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

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Larrytown
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Larrytown, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

maximum12, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

DefenCorps, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a copper color with a ton of bubbles streaming up to the top. A huge white colored head that had good retention and left spotty lacing. Looks pretty good.

S- Yeasty, spicey and fruity.

T- Bready, with a nice fruity taste (maybe like cherries) and then finishes off with a nice spice note at the end.

M- A little dry. Overall light to medium in body.

D- Not bad at all. Pretty easy to drink.

nrbw23, May 26, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good brew, looks nice too, although this is the first time i ever deducted marks for too much head! Quite finely and vigorously carbonated, multiple pours required to get 22oz into my 30oz mug. First time that ever happened. Hazy coppery amber body capped by an insanely huge chunky off white head that just wants to stick around. Big sticky clumps of lace that also just want to stick around.

Hints of cherry and clove accentuate a solid malt body with bready notes as well as toasted biscuit character. Slightly cheesy finkiness also present, along with a kiss of lemon and herbal hops.

An interesting brew. Nuances of cherry and toffee accentuate the dry malt backbone made up of mostly toasted biscuit flavour. Slightly vinous in character. Mildly funky and phenolic yeastiness with the touch of clove is replaced by the clean, mild hops with their essence of lemon and green herbs, as well as a mild floral character.

Light bodied and insanely effervescent, with an almost pronounced fruity character. Also surprisingly dry, and somewhat powdery or even chalky in feel.

Quite complex for something so light bodied, and quite tasty. Almost session fare, although in this brew's case the complexity limits the drinkablility more than the ABV. Only criticism would be to tone down the carbonation and to clean up the funk slightly. Definitely worth trying, and will be drinking this one again soon.

demcorhip, May 15, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a few of these 22oz bottles tonight. And for good reason. It's great beer!

This is not the first time I've had this offering, but it finally deserves a review.

Pours a very dark amber color with a generous, rocky, off-white, three-finger head into a snifter. Lacing is everywhere down the glass. Smells slightly fruity, with apples, and spice, malty sweetness. Taste is very much the same. Citrusy, spicy, a bit of hop bitterness in the background. Nice balance of malts and hops and a fantastic yeast strain that imparts the same flavors of many Belgians. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, nice amount of carbonation that tingles the tongue and leaves you wanting more.

This is a great offering from a Micro that's only been around for a year or so. Flat Earth is a wonderful up-and-comer in the world of craft beers and a great asset to the world of brews here in Minnesota.

Edit 8-11-08: Had this one again, and I must say that I enjoyed this brew much more when there was the whole refermentation problem going on (i.e. exploding bottles). This re-released version is a bit undercarbonated, a bit thin on the flavor and body, and just not as good. I'll keep the same scores, as I did really like this beer the first 3 times I had it.

KeefD, May 13, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

shadow1961, May 12, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Deuane, May 07, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a crisp clear copper with a thin random film of head.

Smells of nectarines and wheat bread with a rich creamy dinner roll and white flour. Sharp zips of CO2 bring out a latent sting of pineapple.

Tastes of sweet and creamy bread dolls and a sharp adn clean ambiguous fruitiness along with a slight under-ripe apple and fig. This is backed up by a crisp snap of green pepper corn and rounds off with a thin creamy hefe yeast.

Feels glassy clean with a hidden carbonation that sneaks out, complimenting the pepperiness of the flavor. This is however just a little bit sticky.

Well done! An easy to handle and refreshing brew.

DarkerTheBetter, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Greggy, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Tolann
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Tolann, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gueuzedude, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of BarleyPopMan
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second beer from Flat Earth. 22 Oz Bomber from Rum River Liquor.

Smell: Awesome fragerance. Smells nutty, bready, and fruity. Very inviting

Taste: Rich but not overpowering. Not alcoholy. Flavors of fruit like you should get from belguim yeast, sweet, perfect amount of bitterness for style (more prevelant as it warms) IBU 25. Starts mellow, then with a slight zing on the tong, and then finishes with a smooth mellowness.

Mouthfeel: could use more carbonation. Seems thin.

Appearance: Somewhat thin with little carbonation; Leaves a thin delicate lace on my glass as it dissapears. Mostly clear amber coloration.

Drinability: Smooth and enjoyable, not very high alcohol at 5.2% ABV.

Impression: too little alcohol, yeast, hops, and carbonation for the styles it is supposed to represent...but I do not care because the beer is highly enjoyable and also drinable at the same time. I started this one when it was really cold and I wasn't very impressed at first....but as it warmed the true flovars came out and I really enjoyed drinking it. I'll be picking up more in the future.

Impressed with what I've seen from Flat Earth so far and the product seems to be priced relatively well compared to similar, especially when considering the quality of the products.

-BarleyPopMan

BarleyPopMan, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of erwin08
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear copper/reddish color.

S: smells sweet and fruity with a hint of spice as well.

T: bold malty taste with a spicy fruity finish.

M: crisp and refreshing. medium body and well-rounded beer.

