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

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86
very good

2,294 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,294
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 50
Gots: 151 | 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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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-15-2012 03:53:33 | More by bkbergen
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-14-2012 14:12:20 | More by shangwang
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

Served on-tap at Craft Ale House, poured into a 12 oz Monk's Cafe glass.

A: Beautifully clear reddish/brown colored body with a small, fizzy and soda-like off white head. The retention is pretty nice but not as full and thick as I'd like it to be. Some lacing is left behind, but to style it's really nice looking.

S: Caramel malts, sweet syrupy cherry, pink grapefruit coated with table sugar, strawberry and oak. Towards the back there's a very acidic and vinegar type of bite, certainly this will have some tartness and sweetness to it.

T: Whoa, this is so well balanced. First is a lactic sour bite with again an almost vinegar quality. This is quickly balanced and washed with the sweet cherry notes, strawberry and raspberry. There's some citrus elements that come into play, and then the oak makes an appearance in the finish. Some tannins and dryness but just another layer in this delicious beer.

M: Bubbly, well-carbonated but still has a medium body with a very easy drinking nature to it. Somewhat dry from the oak perhaps on the finish but nothing detracting.

Whenever this beer is on draft, I always have to order a glass. This was so easy drinking for the style, and lower in ABV at 5.5% that I had to order another. A very approachable, reasonably priced and delicious Flanders Oud Bruin.

01-12-2012 14:05:47 | More by ShanePB
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TexAggie011

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-11-2012 22:09:58 | More by TexAggie011
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akinsja

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-10-2012 22:04:20 | More by akinsja
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mocktm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-10-2012 05:05:06 | More by mocktm
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BelgianBeerHog26

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +30.2%

01-10-2012 03:44:22 | More by BelgianBeerHog26
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UDbeernut

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-09-2012 19:55:52 | More by UDbeernut
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-09-2012 04:17:10 | More by imperialking
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towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-07-2012 18:23:32 | More by towlea25
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-04-2012 04:12:09 | More by tripledbrew
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BlueBombardier

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-03-2012 21:45:00 | More by BlueBombardier
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wrycon

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Wow. A ton of carbonation on this. Granted, the pour was semi-aggressive at the start, but a giant head of off-white foam emerged, but also dissipated nicely with good retention. Smells quite sour, some pomegranate some cherry. A bit of apple. Not mind-bendingly sour, but sour enough. Quite flavorful and quite delicious, in my opinion.

Like It? Indeed.

01-02-2012 04:16:25 | More by wrycon
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crhensel

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

(12 oz bottle into tulip) I was apprehensive about this one, not only because it was my first sour, but also because I found it after getting as a Christmas gift in 2009(!) Heard a good pop when I lifted the cap, so that was promising. The pour was a deep mahogany with a very pillowy, thick tan head. The nose was at first strongly vinegar, which put me off, so I waited a little bit, then came back and found that mellowed into more or less a tart fruit - apples and cherries - with the vinegary undertone. The drink itself was very smooth, and not as sour as I expected. There was a fruity sweetness up front, but the finish had a nice crisp sour bite making for a nice ending note. I will definitely explore this style more, and this one will be a go to beer for me for a while.

01-02-2012 02:21:05 | More by crhensel
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EasyReader

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-01-2012 02:36:52 | More by EasyReader
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

750ml bottle into a Tulip glass

A- Pours a beautifully clear dark reddish brown with 1 finger of off white head that sticks around due to tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Smells like a cherry lambic of Kriek with tons and tons of sweet yet tart cherry notes. Behind that are some subtle hints of oak, funk, vinegar, lactic acid, and a sweet breadiness.

T- Tart and sweet cherries, vinegar, lactic acid, oak, vanilla, bready malts, and a slight yeast funk. Getting some oxidized notes but very subtle, not enough to cry about or ruin the beer.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a slightly tart yet dry finish.

Skål!

12-30-2011 22:33:17 | More by Arenbeer
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-30-2011 16:57:52 | More by greenengineer
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-30-2011 03:05:56 | More by ThePorterSorter
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-29-2011 13:58:51 | More by cdwil
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +30.2%

12-28-2011 10:20:24 | More by Travisnin
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Burnsy22

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-27-2011 01:54:46 | More by Burnsy22
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Brown120

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-26-2011 18:46:01 | More by Brown120
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dejrrma

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -14.6%

4 pack for about $14. 11.2 fl oz bottle poured into snifter. No date (that I could understand)

a- pours a deep amber, large off-white, froathy, buttery head that slides as i move the glass. a little lacing composed of foamy bubbles.

s- vinegary scent with notes of dark/red fruits (prunes, cranberries, raspberries). A hidden sweet aroma.

t- tastes like tart fresh fruits and balsamic vinaigrette. It's more sour than sweet, as I'd hoped, and but I wish it was more sour. Leaves a lingering earthy/metallic taste. Slight yeast

m- okay carbonation. Light and airy, and refreshing. A little watery as it warms .

o- Good, but not sure if I would buy again.

12-25-2011 21:00:36 | More by dejrrma
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MichaelinFishers

Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into two Bell's tulips. Code on bottle is '24CK 15:14' but can't find what that means.

A lot of carbonation released even on a gentle pour, resulting in a lot of head. If I'd been pouring into a single glass, it wouldn't have been possible in one pour. Head settled down with some nice lacing.

The bottle says this is a Flemish Red, not an Oud Bruin. Who's wrong?

It isn't as tart as I'd hoped or experienced with the style before. It's a little sweeter than I prefer in my sours, but there is still a little sour funk going on. No one will ever mistake it for anything other than Flemish, that's for sure. But not my favorite. Mouthfeel follows the appearance at the pour: very carbonated, just this side of champagne-like, but fairly typical of the style.

12-24-2011 20:57:43 | More by MichaelinFishers
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

12-24-2011 12:24:09 | More by jophish17
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,294 ratings.