest sort of flavor, but also induces fruity hints of pears, tart apples and a plum note that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up. This is fairly dry, though there is a touch of caramelized malt sugars towards the middle that provide a touch of raisins. This finishes bone dry with a nice bitterness and peppery yeast character that begs you to take another sip. The finish also has quite a bit of malt flavors in it, all dry though, but with notes of biscuits, soda crackers and cracked grain. Substantial spice notes of clove are joined by softer notes reminiscent of ginger, white pepper, and perhaps a touch of somthing like nutmeg. As the beer warms I am able to pick up a light, herbal hop character that adds an extra dimension to this brew.

Light and easy drinking, yet it has a ton of character from the Belgian yeast. I am always a sucker for these interesting, lower alcohol, Belgian-styled beers. Certainly not a beer to knock one over, but I really like the interesting mix of flavors between fermentation character, substantial malt and light hop notes.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of GilGarp
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of roadhouse
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a Duvel glass

Pours a clear copper color with a two inch off-white head that falls down to a skim. It has trouble holding a head despite being in the Duvel glass. No lacing is left behind.

Aroma is yeasty with a bit of sweet sugar, toasty malt, and some clovey phenols. A mild fruit character of peach and apple.

Taste is very toasty with mild fruit again, a slight sweetness but it is offset by the clovey phenols that come in towards the end and linger on.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, comes across watery sort of. Nice carbonation though makes it rather soft.

This was a pretty decent beer but nothing amazing. Considering it was $4 for a bomber though, it was a pretty good deal.

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Photo of ZAP
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Beer gurlgels out with little head...pristine looking cherrywood color...

S-Mildly yeasty and spicy...toasted malt predominant..some fruity notes evident..

T-Big toasted maltiness leads the way....also some very nice middle layers of black pepper, cloves and pistachios...yes pistachios..never noted that in any beers before but this has a bit of a nutty pistachio impression deeper in...finishes with a spicy kick...

M-Pretty light in the mouth...could use a little more girth...or carbonation maybe...not bad but this area could use some work.

D-Pretty tasty brew....I'd like to see the ABV and girth kicked up just a little to maybe 6-to-6.5%...overall though this is a nice addition to the Minnesota beer scene....definitely a quality brew..

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Polished pumpkin with carbonation that is almost Champagnesque. It would be great if the ecru colored crown was also Belgianesque, but it doesn't have that much character. The foam is soft, airy, barely rocky and unsticky. What lace makes it to the glass doesn't last very long... and I haven't even taken a sip yet.

It's hard to go wrong with quality ingredients that include Belgian yeast. The nose smells like musky fruit skins, wildflowers and ground clove. Good call on the Saaz and Hallertau hops. I love citrus fruity American hops, but they have no place in a beer like this.

Belgian-Style Pale Ale tastes authentic. More importantly, it tastes good. Using a primo yeast strain isn't enough to create delicious, Belgian-style ale; something that quite a few American brewers have proven time and time again. Thankfully, it looks like the brewers at Flat Earth have the chops to deliver the goods.

The malt side of the equation is a little too toasted and earthy for my tastes, but it's far from a deal-breaker. Top notes include the floral and herbal qualities of the hops, as well as the impressive spiciness of the yeast. Clove is dominant (and a little phenolic), followed by a not-so-subtle push of cardamom and white pepper.

There aren't many Belgian pales that contain this much bitter hoppiess. It looks like the brewers are showing some of their American colors after all. Although warming doesn't change much, it does tie the various flavors together more completely.

Apparently, previous bottles (the label seen above) were notorious for being gushers. The more recent bombers, like this one, that have the German Shepherd chewing on a Belgian waffle label, are more properly carbonated... but still not ideal. The bubbles are too harsh and creaminess is lacking as a result.

Belgian-Style Pale Ale is yet another good one from Flat Earth. With higher quality bubbles, the first and fourth scores would probably earn an increase... and the fifth might too. I'm more than willing to give this one another go the next time I visit the Twin Cities.

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Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber hue, edging on bronze, with a nice tapioca-ish head that looks good at first, but dies down quickly.

Aroma: musty, yeasty, funky malt, little hops, lightly sweet, complex, and pleasing to the nose.

