Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.9/5 rDev +27.6%
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
4.89/5 rDev +27.3%
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
4.85/5 rDev +26.3%
11.2 fl. oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A - Pours a malt vinegar copper color with a big foamy head that fades to a small cap. Lacing on this beer is quite good.
S - Smelling it right out of the bottle it smells like sweet vinegar. After pouring into the glass I get a sour fruit essence. It smells very much like some lambics I have had in the past.
T - Taste is of tart fruits (sour cherry/raspberry) with little bitterness. There is a sour aspect to this beer but it works well with the sweetness to create an even taste. The taste reminded me very much of lambics I have had in the past.
M - Great carbonation and dryness create a refreshing beer. Drinks down very smoothly.
D - This is a terrific beer that I purchased on a whim. I will definitely be purchasing more of these.
03-29-2010 05:46:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.79/5 rDev +24.7%
WOW. They say it was brewed for them outside Ghent; it was super lovely malty, tasted like lots Special B.
Hops were light in the background. The foam head's creaminess was almost eternal. It stayed tight through almost to the end of the glass.
It tasted like Kriek (cherry), but not overly sweet. I detected virtually no sourness, neithr lactic nor acetic, as advertised on the menu. But it was still there slightly maybe, probably held back the malt and fruit sweetness from being overpowering. This was my favorite beer of the night. It was the perfect dessert, though it wasn't a dessert beer.
07-14-2013 10:51:28 | More by boddhitree
4.75/5 rDev +23.7%
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.
A - Clear, right in the middle of red and brown. Rust colored comes to mind but it's a bit brighter and less orangey. A finger of off white, slightly tan head rises with moderate retention. Some lacing.
S - Vinegar and tart fruit are the obvious aromas. Like the similar Flemish Reds, raspberry vinegarette comes to mind. There is also a touch of brown sugar and something that comes close to woody and leathery aromas.
T - Vinegar soaked fruit with a sprinkly of brown sugar dominate early and mid palate. Monk's Cafe starts off with an amazing sweet flavor best described as a mild mixture of brown sugar and vinegar, or even a tart apple juice. Indistinct berry flavors enter into the mix mid palate contributing both more tartness and more sweetness. Sweetness fades a touch while the tart fruit juice lingers on the edges of the tongue. Musty flavors begin their ascent with hints of wood, leather, cork, and oxidation. In some ways the finish resembles an older, fortified wine. Finishes with some residiual sweet and sour and a lengthy drawl of musty, minerally, cellar-esque flavor.
M - Fairly light in body with moderate carbonation. Despite the seemingly heavy and intense flavors, it's quite refreshing.
D - This really couldn't be any easier to drink. The light body and immense complexity of flavors make each sip exquisite, and there's new tastes to pick out each time. Extremely interesting, but tame enough that it never becomes overpowering. Another great experience with a Flemish sour.
03-14-2009 09:19:33 | More by PatrickJR
4.75/5 rDev +23.7%
Deep garnet in color with an off white head. Aroma is of sour fruit like cranberries and cherries. Taste is more sour than it is sweet. Very light in body, which makes me want to drink a lot more of them than I probably should. Hopefully we'll see more of this style popping up in America.
09-13-2003 21:08:29 | More by dmarch
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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