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Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale AleFlat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bucko on 02-19-2007

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Reviews:
98
Ratings:
142
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head that has great retention and lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts and biscuit with a good amount of belgian yeast, banana, clove, and spices. Hints of raisins and other dark fruit. Light hint of citrus hops.

Taste: Big taste of Belgian yeast, bananas, spices, and clove up front followed by hints of dark fruits then a big malty finish. Bitterness is very light. It tastes a lot like a combination of a saision and a malty lager. A very interesting and tasty combination.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A solid take on this style. Very tasty.

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Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light caramel brown with a white rim.

S - smells of toasted caramel malt with a lot of fruitiness with some banana and bubblegum

T - starts with bready, toasty, caramel malts. These fade to a subtle bit of dark fruits (some grapes and raisins) Finishes with a sweet banana flavor.

M - full and creamy mouthfeel, goes down smoothly

D - pretty solid BPA from Flat Earth. Has a lot of really solid Pale ale characteristics with a nice twist of Belgian flavors. This was a well integrate beer with a nice flavorful profile. Recommended!

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Photo of rawfish
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a mildly hazy orange with a tight white cap of froth, a finger in height with average retention and some bits of stick on the glass.

Clove and coriander with lemony bright pepper. Malts hold a waffle batter malt sweetness and bubble gum and slight banana on the finish.

Full body with sweet caramel malt, cake batter, and sourdough. Belgian spices of clove and pepper. Finishes drying with a blast of lemon, but very tart and acidic on the finish to accompany some drying.

Alcohol is well hidden from a medium body that's very overly carbonated making the brew feel thinner, the fizz really punishes the palate at the end of the drink when exposed to a very harsh acidic finish.

A tasty beer with nice Belgian character however the astringent finish and mouthfeel that enhances the sour really hurts its status as a good Belgian pale. Comes off more like a mini sour or wild ale. Drinkable but I really had to switch my mindset to enjoy this one.

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Photo of tpd975
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cigar City Brew for this one.

A: Pours a murky golden hue with a huge thunderous bubbling head. The retention is almost too much as it takes forever for the head to die down enough to drink it.

S: Light malt aromas with some sweet fruit and a hint of spice.

T: Same as aroma with hints of orange hops in the finish.

M: Nice bold carbonation.

D: Not bad much better than the other Flat Earth beer I have tried.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this beer was a gusher. The bottle foamed at the top even with half of it's contents poured into a glass.

Anyway...poured into a glass a slightly hazy tea color with a frothy beige head.

Aroma of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, flowers, spices, and something slightly medicinal.

The taste has a bitter hoppiness upfront followed by dark ripe fruit, caramel, toasted malts and yeast. Finish lingers with a cocoa tinge.

Medium bodied, dry and chewy, and considerably carbonated.

A pretty good Belgian Pale from Flat Earth. Not one of my favorites but enjoyed and worthy of the experience.

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Photo of Florida9
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours similar to the previously sampled 115 but without as much foam. A light orange amber color, the head is a light beige and laces spotty trails around the glass.

Aroma - a light fruitiness but again, there is a sour acridness to go with. Not as strong as the 115.

Taste - lightly floral and fruity, turning rapidly bitter with grapefruit rind. A sharp and severe flavor at the back, I'm not convinced that is the intent. Almost undrinkable at the outset here. Definitely a beer with promise but I'm thinking this may be slightly off as well.

Mouthfeel - explodes in the mouth with carbonation, yet maintaining a noteworthy smoothness afterwards. The body is sturdy but not overly big.

Drinkability - I ended up getting through this and even partially enjoying it despite the defects. Thanks again to Ben for the bottle. I haven't kept up with the QA situation at Flat Earth other than knowing there were issues. Hopefully I'll get a chance to try this again.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
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

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Photo of jsprain1
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Copper-orange. Slightly hazy. Head is one finger, ever so slightly off white. Retention is mediocre.
S- The smell is earthy sweet, with a bit of biscuit. A bit more hop than most Belgians and not much fruit.
T- The fruityness comes through just a touch here with a peachy opening. There is some caramel as well. Finish is still sweet but a bit of earthyness brings some roundness to it.
M- Medium-full body. Carbonation is low and smooth. A bit too sticky though.
O- I love most Flat Earth beers and most Belgians, but this one was not that special. Middle of the road.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild gusher upon opening, pour into a glass which quickly fills with foam and then the bottle foams over as well.

