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

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86
very good

2,291 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,291
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 50
Gots: 150 | 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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ThePhoebeAngle

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-09-2011 01:08:23 | More by ThePhoebeAngle
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Kinsman

California

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a dark and hazy reddish brown color. Dense cream colored head holds tightly against the glass and doesn't let go.

Aroma touches on notes of vinegar and sour cherry but it's not as overpowering as some for this style. A bit of fruity sweetness in the background.

A more balanced version of a Flanders ale with a nice mildly sour kick but plenty of malt backbone and sweetness to keep things in check. Fruit notes touch on green apples and cherry with a nice tartness to them.

Mouthfeel is crisp an bubbly but doesn't quite dry you out like you'd expect. Overall, Monk's Flemish sour is a great sour ale when you're looking for moderation and mild sourness (i.e. good intro sour). At 2.50 a bottle, I'll certainly have this again.

12-08-2011 21:57:00 | More by Kinsman
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kornkid8600

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-08-2011 08:29:07 | More by kornkid8600
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Tom052

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-08-2011 00:09:47 | More by Tom052
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danielnovak3

Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-07-2011 21:13:44 | More by danielnovak3
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours out a reddish brown color, murky, thin beige head to it. Good sour aroma, mildly woody, plenty bitter bite in the nose.

Taste, fairly sour, far from complex, not really a distinct fruit presence to this one (if I had to, I'd roll with cherry simply because its popular and given its appearance), any vinegar in the mouthfeel is minimal, stays sharp and acidic, carbonation is right where I want it to be for this style of beer. Toffee seems present.

You can't beat scoring these for $4 a bottle either. Easily one of the best in style for the price. One of the first beers one should try stateside if they are looking to get into 'sours'.

12-06-2011 21:47:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a reddish kinda brownish color with a small head and good carbonation. Aroma is tart and sour with a side of white vinegar and church pews. Taste is tart, sweet, fruity and sour. Really, hard to describe.
Drinks thin and crisp. Tickles the palette.
An excellent beer drinks more like a soda. I could drink a bunch of these.

12-06-2011 21:31:05 | More by micromaniac129
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zoso1967

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-05-2011 02:09:16 | More by zoso1967
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-04-2011 23:29:40 | More by VikeMan
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-03-2011 19:14:03 | More by deapokid
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-02-2011 03:27:11 | More by RichH55
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beagle75

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-01-2011 13:37:02 | More by beagle75
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-01-2011 02:35:14 | More by brandoman63
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-30-2011 20:41:15 | More by OneEyedJack
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chcfan

California

2/5  rDev -47.9%

11-28-2011 16:11:41 | More by chcfan
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-28-2011 08:31:27 | More by fuzzcherry
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mrshoes

Georgia

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-27-2011 19:10:39 | More by mrshoes
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JRod1969

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

11-26-2011 05:24:23 | More by JRod1969
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-25-2011 23:25:52 | More by Rochefort10nh
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ryancorn

Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-25-2011 22:19:22 | More by ryancorn
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-25-2011 18:47:02 | More by Rhettroactive
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-24-2011 19:31:25 | More by mdillon86
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-24-2011 16:37:50 | More by celticfutblclub
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

If you've ever dyed Easter eggs, you'll immediately recognize the vinegary, hard-boiled-egg aroma that launches itself from the bottle and sticks to everything in the room. It's powerful, but doesn't assault as much as the taste which is acidic enough to etch your kitchen table, so be sure to use a coaster under the glass. There's a sour apple-raisin flavor somewhere in there, too, but you'll have to work hard to separate it from the vinegar. Worth trying just to compare it with better examples of this style (e.g., Bockor). For me, though, it was a puckering struggle to drink the whole thing.

11-24-2011 16:05:08 | More by gfreed
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from 750 ml bottle, into a tulip.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a quarter finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates quickly leaving a blanket of foam on the surface. Sporadic spider web lacing.

S: Musty and woody with raspberry.

T: Tastes like it smells. Pungent woody tone with a tangy raspberry flavor.

M: Penetrating to the palette. Musty and effervescent feel. Light but full flavored.

D: Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice, amber hue with a slight bubbly head. Musty nose with raspberry. Flavor is pungent and woody with plenty of tang. Overall, this is a good quaff.

11-24-2011 03:38:23 | More by bmwats
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,291 ratings.