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

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86
very good

2,223 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,223
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 133 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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dannyhead

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-13-2013 13:51:14 | More by dannyhead
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Brad007

Vermont

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

Pours a dark red color with a thick two-finger head into my glass, leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma is tart with a strong hint of cherries and spice. Also has a bit of barnyard funk.

Taste is tart and sour upfront with a hint of cherry, apple and barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel is mainly tart and sourness that linger at the back of the throat. Well carbonated.

Interesting example of the style that has a lot of nice characteristics. Definitely a sipping beer and you should only try it if you are looking for something to challenge your palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 17:44:57 | More by Brad007
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captainwerd

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-09-2011 01:33:49 | More by captainwerd
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ScottStache

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-23-2012 03:38:43 | More by ScottStache
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scninmer08

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-04-2012 13:51:00 | More by scninmer08
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-17-2013 16:39:00 | More by MSandahl23
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infi

New York

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

Poured into a snifter.

Beautiful fruit punch, purple/red color with a thin, white and foamy cap surrounding the top. Has a lighter shade of wine red and more translucent. Smell has small hints of sourness and tartness, with a touch of oak from the casks as well. I get sour cherries and unripened, tart green apples dominating the aroma. Not as pungent as I thought it might have been, but that's a good indication of lactic acid and not acetic acid. Bigger whiffs bring out the malted barley and cereals.

Wow, very interesting. For the Oud Bruin style, there is really no funk or sourness to be found on the palate. It's actually very full of freshly cut fruit and cereal grains. Identifiable amounts of white and red grapes, apples, and some slight cherries and berries. There's a nice woody quality from the oak casks too. Kinda gives it an ferrous taste in the finish.

Actually a bit surprised– no sour or tart character in this beer at all. Not sure how to date this bottle, but I'm guessing that this is relatively fresh. Who knew I'd be looking for sourness now? I guess that's palate progressing.

Mouthfeel is lightly medium with a thinly prickly feel in the drink. Finish has a nice, white wine dryness and leaves a slim bitter feeling. Didn't think that this beer wouldn't have the characteristics of other Flemish sour ales, but that's no problem. I actually want to try an older bottle of this to have more of the "oude" character. Coming from Goudenband, this is totally different tasting.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 03:31:59 | More by infi
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wvbrewcrew

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-10-2014 22:35:31 | More by wvbrewcrew
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MisterBisco

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-08-2014 14:45:20 | More by MisterBisco
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videofrog

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-23-2012 04:24:26 | More by videofrog
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Kgrubb1224

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-03-2013 03:49:51 | More by Kgrubb1224
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mmikey8

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-12-2012 06:04:23 | More by mmikey8
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-18-2013 20:15:57 | More by harpus
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ImperialSnout

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-27-2012 23:10:20 | More by ImperialSnout
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e30todamax

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2013 00:40:26 | More by e30todamax
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 02:35:41 | More by Exiled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clouded and very dark ruby that has a light tan head at first but falls fast to nothing. Nose is not overpowering by any means by carries a wood tone and a slight yeast edge. Seems to be a touch of cherries on there as well. Flavor starts off fairly mild but moved to a cherry sugary sweet ending tone with a pretty firm wood overall tone. I kind of wish the flavor profile would stick around longer. Feel is good. Nice liquid feel with a good level of carbonation and bubble hitting my tongue. Drinkable, yes. The more and more I have of this style, the more and more I like it. And this one has helped to further my appreciation.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 02:00:47 | More by RblWthACoz
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Poppellian

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-11-2014 03:58:23 | More by Poppellian
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dprophet

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-22-2012 10:35:54 | More by dprophet
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bjtr

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-22-2012 22:02:40 | More by bjtr
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schoolboy

Ohio

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

I like to think that I am pretty adventurous. That's the attitude that this style requires. There is a lot going on in this brew. The appearance is quite nice. The odor hits you right away as quite unique and strong. The taste is right in with the smell (odor was too harsh a word).

It takes a few swigs to get into this. It's like eating fruit. That first bite or two are sour, after that, you can enjoy. It even has a nifty sweet aftertaste. It really grows on you. I like it.

I would buy this again for a very interesting change of pace. I would like my son to try it. He use to like all that horrible sour candy (still does). This is the adult version.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 00:31:34 | More by schoolboy
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-08-2012 17:18:51 | More by kayrex
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kegger22

Michigan

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

Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale is a rich red color with a one finger beige head that reduces to a skin covering.

The aroma has a musty note to it.

Sourness, of course, and cherries stand out in the taste. But not a bitter, mouth puckering sour, just a moderate tartness.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability is good, another would be most welcome.

I do not have a great deal of experience with sours, but if they are all like this, I am looking forward to more of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 04:21:36 | More by kegger22
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-03-2014 21:52:04 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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Beefytits4

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-24-2014 05:10:54 | More by Beefytits4
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,223 ratings.