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

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86
very good

2,339 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,339
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 51
Gots: 162 | 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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Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.53/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip glass...

A- Very deep blood brown color with a finger head. Pale pink colored head that settles to a film quickly.

A- Smells like oil and vinegar salad dressing. Subtle fruitiness makes it reminiscent of raspberry vinaigrette...

T/M- This is definitely a raspberry vinaigrette beer. Not quite what I expected. Body is oily and heavy with minimal carbonation; very unlike Duchesse which was what I pictured with this beer. I wanted more of that champagne-like flanders. Middle of the flavor is a berry medley, but it changes to a pungent vinegar and just leaves me dissatisfied.

O- Didn't hit my expectations. Just not something I could drink much of. Taste and feel were taxing to get through...

TheGordianKnot, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of BMMillsy
2.51/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark red with a fizzy head that recedes quickly. Smell is faint and not what I wad expecting. Smells like a weak dubbel or belgian strong dark. Not much sour on the nose. Flavor tastes like carbonated artificial cherry drink. No real sour flavor to be found. Not what I wanted, and rather disappointing. Finishes as clean as a Bud Light. Doesn't taste terrible, but misses the bar as a beer. Maybe okay as an energy drink or coming out of a Capri Sun package. Wtf is this?

BMMillsy, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of bulldogg915
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of campfirebrew
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

campfirebrew, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of ravot
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

ravot, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of josephwa
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

josephwa, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of MasterEzra
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

MasterEzra, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of denver10
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

denver10, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of attometer00
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

attometer00, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of treyrab
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was in the mood for a light sour, so I grabbed this one off an Ohio beer store shelve and poured into my glass...

A: Pours a very clear ruby red with a nice off white head. Look is very nice with ruby, crystal clear hues with plentiful carbonation and a very nice, creamy head.

S: Red wine vinegar up front with some underlying flavors of cherry, and some spice, but vinegar is by far the most prevalent.

T: Light sour grapes with vinegar. Not very good, very light. The grapes are putrid and the vinegar is watered down into the grape taste. Not pleasant.

Overall, this was vinegar galore with some underlying flavors that could not pass the vinegar taste. Not recommended.

treyrab, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of JimKal
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

JimKal, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Johnny69
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Johnny69, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of ryanonline
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

looks like a nice brownish red flemish ale, lots of tan head and decent lacing. sort of opaque but just barely has some clarity to it.

smells light and sour, no hop presence and light on the sweet malts. maybe a slight bready yeast aroma.

the tast is rather off putting. It has virtually no real sour elements and is still very light on hops and malt, I practically taste nothing. Very odd.

the mouthfeel is thin and watery with a dry finish and a bit of foamy yet non aggressive carbonation.

drinkability is fairly high, due to the light nature, but it is not very tasty and, as such, i wouldn't want more than one.

overall, this beer sets you up to expect good things, but it kind of lets you down.

ryanonline, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of tatums1984
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

tatums1984, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of jimmygord
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

jimmygord, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of gcotts
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

gcotts, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Mavajo
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep mahogany, reddish color with a mild eggshell head. Aroma of vinegar and cherries. Not bad, but something just seems "off" about it. The taste is tart with a vinegar sourness, backed up by big cherry notes and hints of apple. Sweet. Big, big carbonation that tingles all across your mouth. Clean after-taste and cleanses the palate pretty well. I'm sure the huge carbonation has a had in that. I'm perplexed by some of the reviews that mention "mild carbonation" -- this is one of the most overcarbonated beers that I've ever experienced. If you try to swish it around, you end up with a mouth full of fizzy foam.

There's something just cheap about the aroma/taste on this one, and the over-the-top carbonation just really kills it. Reminds me of a Lindemans/Cheerwine blend, pumped full of carbonation. Seems more like a sparkly wine cooler than a beer.

Mavajo, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
2.28/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - pours an extremely murky/ruddy brown color with slight mahogany hues when held to light. Slight head that fades away quickly.

Smell - Smells like balsamic vinegarette, sweet, tart,

Taste - Extremely sour, taste is there in the background, kinda bland, and is overshadowed by the extreme sourness.

Mouthfeel - light bodied, champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability - I couldn't take more than one of these. One is more than enough.

Doomcifer, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of mcallister
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Murky burnt opaque raspberry lavender. Small white quick to fade head leave some faint lacing. Not too appetizing.

Violet, sour cherry, yeasty, burnt dried berry varieties, hints of wheat germ, other tart fruits and a odd sweetness follow up the aromas.

Very weak flavors and laid back. Balance is non existent, and just a wretched lack of depth. Hints of strawberry and raspberry, bitterness is mild and really hurt this beer. Mouthfeel is thin and weak and there is virtually no length to the finish.

mcallister, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of fullmoonbeer
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

fullmoonbeer, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of thedeathhippie
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

thedeathhippie, Jun 17, 2014
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,339 ratings.