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

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86
very good

2,517 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,517
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 59
Gots: 229 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nomad on 06-19-2003

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.
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz. pour in glass snifter.
50°F (~)

$6.00 / ea.

A: Bright brown body with red highlights topped with a small loose head that quickly dissipates leaving moderate lacing and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Sour lactic nose but not overpowering, pleasant. Smells like pinot. Really interesting.

T: Tastes like pinot noir, with a pronounced grape presence. Sour lactic, but very clean, and inoffensive. Low hop character, and very little aftertaste.

M: Light body with high carbonation and a acidic bite on the tongue. Crisp.

D: Not everyone will like this one, but I could drink it all night. Give me some cheese and crackers and it would be heaven.

O: I was instantly impressed with this one, and later found out it is the same brewer as Gulden Draak (my favorite beer). I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, but I definitely was.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Monk's in Philadelphia. Paired with the Grilled Monk's Flemish Sourpus (Octopus braised in Monk's Flemish Sour Ale). Along in this food pairing was a Vichtenaar to add a bit of Sour Ale variety to this food pairing. A tasting buddy and I split these two brews while enjoying this wonderful octopus offering.

Appearance - Red/ruby coloring with a fluffy head that was also showing some red tones along with a tan coloration.

Smell - A very refreshing tart/cherry nose with a subtle sweetness that draws you in (both literally and figuratively!).

Taste - This is what I love about Flanders Red Ales: the variety. There is a tartness present, but not as much as other Red Ale offerings.

Mouthfeel - Nicely wanders around the insides while showing how aeromatic a red ale can be. The carbonation lends great aid in this department.

Drinkability - A very nice representation of the style. Not the typical "Rodenbach-like" Reds. Worth finding. Really worth sampling if you visit Monk's on-tap.

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,517 ratings.