Taste: clean, yet zesty, mostly malt and yeast, spicy. Lean-bodied, very refreshing, easy-drinking, dry, even finish.

Quite an interesting brew this one, very mellow, smooth, but with a special Belgian kick in it. Low on the alcohol, and with hardly any hops, this is just any easy drinker all the way, with plenty of character.
As for me, though, I could use more body, more malt, more yeast, even...it looks and feels filtered, and I feel I'd enjoy it more if it weren't.

Looking forward to more from Flat Earth. A good debut.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see another brewery in the Twin Cities that can offer up some damn good beers.

A - Light orange, white head that sticks around, decent lacing
S - A little lacking touches of fruit and hops though
T - Nice sweet fruity flavor with a good Hoppy finish
M - Good carbonation and a good malty feel when I drink it.
D - Extremely easy to drink, I will definatly have this one again.

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Photo of Larrytown
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep golden-orange with a decent head and lots of lacing. There appear to be some hops on the nose, but not much else.

We've got some sweetness here, but it's really nicely offset by the presence of hops. Supremely balanced and pleasant. It feels crisp on the tongue, but also rich. I could definitely have one or two, but then might have to move on. Nice stuff.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Off-white to tan head on top of a pristinely clear amber beer. Moderate head retention, eventually reduces down to thin, inconsistent bubble layer.

S-Clovey and maltish. Some hints of German hops.

T-Nutty and slightly spicy, with Belgian-characteristic cloviness. Some balancing bitterness, but no noticeable hop flavors.

M-Clean finish, extremely clean! Light-medium body. Medium-high carbonation, lively within my mouth.

D-Very nice beer overall, with good flavors and a clean, crisp finish, making it very drinkable. I could drink this beer any day, any weather, and temperature, any length of session, and enjoy it every time.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, thin, white head of foam. It was short lived and left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of dried fruits, caramel and some spicy, floral hops.

T - Good sweet caramel maltiness with a good dose of spiciness. There was a mild dried fruit (raisin) flavor.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium bodied ale with a smooth, dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good ale. I've had better Belgian-style Pale Ales but this one was worth a shot.

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Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber in color, not much for a head.

Smell: Yeasty.

Taste: Spicy! A black pepper taste is the main take away for me for this beer. It does have balance with some bready and yeast flavors, but pepper steals the show.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, another local beer to pick from.

Tried this beer at the Happy Gnome, it's a pretty good beer. I thought it should have a little better head since it's "Belgian", but the taste made up for that. Good stuff.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Light copper with a medium white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S-Light teases of apricot and citrusy hops. Nothing stands out but melds nicely.

T-Good Belgian yeast zing of sweet fruit giving in the a pleasant bitter hop bite in the finish.

M-Medium-light body with good zip from the carbonation.

D-Easy to drink, period. A nice twist to the "typical" pale ale...props to Flat Earth for establishing something a bit different as their flagship. A solid brew I wouldnt mind having as my fall back beer.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovley amber peach with great clarity and good head. Nose- definitely pick up pale malt and biscuit breadiness. Taste- strong belgian yeast flavour imparts lots of fruity esters. Biscuit and munich malts are strong in the profile of this beer. Beer finishes quickly in the mouth leaving a dry spicy finish from the hallertau hops. Very flavouful brew and reminds me of a slightly less biscuity version of my local micro's (half pints) version of the style (the Son). First brew from this Twin City brewery and I am impressed. Nice stuff.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dfried
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, brownish toffee in color, thin head dropped quickly to a ring and film. The aroma is of lightly toasted grains, yeast with spicy notes, and some caramel and brown sugar. The taste is of sweet grainy/biscuity malt, some bread and toast flavors. More brown sugar and molasses show up. A fair amount of yeast in the flavor too, which led to some light spicy notes of cloves and pepper. Not unnecessarily light, but lighter carbonation than the average brew, about what you would expect for the style. Light to medium bodied, thin grainy aftertaste.

Overall: a solid brew. I don't think it's going to shock and awe anyone, but its a pretty good session beer. I would have liked to see some of the spicy notes amped up a bit to linger in the aftertaste more.

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Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.