Bermuda Triangle - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Flat Earth Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: edbeered on 08-27-2007

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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by billshmeinke:
Photo of billshmeinke
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lacing and retention are pretty poor for the style. Otherwise fine.

Smell is mostly yeasty, hint of green apple too.

Belgian yeast, hint of bubble gum, some green apple, rustic bread notes.

Well carbonated, medium bodied, would be way too sweet if it weren't so well carbonated.

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerkittycat
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet it appears a bright golden yellow. Aroma is complex. I detect the usual belgian yeast charactertics (spicy, peppery, coriander, etc) in addition to hints of bread dough, citrus, and honey. The taste? It's like summer in a glass. So much is happening here...spiciness of coriander, nutmeg layered with candied sugar, pear, apricot, orange, and honey. Is this really like 9% ABV because it's awfully smooth. Mouthfeel is spot on but it lacks the carbonation bite of a typical Tripel. Despite that, this is a special treat. Don't miss it!

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Mostly biscuit on the nose with some light earthiness and ripe fruit.
Brilliant deep amber under a 2” quickly dissipating head with a slight tan tint and a very fine bead.
Palate: rich malt with some caramel, biscuit and grainy malt flavors over a hint of dried fruit and a suggestion of pineapple.
Medium body and medium high carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellow with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About a finger of white head that quickly fades into a small thin patch. Lacing is very light.

Smell: Aroma of Belgian yeast and wheat grains with some clove spice and candied sugar. Hints of banana, orange, lemon, and honey. Smells a bit more like a Hefeweizen than a traditional Tripel.

Taste: Big presence of Belgian yeast and wheat grains up front. Spicy clove follows with a fairly strong taste of fruits including banana, orange, and lemon. Candied sugar and a hint of honey adds to the sweetness. Also a hint of noble hops and a taste of bready caramel malts that comes towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth. None of the alcohol is felt.

Overall: An interesting and tasty take on a Tripel. Very fruity but not too sweet.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber for $8 at Princeton's. I've been trying to find this beer for a couple years, so it was great to finally sit down and enjoy it. I was a bit worried by a slight plastic note at first, but that disappeared as the beer warmed.

This beer reminded me a bit of Summit's recent Belgian, though this beer was heavier on the phenol spicing with more coriander-like notes and less fruit. The 9% ABV was well-hidden and the body was appropriately thin (but not too thin). It wasn't quite as delicate as a true Belgian, but the yeast character is well-developed and balance. I'd be very happy to make a beer like this.

Photo of plfahey
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden in color with brilliant clarity. Thin white head has fair retention, though I would expect better from a tripel.

Aroma-Pleasant pear esters with perfumy/rose-like alcohols and slight banana. There's also a hint of banana ester along with a decent phenol profile-clove and pepper come to mind. Perhaps a slight hint of cherry as well. Light bready Pils malt floats through the background which grows in intensity as the beer warms. Faint hops as well.

Flavor-Bready pils malt with some solid grassy/herbal/spicy hop character in the mid palate. Big spicy phenolic notes in the mid-palate as well, with some perfumy alcohol and a touch of pear ester in the finish. Huge yeasty notes throughout. Interesting blend of flavors, but actually pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel-Seems way undercarbonated and a bit heavy for a Tripel, with a medium full body and barely moderate carbonation. Nice alcohol warmth on the palate though.

A decent American interpretation of a Belgian Tripel. I wasn't quite sure what to think of it at first, but it's really growing on me as I drink it. Lacks the elegance of classic Belgian tripels, but is still interesting, and definitely tasty. Worth trying.

Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. Clear, golden color with a very small head that quickly disappeared. Virtually no lacing is left on the glass. Looks flat and lifeless. Are we back to the old days of Flat Earth and their carbonation issues? One nose full of the aroma turned my issue reaction to the beer around. Smells like a tripel should. Huge vinous qualities. Hints of pale fruit such as pears and white grapes. Plenty of clove as well. Definately pick up the fact that honey has been added to this beer. The flavor does not impress quite as much. Maybe a little too much going on and the honey qualities are a little too strong. The fruity qualities are overpowered and that is what I like the most in tripels. I also would of liked it a little drier but this still has a lot of sugar flavor going on. Spice is nice and kept in check. Alcohol is well covered up. The body suffers from the carbonation level or lack thereoff. A little life would of added to this otherwise good texture. The beer suffers from QC issues as all too many Flat Earth beers do. Could of been a damn good tripel that rivals the Belgian greats, but as it is, a second rate effort.

