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

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Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale AleFlat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale

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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 crossovert
2.08/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

650ml bottle with a daog eating a waffle on the label.

Pours almost like an amber ale, it is a pale goldish/amber with a decent white head that quickly dissipates.

The smell is pretty quirky. To me it smells like rotten banana flavored kefir and brie cheese. It is not what you usually get from brett or lacto, but it is something else weird. At any rate it kind of works.

This one just tastes out there, like if you dipped bread in medicine and sprinkled some extremely herbal hops over it.

The mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated in the mouth then it leaves a syrupy feeling the the back of the throat.

Weird beer if it is supposed to be like this.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I see that previous reviewers liked this beer, I guess I'm gonna cut my own path. This beer was awful. It pains me to say it, because last night I had Angry Planet and it was sublime. This stuff, however, is a different plotline. Every measure I employed came up with substandard to average scores. The beer appeared to be undercarbonated, very little fizz and absolutely no head over the clear copper colored liquid. The aroma doesn't seem BPA at all, maybe ESB or English bitter, I really couldn't tell. It was toasted malts mostly, a little burnt too. The taste was the same, with a bitterness in the aftertaste which I found unapealling. Difficult to drink, I just did not like it.

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Photo of chinchill
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours similar to the previously sampled 115 but without as much foam. A light orange amber color, the head is a light beige and laces spotty trails around the glass.

Aroma - a light fruitiness but again, there is a sour acridness to go with. Not as strong as the 115.

Taste - lightly floral and fruity, turning rapidly bitter with grapefruit rind. A sharp and severe flavor at the back, I'm not convinced that is the intent. Almost undrinkable at the outset here. Definitely a beer with promise but I'm thinking this may be slightly off as well.

Mouthfeel - explodes in the mouth with carbonation, yet maintaining a noteworthy smoothness afterwards. The body is sturdy but not overly big.

Drinkability - I ended up getting through this and even partially enjoying it despite the defects. Thanks again to Ben for the bottle. I haven't kept up with the QA situation at Flat Earth other than knowing there were issues. Hopefully I'll get a chance to try this again.

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Photo of gatornation
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had a pint at burger jones..it came a clear copper color with no head and little lacing the smell was faint hops faint yeast faint clove..the taste was thin just a faint clove taste with a little raisin some hops were present with some other fruits and spices..really faint on the taste ..not a good representation of the style..not recommended

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Photo of Buebie
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the new bottle with different lable design then the one on the page currently.

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a snifter. Great color and clarity off this, although I'd hope for an unfiltered true blegian beer with a tremens style haze. Its crystal clear in transparency. Orangish copper in color. 1 inch white cola fizzy head that quickly receeds. Leaving a ring around the outer edges of the glass in retention. No lace, it all slips back very quickly into the beer.

Aromas are very traditional in the beglian characteristic. Fruity aroma of pinnaple, banana, carmelised candy sugars, some peppery spice, and a touch of warm alcahol fumes. A touch of smokey malt aroma.

Thin watery mouthfeel with big carbonation zing on the tounge. Similar to a coke in that carbonation sting. Mild grassy hop flavor after the swallow. Sour peppery flavors with hints of acidic citrus.

Not really feeling this, its pretty boring.

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Photo of blackearth
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy brown copper color, no head at all or lacing. Pretty pathetic.

S/T: Really a plain beer. It is not a bad beer, it simply has nothing special happening at all. Yeasty malty smell mostly it is a generic 'full' but a flavorless taste.

M/D: Very light, but still present, carbonation. (light, small and quick bubbles). The beer has a thick body, the alcohol is not very high, but it is still detectable.

I bought one of each of Flat Earth's offerings. This is the first one I have tried. Hopefully they get better.

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Photo of jera1350
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light golden orange color with big fluffy white head that shrinks down pretty fast. No lacing.

Big yeasty wheat smell.

Roasted malt, big wheat and yeast flavor. Some hops. Tastes like there's some adjuncts in it. Very oddly melded flavors. They are just not working together. Taste reminds me of mixing a pale ale and a belgian in the same glass at home.

Lighter bodied, overly carbonated. When I take a sip, it starts foaming up in my mouth. It's as if I had a mentos in my mouth at the same time.

