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

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86
very good

2,478 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,478
Reviews: 1,054
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 57
Gots: 208 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date

A - Pours a Chestnut/Hazelnut brown with a very lively and vigorous head. Excellent retention, nice lacing

S - Sweet, fruity ester aroma with a sour edge; almost reminds me of sour patch kids.

T&M - Sharp, acidic style sourness with fruit notes; green apple and grapes. Light sweet malt presence, very vibrant carbonation. Medium bodied. I pick up just a bit of tannin woodiness with mild astringency.

D - Very refreshing, and I find myself imbibing faster then usual. My first try for this style, and I am very pleased. I wish I had a few more.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,478 ratings.