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

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

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85
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%
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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

zeff80, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.15/5  rDev -16%
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.

BeardedBoffin, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

EwaldEichstaett, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of crossovert
2.03/5  rDev -45.9%
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.

crossovert, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Florida9, May 22, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

chickencoop, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Bricky29
4.8/5  rDev +28%
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.

Bricky29, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Parrotbeak, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of MPLS
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

MPLS, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

jwc215, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of joepais
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

joepais, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of gatornation
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
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

gatornation, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of blackearth
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Blue Max Liqours in Burnsville, MN. Pours a bright orange copper body with a fizzy thin head that quickly disappears. Aromas of fruity esters from the Belgian yeasts and also some clove. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a high, spicy carbonation level. Flavors are very pedestrian. Malt has a slightly spicy flavor reminiscent of rye. There's nothing special going on here.

blackearth, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Pours a deep copper color. Light head formation, off white in color. Leaves behind a film. Appears to be extremely carbonated, as there is a vigorous envelope of bubbles streaming from the laser etching on this NB glass.

S - Certain has Belgian properties on the nose. I smell a sweet caramel note, complemented with a strong raisin smell. Some belgian yeast breadiness comes through.

T - Starts off with the raisin belgian note. Sweet. Mid-stream builds some balance of bitterness, but hopping is non-existent. Yeastiness is the counter balance to the sweet. Finishes with a sweeter, bready note that is cut with a strong phenolic flavor - certainly strong for the potency of this beer.

M - Strong in both beer body and a very hefty carbonation profile. Bubbles tickle the tongue. Leaves behind a cloying sweet texture.

D - Moderate to high drinkability. Very manageable ABV. Flavors are smooth, not overwhelming. Only downside is that the carbonation is making this beer a hair filling.

After the disappointment of the angry earth, this turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Happy new year all.

katan, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of dfillius
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 fingers of fizzy off-white head from aggressive pour subsides to nothing with very active bubbling. Clear copper liquid. I'd like better head retention.
S: Malty sweet, toffee and bread with hints of noble hops. Smells tasty.
T: Sweet with very mild bitterness. Nice Belgian yeasty spice. I'd like more hops but that would probably make this a BIPA. Well balanced.
M: Syrupy, a little prickly. Pleasant overall
D: Quite good on this, the hottest day of the year so far (98 degrees) Drinkable, I want the whole 22oz. bottle for myself.

dfillius, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of hardy008
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange - amber color with a large off white head with decent retention. Not much aroma. Some bready malt and yeast is about it. The flavor is slightly sweet and slightly bitter, with some fruit flavor. This is a light bodied beer, which is heavily carbonated, and easy to drink. Not the best Belgian Pale Ale, but it is decent.

hardy008, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

bluejacket74, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a large 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color, clear and carbonated. Nice one to two finger foamy head that didn't last long and left a slight lacing as it receded.

Smell: Toasty malts and slightly sweet and tangy. Not the usual fruitiness or hoppiness of typical Belgian Pale Ale's.

Taste: Like it smelled, malty and slightly sweet and dry. Not much hop presence or strong flavor profiles here, very light and slightly bland.

Mouth feel: Thin light-to-medium body, decent carbonation. Not much happening on the tongue.

Drinkability: Eh, it was OK, but there are far better Belgian Pale Ale's out there. Probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

ChopperSmith, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from growler into new Summit Pint.

Appearance: Bright orange-amber with moderate head at first but dies down quickly with very little lacing.

Smell: Mainly fruit and toasted malts. Some slight Belgian funk.

Taste: Very malty backbone of biscuit, toast and fruit. Slight banana and clove undertones, but not too much. Fairly light on the Belgian spectrum, but quite delicious nonetheless.

Feel: Lower carbonation than expected for a Belgian beer, medium body, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Great everyday beer. Nice to have a Belgian flagship for once.

bsp77, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of jera1350
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light golden orange color with big fluffy white head that shrinks down pretty fast. No lacing.

Big yeasty wheat smell.

Roasted malt, big wheat and yeast flavor. Some hops. Tastes like there's some adjuncts in it. Very oddly melded flavors. They are just not working together. Taste reminds me of mixing a pale ale and a belgian in the same glass at home.

Lighter bodied, overly carbonated. When I take a sip, it starts foaming up in my mouth. It's as if I had a mentos in my mouth at the same time.

I hope I have a bad bottle here, but I can't say I will reach for this one again. This might be a drain pour yet.

jera1350, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

mikesgroove, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich orange hued amber color with a bright, snow white one finger head that fleeted quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of sweet belgian yeast and biscuit, accompanied by a moderate amount of sugary sweetness. Some light toasty malt in the nose as well. Very pleasant.

Biscuit and a nice chunk of sugary sweetness right away. There is some wheaty character to it as well, mildly spicy hops and a definite wheat taste in the finish. Very light but comes off as somewhat rich.

Thinner in the mouth than I expect for the style. I have had serious carbonation issues with this brew in the past, but this batch hit its mark.

Light bodied, cheap and very nice tasting, session this brew whenever I see it on tap

BDLbrewster, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a bright and clear copper color with a 2.5" white foam head. The head dropped modestly and left a bit of lace behind. It was a decent looking ale, but didn't really look like a Belgian pale ale.

S= Lots of malty sweetness and nuttiness up front, with a big toasty note in there too. Only a mild estery yeast presence.

T= Taste followed the smell. Big toasted biscuit and nutty malt flavor dominated the front end of this beer. Some mild Belgin yeast phenolics in the middle. The finish was dry and nutty and very refreshing.

MF= Medium bodied, with a moderate carbonation level and decent crispness.

D= I enjoyed this on a hot day after working in the yard. It was very refreshing and I could easily have sessioned a few of these.

spointon, May 31, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a Duvel glass

Pours a clear copper color with a two inch off-white head that falls down to a skim. It has trouble holding a head despite being in the Duvel glass. No lacing is left behind.

Aroma is yeasty with a bit of sweet sugar, toasty malt, and some clovey phenols. A mild fruit character of peach and apple.

Taste is very toasty with mild fruit again, a slight sweetness but it is offset by the clovey phenols that come in towards the end and linger on.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, comes across watery sort of. Nice carbonation though makes it rather soft.

This was a pretty decent beer but nothing amazing. Considering it was $4 for a bomber though, it was a pretty good deal.

roadhouse, May 23, 2009
Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.