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

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87
very good

2,442 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,442
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 57
Gots: 192 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

StephRai, Sep 27, 2014
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, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of MickeyTheHead
5/5  rDev +30.2%

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

MickeyTheHead, Sep 26, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -1%

stephenjmoore, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of FoamFingers
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

lupercmda, Sep 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

dodgedart, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

salthemonster, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

slipperysoup, Sep 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Washuffizi98, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Lucnifter, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

groleau, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

wafers, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Tsull123
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

First sour ale i've had. I'm really enjoying it. I think it could be a bit more balanced but i'm really digging the fruity/malty/fizziness of it. It's very drinkable, and it's almost hard to believe that this is beer and not an alcopop.

Tastes like if you took a Smirnoff Ice Raspberry and waved a magic wand to transform it into a beer. In a good way.

I'm psyched to try more Sour Ales, and will probably pick this one up again. There is a TON of sediment however, if that type of thing turns you off this may not be fore you.

Tsull123, Sep 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Poured from a cork and cage 750 ml bottle into a fegley's brew works snifter. Bottle is dated at 7/26/2013.

Pours a dark brown color with an eggshell white head that slowly dissipates.
No lacing present during consumption. Sediment is present from the yeast and crystallization from the hops.

Appearance is awesome. Pours as of it's one of the best Flemish browns I have ever seen. Unfortunately this changes and it seems to look sketchy as stated above.

Tastes slightly sour but nothing like it should for the style. Very disappointing considering this was brewed for Monk's Cafe in Belgium.
One would only assume that the best ingredients would have gone into making one of the best sours known to man. This was not the case.

Smells of maple syrup subtlety... Strangely enough. No other notes from smell.

Taste is interesting. Not sour as it should be but has the malt profile. Very strange profile for a Flemish sour.

Overall not the best Flemish sour I have ever had and it may actually be the worst I have ever had.

Due to he dating on the bottle I'm going to research this beer because the reputation is stellar and what I just drank was garbage.

TBD.

-Wade B

Budinetz, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

justinretzolk, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Dark brown pour with some garnet highlights and a two-finger off-white head. Aroma is sour and almost vinegary. Taste is sour upfront with some dark fruit and light brown sugar flavors. Cherry, plum and prune flavors come through very nicely backed by a touch of oak. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a really nice tart cherry and brown sugary flavor.

Karibourgeois, Sep 11, 2014
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 2,442 ratings.