Photo of n2185
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Bubblegum and candy sugar dominate the nose. There are some faint yeast aromas towards the finish, but bubblegum dominates.

T: Belgian spices up front followed by some faint bubblegum flavors. A somewhat bitter yeasty bread character brings up the finish with a light alcohol burn. The bitterness actually lingers a bit.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer avoids being too thick and sweet, but the bitterness and alcohol warmth keep it from being light and crisp.

O: A fairly mediocre tripel that fails to have the balance and depth of the best representations of the style. I'd like more depth of aroma and flavor with less bitterness and alcohol burn.

Photo of edbeered
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Happy Gnome in an appropriate goblet, this pours a clear very pale(almost yellow) color, with a small white head that dissipates quickly. The smell is fruity with hints of apple and pear. The taste is complex, with fruity overtones of apple, pear and a hint of apricot, along with a pleasant light honey sweetness. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and there is no overt taste of alcohol. This is the best Flat Earth beer yet. Get some while you can!

Photo of accordselux
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap and in growler.

Pours a wonderful golden color. A good amount of head upon pouring, but not a persistent amount like some other Belgian styles I have experienced.

Esters are the main smell I detect. Bananas and citrus are the strong aromas I detect.

It tastes very similar. I get the banana flavors at the beginning, a hint of the orange left behind from the orange blossom honey, and a bit of alcohol burn and sweet bready maltiness at the end.
What I really enjoy about this beer is that orange flavor that is added when they fermented it with orange blossom honey; it's a nice touch that I really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel is great. It is the right consistency for a stronger alcohol beer. It is not thick and overly sweet.

Overall a good beer. It was my gateway beer and I look forward to it every year. My only complaints are the strong alcohol burn and the lack of head retention. It still doesn't stop me from seeking it out! One of my favorites.

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Very light head, semi clear golden yellow color.

N: Light Belgian golden malts, light wheat and fruit, Belgian yeasty aromas, light sweet candi sugar, apple and pear.

T: Belgian golden malts, light malts, semi sweet, bitter, straw, spices, light fruit, touch of booze. Finishes dry and bitter, some light earthy hops.

M: Med to lighter body with decent carbonation.

O: Not bad, interesting flavors, lighter overall but bitter finish.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Stub & Herb's.

A - In snifter, it appeared a clear, bubbly golden hue with a small, white, fizzy head of foam. The head was short-lived and left minimal lacing.

S - Typical for a Tripel. Yeasty, spicy with some mild fruity notes - mostly green apple.

T - It tasted fruity - apple and pear with a nice spicy bite. The yeastiness added some snap to the beer, too.

M - This was is crisp, sharp and pops on the tongue. A light to medium bodied ale that is very easy-drinking.

D - This is a nice Tripel. It was good to try it on tap while in the Twin Cities.

Photo of crewfan16
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber to a goblet. no date on it anywhere, but i doubt it would matter too much on this guy.

a- pours a very clear strawish yellow color with a half inch of fluffy white head. seems light for the style. retention doesnt last long and there is minimal lacing

s- smells sort of more like a heffeweizen than a tripel. clove, and banana, a hint of bubble gum. some candied fruit as well. lots of yeasty goodness as well.

t-taste follows the smell for the most part. clove and banana esters, a bit of candied fruit and some hops come out in the finish. very tasty but slightly light in flavor

m- good carbonation. nice crisp hop finish. about average for the style. not boozy at all, in fact its very drinkable

overall, I liked the beer but I think I can find better triples for less out there. certainly doesnt hold a candle to my personal faves (la fin du monde) but a nice, if not lighter version of the style.

Photo of Bombers4Benedict
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light gold, there is a very slim head on top that is fading quickly. There is a lot of cabonation bubbles coming from the bottom throughout the glass. Overall this is a run of the mill look to it.

S - There is a strong floral smell that hit me at first. Upon deeper "research" there are some grassy notes. Freshly cut grass. Although I cannot pinpoint the spices I can almost tell by the smell that there should be some intersting notes in the taste.