D: very drinkable version of the belgian pale ale.

erwin08, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovley amber peach with great clarity and good head. Nose- definitely pick up pale malt and biscuit breadiness. Taste- strong belgian yeast flavour imparts lots of fruity esters. Biscuit and munich malts are strong in the profile of this beer. Beer finishes quickly in the mouth leaving a dry spicy finish from the hallertau hops. Very flavouful brew and reminds me of a slightly less biscuity version of my local micro's (half pints) version of the style (the Son). First brew from this Twin City brewery and I am impressed. Nice stuff.

oakbluff, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of slyke
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first taste of Flat Earth Pale Ale. The brewery has been getting some positive buzz in the Twin Cities and recently became available in my local stores.

A: Clear, copper-colored with a finger of off-white head.

S: There must be a Belgian yeast strain at work here. Aroma includes dark fruit, sweetness, and woodiness.

T: Biscuit, raisins, and a touch of cherry are present. Quite a nice brew.

M: Seemed a bit thin for the style, but not a deal-breaker.

D: Overall an excellent beer. I look forward to trying other beers from Flat Earth.

slyke, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of ZAP
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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..

ZAP, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tempest, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with a cool label and great write-up.

Orange ruby body. Brilliantly clear and clean. Small, off-white head. Smells of sweet, caramelly malt with some fruitcake, spice, and yeast. Some spicy hop zip as well. Taste starts with toasted grain, followed by sugary fruit and caramel malt. Faint spice and suggestions of bubble gum. Yeast and spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Moderate body with subdued carbonation. Easy drinking. I like the Belgian influence on a decent amber ale. Hope to see more Flat Earth bottles in the future!

alexgash, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a vibrant, clear, reddish-copper color. The head is small, but sticks around. The aroma is of passion fruit, cloves, flowers, biscuits, and has a hint of caramel. It is rather strong for a beer of a mere 5.2% ABV. The taste is quite a bit spicier than the aroma, and has a firm bitterness that lingers long after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very good session beer. It is complex without being overpowering. I will certainly drink this again. I think I should also mention that I am very impressed with the description of the beer, and food pairing suggestions on the label. I hope to see similar descriptions on future Flat Earth labels.

KarlHungus, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of morimech
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice vibrant copper with bright white head that builds slightly after the pour. The beer is clear and not very dark. The beer shows some activity after the pour. I liked the look of this beer.

The smell of cloves and bread is the most prevalent. The work of Belgian yeast is not to be mistaken in this beer.

The beer has a wonderful balanced taste of spice and malt. It doesn't assault the tastebuds but enough flavor is there to make this a really enjoyable beer. I can't stress how well balanced this beer is. Feels light to medium bodied, finishes dry, with near perfect carbonation make this an easy drinking beer. My first Flat Earth beer, I am looking forward to trying more of their beer.

morimech, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

tavernjef, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of ballenc
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

ballenc, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of twbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip glass it was a clear deep amber color with
no head but small islands of lacing.

S- Raisins,rich breadlike malty smell,musty,must be the yeast?
Reminds me of a Trappist ale.

T- At first it tastes smokey and herbal then rounds into a nutmeg and clove taste.No hops stand out but is well balanced and seems very complex.

M- Medium\light bodied very smooth,low carbonation. I thought it would be a little heavier.

D- This is a very smooth very easy drinking beer.I've had this on tap many a times and seems even better out of the bottle.
This is a must try beer if you like the Belgian style ales!

twbrewer, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of brewdoc75
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beauty was poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz bottle into a pint glass. The first batch of bottles released from Flat Earth Brewery for purchase by the general public.

Appearance: Beautiful, clear amber/copper color w/ lively carbonation. Fantastic creamy white head that is about 1/2" to 3/4" to begin with and dissipates down to a beautiful, creamy white lace. When I look at this beer in the glass, it to me embodies what a quality craft brew should look like.

Smell: Nice biscuty, malty smell w/ some fruity tones. Pleasant hop aroma. Not an overpowering hop smell. Overall the aroma really shows off the malts in this beer.

Taste: Very pleasant, mellow flavor. You can taste the quality of the malts in this beer. Very smooth and mildly sweet. Just enough hops to balance out the malts w/ a pleasant bitterness that doesn't linger for too long. The complexity of this brew is in the esters that are subtly hidden throughout. The beer finishes very clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: I would call this a light to medium bodied beer that has a velvety, creamy feel when it hits the tongue. The creamy head tickles your lips just prior to drinking. Just the right amount of carbonation for this one.

Drinkability: This is a very solid beer. I started off my Sat. evening with this beer followed by two others. I found myself craving another one of these before the night was over. Very smooth and clean w/ a good amount of bitterness sure to please just about anyone.

After this I'm really looking forward to more offerings from Flat Earth in bottles. I've had several of their beers on tap, but I love to be able to sit and enjoy good beer in the comfort of my own home. The future is looking bright for this brewery.

brewdoc75, Oct 28, 2007
Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.