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

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very good

2,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,234
Reviews: 1,032
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 47
Gots: 133 | FT: 2
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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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vcoggins

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-07-2012 00:37:49 | More by vcoggins
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TheNakedStiletto

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24%

11-06-2012 20:25:55 | More by TheNakedStiletto
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stealth

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-06-2012 05:57:00 | More by stealth
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Crosseye


1/5  rDev -73.9%

11-06-2012 02:12:51 | More by Crosseye
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andthevolcano

Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-06-2012 01:09:47 | More by andthevolcano
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rowyn

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-05-2012 00:24:18 | More by rowyn
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ng85

California

4.75/5  rDev +24%

11-04-2012 12:53:19 | More by ng85
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Dana718

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-04-2012 05:11:55 | More by Dana718
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rm9679

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

11-04-2012 00:38:34 | More by rm9679
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lordofstarside

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11 oz bottle to snifter. "09HK" on the side which I'm assuming has something to do with the bottle date. I'm skeptical it's been sitting on a shelf for three years though

Pours a very dark red, which is perceived as more of a brown when not against my windows light. Poured a finger and a half of foam which has settled very quickly into a nice ring around the cup. Mild carbonation, mediocre lacing, not bad looking

Aroma of sour cherry, cabernet wine, apple, grape, oak, and alcohol. A faint sweet malt is present yet concealed

Taste of pretty straight forward sweet cherry, grape, and some malt. Many of the elements from the smell are hard to detect, taste is rather bland and over powered by the main fruit flavors

Mouth is pretty good. Sweet at first, finishing tart at the end. Nice carbonation, very thick and creamy

Overall this is a pretty mild sour. It's not bad, however I just find it too sweet...which I find to be stronger than I do the sourness of the ale, which I think defeats the purpose of the style. It was pretty cheap however, I might buy another to cellar for a couple years

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 00:25:17 | More by lordofstarside
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-02-2012 01:10:44 | More by WoodburyMN
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dunix

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-29-2012 16:14:27 | More by dunix
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pkalix

California

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

part of 'that' sampler pack of sour brews...
tan, creamy head. dark ruby pour.
aroma 'could' be of a sour, but it's not totally there....
taste.... wow. very full, round sour flavor- AWESOME, but finishes totally WEAK. what a disappointment at the finish. kind of like the tigers in game 3 of the world series right now with bases loaded and 1 out- strike out, and chump! oh well.... i love the flavor, although it's just missing something... i mean, how do i describe this?
overall, awesome lacing on the sides. beautiful color. fruity, tart. low abv%, but okay.... maybe that's what it is missing.... does it earn a 4.5? i really like this.... but there's just something in the finishing of the taste that makes me think they just missed something....

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 03:07:07 | More by pkalix
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hopley

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-28-2012 02:35:36 | More by hopley
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draheim

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear mahogany brown w/ a big thick khaki head, lively carb, sticky lacing.

Aroma is tart and dry. Sour cherries, lactic acid. A little one-dimensional.

Taste follows nose. Sour fermenting fruit, dry oak, heavy vinous red grapes. I search for more nuances, different layers, but that's about it. Has a cidery quality.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, maybe a little thin. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall a good Flanders oud bruin, but lacks complexity. Might serve as a good intro to the style, but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 02:26:32 | More by draheim
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SupremePie

Vermont

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-27-2012 04:02:06 | More by SupremePie
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mjtiernan

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Whoa! Got quite a bit of head. Should’ve slowed down on the pour. Still looks great though. Off white head and quite deep dark red body.

S: A bit musty. I get some sour sensation in my nose when I breath it in. Some vigorous swirling brings dark fruit and cherry notes. A touch of caramel.

T: Some cherry and oak barrel. Definitely acetic but not as sour as you might expect, especially in the finish.

M: Most of the sourness hits the sides of your tongue mid-palate and the finish is actually quite clean and refreshing. A very drinkable Flanders Red.

O: I liked it, but I have to admit that I was expecting more complexity. That said, I’d still be happy to have one anytime, anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 03:16:01 | More by mjtiernan
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Lookjoesays

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

10-27-2012 01:32:37 | More by Lookjoesays
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ilikebeer03

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-25-2012 21:30:15 | More by ilikebeer03
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quilty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-25-2012 06:50:16 | More by quilty
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LocalPoke

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-23-2012 01:29:50 | More by LocalPoke
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2neardead

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-21-2012 23:18:19 | More by 2neardead
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Phread

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-20-2012 00:22:22 | More by Phread
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium red brown with a thick 2" white head. Bubbles of carbonation stream lightly from the bottom of the glass. Little lacing is left as the head dissipates.
S: Sour with a hint of malt vinegar and sour cherries
T: A taste of red sweet and sour sauce, pineapple, sour cherries, a hint of lactic acid
M: full bodied and creamy
O: an excellent example of a Belgian sour ale

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:13:14 | More by M_C_Hampton
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bauermj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-19-2012 19:43:58 | More by bauermj
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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