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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,227 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,227
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 133 | 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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gshackles

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-26-2013 23:32:25 | More by gshackles
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joe1510

Illinois

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

11.2oz. Bottle
$2.99
Binny's Orland

Monk's Cafe Flemish sour poured with a crystal clear crimson red body into a tulip. Very dark unless held directly to the light. 2 finger light tan head formed but quickly fled back to a solid half finger. Minor spotty lacing.

The smell begins with barnyard funk and lots of it. Ragweed and horse blanket run throughout the aroma. Super tart cranberries show up along with the occasional sour cherry. Smells refreshing.

Starts with a quick flash of tart cranberries that gives that small pucker. Quickly followed by the barnyard and ragweed aromas. The finish throws a quick flash of sweet cherries at me and is then followed up by a mildly tart cherry finish. A small metallic twang on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Lighter body with prickly carbonation. Bone dry finish.

This is a refreshing beer and the light body helps with the easy drinking.

This is only my second sour ale. The first was awhile back and I couldn't take it. I figured I'd give another sour a shot and this was a pretty refreshing drink. A lot different than what I remembered from my last expierence. I'm looking forward to trying different sours in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 23:41:21 | More by joe1510
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Tom052

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-08-2011 00:09:47 | More by Tom052
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Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 04:22:17 | More by vince4953529
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-16-2012 23:25:13 | More by Yabev15
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-08-2013 20:46:44 | More by mrfrancis
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Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

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

Like all sour ales, this is not a style for everyone. While I can't understand how everyone doesn't appreciate a nice goblet of Chimay or Corsendonk, I can fully understand how sour ales are a real acquired taste and not for all.

I tried this at Monk's. I am not certain the style of glass this was served in, different, almost like a tall juice glass (?). Right away, the smell hits you before you take a sip. A strong, bitter, sour cherry scent.

While the bar's darkness made it hard to tell, it appeared to be ruby red-brown in color. A mild head, not too much. Rather refreshing in appearance.

The flavor is complex. A raging war between sweet and sour...with the sweetness taking the lead at the initial sip, but to be overcome by the notes of sourness at the end. Mild hints of yeastiness are mixed in throughout.

Take my review in comparison to other sour ales. Drinkability is scored high, but my hats off to anyone who could drink sour ales all night long. It is an interesting and unique style, but hardly matches well with most foods and definately the sour taste lingers in your mouth well after your drink is finished (similiar to a strong IPA).

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2008 12:20:28 | More by Nutleybeer
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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