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

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86
very good

2,377 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,377
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 174 | 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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Photo of soulfly1492
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sour fruits, apple, grape and cherry. Lots of tart mild brett. Once the head settles down, aromas of fig and date comes out. Malt is dark caramel with some roasty darker brown varieties. No hop aroma, no diacetyl.

Appearance: Head is tall and light brown in color. Color is dark brown, some amber shows up when held to a bright light. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Sweet and tart. Sour grape, some brett. Malt shows up as mostly brown, not roasty. Looking for a bit more bold flavor, but it sure is smooth and easy to drink. Some of the darker fruits show up at the aftertaste.

Overall: Nice Flanders. Looking for a bit more boldness and more fruit flavor. Definitely some tart bitterness, but it falls a bit flat after that.

soulfly1492, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Flemish sour ale poured a cloudy, chestnut color with tan foam (needed to be coaxed) which dissipated flat but remained as a ring around the glass. The smell was tart and lightly malty with notes of caramel and a pungent spiciness and a bit of lactic acidity. The taste was tart and sour with malt and yeast flavors coming through together with a hint of dried fruit. The mouthfeel was sour and crisp with medium body and moderate carbonation. It was refreshing with a lightly tangy aftertaste. This was a nice sour ale.

Sampled another bottle at The Sunset and update review 3/10/05.

UncleJimbo, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of drumrboy22
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from bradford last year. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Cantillon glass. Beer was a slightly hazy, rusty red color, with a small, off-white head. Light carbonation and thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma was tart cherries and light vinegar.

Taste was tart cherries, light sweet malt and a touch of oak. Light metallic flavor present. Could be a bit more sour.

Very easy drinking. Not as full flavored or complex as I had hoped, but still quite enjoyable.

drumrboy22, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of gory4d
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear russet with a loosely bubbled, two-finger head; a little lacing. The smell is toffee, marigold, Niagara grapes, and hints of graphite. The taste is big on the brown sugar and toffee, with some grape-skin tang and just a hint of funk and bitterness. The sweetness dominates; it isn't much a sour ale. It's a little syrupy, highly carbonated, a very dense beer. Easy to drink; wish I had another. As Oud Bruins go, it's nothing on Goudenband, but makes for a simpler alternative.

gory4d, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium red brown with a light beighe head, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is light vinegar and a little tart.

The taste is night and light and smooth. Well balanced with lots of different character. Not too overpowering and has a nice sweet finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, but highly drinkable.

jrallen34, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of BamaScholar
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was pleased to find any Flanders Red Ale or Sour Ale here in Nashville, which, while improving, is hardly a Mecca for interesting fare.

It was a nice pour--the beer is a beautiful garnet tone. I may have even awarded a 5 if there were more carbonation, a better head. This may not be characteristic for the style, however.

The nose is quite unusual, the sour is there! It's like soaked cherries and a bit of musty earth.

It's not really terribly sour, just enough sweetness and bite to make for a balanced and refreshing mouthful.

Again, I could almost use a little more carbonation here, as it seems a little flat. But the dryness is quite nice. "Ahhhh" producing.

Delicious beer but one or two is plenty at-a-go. I will definitely be seeking more examples of the style.

BamaScholar, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of youradhere
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright mahogany with red edges, tan head. Smell, wow, butterscotch, cherries, slight medicinal. Taste, wow, butterscotch sweet sour malt. Some lemon, slight caramel. Definitely complex, yet I wish this were a tad less sweet. Carbonation is high, mouthfeel is slightly slick. I dunno if the sweet and sour works for me, but it is a different beer from what I am used to.

youradhere, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Roughly 1 year of age on this bottle.

I should've known this was going to be a gusher, but I didn't lose more than a few ounces. The cork really shot off this bad boy. Pours out a fairly clear really nice dark ruby red color, almost brown when not in the light. A finger or 2 worth of fizzy light tan head that quickly faded to a ring. Not the best retention and no real lacing, but a nice color.

Dark cherry, acidic apple vinegar, a bit of a sweet brown sugary malt and lactic funk. Some barnyard Brett as it warms.

A nice balance of sweet to sour. Dark sweet cherry flavors all around, apple skin, apple vinegar, lots of sweet cherry mixed with a bit of brown sugar maltiness. Think candied caramel apple.

Really a lot of carbonation going on, light, airy, tart finish.

Not really all that sour, quite sweet. Not the best Flanders I've had, I tend to prefer some of the American versions over the Belgians, but still a worthy beer. Prolly something I wouldn't buy again however.

dogfishandi, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of johnnye1981
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

johnnye1981, Saturday at 05:08 AM
Photo of NiceTaps
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a tulip.

A- Poured a dark and bubbly amber-brown. The frothy 2-finger head tapers slowly to thin film leaving plenty of lacing. Very bubbly. Root Beer!!!

S-Rich malts and dark fruits. More sweet than sour. Black Cherry!

T- I'm picking up the dark fruitiness first; black cherry, plum, etc. Some red wine-like sourness and dark malts.

M- Tart, lively, and well carbonated. A bit thin, wine-like on the lip. Some sour, some sweet.

O- Introductory sour, and a good one at that.

NiceTaps, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DaftPatrick, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

heddar33, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Shagator
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of 1Adam12
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

1Adam12, May 19, 2012
Photo of Stonebreaker
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brown with a red tinge and a thin head with strong carbonation.

Smell: Sour cherries, apple vinegar with a little oak maybe.

Taste and mouthfeel: Like a homemade cherry pop, with a touch of vinegar, not my thing but probably good for the style. You can taste the wood immediately then its blocked, by tannins perhaps.

Drinkability: Only a curiosity for me. A very occasional treat.

Stonebreaker, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of mkrass
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mkrass, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Janeinma, May 25, 2013
Photo of JohnLynch
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JohnLynch, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of ByTor2112
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Binny's on Grand in Chicago
Poured to my Chimay goblet. Murky brown color with a tan colored head. Spotty lacing left behind.
Aroma-my sinuses are hosed up but tart yeasty aromas are present.
Mouthfeel-good carbonation delivers a very tart flavor to the front and middle palate as the sourness intensifies down the sides. Musty wine like flavors emerge with a vigorous froth. Sour from beginning to end. I liked this for a one-time sipper. Definitely worth a try

ByTor2112, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Beer21, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Adkins1203
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Adkins1203, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ltdantheman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ltdantheman, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JamesStreet, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Johnny58
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Johnny58, Jul 29, 2013
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.