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

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86
very good

2,298 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,298
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 50
Gots: 153 | 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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chcfan

California

2/5  rDev -47.9%

11-28-2011 16:11:41 | More by chcfan
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

I bought this bottle at Oak Tree Discount Wine & Spirits and poured into a Snifter.
Appearance: It poured a brown opaque body with a big tan head with small bubbles, pour retention and thin but abundant lacing.
Smell: Obvious cherries and sourness. Intriguing, but not complex.
Taste: Cherries again and forward sourness but not off putting.
Mouthfeel: Prickly.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

03-03-2008 18:58:52 | More by treehugger02010
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throwback

Ohio

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-14-2011 17:42:52 | More by throwback
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cardinals22

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

08-11-2014 15:24:24 | More by cardinals22
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AmitC

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-02-2013 02:19:01 | More by AmitC
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errantnight

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Well... not sure what the difference is between an oud bruin and Flanders Red... but... by all accounts this is an oud bruin.

Pours beautifully into my Corsendonk tulip: Three fingers of head with a tenacious head, a deep ruby brown.

Smell is wet horseblanket (finally! this is it! i found it! wet horse blanket!) with some rich malt sweetness and some old vinegar. It's... well... as much as I love these notes in moderation and in combination with other things, together... this isn't my favorite.

But in the mouth... whole different story. The sweetness is there and a little cloying, a little more candy cherry/raspberry than the nose seemed to imply, and the vinegar comes through a bit too much... but the sourness is spot on, a touch of oak, beautiful astringency/dryness. Maybe some tobacco/leather around the edges?

A lil rich and sweet, but well balanced, nice carbonation and full mouth.

Definitely give this a shot, but there are better takes.

02-06-2008 03:57:49 | More by errantnight
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Twal

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-11-2011 17:09:01 | More by Twal
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ant880

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-06-2013 18:05:20 | More by ant880
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Raziel313

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-09-2014 05:05:42 | More by Raziel313
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pwoody11

Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-07-2013 12:01:42 | More by pwoody11
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srw

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-09-2014 18:07:44 | More by srw
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LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-22-2014 00:29:18 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

I had this on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

This was the first beer of this style I have tried, and it was definitely something unlike anything I had tried before.

Dark red/brown appearance. Smell to me was like pure vinegar. Not appealing at all, and takes you back at first.

Taste not as strong as the smell.. kind of a sour apple taste that reminds me of a hard apple cider. Very lactic.

Definitely something worth trying to me, but wasn't something I particularly enjoyed.

08-27-2008 21:32:10 | More by webmanspidey
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csmalley

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-07-2013 17:15:50 | More by csmalley
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Focusf111

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

02-12-2014 14:35:57 | More by Focusf111
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czfreeman

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

I am a big fan of Flemish sour ales, and this seems like a good falltime beer-(cider-get it?)
Pours out a reddish brown toned, light head, little lacing.
Smells of cherries, yeasts, oak, sour apples, cider, jonagold and granny smith apples, maybe even a touch of lemony-peaches, something like Dogfish Festina Peche.
Tastes of tart lambic yeasts, cherries, apples. Wow! this really is mouth puckering. Not as good as Duchesse de Bourgongne, but decent. I enjoy this style immensely, and this is a classic example. Solid-highly reccomended.

09-14-2008 23:50:27 | More by czfreeman
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kornkid8600

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-08-2011 08:29:07 | More by kornkid8600
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

04-19-2012 13:44:28 | More by yergermeister
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zenithberwyn

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-21-2013 05:30:48 | More by zenithberwyn
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moarmare

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-10-2013 21:54:17 | More by moarmare
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EasyReader

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-01-2012 02:36:52 | More by EasyReader
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip glass at O'Shaunghnessy's Public House in the Ravenswood area of Chicago, IL.

A - Beer poured with a rocky, two finger sized beige colored head; held very well; body had an opaque dark reddish colored body; some lacing formed on the glass; some visible sediment

S - Initial overwhelming blast of vinegar and sour yeast come up; followed up with a light wheat smell; as the beer warms up a fruity cherry and berry profile develops and takes over your nose as the vinegar/sour scents become less

T - Great sour red ale taste; vinegar notes and astringent; light malt flavor is taken over by a fruity cherry blast; just like the smell, as the beer warms up, the cherry/berry flavor really starts to take over the taste profile; tart

M - A bit on the thin side; tangy fruit flavors give your taste buds a nice challenge; lingering cherry flavors; crisp and refreshing

D - I really liked this one; don't pass this up if your a sour beer fan; nice sour notes followed up by fruit flavors really make this a unique drink experience; smooth and easy to drink

08-01-2011 04:55:01 | More by ferrari29
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jmich24

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-03-2012 23:33:55 | More by jmich24
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TicoCali

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-21-2011 05:13:25 | More by TicoCali
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%

A: pours a deep brown with ruby edges and a huge slow to fade off white head into a New Belgium globe
S: smells of sour cherries, a bit of wood, some must and a slight roast malt
T: pleasantly tart with some sour cherry flavor followed by some slight oakiness but the cherry remains throughout, a bit of vanilla as well, hint of chocolate at times too. swallow brings more sour cherry and a bit of must
M: medium with pleasant and slightly prickly carbonation. refreshing finish
O: this beer is tasty and well executed. price isn't bad either and it's fairly accessible out here. If you like the oud bruin style you should give this one a go

02-17-2013 01:40:14 | More by SHODriver
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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