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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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87
very good

2,621 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,621
Reviews: 1,091
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 71
Gots: 299 | FT: 5
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nomad on 06-19-2003

Brewed for Monk's Café in Philadelphia, but also available for retail purchase elsewhere. Oud Bruin in style; a traditional blend of young and old beers.
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Ratings: 2,621 | Reviews: 1,091
Photo of leroybrown10
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty reddish-brown. Ruby highlights when held to the light. Large off-white colored head which disappears slowish but leaves almost no lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet grapes, tart cherry, leather, and mild vinegar. Sour berry and citrus.

Again, starts with sweet grape notes. Tart cherry comes through right afterward. Leather, oak, and mild acetic acid. Sour lemon and raspberry. A touch of vanilla at the end.

Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Sweet to start but tartness quickly comes to prominence and lingers.

Very tasty and tart. Flavors blend well. Easy drinking and crispness from the carbonation makes it rather refreshing.

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - Ruby Red with egghell head

S - Balsamic vinegar, flowers, cherries, raspberries, sour character

T - Sour jolly rancher, noticeably sweet and beautifully tart

F - Good carbonation, heavier than abv would suggest

O - Delicious. Sweet, tart, and refreshing.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle that is a year old poured into can glass

A: dark in color with edges of brown light can get through this guy a little. not much of a head dissipates to a film

S: still getting some coffee some bakers chocolate and licorice

T: a lot of that licorice and anise taste with hints of coffee

M: medium to slightly fuller feel

O: I'm not a fan of again beers but I disliked this beer fresh it's better aged which says a lot, but it's not something I will ever seek out again.

Photo of Mikus
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured this treat from Jens4212 into the tulip. 2 fingers of tan head adrift a sea of black cherry... crimson in the light. Aromas of cherry and dark fruit, some lactic sour notes and a slight vinegar edge. Big tart cherry up front, light lactic and acetic sourness and a hint of oakiness rounding it all out. Bit thin mouthfeel, but smooth carbonation. IMO this was similar to the Rodenbach Standard... lighter than the big boys (Grand Cru, or Duchesse). In this vein, it is a nice, refreshing sipper and likely a better intro beer for someone looking to try an Oid Bruin. Very nice and balanced.

Photo of Markglick
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Black with light fizzy head. Sweet and sour but not too much either way. Tasty! Carbonation is a bit much.

Photo of synapseprolapse
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, dark amber, 2 finger head
S: Light malt, acididic
T: Light malt, sweet tarts
M: Lightly carbonated, maybe a little thin.
O: Delicious! I absolutely love this sour, and it balances bacteria with yeast perfectly, in my mind. The only downside is the short-lived head and the maybe slightly thin mouthfeel, but they hardly detract from how delicious this sour is.

Photo of Tylers66
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is awesome, but it's not for me

Photo of infinitebruner
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

March 22, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Very deep mahogany, definitely red but almost opaque. An inch of tan/khaki foam head, very bubbly, with very long retention.

S – Souring agents first and foremost, some lactic acid but a ton of acetic acid with a strong vinegar component. Borders on a bit harsh, obviously intentional but not entirely pleasant. Rich cherry and dark fruit, some mild chocolate notes. Hop aroma is negligible.

T – A lot of cherry flavor, along with plum and light grape juice. That touch of chocolate as well as some caramel and rich dark bread. Lactobacillus is present but very mild, just a low level of tart sourness present. Some minor spicy hop notes.

M – Medium-light body with medium sudsy, mouth-filling, creamy carbonation. Just a slight puckering tartness. Fairly smooth and clean, little bitterness of note.

O – Long ago, this was the first sour beer I ever tried, and it’s a great intro to the sour styles. I do not love the acetic/vinegar aroma, believe it’s a bit too strong, but it is an excellent-tasting, very drinkable, complex beer. Very good.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really good sour, but I didn't get a lot of the fruit that was used in fermentation. Very good and refreshing but I like comparable beers like Duchesse better.

