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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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85
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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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AndyP612

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 02:01:45 | More by AndyP612
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 18:31:03 | More by Greggy
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rawfish

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:34:12 | More by rawfish
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 04:50:09 | More by Mistofminn
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 04:45:39 | More by hardy008
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2007 00:07:44 | More by sacrelicio
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to morimech!

22 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed amber with a foamy white head that slowly descends in a rocky-ish fashion, but then soon evens out. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel, spiced yeast/bread, clove and a hint of grass.

The taste is of caramel, cherry juice, toast. There is a sour-ish/tangy undertone with some herbal/spicy notes, though ends sem-sweet.

The carbonation leans more toward fizzy than effervescent with a light-to-medium carbonation.

A different "Belgian-style" pale. Interesting cherry notes. Sweet, but has some spicy and sour/tangy and touch of bitterish balance. A unique, interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 00:09:16 | More by jwc215
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 17:50:17 | More by Kegatron
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-16-2013 04:56:59 | More by jaydoc
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Hawkharvs

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-20-2012 19:00:07 | More by Hawkharvs
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-27-2014 13:20:20 | More by doucmehu
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mettkea

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-04-2012 01:52:58 | More by mettkea
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Rau71

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-02-2012 22:45:42 | More by Rau71
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warnerry

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:44:32 | More by warnerry
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lightindarkness

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with a picture of a dog holding a waffle on the label.

A hard pour reveals a smooth full body with swirling carbonation slowly rising to the surface. Not highly carbonated by any stretch, with only a briefly appearing elusive head that leaves traces of bubbles on the surface. The beer itself is nicely colored, with a deep caramel somewhere between amber and copper.

Smell has hints of belgian yeast, a little light fruit estery sweetness and very faint background funk, with lots of grainy bready notes in the middle. I was not at first overly impressed with the nose on this, but as it sits it seems to become a little more complex.

Taste has a lot of dry grainy notes, with an overtone of bitterness throughout. A little biscuity, with some dry spicy toast toward the finish. Bitterness swells at the end and has a lightly burnt flavor to it.

Feel is of a fuller medium consistency, with some carbonation notable on the tongue, but not too much to speak of overall. A bit of a mouthcoating film hangs around for a while after the swallow, but doesn't do much to enhance this one.

An overall decent beer. It's easy to drink, but lacks a lot of appeal to drink more. Could be an okay session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 20:50:20 | More by lightindarkness
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this beer was a gusher. The bottle foamed at the top even with half of it's contents poured into a glass.

Anyway...poured into a glass a slightly hazy tea color with a frothy beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, flowers, spices, and something slightly medicinal.

The taste has a bitter hoppiness upfront followed by dark ripe fruit, caramel, toasted malts and yeast. Finish lingers with a cocoa tinge.

Medium bodied, dry and chewy, and considerably carbonated.

A pretty good Belgian Pale from Flat Earth. Not one of my favorites but enjoyed and worthy of the experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 23:08:55 | More by Monkeyknife
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ballenc

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into an Imperial pint glass.

Pours a nice, clear orange/amber color - nice 1/2 inch tight, off-white head that retreats too quickly (within a minute or so) and leaves no lacing at all.

I had to keep swirling this beer in order to pick up any aroma - what I did pick up was much lighter than I expected from a Belgian-style beer. Mostly a faint whiff of Belgian yeast mixed with a bit of spice. Overall the least impressive characteristic of this beer.

While this beer seemed lacking in aroma, it did provide a decent flavor - more indicative of a Belgian pale ale. Definite Belgian yeast at the front end that moves quickly to a modest toasted malt and a bit a biting spice (pepper and cloves) at the back end. Overall a pretty balanced ale.

Not bad in terms of mouthfeel - I'd consider it a medium bodied, well-rounded all that does include a fair amount of carbonation but not fizzy in the mouth. Dry finish.

Definitely a drinkable Belgian pale ale - I've had it a couple of times on tap and at that time, I wasn't overly impressed mainly because I prefer Belgian style beers that are stronger on Belgian yeast and malt characteristics. However, this bottled version was much better than I recalled having on tap several months ago and I think it would appeal to drinkers who are either new to the Belgian beer styles or who prefer a more modest take on the Belgian pale ale style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 20:41:43 | More by ballenc
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plfahey

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 05:28:59 | More by plfahey
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tpd975

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cigar City Brew for this one.

