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

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour AleMonk's Café Flemish Sour Ale

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86
very good

2,237 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,237
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 133 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-18-2013 17:00:55 | More by sendbeer
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cjw333

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-18-2013 08:37:05 | More by cjw333
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-18-2013 05:22:54 | More by Nutwood
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown with ruby edges and a huge slow to fade off white head into a New Belgium globe
S: smells of sour cherries, a bit of wood, some must and a slight roast malt
T: pleasantly tart with some sour cherry flavor followed by some slight oakiness but the cherry remains throughout, a bit of vanilla as well, hint of chocolate at times too. swallow brings more sour cherry and a bit of must
M: medium with pleasant and slightly prickly carbonation. refreshing finish
O: this beer is tasty and well executed. price isn't bad either and it's fairly accessible out here. If you like the oud bruin style you should give this one a go

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:40:14 | More by SHODriver
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-17-2013 01:10:25 | More by smartassboiler
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Dinkel

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-16-2013 03:51:54 | More by Dinkel
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emile772

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-15-2013 04:38:25 | More by emile772
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TheAngryBurrito

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-14-2013 23:56:56 | More by TheAngryBurrito
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ravot

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

02-13-2013 16:43:59 | More by ravot
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wtkphoto

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-13-2013 04:38:55 | More by wtkphoto
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mzeld

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-13-2013 03:53:29 | More by mzeld
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-12-2013 21:44:41 | More by Phillyz
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brwnchrstpher

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-11-2013 22:48:25 | More by brwnchrstpher
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Ajlvt

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-11-2013 02:06:56 | More by Ajlvt
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XxNitExX

Nebraska

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip

A- Pours a deep ruby colored brown with a very lively tan head. Loads of bubbles!

S- Smells of rich malt with a dark sweetness. Also has a sour component that finishes and stings the nose.

T- Sweet sugar goodness! Starts with an immediate sweet sugary taste, but melds into a fruit (cherry grape maybe) that finishes with a malty backbone to remind you this is a beer. Get a little sour funk, more acidic than funky.

M- I don't know why but this just feels good in my mouth. Its like an effervescent feeling but not in a bad way.

Overall if you do not mind a sweeter sour, this is a great beer. A very good entry into the world of sours, but no where near the complexity you can find in some of the better sours.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:15:44 | More by XxNitExX
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pschul4

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my HotD taster courtesy of the man, the legend, Libbey

A- pours a red/brown. Ruby tones, if you nomsayin. Also carbonation explosion. Only can get 1oz in this 3oz taster

S- very sweet malts and a touch of acidic bite on the back end

T- mostly sweet, sour bite in the middle before being sweet again on the end.

M- not as prickly as i would have thought, surprisingly smooth for the style

O- good, not great. Probably wouldnt buy again

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 20:26:47 | More by pschul4
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Mosul

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-10-2013 07:30:42 | More by Mosul
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gtermi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-10-2013 05:56:21 | More by gtermi
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vintagetimenow

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-10-2013 02:15:08 | More by vintagetimenow
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LaurensDeJong

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-10-2013 02:12:10 | More by LaurensDeJong
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-09-2013 21:37:40 | More by outoffocus
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beans923

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

02-09-2013 00:46:29 | More by beans923
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a reddish hue; huge, soft, dense, foamy, offwhite almost brownish head that has great retention

S - a bit musty, faint fruit, some grainy sweetness

T - berries, mildly lactic, some caramel, mild bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, sticky, smooth, crisp

I'm not sure how I feel about this beer. It's not really bad, but it's not really great either. It has a decent enough flavor though the fruity notes are mild and there is very little if any sourness. The nose is a bit off putting with it's graininess. Overall, not a bad beer, but I've had better in this style. It was nice to try once, but I won't be seeking it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 00:27:28 | More by tdm168
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taospowder

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-07-2013 17:26:56 | More by taospowder
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of molasses with attractive plum highlights. Khaki head is respectable at first but soon disappears into a frothy veil that only partially hides the surface of the brew. Aroma is mild and vinegary, with some fruity sweetness to boot.

The flavor is incredibly mild and subtle for a sour ale, but I don't mean that in a negative way per se; it just takes some patience and close inspection to tease out what you're actually tasting. A prune-like malt sweetness melds seamlessly with a robust dose of Belgian yeast and a dash of cherry and apple cider vinegar. A touch of wheat shows up in the finish once all else has dissipated. The mouthfeel is the real star here as far as I'm concerned, with a crisp, velvety texture that holds one's attention in a way that the flavor alone would fail to do.

This is a delicate and drinkable sour ale that would make a great gateway for anyone new to the style. The sourness is hardly puckering, and the overall experience is more reminiscent of a mild, dark Belgian ale than a full-faced sour. Hardly spectacular, but still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:49:19 | More by MaximalC
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,237 ratings.