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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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86
very good

2,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,221
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 46
Gots: 130 | 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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deonreds

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-25-2012 07:12:59 | More by deonreds
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DavidST

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 06:07:19 | More by DavidST
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2012 03:28:32 | More by kylehay2004
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ScottStache

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-23-2012 03:38:43 | More by ScottStache
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kp29

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-21-2012 19:45:26 | More by kp29
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Happyhopper

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-21-2012 01:59:20 | More by Happyhopper
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NateMac13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-20-2012 21:42:04 | More by NateMac13
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jrenn

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-18-2012 23:43:53 | More by jrenn
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JohnBender

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-18-2012 23:43:26 | More by JohnBender
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RandyKemka

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-18-2012 02:36:30 | More by RandyKemka
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od_sf

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-17-2012 19:08:39 | More by od_sf
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-17-2012 15:29:21 | More by comfortablynirm
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HundredWeight

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-17-2012 01:38:17 | More by HundredWeight
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Rick760Sd

California

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-16-2012 20:08:57 | More by Rick760Sd
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Dbrag

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-16-2012 02:13:12 | More by Dbrag
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johunnic

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-15-2012 01:12:03 | More by johunnic
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-12-2012 23:34:31 | More by Bubbalito
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william_longshaft

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-12-2012 23:02:19 | More by william_longshaft
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mmikey8

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-12-2012 06:04:23 | More by mmikey8
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:06:11 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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troysoy2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 02:27:15 | More by troysoy2
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kmahe

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-10-2012 00:59:41 | More by kmahe
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larbush

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-08-2012 17:57:57 | More by larbush
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pcarney8

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-06-2012 22:12:15 | More by pcarney8
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, Rhode Island:

A- Pours a deep amber clear body with a generous, fluffy, thick cream-colored head that slowly reduces to some uneven chunks of puffy foam. Impressive

S- Sour apple notes, acidic. Malt backbone with some faint hoppiness in the background.

T- Starts off with a subtle caramel note, ends slightly acidic but not overbearingly. Somewhat simple.

M- Somewhat watery, medium-low carbonation.

Overall a refreshing brew that I enjoyed reviewing. It's slightly one-dimensional and could use more character. Worth a try nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 16:18:38 | More by gcamparone
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,221 ratings.