I hope I have a bad bottle here, but I can't say I will reach for this one again. This might be a drain pour yet.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color--almost void of foam. The is pretty typical with some fruity notes mixed with spicy hops. Sweet on the palate with some caramel and a dash of spice. The beer coats the tongue at tad too much. This isn't a terrible beer, but it is not very impressive either.

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Photo of marcpal
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottled poured into oversized DFH wine glass.

A: Amber colored pour with a substantial cloudy white head. Darker than I had expected.

N: Dried fruits- cranberries and raisins. Funky citrus and orange peel. Belgian yeast.

T: Didnt catch any of the hops up front but was hit with the caramel malts, the dried fruits over and over. Some banana and some belgian candy as it warmed. Seemed somewhat 'off'.

M: Considerably chewy from the yeast laden body. Thickened some as it warmed.

D: Not overly drinkable, had a tough time working through the bomber. Interested in trying FE's other offerings but this wanted didnt hit the mark.

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Photo of MPLS
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typically I grab Flat Earth's Cygnus porter, but have had this one in the beer fridge for a while.

A: Light colored caramel body with a buttload of carbonation, is this New Year's bubbly? Big head at first, but extremely poor retention. Lacing is subpar, this doesn't quite compete with the Belgians.

S: The smell is of a Belgian style, but not a true Belgian. There is a significant hop presence in the nose. It's well for a lack of a better word funky and definitely the yeast shines through it all.

T: The taste is mildy sweet, not sure what kind of malts are used in this. The yeast adds a good deal of spiciness and there is a bit phenolic. The sweetness is not extremely pleasing and mixes with the very earthy tastes. Overall, not super impressive, but not hideous by any means.

M: Overly carbonated in my biggest complaint.

D: The price is right with these bombers, but this one doesn't tickle my fancy too much.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Copper-orange. Slightly hazy. Head is one finger, ever so slightly off white. Retention is mediocre.
S- The smell is earthy sweet, with a bit of biscuit. A bit more hop than most Belgians and not much fruit.
T- The fruityness comes through just a touch here with a peachy opening. There is some caramel as well. Finish is still sweet but a bit of earthyness brings some roundness to it.
M- Medium-full body. Carbonation is low and smooth. A bit too sticky though.
O- I love most Flat Earth beers and most Belgians, but this one was not that special. Middle of the road.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a murky orange color with some lighter tan hues. A rustic white head with limited retention and lacing.

The nose has some hints of Belgian characteristics but very soft for style. Some light sweeter grainy notes with more of a basic malt flavor. Some honey and hints of biscuit and even a slight flour aroma. Some noticeable grassy and floral hops, a bit much for style. Some lighter spice notes, white pepper and a little medicinal as well. Would have liked more esters and spice notes.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out more though. A more biscuit note with noticeable honey notes. A light bready taste with a sweet finish. The yeast is detectable but really is missing that Belgian characteristic. Some hints of citrus and orange with some minor pepper on the back end. The medicinal comes out more in the taste and is more distracting as it warms.

The body is moderate, would have like it to finish a bit drier. Boarder line under attenuated. Some minor carbonic bite.

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Photo of AndyP612
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A- Dark orage color with a finger plus of off white, fluffy head. Average retention.

S- Yeast forward nose with no trace of malt or fruit. Smells a little hot.

T- Belgian like yeast hits me right off the bat. Barely any hop to speak of. Slight caramel sweetness present as well.

M- Light and crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O- I thought I would give Flat Earth another try this evening. I find myself feeling the same after each and every ale I try (except the pumpkin ale). Overall, it is a decent Belgian style pale, though I hesitate calling it a pale at all as the hops are not easily detected. Slightly above average in my opinion but a nice change of pace from a daily pale. Cheers.

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Photo of budgood1
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22oz. bomber a clear dark amber colour with a rather fizzy thin head and thinnish lace. quite a bit of carbonation helps retain whatever head and lace is left, but the overall look is unimpressive. sugar and spice aroma...belgianesque with lots of clove and fruit driven esters. smells very inviting. taste is a nice balance of toasty malts with a sourdough flair. has some clove and nutmeg nuances that meld well with a hint of alcohol spice. euro hops lend a hand at balancing the malt and bring even more spice notes to the table. pretty tasty but the bottom falls out pretty fast leading to a very dry finish. medium bodied with a close to style, carbonated, spritzy mouthfeel that serves itself well when compared to other belgian style ales. it is damn drinkable and would be a nice offering to introduce someone to the unique world of belgian ales.

a decent belgian style pale ale that has enough character to be appreciated for the style. it's decent enough and would be a nice compliment to some funky blue cheese and/or some spicy hot wings.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich orange hued amber color with a bright, snow white one finger head that fleeted quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of sweet belgian yeast and biscuit, accompanied by a moderate amount of sugary sweetness. Some light toasty malt in the nose as well. Very pleasant.

