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

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86
very good

2,330 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,330
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 50
Gots: 159 | 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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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Reddish brown, this one has a very thick, luscious creamy, brownish head.
The expected sour aroma comes along with some fruitiness and a heavy smell I believe is from the yeasts.
Light-bodied, it starts right out tart and sour, almost puckering. It is then followed by some sweetness, and then more sourness and tartness.
Certainly not the best in the business, but nonetheless a pleasure.

brdc, May 21, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

seesnow3, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dannyhead, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Brad007, Jan 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

captainwerd, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ScottStache, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

scninmer08, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MSandahl23, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of infi
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

infi, Jul 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MisterBisco, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

videofrog, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Kgrubb1224, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

mmikey8, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

harpus, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ImperialSnout, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

e30todamax, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poppellian, Apr 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bjtr, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ChicagoNick, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

schoolboy, Aug 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

kayrex, Jul 08, 2012
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,330 ratings.