Pours with huge head everywhere but it sticks around well and leaves evidence behind. Hazy orange in color.

Aroma is very Belgian in character with spice and yeast.

Flavor is full bodied best described as somewhere between a Belgian pale ale and a saison. Lots of spice and fruity esters floating around.

Mouthfeel is decent but the carbonation is on the high side and it feels high in alcohol than it is. The spice and burn is considerable.

Drinkability is okay but would be higher if not for the Belgian influence. The high carbonation makes it feel more alive but the gas gets to me before the first half is down.

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Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of spointon
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
2.08/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22oz. bomber a clear dark amber colour with a rather fizzy thin head and thinnish lace. quite a bit of carbonation helps retain whatever head and lace is left, but the overall look is unimpressive. sugar and spice aroma...belgianesque with lots of clove and fruit driven esters. smells very inviting. taste is a nice balance of toasty malts with a sourdough flair. has some clove and nutmeg nuances that meld well with a hint of alcohol spice. euro hops lend a hand at balancing the malt and bring even more spice notes to the table. pretty tasty but the bottom falls out pretty fast leading to a very dry finish. medium bodied with a close to style, carbonated, spritzy mouthfeel that serves itself well when compared to other belgian style ales. it is damn drinkable and would be a nice offering to introduce someone to the unique world of belgian ales.

a decent belgian style pale ale that has enough character to be appreciated for the style. it's decent enough and would be a nice compliment to some funky blue cheese and/or some spicy hot wings.

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Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber in color, not much for a head.

Smell: Yeasty.

Taste: Spicy! A black pepper taste is the main take away for me for this beer. It does have balance with some bready and yeast flavors, but pepper steals the show.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, another local beer to pick from.

Tried this beer at the Happy Gnome, it's a pretty good beer. I thought it should have a little better head since it's "Belgian", but the taste made up for that. Good stuff.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a murky orange color with some lighter tan hues. A rustic white head with limited retention and lacing.

The nose has some hints of Belgian characteristics but very soft for style. Some light sweeter grainy notes with more of a basic malt flavor. Some honey and hints of biscuit and even a slight flour aroma. Some noticeable grassy and floral hops, a bit much for style. Some lighter spice notes, white pepper and a little medicinal as well. Would have liked more esters and spice notes.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out more though. A more biscuit note with noticeable honey notes. A light bready taste with a sweet finish. The yeast is detectable but really is missing that Belgian characteristic. Some hints of citrus and orange with some minor pepper on the back end. The medicinal comes out more in the taste and is more distracting as it warms.

The body is moderate, would have like it to finish a bit drier. Boarder line under attenuated. Some minor carbonic bite.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= copper color with a huge head that lasts for an eternity leaving great lacing along the glass
S= yeasty and some toasted malt. Very very small hop notes
T= carmel maltyness but mostly a doughy yeast. I don't usually like belgians much because of the yeast but this is well balanced with the malt
M= high carbonation with a crisp finish
D= decent. Like I said I don't care for the belgians much but this one was pretty nice for the style

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Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22-ounce bomber bottle poured into a large goblet yields a pale copper-tinted amber body with an enormous 4-finger cap of pearl-white foam. The towering wallop of fine bubbles deflates without any sense of urgency, lollygagging around, resting at a creamy free-floating hunk that leaves dense webby lacing all over the inside of the glass.

The smell of the drink is sweet and fruity, with notes of juicy green apples, lime zest, tart kiwi fruit and snipped evergreen needles mashed with fresh grated pineapple husks. A fine, mellow malty syrup note underpins the aroma profile, lending a savory heft to the fruit-fest.

The taste is crisp and fruity with a mild pale malt backbone and a smattering of yeasty, lightly musty funk. Softly diluted, mildly-sweet notes of apple and nectarine dominate, and a slippery malty note lightly coats the palate. A mild metallic note and a bit of bitterness languish in the juicy finish.

The drink is light in body with vivid carbonation that fits the drink well. A really fine refreshing brew with great drinkability. Thanks to Dr. Brad for the bottle.

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Photo of dfillius
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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