Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
When I met the owner of Monk's Cafe last month and spoke with him about beer and brewing, I was left with the impression that he was a beer man with lots of strong opinions (which is a good thing). With that experience in mind, I was very excited to try a beer that he commissioned himself from a Belgian brewer friend. Obviously, this was going to be a beer that lived up to high expectations. I bought this 11.2 oz. bottle at the Foodery and poured it into a tulip glass.
A: The body is a clear, deep brown color with rich ruby highlights when held to the light. This beer is definitely on the darker side of the style. The head was a thick cream-colored head which dissipated to a thick lace and then stayed for the entire glass. There was a very small amount of lace left on the glass. The visible carbonation was minimal.
S: There is an immediate sour smell that masks the fruitiness. The smell is rich, with notes of dates/figs, cheese, and cherries. There is some aroma that almost comes off as a buttery malt smell, but that could be a trace amount of diacetyl. I also thought I picked up some aroma of hops, but that may have been the lactic sour/spicey quality. These qualities are in no way inappropriate and they were quite enjoyable in this beer.
T: The first sip is very dry, with sourness up front, but with a sweet aftertaste. There is a nice balance to the taste, but instead of the sweetness being balanced by bitter, this beer balances the malts with sourness. The sourness covers up some of the intensity of the rich fruit flavor. There is a somewhat roasty malt character, with flavors of cherries, maybe apricot, and oak. The taste disappears quickly after the swallow.
M: The mouthfeel is excellent. Light bodied with some crisp carbonation to tickle the tongue. It just barely leaves an acidic feeling in the mouth. The relative lightness of this beer certainly helps its drinkability. The label speaks the truth: "Very refreshing!"
D: However, the sheer richness of this beer's flavor would not sit well with me after more than two. I do recommend grabbing this beer if you see it though, for I cannot think of a better example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2008 22:49:45 | More by MusicaleMike
More User Reviews:
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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