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

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86
very good

2,279 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 48
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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-30-2013 18:20:27 | More by ChicagoNick
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schoolboy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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%

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.

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
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-17-2013 05:14:30 | More by Slatetank
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marct

Nevada

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-22-2012 00:42:32 | More by marct
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 03:20:44 | More by Lawnboy33
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WhitePumpkin

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2011 01:54:26 | More by WhitePumpkin
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-21-2013 05:55:09 | More by JellyJacket
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johnhenryconway


4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-22-2013 01:50:04 | More by johnhenryconway
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-09-2012 03:56:32 | More by funkel81
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-19-2013 16:54:07 | More by drgonzo2k2
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

On tap at FFF's BrewPub. This review is from notes dating 01/13. Pours reddish/brown with very little head. Smell is yeast/funk mixed with lots of fruit. Taste is sour cherries, yeast/funk with a nice tart finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body and a dry finish...much like champagne. I like this one, will revisit for sure.

04-17-2009 23:03:22 | More by Sean9689
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Pidzik12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-17-2013 13:27:01 | More by Pidzik12
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NeilFlaiz

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-28-2013 22:20:55 | More by NeilFlaiz
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Hellmeh

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-20-2013 04:20:15 | More by Hellmeh
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-19-2014 20:36:12 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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ccrida

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured in my Belgique tulip, Monk's Café is a clear ruby with a very tight light tan head, leaving pretty nice lace.

Smell is very vinous, sweet malt and vanilla notes.

Taste is pretty heavy on the acetic acid vinegar, I think maybe an increase over having it a year ago, but maybe not, there's still a nice balance from the richness of the sweet malt. Strong oak and grape mid-palate before a pretty clean finish. Very intense, like the smell.

Mouthfeel has very creamy carbonation, which helps keep the body light and cut the viscosity of the malt, oiliness of the acids and tannic bite.

Drinkability is pretty good, this has held up well, maybe improved a bit after a year in the cellar. I think the acidity has increased, and while it's still to sweet and cider vinegary for my taste in the style, I think the age has helped it, as I don't recall being to pleased with the first bottle when I bought it (and ultimately busted out a little later in that night then I should have, so who knows).

01-12-2010 02:50:16 | More by ccrida
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ajdemma

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-13-2013 02:22:46 | More by ajdemma
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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