Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
01-20-2013 19:28:04 | More by pmcadamis
3.89/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
01-19-2013 00:37:18 | More by CurtFromHershey
4.29/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
01-18-2013 19:56:20 | More by secondtooth
3.94/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
01-14-2013 23:28:49 | More by CloudStrife
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
01-11-2013 02:51:51 | More by LambicPentameter
3.8/5 rDev -1%
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.
01-08-2013 06:33:37 | More by yamar68
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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