Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale - Flat Earth Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
Polished pumpkin with carbonation that is almost Champagnesque. It would be great if the ecru colored crown was also Belgianesque, but it doesn't have that much character. The foam is soft, airy, barely rocky and unsticky. What lace makes it to the glass doesn't last very long... and I haven't even taken a sip yet.
It's hard to go wrong with quality ingredients that include Belgian yeast. The nose smells like musky fruit skins, wildflowers and ground clove. Good call on the Saaz and Hallertau hops. I love citrus fruity American hops, but they have no place in a beer like this.
Belgian-Style Pale Ale tastes authentic. More importantly, it tastes good. Using a primo yeast strain isn't enough to create delicious, Belgian-style ale; something that quite a few American brewers have proven time and time again. Thankfully, it looks like the brewers at Flat Earth have the chops to deliver the goods.
The malt side of the equation is a little too toasted and earthy for my tastes, but it's far from a deal-breaker. Top notes include the floral and herbal qualities of the hops, as well as the impressive spiciness of the yeast. Clove is dominant (and a little phenolic), followed by a not-so-subtle push of cardamom and white pepper.
There aren't many Belgian pales that contain this much bitter hoppiess. It looks like the brewers are showing some of their American colors after all. Although warming doesn't change much, it does tie the various flavors together more completely.
Apparently, previous bottles (the label seen above) were notorious for being gushers. The more recent bombers, like this one, that have the German Shepherd chewing on a Belgian waffle label, are more properly carbonated... but still not ideal. The bubbles are too harsh and creaminess is lacking as a result.
Belgian-Style Pale Ale is yet another good one from Flat Earth. With higher quality bubbles, the first and fourth scores would probably earn an increase... and the fifth might too. I'm more than willing to give this one another go the next time I visit the Twin Cities.
03-01-2009 16:05:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
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
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Grabbed this one as a really cool extra recently. I have had a lot of thing from Flat Earth, and I swear what I haven't had just came in the last week! Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/23/2009.
The pour was very nice. Light amber in color, moderate haze with a nice two inches of white foam on top. Settled down into a soft pillow that just barely stayed afloat throughout the day. Light aroma of grain, light grasses and hints of bready touches as well. Some light peach, pears, light fig like notes as it warms with a touch of a peppery spice. As I take the first sip, it is remarkably smooth and very easy drinking. Light prickly carbonation is apparent now with a light bready flavor that coats the tongue, leaving a very nice, and very light fruit flavor to cap off the finish. Lightly dry and very session able, good one to enjoy on a warm summer day.
Overall very solid, and very nice for the style. Not as hoppy as some of the other examples, but very mellow and smooth. I would do this one again.
06-24-2009 19:56:19 | More by mikesgroove
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
01-05-2011 02:16:17 | More by zeff80
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
Got this one from FeloniousMonk, cheers Al!
Poured a little foamy, but no beer was wasted!Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. A bot of floaties, at the bottom of the bottle, good head retention & lacing
S: Orchard fruits, a bit of phenolic must
T: Grapefruitty hops hit the roof of the mouth along with apple peels & along with cloves, & white pepper up front. Pears, a touch of lemony hops, dryness as this warms. finishes crisp, with apple peels, a touch of grapefruit & fairly dry
MF: Medium bodied, crisp, great balance, nice fruittyness
Drinks pretty darn easy, a nice low end of the ABV spectrum Belgian PA
09-19-2008 23:48:06 | More by russpowell
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
01-21-2010 17:50:17 | More by Kegatron
3.93/5 rDev +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.
03-24-2007 08:15:35 | More by feloniousmonk
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
02-18-2010 00:09:16 | More by jwc215
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
A well carbonated beer, a careful pour fills up my glass with four-fingers of light tan colored froth. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper color. The head leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass and even forms a rocky surface as it slowly recedes. The aroma is hoppy and spicy with notes of clove, lemon zest, a touch of ginger, some pepper-like notes. This finishes with a solid malt character reminiscent of toasted grain, biscuit like malt notes, dry soda cracker aromas and perhaps a bit of caramelized malt up front that accents the sweeter spice notes. The aroma is definitely dominated by the spicy yeast character and it is quite nice.
Still well carbonated as the beer completely foams up as it hits my tongue. The carbonation combines with some of the hop notes to give this a flavor of something like lemon pepper. Light and easy drinking, especially if you swirl out the excess carbonation. Lightly tart notes definite accent a lemon zest sort of flavor, but also induces fruity hints of pears, tart apples and a plum note that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up. This is fairly dry, though there is a touch of caramelized malt sugars towards the middle that provide a touch of raisins. This finishes bone dry with a nice bitterness and peppery yeast character that begs you to take another sip. The finish also has quite a bit of malt flavors in it, all dry though, but with notes of biscuits, soda crackers and cracked grain. Substantial spice notes of clove are joined by softer notes reminiscent of ginger, white pepper, and perhaps a touch of somthing like nutmeg. As the beer warms I am able to pick up a light, herbal hop character that adds an extra dimension to this brew.
Light and easy drinking, yet it has a ton of character from the Belgian yeast. I am always a sucker for these interesting, lower alcohol, Belgian-styled beers. Certainly not a beer to knock one over, but I really like the interesting mix of flavors between fermentation character, substantial malt and light hop notes.
