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

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour AleMonk's Café Flemish Sour Ale

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very good

2,350 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,350
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 52
Gots: 164 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 MRsojourner
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

smell is somewhat musty- old fruit and slightly rubbery
dark red with ruby shining highlights- not see thru
Taste is of cherry coke, barely beer tasting. vey clean stone fruits and grapes. super clean with little aftertaste. almost no taste of hops.
imo way to clean to be called a sour. not sure where that notion even comes from. This is not bad by any means its just lackluster.

MRsojourner, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.9%

ejimhof, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4/5  rDev +4.2%

MAUEX_MFA, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of bajerryd
2/5  rDev -47.9%

bajerryd, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

deonreds, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of DavidST
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date. This pours a crystal clear amber color with a massive fizzy tan head which last for a very long time a leave a duvel like foam. The smell is a little brown ale malty, a little nutty, hints of cherries. The feel is medium to light. The taste is okay, you get a little bitterness, nutty brown ale flavors and a little sourness, but mostly plain and light, this beer has the unfornutate task of following Liefmans Curvee and it leaves a ton to be desired.

DavidST, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a deep amber body which is very clear. Aroma of dark cherry, not too sweet, with caramel. Simple but many of these tend to be. Flavor is also dark cherry dominant which initially seemed too sweet but this one mellows out. The flavor tastes a little too artificial though, almost like kool aid. Light but oily body and light to moderate carbonation. Not an amazing sour ale. Not terrible just not all that memorable.

kylehay2004, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ScottStache, Dec 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

kp29, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Happyhopper, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

NateMac13, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jrenn, Dec 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JohnBender, Dec 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

RandyKemka, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

od_sf, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

comfortablynirm, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of HundredWeight
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

HundredWeight, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Rick760Sd
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Rick760Sd, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Dbrag, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

johunnic, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Bubbalito, Dec 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

william_longshaft, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

mmikey8, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful color and head. But while a decent tasting beer, it's not as bold or vibrant as other sours I've tasted. Easy drinking, but really too light in my opinion. This is not a bad beer, just a bit too plain. I could drink it again, but if the sour flavors were bolder, this would be a really nice beer that you could enjoy when you're in the mood for this style. Misses by just a touch.

Beer-A-Lot, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of troysoy2
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, and served just above fridge temps.

An awesome, fluffy white head floats effortlessly over a slightly-rouge-tinged brown body. Lots of carbonation apparent. Excellent retention.

The smell is a bit straightforward, but pleasant. Laid back lactic acid over a crisp, yet soft citrus-infused brown malt profile. A touch of caramel.

The taste is much like the nose. Definitely a more subtle sourness than you may find in some sour ales, but this is nice in a way. It allows you to appreciate the malt profile a bit more, which seems appropriate for the style. Very refreshing, tart finish accentuated by plenty of carbonation and a pretty light mouthfeel.

Not out of this world great, but this could make a great "everyday sour", if there is such a thing.

troysoy2, Dec 10, 2012
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,350 ratings.