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

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very good

2,197 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,197
Reviews: 1,031
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 45
Gots: 124 | 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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mani

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-22-2014 12:41:09 | More by mani
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matt20102

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at about 45deg. into goblet. Pours with a very large, foamy head which lasts for quite a while. The initial aroma is strongly of tart cherries and little else. The flavor is similar with a subtle vinegar sourness on the finish. Some tasters have written that this might be unpleasant but I suspect that this is much to do with the freshness of the particular bottle.

As the bottle progresses, the sour and tart components come forward along with a slight musty flavor and distinct sweetness- somewhat cloying but not a malt sweetness. There's not a lot going on here making it a great entry-level sour beer. It is also quite refreshing and could be a fantastic pairing with cream-heavy desserts.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:17:52 | More by matt20102
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younger35

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew as an extra quite a while back. It somehow got lost in my mix of 12 oz brews. Glad I found it! Drank out of my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark apple cider red with a small lightly dirty off-white head. Leaves a decent cap and collar for the duration of the brew and leaves a fairly good amount of lacing.
Smell- Just like you'd expect, very sour and just the smell makes my mouth water from the sour explosion that is about to come. Green apples and sour skittles are what I'm reminded of.
Taste- Hmmm, a lot smoother and more balanced than I was expecting. Green apples and soured cherries at the start before it slowly gives way to a bit of sweet malt. Not a big sweetness but a bit unexpected considering the beer. It also doesn't have that dirty yeastiness that I've experienced from my rather limited trying of this style. A bit musty in the aftertaste but overall fairly clean and very crisp.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin but full of life and nice. The carbonation isn't messing around in this one.
Drinkability- I'm definitely not a sour ale kind of guy but this one isn't as sour as I was expecting and I really enjoyed it. Very crisp and clean without the whole dirty yeast must that I'm not the biggest fan of. Refreshing brew that should be tried if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 03:41:00 | More by younger35
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sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-25-2014 21:16:41 | More by sharpski
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-22-2014 22:41:51 | More by afsdan
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Lukass

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-19-2013 01:13:57 | More by Lukass
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docrates

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-23-2012 01:44:39 | More by docrates
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-13-2014 03:06:15 | More by tommyguz
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thetdenz


4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-24-2014 17:39:26 | More by thetdenz
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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-04-2013 04:30:51 | More by DRBiser
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-15-2012 03:12:21 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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JottaGibboo

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-16-2012 19:57:24 | More by JottaGibboo
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MarioM

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-23-2012 07:39:59 | More by MarioM
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IAmHollywood13

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-09-2014 19:27:03 | More by IAmHollywood13
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admcptch

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-13-2012 03:42:40 | More by admcptch
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-amber.
Produced a nice tightly knit sculptured head that endured my leisurely tasting session.
My glass has been empty for a while and is still laced with wisps of foam.
The nose was particularly light bearing some wisps of yeast and a hint of sourness.

This beer produced the characteristic sour flavor but its body was lighter than I had hoped for..

Also the flavor profile was thin- it bore a sour start, hints of yeast, some hops here and there and then basically collapsed leaving a mildly tart finish.

The mouthfeel along with the drinkability is cordial-- it is light enough that it might be a refreshing drink on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 23:26:01 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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Paccamacca

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-13-2013 05:25:03 | More by Paccamacca
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JayNH

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep clear burgundy color with a small foamy head.

S- Definite note of vinegar. Followed by a sweet but tart fruity smell. Very cranberry-ish.

T- Starts with a tart sweetness that fades to an ever so sour and smokey malt flavor. It finishes with a mild earthy/grassy hoppiness. It's like apple peels.

M- smooth, a little creamy. Good body and just the right amount of carbonation.

D- This brew goes down very smooth.

This is my first beer from this style and I must say it's unlike anything I've ever tried. The taste is very complex and comes at you in waves of different flavors. I will definitely try more of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 18:46:15 | More by JayNH
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404UGA

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first foray into the flemish sour red ale genre, I didn't really know what to expect. The beer store employee said it tasted like sour patch kids, which didn't exactly get me pumped up. Fortunately I wouldn't say that was too accurate of a characterization. It poured an almost blood red color with a think head that fizzled away pretty quickly but never totally disappears. It smells interesting, a little bit lactic perhaps but not necessarily bad. The taste is a little sour (go figure) but I liked it. The mouthfeel is almost more like a soda than a beer. During the first sip or two the bubbles actually grazed my nose like when drinking a coke. Not the most drinkable beer, but I think that goes with the category. Certainly good for one, probably not more than that though. Would go really well with bread and cheese. Overall, was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:12:42 | More by 404UGA
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice reddish brown color. Creamy, slightly off white head that settles quickly, but leaves a film on top and nice laceing.

S - Sour, lactic aroma. Musty, horse blanket with notes of orange and cherries.

T - Sweet and bright, with refreshing acidity of course. Citric character, reminicent of grapefruit zest. Still detecting a cherry like note, black cherry. Lingering maltyness in the finish.

M - Puckering and dry from the acidity. Good level of carbonation keeps it light on the palate.

D - Very drinkable beer, as a flemish red should be. Less acidity than some examples of this style, which makes it less intense and easier to drink, but it is also not as complex as something like Rodenbach.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 04:40:20 | More by nickfl
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-06-2013 16:52:18 | More by pearljam118
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Huffs

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-08-2014 00:12:36 | More by Huffs
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AmitC

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-02-2013 02:19:01 | More by AmitC
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MeowTom

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber with a huge head that stays around for ever, so I wouldn't plan on pouring your beer and drinking it right away. I bought a four pack and now on the 4th one and saw no difference the head size.

S- Smells like fruits and has a little bit of a sweet sour tinge to it.

T- Has a sour tinge right at the beginning with a little bit of a metallic taste that follows it. Fruits of all sorts come to mind when drinking this.

M- Medium body with heavy carbonation. The sourness does well with the heavy carbonation.

O- Pretty darn good sour. I have often had this be my baseline beer for when thinking of a sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 21:07:13 | More by MeowTom
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Happyhopper

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-21-2012 01:59:20 | More by Happyhopper
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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