02-03-2008 00:18:04 | More by Gueuzedude
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
A tasty Minnesotan-made Belgian pale ale here that could just as easily have come from Belgian. The flavor is clean with a medium body thats quite toasty (the malt) with a touch of caramel. The yeast kicks in a woodsy funk and the hops round this beer out with a slight balancing bitterness. This might be heresy, but this beer reminds me of Westvleteren Blonde.
11-24-2007 19:34:35 | More by tempest
4.53/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
04-13-2007 20:09:42 | More by Bighuge
2.45/5 rDev -34.8%
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.
08-15-2013 23:30:38 | More by chinchill
2.33/5 rDev -38%
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.
08-11-2008 23:34:06 | More by TurdFurgison
4.1/5 rDev +9%
I got this bottle in a trade with Lofgrep. Thanks Peter!
This pours....omg! I just lost about 2/3rds of the beer when I popped the cap. It exploded out of the bottle like nothing I've ever had before.
Anywho...it has a nice honey gold colour with a small head of foam and there's some lacing.
The smell is yeasty and grainy and peppery and fruity. Interesting and pleasing smells.
The taste has good peppery and spicy notes up front with a good strong yeasty flavour and some earthy malt tones. There's a bitterish hop flavour right before and through the finish. This is nice.
Good medium mouthfeel and after the initial "explosion", I find the carbonation on the light side. Quite tasty and quite drinkable; too bad I lost so much of it. :^(
10-25-2008 17:54:37 | More by Bitterbill
3.03/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
08-19-2009 21:02:11 | More by bluejacket74
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours a hazy copper/ orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, big fruitiness, cherry and raisons. In the taste, cherry, dark fruit, primarily raison, and a toasty malt. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, with a dry, dark fruit, cherry aftertaste. Big fruit presence, nice session ale. I liked it alot.
08-30-2008 14:11:05 | More by OWSLEY069
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
Bright coppery orange. Slim, unlasting cap of off-white foam reveals the look of more like a cola drink then a beer. Some thin strings and a few specks of lace cling to the glass.
Aroma is mostly of Belgian yeast which is kinda musty and dullishly doughy with a slight sweet nudge of malt and some metallic hints.
Taste is crisp and yeasty with the flavors of crunchy doughyness, biscuity, a bit of musty stuff, pale malts, and some sweetness coming into the finishing areas. The finish itself is quite interesting and quick to enter, however, it drys out fairly well with yeasty fluffy leftovers and spicy, peppery, dry breadyness with a bit of tannins coming in.
The body is about medium with a thin front and middle, which is quick. Its quite crisp and snappy though. That yeast kicks right in and grabs ya. The finish does help carry some weight with it but seems quite one dimensional in character with the yeast being the main factor in its overall ability to ensue a proper well-to-do impression.
Drinks well enough but lacks some depth and complexity beyond the yeastyness that is truly the one thing about the beer that really does anything for me.
11-09-2007 18:50:04 | More by tavernjef
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
22oz bomber opened carefully and poured gently into my Duvel tulip. After the talk of bottle bombs, i was a little apprehensive
A: Orange with a frothy 4-finger thick off-white head. Tons of carbonation
S: Mildly fruity with peaches and persimmon with a mild sugary sweetness. Hint of spice. Light and appealing on this 80+degree day.
T: Light fruitiness with a faint hint of spice - pepper? Notes of lightly toasted malts are present too. The finish is spicy and dry
M: Very well carbonated and a pleasant finish
D: This is going down very easy. Thanks to wankerweasel for the chance to try this!
06-01-2008 17:52:32 | More by DefenCorps
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
A-Beer gurlgels out with little head...pristine looking cherrywood color...
S-Mildly yeasty and spicy...toasted malt predominant..some fruity notes evident..
T-Big toasted maltiness leads the way....also some very nice middle layers of black pepper, cloves and pistachios...yes pistachios..never noted that in any beers before but this has a bit of a nutty pistachio impression deeper in...finishes with a spicy kick...
M-Pretty light in the mouth...could use a little more girth...or carbonation maybe...not bad but this area could use some work.
D-Pretty tasty brew....I'd like to see the ABV and girth kicked up just a little to maybe 6-to-6.5%...overall though this is a nice addition to the Minnesota beer scene....definitely a quality brew..
11-27-2007 05:34:57 | More by ZAP
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
This one is excited to get out of the bottle, and gushes several ounces out onto the countertop. Once it settles down a bit (and just a bit), it pours to a smoky copper color stacked with a 4 inch column of ecru. The retention is amazing (for better and worse) and the lacing is filthy.
It smells of flaky pastries, sourdough, peppercorns, lemon, spruce, and iron.
Doughy and crusty at its onset into the mouth, then moving further toward the latter. Sourdough heels and croissants and plain toast. It sweetens a tad in the middle with caramel apples and lime. Yeast adds flickers of lemonpepper and wet rocks. Hops build on the aforementioned citric qualities, and bring some bittering herbal and mint notions, as it lingers with lime peels.
Light bodied with a have amount of CO2. Once it settles down (and be prepared to wait a while), it's taut with a tickling bead.
Once one fights past the gigantic, never-retreating head, it's hugely drinkable.
A little less carbonation and this probably enters "special" territory.
12-02-2008 01:45:36 | More by cokes
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
06-17-2008 03:00:19 | More by maximum12
Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
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