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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

2,280 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,280
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 49
Gots: 148 | 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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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-13-2013 04:01:09 | More by pmarlowe
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Cvescalante

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-12-2013 22:42:50 | More by Cvescalante
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ramblinwreck101

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-11-2013 15:07:18 | More by ramblinwreck101
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-11-2013 04:58:32 | More by spycow
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random846

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-11-2013 03:06:42 | More by random846
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Boilerfood

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-11-2013 01:36:55 | More by Boilerfood
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-10-2013 23:36:44 | More by Pinknuggets
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scott2269

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

03-09-2013 22:32:53 | More by scott2269
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

03-08-2013 19:39:32 | More by mikehillman
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RudnicsMEB

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-08-2013 00:58:04 | More by RudnicsMEB
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-07-2013 04:05:04 | More by Tiernan
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-06-2013 18:55:41 | More by tenacioustomato
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TerryLee

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-06-2013 17:47:28 | More by TerryLee
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-06-2013 15:08:18 | More by IanSpindler
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sirtomtom

California

3.54/5  rDev -7.6%

A: Pours a nice clear dark brown with two fingers of tan head.

S: Very mild scent, a bit of tart apple and a light funk.

T: A very mild flavor. Tart apple and berry. Mildy sour with just a touch of wet blanket funk.

M: A bit watery finishing nice and dry.

O: This is a great sour to start with. Lightly sour, very simple, easy drinking, not very complicated. The touch of funk helps ease people into sours nicely. Paid $3.99, well worth a try.

03-06-2013 04:41:58 | More by sirtomtom
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nzerbe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-06-2013 02:22:09 | More by nzerbe
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Olin

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-05-2013 05:49:46 | More by Olin
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dblyman

Georgia

5/5  rDev +30.5%

03-05-2013 01:31:39 | More by dblyman
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Holmes698

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-05-2013 00:50:01 | More by Holmes698
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

03-04-2013 18:28:12 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-03-2013 04:16:48 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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confer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-03-2013 00:41:36 | More by confer
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dogfishandi

New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

750 ml caged and corked bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Roughly 1 year of age on this bottle.

I should've known this was going to be a gusher, but I didn't lose more than a few ounces. The cork really shot off this bad boy. Pours out a fairly clear really nice dark ruby red color, almost brown when not in the light. A finger or 2 worth of fizzy light tan head that quickly faded to a ring. Not the best retention and no real lacing, but a nice color.

Dark cherry, acidic apple vinegar, a bit of a sweet brown sugary malt and lactic funk. Some barnyard Brett as it warms.

A nice balance of sweet to sour. Dark sweet cherry flavors all around, apple skin, apple vinegar, lots of sweet cherry mixed with a bit of brown sugar maltiness. Think candied caramel apple.

Really a lot of carbonation going on, light, airy, tart finish.

Not really all that sour, quite sweet. Not the best Flanders I've had, I tend to prefer some of the American versions over the Belgians, but still a worthy beer. Prolly something I wouldn't buy again however.

03-02-2013 19:59:48 | More by dogfishandi
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darky

South Dakota

3.18/5  rDev -17%

Poured from a bottle into a Saxo tulip/snifter

A:deep ruby reddish brown, thick, persistent white head and ample carbonation.

S: Tart fruits, and an astringent lemon-y scent.

T: Fruit punch at first, followed immediately by grapefruit, grapes, alcohol and a sour finish backed by strong carbonation. This is not a great example of this style. While different, and enjoyable, the flavor is really not very refined. The flavor of this beer has loads of character, but the component flavors are all fighting attention and fail to make a cohesive statement.

M: While the carbonation is strong, it pulls off a really nice smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel, that really benefits this beer overall. A definite strong point.

O: This is about third time I've had this beer, and I'm drinking this one a little warmer than before, probably around 45-50 degrees F. That said, this brew is better consumed a little colder. If you are introducing someone new to Belgians, by all means, do NOT start them out with beer. I think it would be very interesting to throw this brew into the mix in a blind taste with others of it category, but at the end of the day, your money is better spent elsewhere.

03-02-2013 04:50:14 | More by darky
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andant

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-02-2013 04:21:33 | More by andant
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,280 ratings.