Biscuit and a nice chunk of sugary sweetness right away. There is some wheaty character to it as well, mildly spicy hops and a definite wheat taste in the finish. Very light but comes off as somewhat rich.

Thinner in the mouth than I expect for the style. I have had serious carbonation issues with this brew in the past, but this batch hit its mark.

Light bodied, cheap and very nice tasting, session this brew whenever I see it on tap

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Photo of Greggy
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 22oz bomber into a pint glass. A nice color with a 2 fingerhead.

Smell: A little toasted malt smell, light hops

Taste: A was a little let down with this one. The taste seemed a bit austere. Some hops came through as well as a bit of toasted malt but there just wasn't a lot of body

Mouthfeel: A nice finish but nothing to wild

Drinkability: This might be good once in a while but it isn't a staple in my book.

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Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange - amber color with a large off white head with decent retention. Not much aroma. Some bready malt and yeast is about it. The flavor is slightly sweet and slightly bitter, with some fruit flavor. This is a light bodied beer, which is heavily carbonated, and easy to drink. Not the best Belgian Pale Ale, but it is decent.

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Photo of rawfish
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a mildly hazy orange with a tight white cap of froth, a finger in height with average retention and some bits of stick on the glass.

Clove and coriander with lemony bright pepper. Malts hold a waffle batter malt sweetness and bubble gum and slight banana on the finish.

Full body with sweet caramel malt, cake batter, and sourdough. Belgian spices of clove and pepper. Finishes drying with a blast of lemon, but very tart and acidic on the finish to accompany some drying.

Alcohol is well hidden from a medium body that's very overly carbonated making the brew feel thinner, the fizz really punishes the palate at the end of the drink when exposed to a very harsh acidic finish.

A tasty beer with nice Belgian character however the astringent finish and mouthfeel that enhances the sour really hurts its status as a good Belgian pale. Comes off more like a mini sour or wild ale. Drinkable but I really had to switch my mindset to enjoy this one.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into pint glass. The bottle art isn't the same as in the picture, must have changed recently. It has a dog with a waffle in it's mouth.

Pours a amber or copper-red like color. Much darker than the Belgian Pale Ale's I'm used to seeing, but I'm open to new things. Produces a large slightly off white head, that dissipates quickly.

The nose isn't very Belgian to me. I mean, at least not the Belgian that I'm used too. This is incredibly malty and toasty, it feels like I'm sniffing toast with maple syrup on it, literally. A slight bit of hop bitterness is also noticeable.

I really want to like this beer, but I'm just not a fan. It's way to toasty for my liking, and I like my Belgians to be fruity and spicey, this is sort of the opposite for me. It's not that it's bad, because it's not, it's just it's not playing to my taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Malty and sweet, pretty dang smooth. Drinkability is high, but it gets a knock from my dislike of the taste.

Overall, not my favorite beer, an average one at best. I'm a little disappointed, because I would really love to support my local brewery more. I guess I'll just have to try another offering.

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Photo of sacrelicio
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent beer and the second that I have had from Flat Earth. Its a nice amber color with a scant head and no lacing. The smell is grainy, malty sweet. The taste is a bit odd, with very sweet vegetable flavors like sweet potato, carrot, sweet pea, sugar snap pea, you get the idea. The taste doesn't do much else, maybe some standard American pale flavors like caramel and fruit. Not very Belgian nor good as an American adaptation. Not great, but not bad, either. The mouthfeel is good and thick, and this is pretty drinkable, but this was a bit disappointing. It could have been a stale keg, or a dirty tap line, but this could be greatly improved. Maybe more hops, maybe a different malt bill, maybe a livelier yeast strain. I do appreciate Flat Earth's efforts, as we need as many local brewers as we can get, but this could get better with some retooling.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with average head. Generally the sense I got was of the aromas and flavors of belgian yeasts combined with american hops varieties. Enjoyable but lacked the complexity or distinct flavors that would make it stand out. I should caveat that I'm not too familiar with belgian styles.

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