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

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86
very good

2,334 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 51
Gots: 160 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ChicagoNick, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to think that I am pretty adventurous. That's the attitude that this style requires. There is a lot going on in this brew. The appearance is quite nice. The odor hits you right away as quite unique and strong. The taste is right in with the smell (odor was too harsh a word).

It takes a few swigs to get into this. It's like eating fruit. That first bite or two are sour, after that, you can enjoy. It even has a nifty sweet aftertaste. It really grows on you. I like it.

I would buy this again for a very interesting change of pace. I would like my son to try it. He use to like all that horrible sour candy (still does). This is the adult version.

schoolboy, Aug 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

kayrex, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale is a rich red color with a one finger beige head that reduces to a skin covering.

The aroma has a musty note to it.

Sourness, of course, and cherries stand out in the taste. But not a bitter, mouth puckering sour, just a moderate tartness.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability is good, another would be most welcome.

I do not have a great deal of experience with sours, but if they are all like this, I am looking forward to more of them.

kegger22, Dec 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

CB2maltygoodness, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Beefytits4, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Slatetank, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

marct, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

WhitePumpkin, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

JellyJacket, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

johnhenryconway, Feb 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

hiker1701a, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

funkel81, Sep 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

drgonzo2k2, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF's BrewPub. This review is from notes dating 01/13. Pours reddish/brown with very little head. Smell is yeast/funk mixed with lots of fruit. Taste is sour cherries, yeast/funk with a nice tart finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body and a dry finish...much like champagne. I like this one, will revisit for sure.

Sean9689, Apr 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pidzik12, Jul 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

NeilFlaiz, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hellmeh, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my Belgique tulip, Monk's Café is a clear ruby with a very tight light tan head, leaving pretty nice lace.

Smell is very vinous, sweet malt and vanilla notes.

Taste is pretty heavy on the acetic acid vinegar, I think maybe an increase over having it a year ago, but maybe not, there's still a nice balance from the richness of the sweet malt. Strong oak and grape mid-palate before a pretty clean finish. Very intense, like the smell.

Mouthfeel has very creamy carbonation, which helps keep the body light and cut the viscosity of the malt, oiliness of the acids and tannic bite.

Drinkability is pretty good, this has held up well, maybe improved a bit after a year in the cellar. I think the acidity has increased, and while it's still to sweet and cider vinegary for my taste in the style, I think the age has helped it, as I don't recall being to pleased with the first bottle when I bought it (and ultimately busted out a little later in that night then I should have, so who knows).

ccrida, Jan 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ajdemma, Jan 13, 2013
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Westbrook, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Mini4x, Jun 15, 2014
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.