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

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87
very good

2,470 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 1,054
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 57
Gots: 204 | FT: 3
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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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burgundy with ruby highlights and a solid half inch cream head that slowly dissipates, coating the glass.

Aroma is balsamic vinegar, cherries, and must. There's a touch of barnyard funk.

Sweet cherry forms the base of the flavor profile, with heavy vinegar and cider tones at the finish. Toasty oak becomes evident as it warms, along with a but of horse blanket.

Body is on the light side, with fairly high carbonation.

Overall, a nice starter sour. The sweetness of the malt provides relief from the vinegary sourness. A bit too sweet for my tastes.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of soulfly1492
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sour fruits, apple, grape and cherry. Lots of tart mild brett. Once the head settles down, aromas of fig and date comes out. Malt is dark caramel with some roasty darker brown varieties. No hop aroma, no diacetyl.

Appearance: Head is tall and light brown in color. Color is dark brown, some amber shows up when held to a bright light. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Sweet and tart. Sour grape, some brett. Malt shows up as mostly brown, not roasty. Looking for a bit more bold flavor, but it sure is smooth and easy to drink. Some of the darker fruits show up at the aftertaste.

Overall: Nice Flanders. Looking for a bit more boldness and more fruit flavor. Definitely some tart bitterness, but it falls a bit flat after that.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light reddish but mostly brown ale with a light, bubbly head. A solid sour smell and a very sweet and sour taste. I was reminded of kambucha with a sweeter taste. Occasionally I do think of vinegar at first taste.

Surprisingly it is pleasing overall and refreshing, as it advertises. I would drink this again if I wanted something light but adventurous.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 2,470 ratings.