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

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2,331 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 51
Gots: 159 | FT: 2
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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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

papajohn56, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a reddish-brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A big shot of cherries in the nose, along with the standard sourness of the style.

T: Tasted of cherries, first and foremost, along with some malt, and a decent amount of yeast. Definitely sour, but not as much as other Flanders Oud Bruins. A smooth, focused flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a crisp, vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

avalon07, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

terraism, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

RobinLee, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sclitch, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Taologic, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A slightly sourish and sweetly malted Flander's Red with tart cherries, wine-like vinous, oaky-tawny beer with flawed flavors of cider, vinegar, and metal flavor.

Maroon and gold, the beer gives a slight haze and a dainty head that struggles for life during the first half pour but then succumbs. No lacing or legging.

Cherry flavor leads the fruity way with hints toward under rippened berries, crabapples, and lemons. Acidic notes bridge the gap between fruitiness and lactic sourness. Before the beer gets too tart, the malts wrangle the wilder elements and engulf them in a sweeter and chocolatey way. Tanic oak-like flavors give balance in the absence of hops.

Palate cleansing lactic tartness gives medium astringency and acidic bite early, but the malts kick in for a smoother and sweeter finish.

A delightful beer but not as clean or controlled as more noted beers in the style; like Rodenbach.

BEERchitect, Mar 05, 2006
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Thomas_Greiner, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

chocosushi, Jul 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

lic217, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sanford_and_son, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

doldham, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a murky reddish brown with a one inch tan head that fades to a spotty cap and has only a small amount of lace.

Smell; strong sour nose with hints of lactic acid. There's sour fruitiness (cherries?), as well as a bit of some citrus aromas.

Taste; tart cherries and sour lemon peel, with an acidic bite hammer you at first. After this warms up some a nice oaky flavor mixed with a little malt presence kick in to off set those sour/tart flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and a touch thin, but this is still a very drinkable beer.

This is only my second Flemish Sour Ale, and I find myself really enjoying this style. I'm looking forward to trying some more.

RedHaze, Mar 03, 2006
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

a- bottle poured into a flute, half inch bubbly head, clear tawny walnut color with active bubbling.

s- sour! tart unripe frruit, champagne like dryness, slight funk, apple cider vinegar.

t- doesn't have the overly sour puckering flavor i was bracing myself for. unripe berries, green apple, some funk - now i think i understand how bas use the term 'horse blacket.' i think i've come up with the perfect description for this beer - 'BROWN ALE GONE WRONG' - don't get me wrong, thats a compliment!

m- very light and effervescent.

d- nice, i could finish off a bottle, but not sure how many afterwards, this is a sipper anyway, and not an everyday beer at that, but it was a great treat to try!

thecarster1, Apr 13, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zach136, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

parma_sean, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

delgotit99, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Ultimate, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Honus1, May 07, 2013
4/5  rDev +4.2%

NOLANDMAN, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bkrbdan, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sirsteve42, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dedbeer, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

stogirelli, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a hazy red/orange, thick tan head forms, nice lacing, great retention, really sticky. Smell is sweet and sour, sugary, some caramel, some fruits, excellent funk. Taste is sour, some cherries, funky, fruits, nice toffee finish, more sourness as it goes down. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, nice Flanders ale. Thanks DrJay!

Viggo, Nov 16, 2006
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,331 ratings.