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

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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 57
Gots: 190 | FT: 3
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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

slavall, Apr 06, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, no BB date, served in a tulip. I bought this from a bottle shop in NYC about 2 years ago.

A - Holy head! I had to pour extra slow, just a trickle, to keep this thing under wraps. Maybe it's the age? Alot of bubbles coming up. After a couple minutes, it's still going strong.

S - I can't really get much of a smell. Could be the head, could be my nose, could be the beer. Some sour coming through, but not a whole lot.

T - Malt off the top. A little bread, some light raisin, then the sour kicks in. This is delicious. Very well balanced.

M - Nice. Medium-high carbonation, but not too much, with a chewier body than what I was expecting. A very nice surprise.

O - Killer. Liked it then, like it now. I really wish more sours were available in Canada, let alone Newfoundland.

Beelzebeer, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MinnTwins, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jroberts8811, Apr 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

CountryRock2001, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of BigBarley
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured hard into a tulip glass, for the first minute or so the beer was almost entirely head. The head is offwhite, light khaki. After settling the beer still maintains about a 50% head-beer ratio. Nice. Color is deep copper, almost brown. Somewhat murky.

S - Smells like a kriek. Wild yeast peppered with dark cherry and some light alcohol notes. Not too complex, but smells good all the same.

T - Dominated by yeast up front, immediately behind is a splash of sweet, tart cherry. The sour comes at the end, bringing this beer to a nice, round profile altogether. I personally feel this isn't much different in taste or smell from a lot of Kriek beers, but that is not a bad thing. Wild yeast makes for a strange and interesting profile, and the cherry notes keep it grounded.

M - Smooth, refreshing, with some lively carbonation. Runs down easy, but still a little thick for the ABV.

O - Altogether satisfying and interesting beer, definitely worth trying once, but I'm not quite sure how it compares to most others of the style

BigBarley, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zap2012, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

sanford_and_son, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

nkp765, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tbryan5, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

brewtus, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Ncpogs, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

anabar, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

danedelman, Mar 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

CrookedStill, Mar 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

MystikCelt, Mar 25, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Could not find a bottled on date. Poured into a large white wine glass.

A - Three-fingers tan rocky head, reddish brown, clear, well carbonated, some lace, lasting head due to carbonation.

A - Cherries and yeast.

T - cherries, mild sour, some sweetness in the finish.

MF - Slight metallic feel on teeth.

O - An easy drinking oud bruin, not thirst quenching, thought this style is not supposed to have a high degree of sourness, I still believe this could use a bit more to create a better balance and overall brew.

Sludgeman, Mar 24, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a medium brown color with a foamy, off-white head. The scent is kind of sour with a slight amount of yeast. The flavor starts off very sweet and ends with sour finish. The texture is good and the flavor is ok, but there is certainly room to make this a bigger, bolder beer. Pretty simple and reserved which makes for a good starter sour/wild ale.

Lemke10, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Tschnab, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dvmin98, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Kinzei, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Paige, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

RobertColianni, Mar 18, 2013
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 2,433 ratings.