Photo of mchegash
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4.25/5
A very hazy dark red-brown. About 1 finger of tan head. Can see a large amount of carbonation rising to the tiop of the beer.

Smell - 4/5
Smells like a slightly tart red wine. Some earthy/musky grape, and a hint a spice.

Taste - 3.75/5
Tastes like a mix between red wine, sour grape juice, and some fruity beer. It's not bad, it's just not what I was expecting. But still, I am overall happy with this beer.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium bodied, medium-high amount of light to medium intensity carbonation. Fairly smooth, with a nice carbonaton kick, which is strong enough, but not too intense.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was a nice change of pace from a lot of other sour beers I've had. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, and the taste is good but not amazing. But the taste was rather unique, at least relative to the sour ales I've had. So I was quite happy with this beer.

Photo of probert
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

very good beer just a little bit of a sour taste

Photo of Alequine
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color with no clarity due to the roasted malts – no see through but an attractive beer. Slight white quarter inch head after the pour. I would describe the body more as light. Even lacking substance. Slightly aromatic fruity character but too light to define. No hop taste, low bitterness, slightly vinegary, sour going in with a slight sweet finish. What was lacking in the substance I also noted in the finish. The first, second and third times that I drank this beer prior to this the beer was enjoyable. Today I drank this beer back to back with a 2011 Rodenbach which left me dissatisfied with this beer. It lacked flavor and mouth-feel and even in aroma. It is a good light bodied beer for the summer.

Photo of highdeserthophead
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent, sour, not as sour as Cuvee de Jacobins, but that's not a bad thing. Great cherry, oak flavors, moderately acetic. Excellent beer!

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ruby pour with neigh top. Sour fruit nose. Tart, sour apples flavor. Medium lite mouthfeel with a bite. Sour from beginning to end, with a little sugar on top of tongue at finish.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour and over ripe fruits on the nose with a touch of lemon. Pours brilliant deep garnet under a vigorous, slightly tan tinted 5” white foam cap. A sweet and sour palate with fruit, lemon, light malts, a touch of barnyard, hints of brown sugar, cherry and vanilla. Medium body and above average carbonation. Overall well balanced between sweet and tart for a reasonably mild, drinkable Flanders Oud Bruin.

Photo of bendukes86
4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Great taste! Knocked out a hangover perfectly!

Photo of ktorsneyweir
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful burnt red color; sweet, slightly funky smell; very smooth on the tongue; cherry notes with a very subtle sour kick. Great for people that don't like that kick-you-in-the-face sour

Photo of jasonlthompson81
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good Good good good Good

Photo of Trombone69
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. A little bit of head, that dissipates fairly quickly. Beautiful Reddish, maybe maroon, and copper color.

I am no expert on sours , but this is really enjoyable. Tart, fruity, yummy!

Photo of mpenske
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this outlier review requirement is bull crap

Photo of ranchosdancingbull
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid sour ale. Very refreshing. Poured a fluffy, Light tan colored head that shrank down to about a quarter inch and lasted the whole way through. Great way to get chicks away from drinking nasty hard ciders.

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours dark red with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Nose is of caramel malt, vinegar and ripe fruit. Body is light, creamy and crisp. Taste is very similar to aroma. Finish is medium and acidic. Very refreshing, tasty brew.

Photo of Tilly
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown color with a huge froth, khaki 2 fingers.
Aroma of berries, malt and sourness .
Sweetness, cherry, raspberry, melons and slightly sour.
Refreshingly light mouth feel with a slight bitterness.
Nice way to introduce me to sour beer.

Photo of Beemanick83
2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very one tone and bit less sour than desired

Photo of CADETS3
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

probably gonna get bashed for this, but I currently have 2 bottles of this stuff left in my fridge and all I can taste is wine! the beer was ok, i was not impressed. all i seem to taste is whine like flavors and smells.

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 2,621 ratings.