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

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86
very good

2,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,221
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 46
Gots: 130 | 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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BarrelO

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Ruby red body. Head starts out big but fades, leaving a bit of lacing.

S: Cherries and vinegar.

T: Very sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Plenty of underlying fruitiness and maltiness to balance it out and make it drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied, bubbly.

D: Good if you're a fan of sour ales. Reasonably priced, too.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 23:58:00 | More by BarrelO
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afinepilsner

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle

Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale was red-brown in color with good clarity. It had an off-white head with decent retention and lacing. The smell was fruit (cherries) and vinegar. The taste was sweet and sour cherries with some malt, vinegar and buttery notes. The finish was sweet, sour and semi-dry. The mouthfeel was good with a medium-light body and plenty of carbonation. The drinkability was good as this beer kept me very interested. This is a tasty brew and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:16:57 | More by afinepilsner
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-09-2014 21:10:24 | More by BEERschlitz
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-21-2012 06:27:22 | More by slowdaddy
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sunofneurot

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-15-2013 13:44:04 | More by sunofneurot
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iKrystin

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-03-2012 06:30:15 | More by iKrystin
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azorie

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-04-2014 15:21:19 | More by azorie
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brauseboof

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-08-2012 21:26:40 | More by brauseboof
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Beefytits4

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-24-2014 05:10:54 | More by Beefytits4
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nortmand

Virginia

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

Pours clear ruby red with a 2 finger tan head that leaves nice lace.

High lactic acid in the nose. Also a ton of fresh strawberry aroma. Awesome.

Sweet mixed berries on the tip of the tongue. By mid tongue there is a mild lactic astringency. Very light bitterness as well.
Leaves a metallic twang aftertaste.

Low to medium bodied, a refreshing, lightly "sour" beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 16:47:28 | More by nortmand
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robbyc1

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep garnet red/brown clear look, with a slight one finger off-white head, into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Winey, sour nose, complex, very intriguing. Almost smells like a good balsamic vinegar. Huge nose.

District wood up front, a bit harsh, with a fruity middle of grapes, stone fruits, and a slightly tart finish. The wood doesn't really fit well with the fruits, good but not a great mixture, not as complex as expected from the nose.

Rather light body, good carbonation, really refreshing. A nice drinker, not as sour as some, lots of residual sugar here. Overall less than expected but a decent try. Could be so much more, but it doesn't fit well, several notches below the Oerbier version.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 23:09:50 | More by robbyc1
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hoplover82

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear beautiful cherry red with very good retention and lacing.

Smells of simply sweet green apples. That's it it seems.

Taste is pretty simple and one dementional as well. Only green apples to me. Afte hearing my friend say that buckeyenation got cherries in this, I can see that too. I aslo do get the cherries indeed...

The mouthfeel is kinda rough around the edges to me. This is the first sour I've had. Maybe this could be aged a little more. It has a medium body and the sourness seems to excentuate the carbonation and give it a bubbly mouthfeel.

And it's ok in drinkablilty.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 02:38:58 | More by hoplover82
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ajtorres311

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-15-2013 14:17:44 | More by ajtorres311
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Dcunicelli

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-26-2013 20:01:47 | More by Dcunicelli
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blitz134

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially a really strong aroma as the cap was popped. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.

Poured a predominately brown color with fainting hits of a garnet deep in the body. Head was just barely off white and disappeared rather quickly to only a circlet of bubbles around the outer edges.

Aroma is slightly sweet and has some hints of bread. But mixed in with all of that is a tart granny smith apple aroma with some other dark fruits. There is an overall sour candy smell to the whole thing. Nothing in the aroma is overly strong but nicely balanced.

Holy sh!t at the tartness of this on the first sip. This is the first beer to actually wrench on my tastebuds a bit and I love every bit of it. Overall there is a dry mouthfeel as this goes down but still coats the mouth well. The taste, as I said above, is extremely tart and consists mainly of apples. I don't pick up too much extra from the flavor as the tartness dominates. I'm torn between a 4 and a 4.5 for the taste. I want to give it a higher score b/c of the uniqueness of the flavor but I feel it fits with the common flavor profile of the style. Additionally the flavor seems a bit one sided compared to other flemish reds that I have had.

Mouthfeel is dry and coating at the same time but a little thin.

This one gets a good drinkability rating but the tartness might become overbearing after a while. Its still good though.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 02:51:13 | More by blitz134
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Raziel313

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-09-2014 05:05:42 | More by Raziel313
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bmoney

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-16-2011 00:11:51 | More by bmoney
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judkinst

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-12-2014 02:14:45 | More by judkinst
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Mphis

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-14-2013 06:01:51 | More by Mphis
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Beestin

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

05-03-2014 20:36:34 | More by Beestin
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark translucent red with medium head that sticks around for a bit and laces the glass. Plenty of carbonation and a nose of mellow aspirin sourness, maybe some tart fruit too. Starts off with smooth almost watery base that moves into a tart middle that doesn't quite last long enough or get intensely sour. Slightly disappointing in that regard. Mouthfeel is medium, the finish leans toward metallic. This is drinkable because the sourness doesn't overpower, but that's why I buy a Flemish Ale. This isn't as bad as the Lindeman's Gueuze, but if it were any sweeter it would be pushing it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 01:58:18 | More by pentathlete
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jman005

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-22-2013 01:04:11 | More by jman005
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-30-2013 18:20:27 | More by ChicagoNick
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Franchise

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours a deep reddish brown and bubbly leaving a thick tan head sticky and clings to the glass. The aroma is a strong sour cherry, dark ripened fruit, sweet but sour dominate, hay, horse blanket, earthy.

The taste is deliciously tart, it has a slight metallic taste upfront, sour cherries, syrupy in consistancy pretty delicious that finishes by giving you a nice pinch of sourness on the back of the throat.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 15:54:51 | More by Franchise
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switzer

Oregon

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-28-2013 05:38:44 | More by switzer
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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