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

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86
very good

2,280 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,280
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 49
Gots: 148 | 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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Argofax

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +30.5%

02-10-2012 04:24:15 | More by Argofax
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mrshoes

Georgia

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-27-2011 19:10:39 | More by mrshoes
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AGust82

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +30.5%

06-27-2014 02:13:42 | More by AGust82
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

12-11-2011 18:08:04 | More by tedho21
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Hopinista

Nevada

5/5  rDev +30.5%

01-24-2014 00:57:45 | More by Hopinista
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JSkone09

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-22-2011 03:20:03 | More by JSkone09
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dyoung1843

Ohio

5/5  rDev +30.5%

08-19-2014 09:51:08 | More by dyoung1843
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BelgianBeerHog26

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +30.5%

01-10-2012 03:44:22 | More by BelgianBeerHog26
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JamesGrove

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

05-09-2014 20:55:40 | More by JamesGrove
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tat2dhllblly

Ohio

5/5  rDev +30.5%

12-18-2011 15:32:47 | More by tat2dhllblly
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adrian21

Virginia

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-15-2011 05:34:28 | More by adrian21
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

5/5  rDev +30.5%

02-06-2014 23:03:04 | More by psoriasaurus
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Rihup

Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.5%

05-26-2013 02:41:07 | More by Rihup
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BlackDahlia2371

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +30.5%

10-10-2012 21:08:54 | More by BlackDahlia2371
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dtvanriper

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +30.5%

09-29-2012 04:04:21 | More by dtvanriper
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nicholas527

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +30.5%

01-23-2012 02:30:37 | More by nicholas527
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-25-2011 23:25:52 | More by Rochefort10nh
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megmarden

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +30.5%

03-16-2012 23:49:50 | More by megmarden
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1mrbeer

Ohio

5/5  rDev +30.5%

01-24-2014 01:38:53 | More by 1mrbeer
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +29.8%

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.

04-06-2009 20:12:40 | More by stingrayvr6
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Mises85

Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +28.7%

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.

12-29-2013 01:42:33 | More by Mises85
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TexIndy

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +28.7%

Re-review on 8/5/08. Original review at bottom.
Shipped back from my trip to Indiana. Poured from a 330ml bottle with a coded date on the label into my NBB snifter. It had a deep ruby color. It had a small fizzy head that quickly dissipated into nothing. Some carb but no lacing. The aroma was strong sour cherries. Since my original review, I've really grown into this style and absolutely love the aroma on this one. The taste was also incredible. It had a great sour bite that sticks throughout the whole drink. Ends with a sharp pucker. The mouthfeel is great with the sour and carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent beer and I'm so glad that I got to try it again. Originally I wasn't in a rush to try again but now I'm already thinking of ways to get more. Strongly recommend.

****original 12/25/06 review below****
Poured from a 330ml bottle with a coded date on label. Had a decent head that eventually become a thin constant film that also left lacing throughout. Was a medium mahogany color. The smell was strong with the sour cherries and definitely let you knew what was coming. The mouthfeel was good. This was my first sour ale so a whole new experience. Overall, I'd say I liked it but not sure I'm in a rush to get another one right away. This style for me is probably something to try every so often and see if I grow into it. I'd recommend trying this beer as it is top 10 in the style so a good intro to it. (3.5, RB, T, Y)

12-25-2006 03:45:10 | More by TexIndy
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +28.7%

This is the first sour I have ever had, it was a great pick up at Capones Bottle Shop in East Norriton.

The pour on this brew was fantastic. It poured a deep brown with ribbons of red throughout when held to the light. For such a dark brew, it actually quite bright brew. It had about a half inch off white head that faded rather quickly. It also has a little bit of web like lacing that stuck to the walls of the glass.

The aromas the hit you right of the bat is that of vinegar and fruit tarts. Dark fruits that just float out at you as you pour the brew. There is also some aroma of wood and some brown sugars as well.

Never having a sour before, this brew started off with a great sweet flavor that I somewhat smelled in the aroma. It filled with brown sugars, strong vinegar and maybe some tart juices. It then moves into some darker dried fruit flavors, giving some sweetness, but a bit more tart. As the brew warms a bit more it begins to fall more into the flavors that I somewhat expected. It has some great touches of wood, older wines, and some nice musty flavors that just tingle the tongue more.

The mouthful on this brew was decently light bodied, with a nice carbonation. It had some nice heavy flavors, but it actually was quite refreshing to drink.

This is a great brew anyone who wants to dabble in the sours. I really liked this brew and plan on trying others like it. It had a nice light body that had a very complex palate of flavors that made it a great drink to enjoy. Its never an overkill, it actual quite refreshing throughout.

07-24-2011 02:38:01 | More by mattgreger
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drperm

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +27.9%

Bottle at the Raleigh Times Bar, 11 July 2009.

This is an all-around impeccable brew: for me, the new benchmark brew for this style. I was tempted to give it all 5's but had to go slightly under-bar somewhere, simply because, even thought it is a life-changing brew, it is not completely perfect. But almost.

My glass of Oud Bruin displayed a resplendent russet glow. The wonderful aromas and tastes of balsamic and rice vinegars kept me quenched and served to be a most excellent aperitif beverage. As I drank the beer, I kept thinking, "teriyaki chicken...prosciutto salad....cheeseburger..." but the brew continued to be self-sufficient on its own.

For any who love the Oud Bruin style, this is not one to be missed! One of the most well-rounded and nuanced beers I've had of any style, but damn near perfect as a sour ale.

07-12-2009 17:24:01 | More by drperm
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.89/5  rDev +27.7%

Had this outstanding Oud Bruin at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Dark reddish brown with large short acting head. Aroma of malt and vinegar with cherries and dark fruits. An excellent sour ale. Fruity and malty sweet with a tart sour finish. Perfectly balanced and the best Oud Bruin (of 3 tried) to date. Superb and very sessionable. If you like Sweet-Tarts candy you will love this beer.

07-31-2014 21:39:35 | More by wattoclone
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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