Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Pours an opaque brownish-red, a very deep hue, with a small layer of head that displays decent retention. A bit surprising that there is not a larger head formation from this one.
S: A winey and yeasty bouquet, notes of Belgian sugar and spices in the nose.
T: Tastes slightly of cherries, the tartness is what gives off this flavor along with its wine-like qualities. Definitely more noticeable in the finish, with a sugary flavor throughout.
M: Crisp with a light body, carbonation is at a generous level but not as much as expected here either.
D: All in all, for the style this is a quite drinkable beer in the sense that it doesn't really overpower, but definitely provides enough sour flavor to give the palate a kick. Not as dialed up as others, which is nice, but the body seemed a bit too thin in the mouthfeel.
09-22-2007 18:50:19 | More by CharlieMopps
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
drank on 5.2.09.
pours a wonderful clear dark reddish copper. very nice looking beer with a thick foamy head that lasted a good bit. leaves a nice thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. smell is amazing. wild, funky, sour, cherries - the funk is really powerful in a good way. earthy mossy and yeasty. there is a lot of stuff going on in here.
taste is crisp and carbonated to start. you get the cherries the most, very sour. not as much funk in the taste as in the smell. it is kind of light in body - you get a lot of cherry flavor right away but seems to disappear quickly. there is also a muted malt taste underneath the cherries. maybe the lighter mouthfeel makes you want to drink a little more because it doesn't give you a blanket of phlegm and sour taste in your mouth, but could be better balanced.
05-03-2009 02:41:01 | More by Hophead101
3.18/5 rDev -17.2%
The color is attractive. As close to brown as red can get. However, the giant chunks of sediment are a bit off-putting. Aggressive carbonation tingles on the the tongue. This is, indeed, sour, but not unpleasantly so. A touch of caramel and even a fruity finish. But sour is by far the dominating note.
I feel like this is going to be a hit or miss. You'll love it or hate it, depending on your individual feelings toward sourness.
11-18-2013 01:47:12 | More by McNealc31
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
A: Super bubble head. Color is dark reddish brown.
S: Smells a little sour with a lot of grape. Smells a lot like a young wine.
T: The sour really hits you right away and the first thing I thought was this is going to linger around and taste gross. But as soon as the sour really set in it was gone being replaced with some spicy and malt. Some cinnamon in there maybe.
M: Again really great here. The beer sits with a medium body and like I said the sourness dissipates quickly leaving a sweet aftertaste.
Overall a very nice beer. Certainly unique and drinkable. Probably not a beer for everyone since it is a little weird but I quite like it. The combination of all the aspects works very well.
05-02-2012 16:00:57 | More by Jamesthebrit
3.25/5 rDev -15.4%
11.2 oz bottle poured into my Russian River Belgian style glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep, yet semi transparent, reddish brown with a two finger light tan head that dissipates relatively quickly down to a cap on the beer with nice lacing.
Smell: Funkiness that turns medicinal, sour cherry alongside some bitter fruity scent. A little too reminiscent of robitussin, which gives me flashbacks of childhood and how much I hated that damn syrup, ergo its making it hard for me to want to take that first sip.
Taste: I let this beer sit until it warmed up from the fridge temp and I still get some metallic flavors. It is sweet, not sour at all, not even tart. I get some dark fruits such as figs, raisins, and even some molasses at the end.
Mouthfeel: Extremely light bodied and thin.
Overall: I guess its not bad for a beginner on the style. I am by no means a seasoned pro with sours, but this one just doesnt do much for me. It is not repulsive, but then again it gives me no reason to desire another one.
05-12-2011 00:50:17 | More by OddNotion
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Appearance: Dark black cherry color with a bubbly 1/3 inch tan head. opaque color with a dash of medium carbonation that climbs up the edges of my 10oz. Goblet in lines.
Smell: Obvious oak barrel smell that leads to a heavy malt and vinegar smell. Heavy notes of spice, cherry, date. Lots of caramel and even a cola smell.
Taste: This ale presents the palate with two choices. Acknowledge the evident sour flavor which causes the mouth to pucker and then appreciate the nice heavily carbonated cherry cola flavor. I'll be honest I expected much different flavor, something closer to a red wine. There is a presence of black cherry, clove, and fig. I also pick up apple peel and nutmeg. Delicious. Finishes with a sensation that I have ingested a lot of sugar. The sour wear off rather quickly and I am left with a caramel candy taste.
Mouthfeel: Snappy syrupy and fizzy. It sort of slides down my tongue and begs to be sipped again. This closet thing I have ever drank to a soda, but is beer. It must be the combination of the carbonation and he caramel and sugar flavors. It is very refrshing.
Overall: A very unique beer that sort of stands on its own. I will definitely use this as a refresher and will introduce it to both wine drinkers and soda drinkers because I think it might be abe to convert them to drinking beer.
04-08-2011 06:00:04 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
A- Very active head after an aggressive pour with an audible "fizz" to it, wore down quickly to a thin layer of bubbles
S-aromas of cherry and a slight vinegary scent, not overpowering by any means. Seems to invite me in...
T- initial blast of vinegar that rewards a little patience with a pleasant cherry/watermelon/peach? tone
M- lots of carbonation released in the mouth makes it feel alive
D- very refreshing, would be great for a hot spring/summer day
Disclaimer-- only a few beers under my belt in this style, so interpret with caution.
09-15-2010 02:03:13 | More by Franz4
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Pours a reddish brown, yet very clear. A finger of slightly tan foam leaves a thick ring of lacing on the glass as it dissipates.
S: Sour! And more sour. A bit of vinegar, a lot of sour cherries, a bit of lemon.
T: Wow, much like the smell, except even more powerful. Sour cherries are the dominant flavor, but there are other flavors abound. I'm just not sure what they are, but it's pretty complex.
M: Nicely carbonated, and a smooth mouthfeel.
D: This is a great flemish sour, very tasty. I'd recommend it if you like the style.
09-02-2007 21:18:45 | More by YonderWanderer
3.18/5 rDev -17.2%
Appearance> Mohagany in color. Little to no head. kind of lackluster, also.
Smell> Mmmm molasses
Taste> standard sour red. I'm not a fan of the type, but I've had enough to know what the good stuff is.
Mouthfeel> Too thin
Drinkability> if you like the style you will probably find this easy to drink.
04-26-2008 00:27:15 | More by 1759Girl
3.1/5 rDev -19.3%
(A) Pours a clear, deep red with a small off white that diminishes quickly to nothing.
(S) Slightly tart. Sweet. Cherry. The nose is more of a fruity blend with Cherry taking the lead.
(T) Not very sour or tart, but it's still present. You have the slight vinegar and then packed with cherry flavor.
(M) Very flat and ended dry despite the oily, fuller body mid-taste.
(O) It wasn't terrible but I've had far better Oud Bruins. This one was rather weak and more of a tart and amped up grape juice, just with a cherry spin on it.
07-01-2011 13:01:40 | More by cjacobsen
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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