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

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2,333 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,333
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 51
Gots: 160 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of WankelEngine
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

WankelEngine, May 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mythaeus, Apr 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,333 ratings.