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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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2,227 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 133 | FT: 2
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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 -2.1%

06-21-2014 00:29:14 | More by zimm421
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4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly the best beer I've ever had, with two main competitors for my number one rank; surprise, they're also sours. I really only have two complaints about this beer.

1: It is somewhat inconsistent out of a bottle, and I've never found a bar with this beer on tap. In terms of quality and taste, it has never let me down. Unfortunately, a few bottles seem to be pulled from the bottom of the batch, and have chunks (yes, full size chunks!) of some yeast-like substance that I cannot identify, and these chunks cause a real problem in the flavor. I have had the occasional bottle where the alcohol flavor has completely overwhelmed anything else, which I don't necessarily mind, but is not what I look forward to when I pour this into a glass.

2: I learned very, very quickly (early on in my drinking career, that is) that this is not a beer that can be enjoyed straight from the bottle. Few enough are the brews that taste the same or close enough from the bottle that I cannot fault this particular brew on this shortcoming, but it is sometimes a slight disappointment that I have to clean a glass to drink one particular beer.

All-in-all, a very good brew. It's a drink that I like to scare my friends with. "What would you think if I told you that you can drink sour beer? Not a fan? Okay, well here, try this." I have never heard a single response that did not involve some form of "holy crap this is delicious." A beer with a 100% success rate for non-drinkers? Worth a try, if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 08:42:06 | More by hippogasmo
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-20-2014 05:44:41 | More by Flaherbear
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-20-2014 04:38:55 | More by nearengine
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

06-20-2014 03:06:53 | More by charrel
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-20-2014 02:46:15 | More by JCicero08
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-19-2014 04:16:17 | More by tykechandler
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-18-2014 22:07:26 | More by cbuckl14
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a rusty reddish tinge, cloudy and opaque so I can’t see any carbonation, 2 fingers of cappuccino beige head with a shiny look of sugar bubbling and caramelizing in a pan, nice ring of lacing.

S: Sour in a slight malt vinegar way, fruity, complex fruit of apples and pears, nectarines and plums, prunes as well. A coke like quality.

T: Prunes and plums, light sweetness, light sourness, malt as in a dark malt rye bread sort of way. An acidic and lightly bitter finish. Some toffee notes. Fruity and floral notes.

M: Medium light body with a juice like weight, medium high slightly foamy carbonation. Relatively dry.

O: Makes me feel like I’m in some middle age village in in Belgium, drinking from a mug of fresh local brew as some dim lit pub. Delicious, fresh and complex. Bought and drank in Asheville, NC June 17, 2014. Great brew, in a style that is fast becoming my favourite. Gets more sour with sipping.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 02:31:42 | More by patre_tim
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-18-2014 02:26:02 | More by DHS1029
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-18-2014 02:00:21 | More by modidia
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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

06-17-2014 04:56:33 | More by thedeathhippie
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-17-2014 03:00:19 | More by wrightst
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smaller format bottle poured into tulip glass

A- Deep maroon/brown with sediment
S- Tart cherry, vinegar
T- Sweet and smooth, but kind of watery on the front. Cherries. I'm not really getting sour.
M- Smooth and watery
O- Not a bad drinking beer, but kind of average. I would like a sharper sourness. I'll set another one aside and see if the lacto sours some more.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 02:27:48 | More by PBRmeasap1980
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

06-16-2014 20:07:24 | More by Jasoncolliver
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-16-2014 18:41:09 | More by chrishiker1409
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-14-2014 13:29:21 | More by kingjohnh
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-14-2014 01:28:18 | More by jborg
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-13-2014 22:07:14 | More by allenson21
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-13-2014 20:18:49 | More by KeyWestGator
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3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into red wine glass

A- first thought was dirty river water. Started off with about half a finger of tight foam, dissipated pretty quickly, lacing was not really present

S- red wine vinegar, sour cherries in your face. Bright and acidic and pretty awesome.

T- started off following the nose, then got away from the sourness a little. Fell off toward the end for me and got a little sweet, maybe it's supposed to, but I would prefer a little more persistent bit.

M- medium to medium-full bodied. There's a definitively detectable amount of malt that I feel like is responsible for the body, not great, not terrible either.

O- like I said, if the label says sour I want and expect sour all the way. The sweetness that came through about 2 seconds into every sip was unwelcome. Didn't hate it, won't buy again though.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 05:06:58 | More by slackattack
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-11-2014 13:36:36 | More by Soterios
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-10-2014 22:35:31 | More by wvbrewcrew
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District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

06-10-2014 18:50:04 | More by DC_Brah
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,227 ratings.