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