A: Pours a murky golden hue with a huge thunderous bubbling head. The retention is almost too much as it takes forever for the head to die down enough to drink it.

S: Light malt aromas with some sweet fruit and a hint of spice.

T: Same as aroma with hints of orange hops in the finish.

M: Nice bold carbonation.

D: Not bad much better than the other Flat Earth beer I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 12:08:49 | More by tpd975
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birchstick

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light caramel brown with a white rim.

S - smells of toasted caramel malt with a lot of fruitiness with some banana and bubblegum

T - starts with bready, toasty, caramel malts. These fade to a subtle bit of dark fruits (some grapes and raisins) Finishes with a sweet banana flavor.

M - full and creamy mouthfeel, goes down smoothly

D - pretty solid BPA from Flat Earth. Has a lot of really solid Pale ale characteristics with a nice twist of Belgian flavors. This was a well integrate beer with a nice flavorful profile. Recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 01:59:13 | More by birchstick
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold, in a shaker. Brilliant pale copper in color, with an off-white head and moderate lacing. Nose is yeasty and spicy, with a touch of light mild cloves and white pepper. Pale malt in the nose exhibits soft, subtle notes of orange and peach, but no hops to speak of. Fruity, yeasty and tangy on the first sip. Lightly sweet, with vegetal notes (lemon grass) and biscuity malt character holding this together through the middle of the palate. Smooth interplay between the subtle malt qualities and spicier yeast characteristic. Finish is light and dry-ish. Mouthfeel is medium-full, and there's an excellent sense of drinkability to this one. It was on a two-for-one and they went down smoothly and easily. At the very least this makes for an excellent introduction (for us lucky locals) to the Belgian Pale ale style, but in fact I can see this brew as being the basis for many excellent Belgian style ales to come. It also reminded me of how well-executed some of the Town Hall Belgian-style ales turned out - the appledon't fall far from the tree, eh? I look forward to seeing more from Flat Earth!
[Stub and Herbs/ Minneapolis]

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2007 01:56:17 | More by Chaz
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great name for a brewery & since it's in my hometown, one I want to support!

Opened this Pale Ale since it's been sitting, unexploded, in my fridge for a couple of months, & figured I could release some tension amongst the beers by removing it. Sure enough I heard a sigh of relief (I swear!) as the fridge door swung closed.

Pretty clear yellow for a Belgian with almost no evident carbonation. Smell is flowery & light & makes me think this'll be a good sipper when the roses start to bloom in the back yard. Yes, I have roses. And yes, they've gone back into their wild state.

Tasty beer. Not oh-my-god tasty, but it has that candied Belgian sweetness to it, along with a surprising stroke of malt on the back of the tongue.

As visually noted, there's almost no carbonation. How could something that flat go C4 on you? A smooth & easy drinker, with no discerbable alcohol kick. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 03:00:19 | More by maximum12
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Florida9

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Bulldog

A: Very clear dark gold. Served in a pint glass with about 1/4 inch of thick foamy white head. Good lacing.

S: Biscuit. Toasty malts. Some light citrus notes.

T: Toast. Bread. Light malt flavor with a crisp bitterness on the finish. Dry. Some light, non-aggressive spicy hop flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Dry.

D: Good. A rather typical American version of a Belgian Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 21:21:24 | More by Florida9
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flat Earth Brewing's Belgian-Style Pale Ale pours a finger of
foam over a slightly cloudy copper colored brew. The nose is
slightly fruity with crisp herbal Noble hops. The flavor is delicate-
barley malt, grain, with mild fruity notes and those herbal hops for
balance. Actually, that flavor reminds me a lot of Saison Dupont-
drinking this puts me in mind of summer and meadows. A very
nice take on a Belgian style, and at a modest 5.2% alcohol by
volume, sessionable as well. Luckily, I picked this one up just
before Flat Earth had their bottle recall- hopefully this doesn't
spook my local liquor store and it'll be back in stock...

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 06:12:16 | More by shadow1961
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Tolann

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very copper/orange in color. White head. Clear, not hazy

S- Floral scent that is there, but doesn't smack you in the face. Some sweet, not too sweet.

T- Malty with bitterness. Sweet too and not piney hops.

M- Medium-light mouth feel. Smooth and not too carbonated. Taste doesn't stick to you with an after taste. No boozy taste.

D- Very drinkable, but not my first choice. This style is not my normal type to drink, but it's still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 00:38:41 | More by Tolann
Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
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