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

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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
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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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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Deep garnet with a giant rocky four finger head and tons of chunky yeast in the glass. Big sheets of lace slide down the glass into that enormous beige head. Head retention is awesome.

S - Sour cherry candy, tart fruit preserves, and red wine vinegar. Nicely balanced sugary-jammy-preserves notes temper the vinegar acidic aroma. Smells a little bit like tart kool-aid mix powder without the sugar.

T - More sour cherry on top of a light brown sugar note. Strawberries. Tart sour candy. Rhubarb.

M - Light bodied with a very acidic tart puckery mouthfeel. FInishes relatively clean and slightly metallic and almost bloody (I know that sounds weird, but there is a bit of that metallic blood note at the end).

A very odd style to be sure, but I like it for it's off-kilter aspect. I think I would have a hard time drinking this with any regularity.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 19:28:04 | More by pmcadamis
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-19-2013 21:11:31 | More by IPAchris
Photo of CurtFromHershey


3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark Ruby with a thick khaki head which fades down to a thin and stubborn layer of head.
S - yuck. Hose water, old apples.
T - pleasant surprise, does not follow nose. Slightly tart, granny Smith, fig.
M - move along, nothing to see here. Nothing objectionable.
O - not a bad little brew. Smells foul but tastes refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 00:37:18 | More by CurtFromHershey
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-18-2013 22:59:47 | More by Molson2000
Photo of secondtooth


4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep reddish-amber in color, with a substantial head. Beautiful lacing going on here.

Nose - I get fruit, sour berries (particularly tart cherry) a hint of toffee, and maybe some yeastiness. It's a musty vibe, but quite appealing and unique.

Taste proved similar, with a delicious and refreshingly light-bodied feel. Tart berries and cherry dominated, with some sweetness and earthy elements rounding out the palate.

Delicious, unique, and a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 19:56:20 | More by secondtooth
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-16-2013 23:19:35 | More by TxUltraRunner
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-16-2013 05:57:40 | More by bismarksays
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

01-16-2013 00:36:03 | More by jgammoniv
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New York

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark ruby brown with a 2 finger off white head. Quick to dissipate it leaves no real lacing. Some pretty big chunks floating in the body.

S: Fairly lackluster aroma, light funk/sour notes. Some fermented malt aroma that gives a dark fruitiness.

T: More of a malt-forward oud bruin. Does have some sour that kicks in mid sip but more of a pronounced dark fruit and roasty malt taste. Sweetness on the lips. Good mellow tartness throughout.

M: Light body with a good crisp finish. Very drinkable brew.

Overall a good baseline for the Oud Bruin category. Doesn't overwhelm but is true to the style and still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 23:28:49 | More by CloudStrife
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-13-2013 22:17:03 | More by Unchi
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-13-2013 20:09:58 | More by AlexFields
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-13-2013 19:45:45 | More by SportsandJorts
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-13-2013 16:14:53 | More by Lakemonster
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-13-2013 04:52:30 | More by Ry1975
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-13-2013 02:22:46 | More by ajdemma
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3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep ruby-red hue when lit, but burgundy, almost black appearance upon glance. Semi-opaque. Frothy head is beige and dissipates after 30-60 seconds.

Smell - dominant cherry aroma with hints of currant. Hint of sour, but rounding out into a sweetness.

Taste - strawberry and cherry tartness, but the sour complexity never arrives. Dry finish and a bit bland.

Mouthfeel - light effervescent carbonation. Silky thin coating.

Overall - a drinkable beer due to how mild it is, but also doesn't strike me as a beer I would just drink to drink. Not complex enough of a flavor or aroma to keep me coming back.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 02:51:51 | More by LambicPentameter
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-10-2013 20:30:15 | More by GeoCait
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

01-10-2013 19:12:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-10-2013 06:24:42 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-09-2013 17:57:09 | More by BeerNerd84
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-09-2013 10:21:04 | More by Auror
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a glass of cold frothy black tea - hazy burgundy brown with a creamy finger of stubborn off-white head. Loads and loads of beading right beneath that and a good amount of lacing above.

Balsamic vinegar with red wine grapes and sour cherry on the nose... it's relatively mellow but appropriately tart with a bit of citric acidity. I like where this is headed.

It's got a nice tart fruit character right on the front end with some sweet but earthy oak notes... musty red wine flavors... it finishes oddly empty though, maybe a bit of something floral, it doesn't even really dry up at the end.

This beer is spot on right up until the end. I reckon I'll age a few and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 06:33:37 | More by yamar68
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-07-2013 06:59:23 | More by IDontBelieveYou
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-06-2013 16:52:18 | More by pearljam118
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-06-2013 01:22:22 | More by MelissaMonosoff
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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