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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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86
very good

2,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,305
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 50
Gots: 156 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
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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DoubleSkunk

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

02-03-2013 06:19:45 | More by DoubleSkunk
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-03-2013 02:56:43 | More by randylangford
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matjack85

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-02-2013 08:30:46 | More by matjack85
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AmitC

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-02-2013 02:19:01 | More by AmitC
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stephengraniero

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-30-2013 03:43:22 | More by stephengraniero
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KhangGarrett

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-30-2013 03:20:22 | More by KhangGarrett
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ckollias

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%

Enjoyed this bottle out of a Beligian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a huge white head that leaves a good trail down the side of the glass.

S: Sour dark fruit aroma.

T: Sour and slightly sweet dark fruit flavor and decent malt background. Finishes on the sour side of sweet.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation.

O: Really good sour brew. A nice sipping beer – but nothing I could drink more than one of.

01-28-2013 01:28:26 | More by ckollias
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mclynch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Big creamy head that won't quit - but pour carefully towards the end lest chunks of blackish yuck end up in your glass, rising & falling like a lava lamp on the bubbles! Foam left on the glass was marred by this black gunk (yeast, trub, whatever?).
Smell was fruity, sweet & sour, & somewhat funky.
Taste was tart but not overly so, sour cherry, cheerfully carbonated, a nice food accompaniment and easy drinking beer.
Mouthfeel a little thin but enough going on with the taste and bubbles that it wasn't a factor.
Overall - will definitely buy this again. At about $10 for a 4 pack (in MA), it's a reasonable price for a blended sour ale.

01-27-2013 13:43:53 | More by mclynch
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ajs4bd

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

01-27-2013 03:45:30 | More by ajs4bd
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cleeze

Maine

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2013 17:47:03 | More by cleeze
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Zach136

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2013 04:51:01 | More by Zach136
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wo87810

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-23-2013 22:33:42 | More by wo87810
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phishbone23

New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

01-23-2013 15:59:25 | More by phishbone23
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swimfire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2013 20:34:26 | More by swimfire
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2013 05:55:09 | More by JellyJacket
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zenithberwyn

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-21-2013 05:30:48 | More by zenithberwyn
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California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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Westbrook


4/5  rDev +4.2%

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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

A - Deep garnet with a giant rocky four finger head and tons of chunky yeast in the glass. Big sheets of lace slide down the glass into that enormous beige head. Head retention is awesome.

S - Sour cherry candy, tart fruit preserves, and red wine vinegar. Nicely balanced sugary-jammy-preserves notes temper the vinegar acidic aroma. Smells a little bit like tart kool-aid mix powder without the sugar.

T - More sour cherry on top of a light brown sugar note. Strawberries. Tart sour candy. Rhubarb.

M - Light bodied with a very acidic tart puckery mouthfeel. FInishes relatively clean and slightly metallic and almost bloody (I know that sounds weird, but there is a bit of that metallic blood note at the end).

A very odd style to be sure, but I like it for it's off-kilter aspect. I think I would have a hard time drinking this with any regularity.

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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-19-2013 21:11:31 | More by IPAchris
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%

A - pours a dark Ruby with a thick khaki head which fades down to a thin and stubborn layer of head.
S - yuck. Hose water, old apples.
T - pleasant surprise, does not follow nose. Slightly tart, granny Smith, fig.
M - move along, nothing to see here. Nothing objectionable.
O - not a bad little brew. Smells foul but tastes refreshing.

01-19-2013 00:37:18 | More by CurtFromHershey
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-18-2013 22:59:47 | More by Molson2000
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +11.7%

Deep reddish-amber in color, with a substantial head. Beautiful lacing going on here.

Nose - I get fruit, sour berries (particularly tart cherry) a hint of toffee, and maybe some yeastiness. It's a musty vibe, but quite appealing and unique.

Taste proved similar, with a delicious and refreshingly light-bodied feel. Tart berries and cherry dominated, with some sweetness and earthy elements rounding out the palate.

Delicious, unique, and a tasty brew.

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,305 ratings.