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Ovni Ale - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 08-04-2008)
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Reviews by MattyG85:
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4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet and toasty bready malt driven aroma with some fruity hints. Upfront bready toasted malts with hints of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, grains, yeast, cracker, and nuts. Fruity scent with hints of apple, berry, cherry, and citrus orange and lemon zest. Decent backing hop presence with earthy hints and grass. Some hints of sugar as well. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a bready, toasty, and fairly sweet malt forward taste with some good notes of fruit. Toasted malts with upfront notes of biscuit, caramel, toasted bread, toffee, yeast, grains, cracker, and some nuts. Lively taste of fruits with sweet notes of apple, berries, cherry, and some citrus orange and lemon zest. A little taste of brown sugar sweetness. Earthy hop presence in the background with some notes of grass. A pretty solid malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, juicy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the Garde style. Good bready malt taste with a really nice presence of fruits.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 06:49:10 | More by MattyG85
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-07-2014 16:40:52 | More by mdtolic
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-16-2014 18:47:03 | More by xmorgan
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4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Incredibly clear, deep bronze body. Fluffy, bone white head hangs around for a minute before fading away to a simple ring around the glass. Light lacing and carbonation.

Piercing sweetness hits upfront, but there is plenty going on here! Toffee, toasted malts, brown sugar, raisins and other dark fruits. This one definitely pleases the nose!

The sweetness is present here too, but brings some light grassy hop bitterness with it to balance things out.. and I love it! Tart cherries, burnt biscuits, and plenty of malty goodness. That second one might seem weird (and it does) but it works here! Notes of figs and caramel sneak in every now and then. Light, burnt character on the finish with a bit of alcohol presence.

Plenty of bubbly and on the lighter side of medium bodied. Semi-sweet finish.

I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I have had from this small brewery located in Saint Paul, and Ovni Ale is no exception; it's great! Easy to drink, plenty of character, and refreshing. If you find yourself in Minnesota, do yourself a favor and seek this one (and any Flat Earth beer for that matter) out, you won't be disappointed!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:05:37 | More by alphagnome
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-01-2013 14:44:01 | More by jsprain1
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

11-29-2013 02:22:20 | More by mmulebarn
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

11-28-2013 01:14:32 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-10-2013 19:24:52 | More by JohnSnowNW
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

07-06-2013 02:15:45 | More by Stales
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-03-2013 14:32:43 | More by Joey1566
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

06-20-2013 02:47:52 | More by bigbeers84
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-24-2013 14:36:09 | More by WallE89
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-05-2011 01:28:26 | More by nmann08
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now 2 new beers in the bottling line up are out that I've been waiting for. NW passage and this guy.

Semi rigerous pour has produced about an inch of tan head. Leaving a solid cap of retention and minimal lace trails.
Color is following the style to a T. A redish copper, bording amber, but predominantly red and transparent with mild chill haze.

Aroma is smelling sweet and delicious. Brown sugar, mild fruity esters, a good amount of malt though and breadiness combined.
All told this follows the style nicely and is a joy to soak up aroma inhale after inhale.

Taste is exploding with malt as well as a good toasty flavor, reminiscent of an addition of rye, but malt really shines nicely. Semi sweet, hops providing mild earthy bitters part way through and finishing flavors are of mild hop bitters, toasted grain and plenty of semi sweet malt. No heat detected.

Mouthfeel is not thin, but not really thick either. It has a good texture, mildly slick, chewy hops, medium bodied really with carbonation tickle.

Overall I find this to be afantastic brew from Flat Earth, one of my favorites so far. I hope this lasts long through the winter months, as I will be picking up more bottles.

Very nice job!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 05:41:45 | More by Buebie
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Nicely clear copper brew. Big, medium-ary head is light tan. Head retention is very strong.

S-Caramel maltiness, slight berry fruitiness.

T-Caramel malty sweet, countered by a firm hop bitterness. Hop flavor is not really a factor, more or less allowing the malts to play around. Coco-toffee flavor makes an appearance.

M-Medium-light body feels very smoothe and finishes clean, making it quite quaffable. Carbonation is medium level.

D-Smoothe and surprisingly easy, I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 18:59:44 | More by CHSLBrew
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4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a two finger off white head head with nice retention. Smells of toasted malt, biscuit, earth, tart fruit, yeast, light hops, and caramel. Interesting combination.

The taste is much like the aroma. Lightly sweet with caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, tart apples, and a small amount of hops. Has an "earthy" type of aftertaste to it.

Medium bodied, dry, well carbonated, and easy to drink. I think this is a well made beer which I recommend, and will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:32:35 | More by hardy008
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours 1 finger of beige head that fades down a bit. Color is a dark cooper brown.

Aroma: A lot of herb notes and roasted/lightly smoked malts. Some grassy hops. Pale/toffee flavored malts.

Taste: Again, some toasted malts. Pale malts with toffee flavors. Herb and spices here. Very unique flavor. Nothing I really expected.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, and bubbly. A lot more carbonation than the appearance would suggest with a medium bodied. Ends extremely dry and malty.

Overall, a very unique offering from flat earth. I haven't had too many in the style, but I have had better. This just isn't my type of a BdM.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 05:08:06 | More by mothman
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Tulip.

Appearance: Dark reddish amber with moderate cream colored head and minor lacing.

