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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
flatearthbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
144
Reviews:
98
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.71%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of TurdFurgison
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I see that previous reviewers liked this beer, I guess I'm gonna cut my own path. This beer was awful. It pains me to say it, because last night I had Angry Planet and it was sublime. This stuff, however, is a different plotline. Every measure I employed came up with substandard to average scores. The beer appeared to be undercarbonated, very little fizz and absolutely no head over the clear copper colored liquid. The aroma doesn't seem BPA at all, maybe ESB or English bitter, I really couldn't tell. It was toasted malts mostly, a little burnt too. The taste was the same, with a bitterness in the aftertaste which I found unapealling. Difficult to drink, I just did not like it.

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Photo of jera1350
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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 KarlHungus
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear orange/brown with almost two fingers of tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves some lacing, but not much.

S - Nice Belgian yeast aroma, a bit earthy and some bubblegum and faint banana. Also some biscuit malt.

T - A nice yeast spiciness up front, along with some noble hops that I didn't notice in the aroma. Biscuit aroma, a bit of banana. Pretty easy drinking.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium. Finishes semi-dry.

O - Pretty enjoyable, but not a standout. Just a nice easy drinking beer with enough Belgian influence to make it interesting.

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Photo of morimech
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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 OWSLEY069
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper/ orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, big fruitiness, cherry and raisons. In the taste, cherry, dark fruit, primarily raison, and a toasty malt. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, with a dry, dark fruit, cherry aftertaste. Big fruit presence, nice session ale. I liked it alot.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 cokes
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 tpd975
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +7.5%
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 Florida9
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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 gatornation
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
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 Hopstout
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.68/5  rDev -28%
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 +3%
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 Herky21
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of nrbw23
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jsprain1
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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 Beerlover
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 GilGarp
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Flat Earth Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Flat Earth Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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