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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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BA SCORE
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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lic217

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-06-2014 23:39:54 | More by lic217
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sanford_and_son

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-29-2013 19:43:41 | More by sanford_and_son
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doldham

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-27-2014 22:38:01 | More by doldham
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

03-03-2006 02:26:43 | More by RedHaze
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

04-13-2010 16:51:00 | More by thecarster1
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Zach136

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2013 04:51:01 | More by Zach136
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parma_sean

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-22-2014 16:37:32 | More by parma_sean
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delgotit99

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-06-2014 19:50:18 | More by delgotit99
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Ultimate

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-19-2014 17:38:47 | More by Ultimate
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Honus1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-07-2013 02:16:01 | More by Honus1
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-09-2012 05:05:33 | More by NOLANDMAN
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bkrbdan

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-03-2012 17:29:15 | More by bkrbdan
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sirsteve42

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-15-2013 04:15:11 | More by sirsteve42
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dedbeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-18-2013 01:26:08 | More by dedbeer
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stogirelli

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-10-2014 18:25:25 | More by stogirelli
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

11-16-2006 04:43:29 | More by Viggo
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Chagler


4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-26-2014 09:12:31 | More by Chagler
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chefelf

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-20-2011 02:15:59 | More by chefelf
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mrebeka

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-18-2013 21:48:50 | More by mrebeka
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phishfoolme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-26-2014 05:02:09 | More by phishfoolme
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mpyle

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

05-31-2008 22:58:21 | More by mpyle
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amcaleh

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-12-2013 16:25:48 | More by amcaleh
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xungmound98

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-01-2014 20:21:23 | More by xungmound98
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jbeervt

Vermont

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-16-2014 22:55:28 | More by jbeervt
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date

A - Pours a Chestnut/Hazelnut brown with a very lively and vigorous head. Excellent retention, nice lacing

S - Sweet, fruity ester aroma with a sour edge; almost reminds me of sour patch kids.

T&M - Sharp, acidic style sourness with fruit notes; green apple and grapes. Light sweet malt presence, very vibrant carbonation. Medium bodied. I pick up just a bit of tannin woodiness with mild astringency.

D - Very refreshing, and I find myself imbibing faster then usual. My first try for this style, and I am very pleased. I wish I had a few more.

08-05-2010 01:12:35 | More by ZeroSignal
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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