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

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour AleMonk's Café Flemish Sour Ale

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very good

2,296 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,296
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 50
Gots: 152 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-24-2013 02:58:22 | More by animal69
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-23-2013 22:28:54 | More by M1A2
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

I was lucky enough to move to the Philly area, and stopped into Monk's the other day. I had this on draft before my mussels came out.

A- Translucent mahogany, with an emphasis on some red highlights. Light light brown head, one finger thick, retains okay with some spattering of lacing.

S- Sweet, fruity. Tart cherry hits the nose quite strong.

T- Sweet strong cherry, with an acidic tart finish.

M- Smooth, yet with an acidic bite, fairly light body, and a puckering finish.

O- This is a fantastic choice for someone entering the realm of beer, as well as showing someone the diversity in beer. Lip smacking sweetness with a good tart balance. I like it.

02-23-2013 19:26:21 | More by BWED
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-23-2013 04:28:29 | More by metalgdog
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-22-2013 01:50:04 | More by johnhenryconway
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

(Note: my personal scoring system is in whole numbers only)

11.2 oz bottle poured into Golden Draak tulip and consumed today 2/20/2013

Aroma: A very nice tart cherry nose with hints of grape and raspberry, and a little bit of malt sweetness. Not particularly complex but is still rather pleasing. (4)

Colour: Really nice ruby-red body when illuminated. Pours with an expansive, aggressive offwhite head that requires a few minutes to settle down before I can complete the pour. Otherwise laces are quite sticky. (4)

Flavour: I get a lot of sour cherry and grape which is what I expected, I actually like it. Not a ton of malt sweetness but it's there. A little bit of plum and raisin comes up if I look for it. Generally a straight-forward combination of flavor. (4)

Mouthfeel: Nothing special, a medium bodied ale with overly strong carbonation and pleasant tart cherry aftertaste. It's nicely dry and really does a palate-cleansing job. If it wasn't as overcarbonated, I'd give it a 4. (3)

Overall: Quite enjoyable to drink but I'm not sure I'd rush out to get more. As I drink more sours, I'll probably revisit this one. As it stands, it's one of the better priced Belgians on the shelf in the US and I will drink accordingly. (4)

02-21-2013 00:41:00 | More by Stevedore
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-20-2013 11:33:53 | More by mattabts
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-20-2013 00:58:47 | More by hotsudge
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New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%

Poured from bottle into small tasting tulip.
A - Looks great, reddish brown with creamy colored lacing.

S - Smelled good but lacking in a real sharp tart note I was hoping for. Plums, raisins, cherry and lightly toasted biscuits. Slight musk.

T - Disappointing a suppose. As with the smell I was really hoping for something a bit more puckering. Tasting was similar to the smell but sweeter than I was anticipating.

M - Good bubbles and slightly coating. Dry finish but residual sugars were there.

O - Eh, had way better. Good but not worth buying again.

02-19-2013 01:19:27 | More by ajcormier
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-18-2013 17:00:55 | More by sendbeer
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-18-2013 08:37:05 | More by cjw333
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-18-2013 05:22:54 | More by Nutwood
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4.16/5  rDev +8.3%

A: pours a deep brown with ruby edges and a huge slow to fade off white head into a New Belgium globe
S: smells of sour cherries, a bit of wood, some must and a slight roast malt
T: pleasantly tart with some sour cherry flavor followed by some slight oakiness but the cherry remains throughout, a bit of vanilla as well, hint of chocolate at times too. swallow brings more sour cherry and a bit of must
M: medium with pleasant and slightly prickly carbonation. refreshing finish
O: this beer is tasty and well executed. price isn't bad either and it's fairly accessible out here. If you like the oud bruin style you should give this one a go

02-17-2013 01:40:14 | More by SHODriver
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-17-2013 01:10:25 | More by smartassboiler
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-16-2013 03:51:54 | More by Dinkel
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-15-2013 04:38:25 | More by emile772
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-14-2013 23:56:56 | More by TheAngryBurrito
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

02-13-2013 16:43:59 | More by ravot
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-13-2013 04:38:55 | More by wtkphoto
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-13-2013 03:53:29 | More by mzeld
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-12-2013 21:44:41 | More by Phillyz
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-11-2013 22:48:25 | More by brwnchrstpher
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-11-2013 02:06:56 | More by Ajlvt
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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from bottle into Tulip

A- Pours a deep ruby colored brown with a very lively tan head. Loads of bubbles!

S- Smells of rich malt with a dark sweetness. Also has a sour component that finishes and stings the nose.

T- Sweet sugar goodness! Starts with an immediate sweet sugary taste, but melds into a fruit (cherry grape maybe) that finishes with a malty backbone to remind you this is a beer. Get a little sour funk, more acidic than funky.

M- I don't know why but this just feels good in my mouth. Its like an effervescent feeling but not in a bad way.

Overall if you do not mind a sweeter sour, this is a great beer. A very good entry into the world of sours, but no where near the complexity you can find in some of the better sours.

02-10-2013 23:15:44 | More by XxNitExX
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3.61/5  rDev -6%

Poured into my HotD taster courtesy of the man, the legend, Libbey

A- pours a red/brown. Ruby tones, if you nomsayin. Also carbonation explosion. Only can get 1oz in this 3oz taster

S- very sweet malts and a touch of acidic bite on the back end

T- mostly sweet, sour bite in the middle before being sweet again on the end.

M- not as prickly as i would have thought, surprisingly smooth for the style

O- good, not great. Probably wouldnt buy again

02-10-2013 20:26:47 | More by pschul4
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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