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

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86
very good

2,202 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,202
Reviews: 1,031
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 45
Gots: 127 | 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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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-30-2014 03:15:07 | More by gio540
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illpass78

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep oaky color with a half-inch white head that shows good retention. Lacing moderate.

Aroma: Interesting mix of aromas here. There's a vinous quality to it, but it also smells sort of like vinegar and glue. There's also some oak and malt.

Taste: Tartness is right up front, with the malt flavor on the finish. It's very good - terrific sour flavor balanced by sweetness, tastiness, and the vinous notes that we're present in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly balanced beer. Depth is perfect.

Overall: Very enjoyable sour ale. It's hard to explain the appeal of a beer that smells like glue and tastes almost like vinegar, but it's really terrific stuff. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 02:17:14 | More by illpass78
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-29-2014 11:58:45 | More by Griffith
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loganburgh

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-29-2014 00:06:15 | More by loganburgh
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California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

04-28-2014 16:31:50 | More by BruinPirateAnteater
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chefbigjon

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

04-28-2014 04:00:57 | More by chefbigjon
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Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-27-2014 19:22:00 | More by Beer4B
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lobos62

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-27-2014 15:23:08 | More by lobos62
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Taperwookie

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-26-2014 16:57:35 | More by Taperwookie
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atrocity

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-25-2014 18:01:09 | More by atrocity
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-24-2014 22:07:02 | More by JamesStreet
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-23-2014 05:01:18 | More by Beerlover
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-21-2014 14:43:50 | More by mythaeus
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udubdawg

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-20-2014 14:55:56 | More by udubdawg
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Ultimate

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-19-2014 17:38:47 | More by Ultimate
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billhelm

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-18-2014 13:57:30 | More by billhelm
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cletusdog

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

04-18-2014 03:51:46 | More by cletusdog
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Flight317

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-17-2014 20:59:42 | More by Flight317
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful, if unexpected, dark, hickory brown with a big, fluffy head. No light gets through and the voluminous, light tan, head drops slowly to a rocky chunk o' foam with some nice lacing left behind.
Smell is sour (duh) with a quasi-medicinal note reminiscent of school glue, fainter scents of malt, some indeterminate dark fruits, wood, and some very faint spice (pepper?). Balance is skewed towards the sour and wood/glue end.
Taste is sour, malt, fruits, wood, that glue-like note, and a faint cracker flavor after the swallow. Balance is better here.
A slightly less than medium body with a light effervescence. A not-unexpected dry finish. Smoother than many other Flanders/Flemish reds. Like Most van Steenberge beers I like it but it's not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -21.7%

04-16-2014 18:27:28 | More by anticipation23
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DLSheidy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-15-2014 01:46:32 | More by DLSheidy
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sammy806

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,202 ratings.