Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
Notes from 10/20/2010:
11.2 oz. bottle at 42* into a chalice.
A: It pours a cloudy, beet-red color with some short-lived and fizzy head.
S: It features aromas of dark cherries, berry medley, and vinegar.
T: The taste is of sour cherries, sour grape peel, and more vinegar. It begins sweet and ends lactic and sour.
M: This is light bodied and a bit bubbly throughout.
D: I'm not exactly used to sour beers but it didn't keep me from enjoying this.
10-24-2010 06:40:11 | More by bucklemyshoe
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
1 Pt. 9.4fl.oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Label stamped 09LJ 14:53... no idea if that's an encoded date stamp or the batch number. First I've had of this style, so I'm just going to rate it as a beer in general rather than to style, as is tradition. (in Canada?)
Appearance - Very dark clear/hazy ruby red body. Offwhite head with low to moderate retention and decent lacing.
Smell - Sour. Grape juice. Apple juice.
Taste - Sweet front end with a slightly metallic finish. Clean, slightly sweet aftertaste that doesn't linger for more than a few seconds.
Mouthfeel - Soft body with a slightly crisp, mild sparkling grape juice effervescence.
Overall Drinkability - Not particularly complex, but delicious nonetheless. Again, I can't rate in style since this is my first of its kind. However, as a beer it is very enjoyable. Would go great on any occasions where you might want to drink sparkling grape juice.
08-06-2011 23:56:08 | More by ZenAgnostic
2.93/5 rDev -23.7%
Murky acorn color with no head, just a collar. Smells of cherries and cider. Flavor is bright fruits that quickly swirl into a tartness that is very present but not extreme. Woody notes add depth at the beginning but disappear as it becomes more tart and dry. Thin body and low carbonation makes this seem like a relative of red wine. The finish does not seem very interesting or complex and fails to really inspire another sip. A pleasant beer that could serve others as a decent introduction to the style.
It should be noted that this beer was the first ever to have devastating effects on my digestive system. You have been warned.
09-06-2004 03:13:39 | More by waughbrew
2.5/5 rDev -34.9%
Was in the mood for a light sour, so I grabbed this one off an Ohio beer store shelve and poured into my glass...
A: Pours a very clear ruby red with a nice off white head. Look is very nice with ruby, crystal clear hues with plentiful carbonation and a very nice, creamy head.
S: Red wine vinegar up front with some underlying flavors of cherry, and some spice, but vinegar is by far the most prevalent.
T: Light sour grapes with vinegar. Not very good, very light. The grapes are putrid and the vinegar is watered down into the grape taste. Not pleasant.
Overall, this was vinegar galore with some underlying flavors that could not pass the vinegar taste. Not recommended.
08-18-2009 01:34:48 | More by treyrab
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
11.2oz bottle into snifter.
A: A deep reddish, amber body, pours with a light cream head. Head retreat thin layer, while the lace that is left is a spotty, that is spot on representation.
S: The aroma denotes a sour brew that shows a hint of sweet cherry.
T/M: The front of this beer is a mellow start of subtle cherry, that exceeds to a blast of sour, but not over powering the limit. The finish is a smooth and nice off for the style, a relapse of sour that lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is a nice and smooth sensation that forms a nice silky effect.
D: I find this to be a bit overly drinkable, a bit too smooth and tasty. The alcohol is barely present at all and is a delicious sour brew.
10-01-2010 05:35:43 | More by GDBEERMAN
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
First go with a sour, so here goes nothing...
A- Pours a deep, deep amber hue with a 1 finger head. Head is very bubbly and active. Good lacing and retention.
S- Well, sour it is. Very acidic on the nose. Slight fruit tones. Lemon and lime like scents with the acidity, minus the refreshing citrus part. Slight hints of some malts.
T- Light and fruity, with only hints of the sour flavors that were on the nose. Darker fruits are up front, with some grapes and maybe some tart cherries and raspberries. Very much like a semi-dry champagne.