Smell: Sweet toasted malts, caramel, cherry and light spice.

Taste: Very rich toasted flavor with some notes of caramel, clove, light spicy hops and a very mild earthiness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, barely semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice, heavily toasted, Biere de Garde. My only gripe is that it should be a little drier.

I originally had this a little over a year ago when it was several months old. That beer must have aged too swiftly because it was very sour. (I have seen other reviews note this). Strange thing though - I actually enjoyed that sour beer a little more than this true-to-style fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 01:36:30 | More by bsp77
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper with a thin white head that fades quickly, leaving some white, swirly patches. Good lacing as it goes down.
Smell is fruity malts, with banana being the most pronounced. The malts carry, becoming sweet and slightly buttery. Caramel comes in, with some brown sugar and some dark fruits. Very enticing, complex smell.
Taste is slightly sweet, bready malts, with faint ginger and clove. Hops edge in slightly, and fade towards the finish. Bready banana, with some faint cinnamon and ginger, as well as some nutty aspect on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly clean. Fairly light body.
Drinkability is good. Great beer overall, and the alcohol presence is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 03:00:46 | More by Parrotbeak
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Pours a deep amber almost a nice translucent brown color in it. The beer is crystal clear. The head is a nice off white color sort of a really light brown color and rises up to a finger high and falls slowly to a thin head. Some decent lacing is present.

S= Mostly bready malts in the nose. Not much in the hops category. Theres a little bit of a Belgain yeast mustyness to it but nothing too extreme. Just a light malt toasty smell.

T= Not too bad. Just what I'm looking for tonight. The taste is super doughy and bready. Nice biscuit flavor with a little sweet malt to it. Sort of reminds me of a biscuit with a little honey on it. There is a small amount of Belgian yeasty estery flavor but not much at all; it just sort of blends in with the sweet maltyness. Very very light hop bite to it that presents itself a little stronger in the finish but never really takes the lead. The overall impression is delicious biscuity doughiness.

M= Smooth and creamy. Finishes really clean and a little dry. Great feel.

D= I was expecting a ton from this beer and while it's in no way perfect it delivers for them moment. Pretty solid brew. I'm not the most familiar with the style but the overall taste is nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 03:11:31 | More by jjanega08
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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting for a while for this to come out. Finally got the chance to pick up a bottle.

Pours a deep clear red brown color, with a light tan head sitting on top. Slow, but lively carbonation fuels the decent retention. Head leaves some decent lacing. This is the first Biere de Garde that I've had that is this color, kind of cool

The nose is light and malty. Reminds me a lot of their Belgian Style Ale, that same maltiness, without some of the maple characters. A light hop bitterness is barely noticable.

The taste pretty much just what the nose is, but it tastes a little better. The maltiness mellows and allows for a light spicey hop character to come through. The high carbonation sting also helps and makes it more true to style.

Smooth and creamy, about medium in body. A crisp carbonation is one of the few things this has going for it. Drinkability is good.

Overall, I was expecting a little more from this. This is a good beer, but is it a good Biere de Garde? I'm not entirely sure. I know next to nothing about the style, but it just seems like this is an average-at-best beer in the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 03:41:06 | More by Mistofminn
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

group tasting at Derek's place. Derek contributed this one, so thanks!

22oz bottle. sampled aug 7/09.

pours deep red-brown with a small cap of tan head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. earthy and woody. bit of leather. light plum and date. raisin. bit of caramel. rye bread. bit of grain. light alcohol.

taste is neat. light malt vinegar. bit of sourness. horse blanket and leather. bit of rye and grain. white bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. orange and lemon. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. a bit more sour than i'd expect from a biere de garde, but it's nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 14:46:07 | More by grub
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to Derek for sharing.

Pours a clear reddish orange, thin off white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, few lace spots stick. Smell is weird, sweet and raisiny, light floral, cherries bit of funk, sherry, biscuit, very tart fruity nose. Taste is toasty and biscuity up front, some caramel sweetness, wafer crackers, cherries, sour fruit, light vinegar, very tart, pretty interesting. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A little weird, very tart for a biere de garde. I still enjoyed it though. Thanks Derek!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 17:11:05 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My second biere de garde, though I feel this one isn't holding up so well. Thanks to Derek for sharing.

Murky brown pour, with a creamy head that had decent retention and put down some spots of lace. Dramatically different in looks to the prior beer we had in this style, and not for the better. Funky aroma, with notes of cider and leather mixing in with caramel and earth. Very fruity flavour, but with a hint of tart sourness (is this purposeful?) Lots of tart fruit, earth and a bit of funk. Sweet caramel offsets some of the sourness. Bizarre. Thirst-quenching body, with a dry finish and no hint of the alcohol content.

A strange duck. We couldn't work out whether the sourness was intentional, or whether this bottle is degrading faster than it should. An interesting beer nonetheless, but not one I would return to.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 21:09:45 | More by bobsy
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber-brown with a light tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Cider & brown sugar with a hint of spice & funk

T: This bottle has to be over a year old, and despite being refrigerated for most of that time, some vinegar flavour has come forward. The cider vinegar ruins this for me. Underlying dark fruit, caramel, modest bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body has an off-dry finish.

D: Perhaps I should have had this one younger.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 20:00:28 | More by Derek
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Ovni Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
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