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

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%


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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birchstick

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Florida9

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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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gatornation

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 02:53:57 | More by gatornation
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Larrytown

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2008 22:37:16 | More by Larrytown
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2008 08:15:19 | More by Deuane
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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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beerkittycat

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Pours a nice amber to copper red color with a light tan head. I smelled a solid but not overbearing Beligian yeast note in the nose with some toasty malt. My first taste starts with that nice Belgian yeast and leads to some complex flavors of toast, raisin, spice, and a hint of chocolate. The finish is clean and dry which makes me thirst for some more. Yum! It seems I taste something new with each sip, but the flavors leave my tongue almost too quickly and I want to go back for more. VERY drinkable and thirst quenching. I look forward to my next pint!

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2007 03:31:11 | More by beerkittycat
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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barley Johns Brewpub.

Dark gold, clear ale. Small, off-white head. Creamy consistency. Very lively, bubbles keep rolling up from the bottom. No legs, but very nice lacing.

Very mild aroma. Got some of the typical Belgian yeast scent. Citrus and clove. Touch of sweet.

Taste was very nicely balanced. Slightly tilted towards the sweet side of the scale -- carmel & burnt sugar. Herbal bitterness at finish.

Medium in body. Light carbonation. Very refreshing.

Would love to drink this again, but might not want more than a couple in any given session. Spices & herbs taste good, but might get to you after a few. I enjoyed this with the habanero hummus, although the food overpowered the beer a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2007 16:59:51 | More by
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2007 20:03:33 | More by mnstorm99
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dfried

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2007 15:55:33 | More by dfried
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2007 23:13:50 | More by Mdog
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear copper. Nice little crop of dirty white head. Lace is abundant. The aroma is really nice. Spicy, doughy, yeasty, sweet and cakey. Great combo for this style. The taste is very nice as well. Very complex. Nice, subtle base of bread crust and warm biscuity malt tones. A spattering of pepper appears throughout. Quite yeasty and spicy. Very enjoyable. The carbonation is light and prickly. Medium-bodied or so. This is a very enjoyable and HIGHLY drinkable Belgian Pale. Nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2007 20:09:42 | More by Bighuge
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2007 08:15:35 | More by feloniousmonk
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2007 00:20:48 | More by objectivemonkey
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bucko

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2007 00:14:34 | More by bucko
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 23:30:38 | More by chinchill
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AndyP612

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 21:00:34 | More by jsprain1
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rawfish

California

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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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warnerry

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:19:41 | More by NuclearDolphin
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plfahey

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 22:44:53 | More by brentk56
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 05:24:28 | More by MattyG85
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Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.