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

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86
very good

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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

northstar23, Aug 13, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- dark brown with a nice tan head with amazing retention.

S- Definitely a sour! vinegar smelling with sweet malt with apple notes as well.

T-sour, tart, sweet, and tangy full and crisp.

M-Very good carbonation and sweetness, but definitely in a good way. It is not overly sweet and the sour characteristic is very balanced.

O-A very good sour with full flavor and great mouthfeel!

4.25

Brock_hophead, Aug 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Arch578, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Juicer, Aug 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

cardinals22, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

stogirelli, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Chris_S, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

UncleEmu, Aug 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Brunite, Aug 10, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was a wonderful sour ale. The appearance was a nice golden orange with a thick head that laced the glass. The smell was of grapefruit from the hops and then raspberry and cherry. The taste was excellent in my opinion. Full flavors of sour cherry and raspberry mix with the floral hops and wheat to make a very refreshing brew. The mouthfeel was a little thick but not overwhelming. A new favorite of mine.

WhiteHillsStore, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Allycatsays, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jawas, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pbrcannon, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Chaosfiend, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

hpthebull, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

cdm1313, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

RayDeMundo, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

schnarr84, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Sour_Eric, Aug 02, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first sour beer, so I wasn't sure what I would be getting into. I was overall pretty impressed with this. Pleasing color and a clean taste, not overly sweet and not as cloyingly sour as I was expecting. Smooth drinking with a very appealing smell. This would not be my go to beer, but I would definitely drink this again.

SJ-TG, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Valentno7, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

papajohn56, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

MaxPowers, Aug 02, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best thing about this brew was its look in the glass with a big ol frothy head. Smell was kinda yeasty. This was my first Flemish sour. Almost reminds me of a gueuze, maybe with a bit more fruitiness. Def a bit sour. Mouthfeel kinda thin but I think that'd be expected? Good beer. I'd drink another.

Bruiser81, Aug 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Blaze5445, Aug 02, 2014
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,336 ratings.