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

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86
very good

2,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,234
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 133 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
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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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-15-2014 07:42:17 | More by anvilx
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halo913

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-07-2012 01:33:05 | More by halo913
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Chingringo

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-13-2014 22:55:26 | More by Chingringo
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hayesjw

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-13-2014 21:36:34 | More by hayesjw
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-05-2013 13:30:53 | More by Jason1337
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ParkbrauFan

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-11-2014 00:47:13 | More by ParkbrauFan
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-13-2013 04:01:09 | More by pmarlowe
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Davit

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-05-2012 00:55:20 | More by Davit
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vze33jng

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-22-2013 19:47:43 | More by vze33jng
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-20-2013 00:58:47 | More by hotsudge
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-16-2014 18:43:11 | More by lunarbrew
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mattreitz49

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-21-2014 04:38:32 | More by mattreitz49
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WankelEngine

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark brown color with hints of ruby when held up to the light. There is a small tan head which fades immediately. Despite the lack of head, there is a decent amount of carbonation.

S: The nose is sour and acidic. Behind this are notes of light fruits.

T: Fruitier than the smell; definitely acidic and sour but not overwhelmingly so. I can taste raspberry, cherry and citrus. The malt contributes some sweetness as well. There is a just little bit of an herbal taste from the hops to help balance the fruit flavors. The aftertaste is short and fruity.

M: Smooth with a decent amount of carbonation and slightly syrupy.

O: Mildly sour throughout but still sweet and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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pirmannt1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-13-2012 05:44:27 | More by pirmannt1
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-08-2012 12:49:27 | More by jbaker67
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-21-2014 14:43:50 | More by mythaeus
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a ruby red/brown color with a massive tan head which lasts for several minuets. Thick lacing remains on the glass until the end and some of the head remains on the top of the brew until the end.

The smell is raspberries, black currants, sour apples, sour grapes and yeast. There is also a funky musty smell.

The taste mostly follows the nose, raspberries, sour apples, sour grapes, black currants, funky yeast as well as a vinegar like tannic taste on the backend. Very sweet. I could not detect any hop bitterness

The mouthfeel is tangy and bubbly. There is as slight sting from all of the sour in this brew.

Overall this is, as advertised, a sour ale. This is my first of this style so I can't say how it compares to other sour ales but this does remind me of a Lambic, only even more sour with less sweetness to balance out the sour. If you like sour ales, give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

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New York

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Illinois

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Wisconsin

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California

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Minnesota

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Maryland

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-01-2013 23:24:38 | More by szmnnl99
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,234 ratings.