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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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2,296 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:
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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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4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

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


4.63/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

12-03-2012 02:20:51 | More by BrownAleMale
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-01-2012 21:38:35 | More by AdamMY
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-30-2012 03:05:49 | More by st9647v3
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-29-2012 05:32:40 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-29-2012 04:31:16 | More by Kahlerbock
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Deep ruby, copper and mostly transparent. Sudsy, soda-like head with descent retention, no lace. Bottom of the glass has chunks of yeast which rise to the top as I drink it.

Tart and sweet aroma of dark fruits and lactic acid. Hints at roasted malt character which is well blended.

Light malty character with roasted characters most predominant. Mild prune and date sweetness. Lactic acid. Chocolate flavor in the finish. Well balanced.

Light to medium body. Snappy carbonation. Dry, crisp finish makes me want another sip.

Pretty good brew. Complex flavors and easy drinking.

11-28-2012 05:24:57 | More by bnes09
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-28-2012 02:25:43 | More by Pinche_Oso
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus challace.

A: nice deep red color with light/med carbonation with 1.5 to 2 fingers of white pillowy head.

S: Cherries, sour, bready nice tart smell

T: Balsamic vinegar (slightly), slight sweetness, but a nice sour cherry flavor with nice bubblegum/nutmeg phenols. Nice taste.

M: Med body and cabonation which is nice, with a good tartness on the sides of the tongue

O: Nice beer, above average for style.

11-28-2012 01:57:28 | More by buddha5050
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

11-26-2012 07:52:30 | More by Braz
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-24-2012 01:49:54 | More by MDF1IBetty
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-23-2012 07:39:59 | More by MarioM
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-19-2012 22:30:51 | More by ryanpj
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-18-2012 22:49:12 | More by valkyre65
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3.88/5  rDev +1%

Dark red in color, virtually no head when it arrived at the table.
Smell of cherry definitely dominates, but not in a bad way. It's just what rises first.
Almost no carbonation in the mouth, which was good. Let me enjoy the fruit mix going on a bit more with cherries, cabernet, a touch of wood but only a touch. Not terribly sour, but that's OK.
Enjoyed this beer, a very good sour.

11-18-2012 15:36:05 | More by bulldog91
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-17-2012 16:44:25 | More by sneaks2210
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-17-2012 14:56:20 | More by Jeckel
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2012 23:42:22 | More by Hopmarc
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-15-2012 02:03:28 | More by t0rin0
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-15-2012 01:16:40 | More by Finnhammer
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

11-14-2012 23:26:58 | More by gshak
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-14-2012 05:38:31 | More by BigRedEye
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Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into an Affligem goblet (probably around 0.3 l).

Appearance- Nice amber/brown. One finger head that dissipated in about 30 seconds leaving a small white rim around the top of the beer.

Smell- Cherry, apple, raspberry. Yeast and some malt.

Taste- Similar to the smell. Definantly some yeast and malt mixed with oak. Raspberry and cherry flavors come through. Not overly sour. Very nice aftertaste of fruit that lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel- Reasonably carbonated. Sits in the mouth for a while imparting flavors. Goes down very smooth. Very refreshing.

Overall- A great beer for people who want to get into sours but are hesitant to try the extremes. It's not overly sour, but it's got a nice sweetness to balance it. Very refreshing Flemish Sour.

11-13-2012 20:19:07 | More by Seanniek91
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-13-2012 16:30:05 | More by BlueFeetAndBeer
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4.55/5  rDev +18.5%

A: Very nice head. Small bubbles. Pour slowly.

S: Astringent and very fruity. Very enjoyable as a stand alone night cap.

T: Cherry and deep fruits cut through the sour flavor profile. Very smooth finish for a sour beer.

M: Good layered mouthfeel. Finish is where flavor profile enhanced.

O: Not just a novelty. Worth drink as stand alone. Very nice.

11-12-2012 17:18:41 | More by Twincrasher
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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