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

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2,334 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 51
Gots: 160 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

taospowder, Feb 07, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

MaximalC, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

stampfler07, Feb 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

DmanGTR, Feb 04, 2013
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tastymug, Feb 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

kirchy, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Profchaos20, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jminch, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

bigbeerd, Feb 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

DoubleSkunk, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

randylangford, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

matjack85, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

AmitC, Feb 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

stephengraniero, Jan 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

KhangGarrett, Jan 30, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

ckollias, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

mclynch, Jan 27, 2013
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ajs4bd, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zenithberwyn, Jan 21, 2013
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.