Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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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.
Don't drink and review.
03-03-2008 18:58:52 | More by treehugger02010
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
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
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
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
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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