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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,231 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,231
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 132 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed for Monk's Café in Philadelphia, but also available for retail purchase elsewhere. Oud Bruin in style; a traditional blend of young and old beers.

(Beer added by: nomad on 06-19-2003)
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-04-2013 00:45:08 | More by WOLFGANG
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bbrown12

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-07-2014 15:49:25 | More by bbrown12
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CeasarB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-22-2013 04:19:10 | More by CeasarB
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkish ruby hued brown with a tan colored head of foam that is rather thin, but has staying power and some fine lacing.

The nose is tart and vinegary with some sweetness and notes of grape.

Pretty much mirrors the nose. A nice puckering tartness right on the tip of the tongue. A bit of a vinegar character along with sour cherry and grape. A really nice balance of sweet and sour with the scales slightly tipped towards the sour end.

Smooth with some soft carbonation and a bit of a tingly prickle to go with the tartness. The finish dries out the palate completely.

Drinks quite nicely. The balance is their to keep the sour in check and allows this to go down well. Really a nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 01:01:32 | More by jera1350
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n2pux

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-05-2014 18:23:25 | More by n2pux
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Had on draft at Monk's Cafe thanks to Maggie for DIPA Trivia Question. : )

appearance: dark red / brown with a 1 finger minimal head

smell: sour, tart, cherries, apples,

taste: sour, tart, refreshing, cherries,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: really impressed how refreshing this beer was. So glad I got to try it and had a great time at Monk's.

cheers,
the CPJ

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 01:33:24 | More by THECPJ
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quine

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe. First sour.

A: Poured a deep, clear ruby-brown. Head was thin, off-white, and faded away rather quickly.

S: Smells tart and sweet. Like tart fruits.

T: Immediate taste of fruity sweetness, followed by significant tartness. Tastes of sour apples and cherries. The sweet and sour are well balanced. No trace of hops in the taste.

M: High carbonation that adds crispness. The tartness adds a feeling of tanginess.

D: This is very drinkable. I had misgivings about sours, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It had a nice balance of flavors, and was certainly different from any other beer I've had. It's not overly sweet or sour, and it's very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 16:43:37 | More by quine
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RashyGrillCook

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-15-2013 01:31:18 | More by RashyGrillCook
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dojii54


4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-19-2012 16:21:14 | More by dojii54
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-14-2013 23:52:16 | More by brandon911
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Kinzei

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-21-2013 11:37:36 | More by Kinzei
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-03-2013 18:44:54 | More by Profchaos20
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darklord2011

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-18-2011 16:13:48 | More by darklord2011
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Bookseeb

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark red amber with a thick head and fair lace. Smell of young sour wine thats mild with a sweet green apple note. Taste has a nice balance with the sweet and sour thats dry at the end. Mouthfeel has a medium feel with good body and carbonation. Actually better than what I expected for my first sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 01:26:43 | More by Bookseeb
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MJCVII

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-03-2013 12:30:39 | More by MJCVII
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swimfire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-21-2013 20:34:26 | More by swimfire
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-30-2014 00:54:30 | More by SpasmWaiter
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-25-2013 14:59:39 | More by 2GOOFY
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Goldfish19

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this bottle at Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. The appearance is reddish brown with a thick off-white head that lingers around for a while. Unique sweet and sour aromas graze the nose quite well. Taste is sour, but on the mild side. I keep picking out sour cherries from this beer more than anything else. Monk's Café does not overpower in any way. It's clean, light, and very refreshing. ~

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:09:56 | More by Goldfish19
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mani

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-22-2014 12:41:09 | More by mani
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matt20102

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at about 45deg. into goblet. Pours with a very large, foamy head which lasts for quite a while. The initial aroma is strongly of tart cherries and little else. The flavor is similar with a subtle vinegar sourness on the finish. Some tasters have written that this might be unpleasant but I suspect that this is much to do with the freshness of the particular bottle.

As the bottle progresses, the sour and tart components come forward along with a slight musty flavor and distinct sweetness- somewhat cloying but not a malt sweetness. There's not a lot going on here making it a great entry-level sour beer. It is also quite refreshing and could be a fantastic pairing with cream-heavy desserts.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:17:52 | More by matt20102
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younger35

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew as an extra quite a while back. It somehow got lost in my mix of 12 oz brews. Glad I found it! Drank out of my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark apple cider red with a small lightly dirty off-white head. Leaves a decent cap and collar for the duration of the brew and leaves a fairly good amount of lacing.
Smell- Just like you'd expect, very sour and just the smell makes my mouth water from the sour explosion that is about to come. Green apples and sour skittles are what I'm reminded of.
Taste- Hmmm, a lot smoother and more balanced than I was expecting. Green apples and soured cherries at the start before it slowly gives way to a bit of sweet malt. Not a big sweetness but a bit unexpected considering the beer. It also doesn't have that dirty yeastiness that I've experienced from my rather limited trying of this style. A bit musty in the aftertaste but overall fairly clean and very crisp.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin but full of life and nice. The carbonation isn't messing around in this one.
Drinkability- I'm definitely not a sour ale kind of guy but this one isn't as sour as I was expecting and I really enjoyed it. Very crisp and clean without the whole dirty yeast must that I'm not the biggest fan of. Refreshing brew that should be tried if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 03:41:00 | More by younger35
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sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-25-2014 21:16:41 | More by sharpski
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-22-2014 22:41:51 | More by afsdan
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Lukass

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-19-2013 01:13:57 | More by Lukass
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,231 ratings.