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

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour AleMonk's Café Flemish Sour Ale

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86
very good

2,296 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,296
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 50
Gots: 152 | 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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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 +4.2%

01-13-2013 02:22:46 | More by ajdemma
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Westbrook


4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-20-2013 22:52:00 | More by Westbrook
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Mini4x

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-15-2014 11:33:46 | More by Mini4x
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DeezGunz14

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-19-2011 20:11:38 | More by DeezGunz14
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21Maestro8

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-15-2013 04:56:26 | More by 21Maestro8
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hopmandu

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-10-2014 19:43:47 | More by hopmandu
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 18:36:58 | More by DoctorB2B
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czfreeman

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

I am a big fan of Flemish sour ales, and this seems like a good falltime beer-(cider-get it?)
Pours out a reddish brown toned, light head, little lacing.
Smells of cherries, yeasts, oak, sour apples, cider, jonagold and granny smith apples, maybe even a touch of lemony-peaches, something like Dogfish Festina Peche.
Tastes of tart lambic yeasts, cherries, apples. Wow! this really is mouth puckering. Not as good as Duchesse de Bourgongne, but decent. I enjoy this style immensely, and this is a classic example. Solid-highly reccomended.

09-14-2008 23:50:27 | More by czfreeman
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Keepnitrl

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-25-2014 15:40:55 | More by Keepnitrl
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agreenman19

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2012 01:55:32 | More by agreenman19
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CampusCrew

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

appearance: red-copperish color, poured into a red wine glass, held hed retention well thru out

smell: sour fruity, grapes and cherries

taste: not extemelely sour enough and slightly sweeter than others I have tried. more fruity flavors than most

mouthfeel: high carbonation and medium bodied

drinkability: not my favorite flanders red, but solid

08-13-2010 13:23:35 | More by CampusCrew
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elNopalero

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

This pours a ruddy amber with thin foam lacing around the edges. There’s a very apparent sweet and sour nose that makes its presence apparent. Not a strong tart aroma but its there when you nose it. Nice, lightly soured flavor.. Some dark cherries and oaked notes that carry over to the palate. Light, yet flavorful, a somewhat tannic finish. Considered a “gateway” sour for good reason—it doesn’t overwhelm but its obviously there. Wouldn’t be my first choice after having tried others but its nothing to turn my nose up at. For its price especially it’s very good.

11-15-2011 04:49:00 | More by elNopalero
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Locke

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-01-2013 01:39:00 | More by Locke
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kingmaker

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-25-2013 01:35:25 | More by kingmaker
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WarrenGofstein

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-04-2014 23:32:59 | More by WarrenGofstein
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wbischof

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-31-2012 02:12:00 | More by wbischof
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into a snifter and received a murky brown body with a one-finger head that stuck around a long time and left a lace ring. A sour smell mixed with malts and some citric notes (closer to dark fruit but I'll leave it at that) combined with some caramel or butter - also a tad spicy. Very sour, but a good sour, with a smooth body and a bitter fruit taste. A little hop kick or spicy note (something like pepper) that jolts the tip of the tongue, then something akin to sweet malts and fruit (cherry being the most prevelant) hits the tastebuds as it is going down, making for a medium-bodied beer that is balanced and not rough. I don't like sour drinks period, but I thought this was a great beer. I don't know if I'd session it because it might leave a funny taste after a while (think too much OJ), but I recommend to all to try this beer.

05-26-2008 13:25:15 | More by clayrock81
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Theogre83

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-25-2013 18:58:41 | More by Theogre83
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Cork comes off with a nice pop.

Poured into bruery snifter.

Pours about 1/2 finger of light khaki head. Fades to a thin layer and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark ruby hued caramel brown.

Aroma: There is a nice amount of cherries up front, some sour notes that follow, but not overly sour. It seems to have a decent amount of fruit flavor to complement the cherry upfront, Granny smith apples come to mind. I get some oak as well. The aroma is pretty solid.

Taste: The cherries are again up front, but the taste is different compared to the aroma. It has some different fruit flavors here, sour grapes and raspberry, and more of a funky taste. The green apple flavor is here, but not as defined. I actually get a cider flavor out of this beer. The malts also stick out a lot more. The oak flavor is a lot less too.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, and a little sour. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and funky.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. My expectations were not that high for it, but it not only met them, but exceeded them. A very nice sipper. I am definitely savoring it. It isn't as sour as I would like, but I still think it is good.

02-04-2010 02:12:15 | More by mothman
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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-15-2012 03:53:33 | More by bkbergen
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pottergator

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-17-2013 03:21:54 | More by pottergator
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JMurphy41

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-01-2013 20:49:00 | More by JMurphy41
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RuthL

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-23-2012 18:58:55 | More by RuthL
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,296 ratings.