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

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 141
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
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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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This has a brilliant rich amber color with a thin off-white head.
S: Spicy, fruit, some aniseed, faint clove to all spice, yeasty bread.
T: Bready malt start the attack with light fruit and spice finishing with a entle hop accent.
F: Dry, medium body and carbonation.
O: A very drinkable Belgian style pale ale. (319 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of AndyP612
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
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! (1,066 characters)

Photo of plfahey
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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! (550 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color, with a copper hue; the cap looks more American than Belgian, and fades quickly though it does splash some lace around in the process

Smell: Biscuity, with a hint of caramel sweetness, some light fruit (pear and cherry) and a perfume of herbacious character

Taste: Biscuity, up front, and then the complex flavor elements arrive - caramel, banana, clove, spicy yeasts with a floral and light fruit element; after the swallow, there is a bit of tart fruit character, a re-emergence of the banana and a light finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; doesn't have a Belgian mouthfeel to match the complexity of the flavor profile

Overall: My first Flat Earth beer and I wish I had sought out others while I was in Minneapolis; though the mouthfeel/carbonation needs work, the flavor profile is impressive (857 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (761 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of crossovert
2.08/5  rDev -44.2%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously, who doesn't like kettle corn at the farmers market when your wife is nagging you and the raiders are on and you just want to get back to the game. That is this beer, completely by surprise, this beer is like candy, sweet, but also carries itself through the end with a nice full bodied hops to finish it. This is a beer I will trade again for and share with more peoples, thanks...maximum12. (402 characters)

Photo of Bricky29
4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Flat Earth's Belgian style pale ale is golden honey in color. It's head is off white and there is a lot of because this beer is heavy on the carbonation.

It's smell is of sour apples, flowers, bread, and honey. It smells kind of like a Belgian Tripel I've had before, Kasteel, but better.

Hops are well balanced and match this beers sweetness. It tastes of wheat, honey and a slight aftertaste of caramel. However there is no aftertaste of the hops. The alcohol warms your mouth and chest as you drink it. It's feels stronger then it's stated 5.2% ABV, but not in a bad way. This beer is full of favors blended in a way that somehow makes it smooth and mellow. It's better not really cold.

Mouth feel is bubbly, almost dry. Body is good.

Wish I had another. (762 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of MPLS
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Santa Justn for sending this my way. It didn't have the same label on the bottle as the one pictured on the date of my review. Bottle poured into a tulip glass and it produced a two finger white head that trailed of to a thin lace across the glass. The body was a clear amber to almost copper in color.

The aroma was right what it should be, nice and yeasty as well as fruity with a hint of spice. Just the way I like my Belgian Pales. The flavor again was right on the money. It started of fruity sweet and spicy with a hit of hops and pepper towards the end. It had a prefect feel in my mouth for a pale with great carbonation.

Great to drink, I split the bottle but could have easily finished it myself. An enjoyable brew, I would gladly have this one again. (776 characters)

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