Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Reviews by rxdrewthejew:
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Good lord, it's been a long time since I've reviewed anything.
A: Really nice color on this one, dark amber bordering on burgundy. Got quite a nice head here, about three fingers, tannish and quite frothy. Lots and lots of tiny bubbles in this one, looks pretty fizzy.
S: Pungent sour smell really stands out upon opening the bottle. Main smell is sour cherries with an underlying malty sweetness. I get a hint of what I can only describe as warmed up ketchup-a bit of a sweet/sour smell. I realize that sounds really unpleasant, but it's not.
T: The initial taste is fairly sweet, a bit like plum or figs, but it has a decent sour balance after a few seconds. Citric acid is quite strong towards the finish, and sour cherries are again noted. As I went through this beer, the sour definitely started to overpower the sweet.
MF: Medium bodied and a bit syrupy. The carbonation isn't quite as high as it appeared it would be, but still a nice bit of fizz on the tongue. Not really puckeringly sour, but it does cause quite a bit of salivation.
D: This is ok, fine for the style. A bit too sweet up front for me...frankly overall it's just a bit too in your face. I'd prefer something a little more subdued. There's other stuff that's just as easy to find that's better, IMO.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2009 06:59:51 | More by rxdrewthejew
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4.01/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Giving off a fascade of a stout this pours like a cola with a deep brown hue. The head was thick and frothy with decent retention.
The nose holds a candy sweetness, with a wine like or Cabarnet fruitiness, some vinegar and a sweet bread malt.
This is full of tangy fruit flavor with Apple's and pears. Sweet Tart candies come to mind as I drink this but what was the flavor of Sweet Tarts anyway? Theres a tang that is a little like vinegar but it is not off putting and even seems to support the wine like properties.
The feel is velvety smooth with a smooth sour finish.
Overall I found this to be an excellent beer, not just for the genre, but as a great introductory beer into the world of sours.
Serving type: on-tap
02-21-2014 01:22:58 | More by KYGunner
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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