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

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86
very good

2,380 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,380
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 55
Gots: 175 | 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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Photo of 99bottles
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 ounce bottle this beer pours a rich ruby-brown color with a fizzy active head of white carbonation. The smell is very interesting. Sour and sultry, if you get a big whiff it makes the back of your mouth pucker and smells of turned milk (the label calls it lactic). The first taste is of tart cherry. The finish is vert TART. Sour, yes...but the sweet cherry is in there also. Wow. Incredibly refreshing. Incredible tasty. Dry earthy taste from the unique ferementation. I love the sour ending ! A class act all around. However, if fermentation run amok gives you the willies, you might want to look elsewhere. Little pricey also, but worth the bucks.

99bottles, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of ACarp
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ACarp, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of volta
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
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

adrian21, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Shatter
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Shatter, Aug 23, 2013
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
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

JMurphy41, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of DLSheidy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DLSheidy, Apr 15, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
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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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

ellswrth, Jul 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

1Adam12, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zdrummer15, Sep 18, 2014
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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
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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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

NOLANDMAN, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was a wonderful sour ale. The appearance was a nice golden orange with a thick head that laced the glass. The smell was of grapefruit from the hops and then raspberry and cherry. The taste was excellent in my opinion. Full flavors of sour cherry and raspberry mix with the floral hops and wheat to make a very refreshing brew. The mouthfeel was a little thick but not overwhelming. A new favorite of mine.

WhiteHillsStore, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Ken_P, Mar 13, 2014
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,380 ratings.