Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by MaximalC:
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours the color of molasses with attractive plum highlights. Khaki head is respectable at first but soon disappears into a frothy veil that only partially hides the surface of the brew. Aroma is mild and vinegary, with some fruity sweetness to boot.
The flavor is incredibly mild and subtle for a sour ale, but I don't mean that in a negative way per se; it just takes some patience and close inspection to tease out what you're actually tasting. A prune-like malt sweetness melds seamlessly with a robust dose of Belgian yeast and a dash of cherry and apple cider vinegar. A touch of wheat shows up in the finish once all else has dissipated. The mouthfeel is the real star here as far as I'm concerned, with a crisp, velvety texture that holds one's attention in a way that the flavor alone would fail to do.
This is a delicate and drinkable sour ale that would make a great gateway for anyone new to the style. The sourness is hardly puckering, and the overall experience is more reminiscent of a mild, dark Belgian ale than a full-faced sour. Hardly spectacular, but still quite enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2013 02:49:19 | More by MaximalC
More User Reviews:
4.89/5 rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Had this outstanding Oud Bruin at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Dark reddish brown with large short acting head. Aroma of malt and vinegar with cherries and dark fruits. An excellent sour ale. Fruity and malty sweet with a tart sour finish. Perfectly balanced and the best Oud Bruin (of 3 tried) to date. Superb and very sessionable. If you like Sweet-Tarts candy you will love this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
07-31-2014 21:39:35 | More by wattoclone
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep red, clear and effervescent. What cap that settles into persistent skiff.
Aroma is horsey sour. Crisp.
Taste: cherry tart with nice lactic sweetness.
Mouth: Dry with tart tingle on back of tongue.
Overall: delicious sour ale that is very refreshing and balanced.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 03:03:11 | More by MrBoz21
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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