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

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Ratings: 2,380
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 55
Gots: 175 | FT: 2
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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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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
Photo of SLeffler27
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
Photo of Rutager
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

bpackertx, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

seanballs, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Argofax, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into long stemmed tulip. some kind of marking on the bottle that i cannot make out.

A: couldnt even pour the entire 11.2oz bottle into my glass because of this head. very fluffy. great retention and tons of lacing left behind. color is a a reddish orange and reminds me a little of rose wine. loads of carbonation ribbing through the glass.

S: boatload of fruit. black cherries. blueberries. blackberries. tart and sweet. a little bit of grapefruit. a little bit of tart acidity, but mostly fruity and sweet. little bit one-note as far as being heavy on the fruit side.

T: starts highly tart. pucker-worthy. quickly dissipates as each visit to the glass tends to be less acidic. phenols. some sweetness is there, but faint. cherries and strawberries. finish is there, but dry.

M: effervescent fizz. certainly champagne-like.

D: good flavor and mouthfeel make for this to be super drinkable. the acidity is a nice complement. could crush a lot of these.

Jimmys, Feb 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

bconsidine, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Allowed to warm up.

A - Clear dark red/brown body with a creamy 3 finger off-white, pink hued head. Settles down to a nice cap with thick edging and great lacing.

S - Light sour cherries and malts. Some lactic and oak notes. Pretty boring and one dimensional.

T - Very tame and light on the flavor. Slightly sour cherries with an oaky finish. Some very light lactic notes, but otherwise this is very easy drinking. Mouth feel is creamy and well carbonated.

O - A pretty average oud bruin. Low on the lactic and sour notes. It has some nice flavors, and is light enough to be quaffable, but its not my go to for the style.

davey101, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jp110099, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

asafarc2, Feb 06, 2012
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,380 ratings.