Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
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....
10-28-2012 03:07:07 | More by pkalix
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
10-28-2012 02:26:32 | More by draheim
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
10-27-2012 03:16:01 | More by mjtiernan
4.53/5 rDev +18.3%
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
10-20-2012 00:13:14 | More by M_C_Hampton
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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