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

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2,336 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,336
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 51
Gots: 160 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Whiskeydeez, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

greenbeer29, Mar 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Bin33chef, Mar 06, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - super creamy, lightly tan head. almost like melted ice cream. dark brown, explosively bright blood red when held up to the light. super clear.

smell - vinegary sourness, vinous (like a funky white wine), apple skin, cranberry, cherry.

taste - mild sourness up front. lots of fruit, mainly apple. no bitterness to speak of. super clean finish, the flavor almost evaporates, leaving you with a juicy wetness. light, refreshing, sweet, sour...it's pretty straightforward. not much funk in the taste at all. definitely a beginner's sour, but also something i could drink every day. i paired it with a french onion soup. the saltiness and beefy stock married very well with the tartness and juicy, fruity flavors of the beer.

mouthfeel, champagne-like mousse of carbonation as soon as it hits your tongue, then it gets very wet and light as it washes down. awesome for cleansing the palate.

shwhat, Mar 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Davit, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Dweedlebug, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

bkrbdan, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Holland, Mar 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

MrJolly, Feb 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

lurker18, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

marct, Feb 22, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74%

chasesitten, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

StarRaptor, Feb 20, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

seesnow3, Feb 19, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark ruby, with a short-lived, light beige, creamy head. There is also some yeast in suspension. There is no noticeable lacing, even though a thin blanket of head lasts on the Dogfish Head snifter throughout the session.

The aroma is dominated by sour cherries with a background of apple and miscellaneous berries. Overall, the aroma is tart and refreshing.

The flavor is highly fruity, primarily berries. The sourness is less than others of the style. The finish is light with a lingering sweetness. This bruin warms well.

A medium body with clean, light alcohol and prickly to light carbonation.

This is a great after dinner beer and would also work well with conversation.

SLeffler27, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

mcphish22, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

disemgrowler, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

beerhorn12, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Perilousleigh, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

JAHMUR, Feb 15, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, deep amber-red with a small head that fades quickly.

Smell. Sweet and lightly sour cherries, pears, and canteloupe with some light, woody funk.

Taste. Nice sweet cherries and apples with a little sourness in the end. Very little funkyness and even less wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, slightly syrupy with medium-low, fine carbonation.

Overall. Nice and easy drinking. Not a whole lot going on in this one, but a fine casual drinker for sure.

Rutager, Feb 15, 2012
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bpackertx, Feb 12, 2012
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Argofax, Feb 10, 2012
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,336 ratings.