M- Very carbonated. Drinks easily, but somewhat harsh on the palate. Could drink a few, but your tongue would be worn out.
O- This a a good starter sour. I thought I'd hate this from the smell, but it is pretty good. Easily drinkable and a good gateway into a very expensive style.
06-24-2012 02:45:15 | More by boilermakerbrew
4.09/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured a deep brown, with a three finger off white head. Gorgeous, looks fantastic. Sour lactic scent with a slight hint of malt. A good scent of a sour ale, makes me want to take a sip. Taste begins with a nice sour flavor, a sort of sour crab apple flavor and a bit of nice roast malt flavor on the finish and after taste. Quite nice. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is bubbly and medium bodied, quite good, refreshing and carbonated, yet easy to drink. This is a good, unique beer. I'm not sure how it stacks up for the style, yet I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Worth trying for sure.
08-13-2013 06:24:44 | More by Auraan
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Deep ruby colored that looks more brown against strong light. Modest head that leaves only a little lace pattern but still quite cute in the chalice.
The smell is upforwardly fruity; cherries, red grapes, pinor noir. Sourness creeps forth at warmer temperatures with a hint of barnyard funk.
This could just be the wine lover's beer...I am amazed by how incredibly red-wine it is. The sourness of the beer contributes to its drinkability...tart, sour, and just a little sweetness to keep everything in check. A great introduction to the style.
10-29-2005 19:54:18 | More by GreenWBush
3.61/5 rDev -6%
Poured into my HotD taster courtesy of the man, the legend, Libbey
A- pours a red/brown. Ruby tones, if you nomsayin. Also carbonation explosion. Only can get 1oz in this 3oz taster
S- very sweet malts and a touch of acidic bite on the back end
T- mostly sweet, sour bite in the middle before being sweet again on the end.
M- not as prickly as i would have thought, surprisingly smooth for the style
O- good, not great. Probably wouldnt buy again
02-10-2013 20:26:47 | More by pschul4
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
11.2oz bottle poured into a Pretty Things wine glass. Bottle generously provided as an extra by bs870621345, thanks Bobby!
A - This pours a really nice, deep cherry mahogany color, a great contrast between ruby and wooded brown colors. About a finger's worth of head floats on top of the beer, with fantastic retention, lasting for well over 15 minutes. Lacing is thick and generous.
S - The smell is a bit more mild than other sours I've had, but my most recent have been from Russian River so I'm not sure that's a fair comparison given the style differences and such. Tart cherries, fresh apples, some slight cocoa sweetness, and a lactic, vinegary note fill the aroma. A nice combination of sweet and sour funk going on here.
T - The taste is a tamed down version of the aroma here, unfortunately. While the nose boasts elegant bouquets of fruit and some funk, the taste is instead reduced to a barely tart cherry and raspberry juice quality. Even the vinegar in the nose was a little welcome just to keep things fresh, but in the taste its more acidic.
M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with good carbonation. Light and spritzy on the palate but the frothy head aids some smoothness as well.
D - Drinkability is moderate. The nose really had me excited for this, but the taste is more narrow in focus. It's a bit simple, if not tasty, but the aroma had so much more opportunity. I would've loved to have this as an introduction to more sour beers, as it is gentle and only slightly tart.
02-25-2011 05:53:20 | More by nhindian
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
A: Brilliantly red in color with a crisp foamy white head, sticks to the glass like no other - and perfectly clear.
S: Slightly sour, maybe some cherries, defiantly a fruitiness present, but due to a stuffy nose, I can't get a lot out of it.
T: This is tart, I like it a lot! It has a great complexity that I am having trouble identifying. I wish I could do this beer more justice because It really does taste good.
M: It's dry, fully carbonated, and light on the palate.
D: Quite drinkable. It didn't last as long as I thought it would.
11-04-2011 01:57:11 | More by tlazaroff
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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