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

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Ratings: 2,438
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 57
Gots: 190 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sanford_and_son, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

doldham, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown with a one inch tan head that fades to a spotty cap and has only a small amount of lace.

Smell; strong sour nose with hints of lactic acid. There's sour fruitiness (cherries?), as well as a bit of some citrus aromas.

Taste; tart cherries and sour lemon peel, with an acidic bite hammer you at first. After this warms up some a nice oaky flavor mixed with a little malt presence kick in to off set those sour/tart flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and a touch thin, but this is still a very drinkable beer.

This is only my second Flemish Sour Ale, and I find myself really enjoying this style. I'm looking forward to trying some more.

RedHaze, Mar 03, 2006
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a flute, half inch bubbly head, clear tawny walnut color with active bubbling.

s- sour! tart unripe frruit, champagne like dryness, slight funk, apple cider vinegar.

t- doesn't have the overly sour puckering flavor i was bracing myself for. unripe berries, green apple, some funk - now i think i understand how bas use the term 'horse blacket.' i think i've come up with the perfect description for this beer - 'BROWN ALE GONE WRONG' - don't get me wrong, thats a compliment!

m- very light and effervescent.

d- nice, i could finish off a bottle, but not sure how many afterwards, this is a sipper anyway, and not an everyday beer at that, but it was a great treat to try!

thecarster1, Apr 13, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zach136, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

skinny_mcginley, Oct 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

parma_sean, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Linda629, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

delgotit99, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Ultimate, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Honus1, May 07, 2013
4/5  rDev +4.2%

NOLANDMAN, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Andrew041180, Oct 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bkrbdan, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sirsteve42, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dedbeer, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

stogirelli, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red/orange, thick tan head forms, nice lacing, great retention, really sticky. Smell is sweet and sour, sugary, some caramel, some fruits, excellent funk. Taste is sour, some cherries, funky, fruits, nice toffee finish, more sourness as it goes down. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, nice Flanders ale. Thanks DrJay!

Viggo, Nov 16, 2006
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Chagler, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

chefelf, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

mrebeka, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

phishfoolme, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - reddish-brown color, good clarity. Modest white head, but with good retention.

Smell - a bit like vinegar in the sour, but also fruity

Flavor - Fruit juice sweetness balanced with lactic sour. Finishes with some peppery spiciness, and dries out nicely.

MF - medium body and moderately high carbonation. Wouldn't mind it a bit flatter. Sourness gives a bit of pucker (astringency), but totally okay.

O'all - A very different kind of beer. Believe there are other examples that are slightly better, but highly drinkable if you've got a thing for gently sour beverages.

mpyle, May 31, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

amcaleh, May 12, 2013
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 2,438 ratings.