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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

2,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,221
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 46
Gots: 130 | 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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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
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-04-2013 23:51:13 | More by stampfler07
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-04-2013 18:41:08 | More by DmanGTR
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tastymug

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-04-2013 01:13:06 | More by tastymug
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kirchy

New York

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-03-2013 23:29:40 | More by kirchy
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-03-2013 18:44:54 | More by Profchaos20
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jminch

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-03-2013 11:50:16 | More by jminch
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bigbeerd

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-03-2013 07:18:10 | More by bigbeerd
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DoubleSkunk

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +24%

02-03-2013 06:19:45 | More by DoubleSkunk
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-03-2013 02:56:43 | More by randylangford
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matjack85

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-02-2013 08:30:46 | More by matjack85
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AmitC

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-02-2013 02:19:01 | More by AmitC
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stephengraniero

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-30-2013 03:43:22 | More by stephengraniero
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KhangGarrett

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-30-2013 03:20:22 | More by KhangGarrett
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ckollias

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this bottle out of a Beligian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a huge white head that leaves a good trail down the side of the glass.

S: Sour dark fruit aroma.

T: Sour and slightly sweet dark fruit flavor and decent malt background. Finishes on the sour side of sweet.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation.

O: Really good sour brew. A nice sipping beer – but nothing I could drink more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 01:28:26 | More by ckollias
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mclynch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Big creamy head that won't quit - but pour carefully towards the end lest chunks of blackish yuck end up in your glass, rising & falling like a lava lamp on the bubbles! Foam left on the glass was marred by this black gunk (yeast, trub, whatever?).
Smell was fruity, sweet & sour, & somewhat funky.
Taste was tart but not overly so, sour cherry, cheerfully carbonated, a nice food accompaniment and easy drinking beer.
Mouthfeel a little thin but enough going on with the taste and bubbles that it wasn't a factor.
Overall - will definitely buy this again. At about $10 for a 4 pack (in MA), it's a reasonable price for a blended sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 13:43:53 | More by mclynch
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ajs4bd

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

01-27-2013 03:45:30 | More by ajs4bd
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,221 ratings.