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

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87
very good

2,471 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,471
Reviews: 1,054
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 57
Gots: 205 | FT: 3
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours is a deep ruby red, that is almost dark brown in appearance. poured into a tulip, and it creates a solid 2 fingers worth of head formation that is beige in color. fairly nice lacing and quite carbonated. floaties vary in size but most are quite small.

S: the nose is very faint, and quite disappointing. some notes of oak, hay and barnyard funk, subtle tough of vinous qualities like tannins , and a touch of vinegar.

T: the palate makes quite a unique transition in this beer. it starts off with some tartness, a slight touch of vinegar that gets the salivary glands pumping.. then this beer makes a hard turnaround, and becomes quite sweet. middle of the body consists of the oak, grain, slight touch of dark fruits, and brown sugar. the finish is quite creamy.

M: my palate is wondering what the hell just happened. this brew has both sweet and sour characteristics. it leaves a slight creaminess on the palate with just a subtle touch of grain. its borderline light/medium bodied.

O: I have passed this one up for years, and even though I will most likely not purchase this one again, I am glad to have tried it, and i feel this is a nice beer for those to would like to get their feet wet in the sour world.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these in Totowa, having never had a beer from Brouwerij Van Steenberge or even a Flanders Oud Bruin before. This felt like a Lambic when I poured it out and gave it a whiff but it was just not quite sour enough to be considered as such. There was just enough of a sweetness here to make it distinct and the low alcohol made it quite enjoyable to someone unaccustomed to this style, such as myself!

The pour to this was brown, with just a hint of garnet around the edges with a nice head that lasted for quite a while. That wasn't the case with the lacing but there were a few rings that stuck to the sides of my glass as I worked my way down. Some lambic-like sourness was found in the nose but there was a lot of apple and pear sweetness in the taste that cancelled much of that out. There was a good amount of carbonation here too, which helped to offset that and allowed for some cherry syrup and dark fruits to emerge in the aftertaste. Not a lot of sourness here but it was present as the sugar wore off and this almost felt like a fermented cider that I'd have in the fall.

Even though I only had one bottle of this, I could have had another in a sitting, There wasn't any roasted or woody notes that were found in the description of this style on this site, but there was a nice Belgian feel to this from start to finish and it's hard to imagine anyone *not* finding something to enjoy about this beer. The hint of wild yeast makes up for the bottle only being 11.2 oz, as this was neither a fast or a slow sipper. I'm not sure I could have found a better example of a Flanders Oud Bruin to become accustomed to!

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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark mahogany brown with some slight reddish hues. There is a thin quarter inch head of off-white foam that forms and recedes quickly but it leaves a nice lacing along the glass.

Aroma off some oak notes and some nice tartness starts things off. There is some slight funk notes in the nose with some good earthy grain tones. There is some fruit tartness to the nose as well as some slight acidity to it.

Flavor starts off with some slight sweet fruit notes with some grainy malt notes. There is quickly a nice tart fruit acidity that pops up. Nice tart apple notes with some very midl balsamic vinegar. The brew is nice and tart but not too intense and very approachable. There is nice grainy and earthy malt notes mixed in with the fruitiness that also add some sweetness. There is some nice funky yeast notes with some woody oak notes present as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium. Nice complete flavors cover the palette and the carbonation adds a nice cleansing feeling.

PRetty good Flanders. Nice fruity notes balanced with the tartness. Refreshing and delicious. Keeps you coming back for more.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Somewhat hazy, deep reddish amber body when viewed before a strong light, otherwise opaque, surmounted by a massive, coarse off-white head, which retains superbly. The lacing is, appropriately, Belgian in form, and quite sticky and thick.

Aroma: Rather prominent lactic and vinegar aroma will not go unnoticed. Bitter apple rind and tart cherries are present as well.

Taste: Opens with a moderate wave of lactic sourness, and vinegar. As the taste progresses, sour cherries and bitter apples offer a counterpoint to the vinegar and lactic flavors. Late in the taste, the is a flourish of restrained herbal hops The finish is rather astringent.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: I did not expect to enjoy this beer, having heard other craft beer fanciers disparage the style. Nonetheless, I felt that sampling a representative of the Flanders Oud Bruin style was an essential part of my education as a Beer Advocate. To my surprise, I like this beer quite a lot, and hope to try other examples of the style. For anyone who has not tried the style, Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale is inexpensive and will handsomely reward one's tasting efforts.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard eleven point two ounce Euro-style brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry -off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas in March of 2013 for $2.79 for a single bottle..

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 2,471 ratings.