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

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 52
Gots: 167 | 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 don1481
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into my usual pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep red color with a fairly quickly dissipating head. Some carbonation.

Smell: definitely a sour smell to it. Like a lambic with strong sour notes.

Taste: ... Not really a strong taste. Not the strongest tasting sour ale I've had. Very muted.

Mouthfeel: pretty crisp. Doesn't really leave any sort of aftertaste.

Overall: meh. I don't think I will be getting this again. Was worth going off the normal path for me, I suppose.

don1481, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Zetcha7x
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Zetcha7x, Today at 01:41 AM
Photo of yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Had this on tap several times from the Monk's Cafe and it really is kind of life-changing. Now I buy it whenever I get a chance and put a few away for later. Each bottle can vary from perfection to kind of weird and funky. Always worth it, though.

yarnbomb, Yesterday at 02:56 PM
Photo of quazi96
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%

quazi96, Tuesday at 09:25 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

sansho, Tuesday at 09:19 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Sweffin, Monday at 01:25 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

millelacsmark, Sunday at 11:37 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Halfbrother83, Sunday at 08:26 PM
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4.52/5  rDev +17.7%

Shveta, Sunday at 01:48 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JMScowcroft, Sunday at 12:33 AM
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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%

kjlcm, Saturday at 10:06 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

StephRai, Saturday at 06:15 AM
Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

A- Dark maroon/brown/red color. Lots of sediment! Khaki head. Was big when poured down the center of the glass, but died to one fingers worth.

S- Vinegar and lactic sourness. Dark raisin, plum, or fig type smell. Yeasty, earthy, funkiness. Light biscuit notes as well.

T- Great beginner sour ale for sure. Tart and lightly sour. It does have that yeasty, earthy funk. Not over the top at all. Dark fruits as well. Everything is done very lightly (as light as a sour beer can be).

M- Medium towards light bodied. Slight oily slickness is detected, but it mellows out a great deal in the finish.

Overall this beer is very well done. It reminds me of the first time I had Sam Adams Boston Lager. To most of us, it was a gateway beer from American adjunct lagers into beer with more flavor. This is a good gateway beer into not only sour ales, but Belgian beer in general. I'd say try it.

ThomasMetal75, Saturday at 06:06 AM
Photo of MickeyTheHead
5/5  rDev +30.2%

I can't get enough of this beer and the price is good as well.

MickeyTheHead, Friday at 08:34 PM
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3.8/5  rDev -1%

stephenjmoore, Sep 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Not at all sour. Merely tart and fruity. Not bad by any means, but not sour either. 0.5 puckers out of 5 possible. A sour warhead candy is more flavorful than this beer.

FoamFingers, Sep 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

brettnsmith, Sep 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

charlzm, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Lagardner, Sep 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

todd101, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

atpca, Sep 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

WckdVbz, Sep 19, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Yeldarb92, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zdrummer15, Sep 18, 2014
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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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