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

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2,433 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 57
Gots: 190 | 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 SHODriver
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

SHODriver, Feb 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

smartassboiler, Feb 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Dinkel, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

emile772, Feb 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

TheAngryBurrito, Feb 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

ravot, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

wtkphoto, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

mzeld, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Phillyz, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

brwnchrstpher, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Ajlvt, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of XxNitExX
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip

A- Pours a deep ruby colored brown with a very lively tan head. Loads of bubbles!

S- Smells of rich malt with a dark sweetness. Also has a sour component that finishes and stings the nose.

T- Sweet sugar goodness! Starts with an immediate sweet sugary taste, but melds into a fruit (cherry grape maybe) that finishes with a malty backbone to remind you this is a beer. Get a little sour funk, more acidic than funky.

M- I don't know why but this just feels good in my mouth. Its like an effervescent feeling but not in a bad way.

Overall if you do not mind a sweeter sour, this is a great beer. A very good entry into the world of sours, but no where near the complexity you can find in some of the better sours.

XxNitExX, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of pschul4
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

pschul4, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Mosul
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Mosul, Feb 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

gtermi, Feb 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

vintagetimenow, Feb 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

LaurensDeJong, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

outoffocus, Feb 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

beans923, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a reddish hue; huge, soft, dense, foamy, offwhite almost brownish head that has great retention

S - a bit musty, faint fruit, some grainy sweetness

T - berries, mildly lactic, some caramel, mild bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, sticky, smooth, crisp

I'm not sure how I feel about this beer. It's not really bad, but it's not really great either. It has a decent enough flavor though the fruity notes are mild and there is very little if any sourness. The nose is a bit off putting with it's graininess. Overall, not a bad beer, but I've had better in this style. It was nice to try once, but I won't be seeking it out again.

tdm168, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

taospowder, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of MaximalC
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of molasses with attractive plum highlights. Khaki head is respectable at first but soon disappears into a frothy veil that only partially hides the surface of the brew. Aroma is mild and vinegary, with some fruity sweetness to boot.

The flavor is incredibly mild and subtle for a sour ale, but I don't mean that in a negative way per se; it just takes some patience and close inspection to tease out what you're actually tasting. A prune-like malt sweetness melds seamlessly with a robust dose of Belgian yeast and a dash of cherry and apple cider vinegar. A touch of wheat shows up in the finish once all else has dissipated. The mouthfeel is the real star here as far as I'm concerned, with a crisp, velvety texture that holds one's attention in a way that the flavor alone would fail to do.

This is a delicate and drinkable sour ale that would make a great gateway for anyone new to the style. The sourness is hardly puckering, and the overall experience is more reminiscent of a mild, dark Belgian ale than a full-faced sour. Hardly spectacular, but still quite enjoyable.

MaximalC, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

stampfler07, Feb 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

DmanGTR, Feb 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

tastymug, Feb 04, 2013
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 2,433 ratings.