T - Okay, the taste is very sweet just like a Belgian should be. Unfortunately there isn't too much more here like I had hoped from the smell. There is actualy a slight synthetic feel to this one, if that makes any sense. The nice thing is that the alcohol is hidden well in this one. I never would have guessed this one was 9%, and I swear I was told it was higher than that while at the brewery.

M - Good, very light and fresh. The aftertaste does bring back the Belgian sweetness.

D - If this one weren't such high ABV I would session it. Hell, I might do that anyway. It's good enough. Hopefully I'll be kicking tomorrow....

M -

Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber brew poured cold into a pint glass at the Bulldog in Minneapolis. The head is just a whispy hint of white but the lacing is decent. The aroma is a smooth wheat and sweet clove, very pleasant. The flavor is a hint of salty ham and clove with a sweet apple background. There's a malty glow that grows a bit as you go. It's fairly thick bodied for the style and mildly carbonated. Decent drinkability. Pretty hefty feel and flavor with minimal carbonation.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Stub and Herb for the Extremely Naughty Goose Minnesota release party.

Served in a 10 oz tulip, this golden brew has a slight amber tint. Served with no head, only a good swirl coaxes out some fine white bubbles that vanish almost instantly.

The aroma is very light yet very sweet. Fruity and malty, with a hint of alcohol.

The taste is also very sweet. Citrusy and fruity qualities dual it out with a very light hop presense that completely drowns out any alcohol warming presense. Pretty good, but nothing great.

Mouthfeel is surprisinly light, which for a Tripel isn't a great sign. Still, it's very smooth and a treat to drink. Alcohol is nowhere to be found and there is no hop bite, but a nice floral presense that adds to the whole experience. Drinkability is great. It went great with my burger.

A solid brew from Flat Earth, a hometown brewery that has yet to gain my attention. They are getting more out there, and I like that, but they just aren't there yet. Give them some time though, and they'll be ok.

Photo of Mdog
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep clear gold with a dense white head, good lacing.

Smell: Even though this was on-tap, I can smell bubblegum!

Taste: A nice sweet treat, bubblegum flavors with a kick of peppery spice here and there.

Drinkability: Reminds me why I used to drink tripels a lot, they're tasty!

My favorite Flat Earth offering, had it on tap at the Happy Gnome. Sweet, but not overbearing, not too strong, refreshing. Another one I hope they bottle up in the future.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sniffer Glass

Appearance - Dark Yellow/Golden color with significant cloudy unfiltered haze. Head is around a half finger in width which disappears rather quickly, leaving behind a white film. The lacing is a bit sparse here.

Smell - Cloves, Bubblegum, Caramel, Piney Hops, Yeasts, Rye and Malts. Complex aroma yet not overpowering, but rich in it's own right and I like the Rye aspect of the smell. There's also a "Barleywine" like characteristic to the smell, the sweet and hoppy aroma that usually is common in Barleywine style ales.

Taste - Bananas, Cloves, Caramel, Barley, Rye, Yeasts, and Floral Hops. It's like drinking a Hefeweizen mixed with a Belgian Pale Ale, which works out very well. To top it off, there's no boozy flavor here either!

Mouthfeel - Body comes off a feeling light and a little too watery for this style of ale. There is some mild carbonation here, but it helps with adding some kick to the flavor which is a plus!

Overall - I throughly enjoyed this. I missed breweries like Flat Earth while I was away in Chicago and beers like this make me really appreciate small Minnesota breweries like Flat Earth. The body is a little off but the flavor is so damned good that it's very easy to overlook. If you're ever in the Twin Cities area, it's worth your time and money to pick this up.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Enjoyed the growler with friends on a Saturday afternoon, after running a half-marathon.

A-Poured a rich golden brew, with only a hint of haze. No head to speak of, though the bubbles that easily accumulate when swirled are a pleasing bright white.

Sweet floral aroma, slightly fruity and with hints of honey.

T-Nice Belgian-style spiciness off the bat, which melds into a smooth sweetness and honey nuance. Surprising, but nice, bitterness opposes a fruity/perfumy force and a sligh, smooth alcohol.

M-Moderate carbonation, lacking the pizzaz that typify tripels. Moderate body, seemed smallish at times. Warming feels arises slowly.

D-Moderate. A drinkable example ot the style and a fun interpretation. This is yet another quality beer from Flat Earth, though not their best, in my opinion.

Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From the new bottle format of this beer.

A= The pour is a crystal clear yellow color with a small head on it that is just a thin skin on top of the beer with little to no lacing.

S= The smell is sweet smelling and thats about it. There isn't much going on here. I have a stuffy nose here but I still don't see much more coming out of here.

T= The taste is much much much more powerful than the smell is. It is difficult to pick out these flavors though. It has a nice sweetness to it but there's a lot more. There is an interesting yeasty flavor that I get. I don't think it's spiced at all but it sort of has a spiced flavor. The bottle mentions lemon but I get no lemon. There is a really nice flavor to it but it's very difficult to hold down.

M= The carbonation is a little light for a Tripel.

D= Really a nice beer but it doesn't fit nicely into the tripel category. I love the way it tastes and I'll be buying more of it now that it's in bottles but I wouldn't go into this thinking authentic tripel.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first of the 2008 batch. I picked up a growler at the brewery a 2 weeks ago and was very impressed. I was happy to see it on tap at the Bulldog NE.

First off, this was served in a standard pint glass. Not the best choice for this beer, but I wasn't complaining because I got 16 oz instead of 10. The beer is a very light yellow color with a slight orange hue. The carbonation was not as lively as I would expect in a tripel, but thats ok with me. There wasn't a whole lot in the way of aroma. I did get plenty of yeastiness w/ spices abound. There was a honey like sweetness in the nose as well.

The flavor of this beer was right on. I've had quite a few tripels (my wifes favorite style) and this one really stands out. There was a definitive sweetness like honey. Plenty of fruitiness as well with apriot, peach, and even some orange-citrus flavors. The flavors of the yeast really complement this beer with plenty of spiciness, but not too much. There are hops here, but they really are there to balance the beer out. I felt that they had a slight floral, earthy bite. The mouthfeel was good. The beer seemed light to medium bodied. The carbonation was just enough to make the brew feel comfortable in the mouth. It starts out crisp and finishes out smooth.

This was one fantastic tripel. To date it is my favorite. Even at 9% ABV, I put this pint glass down with no problem. I went through my growler at home in 2 days. I've been inspired by this beer. I'm currently planning out a recipe to brew a tripel at home. I only hope that mine will be half the beer this was. If you find this on tap anywhere, you should try it. I plan on picking up a case of this if it ever comes out in bottles.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: on tap in its own glass at The Happy Gnome

A: amber wtih gold highlight, little head that fell quickly.

S: hopppy spice notes, sweet malt, and a bit of alcohol in the nose.

T: peppery, oily--fills the mouth with a nice sweetness that balances an aggressive spice

M: medium plus body, almost clinging to the tongue with an oily maltiness

D: smooth, easy, peppery spice builds and lingers, which I liked in this one.

Overall: an excellent beer and I believe my favorite of the Flat Earth beers to date, though others are also very good. I had the pleasure of tasting Bermuda on a Flat Earth tour just a few days before and the sample I had was better than the draft at the HG, which may be expected but also left me just the smallest bit disappointed since the draft didn't meet my expectation. Not to be deterred with this fine beer, I shall order it again some place to check it out for comparison.

Photo of jera1350
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stub and Herbs.

A ruby hue with no head or lace at all.

Yeasty and sweet fruit smell.

The taste is lightly fruity and sweet. A little spicy. Pretty nice, but doesn't stand up to the ones from Belgium.

Too low on carbonation with a medium to full body.

A decent beer that drinks fine. Not even close to the top beers in this category.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay goblet, on tap at Acadia Cafe'

Hazy golden color, smallish head (but more than the last pour I got, at another bar)...

Sweetness and spice in the nose, apricot and orange...lemon peel and ginger. On par for style.

A blast in the mouth, a bright blow-up of flavor, lovley and lively, same fruit and lightly spicy/sweet associations ring clear on the tongue.
Lean and clean-bodied, but zesty and rewarding, getting brighter and juicier, maltier, with a dry, spicy finish, as we go further in...
what's the alcohol? 9%? Feelin' it, now...
Flavor really makes itself at home in the back of the throat before sliding slowly back, and softly going away...but never far from memory...

my serving at the other place last night left me feeling that it lacked carbonation, and was too lifeless for me...I'm not having that problem here, not now...could use more spark, I still believe, but this is doing good things in my mouth, nonetheless...

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