Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by jbschafer:
3.23/5 rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Served at the high end of cellar temperature.
Pours a hazy amber, brown color - even more hazy than I might expect from this style. Very limited amount of light let through to the point of looking like something is "not right." I do not detect any red as might be expected. Reasonable sized head, collapses down in about a mind. Nice mild lacing as you drink that saved it's appearance score.
Smell is a mixture of sour fruit and some kind of bathroom astringent. Not awful, but again, like something is not right.
By the time, I took my first drink, I was already wondering what I had gotten myself into. The first taste was a mixture of cloves and vinegar, and like several other reviewers, I thought - crud, a lousy beer. However, I never trust first impressions. The clove taste was gone by the third sip and replaced with something more like sharp rotten fruit (kiwi?). While that sounds awful, it isn't too bad, and it began to grow on me.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with a lingering flavor of wet beach sand and, again, sour kiwi.
I could drink one with a meal, but am not sure I would want to drink two or three sitting around with friends.
I am not sorry I tried this, but it doesn't hold up against several of it's peers (like an old lover, Duchesse was my first and remains my favorite). I will probably keep a bottle on hand in the cellar, but it won't be one I will reach for on a weekly basis.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2006 18:55:11 | More by jbschafer
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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.
86 out of 100 based on 2,221 ratings.