Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by NardiByNature:
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Aggressive pouring makes a massive, light tan head. Eventually settles down to a nice cap with a little spotty lacing. The beer is a deep, clear mahogany with some ruby notes. The color of this style reminds me of Lipton Brisk.
S: The nose is faint. Smells like carbonation (if that’s a thing), a little vinegar, some cherries.
T: Like the nose the taste is mild, but becomes more pronounced as the beer warms to room temp: sour cherries and some woody flavor.
M: Very smooth, very dry. Fuzzy carbonation. Very drinkable.
O: This is good. Not as complex or flavorful as some other old browns but I like it. Would like to have on-tap sometime.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2012 18:55:50 | More by NardiByNature
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4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle poured into Petrus chalice. Dark ruby with a thick off-white head. Moderate retention and thick chunks of lacing. Several pieces of sediment floating in the beer, which I don't remember from previous experiences...
Complex fruity esters. Black and red cherries, plum, currant. Slightly woody. Touch of spicy phenols.
Flavor is very tart, but not quite funky. Sour cherries combine with a nice light woodiness. Sour but not acetic. Dark sweet flavor - brown sugar or candi sugar, hard to place through the sour, but it definitely gives it a nice, balancing sweetness.
Light-moderate bodied and well-carbonated. Very crisp; acidic but not tannic, as it quickly re-salivates your mouth. I could do without the sediment, but a more careful pour could easily minimize that.
This is a nice, approachable, relatively affordable sour. It's not the best of the style, but it's damned good.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 02:16:45 | More by Phocion
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,202 ratings.