Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by katybee:
2.55/5 rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
My first sour ale...this might take a bit of getting used to!
Pours a clear amber brown, and light frothy head which quickly dissipates.
Very light smell, but distinctly not hoppy...somewhat like an aged browned apple.
As an ale, this tastes very different from barley-hops beer. For me, it was similar to a fermented apple cider with less apple, and a little vinegar tartness. Unusual. Very soda-like, with a musky off taste on the tongue. Not as fruity as a [raspberry] lambic, but with no barley or malt character like a wheat beer. No real spiciness I could detect.
The carbonation gave a very soda-like effect, but like soda, and not like champagne. Very light-bodied.
Fortunately, this beverage was alcoholic, which gave a purpose to the drinking of it. The ale might blend well with cheeses and pie or crackers, and as a desert on its own, however the off-ness of the taste, and mild sweet carbonation for me wouldn't sit well with other meals (hamburger, pizza, chicken) and a definite no-no to doritos, onion-flavored chips and barbecue!
A quality taste experience, but not one I'll likely repeat!
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2011 02:57:24 | More by katybee
More User Reviews:
3.86/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - had a darker body then I expected - deep red and brown tones, tall creamy head and decent lacing
M - light slightly creamy
N - sweet, sour, and candy-like. Not to in your face like other sours I like but the subtlety is nice on this one.
T - I picked up some apple flavors, cherries, and strawberries. Starts sweet and goes into an enjoyable tart taste followed by a smooth finish
O - I wasn't disappointed with this one. I think this is a nice introductory sour for someone who has never had the style. The nose and taste are not so strong as to be a big (perhaps unpleasant) surprise but you still get a feel for the tart sourness of the style.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 10:03:03 | More by AmericanPaleMale666
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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