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

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86
very good

2,237 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,237
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 133 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-15-2012 15:35:06 | More by Duff27
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beerhorn12

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-16-2012 03:37:12 | More by beerhorn12
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joepais

Maine

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

Bottle poured into a sniffer produced a fingers worth of white head that turned to lace on top of a mahogany body

Aromas of funk and cherries fill my nose

Flavors of sour and tart fruit a great treat lots of pucker power

Medium mouthfeel with enough carbonation to keep it interesting

I've had this on tap and I will say that it was better than the bottle, but still a good sour none the less

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 01:13:01 | More by joepais
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macrosmatic

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-10-2012 05:14:27 | More by macrosmatic
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-27-2012 16:16:13 | More by beerpadawan
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Flight317

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-17-2014 20:59:42 | More by Flight317
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JEdmund

Kansas

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

Burgundy and clear with a good head on pour but fades fast; can smell the funk easily; nice sour scent, making me think cherries are included; taste is light, slightly sweet (in the finish) and has enough sourness to be enjoyable but not overpowering; high level of carbonation and a thin body; slight copper in aftertaste (makes me think this is the old beer part of the blend); overall an enjoyable experience, but not one to repeat at $4 for 11 oz.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 15:11:43 | More by JEdmund
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SwillinBrew

California

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

Had on tap at the Stuffed Sandwich.

A- somewhat of a reddish Ice-T color and indian brown crayon with a good finger of ivory white head that lasted and left a nice lace.
S- that tart, sweet and sour bouquet that you expect from a flemmish red.
T- Mmmm, very tasty. Tangy tartness hits your palate with a little acidic notes and green apple. This gives way to a mellow sweetness on the finish. You get both the sweet and the sour, but not in that order and not much sweet.
M&Dr - good effervescence and medium body. I think this may have bordered on a tad of dry, but not much and it was excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2005 05:17:55 | More by SwillinBrew
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Ruby red body. Head starts out big but fades, leaving a bit of lacing.

S: Cherries and vinegar.

T: Very sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Plenty of underlying fruitiness and maltiness to balance it out and make it drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied, bubbly.

D: Good if you're a fan of sour ales. Reasonably priced, too.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 23:58:00 | More by BarrelO
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Shads42

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-18-2013 18:39:30 | More by Shads42
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brdc

Wisconsin

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

Reddish brown, this one has a very thick, luscious creamy, brownish head.
The expected sour aroma comes along with some fruitiness and a heavy smell I believe is from the yeasts.
Light-bodied, it starts right out tart and sour, almost puckering. It is then followed by some sweetness, and then more sourness and tartness.
Certainly not the best in the business, but nonetheless a pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 21:14:01 | More by brdc
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seesnow3

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-19-2012 23:42:31 | More by seesnow3
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dannyhead

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-13-2013 13:51:14 | More by dannyhead
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Brad007

Vermont

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

Pours a dark red color with a thick two-finger head into my glass, leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma is tart with a strong hint of cherries and spice. Also has a bit of barnyard funk.

Taste is tart and sour upfront with a hint of cherry, apple and barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel is mainly tart and sourness that linger at the back of the throat. Well carbonated.

Interesting example of the style that has a lot of nice characteristics. Definitely a sipping beer and you should only try it if you are looking for something to challenge your palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 17:44:57 | More by Brad007
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captainwerd

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-09-2011 01:33:49 | More by captainwerd
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ScottStache

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-23-2012 03:38:43 | More by ScottStache
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scninmer08

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-04-2012 13:51:00 | More by scninmer08
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-17-2013 16:39:00 | More by MSandahl23
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infi

New York

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

Poured into a snifter.

Beautiful fruit punch, purple/red color with a thin, white and foamy cap surrounding the top. Has a lighter shade of wine red and more translucent. Smell has small hints of sourness and tartness, with a touch of oak from the casks as well. I get sour cherries and unripened, tart green apples dominating the aroma. Not as pungent as I thought it might have been, but that's a good indication of lactic acid and not acetic acid. Bigger whiffs bring out the malted barley and cereals.

Wow, very interesting. For the Oud Bruin style, there is really no funk or sourness to be found on the palate. It's actually very full of freshly cut fruit and cereal grains. Identifiable amounts of white and red grapes, apples, and some slight cherries and berries. There's a nice woody quality from the oak casks too. Kinda gives it an ferrous taste in the finish.

Actually a bit surprised– no sour or tart character in this beer at all. Not sure how to date this bottle, but I'm guessing that this is relatively fresh. Who knew I'd be looking for sourness now? I guess that's palate progressing.

Mouthfeel is lightly medium with a thinly prickly feel in the drink. Finish has a nice, white wine dryness and leaves a slim bitter feeling. Didn't think that this beer wouldn't have the characteristics of other Flemish sour ales, but that's no problem. I actually want to try an older bottle of this to have more of the "oude" character. Coming from Goudenband, this is totally different tasting.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 03:31:59 | More by infi
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wvbrewcrew

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-10-2014 22:35:31 | More by wvbrewcrew
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MisterBisco

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-08-2014 14:45:20 | More by MisterBisco
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videofrog

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-23-2012 04:24:26 | More by videofrog
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Kgrubb1224

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-03-2013 03:49:51 | More by Kgrubb1224
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mmikey8

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-12-2012 06:04:23 | More by mmikey8
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-18-2013 20:15:57 | More by harpus
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,237 ratings.