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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

2,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,221
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 46
Gots: 130 | 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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AGust82

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +30.5%

06-27-2014 02:13:42 | More by AGust82
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ESkirv

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-27-2014 01:23:25 | More by ESkirv
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NaH2


4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-26-2014 23:58:32 | More by NaH2
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chrisroarshack

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-26-2014 21:34:02 | More by chrisroarshack
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Chagler


4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-26-2014 09:12:31 | More by Chagler
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Itmustbethewater


4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-26-2014 06:47:37 | More by Itmustbethewater
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Thomas_Greiner


4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-26-2014 06:11:06 | More by Thomas_Greiner
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sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-25-2014 21:16:41 | More by sharpski
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xJMFCx

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-24-2014 23:03:34 | More by xJMFCx
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thetdenz


4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-24-2014 17:39:26 | More by thetdenz
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pjbfromkc

Kansas

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the more affordle Flanders out the and a great intrduction in sour beer. It pours a dark ruby red and has a nice tart sour aroma. Taste is mild tart cherry. It is not the best sour out there, but it is good. And for the price this is a sour I will keep coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 17:17:32 | More by pjbfromkc
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KSMONHNYIL

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-24-2014 15:11:16 | More by KSMONHNYIL
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fitz284

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-24-2014 02:55:24 | More by fitz284
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LTreezly

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-24-2014 01:26:07 | More by LTreezly
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mrcraft

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-23-2014 04:32:34 | More by mrcraft
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parma_sean

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-22-2014 16:37:32 | More by parma_sean
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MonkeyDunk

California

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great brew, especially for the price compared to other flemish reds.

Pleasantly funky cherrywood smell. Warming mouthfeel, tastes like sour cherries. Mild rubbery bitterness that picked up as I kept drinking it, lingering for minutes after. Very flavorful and big character, will be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 05:19:30 | More by MonkeyDunk
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Mild_Bill

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-21-2014 03:27:46 | More by Mild_Bill
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zimm421

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-21-2014 00:29:14 | More by zimm421
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hippogasmo

Texas

4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly the best beer I've ever had, with two main competitors for my number one rank; surprise, they're also sours. I really only have two complaints about this beer.

1: It is somewhat inconsistent out of a bottle, and I've never found a bar with this beer on tap. In terms of quality and taste, it has never let me down. Unfortunately, a few bottles seem to be pulled from the bottom of the batch, and have chunks (yes, full size chunks!) of some yeast-like substance that I cannot identify, and these chunks cause a real problem in the flavor. I have had the occasional bottle where the alcohol flavor has completely overwhelmed anything else, which I don't necessarily mind, but is not what I look forward to when I pour this into a glass.

2: I learned very, very quickly (early on in my drinking career, that is) that this is not a beer that can be enjoyed straight from the bottle. Few enough are the brews that taste the same or close enough from the bottle that I cannot fault this particular brew on this shortcoming, but it is sometimes a slight disappointment that I have to clean a glass to drink one particular beer.

All-in-all, a very good brew. It's a drink that I like to scare my friends with. "What would you think if I told you that you can drink sour beer? Not a fan? Okay, well here, try this." I have never heard a single response that did not involve some form of "holy crap this is delicious." A beer with a 100% success rate for non-drinkers? Worth a try, if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 08:42:06 | More by hippogasmo
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Flaherbear

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-20-2014 05:44:41 | More by Flaherbear
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nearengine

Arizona

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-20-2014 04:38:55 | More by nearengine
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charrel

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

06-20-2014 03:06:53 | More by charrel
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JCicero08

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-20-2014 02:46:15 | More by JCicero08
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tykechandler

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-19-2014 04:16:17 | More by tykechandler
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,221 ratings.