Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by Brewsephus:
3.18/5 rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.
A- Pours a off-white 2 finger head. Head lasts longer than a minute and leaves very delicate lacing on inside of glass. Beer is a very dark red, almost opaque, held up to light reveals a deep ruby color. Small/Medium bubbles on surface.
S-Sour fruit, lemon, unripe plum, cherry pie.
T-deep cherry, baked pie, sweet resinous fruit, nectar. Very subtle malt sweetness. Sourness approaches the front of the palate, but is not sharp or vinegar. Just unripe fruit. A little band-aid flavor on the finish into aftertaste.
M- Carbonation is nicely effervescent, at first I thought it might take away from the wonderful flavor, but it would be too viscous and syrupy with all the fruit and less carbonation. Body is light, but not lacking in mouth-feel. Alcohol is unnoticeable.
O- This is one of my first Flanders and I must say I am pleasantly surprised. I enjoy the fruit characteristics, and while not puckering sour it is a lot more tender than I anticipated. A really nice, but not great, nuanced sour.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2013 19:05:35 | More by Brewsephus
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4.01/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Giving off a fascade of a stout this pours like a cola with a deep brown hue. The head was thick and frothy with decent retention.
The nose holds a candy sweetness, with a wine like or Cabarnet fruitiness, some vinegar and a sweet bread malt.
This is full of tangy fruit flavor with Apple's and pears. Sweet Tart candies come to mind as I drink this but what was the flavor of Sweet Tarts anyway? Theres a tang that is a little like vinegar but it is not off putting and even seems to support the wine like properties.
The feel is velvety smooth with a smooth sour finish.
Overall I found this to be an excellent beer, not just for the genre, but as a great introductory beer into the world of sours.
Serving type: on-tap
02-21-2014 01:22:58 | More by KYGunner
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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