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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

2,193 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,193
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 45
Gots: 122 | 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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ScottStache

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-23-2012 03:38:43 | More by ScottStache
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kp29

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-21-2012 19:45:26 | More by kp29
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Happyhopper

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-21-2012 01:59:20 | More by Happyhopper
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NateMac13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-20-2012 21:42:04 | More by NateMac13
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jrenn

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-18-2012 23:43:53 | More by jrenn
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JohnBender

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-18-2012 23:43:26 | More by JohnBender
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RandyKemka

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-18-2012 02:36:30 | More by RandyKemka
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od_sf

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-17-2012 19:08:39 | More by od_sf
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-17-2012 15:29:21 | More by comfortablynirm
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HundredWeight

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-17-2012 01:38:17 | More by HundredWeight
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Rick760Sd

California

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-16-2012 20:08:57 | More by Rick760Sd
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Dbrag

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-16-2012 02:13:12 | More by Dbrag
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johunnic

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-15-2012 01:12:03 | More by johunnic
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-12-2012 23:34:31 | More by Bubbalito
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william_longshaft

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-12-2012 23:02:19 | More by william_longshaft
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mmikey8

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-12-2012 06:04:23 | More by mmikey8
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful color and head. But while a decent tasting beer, it's not as bold or vibrant as other sours I've tasted. Easy drinking, but really too light in my opinion. This is not a bad beer, just a bit too plain. I could drink it again, but if the sour flavors were bolder, this would be a really nice beer that you could enjoy when you're in the mood for this style. Misses by just a touch.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:06:11 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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troysoy2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, and served just above fridge temps.

An awesome, fluffy white head floats effortlessly over a slightly-rouge-tinged brown body. Lots of carbonation apparent. Excellent retention.

The smell is a bit straightforward, but pleasant. Laid back lactic acid over a crisp, yet soft citrus-infused brown malt profile. A touch of caramel.

The taste is much like the nose. Definitely a more subtle sourness than you may find in some sour ales, but this is nice in a way. It allows you to appreciate the malt profile a bit more, which seems appropriate for the style. Very refreshing, tart finish accentuated by plenty of carbonation and a pretty light mouthfeel.

Not out of this world great, but this could make a great "everyday sour", if there is such a thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 02:27:15 | More by troysoy2
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kmahe

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-10-2012 00:59:41 | More by kmahe
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larbush

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-08-2012 17:57:57 | More by larbush
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pcarney8

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-06-2012 22:12:15 | More by pcarney8
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, Rhode Island:

A- Pours a deep amber clear body with a generous, fluffy, thick cream-colored head that slowly reduces to some uneven chunks of puffy foam. Impressive

S- Sour apple notes, acidic. Malt backbone with some faint hoppiness in the background.

T- Starts off with a subtle caramel note, ends slightly acidic but not overbearingly. Somewhat simple.

M- Somewhat watery, medium-low carbonation.

Overall a refreshing brew that I enjoyed reviewing. It's slightly one-dimensional and could use more character. Worth a try nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 16:18:38 | More by gcamparone
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dfillius

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass
A: Gentle pour yields 1.5 fingers of tan fizzy loose head with fair retention. Deep crimson crystal clear liquid. Head is nearly non-existent after 2 minutes, better retention please. Very effervescent.
S: Cherry, tart lemon juice, slight funk. Slight penicillin, oak. Apple cider.
T: Tart apple at first, caramel a little later. Balanced sweet and sour. Some clean malt, some lemon juice and tart cherries. Not as complex as the aroma. The effervescence dominates and scrubs the flavor. I swirled to reduce the vigor of the bubbles, much better.
M: Very dry up front, lightly sour with good sweetness following, like tart cherry juice. A little too effervescent. Expectorant.
O: Very high. I'd love to have another bottle/pint/4-pack. Really nice, solid, mellow, full-flavored sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:40:45 | More by dfillius
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz tap poured into a pint glass

Appearance- A rutstic red with 1 finger of white head that levels off to a thin surface layer.

Smell- Strong tart smell. No specific fruit that I pick up, just a sour tart.

Taste- Taste is just like a sour fruit punch. Very yummy if this kind of beer doesnt bother you.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated with a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall- This would make for a spectacular summer beer in my opinion. Light and very easy drinking. A beer with a sour fruit punch taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 02:20:51 | More by BrownAleMale
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AdamMY

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-01-2012 21:38:35 | More by AdamMY
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,193 ratings.