Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale - Flat Earth Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 96 | Display Reviews Only:
3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
04-26-2012 03:34:12 | More by rawfish
3.6/5 rDev -4%
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.
03-11-2012 03:44:32 | More by warnerry
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
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!
12-23-2011 02:19:41 | More by NuclearDolphin
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
11-02-2011 05:28:59 | More by plfahey
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
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!
10-11-2011 01:59:13 | More by birchstick
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
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
06-24-2011 22:44:53 | More by brentk56
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
06-08-2011 05:24:28 | More by MattyG85
3.33/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
02-28-2011 00:05:59 | More by budgood1
Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.