Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
This beer is just awesome. It pours reddish mahogany with little to no head. I don't care, because the aromas and flavors are filled with fruit, dominated by bitter, sour cherries. The mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation. This beer does the style justice, and I'm looking forward to enjoying it again!
05-26-2011 22:26:06 | More by washburnkid
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
I've had this beer on-tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, but when I saw this beer at my local shop, I decided to give it a try and see how it compares to the draft version.
From the bottle, the beer a medium reddish brown with ruby highlights and a is more carbonated than I've had on tap. This keeps feeding the head, making it fluffy as well as accentuate the fruity and acidic aromas. Also in the smell is a medicinal, plasticy phenol aroma that was somewhat unpleasant. The ale has cherry flavors and acidity not unlike a kriek, with a light spritzy body and active carbonation. It was very refreshing, almost like a soft drink.
09-12-2010 21:40:06 | More by Soonami
3.6/5 rDev -6%
Brown Body. Very nice off-white head leaves great lacing
Smell is mostly tart, some vinegar, something that reminds me of leather
Taste is mellow. Slight sour cherry flavors. Somewhat sweet with a short drier finish.
Very drinkable beer.
Not quite the beer I remembered: don't recall the vinegar, and also thought it was more assertive. Still good overall
03-12-2011 04:31:38 | More by zachary80
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
My first of this style.
Pours a really beautiful brown with a fluffy brownish tan head. 3 fingers in a tall fluted pils glass. I love to look at this. It is a damn shame I have to drink it all.
Smell is somewhat generically sour. A big vinegary, a bit fruity.
That smell really develops when you actually taste it. Big time sour apple flavors here. Almost like what Martinelli's would taste like if it were made out of underripe apples. Some of that vinegar is present as well, but mostly only right when the beer hits your tastebuds--it dissipates quickly. More sour than I had expected, but certainly not overly so.
Mouthfeel was not bad. There was definitely significant astringency as a result of the sourness. Not that this was necessarily bad or unexpected, but it that is the nature of the beast. I love sours, and puckering like this is to be expected...it was just slightly less pleasant to me than it usually is with sours for some reason.
The astringency makes this a beer that you wouldn't want to session, but this stuff goes down really easy, and I could certainly have a couple.
For the price, a great sour. Now I'm just gonna have to pop one more to get another look at this beauty....
03-24-2009 00:42:46 | More by photomike
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
11.2 oz brown bottle without freshness date.
Poured a slightly transparent deep reddish-brown with big carbonation, small sheen of foam, and good lace. Smells big and fruity; a sweet and sour blend of green apples and grapes that tickles the nose. Green apples, pears, and a counter-balance of wood and sweet dark fruits (cherries?) lead to a super-dry, earthy and yeasty finish. Highly-carbonated, moderately light and tingly in the mouth.
10-31-2005 00:59:09 | More by dgallina
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
P: A monstrous mountain of khaki ice cream float head that stays a long while. Underneath lies a dark amber body that is almost black. Faded head leaves wall climbing silky lacing.
S: Aroma is sweet and roasty, with old leather, old english wood cleaner, smoldered grains, old Irish spring soap, fermented plums, grapes and under ripe persimmons. A mild lemon and lactic sourness that swims around the sweet but musty and earthy nose.
T/M: The first thing that hits is a swirled combination of tart apples, lemon zest, and vinegar mixed with a sweet heavy fruit syrup, cherries and wood chips. Medium syrupy body with tingling carbonation. Starts sweet turns sour then finishes semi dry with all notes of sweet, sour, and wood.
O: A crazy mixture that really delivers. Maybe a tad too tart in the finish but still a really good sipper. I couldn't drink too many of these so it would be a treat to savor.
08-23-2012 18:25:53 | More by Hopswagger
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
This beer pours a dark amber/red with a frothy white head that dissipated quickly with a good amount of lacing.
The smell is a very balanced sweet and sour, mostly cherries coming through in the nose but a faint trace of vinegar.
The taste is tart and slightly bitter, a lot of cherry throughout.
The feel is great, bubbly, highly carbonated, very crisp, reminiscent of a lemon-lime soda.
This beer is very drinkable, it's low alcohol content and crisp mouthfeel facilitate extreme drinkability.
05-16-2009 03:42:34 | More by rpstevens
2.85/5 rDev -25.6%
Appearance: Nice deep burgundy color, with a decent white head which dissipates to a good rim lacing.
Smell: Sweet cherries....sour berries, red wine and oddly (to me) vinegar
Taste: (only took 4-5 sips) Short and simply put....very sour and nasty tasting. A few sips and I knew I would not be able to finish this brew.
This is the first flemish sour I ever had and it will most likely be my last.
Kicked: Perhaps a desired then aquired taste for certain sour ale drinkers....and this is probably very good brew in it's category/style but it's just not my style....take this review w/ a grain of salt.
01-02-2005 00:59:04 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
A- An aggressive pour from the 750mL bottle yielded a nice big tan head... a bit rocky and well-retained. Some nice lacing... good carbonation... and a beautiful mahogany body.
S- The nose reminds me of Ludens Wild Cherry Throat Drops (sweet cough drops)... I am anticipating both sweet and sour flavors from this nose...
T- Sweet and sour goodness... with a dry clean (slightly oaky) finish. Can't quite describe the sweetness here... it is unique, cherry cider maybe? The sourness is akin to weak vinegar (acetobacter?). Beautiful flavors here.
M- A bit oily... lots of unattenuated sugar here... and the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, I'd say this is light to medium body... what I would expect from the style.
D- What a beautiful drink... could go all day with this stuff. The sweetness is never overpowering, nor the sourness. Just plain satisfying and refreshing...
08-12-2009 01:04:42 | More by jgasparine
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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