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

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Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 57
Gots: 192 | FT: 3
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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JohnSnowNW, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

FreshmanPour77, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

cgentzkow, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

johnsonni, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

riemster, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet with a high, airy head that jumps up and out of the glass. Sweet, tart cherries, plums, very light, clean oak, and a mineral note...a lot more mellow then other examples of the style. Slightly acidic, dry, and fruity with some spicy wood and finishing phenols. A bit acetic and certainly on the sour side of things, but again, lighter and cleaner than most. Some caramel enters the fold towards the end of the glass. Decent, but lacking character.

wedge, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Beerdster
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pretty opaque, dark red almost to the point of being brown. Dense white/tan head dissipated quickly.

S: Smells great: fruity, cherry, rounded

Taste: Sourness up front, but not very tart, it quickly gives way to...not much, really. Pretty weak finish.

M: In a word: thin. In more than one word: Thin, with carbonation that's a bit flacid.

The smell and appearance of this one set me up for a bit of a letdown. Almost no flavor on the back end, weak finish and little to no body. Probably a good "starter" sour.

Beerdster, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mpayne5, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of flip387
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 4.25

Has a nice deep red color with a slight fizzy head.

Smell: 4.0

Crisp and slightly sour. Pleasant smell with mild hop and barley notes.

Taste: 4.0

Crisp and tart, noticed some earthy flavors which I believe is from the barley.

Mouthfeel: 4.0

Carbonated and fizzles on the tongue. Semi tar and sour, yet crisp and pleasant.

Overall: 4.25

My third sour beer, and my third from Brouwerij Bavik, defiantly my favorite from the Sour Power pack. This one is quite nice, has a tart crisp flavor along with some sweetness. A mild bodied red ale

flip387, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 08, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

bcm75, Jun 07, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this on tap in Brooklyn at DBA.

The color is dark brown red with some amber on the edges.

The aroma has a sour cherry nose with some funk.

The flavor has a wonderful vinegar sour tart. It starts first is a bit of sour. Then it turns into a candied cherry. It finishes with a fake sweetness, almost like Sweet n’ Low or something.

This is a good beginner’s sour. It isn’t very sour, there isn’t much funk, and there is tons of sweetness on the end. It has a light body. It’s quite drinkable, but nothing too exciting.

dar482, Jun 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Ant4711, Jun 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jkane101, Jun 06, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: It appears to be a dark brown but is in fact a deep amber red with a bit of sediment/yeast that you can barely see at the bottom.

S: Slightly tart smelling with hints of sour cherries. Smells alot like sweet fruit, with a bit of yeastiness to it.

T: There is a very mild tartness here. The sweetness is tempered as well. I would most compare it to some kind of artisanal black cherry wishniak. It leaves almost no aftertaste, just kind of a funkiness, which isn't bad.

M: There is a nice solid carbonation there that envelopes your mouth after a bit, right as you swallow. It is quite crisp.

O: My beer guy's friend (other guy at the shop) got me to split a Sour Power pack with a friend and this is the first one out of six pack (2 of each). It is good stuff and very drinkable. Quite plain and not like the only other sour I have had so far (Rodenbach Classic). Now, I want to try it on tap at Monk's Cafe.

gillagorilla, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zuidman, Jun 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JoshTellez, Jun 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jessenimmo, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MJCVII, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

510a, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

iamshad, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

JMurphy41, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

maq89, Jun 01, 2013
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 2,444 ratings.