Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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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
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
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.
01-20-2013 19:28:04 | More by pmcadamis
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
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.
01-18-2013 19:56:20 | More by secondtooth
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 2,282 ratings.