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

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very good

2,224 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,224
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 133 | FT: 2
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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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-02-2012 01:10:44 | More by WoodburyMN
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dunix

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-29-2012 16:14:27 | More by dunix
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pkalix

California

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

part of 'that' sampler pack of sour brews...
tan, creamy head. dark ruby pour.
aroma 'could' be of a sour, but it's not totally there....
taste.... wow. very full, round sour flavor- AWESOME, but finishes totally WEAK. what a disappointment at the finish. kind of like the tigers in game 3 of the world series right now with bases loaded and 1 out- strike out, and chump! oh well.... i love the flavor, although it's just missing something... i mean, how do i describe this?
overall, awesome lacing on the sides. beautiful color. fruity, tart. low abv%, but okay.... maybe that's what it is missing.... does it earn a 4.5? i really like this.... but there's just something in the finishing of the taste that makes me think they just missed something....

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 03:07:07 | More by pkalix
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hopley

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-28-2012 02:35:36 | More by hopley
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draheim

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear mahogany brown w/ a big thick khaki head, lively carb, sticky lacing.

Aroma is tart and dry. Sour cherries, lactic acid. A little one-dimensional.

Taste follows nose. Sour fermenting fruit, dry oak, heavy vinous red grapes. I search for more nuances, different layers, but that's about it. Has a cidery quality.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, maybe a little thin. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall a good Flanders oud bruin, but lacks complexity. Might serve as a good intro to the style, but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 02:26:32 | More by draheim
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SupremePie

Vermont

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-27-2012 04:02:06 | More by SupremePie
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mjtiernan

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Whoa! Got quite a bit of head. Should’ve slowed down on the pour. Still looks great though. Off white head and quite deep dark red body.

S: A bit musty. I get some sour sensation in my nose when I breath it in. Some vigorous swirling brings dark fruit and cherry notes. A touch of caramel.

T: Some cherry and oak barrel. Definitely acetic but not as sour as you might expect, especially in the finish.

M: Most of the sourness hits the sides of your tongue mid-palate and the finish is actually quite clean and refreshing. A very drinkable Flanders Red.

O: I liked it, but I have to admit that I was expecting more complexity. That said, I’d still be happy to have one anytime, anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 03:16:01 | More by mjtiernan
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Lookjoesays

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

10-27-2012 01:32:37 | More by Lookjoesays
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-25-2012 21:30:15 | More by ilikebeer03
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quilty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-25-2012 06:50:16 | More by quilty
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LocalPoke

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-23-2012 01:29:50 | More by LocalPoke
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2neardead

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-21-2012 23:18:19 | More by 2neardead
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Phread

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-20-2012 00:22:22 | More by Phread
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium red brown with a thick 2" white head. Bubbles of carbonation stream lightly from the bottom of the glass. Little lacing is left as the head dissipates.
S: Sour with a hint of malt vinegar and sour cherries
T: A taste of red sweet and sour sauce, pineapple, sour cherries, a hint of lactic acid
M: full bodied and creamy
O: an excellent example of a Belgian sour ale

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:13:14 | More by M_C_Hampton
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bauermj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-19-2012 19:43:58 | More by bauermj
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freduardo

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-18-2012 17:52:43 | More by freduardo
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bzach

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-16-2012 09:07:00 | More by bzach
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Rollzroyce21

California

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-14-2012 15:36:54 | More by Rollzroyce21
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admcptch

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-13-2012 03:42:40 | More by admcptch
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-11-2012 23:43:13 | More by PeteRiz
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BlackDahlia2371

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +30.5%

10-10-2012 21:08:54 | More by BlackDahlia2371
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-09-2012 19:30:23 | More by JohnK17
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brauseboof

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-08-2012 21:26:40 | More by brauseboof
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ATXRyan

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-07-2012 19:52:33 | More by ATXRyan
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Vlar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-06-2012 21:32:45 | More by Vlar
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,224 ratings.