Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.97/5 rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Had at Local 44 in Philly. Poured a dark reddish purple into a tulip with a two finger cream colored head which was very resilient. The smell was unlike any other beer I have ever had, very fruity yet crisp and dry at the end. Smell of apples soaked in Brandy, grapes, cinnamon and spices. More like a desert wine or fine liquor than a beer in smell. Taste was similar with very fruity, sour apple taste at the front, then crisp, dry and bitter spices at the end. Carbonation was medium and pleasant. I just wanted to swish it around my mouth and keep it there to have that phenomenally complex taste with me forever. My new favorite beer, too bad this is so hard to find because it is other worldly. Truly a unique and beautiful thing.
Serving type: on-tap
04-06-2009 20:12:40 | More by stingrayvr6
4.93/5 rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This is the first sour beer/flanders ale I have tasted. Served in a tulip glass at around 45 degrees.
Appearance: chestnut brown (I was expecting a red color) with 2-3 fingers. Head retention was quite good and didn't dissipate quickly.
Smell: What a delight! Cherries, touch of vinegar, some creaminess, red wine, some sourness, soda water.
taste: effervescent, seltzer like, cherries, mild acidity, winey, some sourness, touch of oak.
Mouthfeel: light and refreshing.
Verdict; What an amazing beer and unbelievable flavor! This is something I could kick back on a slow day. Not hoppy at all but was amazed that even an extreme hophead like me could enjoy this. Definitely not the last sour beer I will try.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 01:42:33 | More by Mises85
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,236 ratings.