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

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86
very good

2,376 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,376
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 54
Gots: 174 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

volta, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of gmcfarre
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into New Belgium Tulip

A - Pours alot like a coke, without the excess carbonation and a bit cloudier. Brown with a slight ruby tint and a tan head. Lacing is moderate when tipped.

S - Sour, dark cherries and other dark fruits. Rather tart. Light sweetness and a good dose of yeast funkiness.

T & M - Well-carbonated tingle turns quickly to a sour bite on the tongue. Medium to light body. Truns dry at the finish with a dried cherry sweetness. Tart plum as well. Interesting, and alot like that New Glarus Enigma I had about a month ago.

D - Not quite as refreshing as the label would have you believe, but I am becoming a fan of this style. A complex and interesting brew that is far outside most people's definition of how a beer should taste. ABV not a factor. Worth a try and perhaps a repeat.

gmcfarre, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of adrian21
5/5  rDev +30.2%

adrian21, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of naterock
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a goblet with a deep reddish amber hue. one finger head that disapates quickly. no lacing to speak of.

smells very sour, with a great alcohol burn that smells a bit of nail polish remover. Apple and grapes in the nose that add to the sour.

Taste is Sour apples and a bit of grapes really qutie strange but delicious.

Mouth is dry and crisp moderate carbonation. Drinks slowly but smoothly. Lingers with the sour aftertaste, just begging to be discovered.

naterock, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of towlea25
4/5  rDev +4.2%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

JMurphy41, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of doppelmeup
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer, from start to finish.

Poured a beautiful deep mahogany into my glass. Unbelievable pillowy head and incredible chunks of lacing all the way to the bottom.

Nice aromas of tangy cider vinegar, dark fruits, and some slight yeast.

Flavor was similar to Flander's Red Ale. Tangy, slightly sour but with enough sweetness to balance, plums, raisins.

Mouthfeel very light and satisfying. Perfect feel for when you want a very flavorful beer but one that is not overly heavy.

Highly recommended. Would definitely drink again.

doppelmeup, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Shatter
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Shatter, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Achoo_Bacca
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

phishfoolme, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of DLSheidy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DLSheidy, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of ellswrth
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

ellswrth, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of 1Adam12
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

1Adam12, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zdrummer15, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Gehrig13
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Gehrig13, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma- oak, sour, dark berry fruit,cranberry and black currant, a very svory aroma, floral, lightly horsey,

Appearance- Brilliant clarity, ruby red, thick, moussy off-white head,

Flavor- crystal malty sweetness with light notes of dried cranberry, whisky, grape, ginger, apricot, plum hey dries out finish,

MF- really a pretty crisp sensation, medium bodied, very grippy,

JudgeRoughneck, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of CoolJosh
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.7oz bottle into a tapered belgian pint glass. Pours a clear brown body with a creamy light brown head. This beer looks very crisp and clean.

The smell is of very sweet cherries and brown sugar. There is a nice lemonade scent. Very simple but it works fairly well.

The taste shows amplified versions of all of the components found in the scent. Again with the sweet cherry, brown sugar, and lemon tastes. There is an underwhelming sour taste which should show more with age. Very thin and sharp mouthfeel bode well with the flavors. I could easily drink another one of these.

CoolJosh, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale: red sour; Appearance: dark amber; light raisin and tartaric acid; Taste/Mouthfeel: lightly bitter, very light sour, RC cola, pretty good, sounds like pouring ice cold soda.

Poured into a pint glass.

TruePerception, Sep 01, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smaller format bottle poured into tulip glass

A- Deep maroon/brown with sediment
S- Tart cherry, vinegar
T- Sweet and smooth, but kind of watery on the front. Cherries. I'm not really getting sour.
M- Smooth and watery
O- Not a bad drinking beer, but kind of average. I would like a sharper sourness. I'll set another one aside and see if the lacto sours some more.

PBRmeasap1980, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

SpillyBeers, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

NOLANDMAN, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of JLeege
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- ruby red in color, big foamy off white head, good lacing

Smell- cherry, other dark fruit, a bit of vinegar

Taste- Follows the aroma, a bit tart, very sweet, lots of vinegar, vinegar overload

Mouthefeel- light body with medium carbonation

Overall- To much vinegar, not to much else going on

JLeege, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of lnashsig
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel tulip, pours a dark amber color, with quick froth that fills the glass, and receeds to leave some nice lacing. Smell- sour apples, musty funk, sour sugar. Taste- fruit, sour apples, dark cherry, a sweet but not cloying finish. Mouthfeel- nice rich carbonation, smooth feel. Drinkability- if you can stand the powerful sour, this is borderline sessionable.

I'm really loving sours these days...and this is a drinkable and awesome example.

lnashsig, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of mcss
3/5  rDev -21.9%

mcss, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A: Totally clear dark amber hue. Head is light tan, medium density. I don't remember seeing beer of this hue with such clarity.

S: Slight vinegar aroma, very slight sweetness and fruit. Somehow I find this pleasant though. Maybe like an old wine and my grandmother's kitchen.

T: Sweeter than I expected, caramel flavors balanced by sourness. I couldn't tolerate a beer this sweet without the sour bite to balance it out. Some sherry notes at the end. Interesting stuff, pretty well balanced though on the sweet side.

M: Good carbonation helps it get through the thickness.

D: This one's pretty addicting, though this is my first beer of the style.

51mmz0rz, Jun 09, 2009
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,376 ratings.